The Out-takes (or, Now You See Me………)

When she was looking at another friend’s funny photos recently, Mum was reminded that for every good photo she gets of me or Krissy, there are quite a few that don’t make the cut. She thought it might be fun to post a few of them here….. 🙂

 

This one was so nearly good…

 

 

OOPS!

OOPS!

 

A definite OOPS! :-)

A definite OOPS! 🙂

 

I think Mum was actually trying to photograph Krissy's new coat :-)

I think Mum was actually trying to photograph Krissy’s new coat 🙂

But I look good in that one!

 

Oh yeah... Good shot of my muscled derriere, Mum...

Oh yeah… Good shot of my muscled derriere, Mum…

 

Ummmm.........

Ummmm………

 

Actually Mum... that's not half bad! :-)

Actually Mum… that’s not half bad! 🙂

 

Abstract wet tail flick!

Abstract wet tail flick!

 

What the.....

What the…..

 

Er, Mum...? What's with you and all these headless shots?

Er, Mum…? What’s with you and all these headless shots?

 

Mum, Mum, Mum... That's the ceiling. Hello? We're down here...

Mum, Mum, Mum… That’s the ceiling. Hello? We’re down here…

 

And finally - my sister Krissy (well, her nose, anyway!) :-)

And finally – my sister Krissy (well, her nose, anyway!) 🙂

 

So, it's 'bye for now from me...

So, it’s ‘bye for now from me…

 

..... and 'bye for now from Krissy xxx

….. and ‘bye for now from Krissy xxx

 

Have a great week, everybody…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is Krissy!

Well, she’s here! 🙂

We had a three-hour drive to a café alongside a state highway in order to pick up my new sister, Krissy, from the GAP NZ van, which was transporting several hounds to their new homes around the island. Mum took a few photos of us at the café, after she put warm fleeces on both of us, as it was cold, wet, and windy there!

Here are Krissy and I after we'd just met. She is a cute wee thing! :-)

Here are Krissy and I after we’d just met. She is a cute wee thing! 🙂

Krissy is wearing one of my coats, which is a bit big on her. Mum’s going to make her one that fits her better! 🙂

Whole Dad's waiting for his coffee, we have a peek round the corner to see what's happening there... :-)

While Dad’s waiting for his coffee, we have a peek round the corner to see what’s happening there… 🙂

After the long drive home, Mum and Dad let me show Krissy round the garden. I think she liked it! 🙂

C'mon, Krissy - there's lots to explore! :-)

C’mon, Krissy – there’s lots to explore! 🙂

Let's look over here..... :-)

Let’s look over here….. 🙂

Krissy and Dad getting to know one another... :-)

Krissy and Dad getting to know one another… 🙂

Krissy tired out. I graciously allow her to sleep on my beds! :-)

Krissy tired out. I graciously allow her to sleep on my beds! 🙂

Here's me and Krissy coming back from our walk with Dad this morning... :-)

Here’s me and Krissy coming back from our walk with Dad this morning… 🙂

Both Mum and Dad have reported that we walk well together. Mum finds it endearing that, if I stop to sniff something, then Krissy comes to sniff the same spot with me… 🙂

We’re still working on sorting out our personal space as far as the beds go, but we have no problem with sharing and swapping between our feed bowls and water bowl.

Krissy is five years old – that’s just two years older than me. She has never been a house dog, and has been in kennels since she retired from racing at the end of last year. Obviously she is on a huge learning curve, with everything very new to her. She has already tackled the outside open steps up to the house on her own (clever girl!) and she makes it up and down the wooden stairs inside the house with lots of help from Mum and Dad. I also help, too, by running up and down the stairs beside her, to show her how it’s done.

Mum says she is a quick learner – like me! – and she is getting used to toileting arrangements. Even though she has never been house-trained, she was good as gold through the night, and I showed her the ropes as far as morning toileting goes. I’m very happy to help my new sister! 🙂

This morning, Krissy picked up one of my soft toys, and we had a brief game of tug with it. It was great fun, and we made Mum and Dad smile! Of course – typical! – Mum didn’t have the camera handy when we were playing!

Keeping an ear open... :-)

Keeping an ear open… 🙂

As you can see, I'm keeping an eye on Krissy, too! :-)

As you can see, I’m keeping an eye on Krissy, too! 🙂

Well, that’s the Solo and Krissy report for today! I hope you enjoy sharing these moments with us! I’ll keep you posted…

WOOFS from Solo!

Fun in the garden

We had a couple of weeks of pretty warm weather just after Christmas, so Dad was walking me really early in the morning, and Mum didn’t take me out until late evening, as I got too hot.

I watched with some interest while Dad went to the trouble of patching the bottom of the inflatable paddling pool, as it sprang a small leak last summer. When Dad had finished, Mum heaved it out under the trees in the garden, then she half-filled it with water. Well, despite the fact that I did have a little paddle in it last summer, this year I completely refused to go anywhere near it… I have decided I don’t care much for paddling. Mum left it there for a while but she’s eventually conceded defeat, and she emptied it the other day.

