Dasher's Italian Greyhound blog 2017
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
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Happy reading! - Janet
(Photo: Italians Solo 4 years and Dasher nearly 8 years January 2017.)
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Thursday the 23rd of March
Friday the 10th of March
Tuesday the 7th of March - and now the ninth blog!
Because of the rat, Momma Blackbird's apple basket hangs on the gas meter now where the rat cannot reach. Right beside the back door. Unfortunately I can no longer see her - but can hear the basket rattling as she hacks viscously at the apple - and she gets constant shocks as we open the back door to step in or out. But she’s getting used to this and sometimes sits tight even as I pass to go inside! See below!
Solo keeps a strict eye on me!
Monday the 27th of February
As you’ll have seen below, we have a visiting rat!
We are supposed to report these to the authorities and they come with canisters of rat poison, but I am holding back as Dashers’ mother and sister nearly died from eating “something” on a walk one dark evening, either a dead rat or some rat poison, and I don’t want to take any risks. There is no knowing WHERE it will lay itself down to die. The poison makes them slowly bleed (internally) to death, it could take ages.
So I have bought an electric trap which kills instantly, (so very humane, I don’t want any suffering), but of course she’s not going in there!
So I had to remove the cycle basket and feed Momma Blackbird an apple in the middle of the lawn for a couple of days. The other bird food hanging from the roof, cannot be reached.
So the rat spent an entire day fantasising over all the food it couldn’t reach! Hence these photos.
Pure rat torture to see and yet not be able to eat!
Now it has totally disappeared, so I put an apple back in the basket for Momma, much to her relief.
BUT she was ALSO used to eating a “fat ball for Blue tits” one can buy and suddenly yesterday, with a flurry of wings and great acrobatics, with the “pot” swinging wildly around, she dumped her big body down in the container of sparrow food, to eat THEIR fat ball! See her here!
Monday the 20th of February
Monday the 13th of February
Momma Blackbird enjoyed taunting Solo from the safety of the guttering this morning! We were just back from a walk.
Solo went mad with frustration. Then she flew into the Honeysuckle, no doubt with the idea of eating from the basket, but Solo leapt up high and forced her to move. You can see her wings at the top of the picture. (And all the while, I am standing beside them taking photos!)
More cute Bluetits!
Monday the 13th of February
Momma Blackbird is simply so tame and trusting, that I can even exercise the dogs running around the house 8 times, while she just carries on eating her apple a few feet away! She knows they are killers as Solo has killed quite a few of her young, and she takes the most risky chances, only flying at the last minute! Here, she lets me stand beside her throwing tit-bits to the dogs, and doesn't turn a hair. (feather!)
VERY difficult to see her in the bicycle basket!
Below, you can see how she eats, bold as brass - with a killer-dog waiting below for his tit-bit!
Friday the 10th of February
Thursday the 9th of February
After three days of non-stop snow, (a very fine, almost invisible snow) and gloom, the sun came out yesterday!
Monday the 6th of February
Saturday the 4th of February
Friday the 3rd of February
Thursday the 2nd of February
Saturday the 28th of January
Tuesday the 24th of January
Saturday the 21st of January
Tuesday the 17th of January
Dasher loves to be dressed up in all the gear ready for a dog walk, but Solo HATES all clothes and this morning, when he saw that it was the tracksuit with legs, that he hates worst of all, he went like this:
But once we get going, he enjoys himself!
Some shots from the walk. The sea is the strip of blue on the roof tops - 10 km away:
The sun is struggling to get through the clouds - not a breath of wind....
Below, the usual view. We are all alone in the bleak fields.
Monday the 16th of January
Solo eating his dinner - he always looks like a bandy cowboy who has been on a horse all his life! He walks like this too!
Saturday the 14th of January
Wednesday the 11th of January
A bitterly cold day with a storm wind chucking icy crystals and big snowflakes into my face, quite painful...no chance of photographing on the walk. We marched around at top speed. Below is a picture showing how much they were looking forward to going out:
- and safe home again but soaking wet, waiting to have their "Togs for Dogs" gear off!
Monday the 9th of January
The first mosquito of the year? Hibernating in the house and probably thought spring had come when I turned the heat up a bit due to a cold and frosty couple of days! It died instantly I saw it!!!
Solo closely examines a cute little mouse we found dead on the walk this morning. Plump and "healthy" looking - no doubt poisoned, so I picked it up and took it home to our rubbish bin in a dog-poo bag.
Freday the 6th of January
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