Dasher's Italian Greyhound blog 2020

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.
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Happy reading! - Janet

(Photo: Italians Dasher, nearly 11 years (on right) and Solo, 7 years on left.)
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Sunday the 26th of July 2020 - and the twelfth blog!
They spotted a cat! The ginger one who also was sleeping where we normally have a bonfire.

Below: I spotted a nonchalant hare on the morning dog walk.

Saturday the 25th of July 2020
I enjoyed a lift to Lure coursing yesterday - and had a wonderful day amongst friends, and the dogs of course loved it. Not many photos from me.
From the venue: Waiting their turn.

Below, Dasher running like mad. Our phoographer Kaj Frøling is the dark shape on his knees to the right!

Below: Greeting two other Italian "girls"!

Below: Here is Dasher starting.

All the wonderful photos below are taken by Saluki owner Kaj Frøling, who takes a most incredible shots with his enormous camera lens! Thank you so much Kaj! Enjoy!
Below, The "Starter" holds his hands up as a signal to the man driving the hare machine, that we are ready to start. Solo is waiting impatiently!

A great time was had by all!

Wednesday the 15th of July
We are having some cloudy mornings. This is the rape seed field.

My two red current bushes have gone mad and produced SO MANY berries! I've already frozen 4-5 kilos.

Below: Solo was given this amusing lobster toy by his previous owners 7 years ago - and it is still going strong!
Below: "I dare you to take my toy!"

Below my patio of an evening. The Petunias are sent in the post in the spring - and are VERY cheap as small "babies" - then they grow enormous!

Below: The dogs having a wrestling match! They go for the throat in play but never hurt each other, there's never a squeak, they know how much to bite without harming.
Monday the 29th of June
At last somewhere to go where the dogs can travel with me and have fun! My youngst grandchild's birthday party yesterday! They are angels on bus and train and in my oldest son's car where we were picked up from the station. The garden is fenced in and we should have eaten outside, but a hard shower of rain sent us all rushing indoors - but the weather was nicely hot! Below, as usual, waiting for the bus.
Below: Sitting on the bus floor on way to the train station.

Below: Sitting at my feet on the train! I have to pay for them, they cost one person extra.

Below: A drone picture of my youngest son's house where we all met!

After we dashed inside out of the rain, the younger guests ate at the coffee table so the dogs were hoping for tit-bits!

Below: Dasher watching out for crumbs dropping down! No dirty floors where my dogs are!
Below right: Solo resting near me.

Above, the simply fabulous birthday cake!

Above: I took the train back home to our nearest station, but being a Sunday, there was a long wait for the bus - so I took a taxi. Here we are crammed in the front seat! Solo on my lap and Dasher between my feet. They have done this in cars many a time. Below: 32 degrees on the patio Saturday!

Below: Dasher running around the house - showing my lovely roses.

Below, my first strawberries - a bit late this year.

Thursday the 25thof June
From the slightly overgrown walk over the fields yesterday!

Below: I was laughing as someone has sensibly turned this bench around! Before, it looked out over a view for several miles of fields, but then the rape grew op so you could barely sit there! (See below16th of May.) Now one can sit on it at least!

Monday the 22nd of June
I ordered some snacks and chew-bones for the dogs and they were thrilled to help me unpack! Only they didn't get anything - first after lunch!
Normally we would celebrate Saint Hans evening in Denmark on the 23rd with a huge bonfire with a witch on top and plenty of fun, singing, eating and drinking, but due to Corona virus, it is all off this year. Just the local ginger cat this morning sleeping on the very spot where we would hold the bonfire!
Solo is an expert in wrapping himself up!
Below: Earlier, I wrote about Denmark being perfumed all over with Lilac trees, now the perfume is even more intense - of hundreds of Elderberry flowers! My tree is to the right in these photos and loaded with cream coloured flowers.

Wednesday the 17th of June
I love the way I can look out of the back door and see lovely summer weather and then walk over to the front door and see bad weather on the way! Two different worlds depending on which door! (And it all passed by and never rained a drop!)

Solo loves to come to me shaking a toy and doing mock "threatening growling" like he's saying: "See what I've got and you can't have it, so there!" So I pretend to grab it, and he loves this as he knows I won't!
Below: My lovely rhododenron at it's best. All gone now and dying flowers picked off - if only it would last longer.

Friday the 29th of May
It is well and truly "lilac time" here in Denmark and there are MANY, both purposely planted and growing "wild". My whole area is perfumed with them. This path is lined with a mix of 4 colours plus syringa and various other flowering bushes.

Below: I have an extra pretty one with fancy edges!

Below: Running around the house and now there are "pom-poms"!
Below, warming their backs in the morning sun while waiting for a walk.
Below: After a bird in the hedge!

