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my dog has instagram

First of all, and back to the title later, firrrssstttt of all!!

We are officially adopting Stella! If anyone has been reading these posts you’ll know that for the past near two weeks we’ve been on a trial run with an australian shepherd named Stella, and last night we approached her owner about officially adopting her and we were given the green light!

This is super exciting. She’s fit into our family really well (minus a couple of grumbles towards the cats, but it’s early days still) and we’ve really enjoyed having her around and I think she’s enjoyed our company also. She’s currently snoozing beside me, not on her dog bed, but next to it.

I can just imagine myself doing that one night. My husband climbing into bed and me brushing my teeth, saying goodnight, then rather than tuckering in beside him just lying on the floor.

“Goodnight, sweetheart!” ahahahaha.

I know that’s probably funnier to me than it is to you.

But, yes, we have adopted Stella! I’m hoping to take her on more exciting walks than what we’ve been going on. She’s from a huge farms with acres of land so she’s used to really tiring herself out and playing with a bunch of other dogs. Just, before we start going to national parks, I want to be sure she’s going to listen to me if I call her back.

I know she knows these commands, because she will sit for us when she feels like it and she does come back to her name, I think she’s just getting used to US saying them rather than her previous human.

Ah but yes. Instagram. I am now one of those people. I have made an instagram account for my dog and intend to post many pictures of her on there! I consider it to be a photo journal for her and I love that. When Chloe passed away, even though we had taken a lot of photos and videos, it didn’t feel like nearly enough. So, I’ve been taking a lot of photos of Stella.

You know I was actually too afraid to make Chloe a little instagram journal. I was terrified she’d become some famous pooch and someone would come steal her! I know… dramatic. But, I am dramatic. I’ve got over that fear though now. Although I am glad I never made an account for Chloe because shutting it down after only 6 days would have made everything that already felt so difficult even worse.

If you’re thinking I must be pretty sad with no life for making an account for my dog well let me give you a piece of my mind and let you know that you would be correct! Ahahahah. If only we lived in the UK. So many places to take her walking that are safe and where the temperature isn’t trying to kill me. That’s right, British weather is my favourite weather! I saidddd what I saiiidddd!

Speaking of weather it’s pretty rubbish here today, but I like that. It’s 68f and cloudy with a little drizzle. Such a relief compared to yesterday when the sun was scorching my freckley shoulders and getting me ready for a BBQ.

Have you ever tried tacos with the taco meat cooked in Hoisin sauce and Gochujang sauce? Damn it’s a good mix. Like seriously good. Mix in some cachews (no idea how to spell that nut) and top with some coleslaw ohhhh come to momma! Hmm it’s noon, I guess I’m hungry.

Oh last night I watched Top Gun for the first time! I know, sinful. I enjoyed it! I have some online friends that I often talk to on discord and we started a movie night and that was our first film. I loved the music and man I’m a sucker for those sunset shots! I always enjoy games with that kind of setting also.

Anyway, rambling on as I am I should stop this ramble because unfortunately I need to bury one of my corydoras. I’m not sure what happened to him but I found him dead this morning… which really sucks because he and the other black sail were always together and now one will be alone. I’m pretty sure it’s Abaddon that’s died but the way I used to tell them apart was when they would swim together because Abaddon was bigger than Oscar the third.

So yes. Off to dig a hole I go.

I hope you’re having a wonderful day.

Oh, here’s my dogs instagram! https://www.instagram.com/interstellaaussie/

Have a wonderful day.

Arbie X

I forgot to add a title

I am definitely having one of those days where brain doesn’t get the memo to wake up.

I’m not sure if my new schedule is shocking my brain or something and so it’s going on strike but I thought getting out of bed and going to straight to a game of frisbee with Stella would be good for me.

Fresh air first thing in the morning and all that. I follow up with a cuppa tea so it’s not as though I’m depriving myself of anything. There’s just been a rejig of the system.

So far my Stella schedule looks like this:

Wake up, take out for bathroom and game of frisbee

Feed

Walk

Feed

Evening game of frisbee

Bathroom

Bedtime

We go out throughout the day here and there for bathroom checks and just because I like to get her out of the house. She’s used to life on a huge farm so even though she spends most of her time snoozing in the house I can’t help but worry she’s bored out of her mind.

