Weekly photo challenge: the sign says

June 4, 2013 § 3 Comments

Signs, signs, signs … signs. This week’s photo challenge is signs; check out the link for photos of some really funny or just beautiful signs. I have so many photos of signs. I love signs. Funny, silly, stupid, aggressive, informative … often story, sometimes poem.
Here is one of my favourites:

Who needs dogs.  St George's College, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

Who needs dogs.
St George’s College, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

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Visiting the green parrot’s perching place – QE II Paekakariki

June 2, 2013 § 3 Comments

Weekly photo challenge: In the background

May 27, 2013 § 3 Comments

In the background

At the Bach Cafe, Island Bay, Wellington.

At the Bach Cafe, Island Bay, Wellington.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

May 21, 2013 § 4 Comments

Escape. Just a little one. But an escape into a sunny, late autumn afternoon.

Walking in the Tawa Tawa Reserve, Wellington.

Walking in the Tawa Tawa Reserve, Wellington.

Helping People Enjoy Their Dogs

May 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

I don’t normally reblog, but this is a post that I’d like to be able to re-read without having to hunt it down again.

Paws Abilities

It was clear to anyone watching them that the little dog and his owner loved each other. Despite all her frustration and her ineptitude, the little dog’s owner was trying her very hardest to help him. And despite all of his anxiety and stress, the little dog was trying to work with her.

And they were failing miserably.

They had been failing together for five years. The owner would take her little dog to classes and agility trials and seminars. She went from one trainer to another, collecting a plethora of habits and ideas along the way. A patchwork of training methodologies and theories clung to her. She tried and tried and tried, and her dog tried his hardest too. And they failed, and they failed, and they failed again.

The little dog was on edge all the time. He tried to listen to his handler, worked his heart out…

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Muirlea Rise Pinot

May 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

No, not a wine, but my new puppy. Meet Muirlea Rise Pinot, called “Pinot”. Unplanned. It happened on my induction as a volunteer dog walker at the Wellington SPCA. She looked at me and I thought, “Oh no”. I resisted. Then I took her for a walk … and then I took her home. 4-months old when I adopted her, now 23 weeks. Wonderful black-and-white puppy terror. She had come into the SPCA with her mum and six litter mates. And because they came from the Wairarapa they called each puppy of the litter after a vineyard in the area. There was Julicher, Voss, TK, Murdoch James, Ashwell, and Margrain. They all had been adopted. Only Muirlea Rise was left of the puppies. Muirlea Rise is a boutique vineyard that makes a good Pinot Noir and the name was so out there that I just had to keep it.
By the way, the mum, Alana, is still available for adoption from the SPCA. She is a beautiful and smart collie x.

Pinot

Walking the Dog? … in Perth

February 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Just a few pictures from when I was walking around in Perth recently and keeping an eye out on where one would walk the dog.
Yeah for happy iPhone snaps.