Last February 2019, (over a year ago), I casually asked my son to bring a bag of Frolic, (4 kg) with him next time he came. (He could get it cheaply.) I use it, each ring broken into 4 pieces (!) as bait when the dogs run around the house 5 times, 3 times a day - which equals just 9 Frolic a day!) Next day when I came back home from the morning dog walk, the postman was busy delivering a huge box containing 2x7 1/2 kilos – all the way from a big pet shop in Germany in under 24 hours! I laughed and laughed. VERY kind of him and a big surprise! I would not be asking him for a VERY long time. I am now on the last bag and ordered 1x7 1/2 kilos box from the same place!

Friday the 22nd of May
A ghastly photo of Solo showing his cataract and with his tongue out because I have just stroked him! He is about to duck down and sleep under an imitation lambskin in a dog bed beside my chair...

...while Dasher mucks about on the sofa!

Saturday the 16th of May
Photos from the past week: I take the rape field walk again!

This bench usually commands a fantastic view for simply miles, but now, if you can squeeze in there, you have a view of max 1 cm with rape flowers tickling up your nostrils!!!

We meet the Day Care ladies sitting a while out of the cold wind. The dogs get generous treats!

Below, I have cut the grass and am ready to receive a visit from the queen, it looks so wonderful! The dogs could not find me and came running when they spotted me!

Solo is sunning himself by the nearly deflated "have a nice day in these hard Corona times" helium balloon gift! It is tied to the chair and was up at the ceiling at first - a month and a half ago.

Saturday the 9th of May
The dogs using clear body language to show me I should bring their bed outside! "We want it put HERE, Mum!"
So of course their slave goes and fetches it and brings it outside. THEN they are happy!

Wednesday the 6th of May 2020
Pretty and dramatic scene on the dog walk this morning!

Tuesday the 5th of May

I order a lot of things on the web and a lot of boxes are delivered here, but when it is DOG FOOD, the dogs of course can smell it a mile off and willingly help me unpack!

Monday the 4th of May
Dasher is 11 years old today! Here is a photo taken at 9 weeks right after we brought him back home and he was very surprised at everything new and staring at the two Whippets in amazement. (We took them with us when we fetched him, so they were together in the car all the way home.) He looks so cute! He's proved to be the most loving and well-behaved Italian ever! Never jumps on tables!!! Thank you Arne! You did a great job.

Thursday the 30th of April
Son visit and more drone flying and the dogs are totally bored with it!

Above: It is hovering just above Dasher, at top of picture.

The weather is cold and no sun, so Solo sits on the "launching pad" cushion!

Above: My beautiful Japanese Cherry - that I could admire for days before rain finally hit and started ruining it!
Below: The rape again from Tuesday, (a week after the shot below), but no sun - and we have some rainy days ahead...shame as it is a BLINDING yellow when the sun comes out.

Tuesday the 21st of April
A wonderful walk over the fields and the rape or is it mustard (I can't tell the difference) is starting to flower...

Dasher waiting impatiently on the way back...

A rare picture of me taken on Sunday!

My Japanese Cherry tree is in full blossom and so pretty - the dogs run past it around the huse.

Guarding the gate - after the first walk with no jackets on!

Sunday the 12th of April
Son on a visit! I gave lunch and he gave a lot of fun with his new drone, that is just SO well made and can "do anything", plus take video and still photos. Wonderful to have a bird's eye view of things. We went on a long walk over the fields in the afternoon. Below, he started the drone from a dog's bed. Dasher is amazed!
The screen is his iPhone! The picture quality is fantastic. The drone is very little, see here.
Below is part of the roof of my house and carport, driveway with his car parked in it, then my kitchen garden and my road and opposite neighbours etc.!
The dogs weren't really interested after the first few minutes! Solo left and Dasher staring at it right.

Dasher is already bored with it! Below right, we went on a long walk and here it is about to start from the ground on the path.
Below, what it filmed - I took screen shots.

One can see the sea in the far distance.

The drone filmed us from quite close up! The weather was sunny but with a very cold northerly wind.

Saturday the 11th of April
Fun in the sun!

Wednesday the 8th of April
I spotted a lone hare in the field this morning! Can you see it! Dead center of the photo! Then I zoom in a little.

I was fascinated by the moon yesterday evening. Should be even more beautiful tonight.

Sunday the 29th of March
Our first snow came in March! (Melted just a few hours later in the bright sunshine.)

Below: Peeing in the snow early morning.

Below: Saturday evening - a beautiful evening sky!

Below, spotted in the newspaper: Some bright spark gave The Little Mermaid a mask and some alcohol spray - which the police quickly removed! I thought it was rather funny!

Below: I had two good friends to lunch who bought Sushi and wine en route - and we had a wonderful, much needed natter! (The dogs always live in the hopes...)

Saturday the 28th of March
Solo always loves to sit on the sofa arm in this funny way!

Manday the 23rd of March
An incredible sunshine and light frost.

After walk!

Thursday the 19th of March
A totally nonchalant cat sunning itself who totally ignores the dogs - while they bark and dart at it, dying to give chase!

Then it casually strolls across the road and into a garden, tail held high and just like they don't exist! They are completely amazed! I have photographed this cat before, so I think it knows us.

Below, pretty blossom is opening everywhere.

