Here’s Rosie’s page … she has quite a few fans, so simply had to have a page of her own! Rosie is our podenco cross, and the diary below starts at 10 June 2012, the beginning of her life with us when she was just 6 weeks old. I have to say that we just love our Rosie – other people have i-pads, we have an x-pod! This is a breed (or a cross breed anyway) that people say is unhomeable. We’ve found ours to be a stubborn, pig-headed, opinionated, disobedient little madam … and loyal, loving, gentle, calm, affectionate, and incredibly intelligent!
These are the first two photos we have of her, taken 10 June, at 6 weeks old, just after moving in with us!
Just 12 days later, looking like she owns the place!
A week later she’s found one of the softest places in the house …
… which she enjoys while listening to music … this is a dog that SINGS!
By 18 July she’s doing guided tours of the garden ….. that monkey was one of her first toys, and it’s still loved!
and the latest, today 5 August …
22 August, trying to find some shade in the heatwave …
7 September, a rare bit of sunbathing … Rosie normally prefers shade, but after a couple of misty days in the hills, a bit of warmth was much appreciated!
18 September, Rosie has been to the vet today to be spayed. She’s fine, and is now home, though not liking her plastic hood thingy …
27 September, and she’s now very much back to normal, and is just back from the vet having had her stitches out and the hated lampshade removed!
12 October, very pleased with herself, and very rightly so, after being perfectly behaved on her first evening left alone in charge of the house.
28 October, Rosie has just experienced her first rain! She was playing in the garden when the heavens just emptied and the next we knew was that she was hammering ( literally!) at the door to come in. Frantic runs around the living room, attempts to dry her off with a towel. She’s had a shower before … but never in the garden! Life’s full of surprises when you’re a little poddy cross!
19 November, just 7 months old and her proud Podenco stance clearly shows the dog she’ll be as an adult. What a gorgeous girl surveying her territory!
23 November, Rosie has her own little patch of garden which she’s adopted as a treasure dump. It’s where she takes everything she finds while out exploring and which, being the hunting dog she is, she must bring home! We have a little pile of treasures, including an old plastic bottle, a brush head, a broken brush pole, various bits of wood, occasionally a plastic chicken (!) … an “outdoor playthings” pile! Here she is like a dragon in its lair guarding its treasure!
18 December, Rosie now has a guard outpost, the end of our top wall at the lane, so one corner of our boundary, where she likes to sit keeping watch. It was only the other day after some shopping that I told her Father Christmas was coming soon: perhaps that wasn’t the cleverest idea …..
26 December, Rosie has, um, overindulged … with (now) two Christmas dinners, presents, guests … . Here she is, feeling like she never wants to eat again, but with her new rabbit and ball, and in the second picture, that new collar.
12 March, we used to have a sofa, before it became Rosie’s bed/den/day lounger …
4 April, it’s coming up to Rosie’s birthday soon (the 20th), and I hope to have a comparison photo of her to post, but meantime, for a sense of scale, here’s one I’ve just found that we took when she first came to us in June last year.
20 April, it’s Rosie’s birthday today, and we have a cake, and walk by the sea to look forward to. Here’s a side-by-side of her at 6 weeks when she first came to us, and the other day in the nearest we could get to the same stance in the same place. Happy Birthday Rosie!
Rosie, 20 April 2012 – 21 April 2013. Descansa en paz y amor, angelito mía. Siempre estarás con nosotros.