The warm weather has arrived, but still no rain in the air. I've even changed our duvet to the summer one and packed away some of my winter clothes. My garden is alive with new shoots and pretty faces.
It calls me to work in it too, so I've planted a few things, keep watering and wait for the rain. I've also collected all the seeds from the display of Namaqualand daisies along the wall. (for next year's display)
Lexi, as usual, follows me everywhere - especially when there is a hosepipe in her sights. She is such a sweet little companion - constantly on the move and searching for fun.
Toby and her relish chasing balls and playing in the pool. If they're really wet and there are people around, I send them to 'chill out' on the lounger chairs:
Saturday mornings are dedicated to our young pup, Lexi. She is coming along so nicely - nine months old now - and is a dream training partner.
Tomorrow she has a 'mock' run for her CGC 'Bonze' assessment, which will take place next Saturday. I'm sure she'll be absolutely fine and I'm sure that we'll sign up for the next level too. Lexi is much smaller than Toby in stature and has a much gentler temperament, so it also makes my life a lot easier. We both love our time together at dog-training.
Toby relishes the fact that Miss R is home on her study break because she always gives him special attention. She adores him and he puts up with her constant prodding as she goes through her anatomy studies. He's a great study prop. In the evenings, he's on her lap while they watch TV (All 38kgs of him!). He's such a big baby!
Our dear, sweet Tammy is getting markedly older and a lot frailer now.
She battles to walk and sleeps most of the time. She's not able to accompany us on far walks either any more, but we take her down to the park at least once a week - to sniff around and renew her spirit. Usually I do this without the other two energetic dogs. It's hard when our dogs get older, and its hard to watch them draw closer to the inevitable. Tammy has had a good life and is still comfortable. I am at peace with the future because I know that she's had a full life "lived to the max". I watch her for signs of stress and hope that she'll simply slip away in her sleep one day...but who knows what lies ahead. I've learned not to pre-empt these things. 'Live in the moment' is the way to go.
My thoughts are with all my friends who have pups who are battling with their health too. 'Scout', 'Tweedles', 'Sam' , 'Benny' and I am sure many others. My heart and prayers go out to them and their owners as they battle this path with their companions. If you have the time, please click on the links and show them some love.
On a brighter note, my two 'grand-guineapigs' - 'Scotch and Soda' are also home on study leave with Miss 'R'.
They are such cuties! They have a separate cage to my own 'Bonnie and Twix' and it's such a pleasure to listen to their 'Wheek' conversations during the day. Whenever I'm in the kitchen their voices become a chorus of urging - for me to open the fridge and bless them with cucumber. I love those little creatures!
During the day, the dogs make themselves comfortable by my side - at my desk, in my den.
I do a few hours of admin work for a company each day, but also have time for my own endeavours. At the moment I'm trying to make sense of the direction I should take with my quilting project.
It's confusing me immensely.
Anyway, that's all for now. It's 'biscuit time' for my pooches. :)
Wishing all my friends a very happy weekend.
If you're in the Southern Hemisphere - Enjoy our wonderful Spring!!!