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Monday, July 17, 2017

Dog Sitting

We had a lovely weekend with daughter and her dog, Shasta. We, or rather I, am now dog sitting Shasta for three days while she goes with a friend to Chicago. In theory it's really easy. Shasta is an easy going dog and she mainly just mopes when daughter is gone. She is very attached to daughter. However we have a cat, Shadow, who does not get along with Shasta. Shasta doesn't like him much either. She wants to chase after him. He is very put out. We got a pet gate to put across so Shasta couldn't go in the kitchen and basement and it does work - to a point. The cat has decided he wants in the dining room and living room and will come in and tease her. It results in Shasta having to be put back on her lead so she doesn't go after him. I'm trying to take her for lots of walks and spend time in garden or on porch.

Yesterday, before daughter left, we took Shasta to the lake so she could play in the water. She absolutely loves waves. It wasn't a very bright day, but it wasn't too bad temperature wise and the water was quite warm.


Doesn't she look absolutely happy? She was so funny. She would want to run along the shore for a little while and then jump in the waves trying to bite them. She is hilarious to watch. This dog beach is really long and easy to get to. We got there early enough that there weren't too many people about.

On Sunday all three of my 'kids' were home. It doesn't happen very often - rarely now that daughter has moved away - so I made them get together for a photo. Oldest son (left) doesn't like having his pic taken (takes after me) but I wanted to take a few to Mum when I fly over next week. Wow, that sounds really good!


Daughter also 'persuaded' me to have my photo taken - just for her she said.


Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of their week!

14 comments:

  1. Shasta is a beautiful house-guest and I love all the family pics! Dogs and cats.....why can't they all just get along? haha! So glad you got time to spend with your family all together. xx K

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    1. I wish they would get along. Daughter says huskies tend not to like cats. Our cat put up with a dog (Ben, our Black Lab) for sixteen years and now he used to having the house to himself. He is rather spoiled!

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  2. Lovely to have all of your family together! Lovely to see your photo too!! Hope that all goes well with Shasta and Shadow, it is a shame they are not closer friends, but I think it is natural between cats and dogs isn't it.

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    1. Thanks Amy! The older they get the less we all seem to get together though I suppose that's just how it is.

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  3. Shasta is such a beautiful dog. Such a pity she doesn't get on with Shadow.
    Lovely to see your family pic-x-

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  4. Lovely to see you and your family pictures. Shame about Shasta and Shadow but given time they may begin to tolerate each other.

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    1. Thanks. I think they will just learn to tolerate one another and then it will be time for daughter and Shasta to leave. They won't see one another again until Christmas where the whole drama will begin again!

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  5. Love the picture of you and Shasta. You don't look old enough to have 3 grown kids.

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  6. You have a lovely family and like Mac n' Janet liked the photo of you and thought you must have been a very young mum. You look wonderful.

    Oh how I miss my yearly trips over the pond! It is a long journey especially once the direct flights stopped from St. Louis. Add on the journey from either Gatwick or Heathrow to home and you are traveling a long time. Best wishes to you and your mum.

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  7. Thank you!

    It is a long journey. I fly from here to Detroit, then to Heathrow and then there is a two hour+ drive. Adding in the waiting around time it takes almost a day. It is definitely worth the trip though. I am counting down the days - but not too quickly as enjoying having daughter here.

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  8. How lovely, beautiful photos of your children and a gorgeous picture of you too xx

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  9. Thank you for sharing the pictures of yourself and the family. Shasta and Shadow remind me of the Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat in the poem "The Duel" by Eugene Field!

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