there’s my girl!



New regular posting days: Sunday and Wednesday and, sometimes, extra ‘news flashes’!


Sunday September 13th 2015


I’ve just finished selecting the video I want to put on the next post. With my expertise, there’s not a huge amount of choice. Best choose one which is the right way up. That eliminates four. It’ll also be good to skip the ones which have my silly remarks to Isis delivered in over-the-top enthusiastic croaks. That’s another two dealt with. (One forgets that one is recording sound as well as action.)

There are many different strands to life with Isis. Over the year and two weeks the Hairy Immigrant has been with me, one of the most rewarding of these strands has been watching her gradually develop her play. At the outset, the main reason for trying to interest her in play was to interrupt her constant, obsessional twirling on the spot which I then feared might be the result of irreparable brain damage.

I think that her first ‘play’ comprised gnawing my fingers. Next she lifted a plastic bottle out of the bin. Chewing up cardboard and eating my clothes followed before a very slow graduation to pouncing on leylandii twigs, demolishing her dog tunnel, running off with sheets of aluminium and rolls of wire netting, shaking plastic snakes, squeaking squeaky toys to, at last ….. well, see for yourself.

Friday is bright and sunny. Opportunity to continue with the fencing. But first, thinking that there haven’t been many dog-centred activities lately, I inflate the gym ball I bought for her several weeks ago.

Will she like it? Will she play with it?

Let’s see.





Isis came from the Aeza cat and dog rescue and adoption centre in Aljezur, Portugal. For information about adopting an animal from the centre, contact or

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2 Responses to there’s my girl!

  1. Amber L says:

    Oh my goodness, that’s adorable! I never thought of giving a dog a BIG ball to play with – I might have to try that 🙂


    • She’s having a lovely time, isn’t she? At least your Emma might take longer to destroy a big ball! I think as long as it’s blown up so that the skin’s really tight their teeth can’t get a grip on it. The problem comes when the ball deflates a little and there’s a wrinkle they can grab. Good luck.


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