Glory! Hallelujah! I’m glad I’m a dog!

This is so funny… and so true!

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It’s discouraging to know that when you go home with your human they’re as smart as they will ever be…….

I watched my human as he struggled with numerous government agencies and insurance companies trying to straighten out the mess hurricane Irma created for him. It’s times like these I so happy that I’m canine, not human. He is so miserable, I’m not. I got to thinking about many of the reasons I’m glad I’m not human. Here are some of the many reasons I’m happy to be a dog.

  • I don’t have to wear clothes. My coat is an all-weather garment. I don’t need a closet full of expensive stuff I only wear once in a while. Fur is always in style.
  • April 15th is just another day to me. No thoughts of suicide or robbing banks.
  • All the things I enjoy are free. No car payments … no…

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Guest author: Annabelle Franklin – Do we really need to leave Earth?

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Recently, BBC2 showed a programme called The Search for a New Earth. It featured physicist Stephen Hawking, who claimed we will have to leave Earth within the next 100 years as it will have become uninhabitable. He listed various possible causes of this catastrophe, including overpopulation, pollution and nuclear war. The programme went on to explore the various measures being taken right now for the eventual colonisation of a new planet.

The technology is mind-boggling. It demonstrates the sheer brilliance of the human mind at its best. It seems there’s nothing we can’t achieve. In which case…

WHY ON EARTH CAN’T WE USE THESE SKILLS TO MAKE SURE THIS PLANET DOESN’T BECOME UNINHABITABLE?

For instance, scientists are developing technology that will utilise the sun’s energy to create superfast rocket fuel. Why don’t they consider using that energy for fuel here on Earth, to replace dwindling oil supplies, dirty fossil fuel…

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Ash Dieback?

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This little ash tree grows in a fairy dell we sometimes pass on our walks. The Dryad who looks after the tree is a particular friend of ours and we often stop for a chat.

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Lately, we’ve noticed our tree isn’t looking well. All the trees look a bit tired at this time of year, but our little ash has sinister dark spots on some of her leaves. We’re afraid this might be due to ash dieback, a disease that’s affecting trees all over Europe. Humans are trying to stop the spread, but it’s an uphill battle.

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Our tree is still very young, and it’s the young ones who die the quickest. We feel sorry for the Dryad because she’s just a child, but she seems OK about it. She says it’s all part of a greater cycle, and if this one dies there’ll be other ash trees to care for. Pearl asked her what she’ll do if all the ash trees die. I thought that was an insensitive question, but then Pearl has never been known for her tact.

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The Dryad said that if all the ash trees die, the disease will die with them and one day new, healthy ash trees will grow. In the meantime, she will be a free spirit in Fairyland. The fairies don’t get attached to the transient objects that make up the Earth plane – they care for them while they’re here and let go of them as they pass.

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All the same, we very much hope our friend the ash tree will survive the winter. We wish her a good sleep during the dark months, and hope to see her clothed in fresh green leaves next spring.

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Fairy image by Stefan Keller

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Quadrille: A Fairy Tail

We love these wise whippets!

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the winds blow wild and
free around the forest

sheltered by the trees
a peaceful pulse
beats in the soil

fairies sweep the leaves
and wash the curtains

fearless of the wolves
who prowl and leap

into the joy of their
own autumn story

© Xenia Tran

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Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people and animals affected by hurricane Irma, the brave people from the emergency services and all the police and rescue dogs who are doing an amazing job.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: Action, 1/800 s, ISO Auto.

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A Day of Rainbows

We’ve been doing a lot of cloud gazing this summer, and today we saw a cloud shaped like a Greyhound’s legs and tail. Right next to this was a small rainbow, and we wondered if we’d seen the spirit of one of our friends who has crossed the Bridge.

Annabelle is no good at taking photos of clouds and rainbows, so here are some pics of the new rainbow collar I got this morning.

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Dogs who have been in the care of Greyhound Rescue Wales get these collars when they are homed. This wasn’t done all those years ago when I was homed, so I got mine a bit late – but better late than never!

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Millie Visits a Care Home

Snip and I have been visiting care homes with the Best Friends project. Older humans who live in care homes can’t have dogs with them, and many of them miss a friendly canine face around the place. The project also helps younger humans, who come along to learn about empathy and other valuable lessons we dogs can teach.

I’m not so young myself now (91 in dog years) and sometimes I get a little confused. On the first visit I wasn’t sure why we were there, and I did wonder if I was going to be booked in permanently! Snip confused things further by telling me we were there for treats. I saw some cake on a tea trolley, but when I went to eat it, I was pulled away. Then I found some food in a bowl on the floor and tried to eat that, but somebody picked it up and said it was for the cat, if you please.

I spent a bit of time looking for this cat – if there’s a cat in the building I have to check it out – but I couldn’t find it. I went to tell Snip we’d been cheated, that the treats were for some cat, and I found him talking to one of the residents.

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Afterwards, he explained how the project is supposed to work. We go around the care home with the young humans, who give treats to the residents to give to us. That way, the young people get to chat with the older ones, the old people get to stroke us dogs, and we get to enjoy the treats! It’s a win-win situation all round.

On the next visit I felt more confident because I knew what I was doing. We met some lovely humans and a gentle blonde Greyhound called Beth…

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…and this time I made sure I didn’t miss out on the treats!

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A Fairy House and a Computer Eater

This new build has recently appeared on Sandy Lane.

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We actually watched the fairies move in. They’re quite happy to appear in the daytime now – no more hiding away in woods and hedgerows. They know the humans who live here respect Nature and won’t interfere with their way of life.

