All posts tagged food

How to clean a coconut shell.

Published September 16, 2013 by lowercase v

This kept Gabi occupied for quite a while…

coconut gabi 1
coconut gabi 2



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Ramsgate Holiday (part 2)

Published January 27, 2013 by lowercase v

Saturday 19 January
Had to buy dog food since we were running low. The store ony had one brand of dogfood (a local one) but they had a variant we had sampled before, so that’s what I took. Gabi has been with me for 11 months, I can’t believe it’s been almost a year.

staring little iggy

We went to the beach at Trafalgar. Gabi and I walked and explored while the parents were on the main no-dogs beach. Gabi ran out of sight while I dropped a baggy in the trash. I called her and she ran to me. She was soon followed by a couple with a Whippet and a Jack Russel. They fawned over Gabi and we chatted for a while.


We went to Margate which is right next to Ramsgate. We were at the main beach where Gabi couldn’t go. So I walked with her a bit a long the promenade and town. I took a different path back and found a part of “no-mans-land” beach separated from the main beach by a small stream. I took Gabi down to the stream and let her of leash for a while. On our way back to the stream a lovely blonde lady came up to me to check if Gabi is an iggy. She and her husband has two iggies at home. We decided to have lunch at home and then go to dinner after our late afternoon walk. We had a walk at the boat beach and then went to Flavour’s Restaurant. The restaurant turned out to be pretty smart, but even though we showed up in shorts and flip-flops they were friendly and accommodating. They were even kind enough to allow Gabi, since we would be sitting out side. I had two starters which were beautifully presently and looked like something from a cooking magazine. The portions were classic sized (not over-sized) and nobody even had to consider a doggy bag as everyone was able to finish and have room for desert. The meals were quite pricey (not a dining on a budget option), but the service and the food were excellent. After dinner we went back to the flat to pack our bags.

iggy on beach

Woke at six and after coffee and packing the last stuff we hit the road home. Had Steers (South African fast-food burger chain) for a late breakfast. Dad shared some of his second hamburger patty(it was Whacky Wednesday) with Gabi. We sat outside at a stone table under a tree (and not in the Steers seating).

We beat the afternoon rush hour traffic, between Joburg and Pretoria, home. Gabi was glad to be home and rolled aroud on my bed as soon as she got in the house. At first she would lie on her sleeping bag and not in her bed, but everything has gone back to normal now

exhausted in the car

Not Cancer!

Published September 18, 2012 by lowercase v

We got the results back from Gabi’s fecal smear and the great news is: The cells are not precancerous. IT’S NOT CANCER!!!

The vet said that it was just gastro-intestinal infection and asked me to bring her in for a check-up and possibly more shots/ medicine. Gabi looks much better since our last visit, although she still has a slight fever. She also has irritation in her eyes for which she got eye drops. I just have to watch what she eats and watch her poop for signs of problems. I’ll also have to switch to a better food.

The vet told me I should not be feeding her carrots or peanut-butter, because she’d develop an allergy because it’s vegetable. He (like most) believes dogs are carnivores. Needless to say feeling somewhat confused. I don’t want to aggravate Gabi’s tummy in any way. Obviously. This is just sad, because SHE LOVES CARROTS.

I guess I shouldn’t be baking her cookies either. :(

Thanks you all for your support and good wishes!


Rumbly in her tummy…

Published August 26, 2012 by lowercase v

I’m a bit worried. Gabi has been experiencing some symptoms of indigestion. Including but not limited to:  gagging, stomach noises, grass eating, grass spit up and stools that just look “wrong”.

I’ve been noticing it more since WODACWas it the samples?  Was it the Pedigree dental chews? The doggy cup cakes form the rescue organizations’s stand? One of the food samples?

Or is it her food, the dry dog food I buy from Woolworth’s, the affordable food that compares well with other local and supermarket foods? So much for a locally produced product.

