Friends, Jennifer and Milan, have left to go to Western Australia (Perth) Because of the covid-19 and border restrictions, they have not seen their children and grandchildren since Christmas 2019. They asked me if we would look after Max – the Pug – for a couple of weeks and I reluctantly agreed. Max is a lovely, calm and very placid dog, but last time Max was here he and Benji did not get along too well. I was concerned for Max because all terriers can get very nasty if threatened, or think they are being threatened. It’s only been a few days but Benji is older and wiser and the dog-door helps because Max spends much of time wandering in and out of the house and just wandering around the back. I have been out walking with them and for the moment Max needs to stop and smell everything .That aside, they walk well together and they are getting along fairly well. However, and here I delve into history. Many moons ago in the UK there was a Ballroom Orchestra led by a man called “Victor Silvester” – you may remember (Galivanter) that he had a catch phrase associated to him – “slow, slow -quick, quick – slow” Well being out with Max is like – “Slow, slow – slow, slow – slow. At night Benji and I generally go on a : Block Walk: from the house to the end of town i.e. the end of the street. This distance takes Benji and me about 8/ 10 minutes about 20 mins there and back. With Max, it’s 20+ minutes just to get there- and that’s when he’s not stopping every three feet. He is the most unflappable , placid dog you could imagine. He’s a Pug – a very overweight Pug – calm, quiet and peaceful. Sort of reminds me of me, really – except for the overweight bit!! :o)
Annabell has not been too great this week and tiredness is only part of her problem but we are getting there. The Ultrasound should give us more information in what is happening. Annabell says it’s like being a teenager again only with the “Month” happening every few days. Poor thing! The Ladies Coffee Group starts back tomorrow (Tuesday) so she is quite looking forward to that. I have to remember to remove the dog seat cover tomorrow since I will be picking up two other ladies. I’ll give the car a clean out and a spray so it will be nice and fresh for the ladies.
With South Australia in the midst of a heatwave (37 – 43C) the dogs and I are out only in the morning (05:40) and even then it’s only for a short walk, Yesterday the temperature was 38c and today it is expected to be around 42c and the same again tomorrow. The fire ban across the State came into effect at midnight last night. We have one large fire in Tasmania – contained but not
controlled – and we had a fire at Salisbury. The Salisbury fire was believed to have been the work of an arsonist. Never mind, a severe look and a talking to by a Magistrate together with a good suspended sentence should sort things out – just like it did during the fire season last year. The favoured word by magistrates in South Australia is “naughty “, a term most people would not use in reference to a 18/19 year old male. Well, a week of heat and back to low to mid 20c for the next six days.
Annabell’s tests at the hospital here were completed without any problem, so that’s good. The results will be sent to the Clinic at Flinders Medical. At the moment she is taking things fairly easy. My frustration is that I cannot go anywhere – no – not because of Annabell – but because of having Max. Took a run out to the lighthouse on Sunday afternoon. Took four photographs and drove home. I got Benji out and got his harness on, then lifted Max out. I had foolishly left the front door open so Max moved to the door, jumped in plonked himself down in the seat well. and refused to move. I took a couple of photographs, got Benji back in the car and drove home, concerned about getting stopped by police and fined for having an unrestrained dog in the car. As for other things – I have just about given up making up the setps on my Fitbit and I don’t think I am going to get anywhere until Max goes home in two weeks.