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Why The Death Of A Dog I’ve Never Met, Broke Me

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You would be forgiven for believing that we have never lived in a more dangerous and deadly age.
Death penalty by firing squad.
Deadly earthquakes.
Extremists murdering school children.
Deadly riots in the ‘Land of the Free’.

However, the truth is the opposite.

We live in the safest ‘age’ since we evolved into being 200,000 years ago. Although this knowledge doesn’t really dampen the genuine sorrow following the tragedies we have seen in the past week. Carnage and death all over our blue planet. Mostly by our own hands.

However, it’s not any one of these tragedies, nor the combined sadness of them all that dropped me into a sea of sadness this evening.

It was the death of a dog that I have never met.

My online friend Mel, lost her beloved poodle just recently. And I sobbed as I read her words. I crumpled  in my chair and covered my face with my hands, and sobbed. I still feel utterly wretched at losing Horatio and Jack eleven months ago. Almost a year – I can’t quite believe that number.

Ginger having a nap after a bedtime story

Ginger having a nap after a bedtime story

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Despite all the human casualties that have passed in the near gone days, only the news of Ginger’s death was enough to make me succumb to misery. Dogs are such genuinely wonderful creatures whose hearts are larger than their earthly bodies. All they do is give.

But somehow I need to move past my sadness, so I will attempt to empower myself with the words that Mel shared about her departed pooch . . .

 . . . . ” all pets returning to their healthy state, trotting around with butterflies and birds”.

So my Beloved Jack & Horatio – please take Ginger under your wings and show him around. Show him where the sweetest water is, where the sunniest patch is and take him to your fluffy warm bed each night.

I know you’ll all be best buds.

I love you.
Thank you for loving me all those years.

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It’s A Dog’s Life – In My Home Anyway

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For the first time since he came to live with me, just over ten years, Max has fallen asleep on my lap.

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It’s just shy of eleven months since we lost both Horatio then Jack. We have both struggled quite badly to live with the loss – for lots of different reasons.

I still miss my boys so much and still instantly tear-up when I think of them. Having them in my life altered the course of my entire being. They enriched my existence by an immeasurable amount.

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My Boys . . . . 2009

My Boys . . . . 2009

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Max and I still have a ways to go, in trying to have a happy life with just the two of us. But we keep trying.

On the whole, I have found that having my three Boys was healthier than any other relationship (bar one) that I ever had with a human. Humans are not reliable. Dogs are predictable. They are also loyal and loving and gentle.

I have thought about adopting another dog, particularly for Max’s sake – but I’m just too allergic. I’m actually allergic to Max, but we soldier on in a fashion as the allergy isn’t nearly as strong as with most other breeds.

It helps that I love him so much, too.

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He woke himself up by snorting!

He woke himself up by snorting!

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Reader’s Digest Summary

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So much going on my day and in my brain. Blood testing for diabetes, sewing a wedding ensemble, lots of walks on the beach, learning to crochet. Fireworks at my part-time job, winning a competition, knocking down walls, organising my life.

All while I am trying to build my website – and by did I am getting sick of it.

Christ knows how anyone can be a software developer. It must be so bloody frustrating. I take one step forward and then five or six back.

Anyway.
That’s life isn’t it?!?

So I’m going to ‘suck it up’ and just keep trying.

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How Did We Ever Cope Without The Internet? + Himalayan Mutt Project

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I have just spent five days without the internet.

No emails.
No building of my website.
No blogging.
No online searches.
No Pinterest.
No 9Gag.
No online TV streaming.

It.
Was.
Not.
Fun.

But it’s over now and I can go back to gettin’ jiggy with it.

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Are you a dog lover, like me?

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Then I would absolutely love it if you would consider donating just $10 to this really important project . . . .

. . . . The Himalayan Mutt Project, was started by Debby Ng – a photojournalist with a true passion for saving animals and particularly dogs.

