Before I start my post today, I wanted to share some very sad news – those of you who follow me on Facebook will already know that my NZ friend, George the Bernese Mountain Dog, suddenly went to the Rainbow Bridge a few days ago.
George was fighting so bravely, even though the chemo made him very sickie – it made all his white blood cells die and then he got a bad infection…but they gave him the Antibiotic Medicine and he got a bit better again…Then his kidneys started getting very sickie and he almost collapsed! His human rushed him back to the vet hospital…and he was such a strong boy and was fighting & fighting…and they were happy because the new X-rays showed that the cancer lumps were definitely getting smaller so the chemo seemed to be working! But then just after his human left him for the night, after giving him lots of cuddles, they called her suddenly to say that George had had a heart attack and died. He was 8yrs old so he was a senior doggie too – I guess it was all a bit too much for his body in the end.
Oh George – we will miss you!! We are heartbroken – and thinking of his human, Kristine. She gave him such a wonderful life – no doggie could have asked for more. (If you missed my post about George, you can read about him here: http://www.bighoneydog.com/2013/03/george-gospelchoir-sillyface-contest/)
(Here is the tribute that Kristine wrote about George:)
Born a dog – Died a gentleman!
“He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile.
When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me… whenever… wherever – in case I need him. And I expect I will – as I always have. He is just my George.
I was very excited a few weekends ago because I finally got to meet my long-time blog friend, Barbie the Greyhound! My humans took me over to the other side of Perth, where Barbie lives, and we had a playdate in the Bayswater Riverside Gardens, which is a big park right next to the Swan River.
I used to follow Barbie’s blog and be so jealous of all her beautiful pictures of the places she went to in Perth…and now I’m here myself, going to all those places!
Barbie is a rescue greyhound adoped from Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) – she was supposed to be a racing greyhound but she wasn’t interested in chasing anything!
So the racing people didn’t want her anymore…but thank goodness GAP helped to find a lovely pet home for her!
That was about 3yrs ago – Barbie is 5yrs old now and she lives with another doggie, called Bender, and 2 kitties, plus occasional foster kitties, in her wonderful forever home. And she is very gentle and lovely with all the kitties…just goes to show that all the myths about greyhounds always wanting to chase and kill any small furry thing are not true!
It’s a shame though because Barbie has to wear a muzzle all the time when she is out in public – that’s the law in Western Australia, just because you’re a “greyhound”. It’s awfully unfair, isn’t it?
Well, me & Barbie recognised each other straight away as soon as we arrived at Riverside Gardens and rushed over to say hello!
Barbie might have no interest in chasing things but she LOVES to run and be chased by other doggies, herself! We had barely said hello before she was inviting me to a game of Catch!
Oh! But she was so FAST!!
She was a black blur on the horizon before I knew it!! Well, you know I’m a senior doggie now and sprinting around is certainly not my thing anymore (Hsin-Yi says it wasn’t even my thing when I was a young doggie – hee! hee! Us Danes are known as rather – ahem – ‘lazy’ doggies!)…but I don’t think I could have got close to Barbie even when I was a young doggie! I think she’s the fastest doggie in the world!
While Barbie was being a black blur on the horizon, I suddenly met another doggie who just arrived at the park…a young Dane pup! Her name is Molly and she was about 6 months old…
Molly was very excited to see me and wanted to PLAY!!!
Well, you know I don’t play much anymore these days…my humans say I’m turning into a snob at the dog park coz I am very choosy about which (adult) doggie I will play with now…but I do like puppies a lot! Even if they’re climbing & bouncing all over me, I don’t usually mind at all…and if they want to play, I’ll show them some moves! Yaaaaah! I wasn’t called the “Honey Monster” when I was young for nothing!
We were having a great time but Hsin-Yi was a spoilsport and made me stop because she was worried about Molly getting hurt – because Molly was still on her leash and Hsin-Yi was worried about things getting tangled and Molly choking (see in the first picture above – it’s always better if doggies can play off-leash ‘coz otherwise it might get a bit dangerous). Also, Hsin-Yi was a bit worried about me stepping on Molly and squashing her – coz everybody says Danes puppies are growing very fast in the first year and can be a bit “fragile” (Huh – although I was a TOTAL rough tomboy in my first year and ran around doing crazy jumping & wrestling and my humans never really stopped me and I grew up ok – but Hsin-Yi says you always worry more about hurting OTHER people’s doggies! )
Anyway, so I decided to teach Molly how to do the “majestic Dane stand” instead -
Meanwhile, Barbie had done 6,872 laps of the whole park by now and was finally a bit tired and decided to come back and join us – hee! hee!
Barbie wanted to show me more of the park, so we headed down towards the river…
There was a Golden Retriever playing in the water and her name was “Honey” too!
She showed me where to find the best sticks…you know, fetching a stick from the water is one of my favourite games! (well, as long as my humans don’t throw it too deep!)
Barbie isn’t so into fetching sticks…she had met another greyhound and they were having a proper High Speed Chase through the gardens!
There are lots & lots of doggies that come to Riverside Gardens – it’s a very popular dog park, especially on a weekend morning.
…me & Barbie mets lots of new doggie friends!
Well, it was late morning by now and starting to get hot…so our humans decided it was time to start heading back to the car machines. Whew, I had been out for nearly 1hr already! That’s a big walk for me these days. I used to walk 1hr ~ 1.5hrs every day when I was a young doggie (especially if I went out with Hsin-Yi: she loves to walk and could walk for hours & hours!) but as I am older now and like to take things easier, my humans have cut my daily walks down to 20 – 30mins on most days.
A lot of people think that as soon as you’re “old”, you should stop doing everything and just spend all your time lazing around, like a princess…but that’s so wrong!
It’s really important that I continue to get regular exercise every day and running a few times a week and go up & down stairs and make tight turns and climb on & off things – plus keep doing tricks sometimes and some dance moves & other training and even learning NEW things…coz that’s how I can stay fit & healthy, even though I’m getting older.
“Use it or lose it!” – so to keep my heart & muscles & joints & brain in good shape, I have to keep using them!
Of course, my humans are careful not to let me “overdo” things and I’m not allowed to do “crazy stuff” anymore (definitely no more Agility! ) but they don’t wrap me up in cotton wool just because I am a senior doggie now.
Well, me & Barbie had a nice walk back to the car machines together. Our humans said we looked really cute with our bums strolling side-by-side!
Thank you so much for a great playdate, Barbie! Can’t wait until our next one!