My Dog - Life with Penny
Friday October 10th, 2014 at 04:05 PMThere's a new kids' book in Roger Hargreaves' 'Little Miss' series. I love the innocence of Hargreaves' books, and during my teaching years, enjoyed many of his stories with children. The new book's called Little Miss Hug and Penny the Dog, but of course it's not written by Hargreaves, who died in 1988. What a fabulous name for a dog, lol. The profits from this book go to the RSPCA. I came across the reference to the book in a sad way, because I visited the RSPCA site in order to get... Thursday October 9th, 2014 at 10:41 PMPenny dashed inside when we arrived at the little cottage in the hills, ready for another session of Bowen therapy. It was fascinating to see her shift around during the session, presenting different parts of her body to Deb, as if saying, 'Here. Just here,' like Han Solo said, touching his face right near his mouth, when he wanted Princess Leia to kiss it better. I've searched the Net, but I can't find the clip of that bit. What a pity. But maybe it gives me an excuse to look at the original... Thursday October 2nd, 2014 at 05:28 AMWe're keeping an eye on Penny's lipoma. The vet was unable to remove it, because it's so close to important parts of her throat, so we have to check it each month. He told us not to feel it too frequently, because we might become accustomed to it and not notice it changing in size. It's hard to resist checking it all the time, but so far we've been strong with ourselves and only felt it yesterday, because we've decided the first day of the month might be an auspicious day to do this monthly... Thursday September 25th, 2014 at 02:10 AMWhen we go out walking, we sometimes drop something when Penny's not looking, and then act as if we're distressed, saying, 'Where is it?', and Penny races back to show us where the 'lost' article is. I thought of this trick as I watched the cute little KLM beagle racing around the airport to return lost items to passengers, and thought it was lovely. After that, I had a look around the Net and discovered there's no such dog helping out in KLM's lost-and-found department. It's just a publicity... Tuesday September 23rd, 2014 at 01:52 AMPenny and I go out to the garden each night after dinner. I don't know when this routine started, but I do know she's got me well-trained. A few lengthy stares from her have me getting to my feet and unlocking the back door. Penny inspects the garden and has a wee, and I look for slugs and snails and destroy them! We garden organically, so I use the collect-and-squash method. But what about those earwigs that are eating our baby plants? It's been quite a dilemma, because the little critters... Monday September 22nd, 2014 at 06:59 AMAnother pleasant trip to Yarra Glen today for Penny's Bowen treatment and for Reiki. We go there regularly. And I'd better confess up front that her human - me! - has a wonderful Bowen session too, and loves it. (After all, it's my duty to check out what Penny's experiencing, isn't it?) Penny's featuring on the Facebook page for the therapy studio - Bow-Rei Me. Doesn't she look relaxed and happy? I'm optimistic that the therapy is not only making a difference to her joint pains, but also... Sunday September 21st, 2014 at 03:46 AMPolice estimate there were around twenty thousand people at the huge rally in Melbourne today. We gathered to tell our government that we do care about the environment and that we - the voters - demand they take out insurance against disaster by supporting sustainable energy use. The organisers said they believed there were thirty thousand at the rally. Whichever number you believe, it was a lot of people standing up for the environment. And there were dogs, too! Saturday September 20th, 2014 at 04:33 AMWhen I travelled to Central Australia recently, Penny, of course, stayed home. The area around Uluru and Kata Tjuta is beautiful and is not a desert, as I had thought. It is a semi-arid landscape and has supported an ancient and living culture from time immemorial. One of the most enjoyable activities I took part in was a dinner in the bush, called The Sounds of Silence. My friend and I arrived in a mundane way, on a tour bus, so we were thrilled to see another group arriving... on camels!...
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