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Hope Springs Eternal – 2018 Retrospective
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Today was dog food cooking day where 40kg of chicken, fish, chicken and turkey mince and kangaroo mince along with sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, kale, silver beet and parsley are all cooked, combined and containered for freezing.
The Dog Father actually suggested that I go to Belair Nursery while he stayed home and cooked - and that was a deal not to be passed up - it’s a tedious business - cooking dog food.
We roast 10kg of chicken 🍗 drumsticks and then take all the meat off the bones and chop it up. We save the knuckles for the dogs.
The Dog-Father turned around to discover Tiika - on the table - helping herself to the knuckles. While he was addressing this - the Dodgy Lodger helped himself to a whole drumstick 🍗 and away he went with the Dogfather in hot pursuit. The Artful Dodger was too clever for the Dogfather though and consumed the whole leg before you could say flamin’ Fagin!
They all seem to know without ever having been told that it IS dog food being cooked on the BBQ and all are very attentive to the cause - making sure there is no chance of the food escaping on their watch!
Later, Coco was in a funny mood and desperate to get a game started but no-one seemed keen. She was poking Rosie with her nose - and Rose was not amused - but when she pulled her tail - Rose really did her Lolly and chased Coco out of the room - not that it dissuaded her - she was back immediately.
It’s footy night and that means the Dogfather has a beer and a packet of chips while he watches the game. Just as he raised the beer 🍺 to his lips both Coco and Millie launched themselves into his lap - causing him to spill his beer all over himself. He didn’t seem too happy about that - I don’t know why? He had to wait until someone scored for an ad break to clean himself up - because he hates to miss any of the action.
The many faces of Millie. She’d been outside with the Dogfather and came in all revved up and ready to rumble. #hopespringseternal🐶 #hopespringsholidays⛱ #farmstayholidays🚜 #millie❣️ @ Hope Springs Eternal Dog Rescue, Rehoming & Retirement Inc. ... See MoreSee Less
There are currently several dogs in the Hope Springs Doghouse. We’ve had a busy day and thought we’d take the dogs down the back to play and have a relaxing drink.
Several were enthralled in trying to extract the bunny/s living under the wood and pruning pile. When the Dog Father dissuaded them from this activity - their heightened hunting senses had to find another outlet.
Lead by Tiika - who tramped through the mud into the puddle that’s left of the creek to chase the ducks 🦆 she was followed by (roll call of shame):
Maisie Tucker Bonsai and almost - Sophie.
I just happened to catch Rosie before she could get there - and the Dogfather just caught Prinny (who came over to see what all the excitement was about) before she fell in!
Bonsai was in his Ninja element - scaling the cliffs, diving into the turgid water and conducting Ninja psychological warfare where the purpose is to cause confusion amongst the enemy by swimming amongst them.
When we finally extracted them all - they were black and stinky - and so were we! So much for our relaxing half hour.
Get a dog they said - it’ll be fun they said - even more so if you have more than one!🐕🐕 ... See MoreSee Less
The RSPCA seized 10 Border Collies from a puppy farm, kept them in the shelter for 4 months and have now decided to euthanize them because their behaviour hasn’t changed. Read my letter to the RSPCA CEO.
Chewie is a lovely old fella of 11 – who’s almost blind. He’s a gentle old soul, who is very well mannered and enjoys a wander round (and round) the garden – using his nose to make up for his lack of sight. Because of his near blindness, Chewie is…
Digby will be staying in care, whilst we assist him work through some issues. Digby is an 8 yo Bichon Frise X Cavalier. He’s lead quite a sheltered life with one person who didn’t get out much and suffered from extreme anxiety – so this little pup also suffers from…