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.
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.
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.
Vondi’s is a South African brand specializing in alternative nutrition and health for dogs. Their “health biscuits” for dogs were co-created by SA celebrity chef , Jenny Morris, and come in 4 flavours:
Rooibos & Mint (for skin allergies)
Rosehip & Devils Claw (for Arthritis)
Spirulina (for immunity and well-being)
Diatomaceous Earth (deworming)
I was lucky enough to win a hamper with all 4 flavours in a competition and was eager for Gabi to try them. There was a mix up with the mailing, but Vondi’s was more than willing to rectify the mistake and resend the package.
I gave the Rosehip & Devil’s claw to my friend’s golden retriever, Anja, who seems to be having problems with arthritis. As Murphy would have it, the package I intended to give away had a tear in the bag, so I had to give it to my friend in a plastic bag. On the plus side though it meant that Gabi could try one. She seemed to like it.
With the Di-Earth (deworming) biscuits I was a bit confused about how much to give her. I didn’t want to upset her digestion, so I decided on 1-2 biscuits a day. Whether or not it helped to keep worms away (she had already been dewormed a few months ago), I have no idea. She seemed to enjoy them and they’re probably a lot nicer than deworming tablets).
The Spirulina cookies are green in colour. The other 3 biscuit flavours should not be green. If your packet of biscuits is green, something’s off… Gabi seemed to love these biscuits a lot.
Were currently on the Rooibos & Mint biscuits. Once again Gabi loves them. I’m curious to see if it will improve her sensitive skin.
In general these are lovely reasonably priced, healthy dog biscuits. They’re thin, hard and a bit difficult to break, which makes them great for chewing. Gabi simply cannot gobble these up in two bites. They are made of natural ingredients and contain no preservatives or colourants. However, being preservative free means you probably shouldn’t keep an open pack in the cupboard forever.
I’d probably go with the Roibos & Mint and Spirulina varieties in future. I also like the fact that I’ll be supporting a Proudly South African product.