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Dasher's Italian Greyhound blog 2021

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 12 years (on right) and Solo,8 years on left.)
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Tuesday the 11th of May 2021 - and the 13th blog!
Travelled on Sunday to a fun family grill party at a sommer house - dogs with me but due to no fencing and many wild animals, they had to spend most of the time on their leads sitting beside me. We travelled on bus and train. Left waiting for the bus - and they know where it comes from, and right on the station platform and they do not know the train's direction and are confused!
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Above: On the train. My bus driver unfortunately made a mistake and only added ONE dog on to my travel card, but luckily the train inspector did not care that she was seeing double! (Otherwise a heavy fine!)
Below: We were right beside a small lake!

Below, on the way home they sat with me on a bench waiting for the train. Right, lying on the bus floor.
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Below: Solo has stolen my apple peel - I didn't even know he liked apple! He never eats windfalls, only plums, strawberries and cherries!

The local Blackbird is building a nest - and what a mess of wet earth from one of my pots...!

The Japanese Cherry tree is SO beautiful at the moment.
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Right: Dasher running full speed around the house.


Tuesday the 4th of May

Dasher is 12 years old today! He has amazingly few white hairs, is very playful, (showing he's no joint pain), and as fresh and lively as ever. He seems to be able to see ok despite cataracts caused by old age. Thank you Arne for creating him! Here he is transfixing me with his best loving look. Unfortunately, it is raining hard today and no sun.

Tuesday the 27th of April
The dogs and I travelled on bus and Intercity train to a family birthday party in Copenhagen on Saturday. Here are a few photos from there. Below, we wait patiently for the bus to the station sitting on a bench in the bus shelter and later they lie at my feet on the floor of the train. They are angels to travel with and love being out for a day.
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Their harnesses are made in Sweden and their jackets in England! Below: They know who is best and most faithful to pet them more or less non-stop!
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My grandchild repeatedly climbed up beside Solo who was lying in the chair, to demonstrate how he could leap down again with a heavy crash! Solo just ignored all this activity!

Solo will put up with anything from children! I even have an old photo where he is lying on a blanket in the sun, and my grandchild is driving a Matchbox car up and down over his body! Perhaps it tickled?
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Above: My son took this lovely photo of Solo sitting on his rug as we ate lunch. Below: My photo of him!

Below, sitting beside me while waiting at the station for the train home again at 6pm.

Thursday the 22nd of April 2021
Some of my lovely daffodills, planted by the previous owners some 22 years ago!


Monday the 19th of April 2021
Fauna was collected and driven home yesterday - so my two are depressed and quiet.

Big warm greetings when she sees at last her dream has come true: Mum has come to collect her!
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Dasher and Solo love Fauna's Mum as well! (She has looked after them a few times.)

Below, keeping an eye on me and blocking the way out to the "escape route"!

The other two are amazed at Fauna sitting out there.

Below left: The view from my chair in the kitchen as I eat dinner: Fauna has taken over Solo's favourite bed which is right beside where I sit to eat! And right, on a walk - at last it was warm enough to not need a coat.
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Below a series of photos where Fauna wants Solo to move away so she can sit in this bed beside me in my office! It is Solo and Dasher's bed, but she doesn't care!
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Solo isn't sure what to do about the awkward situation!
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Hours later on, she has very carefully crept in beside Dasher who is "the one who doesn't exist" for her!
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So above right, Solo is asking me "Where shall I sit then? Can you help?"
Below, of course Fauna escorts me in the bathroom every single time. I'd shoved it to, but she just pushed it open.

Below: Waiting to get inside.

Below, 8 am in the morning and these funny small clouds!
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Above: Sunbathing.

Friday the 16th and I get my second Covid vaccination and one is not allowed to photograph, but I sneakily took this one of the "helpers" sharing a joke together. They were there to save my life if I had a bad reaction inside the 15 mins. one must wait afterwards! We were in a giant sports hall. All went VERY well indeed.

