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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!

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.



If you look closely at the photo you’ll see a little dog. A grey dog with black ears and tail and a red collar and lead. Just as I snapped the photo his/her walker stepped behind the Christmas decoration 😦

I was intrigued as she was wearing a grey top, black pants and red shoes and I couldn’t help wondering if the similarities were coincidental, subconscious or planned.

I’ll never know but I’m sure it does make a good prompt for a story or poem 🙂

Do you look or dress like one of your pets?

Nine Lives


Our visiting magpie, Maggie (very innovative name!), frequently dices with death in between her demands for food at our back door. She first appeared last year as a young, still fluffy chick, squawking loudly behind mum and dad as they tentatively approached our back door for food. She learnt quickly and before long it was Maggie making herself known at the door, then calling to her parents as soon as she’d conned me into providing yet another meal.

Then she disappeared for a few days and I found myself searching the tree branches and roof top for the familiar winged figure. Finally she reappeared, hunched over, sporting a huge wound on the back of her head and her wings drooping. I wondered if she would survive but she grew stronger every day and was soon back to her old cheeky self, albeit with a scar to show for whatever adventure she’d had.

A few months ago she had an encounter with my son’s dog Bella when she came as usual to the back door not knowing I was sitting my grand-dog. She ended up on the kitchen window sill with most of the ornaments in the sink and our wireless internet gadget at the bottom of a saucepan I’d left soaking. Fortunately, she let me pick her up and take her outside and the internet gadget did eventually dry out. She was a little more careful after that until Bella returned home.

Disaster struck again about a month ago when Maggie appeared limping, one leg dragging behind her and looking rather sorry for herself. After a couple of weeks she was able to put the second leg to the ground again but I thought she’d be left with a limp. No…this week she seems to be walking perfectly and I wonder if she has a nest of young ones somewhere as she seems to be eating much more than usual.

Maggie loves to sit on the chain holding up the shade cloth over the dog pen and teases the almost blind April who can hear her but only senses movement. She dives down and steals the dog food when they aren’t looking (I do wonder if that’s why she ended up with her earlier injuries?) and any crumbs spilling from the chook pens. She serenades me from all corners of the yard and often follows me when I’m gardening, especially when there’s a juicy grub on offer.

Let’s hope she has nine lives, like a cat, because she seems to have used up three already and would be sorely missed if anything happened to her.

The October issue of Positive Words is filled with PET stories and poems, and I should warn that a box of tissues might be necessary for a couple of the tales 😦   Sure to strike a chord with pet-lovers and there are also a couple of surprises from writers who are not so fond of domesticated animals! If you would like a copy, please send $5.50  (unused stamps, cheque or money order) to Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria, Australia.



Bella and the Pumpkin


Bella discovered a few under-sized pumpkins on the back verandah that I was planning to cook up for the chooks and thought they made great balls to play with 🙂

Then . . . while I was on the phone she decided to be really helpful and chewed this one up into nice, small, chook-sized morsels all over the rug 🙂

There’s never a dull moment with Bella around!

Let’s go, Grandma!


I think Bella wants to go for a ride 🙂

Elijah flies out in about two hours. He rang last night and said Bella loves going in the car which explains why she keeps going over to the Yellow Lancer and looking so hopeful!


Camera Shy


This treasured pet was a bit camera shy . . . but don’t be shy about sending in your pet stories (see previous posts). Traditional pets like cats and dogs, or the more unusual 🙂

Coffee in Williamstown


Rugged up against the cold, this little dog was enjoying coffee with her owners at Williamstown 🙂

Pet stories are starting to arrive (Thank you!) but there’s plenty of room for more. Send them to (hard copy please)  . . . Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria, Australia.

One writer asked if Positive Words has a hard copy issue and I guess if you’ve recently found this blog you might not know . . . Positive Words is a monthly, hard copy magazine/anthology/journal filled with stories, poems, articles, writing hints and prompts, competition notices etc. It was started in 2002 and has continued to provide a publishing opportunity for writers, both new and experienced. It is a self-funded project and needs subscriptions to survive, although you do not have to be a subscriber to contribute and all published contributors receive a complimentary copy. There are two major competitions each year and monthly mini-competitions. You can find more information under ‘About’ or send me an email but submissions MUST be in hard copy as I live in an area with very limited internet signal.

Looking forward to lots of PET stories and poems 🙂

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?

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