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Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Joan is Back


Joan is back from her holidays in Northumberland where she has been visiting her son and has sent two photographs taken with her new camera , entitled Rainbow Arch and Early Morning at Lower Newton . Well worth clicking on the pictures to enlarge . The beach reminds me of our day trip there a few weeks ago when Alice went crazy and had a lovely day on the same spot . Great to see Joan back ....
Today was a bit different on the Alice front . There are days when she really doesnt fancy a walk . It may have been the slight dampness in the atmosphere when she ventured out after a lie in , at seven . She sniffs the air gingerly as she prances her way down the yard , looking back over her shoulder at me all the way , as in " Do I have to go ? " " Really ? " Reaches the bottom of the yard , turns to look at me full on , then before squatting , hesitates one final time as if " Cant I just do it on the carpet ?" Her normal modus operandi , ie on a dry day , is so so different , stretching fully then hurling herself at full pelt , squats , checks youre watching , flies back in , then stands at the hall cupboard door for her Reward .
So this morning , post wee , all breakfasted , whiskers wiped on her duvet , she' s back on the sofa and she hears D start mentioning the time of the morning walk with me . I am early at work so wont be accompanying . She glances at us , at the window ( rain ) and pushes her head firmly under the dusky pink suede effect cushion . She wriggles her body , pushing further . If Im right in under this cushion , and no one can see my head , I'm not really here , and there will be No Walk .
I go about my morning preparations , breakfast tray , coffee , ironing , collecting reports , packing bag , etc etc . Dog stays quiet . No movement . D is on his pc in his office . Then for some reason as I plan to leave some word is mentioned that interests her . She forgets that she is In Cognito and the head raises , cushion perched on top . She looks like a Turkish Sultan and as we reach for the camera she becomes embarrased and remembers what this is about . Avoiding the Walk . Down goes the head , and the cushion . Silence , Stillness . There is no dog . No walk .

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Shelagh
The pics look really good, quite pleased for a first attempt, got to take Bj to the vets in a bit, think she got cystitis? i read on a gpig site you can give them cranberry juice! will ask the vet! Kitchen comin on nice will be finished monday, hes going to d our bathroom when we are in Norfolk (relief!!)
Hope Alice etc r ok
take care ps sun shinin in coleshill!!
Best wishes
joan

MsCatCalls said...

Lets hope BJ is ok , my sister might have some idea when she logs on she has lots of GPs and lots of experience .... will see what she comes up with ?

Laura said...

oh dear, poor BJ..I have not come across cystitis in guinea pigs before, although I have read that too much lettuce can give them kidney problems.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shelagh and Laura
Bj has got a urine infection, had antibiotic inj (Arr dont know who was more distressed me or Bj) and has got oral antibiotics and a small syringe, vet recommended dandelion leaves (no probs there Bj loves em) I asked about the cranberry juice (seen that on a website, but she hadnt heard of that one!!)
Was was nice is that she gave her a full check up and said she was in good condition so now she having a bath and lots of cuddles when i watch brit got talent!
Ave a lvly weekend,
lv
Joan & Bj x

MsCatCalls said...

Lets hope she ll soon be right as rain ... if its anything like round here you should have plenty of dandelions , our lanes are vfull of them , our two are a bit tired of them at the minute , they squeal about them then cant eat them all .... anyway hope she is felling better soon , and enjoy the weekend ... a bath ? never heard of that though ?

Laura said...

Hope BJ likes her medicine. When I had to give one of mine medicine from a syringe she loved the taste and always drank it all.
I used to have to give Vic a bath when he got a bit old to bother cleaning himself..he always looked so cute and fluffy wrapped in a towel afterwards

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