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Ramsgate Holiday (part 1)

Published January 24, 2013 by lowercase v

Sunday (13 January)
Woke up when it was still dark out and started to drive. We had breakfast around nine at a lovely little tea garden at the Little Church in Van Reenen. We chose this as our breakfast spot because it is dog friendly. We got to Ramsgate around two. We unpacked and had some coffee. We went for a short drive to the main beach. Only after walking the beach with Gabi, did we see the no dogs sign. Nobody complained though, but it was pretty quiet. Gabi was exhausted and spend the most of the remainder of the day sleeping. Until she saw a ginger cat. I had no problem falling asleep.

little church DSCN9005

Monday
Our fir morning waking up in the holiday flat.Woke up early, around six. After breakfast we drove to the beach and went for an exploratory walk. Gabi enjoyed running and sniffing on the beach. We play fetch, but their was no treats so we had to catch her every time to get the ball. Then went home for the parents to change into their swimsuits. We went back to the beach to swim. Gabi had a long run at what seemed like full speed. She didn’t seem to like the waves, but had no problem running through streams and puddles. She tried to jump up a rock that is 5 foot high by the looks of it, but didn’t quite make it. She then was exhausted and ran to the parking area to find our car. We went back to the flat for lunch and rest. Gabi was exhausted  Early afternoon I took her out side (in the street) for a walk. I didn’t get far before I saw something in the road. At first I thought it was a cat, but then it stood on its hind legs and I could see. It was a monkey. Then I saw more of them at the side of the road, in the vegetation. I wondered if we should just turn around, but I foolishly decided to carry on. When we got closer to the corner, the monkeys didn’t seem like they would run the other way so I picked Gabi up in my arms. The one monkey, a male, wasn’t intimidated by Gabi’s new height and followed us up the street. I would stomp my feet and say NO, but he’d just pause and then keep following us. Eventually we reached a house where there were some workmen were outside and the monkey went up a tree. We continued up the road until the next intersection and then we turned around. There were no sign of the primates on our way back. However, later, when my parents returned from the mall and the monkeys got in to the apartment building’s yard when they drove through the gate. Everyone went inside and closed their doors while the monkeys raided the trash. The next time I took Gabi out they were gone. Gabi kept bugging me to go outside. There are so many things to sniff and there is a ginger cat she seems to be itching to chase. It’s different here than at home, because here we’re not on the ground floor with a private garden. I don’t always know if Gabi’s just being silly or if she has to potty.

Gabi on the beach

Tuesday
An overcast  and breezy day.We drove to Trafalgar and had a nice walk on the beach. Gabi had a blast running back and forth between me and my parents. On the way back we stopped at a farm stall and took a chance by carrying Gabi with us. The owner, who has a Jack Russel, loved Gabi and said we could put her down on the ground. When we got back to the flat Gabi was exhausted. Not too exhausted however to want to go chase the cat down the hall. We had dinner at the Crayfish Inn. They were kind enough to allow Gabi in. It was still early and we were the only patrons. The floor was cold and hard and I didn’t bring Gabi’s sleeping bag so she was standing under the table the whole time. They even brought her a bowl of water.

Wednesday
We went for a walk at the beach. We played fetch and Gabi buried the ball. We forgot to get it and the ball got left behind. A rainy afternoon. Gabi she figured out she could go through the safety door and she ran out and went to bark at the ginger cat. I had to go and pick her up. Later when it cleared up, my parents went to swim at the main beach while Gabi and I walked to our beach.

iitalian greyhound on beach

Thursday
A drizzly morning. We went to our beach for a short walk and to look for Gabi’s ball, but it was gone.

Friday
A very humid day. We drove to Trafalgar again for our morning walk. In the afternoon my dad and I went to swim at the main beach of Ramsgate, while my mother who was tired stayed at home with Gabi. It is a nice flat swimming beach without rocks underfoot between the flagged area. Gabi was ecstatic when we got home. However she darted out when we opened the safety door to go bark at the ginger cat who was lying on his welcome mat. I went to pick up Gabi and the cat’s owner came outside to get her. Naughty Gabi. It was raining pretty hard this evening. I think it’s going to be an early night.

Iggy working on tan

Splash!

Published June 25, 2012 by lowercase v

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.

italian greyhound in grass

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.

sleeping italian greyhound

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.

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.

New friends, Kind of.

Published March 11, 2012 by lowercase v

Gabi and I went to the park in Emmarentia with some friends today. She was scared at first and even jumped up in to my arms, but as she came to see that this was a pretty harmless pack.

pick me up iggy    confident iggy in park

Later on she even sniffed a few bums, but was not quite ready quite ready to play. Most of the time she stuck close to me. We had quite an array of dogs: A male Bull-terrier (Seun), A Collie-mix (Chance), a Cocker Spaniel (Ziva), A Golden Retriever (Anja) and her sister the Springer Spaniel (Emily). Most of the others had a swim but Gabi made sure she stayed away from the water.

i'll just watch you dogs from here

I'll just watch you dogs from here!

When she felt more confident she even had a little trot. She was exhausted when we left and probably slept for most of the car ride. I’m sure next time she sees her new friends she might just play with them!

gabi italian greyhound loves to run

I love to run!

Thanks to Roleen for taking pictures! Photos: (c)Roleen Scheepers 2012