Stella, the innocent, mischievous Lagotto Romagnolo, sadly missed

My condolences go to Christine, Tim and Stella’s other companions – Joey, Coco, Magic, Gibbston and Clyde. She will be sadly missed.

She eyed me warily as I entered her house.  It was the eyes I first noticed about Stella, they contained a hint of fear.

But as she saw me accepted by her other family members they changed to an intelligent mischievous look.

Stella, the Lagotto Romagnolo puppy
Stella – the puppy

I knew I had become part of her family when she presented me with one of my socks.  Thus, I learnt to keep my small clothing items safely away from Stella and she would bring me her duckie instead.

Stella and her animal cohort were my housesit family in November 2016.  She was a Lagotto Romagnolo – an Italian water dog.  Stella absolutely loved the water and regularly visited the Lower Shotover River where she would swim and chase sticks.  The temperature of the water was not a factor in whether she was in or out of the water.

Cream of a Joey
Brown of a Coco
Under the dogwood a Stella doth lay
Upon a bed of petals a pink
Swathed within a linen a white
She rested
No more the Shotover Lagotto will play


Stella was young and athletic, loved to hunt and chase the abundant rabbit population of Queenstown.  It was the love of the rabbit hunt that was the end of Stella – the best exploring spot was the gully across the road.  The lure of the rabbit hunt was too much for Stella one day.  Jumping the fence from her orchard enclosure, she bolted down the driveway and into the path of an oncoming car as she crossed the road.

Joey sitting on an outside table waiting for Stella
The day Stella was hit, Joey sat all afternoon on the table looking at the road – waiting for Stella to come home

Christine and Tim gave Stella the best chance for a recovery but the injuries were too much and they decided to let Stella pass on.  Stella was a loyal and loving dog once she let you into her circle.

My condolences go to Christine, Tim and Stella’s other companions – Joey, Coco, Magic, Gibbston and Clyde.  She will be sadly missed.

this picture shows Stella's grave, a dug hole in ground with a carpet of rose petals
Stella’s grave was carpeted with rose petals

this picture shows Karen and Stella, Lagotto Romagnolo, enjoying the sun in the dog run

Poppy, a Guide Dog, remembered

A story about a guide dog.
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She was born on 3 September 1992 at the Guide Dog Breeding and Training Centre at Homai, South Auckland, a black bundle of fluff, from a litter of nine pups.  As a pup, she met up with her Puppy Walkers in Henderson and guide dog training began. Continue reading “Poppy, a Guide Dog, remembered”

The Beach

A soft coated wheaten terrier runs the beach

this picture shows Sumner Beach, looking south, the tide is out. Lots of sand and blue skyI’ve had breakfast

She’s had breakfast, she’s putting her shoes on – we are going walking

Treats in her pocket, lead, keys

“Rafi, let’s go for a walk”

I’m waiting outside the door ready.  Door closed. Lead clipped to my collar and we are heading towards the gate.  Gate open and I am off.  Oops not so fast I am connected to my pet sitter. Walk up the drive, stop at the car.  Click, car unlocked.  A car ride!  Beach? Could we be going to the beach?  Continue reading “The Beach”

Murray, the great Great Dane, sadly missed

My condolences go out to Juliette, Dean and Murray’s other companions. He will be a huge loss in their family

this picture shows Murray, the Great Dane, sitting on his favourite two seater sofa in the conservatory. He wears a red bandana around his neckAlready this year Murray has lost two good dog friends, Gladys , a German wirehaired pointer, and China, another Great Dane, but December was Murray’s time to pass on.  Murray lived with several other dogs, two cats, chickens, ducks, pigeons, three donkeys, two llamas and his carers, Juliette and Dean. Continue reading “Murray, the great Great Dane, sadly missed”