dogs

When the Dog Goes Walkies

I’m not the one who takes the family dog walkies, that’s not my job. Graham is the one who goes walkies with Missy, and they both enjoy it. They are both getting more toned, ridding their bodies of excess weight, and adding on muscle. Being out and active in the garden can do both of those things too.

Missy is a ‘get up on the sofa and stay there’ kind of dog, for a large part of the day, but sometimes, when she goes into the yard, she really goes, streaking around and around the backyard like there’s a banshee at her back. Then she’ll suddenly stop and look at me, as if it was my fault she was running madly around and I should apologise, or something.

Of course, she may just be doing it because she likes a good run, every now and then, who knows? Until we learn how to understand what dogs really think, we can only guess, and the dogs can’t actually, truly tell us if we get it wrong.

Missy and Graham are out walking at the moment, which means the house is all mine, except for the people on the TV screen who I’m doing my best to ignore. They might be talking about sports I’m not interested in, or it could be political. I heard the word ‘problems’, and that’s it. It’s mostly a blur of sound, with little actual meaning. I think I just heard the word ‘drunk’ or it could have been ‘drug’, I’m not sure. Either way, it isn’t a good word to hear, under the circumstances. I’ll continue ignoring the TV, it’s better that way, I think.

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So when I’m home alone, I ignore the TV, that is on anyway, waiting for Graham to get home so that somebody at least pays it some attention. I’m happy with no TV on, and only Natures sounds coming in from outside (although with the cooler weather here, I can’t hear much of that either). The idea of exercise, walking up and down our road, is a good idea, but I don’t like walking that much, even though I know I need the exercise almost as much as Graham does. I’m more like Missy, and will do my favoured exercises, but not too often, even if it’s good for me. Missy and I both like lolling about doing not much physical at all.

I don’t know if Missy does much thinking when she’s on the sofa. I know she has dreams, or maybe nightmares, when her legs move, and she whimpers a little bit. Do dogs really dream, I wonder? Am I just putting my own human interpretation on something? Humans often do that, anthropomorphising things that animals do, especially when the animals in question are our pets. When these creatures live in our homes, we see them doing things, and think we understand it all.

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We don’t always get it right, I’m sure, but I hope that at least some of the time, humans can in fact understand what’s going on in the animal/pet world. When I wrote my three books with Buster the Dog (who lives in my head), I was trying hard to understand how things humans do seem to our pet dogs. I certainly enjoyed writing those books, and like sharing them with people (not just because I get money if they buy my books!)

I love to write about things to gain a better understanding of them, and to understand what I think about things. Do you write about things? If so, what is your favourite way to write – a journal or diary? A blog? Poetry? Stories? I’d love to hear about it!

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Growing Our Own

We love mandarins in our household, as I’m sure many households do. They’re usch neat packages from Nature, wrapped up and ready for us. We love them so much, a couple of years ago, Graham, the main gardener in our house, bought a mandarin and planted it. He’s been looking after it well, watering the plant, and putting down mulch to conserve the water.

By the way, he’s been using shredded waste paper for the mulch, and it seems to be doing the job well. It’s a far better thing to do with paper, than burning or throwing it away, that’s for sure. Last season, we had flowers on the bush, and some tiny little green fruit began growing, but they all fell off, and never made it to possible eating stage. I think the tree was the victim of a run of hot weather.

This year the mandarin is going along better, it’s made it through the summer without suppering from too much heat, and the tiny little mandarins that came from the flowers grew, and grew, and grew. Some of them are still growing, but they’re hanging in and getting bigger all of the time. Mandarins are changing colour, from green to orange, slowly headed for sweet loveliness!
IMAG0309Looking at the photo, you can see some of the fruit is turning from green to orange, hooray! I can see I think six of the mandies in this photo. I’ve been counting and recounting them, but I’m not sure how many there are. Sometimes I could see 18, other times I’ve counted up to 21 lovely mandarins. It doesn’t really matter how many there are, but I count them anyway. Humans are strange like that, I don’t really know why.

If anyone has ideas about this, please leave a comment, I’d love to discuss the matter. Is it greed-related perhaps? Wanting to have lots of good things?

