Good morning dear Reader......Early start today!.......My son has dropped off his puppy, my Granddoggie, Cara, this morning just after sunrise.........I am going to look after her for a few days.....She is a delight but huge, being a Standard Poodle.....I am already finding it hard to maintain my poise and follow my new code, Julie's Philosophy! Calm, calm!
Charlie has turned into "Charlie Manson" dog.....He is like a raving lunatic.....He is frightened by Cara and he just runs around barking and lunging at her and one of these days he will get seriously hurt....Cara just raises a paw and swipes at him but, she has never hurt him.....We have had this problem with Charlie since the beginning....He hates other dogs, other than the ones that live with him and he goes berserk when he sees another dog, especially when he is on the lead......
We took him to doggie training. It was like a boot camp for wayward dogs and puppies......This big, rough, beefy man, who obviously loved dogs, trained the dogs, but really, he trained the owners how to control their dogs......I felt that I was going to be punished if I made a mistake, he was that tough!.....I was scared........It all ended badly, as Charlie just wouldn't learn......He let his crazy brain rule. He was just not good around 20 or so other dogs and he lashed out at everything with four legs, except for the little tiny puppies.......Even those little ones performed better than Charlie...Poor Charlie! He lashed out one night at a Staffie....The staffie went back at him and unfortunately my arm was in the way. I was kneeling down patting some of the puppies, the staffie pushed through us to get to Charlie, stood on my wrist and with his very sharp claws, torn a couple of large strips into my wrist....I bleed like a stuck pig and ended up at the doctor's and had a tetanus shot and the works....Not good!....
I am trying very hard not to get worried by this and I am having moments where I just want to scream at Charlie to shut up and separate them instead of just leaving them be and letting the day pan out as it will anyway.....Don't stress Julie! That's me.......Hang on a minute.....I have just noticed that it's very quiet......Holy Smackers........just had a look and Charlie is cuddled up to Ollie and they are both lying down just staring at Cara....Cara in turn, is just standing about 5 feet away from them and just staring back.....Aren't they funny! Harry meanwhile is snoring his head off......
Harry is another story with Cara.....He is constantly trying to hump her, even though he can't.....I know that it is a domination thing but little Harry does love Cara and he is usually standing on his back legs with his front paw around her neck.....It's just gorgeous to watch.......I'm sure they kiss!
I remember the first time they met! Cara was around 16 months old and on heat when my kids bought her around to see our new puppy, Harry......Just to explain, Cara was a rescue dog that my son got at 6 months old as a foster dog, we are all foster parents for the RSPCA. A horrible woman here in Queensland was raided by the RSPCA and 117 Poodles were confiscated.....30 of those dogs had to be put down as they were in such a bad way, that nothing could save them......40 of the bitches were pregnant!.......Cara's mum had a litter of 6 I believe......This bitch of a woman who had the dogs specialised in Chocolate and Apricot Poodles of all sizes and she sold them to the Asian market for huge sums of money.....She was arrested and charged with animal cruelty and the court case went on for 2 years....Because of the court case, the puppies that were born after the raid, were not allowed to be spayed......She lost the court case we are pleased to say but, she didn't get jail time and we have heard that she has started up again with her partner and the business is in his name so they can't touch her ...yet!.........People like that should not be on this earth!
So that it why Cara was on heat! Harry had been with us for one day and he had only just had his stiches out from his spaying. He was a little, shall we say, horny, when he smelt Cara......We had a dreadful time keeping him from jumping up on her rear end.....Not that he could possibly reach, but every time she lay down on the floor he jumped.....It was hilarious! I haven't laughed that hard since, I can't remember when! We started to call him Fabio from that day! Ollie just runs away from Cara usually, as she thinks he is a toy and loves to cuddle and play with him.....Ollie being the sweet little, scared dog that he is, keeps running to me to keep him safe......You can almost hear him saying, "Mummy, mummy, the big dog is going to get me!" I am going to love the next few days and the true challenge will come on the walk! I won't attempt it on my own, my husband will help me tomorrow......What's that I hear?...................Oh joy, silence....looks like my day is going to be fine, they are all asleep!
I must tell you about something that happened yesterday and confirms my new code is the way to go! I have just finished the "poo run" in the back yard and I decided because it was so beautiful, I would just lean on the fence and drink in the wonderful view that we have over the Gold Coast.....I noticed a gorgeous butterfly flitting around and for some unknown reason I raised my arm for it to land.....It came up close to me and then went away.....I lowered my arm and the butterfly came back and just hovered around me for a little while.....It was pure magic and bought a smile to my face and a peace to my very soul!.......My goodness we have a beautiful world....such a pity some don't appreciate it......
Hi, At 59 I am just finding my feet in the world...So exciting! I have learnt a lot over the years.....gone from being extremely hard up to living a very comfortable life and loving every single minute of it.......My boys are grown up and living good lives themselves and I am so proud of them.......I have the best husband in the world (most of the time anyway....hahaha) and I have 3 dogs who I just adore and they adore me...... I try to live by my motto ......"Be like the sun....let your warmth shine through always"