Published March 7, 2017 by lowercase v

post bath
Last Tuesday I put some Fiprotec (spot tick and flea treatment) on Gabi, after I spent the day volunteering at the SPCA’s sterilization drive.  I was going to wash her with khakibos shampoo (khakibos is a natural flea & tick repellant), but I was still waiting for it to be delivered.  I handle quite a lot of dogs with ticks and fleas at the SPCA, so I worried that I might contaminate her.

On Sunday, we gave Gabi a bath.

Yesterday morning after we went for our off-leash walk, I was scratching her belly. I noticed a skin rash which looked like blood under the skin.  I put some coconut oil on chest and abdomen, a lot of which she licked off.

I suspected the rash was from the flea poison, which ended up in the bath water and that we didn’t rinse her off properly. She never had a rash from this product before, but this was the most likely explanation.  I also got a skin rash a few days early from Gabi was sleeping against me.

So today, the poor dear had to have another bath. I made sure to rinse her off very, very well.

I’ll keep an eye on that tummy. Hopefully, she  will be fine.


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Published March 5, 2017 by lowercase v

I gave Gabi a bath today (with the help of my mom). She’s all nice and clean and soft. I tried to trim her claws as well, but despite feeding her numerous treats only managed to cut 2 nails.

Later this afternoon, since my clothes had already gotten dirty. I decided to wash my car. This is not something I do often. We have water restrictions where I live, so I have to use a bucket instead of a hose. I find this very frustrating because I’m short and struggle to reach the top of the car, even though it’s a hatchback.   I also find it difficult to lift the bucket to rinse the car.

As I was about to start washing, one of the neighbours was seeing off a guest. I don’t actually know her, but I guess she’s seen me with Gabi a couple of times and I’ve seen her once or twice in the complex. We greeted each other.  She asked how Gabi was doing now (I guess she must’ve seen Gabi in her cone a few months back). I told her Gabi was doing fine. She made a comment about how she sees me all the time walking Gabi. I told her that, I try to take her regularly but that she was getting lazier now that she’s older, especially about on-leash walks in the street.

She told me about how yesterday she thought that she might have to have her 11-year old dachshund put to sleep because she was suffering and struggling to walk. The vet gave her dog some medication and today she was fine.

We spoke about how attached people become to their pets and how they are family.

It was a nice little chat. I was glad she stopped to talk to me.

Well there is a new week ahead. I hope it’s a good one for everyone.

©Gabi_Italian_Greyhound_Bytes  2017

Gotcha Day 5

Published February 19, 2017 by lowercase v

On the 19th of February 2012, I brought Gabi home with me. She was just shy of 6 years old.

(pictures from the first day)

It was’t always easy. She had  health issues and got bitten by a dog running out of its yard. (she was already scared of strange dogs).

But we took care of her the best we could and just love her every day.

We’ve had a lot of good times.

And here’s hoping for many more happy years together. I love this little dog.


14 February 2017


Thank you for being my best friend.


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Nose and Nails

Published February 6, 2017 by lowercase v

When I first got Gabi (nearly 5 years ago) , her nose was incredibly red. It looks a lot better now.

I think her diet helps (when I got her she seemed to have allergy issues and also had tummy problems), I avoid treats containing wheat and for a long time (until we recently switched to Senior food) I didn’t feed her “chicken” dog food.  I’ve use several ointments on her snout, including colloidal silver and a different snout balm. What seemed to help tough was beeswax ointment and the Nose Butter snout balm I’ve been using more recently as well.  I used to apply ointment daily, but now I do so far less frequently.


Current Ointment

I’m still having issues cutting her nails. The last time she had her claws trimmed was when she had anesthesia in August 2016.


A week ago I got a sedative from the vet’s (sales assistant/ receptionist). I needed half a tablet, so I had two doses and could try on two different days.  I waited different time periods for the pills to work, etc. I still fed her treats and tried to be calm and gentle. She still was having none of it and would yank her paws away.


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Catch Up

Published February 6, 2017 by lowercase v

February is a special month for us. On the 19th it will be the 5th anniversary of the day Gabi came to live with me. On the 25th it will be Gabi’s birthday. She will be 11 human years old!

As she gets older Gabi seems to get lazier to go for walks, especially on-lead. We’ve had several off-leash walks in the past week or two. Sometimes she eagerly jumps in the car, other times she seems to fear that she is going to the vet. She soon gets excited when she realizes we are on our way to the park.


Gabi doesn’t usually dig in the garden, but she dug up the succulents (pictured above). She is usually a very good little dog.

She does have a naughty habit, and she knows she’s being naughty when she does it. She steals used tissues and cotton buds (ear buds) from her grandma’s waste basket. I guess she just can’t resist them.

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Published January 24, 2017 by lowercase v

I used to keep my balls of yarn in a cardboard box, but Gabi likes to tear up and eat boxes, so I now keep my stuff in a purple shopper. Didn’t keep my knitting and wool save though.

She got into my closet (my bad) and scratched out the contents of my knitting bag (yeah, I knit. Sort of… squares,  squares, scarves, blankets… not patterns, not fancy stitches… just blocks).  Most of the balls of wool (well synthetic wool) are no longer neat little bundles.  (This picture was actually taken after I untangled the mess and wrapped the wool back on their separate balls.


She has managed to throw off half the stitches on a very long knitted row.  Which was actually intended to be a blanket (if she likes it, for her). This particular wool is difficult to work with and it took me ages to get this far. I myself won’t be able to get the stitches back on the needle if any of the row has unraveled.


At least it’s summer time at the moment and I can’t be bothered to knit.

©Gabi_Italian_Greyhound_bytes 2017