In less than twelve months she has organised and implemented an incredible project that will actually make an massive difference.

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The thought of homeless dogs always makes me physically uncomfortable, and to know that I am helping to prevent unwanted and therefore unloved puppies – is so important to me. In the process, the livelihood and safety of Nepalese families is ensured.

This is one way that you can Change The World.

Just $10 can make a genuine and positive change to the state of the world. A change for people that you will never meet, who will never be able to say ‘Thank You”, and a change that is SO big that it can not be quantified.

How amazing would that feel?

All this for just $10.

Wow!

This Is Where I Live

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I work VERY hard to beat the Black dog.
Daily.

That is
EVERY
SINGLE
DAY.

And this morning I had a small win.

I walked four blocks from my house to the beach
(yes – I live just four blocks from one the most beautiful beaches in the world)
and went for a long walk.

Two and a half hours we were gone.

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I live 500 metres from this view

I live 500 metres from this view

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Maxxy Moo, takin' a dip

Maxxy Moo, takin’ a dip

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That’s the famous Busselton Jetty in the distance

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Max has been so good learning to obey commands off the lead

Max has been so good learning to obey commands off the lead

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Back To School For Max & Me

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Since we lost Jack and Horatio, Max and I have suffered through many moments of disbelief.

I quite often begin a story “Max, one of my dogs”, only to realise that I no longer have three dogs – I only have one. For fifteen years I have said dogs, plural. I brought home Jack and Horatio together. Two fluffy, gorgeous little munchkins. Of which I have no photos as I couldn’t afford a camera at the time. I chose to make memories with two dogs rather than record memories without them.

Jesus I miss them so much.

Max always took his behaviour cues from Jack and Horatio. His manners and eating ritual. His pecking order in the pack. Jack especially guided Max’s way through the world, with other beings such as humans and dogs.

But since their passing, Max has lost his way. And so have I.

I have made small changes to our routine, partly out of sorrow, partly due to my new nighttime working schedule. My swinging mood hasn’t helped. And the repercussions of these changes? Last weekend I visited a girlfriend and her family, including their gorgeous four month old Black Labrador. Her name is Millie.

And Max was a right royal prick towards her. Really defensive and aggressive, even pushing the boundaries by jumping up to nip her while she was in the arms of her 10 year old owner’s daughter. That was the last straw for me. I had to face the fact . . . . .

I am no longer top dog in my household.

Shit storms and turd blossoms !!!

At least this is where one of my strengths come to the fore. Even with my depression, I know that in most situations when faced with a problem – I will seek out the best manner to deal with it. My librarian brain kicks in, despite 10 years hibernation, and I manage to ferret out some gems from the internet.

I’ve got my little shortcuts and frequently visited sites.

And so I stumbled across a slightly dishevelled South African guy, who was also easy on the eye, who lives in New Zealand with his wife and children. He has spent the last nine years perfecting his analysis of dog behaviour and now runs The Online Dog Trainer under the aptly named. Doggy Dan.

Doggy Dan

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He offers a $1 three day trial, which is perfect for tightarses financially challenged people like me. I really love his motto which is “No Force, No Fear”. He has a holistic attitude towards handling dogs and he has Five Golden Rules – that I learned in just one morning. He also has three dogs, and this seems like another good reason to take his advice on board.

Dan's three dogs and one his daughters - in total control of the hounds :)

Dan’s three dogs and one his daughters – in total control of the hounds 🙂

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Max, on the other hand, is taking a LOT longer to learn these five handy notions. He hasn’t eaten all day, because he doesn’t want to follow the new rules. That’ll last just one day!

And so Max and I are now studying and learning and trying to learn a new way to go forward.

Cross your fingers for me, please peeps.

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Just a little video as part of my quiet mission to Restore the Internet,
whereby I look for women who deserve the light.
Rather than the likes of Kim K, Miley et al.

I even have a Pinterest Board for it and everything.

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