January 1, 2017 by Rusty Uncategorized 0

On belly rubbing

You would think these days, when the internet knows everything that there would be some simple instruction so that humans can learn to rub a dog’s belly. The lucky human gets a dog and searches the internet for how to make them happy. The internet replies: “Rub their bellies!” Then all they have to do is look it up and they will see some YouTube videos or a website called “Everything you wanted to know about rubbing a dog’s belly but were afraid to ask!” Unfortunately, none of this is true. Rubbing a belly is a bit like kneading dough when making bread. They cannot learn this from a book or a computer screen but must practise it or better still get first hand instructions from a more experienced baker. Thankfully most dogs are willing to put some time and energy into teaching their humans how to rub a belly. You really need to keep at this. If you are living with more than one human, start with the one who is most easily manipulated shows most promise. Make sure you offer them lots of encouragement. They like that and respond well to a doggy grin or a wagging tale. […]

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October 6, 2014 by Rusty Dog 0

Selfies for Puppies

Everything happens much faster in a dog’s life than a human’s. I am three years old and the mother of nine wonderful puppies, six of which are still living with us. Older dogs like older humans lose touch with the latest fashions. I like a nice atmospheric photograph that took someone time and energy to compose and get just right. The photographer should have to do some work to get the perfect picture. The puppies on the other hand like selfies. Like may be too weak a word. They love selfies! The idea that they can take a picture of themselves, share with everybody, talk about how good they look and then forgot they ever took the picture is something which really appeals to them. Some puppies are not aware how easy it is to take a selfie so my kids have suggested I write about it in my blog. The first thing to know about is the equipment. You need one of those smart phones which allows you to photograph yourself while at the same time look at what you are photographing. It is also extremely important to have a touch screen. Next the puppy needs to get themselves […]

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July 1, 2014 by Rusty Dog 0

The Puppy Diaries #3 – Big Bellies

When they turned up first they moved about with great difficulty and looked very fragile. One of my people used to help me make sure I was feeding them all. It was hard work looking after these little puppies. They seemed to just sleep and feed, or feed and sleep, all the time. Of course they did not neglect their toilet, but even then I had to encourage them. They knew the smell of the other pups and of me and that was their world. Then they grew a bit. They got more hair. They seemed to move more and still they fed and slept, slept and fed. When we all visited the Vet after two weeks he wanted me to start weaning the puppies. He suggested getting them some very nice steak and mincing it so it became puppy friendly food. Bonnie and I were perfectly willing to help them eat this but they seemed to get the hang of it immediately and started getting very fond of this food. It is now five weeks since they were born they have started getting bigger bellies and doing lots more than sleep and feed. They sleep, they feed, they have […]

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June 9, 2014 by Rusty Dog 0

Puppy Diaries #1

I had been visiting this nice vet for a month or so now. He had taken a blood test when I first visited him and found my progesterone levels were low. This would have resulted in my puppies dying so I had to get injections every three days. He also used a special camera which looked inside of me. He had examined this carefully and said he thought there were five puppies. Another vet had also looked and reckoned there were four. Anyway I got on very well with this vet. He always gave Bonnie and I some treats during our visit. On this particular occasion my people handed me off to the vet. I thought he was taking me to get some extra treats which he wanted to give me and not also to Bonnie. I could see the sense in this. Anyway, I fell asleep. I woke up and I was lying on a table feeling very groggy. My people and Bonnie were there and so were three or four tiny puppies. I fell asleep again. This time when I woke up there six tiny puppies trying to feed on me. More sleep. I wake up. More puppies. […]

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December 31, 2013 by Rusty Dog 0

Happy New Year 2014

I have been taking dancing lessons in preparation for the New Year’s Eve party. Feel free to copy my steps. Happy New Everybody

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September 20, 2013 by Rusty Dog 0

Dog Shows

There are not many problems with being a dog but there are some. As a dog who is also a blogger I need a bit of help with getting my paws around the keyboard as I am sure you will understand. Anyway over the last few months a lot has happened. We all went travelling and Bonnie and I were in Dog Shows in Denmark and Germany. I wanted to tell you about everything. I was waiting at the computer. I had lots to write and guess what Peter wanted to go for a walk. Well, we are dogs and you don’t have to mention walks twice! We also can’t be expected to think about writing a blog when we get back. So that is why it has been so long between posts. The Danish dog show was on the island of Bornholm. We had to get in the car and travel for ages and ages. Bonnie and I were put in a cage in the back of the car. It was a bit small. Anyway we drove through the night and arrived somewhere at the very top of Germany. From there we got a ferry to Bornholm. They, our […]

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