We've been doggy-sitting a friend's pooch today. Meet Bramble: Our dogs died several years ago and with the harrowing pain that came with their death and our move to another country we haven't felt we could take on another dog. However I miss having a four-legged friend sniffing about the house and so we decided… Continue reading Tinder for dogs
Sticky poo on my new shoes
A very kind person solved my tap problem by posting the missing part through my letterbox this morning. Thank you so much! It was particularly fortunate because I later stepped in dog poo and the hose made the cleaning up much easier than it would have otherwise been. It turns out the plumber did not install a… Continue reading Sticky poo on my new shoes
We said goodbye to a dear, old friend yesterday. Freud is gone. The vet euthanized him peacefully at our home. About a month ago he started going downhill again - off his tucker, nauseous and vomiting. So we decided not to send him to Australia to live with family after all (we leave for a… Continue reading Freud. 1999-2013
My very lovely sister is visiting us from Brisbane. I haven't seen her for two years so it is a big deal for all of us. Today I took her to Devonport which is a quaint village on the North Shore. I know I complain endlessly about Auckland but my complaints are related more to… Continue reading Devonport
Marvelous Freud, should he visit the Queen?
We are going to spend the latter half of this year in York, England. It is a trip we've been planning for a couple of years but we've only just booked our flights. I am very excited about the prospect of living in York for 6 months but my excitement is marred because it meant… Continue reading Marvelous Freud, should he visit the Queen?
Freud has stopped eating again. He has not eaten anything in more than 24 hours. We do not know why because he had some blood tests this week and his kidney levels, although abnormal, are similar to the test from a couple of months ago. There must be something else wrong as well.Yesterday afternoon he… Continue reading Freud
The dog and the children
Freud is looking really well again and is pretty much back to his old self of chasing cats and barking at strange men. He's to have another blood test tomorrow so we'll have a clearer picture then of how much the bacterial infection was to blame for his renal failure. Meanwhile Daniel has an ear… Continue reading The dog and the children
Freud took a turn for the worse last weekend so we took him to the vet on Monday. He has kidney disease in addition to his mitral valve disease. The vet gives him months rather than years to live. I felt a tremendous amount of grief about this this week which is sort of strange… Continue reading Freud