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My Front Yard View

Today I’m in my best seat in the house, on the sofa, near the window, with curtains drawn and the sun shining. I can see part of the front lawn, a weird shrub thing that has been there forever, but I still don’t know what it actually is. I can also see some of the pots we have with plants in them, along the front of part of our front veranda.

I can see the road near our driveway, and so far the only thing I can see moving are the plants. There are clouds up above, in the blue sky, but I can’t really tell from here whether or not they’re moving, but I assume with the strongish wind we have at the momeny, they definitely are moving.

The only living things I can see outside are plants. I haven’t spotted any birds at all, in the bush, flying around, or on the ground. Maybe all of the birds are somewhere warmer … It’s quite a cool day, after all, winter really is well on the way, so we should prepare ourselves for the cooler, and then cold weather, in the southern hemisphere. For those in the northern hemisphere, summer is approaching and you’d better prepare yourself for the heat.

Ah, I just saw a car drive past, so I’m obviously not the only living creature around. My dog Missy is inside with me, in her own favoured position, on her own sofa, curled up and cosy. IMAG0306Missy looks most comfortable there, and I’m comfy too. I have to go out later today though, and looking out at the sky again, I can see I’d better put a warm jacket on. The sunshine and blue sky have disappeared, and obviously those clouds sure were moving. There still haven’t been many cars though, and I like that, living on a quiet country road, where not much happens …

I still haven’t seen a single bird, but here comes a bit more sunshine, and I hope I’m soon going to be inspired enough to actually get up and get myself some lunch. My tummy is hinting that it would be a good idea, and I know I have plenty of health giving walnuts available to mix with some other things and turn into a good lunch. Did you know walnuts were the healthiest nut? The BBC said so, and I’m certainly prepared to believe them! BBC means believability to me.

So I thnk that’s it for me, time to get up off the sofa and get my lunch and another cup of coffee, yum.

Do you ever just sit comfortably inside and look at what’s happening outside? What do YOU see? (I still haven’t spotted any birds at all out there)

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Haiku in the Backyard

I put this post heading up some months ago,and I can’t remember what I had intended writing haiku about, or even if there was anything in particular I’d been thinking about. But in there backyard, there are so many different things that I could turn into haiku moments.

There are plants with flowers or with fruit, or just with leaves of many different shades of green. There are many different kinds of birds and insects, all doing their own bird or insect things. There are the occasional aircraft passing by overhead, compliments of the Australian Air Force, and there are the clouds also passing by overhead, compliments of Nature. I say thank you for all of these things, and I hope to write some haiku or possibly senryu about whatever I think will work as haiku prompts …

Haiku is a particular form of poetry, created in Japan, and adopted happily by us Westerners. It’s a short form of poetry, usually three lines, and with fewer than 17 syllables. The first and last lines are the shortest ones, with the middle line longer. In the past and sometimes still now, the syllable counts are 5 – 7 -5. This is based on Japanese characters though, and not on English language syllables, and the two languages are quite different. The important thing to remember is that a haiku should  be a short poem, talking about a particular moment, and aiming at creating an aha! moment in the reader or listener’s mind.

There is a lot more information about this intriguing poetic form available on the internet, this is a good link to examine, or this one. Anyway, I feel the more you look into haiku, the more you will understand what it is, and how you may be able to write your own, or to write better haiku, if you already write it. It also helps you to understand what the haiku poet is trying to do. I hope all of this may assist with the writing of new haiku for me, and the understanding of of my haiku for my readers. So here goes:

Autumn clouds –

Orion plane flies behind

in front and through

 

 

 

Breezeless day –

only birds and cast off leaves

fluttering

 

 

 

Blue sky in west –

seeing the future

of dry washing

 

 

 

OK, so there are a few new haiku, I’d love to know what you think about this poetic form, and how you feel about these new haiku of mine. Please leave a comment, and let me know!

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What’s that? A Possible New Book?

The Buster the Dog series of books has three books in it so far … The first book “Dig it! Gardening Tips for Dogs” came out in 2007, then some time later came “Doggone It – Mindfulness from a Dog’s Point of View”. After that, more rapidly, came possibly my favourite book in the series so far, “Dog Buddha’s Thoughts”.

