All posts for the month December, 2012

Wrapping up 2012

Published December 31, 2012 by lowercase v

So 2012 has come and gone. The world is still here, although how well it is, is debatable. This has been and important year for us. Gabi came into my life and she found her forever home. There year had it’s wins and losses, but overall it’s been worth it.

Gabi at Gate gabi italian greyhound

Today I went to get some tick and flea stuff for Gabi at the store. The shopping centre has very smooth shiny floor tiles. Some one spilled some ice-cream or milkshake or something on the floor and I slipped and fell.  I was furious. But coming home and seeing Gabi waiting at the gate, tail wagging, smiling with a toy in her mouth, made me smile and I instantly felt better.

I’m not sure if I’ll take her for a walk this afternoon,  because it is a scorching hot day. I’m not going out this New Years Eve.  I’m staying home, for Gabi’s sake and because I’m broke. I really hope there won’t be any fireworks, although there probably will be.


Thanks you all for your friendship and support in 2012.

Please make sure your pets are safe tonight.
Please my sure your pets are wearing all their tags and identification.
Please report fireworks in residential areas where they are prohibited as well as shops who sell them illegally.
Please DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, have a sober friend or call a taxi.

Have a fun, safe and Happy New Years Eve!!!

Gabi Tries: Neem Oil

Published December 28, 2012 by lowercase v

crazy dance

Summer time is here and brings with it ticks and fleas. Rather than chemical spot treatments I wanted to try something more natural, and considered a lemongrass and other oils mix, a ultra-sonic repellent device or neem oil.

At the moment I’m trying neem oil.  It costs around R55 ($6.47) for a 50ml bottle.

Neem Oil comes from India. It is a natural repellent of ticks, fleas and mosquitoes. It’s also a moisturizer with anti-fungal properties, safe for both human and animal use.  I expected it to have a citrussy or peppery scent, but it smells a bit like brown onion soup. It smells okay, but it’s probably not what you want to be smelling like ALL the time….  Still it’s probably better than Tabbard.

Gabi also licks the Neem oil, which could be a problem since it is for external use only. It’s also bizarre  because the neem tastes quite bitter and dogs supposedly dislike bitter tastes. The fact that she licks the neem alone makes it a be not an option for use on Gabi.

I’ve used the oil on myself and I’m not sure if it’s works against  mozzies. Maybe I should just apply it to more areas. I do think it has improves the appearance of my heels.

And It seems it would have to be applied to the dog regularly to be effective. I put some on Gabi’s collar and shoulder blades when I bathed her last Saturday (just before Christmas) and yesterday my mother thought she saw a flea on Gabi. I don’t know if she picked it up from another dog on Christmas day, or wherever, but since she is very much an inside dog, fleas just won’t fly around here.

I don’t know if there is a difference between the difference brands of neem oil, or if it’s pretty much a standard recipe. I don’t think this was a wasted purchase, since I will be using the neem oil on myself, at the moment I’m just not convinced that it’s right for Gabi.


Not Over Yet…

Published December 21, 2012 by lowercase v

Today is 21 December 2012
It’s the summer solstice (In the Southern Hemisphere where we live) and thus the longest day of the year.
Gabi was going to have a bath today, but it’s rainy, so we’ll have to postpone it until tomorrow or Monday.

next to mom

Week past:

On Tuesday there was a terrible thunderstorm and hail stones hit my car as I waited outside the vet’s to buy dewormer for Gabi. I put the white tablet in some boerewors (ground beef sausage) and she wolfed it up. She was dewormed. She also left muddy paw prints over my clean duvet cover. During the course of the afternoon the power went our and only came back on around 9pm. Gabi was freaked out by the humans moving and plotting and huddling (to see photos on a tablet) in the dark. I didn’t get around to blogging. I had Indian take-aways for dinner, which was quite nice.

On Wednesday the power went out at around 7pm, luckily just after dinner. I had a drink while trying to get on to my Facebook from my cellphone (had to reset the password) and I knocked over the glass while trying to write down a code by candle light. The glass shattered on the floor, very close to Gabi’s bed. She ran to the lounge and I was worried about shards of glass and her paws, but luckily she didn’t yelp and her paws seemed fine. I cleaned up the mess and pieces of glass by candle light, this is not easy to do. The power came back on before midnight.

Yesterday we got some litchis and Gabi seemed to want some, so we gave her a piece and although chewing it was a bit awkward, she seemed to love it.

Last Saturday:

Chance  doggy friends in park

We had a play-date with some doggy friends and their human moms. It was a nice sunny summer’s day. It took Gabi a while to get used to them again. But she was more relaxed around them than in the past. Chance (a playful mixed breed boy) and his mom, rode with us in the car to the park in Johannesburg. When the first wanted to get into the car, Gabi was a bit aggressive so the sat in the back and Gabi sat in the friend. However on the way home Gabi was exhausted and must’ve remembered that they were our friends, she and Chance were in the back and his mom sat in the front. I hope that next yearwe get to see our friends more often.

To all our friends in the Northern Hemisphere were it is now winter solstice, were hope that you and your pets are all warm and safe on the longest night.

My Wishlist for Gabi.

Published December 4, 2012 by lowercase v


Christmas is a mere 3 weeks away and the shops are bursting with decorations, specials and displays…all geared to drive the consumer to spend. While Gabi’s  Holiday Wishlist may contain things like toys and treats, my personal wishlist for her just has 5 wishes.

  1. I wish Gabi will have a healthy tummy and that all her digestive problems will come to an end. Also, that we will finally know what she can and cannot eat.
  2. I wish that I will find a good ointment for the pink skin on her nose.
  3. I wish that Gabi will be happy, healthy and safe.
  4. I wish that I will be financially better capable of providing for Gabi.
  5. I wish that she will be more relaxed around other doggies and make some doggy friends.