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Dasher's Italian Greyhound blog 2016

This is the continued story of Italian Greyhound Dasher started in July 2009 - see old blogs. The latest "happenings" will be put on at the top at frequent intervals, so the story unfolds from the bottom and up! He lives with his nephew Solo.
I have videos of Lure Coursing and other doggy things on YouTube under my name: sighthounddotnet
Email me or go back at any time to my sighthound.net start page.
Happy reading! - Janet

(Photo: Italians Solo 2 years and Dasher 6 years January 2016.)
back to 1st blog July 2009 - 2nd 2010 - 3rd 2011- 4th 2012 - 5th 2013 - 6th 2014 - 7th 2015 - 9th 2017

Saturday the 7th of January and a new blog started for 2017! Click here


Tuesday the 3rd of January 2017 - and still the eighth blog!
Well, we survived the horrors of the New Year's Eve celebrations, (also the postbox!), and are starting the nasty January weather. Dasher was scared but not trembling, just hating it when they started all the fireworks.

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I think you can see the misery Dasher is in, and the relaxed calmness of Solo?
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Solo was unaffected, but couldn't understand his friend's peculiar behaviour, so he sometimes sat beside him and sometimes wanted to play, which Dasher was having none of!
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Saturday the 31st of December
The last shot of the year, a misty, dull grey morning walk, with the miserable weedkiller-filled field...2017 can only be better!
I'll be starting a new blog next year!
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Wednesday the 28th of December
Solo HATES collars and harness, but above all, he cannot see the point of having a warm coat. Here he is, as he goes every day, cringing to the floor with the hatred of being dressed for a walk. ALL my other dogs figured out straight away, that a warm coat was a MUST when the weather's cold, but Solo wants me to take him out just as he is! Dasher just stares in amazement, waiting for us to go. HE wouldn't dream of going out "undressed"!
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Monday the 26th of December
Saw the biggest cat ever this morning! The dogs spotted it first, got the smell in the wind, no doubt. They went hysterical. I got the camera out with great difficulty, so only "shaky shots"!!
It had an enormous fur coat so when it finally ran, it had difficulty moving.
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Sunday the 25th of December
We celebrated Christmas the Danish way last night with the family, (had a wonderful time), and the dogs were exhausted running around following what was going on and seeing if they could steal anything edible. Here they are finally crashed out on the sofa!
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Thursday the 22nd of December
Two dear sighthound friends dropped by before Christmas, who I meet up with at Lure coursing - and by accident, I took this very funny picture. I didn't think so much of it, but the young mother in the picture laughed her head off!
THEN I saw what she meant! I will call the picture: "The modern mother of today!"
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She is breast feeding her baby, whilst holding a plate with the chocolate cake I served, and the other hand is holding her mobile and looking up some information about a dog we were discussing whilst Solo delicately smells her chocolate-breath AND she is holding a lively conversation with us at the same time!!!!!!


Friday the 16th of December
A cat, which I know well, (a fantastically friendly tom who tries to get petted by everyone who passes, even follows people along quite a way), stood his ground as the dogs approached, whimpering with frustration and pulling like wild horses.
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I had time to get the camera out as we approached and take these shots.
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He finally decided he had best give way to them!
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Wednesday the 14th of December
My flags beside dog's poos DO have one effect: I often meet three wonderful Day Care ladies with 4-5 toddlers each and I sometimes chat briefly with them. The children are from 1 year to 3 years and very adorable. (In Denmark, mothers are paid to stay home and look after their baby the first year - a wonderful system.) But one toddler wondered off as we talked and was about to step on the grass verge near one of my flags, which marked a dirty spot. Immediately the Day Care lady called out “Don’t go near the flag, Christina! You know why they are there!” and the child turned back immediately. So they are using the flags to stop the children inadvertently stepping in “something” on the long walks they go on every morning.  So at least I am achieving something: Teaching small children that the Danish national flag represents a dog’s poo!!!! Hmmm......


Sunday the 11th of December
See my photo from the 26th of October of a dog's poo covered in "hair" - so amazing - well yesterday I spotted one with the thickest hair EVER - ready for the Guinness Record book!!! (All gone the next day!) Would you believe it? It's the mild, damp weather we are having, that allows the fungi to grow.
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If ONLY everyone would clear up after their pooch, you could be spared this sight!!!


Sunday the 5th of December
The early morning sun over the field where I walk. (The farmer has sprayed everything with weed killer,
hence the "harvest time look" - everything's stone dead.)
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Friday the 3rd of December
Just 31 days in which to wear his Santa costume - thanks to Dorte who sewed it! It's quite a head turner round here.
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Suddenly they saw a cat in the middle of the path!
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A few frustrated shrieks from Dasher and it changed it's mind about casually hanging about!
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Saturday the 26th of November
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It was Solo's birthday yesterday: Four years old and still going strong! A lot of grey hairs over his head though, but it makes him look even more attractive! Here he is doing his favourite thing: Checking out the kitchen table for leftovers, crumbs etc.
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Tuesday the 22nd of November
There were two deer over a hill on the dog walk this morning! I have seen them together before.
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Below: Dasher investigates up on the wall of boulder stones. Denmark is full of round boulder stones from the ice age glaciers that rolled them smooth over millions of years down what is now the North Sea, (and forming low-lying Denmark), and farmers during hundreds of years have turned them up when ploughing and tossed them onto what's become a boundary wall between two large fields. Of course, nature with winds, rain, wild seeds etc. have taken over so the stones can rarely be seen. This is the wall I walk beside into the old village, many times a week. A grassy path that has kindly been created for us by the farmer owning this side of the wall.
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Below: Spotted racing at the speed of light across the bathroom floor last night! I put it in a glass and tipped it gently outside, but it won't survive unless it makes it into the neighbour's house! So have a thrill looking at it!
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Monday the 21st of November
Yesterday, I had the most wonderful day at the Danish Sighthound club’s last and very cosy and Christmassy show of the year in Nyborg, on the island of Fyn.
(Photo here shows Ring 1 and very late in the day, so most had gone home.)
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A friend offered me a lift as she was passing nearby with her new Whippet puppy of 5 months to be shown in “Puppy Class”, (to please the breeder!), and her two oldest sons of 10 and 8, who were with her for fun and experience but as hubby didn't fancy going, so I took his place in the car!
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Photos above, instead of barking as usual, my two were silent and loved her on sight, greeting her in the driveway!!!

