February is a special month for us. On the 19th it will be the 5th anniversary of the day Gabi came to live with me. On the 25th it will be Gabi’s birthday. She will be 11 human years old!
As she gets older Gabi seems to get lazier to go for walks, especially on-lead. We’ve had several off-leash walks in the past week or two. Sometimes she eagerly jumps in the car, other times she seems to fear that she is going to the vet. She soon gets excited when she realizes we are on our way to the park.
Gabi doesn’t usually dig in the garden, but she dug up the succulents (pictured above). She is usually a very good little dog.
She does have a naughty habit, and she knows she’s being naughty when she does it. She steals used tissues and cotton buds (ear buds) from her grandma’s waste basket. I guess she just can’t resist them.
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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.
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.
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.
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.