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  • arthritis, cartrophen and Bowen therapy

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    Wednesday August 20th, 2014 at 07:08 AM

    Penny travelled to Yarra Glen today to have another session of Bowen Therapy with Deb. When we arrived, I went back to the car to get something, and found Penny inside the lovely little therapy cottage, happily waiting for Deb. This is not Penny's usual behaviour with anyone else - normally she'd be at the door, looking out to see where I had gone. Watching Penny in the session is a great way to see how she reacts to the therapy. I sit on a chair nearby and don't interact. In an hour of...
  • Am I mean-spirited to laugh at Fenton's antics?

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    Sunday August 17th, 2014 at 01:13 AM

    Square_140_img_1981When a friend showed me the famous Fenton deer-herding incident on her iPad, I hurried home to watch it full-screen on my desktop computer. I laughed. And laughed. And shared it with family. But when I read this article, I wondered if I was mean-spirited to enjoy another dog-owner's humiliation. So I had another look at the clip, and I still thought it was funny. I asked myself why I didn't feel guilty about laughing. I think it's because of the joy I see in Fenton the dog, doing what all our...
  • a new place to rest when walking with Penny

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    Friday August 8th, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    There's a great new children's playground in Warringal Parklands, and we are careful to stay away from it, because it says, 'NO DOGS'. Fair enough. I agree that parents should have a place where their children can play, secure in the knowledge there won't be doggie poo on the ground or dogs running around, even on leash. However...we've made the astonishing discovery that dogs ARE allowed in one part of this area, and there is food to be had! Food for humans, that is. Penny can find food...
  • Penny and the bokashi compost

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    Tuesday August 5th, 2014 at 03:00 AM

    Winter, and time to enrich the soil in our garden... I usually dig the bokashi compost into the front garden, where Penny does not go, but a couple of times I've put it in the ground out the back. I usually place heavy pavers over it, so Penny can't dig for the delicious rotted stuff, and sometimes I fence it off. Penny thinks it tastes nice. But hopefully she's older and less energetic these days and won't try to push her way through the flimsy barrier. I don't bury the bokashi deep, because...
  • Penny on duty again as a therapy dog

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    Sunday July 27th, 2014 at 06:51 PM

    Penny had been wondering where one of her humans has gone, but she was relieved to discover he'd gone to a lovely place where dogs are welcome. So she's been on duty once again a personal therapy dog. Unfortunately, he had suffered a stroke. But the good news is that he has recovered very quickly and will be home soon. Even one day after the stroke, he was up and taking photos to remember the horrible experience. Of course, Penny wasn't allowed into the hospital. But once he moved to the...
  • Penny and our vegie garden

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    Tuesday July 1st, 2014 at 02:07 AM

    Penny likes some veggies in her dinner, and last night she had a little piece of cooked asparagus. I'm glad she doesn't realise that edible plants grow in our garden - because our asparagus bed is sprouting beautifully. That's very strange, actually, because it's the middle of winter. Our very first shiitake mushrooms are emerging from the inoculated log, too. Very exciting! Penny wouldn't know anything about fungus being edible, because I've never given her any. I don't think it would be...
  • clever dogs

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    Saturday June 28th, 2014 at 09:33 PM

    On The Pet Museum I came across a link to a list of VID (Very Important Dogs). A couple of connections to Australia drew my attention. Firstly, the game little Yorkshire Terrier, Smoky, who assisted his soldier friends in The Philippines and New Guinea in World War Two and the talented black labrador who can sniff out American foulbrood, a deadly disease of honey bee hives. He doesn't look too comfortable in his protective suit, I must say, but he'd be in too much danger of being stung if he...
  • Penny finds a mowed tennis ball

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    Friday June 27th, 2014 at 04:04 AM

    In our local park, Darebin Parklands, someone has been busy mowing, and they seem to have mowed over a tennis ball. What a find for Penny! Balls are good fun, but there's nothing more interesting than one that can be thrown and yet has a squishy, mouthable shape.
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