Chicken Meal, Corn, Sorghum, Rice, Wheaten Bran, Natural Flavourant, Corn Gluten Meal, Petblend Oil, Alfalfa Meal, Mono Calsium Phosphate (MCP) Minerals (Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Salt, Potassium Carbonate, Ferrous Sulphate, Zinc Sulphate, Organic Zinc, Manganese Sulphate, Organic Manganese, Copper Sulphate, Organic Copper, Potassium Iodiate, Sodium Selenite, Organic Selenium, Organic Chrome), Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin A Supplement, vitamin D3 Supplement, vitamin K3 Supplement Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Niacin, calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavine, Thiamine, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Manno-oligosaccharides, L-carnitine and approved anti-oxidant.

Is she allergic to wheat, corn or any other grains? (Seems like all the local kibble contains corn.) Or the foods I’ve been giving her? Or the homemade biscuits I baked for her? Should I be switching to a grain free food, or just one without corn and wheat? Should I be switching to “fresh food”. I’m not sure how convenient cooking for her on a regular basis will be. I’m sorry, call me selfish, but I just can’t cook meat. I also don’t think Gabi has to be vegetarian just because I can. There are tow companies I know of that sell healthy  prepared dog meals, but I haven’t calculated what it will cost compared to dry dog food yet. These products are not exactly available at the nearest vet or supermarket, so I’d probably have to drive across town on a regular basis.  Not all that convenient… and is it really that much better?

Iggy receiving treat
Ideally I’d have her on Organix.  The guaranteed analyses is excellent and she just loved the sample we got from WODAC. Earthborn Holistic’s Grain-free Primitive also looks good.  The thing is that they are imported from the USA and too expensive for me at this stage.

Alternatively, I will first try supplementing her food with a probiotic supplement.  I will probably also try a slow-feeder appears food bowl if it looks like she’s eating too fast.

I’m just hoping this is something that can be fix without veterinary intervention and not serious. She seems fine in other aspects though, running around like crazy. She seems fine in most ways, I just don’t want her tummy troubles leading to more health issues.  I’m hoping the probiotics will do the trick.

Whoever said all you need is love, wasn’t thinking about health-care…

Worker’s Day

Published May 4, 2012 by lowercase v

On Worker’s Day (May 1st) 2012, Gabi and I joined some friends at Walk Haven dog park for some fun. The park is enormous and indeed a haven for dogs. They can frolic off-leash and swim in several ponds. There are also bowls of water provided for the dogs.

walkhaven dog park gauteng  

For the humans there are several picnic tables, braai (BBQ) facilities and a restaurant. There are also public restrooms and a reel of plastic baggies for your dogs.

They do charge an entrance fee, but seeing as it is a secure environment for dogs, and you can make a day of it, it is worth it.

walkhaven dog park gauteng  walkhaven dog park gauteng

This was my first visit there with Gabi. When I stopped the car and she saw the park Gabi started crying excitedly. However she did not immediately jump out of the car after I release her seat belt, like she would at her normal park, but waited for me to coax her out.

She seemed to enjoy the park but she was still extremely cautious of other dogs and would jump up into my arms whenever any dog got too close for comfort.  She was spoiled by the girls in my crowd with treats and biscuits. The dogs in our crowd included:  a springer spaniel, a bull terrier, a mixed breed, a rottie, 3 pekingese, a boston terrier and a sharpei.

While one of the other dogs stole some food at lunch time, little Gabi just sat politely on the bench trying to stare the fries out oc my friend’s plate.

gabi stare some fries out of a plate

We went for about 3 walks. Tough some of the other dogs in our group swam, Gabi did not. She did at one crossing however run through some shallow pond water instead of using the bridge. She also got splashed by the larger dogs shaking water off their coats.

Gabi was exhausted and slept the entire hour-something drive home. Even though May is technically winter in SA,  we’ve been having weirdly warm weather. So, Gabi was bathed when we got home.