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I had thought I was at the end of this series of books. Buster the Dog and I have had a fun time writing them together, and I’m pretty sure our illustrator Ally (Allyson Hean). enjoyed doing her wonderful illustrations that added much to the words Buster and I wrote. So, it was great while it lasted, and I still sell the occasional copy of these three books, but now, even as I am looking to order another print run of the first book, a new possible book title has popped into my head … Maybe this series has another book to come?

This book title offers much in terms of research for me, and interest (I hope!) to possible readers. It will be a matter of covering some old ground from the first three books, and the expanding much, about one particular subject common to all of these first books. I suspect that as well as looking back at those earlier books, I am also going to have to do some research, to get as broad an idea as possible for this new book. So, Buster and I will have to become researchers as well as authors, looking into the background concerning things we’ve covered in more basic and obvious ways. We’re going to have to become smarter in the way we present our ideas. Well maybe.

We probably won’t have to do that correct referencing thing that uni students have to do, because, hey, we’re only here to have some fun, and give other people a bit of fun too. Buster the Dog is itching (metaphorically only – no fleas on him) to get into this subject. He has always had thoughts on this particular one, and yes, I’ve had some thoughts about it too. So what is this important subject? Can you guess? If you’ve read the first three books you might be able to guess, because it’s clear from the words written that Buster is interested in it.

So what is it? Well, it’s CATS! of course. Buster is extremely interested in CATS! This new book though, it won’t be about how much Buster would love to chase and catch cats, it will be a learned discussion on cats, dogs, and their interactions with humans. The third book looks at this theme the most of all three books, and this fourth (possible) book will be all about that relationship, in the present dog, into the future, and in the past. I know that some of the things that will have to be written, may make Buster the Dog growl, and get a bit cranky, but the truth is the truth, and it will have to come out in this book.

Because in the past of course, cats were considered to be divine creatures particularly by the Egyptians way back in time. Buster doesn’t like thinking about this idea at all, but it’s been written about a lot, and can’t be ignored. In this new book that Buster the Dog and I may write we will be thinking and writing about this subject, how it all came about, how it was thought on, and what the future may hold. So this new book will have a title that poses a question, and will be full of discussion on this question, with perhaps the ultimate truth on the subject.

There is only a book title so far, with a couple of thoughts of mine, and some whining and growling in equal measure from Buster the Dog. I’m not sure when the text of the book will be written, or whether it will ever be written at all, but in the meantime, I have this book title swimming through the swamp I call my sub conscious mind and we can only wait and see what Buster the Dog and I will make of this title:

“Divine or Disaster?”

I welcome ideas and thoughts about this, leave a comment and who know what may happen?!

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Clouds have Stolen the Sky

This morning when I looked up at the sky, it was there, beautiful blue shining down on me, with a few clouds scattered here and there. Now, I look out of the window, and there’s not beautiful blue sky there at all, as far as I can see. It is cloudy grey and maybe rainy.

I wonder if people are or in the past were sometimes worried, when that huge blue sky disappeared, or were they comforted by the story tellers, who could tell them stories of times when the sky disappeared, but then rain came, bringing fruitfulness to the earth … Blessed be the storytellers for they will reveal the truth …

I feel that, as story tellers, I and my other literary types, could hire ourselves out, so we can spread the real truth, with no falsity, which other media may sell to their audience. When newspapers and others making money from their false words, sell their lies for others happy to pretend their lies are truth, where does that leave ordinary people? Those ‘others’ include businesses, politicians, government departments.

Us ordinary people have to fine the truth, if we are to live honest lives, honest and healthful lives, with nothing hidden away, but the good things presented to us in ways we can believe. But how to tell the difference between the many and varied stories we are told?

A good clue is to look at who is going to make the most money from the words being told. Big Business aims at Big Profit, small business is hoping for money too, but in smaller amounts. And most of the time, small businesses are going to be selling us goods that we want, and if we don’t want them, we simply don’t buy them.

It should be as simple as that. Thinking about dogs and gardens, as I should be doing, on this blog – the sky releases water from the clouds, the plants and ground soak up the rain, and things grow. The sky doesn’t make us pay for the rain, it is given free of charge. If were to stop caring for the planet though, which sadly many of us are, the gifts from the planet might become unwanted ones. Earthquake, floods, hot spells, cold spells, rising waters. This is the price we are actually paying.

