Dasher's Italian Greyhound blog 2017
This is the continued story of Italian Greyhound Dasher started in July 2009 - see old blogs. The latest "happenings" will be put on at the top at frequent intervals, so the story unfolds from the bottom and up! He lives with his nephew Solo. I have videos of Lure Coursing and other doggy things on YouTube under my name: sighthounddotnet
Email me or go back at any time to my sighthound.net start page.
Happy reading! - Janet
(Photo: Italians Solo 4 years and Dasher nearly 8 years January 2017.)
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Tuesday the 19th of September - and the ninth blog!
Monday the 18th of September
We had a fabulous day lure coursing with the sighthound club yesterday! Over the bridge to the island of Fyn, right out in the rolling countryside. Here's a link to the bridge, which we can see in the distance 10 km away from our house, as we are very high up: wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Belt_Fixed_Link
My friend, who always looked after my dogs during holidays when I had 3 whippet boys and I looked after her 3 whippet girls, came and picked me up. First, we loaded the car. Their new Whippet and Solo shared the cage in the boot.
Dasher travelled on a rug the floor by my feet - I have a map on my left knee. You can see the bridge ahead.
Below a selfie looking back at the 3 boys on the back seat!
These shoes above are not mine! When we arrived, I realised that in the rush to pack and get going, I had forgotten to change from indoor shoes to ankle boots ready for a wet and muddy field. Luckily, a Whippet friend parked beside us, heard the problem, and she had an assortment of shoes with her, so I borrowed this pair. A bit big but just fine for the job and saved the day!
Below, on the way to check in.
The next thing was, that our ATV, which drags out the hare before each run, broke down, literally! See the broken pipe at bottom of the picture! We have a spare but miles away on another island. So we owners started dragging out the hare on it's cord, 7-800 meters, pulling like mad as it resists unwinding, and taking AGES walking up and down hill, so the day's runs would take from now until Christmas to complete! We were groaning to each other. I was lucky, as when it was my turn to pull out, a young man jumped in to do it instead! So very kind! Must be my grey hair!!!
Below, Dasher and Solo size up the situation. They adore Lure coursing!
The boys were of course, fascinated by the useless ATV and took turns to sit on it. The oldest will be 12 next spring, and then will be qualified to learn the art of dragging out the hare around the metal rollers pressed into the grass. He's looking forward!
The weather stayed fine and mostly sunny, whilst the rest of Denmark got bad hail storms, wind and rain!
BUT, before long, someone turned up with the big motor mower, took the grass cutter part off and we could borrow this to drag out the hare! A wonderful relief that saved the day! It does look funny, but it did the job!!!
Below: The start of Dasher and Solo's run:
Below: My friend and her Whippet bitch wait for the second run of the day where she can start to get her Coursing licence! This is gained by one run alone with racing muzzle on and must be passed as a faultless performance by our judge. Then two runs with carefully matched experienced Whippets, and if she runs well, then she can get her license to kill (!!!) and join in the National and International competions next year.
Below, the fantastic "Cake and coffee/tea table", which for once wasn't our own home made food, but specially baked or brewed by the owners of the field and their neighbours. A stunning amount of good cakes and other goodies all home-made especially for us. Very, very kind of them.
Above right a dear new little Italian, who ran SO well, and only a new beginner. She comes from the Czech Republic.
Friday the 8th of September
Friday the 8th of September
It was bad enough the ghastly sight all winter, of this field sprayed so everything died and everything was brown. Then broad beans were planted and it was pretty again! See picture in August below. Now this is the ghastly sight that met me this morning in the pouring rain - it's like Tjernobyl!! He's sprayed yet again!
I'm eating organic even more now...!
Thursday the 7th of September
These "Autumn Bliss" plants just go on giving fruit until the frost puts an end to them.
Monday the 4th of September
The crazy weather!
Sunday the 3rd of September
Wednesday the 30th of August
Delicious juicy plums not quite ripe yet, but I can hardly wait! (I have to be fast to get them before the dogs eat them!)
Friend on a visit gets her ear washed by Dasher!
Below left: Solo keeps an eye on me as it's soon lunch time... and Dasher enjoys the warmth outside yesterday.
