Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or treat

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When you've got a big dog you do worry about how they will go when meeting strangers. Will he roll on his back and pester them for belly-scratches? You betcha.

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Munson meets Rusty, who has just found a new home from pet rescue. This is his first day at the park, with Munson more than willing to cavort

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Today we  met a new mal in Sydney Park! Seven is a six-month old female, with very similar colouring and body-markings to Munson, although she does have a distinct mask. Despite the dangers of a March-January romance, Munson prostrated himself before her, and they played very gently with each other.

I think this is the first time that he's really played with another malamute since he came to my home. It's sad that there are so many malamutes in the area that spend their lives locked up in backyards, possibly walked without any interaction with other dogs.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The dandy lion

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We met a father/son pair of Great Danes in Centennial Park We met a father/son pair of Great Danes in Centennial Park.

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Thanks to Peter for the last 3 pictures.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Long lost summer

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Seattle, June 2000. Bondi is 21 months.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wesley College

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This evening I dined at Wesley College at Sydney University where I lived for my four undergrad years. Usually the tables are lined up end-to-end "Harry Potter"-style, but tonight's arrangement was to encourage cosier table interactions for faculty and old-collegiate guests.

It was a little weird talking to students who hadn't even been born when I was roaming these halls, although I had a nice chat with a old-coll who had lived there in 1950 onwards. Coincidentally, one of the girls at my table currently lives in one of my favourite rooms in the "Basement". During my years I also clocked up time in the Dungeon, and the Attic. In those years I graduated from being a fresher, to a soph, to a heavy and finally a super-heavy. Occasionally I'd play the piano during Monday formal dinners in this hall.

Next year Wesley welcomes its first female master Ms Lisa Sutherland, just after celebrating its 40th year of being the first Sydney University college to become co-ed.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

A Modern Dog's Life

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This evening I attended the launch of a new book A Modern Dog's Life by Dr Paul McGreevy, from the University of Sydney's veterinary science faculty. I've known Paul for many years  - probably no one was more surprised to find that I had become the proud "life coach" for an Alaskan Malamute during my time in Seattle.

While I've concentrated my time mostly on a few wondrous individual animals, Paul's efforts have made valuable contributions in behavioural medicine for horses and dogs. Some Australian readers may have seen him on the recent Catalyst program following up the BBC documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed.

I read most of the first two chapters on the bus on the way home and look forward to polishing off the rest through the week. There's a lot of information in this book but it's presented very digestibly with quick summaries at the end of each chapter. The underlying drive is to understand our dogs and meet their needs so that we become better companions - or as Paul puts it - life-coaches for our dogs.

The book is published by University of New South Wales Press. ISBN: 978-1-74223-105-1.  It's available to order from Amazon UK.

Here's Paul talking about the book:

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