This morning a new pup met us at the river. Roxy met her a few weeks ago; but this was the first time Bella and I had seen her. Her name is Zuleika. She's a 7-month old Labrador.
Roxy was a pest at first and made Zuleika nervous, but after Zuzi gained her confidence, she was right into all of our games.
Bella joining in the game and me leaving
I stayed away from those wild girls and did my own thing.
We're nearly out of the frame in this picture because by the time SHE hit the shutter and the camera took the picture, we'd moved.
Bella in her element
Soon the others: Jake, Max, Buddy, Flash and Fred, arrived and things really got crazy. Zuleika got lots of attention. We think she has a few boyfriends now. She left before us because she was tired (and VERY dirty.)
This is Bella and I enjoying the beautiful AFTERnoon, AFTER baths and AFTER bones. Roxy is around back trying to get all the chew left in our bones.
(We think our computer problems are caused by our service provider. We hope they sort themselves out soon. It seems to be working today.)
We're having computer problems. Don't know if it's the internet or computer program. Whatever, we have difficulty in connecting and sometimes we lose the connection between reading posts. So if we haven't been around that's the problem. We'll try to visit soon. (We just included Roxy because we thought it was cute.)
Today is ANZAC Day. It's the day we remember all those who have given their lives, served or are serving in wars. Every city, town and many villages hold remembrance ceremonies. There are official services held in Gallipoli (Turkey) and Villiers-Bretonneaux (France) the sites of battles in WWI, where Australia and New Zealand fought as separate entities instead of just part of the British Empire . Therefore, it is also very important to both countries. It does not glorify war....quite the opposite.
Bella watched the whole Sydney parade.....over 2 hours....and then the Gallipoli Service on television.
There are always huge crowds of people waving flags and sporting sprigs of Rosemary, for remembrance and red poppies.
The Ode is recited at all services. It's a verse from "The Fallen".
They shall not grow old,
As we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun,
and in the morning
We will remember them.
Red poppies were among the first flowers to grow among the graves in Northern France and Belgium.
This is the new cat that appeared in our neighbourhood.
He came up through the storm-water drain.
Take a good look at him. We think he's very old or sick or both. He's just fur and bones and can hardly walk.
But he's not stupid.
He has come to the right house.
The people who live there, go out every morning and evening to feed the feral cats around town. They sometimes catch sick cats and take them to the vets for treatment and to be desexed then release them.
They have three big cats in their house and a kitten that they hand reared for their son; but their son can't take it now. They also have two rescue dogs.
We think this cat must have had a family in the past, because he's very friendly and didn't object when he got a bath and a clip. Because it could have cat aids, or flu or something, he is not allowed inside. Instead, he has a large dog kennel near the door with an electric blanket as well as other blankets.
But mostly he likes sleeping in the grass in the sun. Jenny will take him to the vet's when the head vet returns from holiday because she thinks the younger vets will just say put him to sleep. As long as he's not in pain, he's welcome to live in their front garden.........right across the street from our house....
Speaking of good things to eat. Do your peeps a flavour favour and have them check out one of our followers blogs, bento-adobencha.blogspot.com.au There are some fantastic 'bento' or packed lunch ideas...a bit different to the usual sandwiches.