Below, the summer is fading fast...
I discovered a Salamander in the kitchen garden! Never seen one outside a zoo before!
Below: "You mean these shoes are YOURS, not mine???"
Monday the 21st of August
Sunday the 20th of August
A simply wonderful day out. Kind son drove me to the pretty island of Møn, so Dasher and Solo could join in the Lure coursing they love so much. Some heavy rain showers, but only lasting for a few minutes, so we mostly just carried on.
First picture: They couldn't wait to jump in his car!
Every time the car slowed down, they jumped up thinking we had arrived! Only to relax again when they saw we kept on driving. (On the journey home though, they slept the whole way!!!)
Some of the rolling counrtyside. We could see the sea! (Not in any pics.)
Above: They are off! Dasher in red leads the whole course. They run like maniacs and Solo still shrieks the whole way round!
The field was huge!
Towards the end, and you can seea bit of the hare maskine below.
Below: Dasher always runs straight to me, whilst Solo has to thoroughly "kill" the hare first, then he stands wondering what to do next!
See the 4 min video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z3wY2QIqic
I forgot to photograph the delicious cakes!
Below: Photograph by Birgitte Sønderup of our ATV driver giving her son a ride!
Saturday the 19th of August
Wednesday the 16th of August
A pretty cricket in a blaze of pink from my Hydrangea!
Monday the 14th of August
The sky on a dog walk.
Sunday the 13th of August
They ate the whole poo before I had time to find it...aaargh...
Below: One can feel that the summer is nearly over.
Saturday the 12th of August
One of my many Hollyhocks has gone bonkers and produced a ball of flowers! It was some friends who noticed the other day! Most unusual. Must be a gene mutation.
Friday the 11th of August
One new toy and two dogs to play with it!
Torsday the 10th of August
Sunday the 30th of July
Saturday the 22nd of July
Thursday the 20th of July
If you go all the way down to Monday the 27th of February and see all my fine photos of the rat who visited for a while, there is a new event. I bought an electric trap, which should kill them insantly without pain. Well the rat vanished never to be seen or heard of again, but yesterday the trap signalled that it had killed something. There was this sweet little mouse, but OK, the fewer we have of them round the house, the better.
Monday the 17th of July
Tuesday the 11th of July
Monday the 10th of July
The latest photo of the "field walk" to the local village, well away from civilisation and with the possibility of seeing deer, pheasants and hares!
A closeup of the beans:
They talked about having a bench or two - much needed as it's quite a long way
- and at last there are three, each with a wonderful view!
Saturday the 1st of July
Sunday the 25th of June
Monday the 5th of June
Whilst I was in hospital for a few days last week having a major operation, Dasher and Solo were looked after by some good friends and their new Whippet girl "Fauna" of 11 months. (We have looked after each other's dogs for about 15 years). It went well apart from the fact that for over a day, Dasher tried non-stop to mate on Fauna, who was too young and inexperienced to say “NO!” properly and he thought, (loving all Whippets as he does), that THIS was the big moment he’s been waiting for all his life! Poor Fauna could only get away from him by jumping on the garden table. Dasher doesn’t jump on tables! Of course they also gave him “time out” in his cage. See her here, clearly depressed!!!
On the second day, Dasher was forced to accept, that this plan was NOT working out and so he started to ignore her! So then Solo, neutered as he is, surprised us all by taking over!!! (And he DOES jump up on tables!!!)
After a day, he too gave up and instead, he and Fauna became really good friends and played a lot together in the very large garden, taking it in turns to run around and be “hare”.
Solo on the table.
Out come some chocolate cream cakes plus goodies for the dogs:
So everything is fine by the time we come to collect the two bandits a week later, but now Fauna is extra practised at jumping on the table, and combine that with her being a VERY loving dog, wanting to "kiss" everyone, we had some difficulty drinking our tea and coffee!!
But she's so cute and loving, one cannot help but fall for her charm - and it's all part of the entertainment.
Then Solo gets up to check out the table. Right: On the way home in the car.
As we leave I get a lovely surprise present from Fauna!!! Full of extra delicious glutenfree products and treats for the dogs!