Her oldest son was going to show under “Child and Dog”/Junior Handling.
When we arrived at the sports hall, we were shocked to see the hall with it’s 3 rings, was packed to the eyebrows, but we managed to squeeze in between a Greyhound and Irish Wolfhound breeder friend of mine and another Greyhound owner.
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Photo above: The boys encouraging baby Fauna to "do her business" before we go in. Right: She greets a Greyhound.
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Beside us was the extremely affectionate Greyhound "Sally". The little girl in light blue who's parents owned Sally, was very keen on Solo, since he was more her size. She finally got my permission to take him for a walk around the hall and he, who has never been properly socialised, knew he was outnumbered and was an angel dog the whole day! (They know too, when they are amongst "their own kind", all mine have always been racists!)
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Below: A brief glimpse in the distance of the little girl walking Solo around. Alle manner of people helped hold his lead for me off and on during the day, when I wanted to photograph. I just told him to "Wait a minute!" and he did! He relaxed in his black travel bag.
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It so happened, that Sally's kind owner gave Sally a treat, whilst Solo looked on so longingly, yet staying obediently in his bag, that I asked if he could have one too, which the owner very kindly gave him.
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=cThTOQPWGd0

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It was a great day, tho' very long for my friends, who left home at 8 am and were not home until about 8 pm.

Friday the 18th of November 2016
I thought Solo looked amusing wrapped up in the blanket with just his head showing!
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Then Dasher jumped up, not to be outdone, he sits and poses for the camera!
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Thursday the 17th of November
Solo's been after my shoe again! Never chews them, he just wants to make a statement of some sort!!!
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Saturday the 12th of November
Solo has been drinking Svend's coffee yet again!
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Who me?
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The snow on Wednesday.
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An enormous footprint!
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On the pretty walk this morning.
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Wednesday the 9th of November
We went from Halloween til Christmas overnight!
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Italian Greyhound owner Brian Kaagaard
has kindly sent med some super photos he took from LC on Sunday the 30th October and Saturday the 16th.
Solo in red jacket and Athena in white.
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Whippet owner Jette, whom we've known for years at the racetrack, very kindly started Solo, so I could film.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nNzsQLElfE
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And from Saturday the 16th of October: Look at the horses staring and wondering!!!!
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Nearly there!
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No video the 16th as there was fine rain most of the time.
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At the kill!
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Thank you Brian!

My eldest son was in North Italy a couple of weeks ago and spotted these two Italian Greyhounds in a women's fashion shop window. They are flat and sewn with a grey textured material.
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Monday the 7th of November
Had the family to lunch yesterday and here are 3 pictures. Running a 5 star restaurant doesn't leave much time for photographing!
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The dog's night cage is always a hit. Everyone's squeezed in there at some time or other! Then Solo and Dasher crawl all over everyone looking for somewhere to sit - so nice to have a dog's bottom shoved up in your face!
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Youngest Grandchild is fascinated!

Sunday the 6th of November
At last, the video from the fabulous day Lure coursing the 30th of Oct. seen below - and the last time this year:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nNzsQLElfE
We were so lucky as it rained all the day before and was dull, cold and damp the day after and now the temperature has dropped to frost at night.


Saturday the 5th of November
Lovely autumn colours on the morning dog walk...
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and a dandelion has hurried to grow up, flower and go to seed before all the rest of the grass! Seen on a local grass area.
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Sunday the 30th of October
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Had a WONDERFUL sunny last lure coursing day with Solo at my favourite venue, Jørlunde in Slangerup. None of my kind lift-givers could make it, so I took two busses and two trains plus a walk to get there - nearly 3 hours each way - but well worth it! There is a good website called rejseplanen.dk (the travel plan) where you can write in your start address then where you want to go plus time of leaving OR time of arrival pus of course the date, at it works out your whole journey, the connections, times of every train and bus etc. You can print it out and take with you. You can see "Street view"of the stations and they also show the route up and down streets to walk if necessary, so I am well prepared and never "go wrong"!
The weather was incredibly beautiful with almost no wind, so a perfect day to finish the season with.
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Below Solo in red jacket partnered with Athena. They ran well.
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Left, the Starter Per gives the signal that they are ready (arms up) then he thumps their backs to say "release!" and they are off!
(Thank you Jette for your help so I could film it!) - below, they race off and give it all they've got!!! See Video above!
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Below is a great photo by Ib Borg! Thanks Ib!
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They both kill it!
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I could "park" Solo in a cage in Karin's van
wth her three Afghans! He has tried this before and doesn't protest But curls up in his travel bag!
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Solo standing beside a beautiful borzoi. I held the camera low and took a chance, but unfort. I cut his feet off!!
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Irish Wolfhounds in the sun!
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A truly wonderful day together with the nicest people!
Video from the day: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nNzsQLElfE


Wednesday the 26th of October
Dog poos grow the most incredible long hair at this time of the year! One could almost stroke it!!! All part of the rotting down process, some fungi or other has a feast for just a few days!!! The dog owner really should see this!
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I was amazed on the dog walk this morning, so see that a very large field opposite the school, (otherwise sown with ankel high corn!), has suddenly been dug up in very precise rows as far as the eye can see.
I spotted a man working in one of the trenches and went over to him. I said I just HAD to know what’s going on! He told me it is an archaeological excavation. (The burial mound seen behind is from the bronze age.) Then they will make some roads and sell plots off so it will become a new housing estate! We will get a lot of new neighbours – in the course of time!

