My Dog - Life with Penny
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!... Wednesday September 17th, 2014 at 01:20 AMI haven't had the heart to blog recently, because we've been frightfully worried about a lump in Penny's neck. But we've just had good news. Well, sort of good... When we noticed the lump, we thought it might be yet another lipoma. But we - and the vet - thought it felt strange, so even though a needle aspiration seemed to indicate it was a cyst with some infection in it, he suggested surgery to remove it. We agreed. Penny started on antibiotics to settle the infection and duly had her... Wednesday August 20th, 2014 at 07:08 AMPenny 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... Sunday August 17th, 2014 at 01:13 AMWhen 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... Friday August 8th, 2014 at 11:33 PMThere'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... Tuesday August 5th, 2014 at 03:00 AMWinter, 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... Sunday July 27th, 2014 at 06:51 PMPenny 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...
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