Bright Star

This post is dedicated to my little dog, Ama, who is not well.  So far we know that she has copper storage disease but not how bad it is or whether we can mitigate it.  I’ve not had much time for blogging lately as we’ve had a lot of medical appointments and I’ve been researching treatments, including low copper diets.  It helps to be informed when talking to veterinary specialists.  It also gives me something to do while I worry. Read more

Leave It To The Professional

There is one thing certain about Australasian Grebes and that is they are very shy.  Come within 100 metres of them and they quickly dive below the surface of the water or they paddle away at a great pace leaving you in their wake.  Many a time on our holiday, we saw them in the distance and that is where they stayed, so no photographs (not good ones anyway).   It turns out that finding and getting close to these tiny waterbirds is a job for a professional. Read more

From Start to Finish

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  –  Story

In this week’s photo challenge, we have been asked to be a visual story-teller.  Rather than choose a series of photos that provide a complete narrative, I’ve chosen three photos (three different stories) that respectively represent a beginning, middle and an end. Read more

Book Review: My Everest: Thirty Years of San Diego Hiking (With Dogs!) by Martha Kennedy (2017)

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I have just read the most wonderful, life-affirming book – My Everest:  Thirty Years of San Diego Hiking (With Dogs!) by Martha Kennedy.  You might think a story about 30 years of hiking the same trails might be a little boring.  Not so.  This is a grand love story; a tribute to the enduring relationship between one woman and her wilderness, encompassing the creatures of the Chaparral that watched over and befriended her, and the dogs – her faithful companions – who were always by her side.  Read more

All My Trials – Makea Goes to Puppy School

WordPress Daily Prompt – Strategy

With the arrival of Summer, dog training classes have shut-down for two months.  There are some crazy people who will still train in 40ºC, but I’m not one of them.  So rather than reporting on our current progress/strategies, I thought I would share a little tale of my early training exploits with my beautiful Finnish Lapphund girl, Makea.  Makea is now five years old and one of three (very noisy) dogs in our household.

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Makea Bear (Photo courtesy of Brad Cummings)

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All My Trials – Fun on the Run

In my initial dog training post, I mentioned that Ama, my little Finnish Spitz, had successfully gained her Rally Novice obedience title.  At this level, all the exercises are done on-lead.  The next level for us, Rally Advanced (RA), is going to be more challenging because the course is conducted off-lead.  I think we can do it.  I’ve learnt to never underestimate the happy wanderer!  But….. at our latest training session, things didn’t go entirely to plan (ie. there was no plan).

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My, what a big paddock (for running around in) you have there.

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