Manday the 24th of October
A miniature acer by the front door, turns bright red at this time of year!
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Thursday the 20th of October
Hands up those who can remember the nearly a ton of earth delivered in our driveway? All gone now!
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Autumn in our little village today:
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Our raspberries are still slaving away, unaware of winter just around the corner!
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I am SO sick to death of the many dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs. We live in a lovely and well cared for area, so it is disgusting to see it ruined. Especially as the local people cut the grass in a neat path leading to the school, so the school children do not have to walk beside the road, but can take this pretty short cut, yet even here, the children and other walkers are not respected by many dog owners.
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In protest, I put the Danish flag down to mark out where the messes are and help the children notice and run around them.
Plus it is the only way I know of protesting. Then the owners cannot walk past the next day and pretend they cannot see anything from the day before. See how many there are! It's like this almost the whole way to school!
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The flags, each on a wooden "toothpick" meant for birthday cakes, rot down at about the same rate as the poos!!!

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Tuesday the 18th of October
A wonderful day's coursing last Sunday! Cold, windy and fine rain off and on, but we still enjoyed ourselves to the full!
I was lucky to get a lift from a Whippet friend, who had room for both dogs! Dasher's first LC this year!
He ran with "Tesla" but lost sight of the hare halfway and ran back to me. She found the hare and ran on very well.
Photo below of Tesla left and Dasher right about to start.
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Second time she ran was against Solo, they were well matched and ran a perfect course. I couldn't film it due to the rain. This was the last run to earn her a racing license! She is declared professional now! So her owners were well pleased.
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The only photo of Solo as he sped off after the hare and ran off the screen!
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Dasher was just a little nervous of the huge Wolfhounds!
I was completely fascinated by these two SOOO different dogs! (Carlo is a VERY little Italian!)
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The only video from the day - due to the almost constant fine rain...
where new beginner Terry Whippet of only 9 months, does a perfect run - click on picture:
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Wednesday the 12th of October
I am treating the kitchen garden to some good compost earth!
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Solo's been up to his tricks again - I couldn't resist this photo - and NO, I did NOT pose the shoe in with them!
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The farmer is apparently letting this field have a "rest" now, but the silly thing is, that much of the corn has sown itself,
so he STILL has a field of corn coming up!
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I managed to photograph two deer just around the corner after the above photo. The deer always stand and stare as I do not look like I am going to shoot them when I have a bright red raincoat and a bright pink scarf, so they stand staring, but what scares them is when I stop up to photograph -THEN they take off in a flash of white tails!
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Still not sure!
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Thursday the 6th of October
Solo has eaten so many plums this last month or two, that he has put on weight! Luckily, there are hardly any left, but here he is looking up at the tree in vain!
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Tuesday the 27th of September
The field walk again and it's going back to nature with plenty of weeds growing up in the stubble!
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Friday the 23rd of September
Our neighbour's cat (left) and a strange cat locked in a deadly situation - in the middle of our road!
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The black cat was "growling" low tones and the neighbour puss was screaming high pitched "songs".
I waited ages in suspense as to how they would sort it out, but then I heard a car coming and as they would have been out of sight around the corner, so I had to shoo them away to safety!
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"UGH! Did somebody say I had to go outside?"


Tuesday the 20th of September
We have many "Red Admirals" at the moment!
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Sønday the 18th of September
Rounded a corner on the dog walk and there was a cat, caught by surprise!
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For once, I had both leads in one hand and could get the camera out whilst both dogs flipped out! Boy can they pull!!!
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It sized up the situation and suddenly fled! Below: Dasher's operation is almost invisible now!
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Tuesday the 13th of September
Phew! The evenings are very hot right now- when you are under a thick blanket!
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Below: Autumn is tinging the leaves in the nearby village.
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Monday the 12th of September
I took Dasher to Tivoli yesterday as it was their once yearly "open for all dogs" day! I was in the Danish Kennel Club Parade around the gardens, where the dogs are grouped 1-10 after the FCI rules, sighthounds being the last: 10!
I was shocked to see how few sighthounds came this year, but apparently there were several other arrangements that people had chosen - and Tivoli is very expensive. Below Dasher relaxing in his travel bag on my lap on the bus to the station.
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But there were hundreds of lovely dogs in all shapes and sizes below "our" Greyhounds and only one Whippet.
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Three "Broholmers" a Danish breed and Dasher insists on sniffing the furthest away dog, who is sitting. They don't seem to even know he's there!!!
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Below: Our lovely Greyhounds - my friend takes them all on the train with her to Tivoli - I would just love to see the other passenger's eyes popping out when she gets on at her station! (They travel at the price of a child - but must not use a seat.)
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One rests his head on the other! They nearly fall asleep with boredom.
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Below, carefully greeting a baby Italian Greyhound.
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Below, this Greyhound wants to play with the Whippet.
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But she puts him in his place with a woof!
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Friday the 9th of September
Solo checking for ripe plums.
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Monday the 5th of September
We had the whole family for lunch all day yesterday and I was kept so busy on the run that I never took one single photo -  most unusual!
However, here is one of my 20 year old Canary cross, who has become more tame and blasé in old age, trying to eat whilst professional (and very enthusiastic) bird-killer Solo is dribbling beside him!!!
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Wednesday the 31st of August
The corn has now been shaved down to the ground, bailed and carried away! The field is still a happy "golden" colour, I am not looking forward to seeing all the bare brown earth...photo from 2 days ago.
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I told the dogs I couldn't take them on their morning walk and at the same time they could see I had "the wrong jacket" on, so they understood immediately, came out of waiting for me in the mud room, and sat on the spare bed in the sun! They understand SO much...
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Tuesday the 30th of August
Dasher had his stitches taken out yesterday - and I got the result from the tests, and it was as the vet. had thought/hoped, a possible "one off" so there's no reason to think he will have this again.
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Above a bit sore-looking straight after the stitch removal and below this morning looking very healthy in the morning sun!
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Sunday the 28th of August
Grandchildren popped in for a quick lunch. The dogs are so patient and trusting with them.
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Louis is actually sitting in the bed with them in right picture!
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Thursday the 25th of August
Dasher is being so good to ignore his bristly stitches, that he is permanently out of his itchy "protection costume"!
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Below: More pink clouds - they are so pretty each evening.
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Below: From the kitchen garden!
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Wednesday the 24th of August
HELP!!! We have the dreaded "killer slugs" in our garden, first time this year - and this one is on the way in the front door!!!
(It's life ended very suddenly here!)

