Dasher's Italian Greyhound blog 2022
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 Dasher 12 years in front and Solo 9 years behind him.)
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Thursday the 15th of December
Dasher can still find plenty to sniff at, even when everything is covered in a thin layer of snow!
Wearing his Santa costume all December! Thank you so much Dorthe for sewing it for him!
Dasher looking cute beside me while I eat breakfast!
Friday the 25th of November
Solo is 10 years old today - I can hardly believe it!
Tuesday the 22nd of November
Monday the 21st of November
Boy did we get snow last night!!!
Early morning and it is still snowing
See how deep it is up to his hock!
Above, the dogs run by the house wall where there is no snow!
A petunia on the patio is still surviving!
.Above, the dogs get exercise by running around the house 5 times.
Above left: Dasher finds something to sniff up in the apple tree!
Dasher gets snow in his ear?
Saturday the 12th of November
The dogs and I visit for the day a big summerhouse the family has rented for 4 days! Some 600 meters from the beach.
Walking to the beach.
On the beach - no sun but not cold or windy.
There is a swimming pool in the summerhouse that the Grandchildren just loved! (And scared me, see left!)
Dasher runs to me for help when he sees the water splashing everywhere!
Solo is cringing! Even though the water is warm, they have no intention of swimming!
Solo gets a good hug! They have known each other "forever"!
Supervising the dirty dishes! They would just LOVE to lick them clean!
Sunday the 6th of November
Solo enjoys some family love!
Tuesday the 11th of October
Friday the 7th of October
Thursday the 29th of September
Solo looking funny with his favourite rope!
Wednesday the 14th of September
A delivery of dog food from HIKE this morning. Solo was not in ANY doubt as to what was in the box when we got home from the dog walk! (He swiped the other little parcel, which was carefully laid in top, over to one side!)
They help unpack!
Above: THIS is what they are looking for! Hike always put a free treat with the order!!!
Monday the 12th of September
Starting a mad game!
Right: Solo munching a plum! I have to dash out and pick all the windfalls every day before they come out or they will eat themselves silly with them otherwise!
A dog circle!
Enjoying the September sun on the patio.
Monday the 5th of September
Dasher seems almost completely deaf now and only can hear me if I really shout very loudly - the poor soul. But I use a lot of sign and body language. Early this morning, he never heard me enter the kitchen and I found him still asleep in his dog bed like a baby!
Saturday the 27th of August
Below: Solo enjoying some sun.
All I could see of Dasher this morning was one back leg and his tail! The brown mattress to the bed is in a turmoil!
But he is happy!
Wednesday the 10th of August
Yesterday the dogs and I took the bus to the nearby station, then the Inter City train to Copenhagen, then changed to another train line in order to visit some good friends who had invited us for lunch! The station I had to change at (Ny Ellebjerg) is simply HUGE and still being built and extended and I got lost last time walking MILES to find my way so they very kindly visited it to see for themselves and then made a video film showing me where to go! WHAT a service! It worked well and I would never have been able to find the next train without their help as there are hardly any signs up. I hate this station! The dogs and angels all the way. Below, waiting for the bus to the station.
Above right: Riding on the bus.
Above sitting on the Intercity train that I had to run to catch as my bus was late arriving at the station so quite nervewracking but I just made it up on the platform as it trundled in.
Above left, on the second train called "S train". Right: The delicious lunch!
Above, lying beside me while we ate lunch on the finest carpet fit for kings!
Manday the 1st of August
Thursday the 21st of July
Tuesday the 19th of July
Wednesday the 6th of July
Tuesday the 5th of July
Solo with his favourite toy, but caught sticking his tongue out!
Sunday the 3rd of July
A lovely photo of 13 year old Dasher stading patiently by me in the heat of the afternoon, and taken with my wonderful new iPhone 12 birthday present that can do fantastic portrait photos!
Friday the 24th of June
Photos from a family get-together in Copenhagen:
.Dasher gets hugged and loved.
Left: Solo's turn for a cuddle. Right: Choko, who owns the house and garden, joins Dasher under the table to catch the crumbs dropped!
NO! You don't walk on the tables when you are a guest!
Left: Waiting on the platform for the train to take us home again. Right, sitting at my feet on the train.
Above: Sitting on the bus. Then they drag me home.
Monday the 13th of June
Friday the 10th of June
My brother on a visit from America and Solo enjoys an extra cuddle. They've met before!
The dogs can smell when the postman delivers their food from Hike, and get extra excited as Hike always put a little treat for them hidden deep down in the box.
.Dasher waits whilse Solo rummages deep down, finds the treats and dashes off. But I grab them and give him his share!
Above, my rhododendron just before all the many flowers start falling off! It is just so beautiful.
Monday the 6th of June
The dogs and I went to a family birthday party Saturday and had a wonderful time. There were delicious grilled meats, and the next day the dogs enjoyed some of the leftovers! Enough for 3 meals. Here's breakfast! FAR superior to boring old dried dog food!
They both knew when they saw all the signs of me getting ready beforehand, that we were going somewhere!
My son kindly picked us up and here is Solo looking out of the window to be the first to spot the car drive into the driveway!
The fabulously delicious snacks to have with our welcome drinks! Brilliant idea!
Solo quickly finds a good seat!
Also these cushions can be used!
BUT the dog who owns the house: "Choko" is hated by Solo who only accepts sighthounds! Other breeds are just trash in his eyes! However he puts up with the over-friendly antics of Choko, who cannot understand why Solo won't play!
