All posts for the month September, 2013

Take a Hike

Published September 15, 2013 by lowercase v


This morning,  Gabi took an hour long hike at a nature reserve re with my family. We left before 8am, because the weather forecast predicted a high of 32 Celsius for today. Though at the time we left the house it was still slightly chilly and Gabi was shivering. She quickly warmed up when we started walking.

It is pretty much hill and bush, with lots of birds to tempt a girl like Gabi.  At some places the grass had been burnt, probably to make way for the fresh new grass of summer. Although we walked on a path the terrain was pretty rough. Gabi enjoyed the scenery, but she pulled on the lead. As she often does, she jumped into my arms whenever there was another dog.

Gabi was still very exited when we got home and carried a tennis ball around in her mouth.



Car Harness Safety Tip

Published September 7, 2013 by lowercase v

Gabi in harness w seatbelt clip

It has happened twice in the past month, making my heart stop every time.  Gabi’s leash got caught between the harness attachment and the seat belt buckle.

We use a Safety Belt Clip which I attach to her leash, which is attached to a step-in harness to (although the seat belt clip is meant to attach directly to the harness).  Why via the leash? I have found that attaching the belt to the leash (which is attached to the harness), is easier and faster than attaching the clip directly to the harness.

The two incidents with the leash really scared me. The first time, the leash was around her one hind leg and if I didn’t catch her she might have broken her leg, which is something that happens easily with Italian Greyhounds. Today she kind of hung by the harness, but she also could’ve gotten seriously hurt if I didn’t catch her and lift her back into the car. What made things more difficult is that,  as usual, she was so over eager and excited to get out of the car and getting the leash untangled was extremely tricky.

From no on when we ride in the car, I will be attaching the seat belt clip directly to her harness… and the leash will be nowhere near Gabi.

I’m just so relieved that she hasn’t gotten hurt!

Naughty Little Girl

Published September 2, 2013 by lowercase v

run in park wait by car

Lately, whenever we go to the park, I have to carry Gabi at least some of the time. I didn’t know if she was a little cold, but it’s getting warmer now and she still does it. I’m not sure if it’s the other dogs (though often she’s the only dog there), if she’s tired or if she’s just enjoying the attention. The other day I had to carry her 70% of the time! You’re probably wondering why I just don’t turn around and go home, but I need the excessive too. She loves running in the park and chasing birds.

Another habit she’s developed recently, is to bark when the car stops at the complex gates on our way back from the park.  She usually barks at the dogs whose home is the first house inside thew complex and then she keeps on barking until I take her out of the car.  I assumed she start barking when I got out of the car to get the mail, but she did it even when I didn’t get out of the car.  Today she upped her game, by barking a whole block away from home already. Loudly.

She ate two things off the ground at the park today which I couldn’t identify. If she keeps doing it, I will have to keep her on the leash. I don’t want her to get sick because some thoughtless lazy -ahole was too lazy to throw the waste  from whatever crap he was eating in the bin.