My Dog - Life with Penny
Tuesday February 11th, 2014 at 04:15 AMPenny had a quiet day today, because the smoke from the bush fires is drifting across the city of Melbourne and we didn't think it was a good idea to go walking. Here's the view of sunset over Melbourne on 22 December 2013 with the nearby city buildings silhouetted against the sky. Here's the same view tonight, with the buildings lost in the haze of smoke. The Moon is red, as it was in the terrible fires of 2009. Thank God no lives have been lost this week, a wonderful credit to the... Tuesday February 4th, 2014 at 08:25 PMPenny and her two humans didn't have to walk at the crack of dawn today, because it's a warm day, not as fiendishly hot as it's been lately. But a dog still needs to have a drink when she's taking her humans for a brisk walk. It's best if you can instruct your humans to turn the tap on, so you can drink from running water. The great thing about this drinking bowl is the hole in the bottom, because once a dog has had her fill, the water empties out along a clever little drain, presumably to be... Thursday January 30th, 2014 at 01:51 AMThere's a great article in The Age newspaper today, about a small wetland in a densely urbanised area, where native silver gulls were driving away most other species of birds. In an effort to get rid of the gulls without harming them, a variety of strategies were implemented. The one that interested me was the decision to allow dogs to visit the wetlands off-lead. The article says: The species of birds and frogs that frequent the site have doubled to more than 51. Of the 48 bird species that... Thursday January 30th, 2014 at 01:36 AMYesterday was lovely and cool, but we went back to Willsmere Park where Penny gets lots of exercise swimming and running around - because we felt so stonkered by the recent heat that we didn't want to walk far. As Penny was racing after her toy, having had a cooling swim first, we were a bit apprehensive when she ran near this tree. (Silly me for throwing the toy near a dangerous tree.) But it wasn't a super hot day, so we thought no more limbs would fall from the tree. It must have been... Wednesday January 29th, 2014 at 01:22 AMYesterday, as Penny swam at Willsmere, I was entranced by the clouds of golden beetles hovering in the sunshine beside the river. They were all around Penny as she was guarding her toys from the other dogs, but she didn't take any notice of them. Today, a cooler day, they were there again, this time clustering on grasses and on the trunk of a tree. I found out their name by asking a man who was spraying weeds in the park. (How much work goes into maintaining these parks that Penny enjoys!) I... Monday January 27th, 2014 at 07:53 PMSo, it's still hot in Melbourne. But that doesn't mean Penny can't have fun, as long as we go out early. The shadows are long and the grass is burnt brown, but there are still patches of green to investigate. I wonder why this nice-smelling spot is green? We hurry along to the swimming spot and Penny fetches her Whirl Wheels. The river's brown, but here's hoping it's not polluted. (The Yarra is always brown; that's why some people call itthe upside-down river.) But wait! Someone's coming.... Sunday January 26th, 2014 at 11:40 PMSo, we're out early in the morning in Yarra Bend Park, the shadows are long and lovely and Penny's off lead. Penny freezes. She sees something. What could it be? Our first reaction is delight. A kangaroo here, right in the suburbs. Penny begins to run. Towards the kangaroo! Oh no, this is a disaster - either Penny or the kangaroo is going to suffer. Thank Dog for all those sessions rewarding her for a good 'come!' We shout. She heads back for her treat. (We always reward a 'come' in some way,... Tuesday January 21st, 2014 at 04:14 PMOnce again, we're wondering whether Penny is limping. Because of the hot weather, we have taken shorter walks lately, which could be a good chance for Penny to rest a sore limb. When I went out with her yesterday, I think I finally established that she is nodding her head as she steps on her left front leg, which would mean the pain is in the right front leg, according to this site. Usually a dog will come down heavier on his healthy limb and avoid putting substantial weight on the limb that...
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