Read this interesting article about them: http://dailym.ai/2bWTjtj
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Dasher news: He is doing just fine and I am leaving his "protective clothing" off in the day today. He completely ignores the stitches - which I can't understand. So it's night-time only now.
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Couldn't look heathier? Below, sleeping after lunch.
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Below, enjoying the morning sun.
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Monday the 22th of August
Dasher sore is healing very well. Here is a photo from this afternoon.
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He is racing around and exercising as usual and a very happy dog.
It may interest some, that Danish vets, who used to prescribe penicillin blindly for everything not so many years ago, due to all the penicillin resistant bacteria problems, now never give penicillin - unless absolutely necessary. So Dasher has not had any, proving yet again, how unnessary it often is. Healthy animals with healthy sores CAN heal on their own - thank goodness!.
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Here he is after dinner!


Saturday the 20th of August
News bulletin: Dasher is doing just FINE! He doesn’t seem to notice a thing, not his stitches nor his odd, uncomfortable get-up of racing jacket and a sleeve. He’s happy and fresh like always. I give  a bit of painkiller every morn. Of course, in a week, the stitches will start to itch, so I will keep the outfit on for a while yet. Not much exercise today just to be safe.
No worries – well not yet anyway! As you can see, I cut the foot bit off.
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Below, they are both asleep here!
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Friday the 19th of August
About 16 days ago, I saw Dasher had a tiny pink bare spot on his right front leg. I thought he had "stabbed" himself on a plant etc. running in the garden. After about 10 days, I noticed it was slowly swelling up and forming a lump and got an appointment to take him to the vet. He was there at 9 am this morning and the vet is taking it very seriously and is this very moment operating to remove it and will do tests.
I am very worried.
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The latest: I collected Dasher at 13.45 today and the vet has done a brilliant job.
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He has taken an larger, elipse formed, area of skin, not just the actual growth and if it's what he thinks (and hopes he’s right), we will hear no more! So I have high hopes!
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The stitches come out in 10 days and then I can hear the results of the sample sent for testing - someone drove it to the main post office to be sure it got off in time! Our post is very slow these days.
I quickly sewed a sleeve from one of Svend's shirts, so Dasher cannot bite at the stitches, (much more humane that the torturous "Elizabethan collar":
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Eating a windfall plum after dinner as his dessert!!! I have painkillers to give him once a day.

Thursday the 18th of August
I was in the tunnel under a busy station today, with people walking at high speed to and fro to change platforms/trains or catch busses outside, and I see a huge pile of bird droppings in a corner on the floor. Of course, I look up and there is a neat swallow's nest with four healthy youngsters peering at me while I photograph them. HOW the parents could figure out to build in such a very public place, let alone discover the place underground - and with never a private moment and constant noisy people and trains constantly rumbling past just overhead, I'll never know!
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Below is before I zoomed in, and you can even see a train to the right!
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Friday the 12th of August
It always completely fascinates me,  the fungus that can grow overnight in the metal container we have in the kitchen, for old veggies and peelings intended for the compost. In the dark and stuffiness, this "cotton wool/hair” has grown enormous!
A quite amazing creation.
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Thursday the 11th of August
The late fruiting raspberry season has started early this year!
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The corn is STILL there! I enjoy it for "the last time" every day!!!
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Looking to the left, the red roof tops of the distant houses can just be seen.
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Yesterday I spotted a large hare!
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Solo asleep - decoratively!
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Trying to look innocent!!!
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Wednesday the 10th of August
Sometimes in the evening, we get the funniest pink clouds sail by!
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Below with a small flock of gaggling geese!
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Below, another evening:
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Below, the giant sunflower in the middle of the compost container is being mysteriously eaten! Looks weird!
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Saturday the 6th of August
The corn has still not been reaped this morning! It sure looks very ripe to me, but I'm no expert.
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Two deer were standing in this picture below, but as soon as I stopped up and groped for the camera, they were gone!
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Cheeky Solo jumped up to steal my lunch, but was disappointed, as I had lifted it away before getting up!
I know all his tricks!
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Below, the year's first potatoes grown in our compost container! A good crop - they were very small last year.
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Friday the 5th of August
The dogs move around the house following the shafts of sun that come in the windows!
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Thursday the 4th of August
The dogs "enjoying" playing on a trampolin with a friend's two boys! Funny, because they hated the one they tried on the 25th of May! This time, they stayed on, wobbling about and apparently quite at home!
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Tuesday the 26th of July
A plum tree has ripened fruit in this heatwave, Solo gets them all when they fall in some bushes.
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Below, Solo tells me with telepathy - again - where he wants the dog bed placed!
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Below, the corn will be taken any day now...
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Some of the little village I walk through...
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Saturday the 23rd of July
A wonderful (but very hot) day's Lure coursing today!
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Here are some photos taken by Lars Johansen of Solo racing around!
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Below: Just a speck in a giant field!
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Below, he kills the "hare" over and over!!
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Solo travelling in the foot well of my friend's car - it's very hot.
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Below: Her dogs, Karla and Camino are behind us:
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Walking the dogs after we arrive. Solo loves them and they are very friendly, sweet dogs - I love them too!
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Karla wants a good sniff - again!
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A teeny weeny video from the day will come soon. But it was too hot to leave the dogs in the car, and SO difficult photographing with hysterical Solo jerking at the lead!

