• Mollie,  Personal

    Mollie: Loss and Memory

    I took a long time to write this post. I couldn’t get the tone right, and I’m still not sure if I have. The usual expression when we lose a pet is to make some vague allusion to the Rainbow Bridge. This makes me uncomfortable, just as it does when people mention God in relation to death. I’m an athiest and my heart belongs to science. I don’t believe in an afterlife. I appreciate the sentiment, especially from friends, but it doesn’t comfort me, or make the loss any easier to bear. I marvel instead at the unprompted connections my brain will make; a dog barking, and for a second…

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  • Dylan,  Kim,  Mollie,  Rio

    Odd Little Muffins

    Both the younger dogs are still settling into their post-Mollie lives. Dylan is not his usual self. We’ve had a bout of sulking brought on Thursday evening, when we took Kim and Rio to Rally and Dylan got left home alone for two hours. He’s taken a few days to come around from that. Rio feels a bit soft, but she has since her season finished. I don’t know where her edge has gone, but gone it has. I’m hoping that it’s just a case of settling hormones. Everyone told me that spaying before a first season made for soft dogs — I know this isn’t true, look at Kim!…

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  • Dylan,  Health,  Mollie


    We’re beginning to settle into routines that don’t involve Mol. The big changes seem quite natural, it’s the little things that remind us of her; Rio laying in the doorway where Mollie usually laid, not having to shove her off the sofa when you sit down, not hearing her bark first when you come home. Dylan isn’t coping terribly well with Mol not being here. He has been very pushy around the house and on walks, and he’s also been snarky with Rio a few times. He could just be reacting to the stress of a new routine. Or he could be trying to fit himself into the household with…

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  • Mollie

    A Short Passage of Time

    Life without Mollie can never possibly be the same as life with her. How could it? Everything is very quiet and unforgiving. Kim has nobody to snark at any more. (Kim doesn’t care at all, and I am grateful for that in so many ways.) Mol never did anything at less than 100%, and I guess that includes getting ill. She was only really properly sick and sad for a few days, in the middle of it all. The rest of time she was just a quieter version of her normal self, but still able to do what she wanted to do. She first saw the vet the day after…

  • Dylan,  Kim,  Mollie,  Photos,  Rio,  Walk

    Group Photos

    Group photos are hard, and not just because getting everyone sat facing the right direction is always tough. I have very white dogs and very black dogs, and so getting the white balance is hard, and the height differences is always a challenge. It started so well, and we moved on, and then I realised nobody was in focus. Photoshop improved things, but I couldn’t leave well enough alone, so we tried again … Out of focus and Kim hates everyone. Kim is bored now. In focus, all dogs looking at the camera attentively … shame there’s one missing! Think we have a few problem areas here, starting with Rio’s…

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  • Health,  Mollie


    Mollie hasn’t been very well, which has been why I’ve already broken my annual resolution of blogging more often. She started acting a little bit off just before Christmas, and by the day after Boxing Day we were worried enough to take her to the vets. She feels very ribby and skinny, but when we weighed her, she’s actually gained over 2kg. She was very dull, and has a weird cough that sounds a little like Kennel Cough but isn’t, as well as an upset digestive system. She also refused to eat, which isn’t entirely out of sorts for Mollie, but she’s never done it for this long. It’s been…

  • Dylan,  Kim,  Mollie,  Personal Reviews,  Rio

    2012 Review

    I didn’t have any goals for 2012, but it was an interesting year. It was not a subtle year, or a kind year, or a gentle year. I want a lot of things for 2013, but I hope they all come about in a softer way. I still don’t feel comfortable setting goals with Dylan, he lives up to his name and we just have to play it by ear. I want him to be as happy and confident in competition as he is in training, but I know that this might be an impossible task. I think I need to continue trying to be more aware of when he…

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  • Mollie,  Rally,  Training

    Mollie + Rally

    I sort of forgot to post and say that in a moment of madness, I started taking Mollie to Rally classes. My original plan was to take Rio, but I’m still waiting for her to come into season (as well as now worrying in case she had a silent heat or something to confuse me) and I didn’t really want to have to miss four classes of the six week class. Classes in a hall aren’t Dylan’s kind of thing and Kim hates heelwork, so Mollie was the final choice. We have our third class tomorrow and it’s going really well. Mol is really enjoying her trips out and she’s…

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  • Agility,  Dylan,  Kim,  Mollie,  Rio

    Time Flies

    Where has the time gone since my last blog post?! I am very happy to report Rio’s target training is now rolling along at a good pace. I took it back to basics and we did some shaping, and she’s now double-front-paw hitting from any position. I’m not comfortable asking her for wall-turns, I don’t think I know what I’m doing enough for that, so we did some sofa-turns instead. She’s ready for the chute now, I think, which means I actually have to finish the chute. Hmm … We did some simple circle work last week at agility and Rio decided this was boring. As in, after two repetitions…

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