Me and me Badge are on a walk. We thought we would share some sunshine
Hahaha globe head sun god
I was about to take him to the vet on day 4 after miraculous rice water didn't work, then suddenly he got better but sadly Pan then started vomiting so she went to the vet instead. Given how badly she went down last time and with the public holidays I thought better to be safe than sorry. Antibiotics fixed her up within 24 hours.
Bundled old lady Pan in the car (her favorite thing) and we went for a drive. We went to many places and checked out beaches and forest. It was sort of relaxing knowing we didn't have to find a big walk, only small walks for my recovering patients.
Found this gorgeous little waterfall that was tucked so far into the forest that no one can be bothered thinking up whether dogs should be there or not. I decided for them.
Doesn't Jav do a perfect job of rotating his head in this video? He is a natural for TV.
Because when we were at the beach yesterday and I was having a little paddle I looked back towards the shore and there were my dogs: Pan barking as loudly as possible at a log under the water, Badger standing dutifully beside her taking little pot shots at nipping her back legs while she is mid bark, and Javelin standing at the water's edge with the face of petulant disdain. His eyes narrowed and mightily prim.
There is only so long a person can listen to a dog barking at a log under the water so I call Pan and Badger to swim out to me. I've been noticing more and more often that Javelin and Badger have a decent amount of competition between them. It shows up in the funniest places and given they are both peace lovers they keep it to just trying to be cooler than the other one. Before Pan or Badger can start to launch themselves out to me I see the oddest thing. Javelin lurches forward and trots straight into the water that is over his shoulder. I wait for him to bail on this crazy idea of his. He doesn't. He just keeps coming. I realise at one point he is most definitely swimming. He can't not be swimming. His determined little head is cruising towards me like a little black boat.
It was the strangest day. The only other time he swam voluntarily was after that wallaby I think.
Giving me the eye of demand
Javelin mad that we had to ruin Christmas with swimming. Urgghh
Who wants the ball?
Not Javelin that's for sure.
But do you know that if you buy a $59 cart and tow it down to the sand and then pull it along the beach for about 45mins that your dog IS COMPLETELY CURED OF ALL AILMENTS. That is quite cheap compared to other therapies. Pan did not need to go in the cart at all for any of these journeys.
I assume her back problem is like other people/dog's back problems where they come and go. Tell me about your back problems. Please.
In other Pan news her heart is going mental. Sometimes you can see it trying to jump out of her chest. Sometimes you can feel it beating super fast. Sometimes it is normal. She is going to the vet tomorrow but I fear this will not bode well for Pan's longevity.
Hence the enormous joy it is to have her barking her head off and digging giant holes beside me on the beach today. When I got up off the sand she had almost quarried all around me and I was left perched up on an island like those New Zealand cows during the earthquake. I can no longer hear anything as I now have industrial deafness from her barking.
Camped at the last competition of the year and the weather is gorgeous for camping. No rain! No crazy wind! In fact being at a competition without extreme weather has been rare recently so I am chuffed with today.
And a feeling of peace has come over me . I don't know why this is. Perhaps it's about sleeping in a tent , perhaps it's about the bedding Kate leant me because I forgot a doona. Maybe I really like Geelong suddenly but I have an odd sense of everything clinking into place. A feeling of being in exactly the right place at the right time yet nothing is happening. My heart is relaxed and my stomach is calm and my jaw is slack and everything is taking a big sigh.
Pan doesn't have a known birthday but there was a day I chose when she was competing to put on the forms.
I should look that day up but either way Pan is 12 or more and yesterday seemed like a good day to be officially 12.
She got to go to the beach, her favourite. And she even ran a bit and didn't hurt her back/leg problem. I purchased a cart from Kmart that is designed for taking up to 100kgs of things to the beach. So I'm assuming that includes Lurchers. It moved really well on the sand and it wasn't too much of a hassle to pull around once I strapped it to my waist. It got a little draining when I had a strong head wind at the end though. But really very easy and also handy to put things in, like interesting shells and Pan's sticks and wet harnesses. She probably only spent 20mins in it but being able to rest made a huge difference to how far we could go.