Thursday the 21st of July
Sunbathing - only there's a cloud come along!
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Below: True to form, Solo's taken a shoe again! Right: It's so hot he's flopped out of the bed!
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Tuesday the 19th of July
I caught the little Oystercatcher family resting up on a roof on the dog walk today.
The adults train their two youngsters by flying around the whole neighbourhood screaming loudly !
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Monday the 18th of July
Solo spotted the cat! He was tense and ready for instant action. Dasher never saw it, but could smell something. Solo looked at Dasher to see if he was going to go beserk, saw he was relaxed, so he calmed down and I got them past without a sound!

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Friday the 15th of July
A blaze of colour from one of my hortensias:
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Below: Solo eating cherries for dessert! (Breakfast and lunch too!!! The stones pass though ok - so far.)
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Below, the corn is even riper now!
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Below: You can see 10 kilometres to the sea at the end of this path!
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Below: A sunflower grows in the middle of my compost holder - with potatoes all around, so pretty.
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Saturday the 9th of July
The 75 strawberries have packed up early after weeks of drought. I watered every evening, but not enough, (they tell me now), and the sun just dried them out again each morning. This is yesterday's pickings!
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Friday the 8th of July
The corn is slowly turning yellow!
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And the chickory is flowering! The most beautiful blue I have ever seen. The photos don't do justice.
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Not many blackcurrents this year as I cut them all down to the ground, but they are huge and juicy!
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Sunday the 3rd of July
Dasher got stung by a wasp yesterday evening. I heard him whimper and saw both dogs looked at the ground where a wasp was crawling around - which I immediately squashed! He suffered a lot of pain all evening as his leg swelled up, so we gave him lots of sympathy.
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I put some insect-bite cream on twice, but of course he licked it off again. Luckily he is fine again today.
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Solo uses telepathy to tell me where he wants his dog bed to be placed - so he can sunbathe!
I obey immediately!
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Satisfied dogs after their walk.
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The corn is ripening fast!
Compare with photo below!
Monday the 26th of June
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Went to a lovely day's Lure coursing yesterday! Below: Solo sitting on a chair inside the red tent!
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Below: Greeting Whippets Hugo and Ludvig, whom he's very fond of - then pushing on further to see what my friend has in her bag!!! Anything edible will do!
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Below: Solo starts together with Athena.
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See the little Lure coursing video here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEno46UciXo

Tuesday the 21st of June
After dinner there's a tradition for going out in the garden and having a dessert of wild strawberries!
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Sunday the 19th of June
Family to lunch and games in the garden where Solo got teased! He fetches a tennis ball, but is very possessive!
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Below: Of course the cage has to be tried out - again!
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Friday the 17th of June
Can this really be comfortable? They are outside sunning themselves - only the suns's gone in!
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Picked in one day: (Very small due to the drought here for months.)
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Sunday the 12th of June
Part of the wonderful walk across the fields into the old village.
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Wednesday the 8th of June
A short video from a very long hot and wonderful Lure coursing day, Saturday the 4th of June!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=brT7igg6Ap8

Tuesday the 7th of June
I went to Lure coursing with Solo on Saturday. Should have taken Dasher, but he's had a a mystery limp on right front leg, is OK now, but I am being careful!
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Greeting Athena, his running partner for the day - and friendly with two sweet Whippets, Ludvig and Hugo.
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They're off!
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A cute baby Whipppet who had NO idea what it was all about - but will soon be a wild bunny killer when he finds out!
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Waiting for the bus home at the bus station - note fag ends! He sits like an angel in his travel bag, is no trouble at all.

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Above: Right! Who runs and barks at the neighbour first?

Friday the 3rd of June
I was going out of the door when my eye caught this jumping spider sneaking very carefully down the wall to this resting fly. I was in suspense to see if it could grab the fly but alas, at the last second, the fly took off! Ugh!
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For more than 2 months, we have had so little rain, that the "lake" has dried up in the horse's field, so the two horses have discoverd new, juicy grazing grounds - much to the distress of the moorhens and peawits nesting there. This is most unusual dry weather. The peawits tried telling the horses off, but were totally ignored.
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Tuesday the 31st of May
Solo snuck into our bedroom and bathroom and was in heaven playing with the toilet roll, until he realised he was shut in and had to yelp for help!
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My favourite mauve rhododrendron on the patio -so beautiful.
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Pretty Aquilegia.


Wednesday the 25th of May
Last Sunday, thanks to my brother carrying a dog on bus and train, (I can only manage one under arm and on lap) we visited my son and daughter-in-law and had a wonderful lunch. Below, on way to the bus.
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Below: The two of them relaxing on the train! One on each lap in a travel bag.
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On their new trampolin!!!! Of course my son had to tease them! Solo quickly discovered that the outside perimeter was ok,
but Dasher was paralised!!!
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Below: Solo chilling out with our Grandson.
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Earlier, we were in Tivoli, here are two shots:
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Looking up a tree - and some tulips in the sun.
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The other day, Bella visited (being cared for by our son), and we knew she would chew the ball, but no dog has ever liked it and I've had it for years! Now it will never squeak again!
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Sunday the 15th of May
My brother on a visit to Denmark - giving Solo more shoe-stealing possiblities!!
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The beech trees are fantastic right now!
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Tuesday the 10th of May
Three brilliant photos by Ole Martin of Solo doing lure coursing on the 1st of May:
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Stolen from the Sighthound club's website!
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Yes, he's taken my doggy walks shoe again!
I know nearly all the photos here are of Solo, but he is the mischievous dog, while Dasher is the angel dog - he doesn't do anything naughty!!!


