It is two years since The Man died and I still miss him. Oh, I love my Benji; he and I go off on our own as often as we can and I wouldn’t part with him for the world. Still, I miss The Man and he is never very far from my thoughts. And before it is suggested, Benji is not a substitute, he is his own, with his own quirks and his own character. They are two very different dogs.
I drove out to Iron Baron yesterday with the Benji. The road out to the Baron is in much better condition than the Iron Knob road. Of course, much of the road is along the Lincoln Highway before the Kimba / Iron Baron turn-off, But then Kimba is an important farming town so the road is kept in good condition. As I said the other day, there is nothing left of the Baron – almost no trace that it ever existed. I did some presentations and training sessions at the Community Hall many years ago and I couldn’t even find where the Hall used to be.
Today was the day (Tuesday) that we had to take the WaWa to the vet. Ok – First catch WaWa / second, clean up blood and bandage fingers. — Well, actually no :o) I was given medication by the
Vet last week and half a tablet calmed her down and we were able to get her into the carrier and up to the Vet. Her nails were clipped and she had her booster injections. She was really very good. We came back home and I decided to chance my luck and got a leash on her. It was a struggle and even although medicated, she resisted, but I got Benji and between us we got her out the door. A lesser struggle and out to the driveway and from there it was slow, but then she was walking quite the thing alongside Benji. It was a short walk but fun and at times she took the lead. I was overjoyed and I hope we can do this again. I would like the three of us to be able to go out on a road trip. Annabell, like me, likes the WaWa, and we would not be too unhappy if the owner does not return and the dog becomes ours. BUT she would have to be socialised and we would have to stop her attacking Benji. At the moment we have been reluctant to do anything because she is not our dog, but that could change. The ideal thing would be for her real owner to return but considering the problems with unemployment, large companies moving out of South Australia and the uncertainty with Arrium, I really do not see this happening for some time – if at all. On the other hand, there is a South Korean tender in to buy Arrium, so that might have a bit of a bearing. Got a leash on the WaWa again tonight and took her for a longer walk this time. She again was very good, so perhaps this is what she has been needing and I may have to cut down on the distance I take Benji to accommodate the WaWa. The Vet has a partner and his name now appears on the outside Wall Shingle. He’s very good and it was this new Vet that saw to the WaWa – he was really good with her. I held her while he cut her nails and gave her injections. He is a younger man, much younger than Mustafa and it may well be that this is what the practice needs to recover from being closed down for the best part of three months. I think most of them went to the lady Vet, as I did for two consults and I can confirm that she is very nice and was really good with Benji. But our own Vet is back and that’s where we need to be.