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Shanta Cracks the Sads

By Enrichment, Food, Nosework, Puppies, Transport, Walking1,363 Comments

Here we are and it is getting colder. It is dark already when I am getting my dinner. Something is very different. Is it weird at your house?

Usually I go for a walk with Meg and then come home and we have breakfast. Meg then goes out in the car. I don’t know where she goes, but she comes home with the smell of dogs on the legs of her pants. I don’t like that much.

And at night she goes out and it’s the same thing. On two nights I know that the smell is puppies, and one other night it is dogs. But the best night is when we go in the car together and I get to go sniffing. It is fantastic! I get lots of chicken and some chews while I’m waiting in the car for my turn.

But now everything has changed. Well not everything actually – we still go for a walk and have breakfast, but now Meg is sitting at the computer all day and I go in the office and stay with her to make sure she is OK.

She doesn’t go anywhere in the day or out at night. And we don’t go anywhere in the car to go sniffing.

I like it when it is warm and sunny because then we are in the garden for a bit. Meg is cutting branches and pulling up little plants and throwing them in the bin. I just don’t understand her. At other times she is putting plants in the ground and telling me to stay off the garden beds so the plants can grow.

I am a good dog and I don’t go on the garden.

Its very quiet at our house with no visitors, but I am getting lots of pats and snuggles.

Is it quiet at your house?

The Joys of Sniffing

By Behaviour, Nosework, Walking991 Comments

by Shanta the Wonder Dog

I’m walking, sniffing smells,
Which makes me feel so well.
I love to read my peemail –
I think this one’s a female.
I’ll leave a short reply.

I know this tree so well;
it guarantees a smell.
Possums have been climbing.
(I have heard them fighting.)
I think I will walk by.

This peemail smells so strong;
It hasn’t been here long.
It’s Leeroy – he’s close by –
With him I am not shy.
I urgently reply.

So many smells to please,
Come drifting on the breeze.
I’m full of joy, I am –
I think this one’s a spam.
I’ll leave this one alone.

I can’t believe my nose;
This smells like it is clove.
Oh! My senses quicken –
This will earn me chicken.
I’ll stick here, most alert.

You’re Hot? How About Us Furry Hounds?

By Behaviour, Enrichment, Food, Nosework, Products, Socialisation, Training, Transport, Walking965 Comments

Summer is with us and along with it has come the scorching heat. And some days have been very smoky – Meg says it is a fire.

Meg and I have a machine that blows out cool air. She said it was an Eggnitioner. I haven’t seen any eggs yet.

We went to visit my friend Leeroy and his human Anne. They don’t have an eggnitioner but they have a fan. That helps make wind, which is a bit cooling. Leeroy has a special mat to lie on that is cool and if he goes out he has a cool coat and a cool bandana that he sometimes wears. He is an older boy and feels the heat more than I do. Meg said she is going to get me a cool mat for in the car.

Leeroy likes frozen fruit to eat. I tried it but was not very keen. He also likes his meat frozen in Kongs like I do. We had one each. His was a big black one and mine was a smaller blue one. We agreed they were delicious.

Meg and Anne are going to take us out for a walk in the morning before it gets hot. Then we can come home and have a big sleep.

Meg has got a new gate built for the back of the car. When we go anywhere in the car, like nosework, we can park under the trees and she can open the back of the car and I am safe inside the car with my water bowl, cool mat, cool treat and shiny cover over the roof, till it is my turn to ‘go sniffing’. She hops in the back with me and reads sometimes. It is very pleasant.

She never leaves me in a hot car.

Keep cool and enjoy the rest of summer with your human. I know I will!