Sunday the 8th of May
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Look closely - how can this be a comfortable way to lie in a dog bed???
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Solo stole my "go anywhere doggy walk boot", my slipper and a biro - is this a hint???
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I nearly had a heart attack yesterday afternoon!
Dead tired after a long active day painting the house outside and cleaning, I thought I should turn my attention to the dogs – and Solo was missing! Ran around calling all over and finally see he has slid under the garden fence wire. Panic! Here's where he got out - temporarily blocked! Had had scraped the earth and torn at the hedge - probably after a bird or the neighbour's cat!
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I run round calling and blowing the soundless whistle he knows to come to. Realise I have only slippers on and no leash or collar, I sprint back. Round the side of the house again where there is a grassy lane and a younger woman comes out of a garden. She has seen him! She knew he was ours as she had seen me on dog walks. She had gone in to fetch some dog treats, but of course she didn’t know his name so she could not call him. I rush with her round to the back of the garden he was in and out he comes, eats her treats whilst I pop his collar and lead on. Phew, I dread to think what could have happened to him had he crossed a nearby main road...
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Solo jumps up to greet two of our guests!

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Horses in our local field enjoying the early morning sunshine.

Pigeon problems! They want to eat the sunflower seeds I put out for my Blue tits. First, it tooks lots of practice for them to withstand the huge swinging motion to and fro it does when they land, as they are very heavy birds - so I hung it even lower, to create even greater swinging to and fro, to put them off. But oh no, they found out how to tackle this gymnastic feat too!
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So I have bound a wire around, (not in picture) so they cannot reach down and steal the seeds! They can eat packets a day plus they make a terrible mess everywhere, so I am not letting them have any!


Wednesday the 4th of May
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Dasher is 7 years old today - how time flies!
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Our country busses give a very good service, freighting anything from wheelchairs, large prams, pushchairs, luggage and even bicycles! Here today a young woman with a puppy mastiff breed called Cane Corso - and he was just so well-behaved tho' protested quietly with a groan as he was really most uncomfortable and as the bus turned corners, he slid across the floor!  Not a breed that interests me, but he really was a charmer!
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Below: Our Japanese cherry is SOOO pretty right now! Right: Guess who's taken my shoe!
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Monday the 2nd of May
The mustard and rape seed is starting to flower. Will soon be quite a blinding yellow in the sun.
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Sunday the 1st. of May 2016
Another wonderful lure coursing day! Just two easy bus rides away and a kilometre walk. Solo is an angel, sitting obediently in his bag waiting for busses or on my lap. Here is a Whippet friend Maibritt starting him so I could film.
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Waiting to start.
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Per gives the hands up signal "ready to start" and Solo is impatient and can't wait as the hare begins to run!
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The tap on the back signal to start and Solo is already a blurr in the picture! He lost sight of the hare in the long grass and dips in the ground, but didn't give up, he searched for it, quickly found it and ran on perfectly. This happens often to Italians as they are that much lower to the ground and the Hare Master has a job keeping the hare near enough to keep an eye on, but not so near as the dog can grab it! A fine art that easily goes wrong!
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Here he is thoroughly shaking the plastic strips to make sure they are quite dead - several times over!!
After a short walk to calm his muscles down, he ate his lunch, walked again, then I had permission to put him in a cage in the van of an Afghan hound owner! Here he sat good as gold, whilst I could chat with the others and also lend a hand. Lure coursing is quite hard and tiring work for the many kind volunteers.
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Warming his feet on Dasher afterwards! It's dreadful the way Italians have to sit ON TOP of other dogs. It annoyed my Whippets as well. Dasher often gets sick of it, (it must be painful with bones and nails digging in...) and he tries to growl, but Solo doesn't care, he even sits on top of his head!!!

Tuesday the 26th of April
The lovely view I see every day on the doggy walk -and someone is celebrating a birthday, as a flag is up!
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Yes, that's a road - we are very high up. The island of Fyn is faintly showing in the distance.

Monday the 25th of April
I wake up to a thick layer of giant hail stones everywhere. It's freezing cold at the moment...
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Sunday the 24th of April
It snowed a little this morning! Big, decorative flakes - ugh! Below, the view up the road at 8 am.
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Below, the lawn - all melted within an hour - thank goodness!
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Pooing in the snow!

Thursday the 21st of April
Wall to wall blossoms right now! You'd think it had snowed! Well actually, snow showers and hail are promised in a day or two, but I'm keeping an open mind!
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Solo must have heard about the snow showers!
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Saturday the 16th of April
Another wonderful lure coursing day! Rain was promised but we only saw a few drips and there was even a weak sun. The rain came as we drove home! We all had a fantastic time exchanging doggy news! The new "hare machine" worked perfectly. The course was quite long, about 700 metres.
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Above left, sitting in the bus shelter waiting for the bus. Then lounging in the train with a window seat....
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...then crammed into the foot well of my friend's car on top of my feet, whilst, my friend's two Galgos
breath heavily down our necks! (He can't be on my lap because of the airbag.)
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Camino and Zara in the back of the car - trying to guess where we are going!
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Solo barks at a horse eating grass and it totally ignores him, so he stopped and could quietly get very near. Right, one of the decorative cakes!
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Solo is VERY focussed - and young Whippet owner kindly started him for me.
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Solo running at top speed shrieking his head off in frustration! He did actually catch the "hare" and this made him fall and do a somersault, but he was up and running the next second!
My Galgo friend very kindly drove me all the way home and so Camino and Zara came outside for a pee.
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Then they all prance around while we have a quick coffee in the kitchen!
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"Mum, she's drinking MY water!"
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Afterwards, the garden smells extra interesting!!!!


