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 I took Gabi for a walk at the spruitjie again. We have gone here many times before, but today something completely different happened. Gabi was chasing at something that was in the reeds. This is not that unusual, but she used to run into different bushes. Bushes which have recently burned down.
So… today she ran off like a crazy rabbit. Bounce, bounce, bounce, splash! She had bounced right into the stream! In the 4 months I’ve had her, I have never seen her swim. On this cold, windy, winter’s day, she had her first splash.
She ran out of the water like a bat out of hell, shivering and shaking water off. It was quite late in the afternoon and most of the sunshine had gone, so she must’ve been cold. She was also somewhat smelly.
I called my mother and told her what had happened. We gave Gabi a nice warm bath (which she wasn’t too impressed with), as soon as I got home with her. This is quite a messy undertaking and meant that I had to take a shower.
Gabi now smells clean and looks all bright and shiny. She’s snug in a warm sweater, sleeping under her blankey, exhausted after a ruff day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.