Today I took Gabi for a walk at the spruitjie again. We have gone here many times before, but today something completely different happened. Gabi was chasing at something that was in the reeds. This is not that unusual, but she used to run into different bushes. Bushes which have recently burned down.
So… today she ran off like a crazy rabbit. Bounce, bounce, bounce, splash! She had bounced right into the stream! In the 4 months I’ve had her, I have never seen her swim. On this cold, windy, winter’s day, she had her first splash.
She ran out of the water like a bat out of hell, shivering and shaking water off. It was quite late in the afternoon and most of the sunshine had gone, so she must’ve been cold. She was also somewhat smelly.
I called my mother and told her what had happened. We gave Gabi a nice warm bath (which she wasn’t too impressed with), as soon as I got home with her. This is quite a messy undertaking and meant that I had to take a shower.
Gabi now smells clean and looks all bright and shiny. She’s snug in a warm sweater, sleeping under her blankey, exhausted after a ruff day.
It was hot yesterday and technically it’s still summer, but it’s a bit of a chilly day today. When we went outside this morning Gabi was shivering a bit. She has been sleeping in her bed for most of the day, covered in her blanket.
The good news is I will be able to walk her early this afternoon, thus avoiding traffic and bid dogs running out of their yards when the owners come home.
The bad news is this morning I woke up to find ants in her older bag of food (have been mixing it with her new food). There were ants behind the bags and around her food bowls. Luckily there was only about a cup of food left in the on bad of food and her new food has a ziploc which kept the ants out.
Since Iggies, and clearly Gabi, are so susceptible to cold I will definitely have to start getting some doggy clothes for autumn and winter. I never thought I’d be the kind of girl to dress up a dog but I’m getting quite excited to put her in little outfits. I already have a few in mind.