In other news, our Greyhound Rescue friends Jan and Alain have been fostering an Irish Greyhound called Maud. She is 9 months old and very playful in spite of a leg injury. When she heard about this blog, she decided to have a go herself, but she had a bit of trouble working Jan’s computer and ended up swallowing some of the keys.

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Now we’re waiting for her to serve up alphabet poop!

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We’ve been Liebstered!

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We’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award, much coveted among bloggers! Many thanks to prolific writer and blogger Karen Dowdall for this honour.

The Rules:

  • Say thank you to the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Answer the 11 questions you have been asked.
  • Nominate and notify 11 bloggers for the award.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions.

The Questions:

  1. Why did you choose book blogging over something else?  Easy! I write books, so it had to be book blogging. Though according to Millie it’s a dog blog, and I’m lucky she allows me to post here at all.
  2. What is the one thing you’re really passionate about beside books?  Music – the weirder, the better. And dogs, of course. That’s two things.
  3. Have your reading tastes changed over the years?  No. I still like Enid Blyton and the Beano.
  4. What is your favourite vacation spot?  Skyros, Greece.
  5. Do you collect anything (other than books)?  No. I amass too much clutter accidentally to add to it deliberately.
  6. What has been your favourite book so far this year?  Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh. I love his take on the antics and absurdities of the 1920s party generation.
  7. What is one law you would change if you could?  Abuse of animals would carry the same penalties as abuse of human beings.
  8. If you had to donate money to a charity, which one would you choose? Greyhound Rescue Wales. Without them, Millie and Pearl – and many other sighthounds – wouldn’t have survived.
  9. What is your favourite genre to read?  Anything that enchants me, scares me or makes me laugh – and if it does all three, all the better! I like Stephen King’s writing, and classic fantasies like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Ursula le Guin’s Earthsea books. And children’s comedy. I love Andy Stanton’s Mr Gum series, and Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants. Plus, of course, Enid Blyton and the Beano.
  10. What is your dream car?  An aquamarine blue one. I’ve always wanted an aquamarine blue car.
  11. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?  Giving up smoking.

My Nominees:

Writing About Writing

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Books From Dusk Till Dawn

Love Books Group

The Page Turner

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

Linda G. Hill

Bookish Wormy

Books & Music

Barb Caffrey’s Blog

M J Mallon, Author

The Rules:

  • Say thank you to the person who nominated your for the award.
  • Answer the 11 questions you have been asked.
  • Nominate and notify 11 bloggers for the award.
  • Ask those you have nominated 11 questions.

The Questions:

  1. Why did you choose book blogging over something else?
  2. What is one thing you’re really passionate about beside books?
  3. Have you reading tastes changed over the years?
  4. What is your favourite vacation spot?
  5. Do you collect anything (other than books?)
  6. What has been your favourite book so far this year?
  7. What is one law you would change if you could?
  8. If you had to donate money to a charity, which one would you choose?
  9. What is your favourite genre to read?
  10. What is your favourite music?
  11. What do you consider your greatest accomplishments?

I liked these questions, so I’ve only changed one. My apologies if you’ve already been Liebstered or would rather not participate – no pressure!

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Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg #Children’s Book 6-10 #Historical Africa @PatFurstenberg

We love a good doggie tale – especially when it’s based on a real dog!

BOOKS FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

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Independently Published with Kindle Direct Publishing
ISBN: 978-1521089576
ASIN: B07227P973
Publication date: April 17, 2017
180 pages
Target audience: 6-10
Genre: Children,s, animals (dogs), historical (Africa)

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A humorous read about an incredible dog and how he had found his true, yet unexpected calling.

A dog. A friendship. A purpose.

When a Great Dane arrives in a navy base nobody expects him to win everybody’s hearts, although breaking some rules along the way. But things soon turn sour as somebody threatens to put him to sleep. Who will stand up for this for-legged gentle giant?

Tackling universal themes and voicing animal rights and the importance of fighting for what is right.

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Set in South Africa this is a wonderful uplifting children’s story which can be read by the child independently or by an adult to be listened to.

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Millie Goes to Uni!

It’s exam time at Swansea University. I’ve been helping to de-stress the students, along with other dogs from Greyhound Rescue Wales, as part of the CBSA Best Friends project. Our humans hand out treats for the students to give us, then the students get to play with us and absorb our calming energy.

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The first session took place outside so we could enjoy the sunshine. It’s not a very good shot of me, is it? You can just see my bum on the far right.

To be fair, no one could get a good shot of me because I kept wandering off. I was trying to avoid a terrier who’d come along with one of the sighthounds – he kept kicking off and starting fights. Also, being a literate Lurcher, I wanted to check out the University. I’d almost managed to get into one of the buildings when I was caught and brought back to the garden. I tried to explain I was thinking of enrolling, but no one was listening.

I got a chance to see inside two weeks later. The weather had turned nasty, so we were in the Students Union building.

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I don’t think I helped the students much. We literary types can be quite introverted, and I’m no exception. I didn’t mind the humans, but there were far too many boisterous dogs around for my liking. They didn’t seem to understand the treats were for the students to hand out. When Annabelle opened the treat bag, she was mobbed by a gang of Greyhounds before she could get anywhere near the students.

This guy was particularly scary!

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I felt quite intimidated, and I’m ashamed to say I spent most of the evening hiding in the corner.

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I noticed a student on his own in the opposite corner. He didn’t seem to want to move away from the door – I suspect he felt as nervous as I did – so I went across to say hello.

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Snip and Freda were more chilled, and enjoyed the attention.

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Freda did well too

All in all, it’s been an interesting adventure, but I don’t think I’ll be doing it again. I’m going to try helping out in care homes. Only quiet dogs are allowed to visit the people there – and, as Pearl has so kindly pointed out, they’re more my age group.

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