Friday the 16th of April

Fauna feels so at home here, she is often breaking her strict rule about only sitting in her own dog bed - and now Solo has no where to go. She won't share! This is where he normally sits next to me in the kitchen.
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Above left: She's grabbed the bed before him. Right: She is trying to turf him out!
Below, I'm in the guest room watering some flowers and she cheekily tries the bed out for size.
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Thursday the 15th of April 2021
Fauna has arrived again to supervise and look after me for a few days!

They check out at the gate if any burglers are coming - or any excuse to bark!

Best friends.

She loves me totally - until her Mum arrives, then I count for nothing!

Dasher and Solo are shocked: She has grabbed the best bed beside me in my office, (THEIR bed!) and tells them they cannot join her!
In the dog world, males have to do what the females tell them and no arguing!


Sunday the 11th of April 2021
Yesterday, in beautiful sunshine and hardly any wind, I cut the lawn for the first time this year. Takes an hour it's so big. Today there is a howling gale and huge snowflakes whirling around, so the lawn is going white!
See the view out of the front door:
ring.com/share/25c52d32-87ce-4df1-b0cf-eec39edf2959 .

Here's where the pheasant sits and makes a fuss many evenings!
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I often buy the dog food from www.hike.dk - a very good and trustworthy Danish dog food firm who send my order so fast, I have it inside of 24 hours! This means the dogs have learnt from the smell, exactly what is inside AND Hike always pack a little free chew-treat inside for them, so they can't wait to find it! I always let them help unpack!
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Below, Solo loath to get up out of the very warm bed early one morning. The underfloor heating makes the dog bed get VERY hot - and then a warm blanket on top and he is baking!

Below: A VERY unwelcome guest nibbling at the bird food - having a snack lunch in the middle of the day! Taken through my office window.


Sunday the 4th of April 2021
Big warm greetings when Fauna's Mum turns up to collect her! Suddenly I am of NO importance any more!
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Solo is Fauna's favourite toy!
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Above: Obviously it's become too boring supervising me in the bathroom. so bringing a bone with her helps to pass the time!

A few hours of sun.
COME BACK FAUNA - WE MISS YOU!


Saturday the 3rd of April 2021 - and the thirteenth blog!
Family are passing by and drop in for a coffee - and Fauna is even happier! The more devoted followers, the better!
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Doesn't she look satisfied with life!



Friday the 2nd of April
Dasher is a devoted follower!

I am escorted and supervised in the bathroom as usual! First Solo passes by, then Dasher!
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Supervising me from the doorway. It's too cold to follow me outside - just as long as I do not go in the direction of THE GATE! THEN, horrors! Action would be needed! I might run away! Below: Fauna on her walk. Unfortunately, we didn't meet anyone she could greet, but there were several the following days.


Thursday the 1st of April
Whippet Fauna arrived today to look after me the whole of Easter! She is already supervising everything I do! Here she is in my office. Dasher always has the first day hoping to mate on her - at last the girl of his dreams! So he is a bit of a pest until next day where he's "seen the light" and realises it is not going to happen - and relaxes!

He follows her around...

She has a beautiful face.

Saturday the 27th of March
A pheasant is breeding in a neighboring back garden - has done for many years so this may be the next generation. He likes to come at shout his head off while sitting on my hedge every evening - here in this funny photo, it has just started to rain hard and his face is quite a laugh as the drops pound down on him – but only for a minute or so.

Sunday the 21st of March
On a local walk. It's still nippy in the early morning.

My wonderful crucusses today.

Yesterday I went to the family's "Jigsaw puzzle lunch"! A thousamd pieces - here we are just starting.

The dogs had a great time.
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Photos of them mucking about and being silly last week.
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Of course Solo steals again!
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Saturday the 6th of March
Solo with his latest "steal" - from my office rubbish bin!

Tuesday the 3rd of March
Everything was "painted" white this morning!

Friday the 26th of February
Solo is always stealing something! This time a plastic bag! He sits waiting for me to come and take it.

Monday the 22nd of February
Mild and sunny so I took the very long walk over the fields - yet snow is still piled up very deep!

Wednesday the 17th of February
Rain yesterday afternoon and plus degrees have helped clear some snow... below, outside my gate leaving for a walk:

Photo below to show how tough they are. They don't hesitate to walk along in the snow even when there is a perfectly clear path!