Friday the 15th of April
I was amused on the dog walk this morning to see the two horses I pass every day, enjoying lying down in the weak sun - and after I put the camera away, (of course!) the pied one started rolling to and fro on it's back!
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The first pansies! Two plants that have survived the winter.
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I have always read everything I can get hold of when I have a pet and so of course I own many books on Canaries
and other cage birds.
I had read that a little bird called a “Grey Singing Finch”, could be crossed with a Canary – but that the the young would be sterile, as with horse and donkey cross.
So I put my Grey Singing Finch in a large voliere in our lounge with a yellow Canary female and let nature do the rest!
Some time in mid-April 1996, 4 eggs hatched out, which I called Wonder 1 – 4. One male and three females.
All basically grey like Dad, but with a some yellow feathers as well.
Later, they came outside in my large outdoors voliere attached to my old drawing office, which they also had free use of through an open window. Two females died after only about 6-7 years, but the remaining two were a devoted pair who had their own private chirps of conversation and clearly a good friendship going - and she never laid eggs!.
Three years ago, the female died of old age at 17. This is the oldest any of my canaries has ever been. Thier hearts seem to just stop. She had been poorly for a few days.
But “Wonder 1” is still living on, singing loudly in our lounge, not even going blind as my 17-year olds mostly have done!
So happy 20th birthday to Wonder 1!
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Saturday the 9th of April 2016
Sitting enjoying a spot of sun, waiting for me to say the magic word! (Walkies!!!)
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Momma Blackbird waits impatiently for me to put bird food in the cycle basket, and passes the time by watching out for worms in the grass just a yard away!
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Wednesday the 6th of April
All alert as someone is coming!
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For Lisbet! Tete a tete trapped in the middle of a blaze of crocusses.
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Saturday the 29th of March
Crocus wall to wall - nearly blinding in the sun!
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Spot the dog! Dasher alseep in the kitchen.
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Tuesday the 29th of March
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Went to the year’s first Lure Coursing yesterday!
Up at 5.30, left home at 8.20 (you need good time when a dog is with!) took the bus to Slagelse Station.
The Intercity train comes in a few minutes later - and Solo is on his first public transport trip!
He was very amazed at everything, all eyes and ears, (and looking often at my face to see how I was taking it all!) but stayed nicely in his black leather bag, which meant he travelled free. He longingly eyed the comfy seat beside me and showed me he thought that would be far more fitting a seat for an Italian Greyhound!!!
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(Above: Reclining nonchalantly on the train table!)
At Høje Tåstrup Station, I got a lift from from a kind Whippet friend the last 3/4 hour’s drive. We arrived just before 11.am! (I travelled from west to east on our Danish island.) No good photos - SO difficult with Solo in tow. The run was a good 800 metres! Solo raced around like crazy in fine style. The little 8 year old Italian he was paired with, stopped halfway.
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Is there something interesting under there?
We had a WONDERFUL day, although the newly bought coursing machine, that is very smart with it’s remote control allowing the Hare Master to stand where ever he or she wants in order to see well, instead of as before where they had to stand holding the handlebars, did give trouble at first. (As all newly bought electronic equipment loves to tease us!)
Dropped off again at the station, I got the 18.13 Intercity train to Slagelse and the bus stood there waiting for me, so I was home about 19.30!!!

Saturday the 26th of March
We were out to dinner with a close friend yesterday. She has a Greyhound rescued from Spain. He has always been very frightened of men and with some, he cannot even bare to be in the same room. We've never seen the problem though, as he has always liked us - and various other men we have been together with at her house - but yesterday he excelled himself! He had long toyed with the idea of sitting on my lap but luckily he could self see that this was impossible, but inspired by the fuss I was making of him, (I’m very fond of him), he decided Svend had to have a wet “kiss” and ear wash as well!!! My friend took these two lightening shots, unfort. the best is out of focus in the rush, but you can still see what’s happening!
So not ALL men are “baddies”!
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Thursday the 18th of March
I have many encounters with cats on the dog walks but little chance to take photos with two mad killer dogs wrenching at their flexi-leads! BUT, this morning I suddenly spotted a pretty tortoiseshell cat hiding behind a tree with just it’s bum sticking out! I stop and reach for the camera with both leads firmly in a death grip in the other hand. I took the shot so quickly, it is out of focus. The cat realised the game was up when I stopped walking and it sprinted away, then circled us and stood staring as it could see both dogs were safely on leads! Cats do get their blood pressure up  - and mine!
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Below: Where did it go????
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Below: Cats love to stand and gloat!
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Friday the 18th of March 2016
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This morning it was misty and the entire local school was apparently holding a healthy "run around the area" day. There were children as far as the eye could see and they kept on coming as they were "released" from the school "a class at a time"! Wonderful to see such concentrated energy. The dogs got attention, of course.
Many were on skates and some were on tiny scooters that are popular here.
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I was MOST admiring (and laughing!) at these three girls sharing a scooter! Well done!
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Yesterday was sunny and the deer were there again near the hide! They stood staring for such a long time, I could get the camera out - but then they saw the dogs! I wear a bright red raincoat and ditto hat, so I think they could see that I wasn't a hunter in camouflage clothing out to kill them!
Saturday the 12th of March
After frost degrees last night, the temperature rose this morning creating a frosty mist, which drifted in and stuck icicles on one side of every plant!
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Thursday the 10th of March
On the dog walk over the fields this morning, I saw some deer. I managed to take some photos before they shot off at the speed of light! This was the best one.(The frame is a hide for bird watchers!)
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Wednesday the 9th of March
Had family to lunch on Sunday. Here is the 6 year old tradition where son Gregor carries Dasher around so his nose is a few centimetres from all our food. Dasher licks his lips over all the delicious food he ISN'T having any of! Later, checking in any customers needing help whilst Dasher wants to be petted!
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On the dog walk across the fields walk today, I could see that the local hares have realised spring is here and been fighting as there were a few tots of hare hair lying around!
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Below, taken in a rush so out of focus, but Dasher is actually sitting under Solos's stomach if you look closely!
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Tuesday the 1st of March
Dasher and Solo have one of their funny "kill each other" wrestling games, almost in silence apart from very heavy breathing. Unfort. all shots are blurred as they are SO fast! How they avoid harming each other, I'll never know, but there's not even a tiny squeak of pain!
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Saturday the 27th of February
I woke up to beautiful sun and everything "painted white" after a hard frost, but after an hour or so, a thick sea fog drifted in and quite spoilt the day. Here are the dogs on their walk.
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Thursday the 25th of February
Beautiful bright sunshine yesterday and today, waking up all the spring flowers!
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...and a wonderful sunset at the end of the garden:
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Funny way Solo sits on the settee!
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Sønday the 21st of February
Svend's birthday and a wonderful box of hand-made VERY exclusive chocolates come by special delivery - and the dogs of course are killing themselves over the delicious smell! They live in constant hope...
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and I caught Daddy Blackbird, (who is now joining Momma every day with non-stop apple-eating!) maybe planning where the their first nest will soon be built? He inspected the patio hedge very closely...
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Tuesday the 16th of February
A day of brilliant sunshine and blue skies - so wonderful to see.... BUT by lunch time, our joy was ruined by the DREADFUL stench of muck-spreading in the nearby fields. We get this "pig's muck stench" every spring, spread over a month or two as they don't all do it at once! Any washing hanging out to dry is brought in STINKING to high heaven, no matter how much one "airs" it afterwards... ugh, part of the joy of living in the country, says our neighbour!
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Saturday the 13th of February
Woke up to "Christmas" again! Nearly all gone now thank goodness!
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Above, the local "communications tower" with what appears to be mountains behind it! (NO mountains in Denmark!)
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Above: Oak tree leaves stil hanging on...
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Our driveway stones as it melts...


