Tuesday, July 14, 2009
and something else
This is Bella.
she's something else that is new in our lives since I last blogged.
she's a poodle that belonged to my son and his wife until they had their new baby, owen.
they already had ben, who was 2, and another dog called sydney who is a mighty yorkshire terrier.
2 dogs and a 2 year old and a new baby was maybe going to be a bit much.
so because we've dog sat bella many times before we offered to take her on, on the condition that they would take her back for visits whenever we had to travel.
so far this is working well.
bella has already had two return visits to her former home since april.
we only live down the street from each other so everyone can see bella as often as they like.
believe me, they haven't really had time to miss her!
bella is a lady with a few, shall we say, bad habits which are most likely due to her breed more than anything else.
i go out and when i return she goes absolutely apesh*t.
like we've been parted for a lifetime.
i'm trying to ignore her and praise her when she stops.
it's hard though but i will persevere.
she barks at people with the audacity to walk past our house.
she barks at people who are minding their own business in their own yards and just happen to walk near to a boundary fence.
some barking i don't mind.
after all, a dog's a dog right?
they're supposed to bark when 'danger' approaches, when their territory is breeched.
so most of the time a quick low growl, from me, (an attractive skill i've mastered) is enough to stop her.
but she barks at everyone who comes to visit too.
and this is not popular with ALL of my visitors.
but we're working on that too.
however she is excessively cute so i can forgive her anything.
she is like my shadow.
whenever i look for her and i can't see her it's because she's down here attached to my ankle and as i turn she turns, so there am i looking all over the place for her, everywhere except down at my feet.
so i turn in circles at the same time as she does, until i remember to look down.
i think i could develop it into some kind of circus act.
she is almost like an extension of my body now.
no matter where i go, up or down the stairs she follows.
i go half way up and remember something and turn around and 'hoop la' she turns with me and bounds up and down again.
apparently she doesn't do 'relax' as long as i'm on the move.
right now she's lying on the nearby couch.
she looks the picture of perfect relaxation...
but if i make a move from this computer, she'll be off that couch and at my feet before i'm upright.
okay, here we go, off for walkies.