Dasher's Italian Greyhound blog 2022
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 Dasher 12 years in front and Solo 9 years behind him.)
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Wednesday the 18th of May 2022 - and the 14th blog!
Monday the 16th of May
Guests to lunch and Solo leaps up in their car and would love to go for a drive!.
Left: A pretty pigeon apple tree. Right: The dreadful mess after all the bloosm starts to fall off the Japanese Cherry tree seen in full glory further down below.
Last week I took the dogs on the long walk over the fields.
Looking back over the field.
Guests to lunch again and Solo stole a huge slice of bread and no way could I catch him!
Tuesday the 3rd of May
Tuesday the 3rd of May
Tuesday the 19th of April
Saturday the 16th of April
Solo is crazy to get hold of a pigeon that sits calmly staring down at him in the plum tree.
He hasn't a chance of reaching it!
See it above!
Talk about wishful thinking!
Above, he is sitting on my lap in the kitchen and STILL keeping an eye on it!
Some of my pretty hyacinths right now.
Above: Both playing one of their mad wrestling games!
Monday the 4th of April
Monday the 28th of March
Enjoying the warm sun in the lounge.
Below: Solo on my lap!
Solo steals a plastic bag and he is waiting for me to grab it!
By chance, I spot a butterfly which has fallen down my (luckily empty) rain water measure, so I am able to save it. There are amazingly many of them around right now. Below, Solo staring at me!
Wednesday the 16th of March
Sunday the 13th of March
Tuesday the 8th of March
Beautiful crocusses blinding me in the sun every day at the moment!
...but Solo would sooner be under a blanket in this cold weather!
Tuesday the 2nd of March
Thursday the 24th of February
Snowdrops in the sun!
I also have some with double centers - very pretty.
Solo is in fine fettle now and growling here he wants me to pretend to "steal" his rope!
.Solo stares hard at me when he wants something!
Sunday the 13th of February
Monday the 7th of February
Wednesday the 2nd of February
Last night, Solo flew in the door and sprang straight up on their cage and looked very proud of himself! He IS slowly getting over his back injury and is a much happier doggy.
A nice delivery man came at 7.30 this morning with a small parcel and a box of dog food from Hike, which he lifted up for me onto the washing machine. Even before the dogs had a chance to really sniff, they immediately KNEW what was in the box...
...because Hike always include a free treat for them both!
Here they are sitting saying to me "Well get a move on! Give us the treats NOW!"
So I get the box down and Solo tries to dig down into it!
Of course they get their treat! Solo lifts the little bag out straight away so I have to quickly grab it from him!
Tuesday the 1st of February
Saturday the 29th of January
Wednesday the 26th of January
Monday the 24th of January
Saturday the 22nd of January
The most fantastic sunrise this morning! Looking over the road to my opposite neighbours.
It looked as if the house was on fire!
Later on, on the bitterly cold frosty walk.
Wednesday the 19th of January
Tuesday the 18th of January 2022
and a belated Happy New Year to everyone!
Did you know that dog poo-bags protect against Corona?
Here are the results from the morning walk: One bag with a poo, (Dasher’s), one with an already bagged poo which the owner left behind in the grass, so I just took one of my own bags and grabbed it up - and THREE bags each with a Corona mask in! This because some idiot regularly gets off at a certain bus stop near me and either arrogantly ties their mask up in a tree or throws it on the ground! I cannot stand to walk past this sight every single day for many years, so I clear up after them – and a dog poo-bag is perfect Corona protection!!!
PS I carry them all home in a small bag I have hanging under my coat, so I'm "hands free" to walk the dogs.)
Above: After a walk they sit together on the guest bed in my office and warm up.
The sun at lunch time and Solo creeps around the house.
Left, mucking about and right, I lift the white blanket covering them and here they are lying together.
Solo is telling me to leave the computer and give him some lunch!
I promised them a biscuit each if they would sit, and here they are waiting for it!
Early one cold morning, the view of the sunrise from the doorway.
Yesterday evening as I was working on the website for The Italian Greyhound Club, I noticed I could see the nearly full moon move up in the clear shy through the window. MUCH prettier in real life than the “pinpoint” you see here.
Since Christmas eve, when Solo jumped up into the car as usual, (he can never wait, he LOVES car rides!) but unfortunately fell backwards again rather awkwardly onto the driveway because there was a cage filling the back seat, he has been having increasing pain in his lower back. He can make every movement except jumping. I stopped all running exercise but instead of getting better, he seemed to get worse so I took him to the vet. yesterday. The vet. must have healing hands as after a thorough examination down his whole spine, and an injection with cortisone, Solo immediately felt much better and even frisked around the surgery room.
Before I had given him a morning painkiller this morning, he was jumping about, telling me off for being too slow with his breakfast and generally his usual cheeky and entertaining self! A joy to see. So he is very much on the mend, but if he has wrenched a muscle, it could take 6 weeks or more to heal. The vet and I reckon it’s nothing too serious. In the photo above, we are waiting to pay the bill! He sits like an angel in the specal "pet travel bag".
Tonight, Dasher almost gets him to play. He has been dying to play crazy games with him for ages! They run into my office!
Solo actually jumps up on the guest bed and they wrestle for half a minute!
So he is feeling much better!
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