Gypsy is enjoying the spring weather in the Wairarapa in her usual slightly loopy style! She's now an 'only child' so has been going on a lot of walks to keep her amused as she's still a very active girl at nearly 9 and loves chasing balls and her squeaky toys. The photo shows her usual anticipation at getting a treat - tongue at the ready.
To start with, Wizard is now officially 8 years old. This has not made him more mature or intelligent as he still runs at breakneck speed through the house, from the lounge to our bedroom and back again while Lucy "hides€ in the kitchen doorway so that she jump out growling and snapping at him, stomping her feet and coaxing him into ever increasing turns of speed. Meanwhile the rest of us are left to leap out of the way and usually end up hanging on the curtains, sitting on the table or spreadeagle against the wall in an effort to take up as little space as possible.
My friend Pam and I decided we would like to take a trip to the Greylands kennels near Levin.
So we went for the weekend and combined a visit to the kennels with a bit of shopping in Otaki.
We were lucky enough that Danielle had the time to show us around - we met all the hounds waiting for homes and took them all for a run in the paddock. We really enjoyed our visit and when I returned home my husband could not believe that I had come home without a hound!
Bindi has been with us for about 5 years now. She's got her place in the pack pretty well sorted. She loves getting about in the winter in her leopard skin coat for round town. She has some crazy animal hats and scarves that she gets around in sometimes too.
Well at 5am on Friday the 7th August , in the pouring rain , the freezing cold south westerly wind and in the pitch dark , I was in a paddock at Awahuri helping one of my older ewes Molly to bring Splish and Splosh her twins into this world. Saw the little boy (Splosh) get a drink, and the little girl (Splish) was just starting to drink when I left. I go back out there 10.30am to just double check them and to check my other ewes and see if anymore had lambed. Splish the little girl isn't strong enough to stand and is totally wet and freezing :(.
Local greyhounds gather on masse to welcome Hairy Maclary and friends to Tauranga's Waterfront
There were amazing scenes, fun and unbridled joy on the faces of young and old last month over two consecutive weekends in Tauranga along the waterfront as the bronze Hairy Maclary statues were unveiled to the public.
BOP / Waikato greyhounds were out in force to join in the festivities and welcome the bronze boys to town. Local Bay of Plenty GAP correspondent and hound spokes canine 'Jake' filed this dispatch.
We begin with a touch of sadness as we had to say goodbye to our darling
Lace back in November. She was a lovely girl and we miss her dearly. Run
Free at the Rainbow Bridge sweet girl.
Tux took the loss badly so we made the decision to take on another hound.
Tux was really depressed and obviously so unhappy alone. So into our lives
Came Mr Chino (now known as Dino). What a character he is.
I've been away more than what could be called acceptable with my job, but it's a new job so saying no would probably not be a wise career move when one is still firmly in the three-month trial period. The thing is, when I go away neither Lucy or Wizard seem to miss me very much and the welcome home at the front door is more of a lazy stretch followed by a very obvious "well, we'd better start remembering the routine then€. On the other hand, on the rare occasions when the lovely and inimitable Mrs.
Sometimes it is just easier when you have extra paws in the classroom. Teaching genetics is always an interesting topic but even more so when it can be applied to a real situation. This was to illustrate selective breeding and pedigree charts. Cherry is rather proud of her racing stats and litter information, the students enjoyed trying to find out why if she is black and white why most of her puppies are black but there is one blue one. Blue didn't really care, he just did his thing (sleeping and accepting cuddles) while he was there.