It's misty due to the drastic change of temperature. Below, they still run around the house, though I had to clear a path for them in the back garden!

Dasher enjoys eating earth in the garden 2 days ago! I take it as a sign the current brand of food doen't suit him.

Tuesday the 16th of February
Early morning photo. We got snow - again! Whole 12 cm in a wild snow storm... ugh.

Below, later on the doggy walk. At least it was zero degrees so it felt "warm" by previous standards!
Our road. No prize for good snow clearance!


Monday the 15th of February
A beautiful sunrise early this morning - just for a few minutes. View across the road to the neighbours.


Friday the 12th of February
Even this morning at minus 10 degrees, they still take the time to check if any burglars are coming our way!

They are surprisingly tough. A friend asked if they didn't need shoes as well as 2 coats? Well I could easily buy some but they would HATE them and it takes ages to dress up for every walk in any case. The proof that they don't need shoes is, that after every walk, (only very short in this cold), I open the gate to the back garden for a last chance to “lift their leg”- and they can wander around sniffing, chasing birds etc. for nearly 10 minutes sometimes. They are in NO hurry to get in – the door is open, the choice is theirs! So I take this as a good sign that cold feet doesn’t bother them. They also don’t hesitate to leave the cleared path on our walks and go off after a sniff in the snow or even stroll along in the snow beside me while I walk on the path! If their feet were painful, then they would surely shoot straight into our very warm and cosy house?
Friday the 5th of February
Boy, did we get snow - again and now several minus degrees, so nothing's melting.
We've not had this much snow for several years. The dogs are tough and take their time in the garden! Though now the temps have got even lower and windy, I put a jacket on them. This is part of the backgarden.

Below, they are not in any rush to get inside again, here they have spotted a bird in the driveway.

On the dog walk this morning it was necessary to use two coats, it was so cold and windy.

Wednesday the 3rd of February
Below, Dasher looking cute while trying to tell me to get up from the computer and give him lunch!
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And Solo supervising me in the bathroom! Below, the moon shining early one morning...


Sunday the 24th of January 2021
Below, having a warm up after the walk.


Below, milder weather and snow now just a faint memory! Time for their Pumpkin coats sewn by Togs for dogs!

Solo up to his usual tricks of stealing anything and everything!

Friday the 15th of January
All autumn and winter, while the season lasts, I eat a few walnuts every day as part of my lunch because they are so good for me. Just as I was running out and everywhere was sold out, son Adrian turns up with a kilo bag that has flown all the way from Chile! He saved the day. Here on the left are the last 4 from Grenoble in France and on the right, 4 of the new ones from Chile! One can see the difference! Taste is almost identical.

Below: Admiring the finished shapes in snow that the children made yesterday. (See below.)
Minus 4 degrees today so the dogs needed their coats with warm fleece legs - which they hate to have on!

All very mysterious says Dasher!

Below: Blackbirds are desparate to find food with this blanket of snow covering everything and minus temps. I put outside the only apple I had when off on the dog walk - they LOVE apples. When I came back, this male was eating it and was so loath to leave, that he stood there while I unlocked the door less than a yard away and I could even take some photos of him. I must buy some more apples.

Thursday the 14th of January
Snow storm all last night and about 10 cm deep - much more than I have seen for quite a few years!
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A family who were making huge shapes in the snow and explained it was to do with a school project!

Below, the dogs run around the house for exercise!

Below, earlier on before 8 am, the end of my road and the house:
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Above right is my rain water measure with 10 cm snow on top!
Below, my back garden next day.

But in total contrast, Copenhagen has none at all, see my son's view over town:


Tuesday the 12th of January
The last of the snow - in the form of a snowman sitting on a bench - but melting FAST!
(What a great idea!) The dogs were very unsure - if not a human, then WHAT? They even gave it a woof!
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Friday the 8th of January 2021
We have Christmas and New Year behind us and look forward to a Corona-dominated future!

Guess who took that shoe! Below: The mist before the snow came.


We got snow! Early morning photo from Wednesday.

View from my "Ring" doorbell! Everyone should have one! Bring an end to all house break-ins! wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_(company)

Later on, the Ring door bell filmed me trying to film the dogs in the snow!


Two days later and much has melted.

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