Tag: snow

Two Sides

Two Sides

Heading into winter, my favourite season of the year, there are two sides to it and I embrace both equally passionately: The Cold and Dark, and the Warm and Comfy.ย  I am just as happy to be out in the cold air, in a dark […]

I bring the snow

I bring the snow

If I want it, I bring it! Even Georgia didn’t stand a chance, it seems! It wasn’t a lot, but it certainly surprised the socks off the Georgians! (Photo not from this snow, but from Germany last winter. I miss the snow there. Photos I […]

moar snow!

moar snow!

Was sitting here and felt it come over all gloomy and cold… and BAM, looked out the balcony door and it’s snowing heavily, sideways!

Happened so suddenly. Glad the dogs haven’t seen it yet, because they’ll want out ๐Ÿ™‚

Another morning, another walk

Another morning, another walk

I was cautiously optimistic this morning, after our early morning toilet break – Gina’s poop was… better… showed improvement. But then Azzie went and it started out good, and ended up terrible. So both got their sucralfate tablets (thankfully G ate hers without too much […]

A New Year

A New Year

So. 2015 huh? And still no flying cars. Tesla’s are cool, of course – but they don’t fly…. yet. ISIS are making a concerted effort to f**k the world up. America slips deeper into idiocracy. (That movie is a scary warning, which unfortunately no Americans […]

First winter snow

First winter snow

Happy snow dogs, lemme tell ya!

Treats, please!

Day … whatever of Life Without Facebook and I don’t miss it at all ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally the snow has come for the winter and hopefully more to come – my dogs were BORN for this, they LOVE it!

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Even Gina sheds her normally stoic exterior and becomes a nutcase in the snow!

Gina doing zoomies

A little quiet around here with husband away, but we’re used to it. It’s only really difficult at night – but the dogs like the extra space on the bed! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay frosty!

A mental raccoon moment

A mental raccoon moment

*rustle rustle* Hello ๐Ÿ™‚ I realised I haven’t posted in a while and I wanted to gather myself a bit and put down my thoughts from the last few weeks.   * Azzie is coming along very nicely. We seem to have sorted out her […]

End of the world? Just as we know it?

End of the world? Just as we know it?

Woke up this morning and had REM’s song “It’s the end of the world as we know it” running through my mind ๐Ÿ™‚ 21st December 2012. (21.12.2012 in normal usage… 12.21.2012 for the Americans) I’m hoping the “end of the world” just means an end […]

Upon reflection…

Upon reflection…

Another much better night with Azzie after my husband and I made some compromises with her – I came to some conclusions about myself and about the dogs, and about life in general. Very deep, I know – but it happens sometimes.

She slept 4 hours, did her business outside quickly, and then slept another 5 hours right up until the time my husband and I normally wake up – I set no alarms, but let her wake me when she needed to go out. I was so proud of her! I managed to get at least 6, maybe 7 hours of sleep this way, as opposed to 3 or 4. It caused a marked improvement in my attitude and mental state, let me tell you.

She also vomited up the (entire) soft cloth chew toy that she guzzled down 2 days ago, early this morning. I so relieved that it came out in tact, and that it had not caused any damage to her insides.

She grows daily – she is now too large to sleep in her crate and that’s another reason we came to a compromise: she gets her “in your bed” treat ball, and she happily goes into her crate turns around and sits for it. She eats it in the crate, but then is free to come out and sleep where she wants in the bedroom. Surprisingly, this is not always ON the bed, as I assumed it would be. She likes to be able to stretch out, and to find different areas of the room to stay cool. Berners run very warm most of the time (summer is a nightmare for these poor pups) so she spends a lot of her time (And Gina as well) laying on her back with her legs in the air, on the cold tiles. She gets up on the bed only after I’ve taken her down for her loo break (around 0130) and demands cuddles… then gets off and goes and plops down (The Berner Flop) somewhere to get cool again.

I also noticed (this morning) a wonderful improvement in her eating habits – she no longer hoovers the food down, but actually chews each piece and slowly investigates her food toy to make sure she gets all the yummy stuff out. She even LEFT some kibble in her bowl this morning!

She is also taking her treats so much more gently! No longer biting your fingers or shoving your hand halfway down her throat.

There has been a breakthrough in her attitude, as well as mine, I think.

I hope it continues – I will be disappointed, but not surprised, if she has a few relapses. She’s just pup – but she’s definitely starting to show the gentle Berner nature now, in between stubborn fits, of course ๐Ÿ™‚

Gina is playing more with her as well. They sleep next to each other sometimes, in the passageway and on the one bed that I put down in the lounge (there is another bed, but Azzie wants to be close to Gina if at all possible – I think this is why the compromise has worked: She feels like part of the family, finally.)

They are BOTH enjoying the snow so much it’s ludicrous! Azzie does head first plowing and flops over and rolls around in it at every opportunity – especially soft powder snow! Gina eats the icy bits and loves to catch the snow if you throw it in the air for her. She is loving the cooler weather as well. These dogs were born for this, and it shows!

 

Clean slate, fresh start.

Clean slate, fresh start.

Due to some technical issues, I have unfortunately kinda “lost” my old posts and media. My techno-whiz friend Vanessa (of The Vanessa Macleod Creative Agencyย ) has done what she can to save my archives (all the way back to 2006!) and they will be available […]