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  • Please don't spoil our walks at Chelsworth Park

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    Wednesday April 16th, 2014 at 03:00 PM

    When I was looking around the internet for information to include in my post about our walks at Chelsworth Park, I came across a scary news article saying there might be changes coming. I sure hope no one spoils this place, because it's one spot where walkers, sports clubs, joggers, dog walkers and nature lovers mix happily. Here's a video clip from YouTube asking that the park not be spoiled for those who love it.
  • Penny doesn't see the eclipse of the moon

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    Tuesday April 15th, 2014 at 03:52 AM

    I took Penny down to a nearby street corner to watch the moonrise tonight, because the moon was to come up totally in eclipse. Penny didn't seem to understand the idea of setting off for a walk and then standing around for ages. In her opinion, that's a waste of time, so she tried mightily to convince me we should dash up and down the footpath, here and there, anywhere. But since it was rush hour on the road beside us, I decided to take her home and go back to watch the eclipse with other...
  • Green and lovely looking but deceptive

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    Tuesday April 15th, 2014 at 02:47 AM

    A visit to Chelsworth Park yesterday made Penny and me feel happy. I was happy because the greenness raises my spirits and Penny was happy because she could roll around on the soft new grass. A wonderful newproject harvests storm water here. More than 30 Olympic swimming pools worth of storm water will be harvested each year. The park and the adjoining golf course should now be green all year. I'll look forward to that next summer! If you look at these photos, you'll see a lovely-looking...
  • regrowth in Darebin Parklands after the dry spell

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    Monday April 14th, 2014 at 05:41 AM

    Yesterday Penny and I ventured back to our favourite old walking spot, Darebin Parklands. It's been so hot and dry over the summer that we have walked in other places where there's more shade, but seeing it has cooled down - at last! - we decided to return to the park. As you can see from this photo, the thirsty ground had become quite barren in the heat. But it's great to see that withthe recent rain the networks of cracks in the dry soil are starting to close. And lots of tiny plants are...
  • finding new dog walking places along the Yarra River

    from My Dog - Life with Penny

    Monday April 14th, 2014 at 03:00 AM

    How could I not have known about this great off-lead walking place so close to where we usually walk? We regularly go to Willsmere Park, since the day I surreptitiously followed a car with a dog to see where they were going, because the windmilling tail of the dog in the back seat signalled that it must be a good destination. But I didn't know there's another huge area adjacent to Willsmere, reachable by a ten to fifteen minute brisk on-lead walk along a bike path.. We've walked along this...
  • dogs at Melbourne rally support a fair deal for refugees

    from My Dog - Life with Penny

    Sunday April 13th, 2014 at 02:58 AM

    When I walked in today's huge rally asking our government to treat refugees fairly and humanely, I left Penny at home. She's not good in crowds, so I thought she could best support the cause by resting on her comfy mat. I did, however, see this dog passing by with his human. I thought they weren't part of the crowd, but this dog definitely was. I checked out the dog's eye view Penny would have had if she had come. To me this sign sums up the issue...
  • another session of Bowen therapy for dogs

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    Tuesday April 8th, 2014 at 04:27 AM

    Here's a photo of Penny taking it easy after another session of Bowen therapy for dogs. (It's rather hard to see, because she was so comfy in the darkness that I didn't have the heart to use the flash. And the strange colour is a wash of light from the television set.) We have been given notes by our therapist, Deb from Bow-Rei Me. (Don't you love that business name?) Some tips for an after-Bowen day: Allow Penny to rest undisturbed for as long as she needs, because the body integrates the...
  • is that fish for rolling on or for eating?

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    Sunday April 6th, 2014 at 02:36 AM

    I'm hoping that the Bowen therapy will help with Penny's itchiness and her licking. However, we've also been to the vet and he suggested a short course of anti-inflammatories, so we'll try that too. A friend suggested that more fish in Penny's diet might be good, so I picked up this little bag of treats the other day. (I hope they were sustainably fished and dried without some horrible chemical process.) But Penny doesn't get it. Treats shouldn't have eyes. These little fish got the same...