As we learn about life with our little dog, two things have become quite clear:
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I am exhausted!!! Just over two weeks into being a puppy momma and I am shattered. Not sure if it's the combo of non-stop nannying, or a bit of a heavy partying weekend, but I am wiped out. Also, the stress of our neighbors is taking its toll and I'm wondering whether they are involved in the disappearance of three pairs of our shoes from outside our front door... It's very Indian to leave your shoes outside the door, and given that we are walking our dog outside in the mud on the non-existent road, it's actually a necessity that we don't come in the house in them. So, yesterday lunchtime I was a little shocked to see two pairs of sneakers and one pair of birkenstocks had gone! Of course, housekeeping (the ladies who clean the stairs and take the trash out) claim they weren't there when they came around in the morning; they were, everyone saw them (me, Tom, driver, neighbor) and security hadn't seen them... Security also haven't noticed the three times previously that our driver has had his fuel pipe cut and the petrol drained from his bike... The building manager did make me feel better by saying that if the company paid for better security, we wouldn't have this issue. THAT'S reassuring. I'm not sure which is worse - having a thief in the building OR handling somebody's passive aggressive behaviour against us...
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
It is quite ironic that as our neighbors demand that we walk Mitzie outside the apartment complex, this article appears in the Times of India about our very neighborhood.... Couple this with the 25,000 stray dogs in Bangalore, the majority of which seem to live nearby, and you'll understand why walking your dog outside is NOT a pleasant experience!!!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
As anyone will tell you, I'm a very reasonable person (ahem) but can hold an argument with the best of them, even if my position is tenuous to stay to the least. That's why I'm relishing the residents' meetings at our apartment complex next week... Since learning that a couple of people 'complained' that we had a dog in the building - which is completely within the rules - and getting a copy of the rule book handed to me, I spoke with the secretary (I'm not giving it an upper case S) of the residents' committee to address her concerns. She launched into me with a tirade of comments, mainly aimed at the fact that the building manager doesn't follow the rules and we should not have the dog in the 'common areas.' In a nutshell, we're allowed to have the dog but not take her on the landscaped areas or the kids' play area; no problem. We can, however, walk any pet (iguana, elephant, dog, or cat) around the periphery of the building, which in our case is a driveway. She didn't seem to know that. Nor did she seem to agree with it. Tough. They're your rules, baby, and if you don't like it, it's your own doing. By the end of the conversation, my wily PR ways and sugary sweet apologies for not having known the rules had got her onside, but you knew it wasn't going to go away.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
On a very sombre note, I learned today that a wonderful guy called Dave Freeman had passed away at the weekend. Dave and I met through Fiona and had a mad couple of days in Mumbai together which included the now legendary evening that saw us polish of five bottles of extremely-expensive-in-India-imported-New-Zealand-wine Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc ($750 please!) BEFORE heading off in a desperate search for more booze! Oh, and food; we forgot to eat...
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I am sitting here exhausted sipping a nice glass of red at the side of Mitzie's crate after chasing her around the living room for the last hour removing anything and everything from her mouth... iPod case anyone? Tupperware container? Bag of sneakers? Slippers? Pink horse whip? Silk cushion? I could go on... this is, of course, aside from the 'authorized' chew toys imported from the four corners of the earth before her arrival Chez McGuire. Aside from these things, earliero on our walk around the building I had to remove an either dead or comatose mini-frog from her mouth as she tried to digest it, as well as a 2" piece of unidentifiable bone, and I think some cow cud... I cannot imagine having a baby would be this hard - just kidding, all mommas out there!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
So, not only did Mitzie find her BIG barking voice yesterday, Tom and I are BARKING MAD that we've had our first complaint about her at our apartment. Wow, didn't even take a week!!! Head of the residents' association (WHATEVER) has complained that she was in the 'communal areas' which I'm assuming as a rational person means poolside and in the kids' playground, NOT the driveway around the building where everyone parks their cars. I'm cool with not taking her on the grass, and look forward to seeing THE RULE BOOK that the building manager is bringing tomorrow. Tom has vowed to learn EVERY rule in the book, and call the building manager every time we see someone contravening 'a rule.' Maybe it was me letting her run wild in the spider plants (she looked VERY cute!) or Tom taking her for a snoop in the bushes by the kids' playground... whatever, we will overcome!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Who knew that having a dog could be so difficult? But I should have known, having had Majesty (horse) to relate it to. One minute you have a glorious day, the next, a terrible time, with no rhyme nor reason to it. I guess that's the beauty of the relationship between humans and their pets.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Where to begin! The last 24 hours have been a revelation!!! For no apparent reason yesterday, Mitzie gave her first tiny 'wuff wuff' followed by a small growl... I think it was her reaction to the dearth of Olympic coverage here in India! She quite enjoys watching the TV. Then last night, she pooped in the designated area on our balcony, despite about eight attempts to get her to do it outside. And this morning, we had our first peeps on the balcony too!!! It had been 15 hours since she last went, which seemed ridiculously long, and she doesn't seem to want to go outside on the grass. Slowly but surely she'll get the hang of it...
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Mitzie has now been with us nearly 48 hours. She's adorable and so loving but a lot of hard work!!! Yesterday she learned a number of new tricks - some good, some not so good - such as:
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
It's been a long time coming, but around the time of my last posting, we found a gorgeous little 8-month ol dachshund bitch that we named Mitzie. Given summer travels to the UK, France, and Singapore, we couldn't bring her home until yesterday... and now our life will never be the same!!!