Archive for September 19th, 2008

My dog is a wuss

I own a sixteen-month old Labrador, Snipe, who I love dearly. She’s loyal, loving, good-natured, happy, friendly, affectionate, mostly obedient… I wouldn’t be without her.

Snipe - 7 June 2008

Snipe - 7 June 2008

However, we seem to have encountered a slight problem. Snipe has turned into quite the wuss. It’s alarming because Labs weren’t exactly bred for their delicate natures. When it comes to racing into the sea in the middle of January, Snipe’s the first one in, just what you would expect from a dog with her ancestry.

But … the other day, she got a thorn (or possibly a wasp stung her?) in her pad and you should have seen the fuss she made. It took me about half an hour to go from “why are you limping” to “there you go, there’s nothing left in there”. She rolled onto her back, she cried, she gnawed at her foot, she cried some more, she licked my arm, she cried, she tried to stand up but it hurt too much so she cried and rolled onto her back again… The way she was carrying on, it was as though she’d caught her leg in a trap. She slept the whole way home, then again at home and it was only when I chucked them both outside that she recovered – when I let them in again, she burst through the door in her usual style. All forgotten.

Then, yesterday, she did something to her eye. I don’t know what, she either banged it or got something in it, but it was swollen and she kept it firmly closed. Whenever I tried to open it, she actually rolled her eyeball backwards! And cried. And rolled onto her back. And cried some more. Obviously, because it was her eye, I didn’t take the piss and did what I could to help her (mainly bathing it in cold tea). Eventually, she peeked it open and I checked to make sure she could actually see out of it. Again, she made a huge fuss so it was impossible to tell if she was genuinely in pain – or if she was just being a wuss. Again.

So I let her be overnight and it seemed much better this morning. Right now it’s all back to normal, with only the slightest swelling, so phew!

But yes, it is sadly true. My dog is a wuss!

Thinking about NaNoWriMo

A few weeks ago, Jennie asked me if I was going to have a bash at NaNoWriMo this year. I had a go in 2006 but never finished. But will I have the time this year and will I get it done?

Oh, you’re probably wondering what NaNoWriMo is. It stands for National Novel Writing Month and the concept is quite simple. If you sign up, then your goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in November. You can’t start writing until 00:00 on the 1st and you have to finish by 23.59 on the 30th. It’s hard, it’s ridiculous, you don’t have time for editing, you just have to get it out as fast as you can. If you write a little bit each day, you need to write a minimum of 1667 words each day. Every day.

So, will I take part? I want to, but there’s loads of stuff I want to do that I don’t. (Like Doodle a Day, to name but one… so far!)

But then, when I was continuing the seemingly never-ending job of clearing brambles yesterday, instead of having songs from either Evita or Les Mis roaming round my head, I instead started thinking about an idea for NaNo. A vague plot. A vague structure. Ideas about a few characters…

Hmm, the question is, should I go with it, or store it for another time?