Saturday, 2 December 2017


No wonder.  Jesus was born in Sarasota.

This is an announcement from  a local Lutheran Church (which shall be nameless) as published in the Sarasota Herald Tribune Saturday 2nd December.

"Prepare for the celebration of Jesus' birth on Wednesday evening in Advent"

So now you know.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Any old fool

Any old fool, Christian or not, President of the U.S.A. or not can say Merry Christmas.

It's a gracious and inoffensive enough greeting which is devoid of religious meaning.

Perhaps among themselves  Christian Disciples should say


Thursday, 30 November 2017

Physicians Surgeons etc

I saw a P.A. at Heart Specialists of Sarasota today.

An EKG revealed that my heart rate is good (as is my blood pressure),

Therefore I am cleared to be "topped and tailed" at Florida Digestive Health Specialists next Thursday (an Endoscopy and a Colonoscopy).

I should be so lucky!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The learning curve (and my dog, the Dry Humper)

Izzy did so well last night.  She went to her crate to sleep without protest.  She slept well, and snored loudly.

She walks well, we have been out and about a lot today.

We came across "Shorty" a Scotty Dog who belong to my neighbours.  They had met yesterday without incident.

But today Izzy pinned Shorty to the ground.  Shorty's owner and I pulled the dogs apart. Neither of them were hurt, but as I pulled Izzy back I fell to the ground, bashing my head on the pavement, scraping my elbow, and losing my dignity.

Shorty's owner was very gracious about this.

Note to self: recognise that Izzy sees small animals as prey.  Be utterly careful as you introduce her to Adelaide the cat, and never leave them in the same room when you are out of the house.  (The two beasts have not yet met face to face).

After the incident with Shorty I hastened to buy a harness for Izzy. This helps me to control her better without putting pressure on her neck.

That's the learning curve. But she is otherwise a sweetheart;  full of affection, and amenable to instruction.

She is crazy about the two standard Poodles and the two Black Labs which belong to my friend Rick and John.  We met tonight.  Izzy enjoyed  sniffing  the private parts of Vuitton (a male unfixed Poodle) and Annie (a fixed Black Lab.) As she did so she made those "humping" motions which we associate with Male canines.

She did the same later when I visited my neighbours Jesse and Bill.  They had met Izzy on the street s arwe and wanted to get to know her. Of course she delighted them with her affection. They too have been looking for a rescue dog at HSSC.  They were sorry that I had pipped them to the post in adopting Izzy.  They think that she is fine,

Izzy found a a stuffed animal which had belonged to their dog "Ginger".(Ginger was with them when they moved into Glen Oaks Ridge. She was crazy about my temporarily adopted Greyhound "Ben". Ginger had a huge tunour and had to be euthanised).

Anyway, Izzy found the stuffed toy, and tossed her into the air as if the toy were a captured Squirrel (Catahoula Leopard dogs are hunters). Then Izzy began those humping motions which we associate with male dogs.

So I have a bi-sexual and sex obsessed pooch!

By the way, Catahoulas have webbed feet,  All the better for hunting in marshes.

About her bandanna.  It's courtesy of Subaru  Autos.  They support Humane Societies and pick out certain photogenic? dogs for a gift package. Izzy was one of those. Before I left HSSC our photo' was taken with the Subaru  gift box in plain view.

Perhaps we'll become advertising icons, You never know

Subaru Gift Box

Humane Society website pic.

At home in my kitchen.  She knows how to sit on command.

She found my former dog Penne's Squeaky toy and shredded it

So far, so very good

Day bed  (in my bedroom)


We are winning each other's hearts by the minute!

Izzy is deeply affectionate, and want to be near me at all times.  I dare to think that she already knows that she is set for life.

I introduced her to her crate bit by bit, 30 - 60 seconds at a time.  She seemed to be very comfortable.

 Later on I told her to "go into your crate", and she did so with alacrity. I left her there for 15 minutes.

Even later I crated her again and left the house for twenty minutes. That worked well.

She already knew the command to "sit", now I am teaching her to "stay".  She is very teachable.

Even later I said "on your bed" (the one near my computer), and there she is, perfectly comfortable.

She and the cat have not met.  I am keeping Adelaide on the Lanai for the while. Izzy wants to meet her, but that will have to wait since Adelaide hisses at the very sight of her.  This too shall pass.

We've had three or four short walks; goodness gracious she is so strong, and longing to chase the squirrels!

A bit later we went for a long walk  (there will many, many others).  We met Rick and John with their four dogs  (two Labrador Retrievers and two Standard Poodles). A five way love fest ensued.  I am so relived that Izzy seems to be comfortable with other dogs.

On that long walk I encountered eleven  neighbours.  Izzy greeted each and every one with great affection. They are each agreed that she is a handsome and loving dog.

I think that I have a winner.


Izzy took to her night bed (in a crate) and slept the night through with nairy a whimper, but boy does she snore!

We took a short early walk.  She peed as she was supposed to!

Later we had a long walk, this was the chance for her to poop, and she did.

Thank goodness she is house trained.

Izzy walks with her nose to the ground, and her ears always up. She is a hunting/herding dog.  The word has gone out with the squirrel colony "run, hide, Izzy is in the neighbourhood".

When I am at my desk she loves to rest her head on my leg as she presses her chest into my thigh. When I've had enough of this I direct her to her day bed where she is right now, tuckered out after her ,long walk.

Snoozing after her long morning walk.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Here she is!

Her name is Izzy  (much to the amusement of my sister in law of the same name,who met her at the Humane Society the other week).

She is 40 lbs, a Catahoula Leopard, three years old.She is very energetic, and very loving.

Hail and farewell at the Humane Society

When we got home I put a few treats into her cage and bed.  She entered immediately, and proceeded to rest!

A bit later she found Penne's toy  "Baby", and took it staright to her bed.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Watch this space 2

Another teaser.

All will be revealed Tuesday afternoon or evening.

Sunday, 26 November 2017