With a VERY pretty card, showing the three dogs in the sunshine, very well drawn Marius! I shall treasure it forever.
Thank you so much!
Friday the 2nd of June
An amazing rhododendron on our patio!
Monday the 29th of May
Pretty pom-poms of Alium light up before the lavender gets going!
Saturday the 27th of May
Taken on a doggy walk, they want to check out the next field! (Giant windmills in the distance.)
Below: It's lilac time, the whole of Denmark is smothered in blooms and the wonderful scent in the air...(The sea is in the distance at the end of this very high path!)
A VERY pretty petunia. It will grow enormous during the summer, hanging down from a basket of plastic.
Friday the 26th of May
On a doggy walk, a bit of a hazy morning. The weather goes from freezing to sweating in hours... very mixed up!
The beans are struggling up in this cold weather.
On another day!
After the walk!
I cut the lawn!
Wednesday the 17th of May
Saturday the 13th of May
Hurrah! A clever whippet friend has cleared up the mystery with the curious "pea" plant with no tendrils!
It is a Broad bean! Read about it here:
Tuesday the 9th May
They'll sit anywhere in order to catch some sun rays. Then Solo daintily crossed his paws!
Our oldest son came yesterday and the dogs repeatedy jumped in the car - desperate to go somewhere like Lure coursing!!!
My lovely white rhododendron:
I stepped outside the door and surprised Momma Blackbird, who allowed me to fumble for my camera, get it out and take a couple of photos when she was only at arm's length! I moved away, so she could get on with her apple. She is amazing. You can even see her whiskers.
Thursday the 4th of May
Hooray for Dasher, it is his 8th birthday today and a nicer, more loving Italian doesn't exist!
Sunday the 30th of April
The dogs waiting at the vet's for their yearly vaccinaton on Thursday - only I do it every other year, as required by the insurance company. All dogs must be insured in Denmark - and I have an extra health/accident insurance.
Our Japanese ornamental cherry tree is so fabulous at the moment, despite the cold.
Momma Blackbird wanted her portion of sunflower seeds! She has to do all sorts of gymnastics to get down into the flower pot! I took this through my office window! I now have to buy apples specially for her, as we have run out of our own!
A sparrow checks out the food situation.
The field with the mystery seeds sown, that are now only about 5 mm up from the earth, due to the cold:
Here is the one seed that I stole and it has sprouted up in our warm house:
Looks like a pea, but so far, no tendrils.
Wednesday the 26th of April
Tuesday the 25th of April
Spot the Italian! He has crept under this himself - I haven't touched the blanket
- except I often re-fold them nicely when all bunched up.
Sunday the 23rd of April
A tiny clip from a lovely day's Lure coursing on the 26th of March. Shows Solo with "girlfriend" Athena, who does all sorts of crazy short (and long!) cuts, (even crosses a tiny pond!!!), to beat Solo and get to the "hare"!!! She doesn't run "blindly" after it, but tries to be smart and figure out where it will go and place herself in the best position.
Solo and Dasher use the sun whilst waiting for me to finish gardening and go do their dinner!!!
Saturday the 15th of April
Friday the 7th of April
The entire local school turned out for running, skating and on scooters. I was told it was Team Rynkeby Løb for sick children and the children were earning money by the run. Wonderful to see such energy!
Thursday the 6th of April
The sun shines right through Solo's stomach skin!!!
I spot a pretty Goldfinch in the Honeysuckle bush. First time in 9 years here. It's a new area, but wild life is gradually moving in!
Tuesday the 4th of April
At last the farmer has ploughed up and sown seeds in his barren and weed-killer filled field!
Huge flocks of seagulls are enjoyed all the worms now exposed!
As we walk, we drive them onwards.
The farmer had a bit of an accident with the seeds - see here, I am wondering what they are? Bean-like yet not...I've taken one home and will see what it is. Will grow faster with me! A friend thought peas, but nothing like the peas I have ever seen - the mystery will reveal itself as the summer progresses.
Solo asleep after the walk!
