Cat Warning: Some cat pics intermingled with Zoe's section, cause we have to discuss her obsession with them.
First: Ella the Cat
My mum's cat Chino loves to be outside. In the day he sits on the back deck, which I call his living room. Elly Belly is the same, she's outside 80% of the time. (Not an exact number... sometimes she sleeps in the basement so she's inside and I don't know it.) I've given up trying to keep her indoors at night cause that's Her Time. If I keep her in she goes nuts and starts trying to throw herself out of the roof window, even if it's not open wide enough.
Ella's night living room on the back patio.
Queen of the Faerie.
She comes in for regular cuddle check ups.
I think a hawk tried to get one of our chickens this week!
Zoe had gone indoors, but Ella was with me... I think she scared the hawk off with her Stare of Death. Now when I sit out there with chickies, I make Zoe stay with me--but Ella doesn't need to be asked. She's the real guardian of the household.
She likes to take her walk when we do. Not with us, like Chino did. Just off on her own.
Waiting for walk.
"Catcha later chachis!"
Waiting for us when we return.
Second: Zoe the Pupsicle
Or "Zo-zo" as she's been called this week.
She comes for regular snuggles too.
If I stop petting her she sticks her snout under my hand.
It's easier to give her shnoogles if I invite her to do the forbidden: Sit on the couch!
Shhhh. All the best babysitters let you do something naughty, right? Mine did.
I don't do anything exciting, outside of walk time.
To amuse herself Zozo chases Ella, and sometimes Ella chases her.
But otherwise there's a lot of this.
Until I say the word: WALK.
Then a magical transformation happens!
She leaps up and runs for her leash and drags it around the living room and frolics and acts like a freak. It's adorable.
Here we are down at the bay.
Waiting for her ship to come in?
Being a poodle she's a big tracker. I brought her to my parents' neighborhood and she tracked a bunny for 2-3 blocks (she shnuffles along the ground, nose to grass, until I finally see what she's smelling.)
She's always on the lookout for her fave prey: CATS.
There are a couple cats who hold their own against her. This cat came right down to the edge of the property and meowed at us, over and over. Exactly like a dog. You can see how tough he/she is!
And this is the old Siamese who stares Zoe down. In all the times we've passed this cat, Zoe has never made a lunge for him/her.
But other cats...
Here's one warily watching our approach...
"Cat! Cat! Cat! Cat!"
My patented Cat Leash Hold. Even carrying poo! Pretty talented of me.
Zozo: "Cat! Cat! Cat! Cat!"
Moi: "NO CAT. NO CAT. NO CAT."
I use it when we see deer too.
This dog takes off so fast, if you aren't expecting it you're almost pulled off your feet.
"Deer! Deer! Deer! Deer!"
"Bunny! Bunny! Bunny! Bunny!"
"NO CAT NO CAT NO CAT NO CAT!!"
Lunging for deer and cats is hard work.
At the 40 minute mark we always stop for a drink.
I time my walks to make sure we're out for an hour at least. I walk 30 minutes towards something, and then circle back. (Yes, my watch is upside down. Clearly not awake when I put it on. I depend on the walk to wake me up.)
Super red Anglo Saxon Face. Can you tell I'm not used to regular exercise?
My mother's neighborhood was flat, but Nanaimo is hilly. So I've upped my workout by 30 minutes, and incline. ;-)
Puppy Eye View of Maffeo Sutton Park
"Is it water bowl time yet?"
She's so pretty, she gets lots of attention. Here we are on the Queen's boardwalk. A guy from Lac St Jean, and his dog, stopped to say hi. Got to use my French.
Rare pic: You can see her eye!
Walking home we also stopped and talked to two guys about their dogs etc. And a little later to a guy on a motorized buggy thing, about Zoe's cat obsession. (A lot of oldies driving around on these buggies!)
Like Sassy, my mum's poodle, Zozo is conscientious about checking pee mail.
That's it! I brought her once to see a house my parents are considering buying. She's such a good dog, she sat nicely tied up in the yard. And I brought her to my parents' place, where I went to help Stepmommy with some chores. She sat nicely nearby. Philea the African Gray really likes Zoe! She watches her and talks to her. Today was cooler so we went to a forest-ee walk at Bowen Park, which added 30 minutes to our walk... oh poor unfit moi. Gonna try to bring her to a nearby island this week.
I'd never get to know the town if it weren't for Zozo!