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To The Park

Published February 17, 2018 by lowercase v

italian greyhound in park

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.


Naughty Little Girl

Published September 2, 2013 by lowercase v

run in park wait by car

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.

Spring is near!

Published August 23, 2013 by lowercase v

spruitshadow b

It’s almost spring time. I’ve all ready seen a few mosquitoes. Eeek! I don’t like killing creatures, but I have absolutely no trouble swatting mozzies. This probably means tick and flea season is near.

Gabi had a bath yesterday. Of course, she hated it.(She was rewarded with a nice treat though) Despite a slightly chilly it was a pleasant sunny day.

She had a nice run in the park today. However, I had to carry her when we got there (the wind) and also after she chased some birds (exhausted, tongues hanging out)

I occasionally brush her teeth with baking soda (mixed with a little coconut oil) and they look MUCH better than a few months ago. Try it! (but gently)… I still wish I could afford to have her teeth cleaned properly by the vet though. Not at this moment.

The holes in the fence has been fixed, but Lulu (the neighbour’s jrt) keeps coming over. I’ve actually seen her climb the fence. Arghh!

Not Over Yet…

Published December 21, 2012 by lowercase v

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.

next to mom

Week past:

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.

Last Saturday:

Chance  doggy friends in park

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.

Slowly Does It

Published June 20, 2012 by lowercase v

Monday’s walk around the block was my first walk with Gabi since last Tuesday’s park visit. It was a very short walk, but still fighting flu, I found exhausting. A Boerboel-cross charged out of his yard and I got a fright. I scooped Gabi up in my arms, but the dog turned out to be friendly. He sniffed at Gabi, I gave him a quick scratch and he ran back home.

italian greyhound with toy bear
Yesterday I felt completely drained and spent most of the day in bed. I can’t really blame my body, apart from the flu, she also had to deal with womanhood and heal from a burn wound (I burned some skin off the top of my right hand, due to some clumsiness geting something out of the oven.  This was 2 weeks ago and I’m still wearing  band-aids.)

Yesterday (being the 19th) was Gabi’s 4th month living with us. It’s hard to imagine without her. She didn’t get a walk, but her grandma gave her a bite of meat and I gave her some Good Boy “choc” drops.

italian greyhound in park  italian greyhound on bridge

Today I took her to the spruitjie . The last time we where headed there, the field was on fire, so we went to a different park.  The grass around the paths were fine, but the bushes in the centre, where Gabi loves to hunt, is burnt. I’m hoping she won’t run there in more (no black paw prints, thanks), but I think it’s a good thing because now there’s better visibility and more safety.

Right now Gabi is curled up in her bed, a few feet away, and much less antsy than she was last night. Probably just waiting for me to go to bed so she can cuddle up to me.

sleeping iggy

Nervous/ Excited.

Published May 27, 2012 by lowercase v

I have been sleeping on an air mattress for the past week, since my grandmother is visiting until next weekend, and she is sleeping in my bed.  I don’t mind at all, though it is a tad annoying that the mattress needs to be re-inflated every few days. Gabi loves it! My “bed” is now right next to hers on the floor. It makes it much easier to crawl in right next to me or to roll on the fleece blanket.

ON FRIDAY Gabi and I went to visit my friends J & E.  I was already on my way when J let me know that she had to pick up E and was running late. I decided to take Gabi to a park close to their home to pass the time. While I was busy at the car, getting out a treat for Gabi and putting away my camera (dead battery- meaning I had to take lame pics on my phone for the rest of the day) some excited dogs came up to the fence  and barked at Gabi. She jumped right into the boot of my car (trunk).

ig in trunk  ig in car trunk

It was a nice visit. It was Gabi’s first meeting with their dog Violet, a 8-year old mixed breed, who like Gabi, has also had some bad experiences with other dogs. At first they were quite snappy with each other, but after some time they smelled each other’s butts and made friends. Soon they were running around together barking at the same noises and peeing in the same spots.

There was however a snag when if came to Lily, the cat. Lily usually hides when guests visits, but she always comes down stairs to say hello to me. Gabi was sitting on my lap when the kitty came to greet me. At first she seemed excited but well-behaved. When I stroked Lily’s head to say hello, Gabi started barking. The cat ran off to the top of the stairs and Gabi ran after her, thinking it’s a game of chase. She stood halfway up the stairs incessantly barking, which started to freak little out.  E took the cat upstairs while J and I hung out outside with the dogs.

Whenever Gabi caught glimpse f the cat she was completely obsessed with her. I had to put her on her leash several times. Not that long after dinner I took my dog-child home so that the poor kitty could recover.  J and decided to rather take the dogs to the park next time.

On Sunday (today) morning Gabi went with me and my parents and gran to my brother’s for coffee. She was well behaved.

In the afternoon we went to a park to meet up with our regular pack of doggy friends. I left home 5 minutes later than planned and ended up driving for ages, because the friends were using a different entrance (it’s a huge park). I was quite late and Gabi seemed nervous of the other dogs from the get go. She seemed to have forgotten the other doggies in our group or maybe she just wasn’t feeling social. It was also a bit cool and I didn’t pack a sweater for her. She sat on my lap most of the time.

I had some dog biscuits for the pack. One of the dogs loves getting treats (and can get a bit aggressive about them) and even after getting her treat she was standing there right in front of me. I was holding a biscuit for one of the dogs who was playing with his ball and looked away for the little girl in front of me (and Gabi on my lap). The next thing I knew she was coming at us and probably snapped at  Gabi. I rolled back trying cover Gabi best I could, hurting my wrist in the process. The other dog’s mom called her off and took her and her sister for a walk. Gabi wasn’t injured and probably had a fright. When the dog, who really is a beautiful and lovely girl, came back she  gently up to me. Almost as if to say she was sorry.  We put some rescue drops (homeopathic sedative) on Gabi’s ears and I took her on a walk, which seemed to help.

It was a rather eventful weekend and Gabi sleeping it off.