Thursday the 5th of March
A dull day brightened up by seeing two deer on the horizon! They stared for a long time because I am dressed in bright red, the dogs too, and they are only used to seeing hunters in camouflage trying to shoot them.

From the garden, and so pretty :

I have been giving my opposite neighbour's dog her lunch and a walk whilst they were away. She walks perfectly beside me, never pulls, and often looks up so I bend down and give her a petting! However, when nearly home, she just can't wait to get back! I could stop her, but it is so funny to see! Her house is in the middle of the picture:

Monday the 24th of February
I went on the bus and train to a family birthday party yesterday. The dogs love travelling and are angels. They get admired by many! It was freezing cold with a storm wind, hence the warm jackets from "Togs for Dogs"! Below, waiting for the bus - and on the bus to the station:
There was chaos after I arrived. While I was taking my coat off and greeting everyone, the two raced into the dining room where our “starters” of delicious smoked salmon, ditto mousse and cute decoration, was already laid out at the ready! They managed to eat two portions between them before we noticed! Problem solved, as the two youngest grandchildren did not want their portions, (saving themselves up for the birthday cake?), so we managed – but I am not sure if I am forgiven yet! Photo below taken after the "whiped clean" plates were removed!
Above right: Dasher gets cuddled at the table. Below: When Solo wants to show his love, he HAS to lick something made of metal - usually my watch. But here he is licking my sons iWatch and activating all sorts of things - maybe he is sending messages?!

Torsday the 20th of February 2020
The dogs know the time very precisely! They sometimes try to kid me about 11.30 that it is lunch time, but I tell them to go and sit down again, which they do. Then at exactly 2 minutes past 12 today, sometimes a bit before but not much, they say NOW it is time! Even though I may not break off and feed them for another half hour or so, they know exactly when it is 12 noon and tell me with no uncertain words/body language!!!

Tuesday the 18th of February
I have often seen deer running across the fields ahead of me, but this time one has taken the same walk along the muddy path as the dogs and me!
Solo enjoying a bone! His nose is bent upwards as he gnaws!

Wednesday the 12th of February
I love unusual coincidences and funny happenings and here's a little one! The dogs' harnesses have almost worn out after approx. 7 years of daily wear and the Velcro can hardly "stick" anymore. It was 7 years ago that I asked a kind Swedish Whippet breeder, who often exhibits here, if she could make harnesses for my two little ones? I had seen her harnesses on friends' Whippets and preferred the design to many others. I gave her some measurements and she cleverly down-scaled her Whippet harnesses to “Italian size” and here's Solo wearing one during Lure coursing.

So the other day, I emailed her and asked if she could make two new? Yes, she could! So I emailed a photo with all the measurements drawn in Photoshop.

She emailed a bill and shortly after, she finished sewing and sent a small package to me. The package came - BUT the Swedish Post Office who printed the official label, had only written "7" and not "127", so the package ended in postbox no. 7 at the start of my road.
And this is the funny part: At the start of my road, there are 31 small homes built specially for young students and no. 7 belongs to the only young woman I know there. This because she shows Whippets at Dog Shows with great success and together with her mother, (who I have known for many years), is Whippet Breeder! (I had Whippets for 29 years before I went over to Italians.) What a strange coincidence that it was exactly HER and not a complete stranger, who got the package! She immediately wrote via Messenger and showed a photo of the package, which I confirmed was mine - and next morning she popped it in my postbox on her way to work and I was on a dog walk. I think it's VERY funny, especially when the Whippet world is very small here and she is the only person in the 1-31 houses who I know - and loves Whippets like I do! (Although the breed has grown larger in Denmark compared to the time I got my first in 1984, it is still virtually unknown.) That's what I call an unusual stroke of luck!

Monday the 10th of February
Had the family to lunch yesterday but I was soooo busy, I only took a few photos - here are the pair pathetically asking for some tit-bits at the table!

Below: Dasher has just been shown really close up, all the food that he is NOT having! But my son has now done this for over 10 years, so he is used to the torture!

Spring is on the way!

Dasher seems to think this is a comfortable way of chewing a bone! Below another walk.

Tuesday the 21st of January

At last a break in the rain and I take the the pumpkins a long walk over the fields, lighting up whereever they are!

Solo steals from my office wastepaper basket!
I am squeezing the juice of an orange and once years ago, Dasher liked mandarins. I offer a half to Solo who backs off. Then I try Dasher - he isn't sure but he takes it and drops it. Then, just because he showed an interest, Solo HAD to grab it – but then he too loses interest! They prefer strawberries and plums any day!

Tuesday the 21st of January

Spring is on the way! But the dogs don't know it! Here is Dasher in his bed all pink with warmth.

The morning sun lights up all the beech leaves - soon to blow away...
Below, silly play!

Tuesday the 14th of January

My two pumpkins glowing in the rising sun! Below: Spot the dog! Dasher keeping as warm as toast.

Monday the 6th of January 2020

Talk about climate change, here is a mosquito who dared to follow me inside this morning, in the hope of a quick meal! It never knew what hit it! We should be wading around in snow and freezing weather right now, but it is just wet and very mild!
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