My Dog - Life with Penny
Wednesday December 17th, 2014 at 02:00 AMThe Age newspaper recently had an article about a program hoping to train Maremmas to keep predators away from eastern barred bandicoots. These bandicoots are extinct in the wild, and previous release programs have been disappointing, because foxes and cats had killed many of the native animals when they were restored to their natural habitats after being bred in zoos. Apparently the maremma pups will initially sleep with bandicoot bedding. The photo accompanying the article shows a dog with... Monday December 15th, 2014 at 03:27 PMWe went for a walk early in the day yesterday, to get away from the hubbub of renovations at home, and to get some exercise before the day's heat built up. Penny had a swim to collect a stick we had thrown into the Yarra, and subsequently proudly carried her trophy as she walked. I'd have preferred if she had carried it in a safer manner, not sticking out of her mouth like a cigar. We thought it was a rather nice stick, but when we saw this dog, we realised Penny is just an amateur in the... Monday December 15th, 2014 at 01:26 AMLife has been out of kilter for Penny lately, because we're renovating our laundry and bathrooms. With stuff piled up in boxes all around the house, it's hard to get through a normal day, but as much as possible we have maintained Penny's daily schedule. Fortunately, we never did have a strict routine, so Penny has adapted well to irregular meals and to having doors shut so that she can't access one wing of the house. A dog wandered into our front yard the other day and the builders collected... Friday December 12th, 2014 at 03:33 AMNo one who lives with a dog could doubt dogs have feelings, but some doubt they have a soul. So I was interested to read this report in the New York Times about what Pope Francis said recently to a grieving little boy whose dog had died. Reportedly the Pope said, 'Paradise is open to all of God's creatures.' The implications if we believe this are huge, in terms of how we deal with other species. I guess it doesn't automatically suggest we should be vegans - though I know some would think so... 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...
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