All posts for the month May, 2012

Happy Gabi

Published May 31, 2012 by lowercase v

Gabi, happy and exhausted after “independently hunting” in the bushes during out walk at the spruit, ignoring all my calls.  She had killed a poor little mouse, one that I knew of.

Sorry for the picture quality, but she didn’t keep her head up that law.


Nervous/ Excited.

Published May 27, 2012 by lowercase v

I have been sleeping on an air mattress for the past week, since my grandmother is visiting until next weekend, and she is sleeping in my bed.  I don’t mind at all, though it is a tad annoying that the mattress needs to be re-inflated every few days. Gabi loves it! My “bed” is now right next to hers on the floor. It makes it much easier to crawl in right next to me or to roll on the fleece blanket.

ON FRIDAY Gabi and I went to visit my friends J & E.  I was already on my way when J let me know that she had to pick up E and was running late. I decided to take Gabi to a park close to their home to pass the time. While I was busy at the car, getting out a treat for Gabi and putting away my camera (dead battery- meaning I had to take lame pics on my phone for the rest of the day) some excited dogs came up to the fence  and barked at Gabi. She jumped right into the boot of my car (trunk).

ig in trunk  ig in car trunk

It was a nice visit. It was Gabi’s first meeting with their dog Violet, a 8-year old mixed breed, who like Gabi, has also had some bad experiences with other dogs. At first they were quite snappy with each other, but after some time they smelled each other’s butts and made friends. Soon they were running around together barking at the same noises and peeing in the same spots.

There was however a snag when if came to Lily, the cat. Lily usually hides when guests visits, but she always comes down stairs to say hello to me. Gabi was sitting on my lap when the kitty came to greet me. At first she seemed excited but well-behaved. When I stroked Lily’s head to say hello, Gabi started barking. The cat ran off to the top of the stairs and Gabi ran after her, thinking it’s a game of chase. She stood halfway up the stairs incessantly barking, which started to freak little out.  E took the cat upstairs while J and I hung out outside with the dogs.

Whenever Gabi caught glimpse f the cat she was completely obsessed with her. I had to put her on her leash several times. Not that long after dinner I took my dog-child home so that the poor kitty could recover.  J and decided to rather take the dogs to the park next time.

On Sunday (today) morning Gabi went with me and my parents and gran to my brother’s for coffee. She was well behaved.

In the afternoon we went to a park to meet up with our regular pack of doggy friends. I left home 5 minutes later than planned and ended up driving for ages, because the friends were using a different entrance (it’s a huge park). I was quite late and Gabi seemed nervous of the other dogs from the get go. She seemed to have forgotten the other doggies in our group or maybe she just wasn’t feeling social. It was also a bit cool and I didn’t pack a sweater for her. She sat on my lap most of the time.

I had some dog biscuits for the pack. One of the dogs loves getting treats (and can get a bit aggressive about them) and even after getting her treat she was standing there right in front of me. I was holding a biscuit for one of the dogs who was playing with his ball and looked away for the little girl in front of me (and Gabi on my lap). The next thing I knew she was coming at us and probably snapped at  Gabi. I rolled back trying cover Gabi best I could, hurting my wrist in the process. The other dog’s mom called her off and took her and her sister for a walk. Gabi wasn’t injured and probably had a fright. When the dog, who really is a beautiful and lovely girl, came back she  gently up to me. Almost as if to say she was sorry.  We put some rescue drops (homeopathic sedative) on Gabi’s ears and I took her on a walk, which seemed to help.

It was a rather eventful weekend and Gabi sleeping it off.

Park Runner

Published May 17, 2012 by lowercase v

italian greyhound running in park

I’ve been taking Gabi to the spruitjie a lot these days. She’s also taken to running into bushes, bouncing around, chasing birds and who knows what else.
Parks are much better than walking through the neighbourhood and having dogs running out of their yards.  On Tuesday we walk past a primary school and got held up for a few minutes by a gaggle of ten-year-old girls, fawning over Gabi. Poor Iggy was so scared by the boisterous, though well-intentioned girls, that she hopped into my arms.

I really wish she had a little more faith in people and other dogs.

Gardener Walk

Published May 6, 2012 by lowercase v

Today we went to the  National Botanical Gardens in Pretoria for the 4km Dog Walk at the Gardener Expo. The walk was in aid of Wet Nose Animal Rescue and was sponsored by Royal Canin. Pets are NOT usually allowed at the Botanical Gardens,  but I assume they made an exception.

italian greyhound with red ribbom

Even though the Gardens are very closed to my house, we had a bit of a late start and couldn’t walk with our friends.  I had to pick Gabi up once and carry  at her for a bit at the beginning, because another dog scared her. She kept a good pace, even jogging at times, and practically dragged me up an uphill. At the halfway point she didn’t drink from the communal bowls, but took a sip from the water dispenser/bottle we got from the sponsors.  At the finish she received a rosette (ribbon) and a plastic dog food storage container.

ig with rosette  out of focus iggy w garden bg

We sat on the grass for a while and then we met up with our friends who we visited for a while before we went home. Gabi was still playful and active, and not at all as exhausted as one would expect. I will take her to the park tomorrow, so she can run off-leash.

Worker’s Day

Published May 4, 2012 by lowercase v

On Worker’s Day (May 1st) 2012, Gabi and I joined some friends at Walk Haven dog park for some fun. The park is enormous and indeed a haven for dogs. They can frolic off-leash and swim in several ponds. There are also bowls of water provided for the dogs.

walkhaven dog park gauteng  

For the humans there are several picnic tables, braai (BBQ) facilities and a restaurant. There are also public restrooms and a reel of plastic baggies for your dogs.

They do charge an entrance fee, but seeing as it is a secure environment for dogs, and you can make a day of it, it is worth it.

walkhaven dog park gauteng  walkhaven dog park gauteng

This was my first visit there with Gabi. When I stopped the car and she saw the park Gabi started crying excitedly. However she did not immediately jump out of the car after I release her seat belt, like she would at her normal park, but waited for me to coax her out.

She seemed to enjoy the park but she was still extremely cautious of other dogs and would jump up into my arms whenever any dog got too close for comfort.  She was spoiled by the girls in my crowd with treats and biscuits. The dogs in our crowd included:  a springer spaniel, a bull terrier, a mixed breed, a rottie, 3 pekingese, a boston terrier and a sharpei.

While one of the other dogs stole some food at lunch time, little Gabi just sat politely on the bench trying to stare the fries out oc my friend’s plate.

gabi stare some fries out of a plate

We went for about 3 walks. Tough some of the other dogs in our group swam, Gabi did not. She did at one crossing however run through some shallow pond water instead of using the bridge. She also got splashed by the larger dogs shaking water off their coats.

Gabi was exhausted and slept the entire hour-something drive home. Even though May is technically winter in SA,  we’ve been having weirdly warm weather. So, Gabi was bathed when we got home.