Our dog doesn’t worry about such things, as far as I can tell. Missy is content to go outside, sniff around, toilet herself, sometimes race around like a silly thing, sometimes catching and eating things, even though we feed her too. Missy has a simple life, one without Big Business, or Big Issues. I think.

I have written a few books from the pint of view of a dog, based on thinking I have done on my life with many dogs, and the ways they may think about things in their lives and in mine. These are all humorous books, well I hope others think so. But they can be looked at more seriously too though.

The first one “Dig It! Gardening Tips for Dogs” is about gardening from a dogs point of view. The second one is “Doggone It – Mindfulness from a Dog’s Point of View” is self explanatory, and the third one is “Dog Buddha’s Thoughts” and is all about that religious as it may be, if dogs were believers in such a Canine Canon. In talking about these books here, I may earn more book sales, who knows, but I would be providing a service that the buyers wanted.

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Weather is Such an Interesting Thing!

Today, the 16th of April, we have had some very, very light rain, too light to even call drizzle. It’s heavy enough for Missy to not be terribly keen to go out in it, but nowhere near heavy enough to stop her going for a ‘comfort stop’ outside. It’s April, its Autumn, or Fall as they call it in some other countries. I was born in April, and my memory tells me it’s often rainy on and around my birthday. So this current weather is not surprising.

What is surprising though, was the temperature, 36.6 Celsius! This is most unusual for me, to have a birthday that hot. I’ve checked back with the weather bureau results, and last year (2017) the maximum temperature was 17.5 Celsius – and it rained a bit in Adelaide, and possibly in my part of the Adelaide Plains, about 60 km from the city of Adelaide.

The weather has been leaping around from Summer to Autumn, to Winter almost and a bit of back to Summer. I don’t know what Nature is up to with these surprises, but it’s interesting, when every day could be almost cardigan weather, and another day, almost head off the the beach weather! We had rain last weekend just gone, and next weekend it will be possibly a little bit of again, if it goes as forecast. So changeable!

Missy doesn’t really care about the weather, she spends most of her time inside, reclining, either on her sofa, missy slightly bemusedor in our son’s room, she has a crate set up there, where she used to sleep with her mother, while she was still alive. Now Missy just sleeps on her sofa at night, but I suspect when the cooler weather sets in closer to Winter, Missy might sleep in the crate, snuggled up with blankets.

At the moment I can see sunshine through both the window to the east and the one to the west. It’s afternoon, I’m feeling a little cool, but that’s probably just me, my husband doesn’t look cool at all, he looks comfortable, relaxing and watching the TV! Missy is in the room with us again, getting a pat from Graham, and now having a big stretch. I’m not sure what she wants to do next, but she’s gone back to Graham for another pat. The weather may be quite changeable, but you can guarantee Missy will always like to have a pat!

The geraniumsIMAG0284 (1) and other plants seem to be enjoying this mild and slightly rainy weather. I was outside earlier today, and was pleased to see some of the things planted a few months ago are starting to pick up, with new leaves coming.

I’m happy about this cooler weather, mostly for one particular reason – those horrid brown snakes don’t like cooler weather! If the weather is cool, I can be sure that Missy isn’t going to find a snake and try to kill it, and that makes me very, very happy. Missy is a Pharaoh Hound, a dog breed that loves to hunt! Unfortunately snakes are one of the things she likes to hunt, even though I’d much rather she left snakes alone, and hunted the mice in our house at the moment instead.

I think Missy thinks mouse hunting is beneath her dignity, although she will hunt grasshoppers on our back lawn, which, in my opinion, makes her look extremely silly! I’m not a dog though, and Missy is, so who knows … I might claim to have a dog who lives in my head (Buster the Dog), but obviously that isn’t true, it’s just a part of my imagine that has been useful to me for the creation of books …

I have three books that I wrote, based on Buster the Dog. I self published these books, with illustrations dog buddha front cover from a clever friend. I’ve been moderately successful with these books, if you call not losing money from it successful. I’ve made enough money from the small numbers printed to cover my costs, and a little bit more. Book sales make me happy, because I love it when people smile or even laugh when they read my words. It can warm me on the coolest of days!

So with my interest in weather watching, looking after Missy, and my writing, I’m living an enjoyable life, no matter what the weather is doing!

 

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