Because we’re doing introductions with the cats too I like to burn off as much excess energy as possible for their interactions. So far it’s been going okay. She resource guards which is something we’re working on, but for the most part she’s been accepting of the cats from the get go. This morning she gave Joey a good ol’ sniff and then gave him a friendly lick. Lots of praise, good Stella! Joey was praised too for his chillness. But, Joey is always chill. He’s the love child of Joey from friends and Salem the cat.

We were back at the vet again yesterday as well. Nothing worrying, just to get Stella’s blood panel done so that if she does fall ill they have a healthy baseline to compare her blood work too. She was really good, but she did have a bit of a grumble at a blue heeler that was a little too energetic for her liking.

It’s a bit nerve wracking having a new dog. Not knowing what any triggers might be and trying to figure out how to handle situations. She’s such a good girl because she was brought up so well but I understand how stress (and she must be stressed with leaving her home of six years to come to ours) can have an impact on our behaviours.

I’m going to try do some word prompt exercises. I’m still not exactly imagining anything, which sucks, but maybe it’ll do something? Although admittedly, I did try a word prompt about a month ago and I wrote absolute rubbish. It was so uninspired and bland it just made me feel worse.

I wish I understood what was going on. It’s been happening since before I started my medication so I can’t exactly blame that, and I’ve had depression for twenty odd years and still managed to write even when not in mania so I don’t know if I can look to that either.

I like to understand what’s happening with me because then I have this silly notion that if I can just get it then I can fix it. I’m hoping this is fixable anyway. I really want to write more than one book.

Ah well, that’ll do, pig. That’ll do.

Here’s a picture of me and Stella.

Arbie X

We danced the whole night through!

Okay I’m sorry, that’s a lie. There was no dancing. I’ll wave my hands in the air for you now though. Woooooo. There, hands waved.

I just wanted to title the blog Goodmornin’, goodmornin’, but I didn’t think it would have the required earworm effect.

But yes! Ah! Morning! Well, not too early in the morning. It’s 10am. I just really didn’t want to write right now so I thought well that means for my writing training now is the best time to write!

I’m jumping back on that bicycle. Rolling with that wave! Rolling with that wave? Can you tell I don’t surf. Heck, I can barely swim. My husband actually taught me to swim when he lived in Hawai’i and I was visiting. Not in the ocean, I’m not crazy. Yes, that’s right, I think people who swim in the ocean are crazy. I mean have you seen that thing? It eats people for lunch!

*shudders*

I wish I were that brave.

You know when to use was and when to use were always trips me up. There are a bunch of words like that. When to use effect or affect. When to say “flopbip and I” or “me and flopbip”. I don’t know a flopbip, but it might be a name Elon Musk considers for one of his next kids. I wonder if there is a kid somewhere called floppy disk.

If you think about it, Floppy Disk is the name of the future for parents of the eighties and nineties. It’s not much different from naming your child X-ea (I’m not sure what Musk’s kids are called although I think one is called Sidereal which is pretty neat in my book).

Ah so things are going well with Stella and the cats. We messed up yesterday and let one of our cats get close while she had a chew treat though and there was an air snap. Lesson learned. Stellas do no appreciate kitty flanking when trying to happy munch.

We’re taking it super slow and have her on a loose line even while in the house. Introductions are taking time but I’d rather introductions end on wins and not on a negative so we call it after 10 – 15 minutes at the moment.

I think that because some of our cats were feral they just don’t fear dogs. And I don’t want them to be shaking in their furry boots fearing her, but just some common sense would be nice. Not that one of our cats has much of that.

He’s called Chidi and I’m going to attach a picture of him crying at me because he’s “trapped” on the other side of the doggy gate.

“Help! I can’t walk 5 inches to my right!”

He’s a special boy.

Right, well, there’s some rambling. Now I think it’s time to go walk Stella. She was doing well with just one walk a day but now that she’s starting to get more energy and coming out of her shell more it’s looking like she might need two. That’s fine. I need to lose a bit of weight. Moving to America introduced me to Popeyes and it’s been downhill from there.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Arbie X