I’m Enjoying Snuggles

By Behaviour9 Comments

I can’t remember when it was that I stopped wanting lots of patting and snuggles. I seem to remember that it felt great when I was a puppy, but somewhere along the way I stopped enjoying it as much.

Mr Dillon, who was my house brother, had some rules, which he told me about when I arrived.

  1. All the balls belonged to him. I could have the tug toys because he didn’t play with them.
  2. I was not to get on the couch with the humans. He said they belonged to him. I think he didn’t like me getting on peoples’ knees either.

I think maybe that was when I stopped cuddling and moved away if I was being patted.

Dillon hasn’t been here for some time and now I’ve found that I really love sleeping on the couch. Sometimes I sleep tucked up around peoples’ feet if they lie on the couch. Other times I sleep curled up on a doona that is on the couch. I have my own pillows that I sleep on when the doona isn’t there. Meg puts it in the white box that swishes water around and sings a song before it stops. I am not sure why, but it smells different when I get it back.

I have a special, small, purple pillow that our friend Anne made for me when I was little. She thought that I would love to carry it around in my mouth like her dog Elroy did. I don’t. I love pouncing on it, attacking it and shaking it pretending I’m killing a very big rat.

Well back to the snuggling. I sleep on the bed with Meg and when it gets very cold I even get under the doona and snuggle up really close. Now that Dillon is not there on the bed with me I have a new game. In the morning when Meg wakes up, I push my head into her shoulder and rub my face around her neck and sneak in a couple of licks of her neck. Then I get up and stand on her chest and put my face close to hers and stare at her, which makes her laugh. She talks in a funny voice and says it feels like I am wearing stilettos. That must be a type of harness. She says, “I can’t take the pressure”. I am sure it is the intensity of my stares because then she is forced to get up and make my breakfast. I love our early morning snuggles. I bet Mr Dillon would be jealous if he was here.

The Joys of Sniffing

By Behaviour, Nosework, WalkingOne Comment

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.

Warm Tidings from Shanta

By Behaviour, Enrichment, Food, Grooming, Products, WalkingOne Comment

Is it only Melbourne dogs that talk about the weather all the time?

I’m not sure, but the hot weather has certainly made sleeping very difficult. Usually I love to snuggle up under a doona but it has just been too hot for that. Some nights it has been so hot I have got off the bed and slept on the floor where it is a bit cooler.

I have had my wooly coat cut to a short back and sides to escape the heat and I feel much better for it.

If you are a lucky dog, such as my self, you really appreciate having owners that walk you early in the morning or later in the evening when the weather is not so hot.

Some owners do not realise that because we don’t wear shoes, we get burnt feet when the roads and pavements are hot.

Meg says if you humans can’t hold your hand flat on the footpath or road for ten seconds, it is too hot to walk your dog! She is very wise.

Sometimes it is so hot some of my friends say they don’t feel much like eating but I love my food and Meg serves it cool from the fridge. She even feeds me frozen chicken wings (which are delicious), doggy ice blocks that taste of chicken water and have treats inside and sometimes a chew sticking out of them like a handle, and frozen Kongs filled with goodies. Who wouldn’t want to eat that?

When I have been at home I haven’t spent as much time in the garden as I like to, but have lounged around inside in front of the eggnitioner (still no eggs to report). I was outraged to hear that some owners leave their dogs outside on hot days. Some have even been left without shade or water. That is so awful! I think … if Meg saw this happening, she would tell someone who would come and take those dogs away.

I am glad that there are less bushfires and it is not as smoky as it was a while back. That was really unpleasant and Meg says a lot of animals in the bush got killed.

I bet most of you didn’t know that Poodles were such thinkers. Only a Poodle owner would know that.

You’re Hot? How About Us Furry Hounds?

By Behaviour, Enrichment, Food, Nosework, Products, Socialisation, Training, Transport, Walking7 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!