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Old Dogs

Today’s writing prompt:

You can teach an old dog . . .

Inspired by my two senior citizens who still act like puppies, albeit a little slower these days, and always make me smile 🙂

They are both creatures of habit but I’m sure there’s still a couple of tricks they could learn . . . as long as food was involved!

Stop the merry-go-round ~ I want to get off!

That’s today’s prompt 🙂

I’m sure you’ve all had days/weeks/months like that 😦

Unfortunately, here it’s been a one-thing-after-another period. Coinciding with some very difficult times for those near and dear to me, I’ve been a bit unwell but tests come back today. And, yesterday my precious little dog April had a trip to the vet after ‘doing’ her back. Jasper has recovered on medication and strict crate rest twice in the past so I’m hoping little April who has been through so much in her life will similarly get back on her paws. Unfortunately, it’s a problem with Dachshunds and they are both in their senior years.

I think I must have walked under a ladder (or two) in the path of a black cat, broken a mirror, spilt salt and opened an umbrella indoors, all on Friday the 13th 😦

Hoping someone will pull the plug on that merry-go-round . . . soon 🙂

Hot Dogs


I’ve been amazed at how well my Mini-Dachshunds Jasper (14) and April (almost 12) have coped with the heat. Although we have shade in their pen it’s much cooler up on our verandah and they love their crates 🙂

Although the forecast is for another 40+ day, I think it might cool down a little earlier this afternoon and a much cooler day tomorrow.

Great stamps


Whoever decides the designs for our postage stamps must have been listening to me this year.

A Mini Red Dachshund a few months ago and now chooks 🙂

They look so much better on the envelopes than ‘Postage Paid’!!

Thank you to all the kind subscribers and contributors who have been sending stamps – it all helps and I do appreciate it 🙂

Pet stories and poems wanted


Or cat, guinea pig, chicken, duck, snake, rock . . . whatever your preferred pet.

For an upcoming issue I will be featuring ‘pet’ stories, poems and articles. Good pets, bad pets, cheeky pets, lost, found, past, present etc

Submissions need be in hard copy (email copies requested on acceptance). Stories and articles should be up to 1000 words and poems up to one page. Send to PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria, Australia.  Or, email me for further information

You don’t have to be a subscriber (although subscriptions are always welcome and help to keep the magazine alive!)

Send them in asap 🙂

Beautiful Sunday


A trip to Bendigo for some groceries followed by a picnic lunch at Kennington Reservoir 🙂

We ate in the car due to the biting wind, despite the sun, and saw so many different breeds of dogs being walked around the 1.36km track. Two beautiful black & tan, long-haired Dachshunds 🙂  a Beagle, several Pugs, Labradors, Fox Terriers, fluffy Maltese, a long-haired sheepdog sporting a cute pigtail, Staffies etc. I think you might see just about every breed if you stayed there for a couple of hours!

Leaving Heathcote earlier in the day we were thrilled to see a huge flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos fly over (they are special favourites and at my former home in Traralgon I used to often see them but here they are much rarer so a sighting is special) and on the return journey we took the ‘scenic’ route, green undulating paddocks, sheep, cows . . . a very nice way to spend Sunday 🙂

How did you spend your Sunday?

Stamping Ground


I love these new stamps 🙂 The Mini-Dachshund looks a lot like my Jasper when he was a bit younger (he’s gone a little grey now), and the Cavalier King Charles could easily pass for Clyde, one of my daughter’s dogs 🙂 And, of course, the Pug, Australian Terrier and Miniature Schnauzer are gorgeous, too! I think stamps look so much better than ‘Post Paid’ in the corner.

I’ve collected stamps since I was very young, for fun rather than seriously, although my late brother and I watched like hawks when Mum shared out the latest offerings. Mum would carefully clip stamps from the envelopes and save them until she had a pile in the drawer (or we nagged until she gave up!). She tried to divide them evenly but toward the end of the pile there were always a few odd ones . . . the bargaining that went on over who should have which one would have rivalled the most ruthless boardroom negotiations! Poor Mum 😦  I’m going to put together an album for Jackie for when he’s older; living so far away I hope he’ll enjoy getting letters from Grandma and not just emails.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who send me used stamps. And, to those who include a couple of extra new stamps which their submissions ‘to help you with all that postage’; I do appreciate it.

Competition entries, single issues and subscriptions can all be paid with unused stamps – it’s much cheaper and easier than money orders and many people don’t have cheque books.

Hopefully, when I go to the PO Box later today, I’ll find a big pile of mail all decorated with pretty stamps 🙂

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