Earlier this evening, before it got dark, I took Gabi to the park along with my parents. My dad drove us there. It’s a neighbourhood play park with a tennis court. It was her first walk in weeks. There were some other small dogs. She wanted to jump into my arms a few times but I just said no (because of my fractured left wrist).
At some point two Scotties ran up to hear and she freaked out and jumped up into my arm. Likely it was on my right side and I just held her in my right arm until they left. At some point a miniature pincher ran up to us and caught me by surprise. So I said “Hey” and the owner recalled him. Gabi was a bit nervous at times, but i think she enjoyed her off-leash walk.
It seems like she hasn’t eaten that much the past day or so, but she seems okay and I think she’s still eating, so I’ll just keep an eye on her.
Gabi is sleeping under my duvet at the moment. It looks like she is smiling.
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.
SATURDAY 21 APRIL
Gabi stayed at home while I went with my parents to visit my grandma, who turned 84, out of town. When we got there Grandma asked where Gabi was. Didn’t see any damage when we got back so Gabi was given treat. I planned on taking her to the park, but we ended up napping on the couch. I was wiped out from the car trip.
Went to my brother’s for lunch (his birthday was also Saturday) and Gabi went with this time. She was well behaved and after some time running around and exploring, she lied down on her mat. Gabi and I walked home, though this doesn’t far because my brother lives in our neighbourhood. Again I planned going to the park, but we took a nap because I was sleepy from the wine.
MON – WED
There were a lot of rainy days which meant staying in and short walks on Monday and Tuesday, when we could. My mom and I tried to clip Gabi’s nails, but we only clipped a few because she seemed freaked out. I think I cut the one a bit close to the life. I had a few errands to run and Gabi couldn’t go with me. On Wednesday I took her to the spruitjie (creek). On the way home I tried securing her on the front seat, but she had too much slack and almost managed to climb to the back. She did manage to climb on my lap, which kind of defeats the purpose of the seat belt attachment.
I made a cottage cheese tart (basically a cheese cake) on Tuesday evening and gave Gabi the empty cottage cheese container to lick out. She absolutely loved it.
TODAY Today we went to the spruitjie again. Gabi was very good in the Car. She had a blast running off-leash. Running into bushes, running up and down slopes, sniffing, smelling and exploring.
Tomorrow is Freedom Day, a South African national holiday, which makes it a long weekend. Tuesday is Worker’s Day and with many people taking leave, which makes it a super long weekend. Gabi and I will probably go on a dog walk with some friends.
Today I took Gabi too a off-leash park. When we got in the car she was rubbing up against seat. I’m not sure whether she was trying to get her pesky harness off or whether she just had an itch that needed scratching. One thing I do know is that I’ll need to find her a car harness or seatbelt attachment soon
The park is absolutely lovely. It has a long stretch off grass where dogs can run off leash. There are also plenty of birds to chase. They were busy mowing the lawn while we were there, so you know the grass is kept short, visibility is good, which means it’s safe. Sadly I left my camera at home today.
When I threw the ball for Gabi to fetch, she went for it but was distracted by a labrador and it’s owner who suddenly appeared. She ran up to it, barking, with her tail wagging. As soon as she was a few feet away and the lab started chasing her, she made a b-line straight back to me and jumped into my arms. It friendly lab came up to us and I spoke it to calmly and allowed it to sniff Gabi’s butt. The lab was the called away.
Gabi repeated the exercise with two terriers, one of whom an Airedale, who were still practically pups. When the smaller terrier ran up to me Gabi inadvertently kicked the poor girl as she was trying to scramble up into my arms. As I tried to stroke the little dog and she stepped closer, Gabi snapped at her and she ran back to her humans.
On our way back, we also met two very young Weimaraners who Gabi interacted with. It went better than it usually does with large dogs, she didn’t try to claw up into my arms, but she still wasn’t fully at ease. Gabi was also cautious of their owner, who is male.
There is something obviously lacking in my girl’s social skills. Or maybe she was well socialized, but just so traumatized that it all went down the tubes…
We had a really good walk at the spruitjie (small stream/creek) today. Gabi “ran” off-leash, but stayed close most of the time. If she heard my footsteps stop, she would usually stop and look back at me. There we no big scary dogs to make her jump into my arms. She even sniffed two Dachshunds, to make friends.