Dasher meantime spends the day under the table in order to be first if anyone drops any food! Here he is having a loving cuddle though.
Wednesday the 1st of June
My fantastic rhododendron on the patio.
Above and below the dogs running around the house before their lunch.
Below: Two pigeons watch while Dasher licks up their droppings!!! Ugh!
Wednesday the 18th of May
Above left, they are asking me to put their bed outside! Right, they are so thankful as they love to sunbathe!
Above, Dasher searching the lawn for pigeon droppings, which are his favourite snack!
Monday the 16th of May
Guests to lunch and Solo leaps up in their car and would love to go for a drive!.
Left: A pretty pigeon apple tree. Right: The dreadful mess after all the blossom starts to fall off the Japanese Cherry tree by the front door - seen in full glory further down below.
Last week I took the dogs on the long walk over the fields.
Looking back over the field.
Guests to lunch again and Solo stole a huge slice of bread and no way could I catch him!
Tuesday the 3rd of May
Tuesday the 3rd of May
Tuesday the 19th of April
Saturday the 16th of April
Solo is crazy to get hold of a pigeon that sits calmly staring down at him in the plum tree.
He hasn't a chance of reaching it!
See it above!
Talk about wishful thinking!
Above, he is sitting on my lap in the kitchen and STILL keeping an eye on it!
Some of my pretty hyacinths right now.
Above: Both playing one of their mad wrestling games!
Monday the 4th of April
Monday the 28th of March
Enjoying the warm sun in the lounge.
Below: Solo on my lap!
Solo steals a plastic bag and he is waiting for me to grab it!
By chance, I spot a butterfly which has fallen down my (luckily empty) rain water measure, so I am able to save it. There are amazingly many of them around right now. Below, Solo staring at me!
Wednesday the 16th of March
Sunday the 13th of March
Tuesday the 8th of March
Beautiful crocusses blinding me in the sun every day at the moment!
...but Solo would sooner be under a blanket in this cold weather!
Tuesday the 2nd of March
Thursday the 24th of February
Snowdrops in the sun!
I also have some with double centers - very pretty.
Solo is in fine fettle now and growling here he wants me to pretend to "steal" his rope!
.Solo stares hard at me when he wants something!
Sunday the 13th of February
Monday the 7th of February
Wednesday the 2nd of February
Last night, Solo flew in the door and sprang straight up on their cage and looked very proud of himself! He IS slowly getting over his back injury and is a much happier doggy.
A nice delivery man came at 7.30 this morning with a small parcel and a box of dog food from Hike, which he lifted up for me onto the washing machine. Even before the dogs had a chance to really sniff, they immediately KNEW what was in the box...
...because Hike always include a free treat for them both!
Here they are sitting saying to me "Well get a move on! Give us the treats NOW!"
So I get the box down and Solo tries to dig down into it!
Of course they get their treat! Solo lifts the little bag out straight away so I have to quickly grab it from him!
Tuesday the 1st of February
Saturday the 29th of January
Wednesday the 26th of January
Monday the 24th of January
Saturday the 22nd of January
The most fantastic sunrise this morning! Looking over the road to my opposite neighbours.
It looked as if the house was on fire!
Later on, on the bitterly cold frosty walk.
Wednesday the 19th of January
Tuesday the 18th of January 2022
and a belated Happy New Year to everyone!
Did you know that dog poo-bags protect against Corona?
Here are the results from the morning walk: One bag with a poo, (Dasher’s), one with an already bagged poo which the owner left behind in the grass, so I just took one of my own bags and grabbed it up - and THREE bags each with a Corona mask in! This because some idiot regularly gets off at a certain bus stop near me and either arrogantly ties their mask up in a tree or throws it on the ground! I cannot stand to walk past this sight every single day for many years, so I clear up after them – and a dog poo-bag is perfect Corona protection!!!
PS I carry them all home in a small bag I have hanging under my coat, so I'm "hands free" to walk the dogs.)
Above: After a walk they sit together on the guest bed in my office and warm up.
The sun at lunch time and Solo creeps around the house.
Left, mucking about and right, I lift the white blanket covering them and here they are lying together.
Solo is telling me to leave the computer and give him some lunch!
I promised them a biscuit each if they would sit, and here they are waiting for it!
Early one cold morning, the view of the sunrise from the doorway.
Yesterday evening as I was working on the website for The Italian Greyhound Club, I noticed I could see the nearly full moon move up in the clear shy through the window. MUCH prettier in real life than the “pinpoint” you see here.
Since Christmas eve, when Solo jumped up into the car as usual, (he can never wait, he LOVES car rides!) but unfortunately fell backwards again rather awkwardly onto the driveway because there was a cage filling the back seat, he has been having increasing pain in his lower back. He can make every movement except jumping. I stopped all running exercise but instead of getting better, he seemed to get worse so I took him to the vet. yesterday. The vet. must have healing hands as after a thorough examination down his whole spine, and an injection with cortisone, Solo immediately felt much better and even frisked around the surgery room.
Before I had given him a morning painkiller this morning, he was jumping about, telling me off for being too slow with his breakfast and generally his usual cheeky and entertaining self! A joy to see. So he is very much on the mend, but if he has wrenched a muscle, it could take 6 weeks or more to heal. The vet and I reckon it’s nothing too serious. In the photo above, we are waiting to pay the bill! He sits like an angel in the specal "pet travel bag".
Tonight, Dasher almost gets him to play. He has been dying to play crazy games with him for ages! They run into my office!
Solo actually jumps up on the guest bed and they wrestle for half a minute!
So he is feeling much better!
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