Friday the 5th of February
Found a giant spider in the kitchen last night! Too big to kill so I put it outside in some flower pots. Will die though as it's an "indoors" spider. They thrive in our homes. Have a good shudder!
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Thursday the 4th of February
My snowdrops are nearly open and spring is on the way - I hope!
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Not for the squeamish! Poor Solo lost his dewclaw nail today! I saw him sniffing at something on the floor and thought it was a house spider he'd killed...
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...but the whole nail had fallen off!
He had injured it a year or so ago, it was dingling, split in half, so I had to clip it off. It grew back deformed and fell off after some months - then this new one looked strong and normal - but no, it just detached itself today! Oh well, one less nail to cut!
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Saturday the 30th of January
Running around the house and using my leg as a quick brake block when at high speed, left a wonderfully clear mud pawprint on my trousers.
First photo is what I saw as I bent down and looked at my leg holding the camera, (so it's upside down) the second includes the culprit. I had to laugh! (Of course it's happened a million times before, but never a paw print so clear!)
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Thursday the 28th of January
Running around the house in the sun 8 times just before lunch!
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They run at top speed!
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"Right then, where's those treats?"


Tuesday the 26th of January
At last the snow's gone and spring is on the way!
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Sunday the 24th of January
After days of minus temps. and yesterday snowing all day, we are finally on "thaw". All the damp is giving a very thick mist.
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Below: "Errr, why are we out here? This is a big mistake!""
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The moon at five pm two evenings ago. A very pretty, pale golden colour.
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Thursday the 21st of January
Did you say I had to go outside? Not me!
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A beautiful morning, minus 3-4 degrees with some swirling mist in the sun!
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Below, the new children's playground in the mist.
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When I got home, there's Momma Blackbird balancing on a clump of snow on the post and sunbathing! She doesn't mind posing for the camera as she is full of a fresh apple and she knows it's me who puts it there every morning!
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Wednesday the 20th of January
Another weather picture, a view I have taken many times before.

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-and a wonderful sunset between the neighbour's house and garage.
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Sunday the 17th of January
To compensate for all the snow difficulties and minus 5C temperatures, we had the most wonderful blazing sun today - I had to wear sunglasses!
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The house at 9am.
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The end of the road with the island barely showing.
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Part of the morning walk - dogs dressed in their warmest togs from "Togs for Dogs"!
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Above, the road we are a side road to - so beautifully well cleared!!!


Friday the 15th of January
I did a big dust and vacuum the house today and somehow Solo slipped into our bathroom and stolen the toilet paper. He's been prevented for months, so he must have been overjoyed!
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Above right, this rose is still hanging on!!!

Wednesday the 13th of January
Woke up to a thick blanket of snow this morning!
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Left Wednesday - right: Friday!

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They almost never clear our road but the company of 115 homeowners on the other side, always get their pavement cleared! (Which they of course pay for.) So the road looks shocking and was surely was a nightmare for our neighbours, who had to drive off to work in the dark early this morning,
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Crossing the road is a challenge when you are an Italian!
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Momma Blackbird looking suitably fat! And the robin, who is very shy, so I have difficulty photographing him, he looks straight at me - all taken though my office window.

Saturday the 9th of January 2016
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Dogs on a cold snowy walk this morning!
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The rose again, we got 5 mins of sunshine, but the snow is thawing!
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The dogs playing stupid wrestling games!


Freday the 8th of January 2016
The absolute last rose of (last) summer?
Still hanging on after days of icy winds and now a thick blanket of snow!
Sorry it's out of focus, but still pretty.
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Wednesday the 6th of January

Total lack of action here due to a bad bought of influenza since I last wrote! Even Solo hasn't done anything specially naughty - shame! As soon as I have something worth showing, I will start a new page for 2016 - Happy New Year to you all! Watch this space!

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