Luckily for all of us, the weather has turned a wee bit cooler, and most days there is a nice cool breeze blowing, as well, so I go zoomies round the garden whenever I feel like it (usually before I go for a walk with Dad in the mornings).

There were some lovely people from Auckland holidaying in the village a few weeks ago. They had brought their two dogs with them, Bijou, the collie, and Flash, who, joy of joys! – was a greyhound! Here are some pictures of our play-date in the garden.

Bijou the collie trying to round me up :-)

Bijou the collie trying to round me up 🙂

Getting my own back on Bijou

Getting my own back on Bijou

Getting our breath back...

Getting our breath back…

Flash, me and Bijou mooching round the garden...

Flash, me and Bijou mooching round the garden…

Me and Flash - Flash is a mature gent; he is ten years old :-)

Me and Flash – Flash is a mature gent; he is ten years old 🙂

I think Bijou was secretly trying to round us up again... :-)

I think Bijou was secretly trying to round us up again… 🙂

Getting to know one another...

Getting to know one another…

Me and Flash - aren't we a handsome pair?

Me and Flash – aren’t we a handsome pair?

End of the day... We all had a fabulous time! :-)

End of the day… We all had a fabulous time! 🙂

Here I am having a bit of a zoom round the garden this morning before my walk. I had a great time…

Whoops! Mum nearly missed me! :-)

Whoops! Mum nearly missed me! 🙂

WHEEEEEE!

WHEEEEEE!

I'm on a roll, now...

I’m on a roll, now…

Off for my walk with Dad, now. Bye! 🙂

Solo garden gate 6

Christmas Cheer

Well, I’ve been away for a longer time than anticipated, due to Mum’s computer problems and then her being so busy with other things…

It’s Christmas Eve here but the weather is terrible! We seem to have caught the tail-end of the cyclone that did a lot of damage in Samoa and Fiji recently: the past two days have been very wet and humid. It’s the first time in ages that I’ve had to have my raincoat on for my walks! So much for summer, huh?

Here are some nice photos Mum has taken over the past few weeks. I’ll be back after the Christmas holidays to catch you up on all that’s been happening to me lately.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my lovely friends!

Big WOOFS from Solo!!!!! 🙂

Solo pose 2 Dec 2012 Solo garden 24 Nov

Mum cleaning up the garden after me (tee hee hee!)

Mum cleaning up the garden after me (tee hee hee!)

What is this golden thing in the sky?

Well, we’ve still been getting a fair bit of rain but then a couple of days ago — the sun came out! I think Mum was more shocked than I was. She got all excited and did a little dance then she took me to the beach.

Here are some photos she took: and, shock horror – I’m not in all of them!

Mum calls this the “river” and Dad calls it the “stream”. Don’t ask me, I’m just the dog!

 

Ah, yes. The beach is down there, somewhere… 🙂

 

There it is! 🙂

 

This is the end of the beach – and look! Blue sky!

 

Aaaah! Smell that sea air…

 

When we were walking the beach, we saw this goldy-green thing gleaming in the distance. Mum couldn’t wait to get up close – though I was a bit more cautious. Look what we found!

 

Isn’t it wonderful? Mum called it the Leg Less Logster!

 

Mmmmm…… sunshine!

 

Methinks Mum is hinting that she wants a little sit down…

 

Now Mum’s getting all arty… I think the sun’s gone to her head.

 

One last look round before we head home…

 

Home again! Walked and fed. Tired now…..

 

‘Bye for now! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain………

Yes, it’s raining. Still. It’s wet. Very.

It’s been raining for about two days and nights now, on and off. Mum keeps muttering about Noah, and arks, and I’ve really no idea what she’s talking about, but she doesn’t seem very happy. Dad chirps in with, “At least it’s not cold!” but that doesn’t seem to be going down very well, either.

The garden is almost flooded. Mum takes me out round the garden last thing at night and she wears plastic shoes on bare feet. She sloshes when she walks, but that’s OK because so do I. It’s not really terribly pleasant, but I forbear.

Mum took me out this evening for my pre-dinner walk and the rain was hammering down (so, nothing different there): we strolled up the road to the cattle yards and then strolled back again. Mum gets much wetter than me, as I have my lovely, snuggly raincoat, and she doesn’t. tee hee hee

Dad thought it was so funny that he took a couple of photos of us when we got back…

Spot the drowned rats…

Yep, still raining. Is Mum SMILING???

Checking out the weather. Rain? Check. (Noticing the trend?)

I didn’t want to completely depress you, so here are a few photos of me taken before the latest rainy weather arrived…

Mooching in the garden…

Gotta check out where those possums have been in the night…

Hmm… Is that a sheep in the distance? Or is it a suspiciously large, fluffy white cat…? (Not that I want to give anyone the impression that I chase cats! I’m MUCH better behaved than that…)  🙂

WHAT??? You mean it’s raining AGAIN?

OK, if it’s still raining, how about a game, instead? 🙂

Hmm… C’mon, Mum! I’ll begin without you! 🙂

Sleepy time: but don’t forget — I’ve got my eye on you!

Bye for now! 🙂