Sunday the 2nd of April
Sønday the 26th of March
Friday the 24th of March
Friday the 10th of March
Tuesday the 7th of March
Because of the rat, Momma Blackbird's apple basket hangs on the gas meter now where the rat cannot reach. Right beside the back door. Unfortunately I can no longer see her - but can hear the basket rattling as she hacks viscously at the apple.
Solo keeps a strict eye on me!
Monday the 27th of February
As you’ll have seen below, we have a visiting rat!
We are supposed to report these to the authorities and they come with canisters of rat poison, but I am holding back as Dashers’ mother and sister nearly died from eating “something” on a walk one dark evening, either a dead rat or some rat poison, and I don’t want to take any risks. There is no knowing WHERE it will lay itself down to die. The poison makes them slowly bleed (internally) to death, it could take ages.
So I have bought an electric trap which kills instantly, (so very humane, I don’t want any suffering), but of course she’s not going in there!
So I had to remove the cycle basket and feed Momma Blackbird an apple in the middle of the lawn for a couple of days. The other bird food hanging from the roof, cannot be reached.
So the rat spent an entire day fantasising over all the food it couldn’t reach! Hence these photos.
Pure rat torture to see and yet not be able to eat!
Now it has totally disappeared, so I put an apple back in the basket for Momma, much to her relief.
BUT she was ALSO used to eating a “fat ball for Blue tits” one can buy and suddenly yesterday, with a flurry of wings and great acrobatics, with the “pot” swinging wildly around, she dumped her big body down in the container of sparrow food, to eat THEIR fat ball! See her here!
Monday the 20th of February
Monday the 13th of February
Momma Blackbird enjoyed taunting Solo from the safety of the guttering this morning! We were just back from a walk.
Solo went mad with frustration. Then she flew into the Honeysuckle, no doubt with the idea of eating from the basket, but Solo leapt up high and forced her to move. You can see her wings at the top of the picture. (And all the while, I am standing beside them taking photos!)
More cute Bluetits!
Monday the 13th of February
Momma Blackbird is simply so tame and trusting, that I can even exercise the dogs running around the house 8 times, while she just carries on eating her apple a few feet away! She knows they are killers as Solo has killed quite a few of her young, and she takes the most risky chances, only flying at the last minute! Here, she lets me stand beside her throwing tit-bits to the dogs, and doesn't turn a hair. (feather!)
VERY difficult to see her in the bicycle basket!
Below, you can see how she eats, bold as brass - with a killer-dog waiting below for his tit-bit!
Friday the 10th of February
Thursday the 9th of February
After three days of non-stop snow, (a very fine, almost invisible snow) and gloom, the sun came out yesterday!
Monday the 6th of February
Saturday the 4th of February
Friday the 3rd of February
Thursday the 2nd of February
Saturday the 28th of January
Tuesday the 24th of January
Saturday the 21st of January
Tuesday the 17th of January
Dasher loves to be dressed up in all the gear ready for a dog walk, but Solo HATES all clothes and this morning, when he saw that it was the tracksuit with legs, that he hates worst of all, he went like this:
But once we get going, he enjoys himself!
Some shots from the walk. The sea is the strip of blue on the roof tops - 10 km away:
The sun is struggling to get through the clouds - not a breath of wind....
Below, the usual view. We are all alone in the bleak fields.
Monday the 16th of January
Solo eating his dinner - he always looks like a bandy cowboy who has been on a horse all his life! He walks like this too!
Saturday the 14th of January
Wednesday the 11th of January
A bitterly cold day with a storm wind chucking icy crystals and big snowflakes into my face, quite painful...no chance of photographing on the walk. We marched around at top speed. Below is a picture showing how much they were looking forward to going out:
- and safe home again but soaking wet, waiting to have their "Togs for Dogs" gear off!
Monday the 9th of January
The first mosquito of the year? Hibernating in the house and probably thought spring had come when I turned the heat up a bit due to a cold and frosty couple of days! It died instantly I saw it!!!
Solo closely examines a cute little mouse we found dead on the walk this morning. Plump and "healthy" looking - no doubt poisoned, so I picked it up and took it home to our rubbish bin in a dog-poo bag.
Freday the 6th of January
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