I am reprising my poem about my little dog, Ama, for the NaPoWriMo prompt about dogs you have known, seen, or heard about. It is the best poem I’ve ever written (if I do say so myself) so I can’t offer any better. The poem is written in the style of bush poetry (ie. it’s long) and there’s a nod to Banjo Patterson’s iconic poem, The Man From Snowy River. In that poem, “the Man” rides his mountain pony down a steep hill after a herd of brumbies (wild horses). There is some controversy as to whether that poem was a true story. Unlike Mr Patterson’s poem, I can vouch that Ode to Ama is completely true. Enjoy. Read more
All My Trials – Ms Irrepressible
Today, I thought I might do an experiment and try posting a short video of the irrepressible one. I have no idea whether the file is too big for readers to view, so your feedback would be very much appreciated. The irrepressible one is of course my little dog, Ama. When she wants her dinner, she engages in some remarkable attention seeking behaviour. What do you think? Should we surrender to her will?
Lead The Way
There is not a lot of leading the way happening in Australia at the moment. So rather than throw up my hands in disgust, I thought I would participate in this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge — Leading Lines. I don’t want to lead you astray so I’m going to try to follow the brief and let the lines take you on the journey. Read more
All My Trials – Ama Barks Again
About this time last year, my niggling concerns about the health of my little dog, Ama, were vindicated. I knew my girl and I knew the Finnish Spitz breed, so I knew there was something wrong. I think we should trust our instincts. Read more
All My Trials – Fynnie Chows Down
Warning: this post contains many exclamation marks.
It’s hard to be serious about blogging, ladies and gentlemen, when the sun is shining brightly. So yes, I am still procrastinating. This is not my promised “dear-to-my heart” post, but rather my “fear-to-my-heart” post. When my adrenaline levels peak, I have my werewolves in London moment. I start writing very bad rhyming poetry. It’s insane. Thankfully the urge soon passes. Anyway, here’s the first line –
On a bright and sunny day, Fynnie dog went out to play. Read more
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
Ode to Ama – A Bush Ballad
Dear Readers, here is a poem about my dog, Ama. It is written in the style of a bush poem. Read more
Here’s Looking at You Kid
Weekly Photo Challenge – Cheeky
I am nothing if not predictable. I do like cheeky dogs and nothing is more cheeky than a puppy.