19 December 2014

Santa and the big-eared elf

Ho-ho-ho? Where did the summer go?

We have been very busy the past couple of months. Yes, Poochie and I, because she contributes as much as she can: shedding lots of hair all over the place, sleeping under my arm and of course, asking to go out during an especially difficult task. Thank you Pooch, you may have a treat.

What have we been busy about? Well, we have been playing Santa and making presents left and right, ever since October or so.

I know, I know, making presents is like baking your own Christmas cozonac (yes, look it up when you're in Romania, it is yummy) and making your own cakes. Who spends time on that anyway, when you can just go to the store and buy one? Crazy people, I tell you.

Well, I have learned to make lace using a needle lately; the technique is called tatting. I will not bother you much with the details, however the results are quite cute (Poochie has been teaching me to be less modest, haha), so I opened - sorry, we opened (Poochie helps, you know) an online boutique. If you are curious, you are invited to visit, it's called Dandelion Lace. Yes, we do ship abroad too, hehe.

The trouble is that there is so much to do and so little time until Christmas, I will still be away for a while, making presents. Poochie, come help me!

"Let me give you a paw with that."

2 September 2014

Aschiuta goes on holiday

I will start this post with some good news: my fiance and I got married! Yes, it was a wonderful day and we had our friends and family to celebrate with us.

And what do people normally do after getting married? They go on a honeymoon. Ours was a honeyweek, but nonetheless quite fun and relaxing. However, poochie didn't come with us to Bulgaria, she had a different holiday on her own.

We often take her to a dog hotel when we need to go away for a few days and can't take her with us and this is where she spent about a week and a half.

She played with the vet and the other dogs and I am proud to say she was the cleanest doggie there (our good potty training showed, heh). She has been getting cheeky and I was upset that she would fight with other dogs, but it seems that she was well mannered enough not to growl at them first.

Aschiuta has been going on a lot of holidays lately, it seems.

A few weeks ago, we decided to go to the mountains to actually go hiking on a trail in the woods. This time, poochie was right there with us.

We bought her a dog ticket for the train and off we were to the mountains. I'm sure the dear girl had no idea what was in store for her. She kept running off ahead as soon as we got off the train.

Hiking was good fun, since neither of us had done that in quite some time. We each had a backpack and I was holding Aschiuta's leash. She must have had more energy than us and a better traction on her four paws, since she didn't tire very quickly.

We got to a cabin and set up camp there, in our tent. We slept huddled together with poochie in the middle, to keep warm. It was nice that two huge rescue dogs were keeping guard outside. It seems they never stayed too close to the tents, but they must have felt protective towards Aschiuta.

Photo by Scorpio, one of my favourites. This was taken high up by the cabin.

When we came back, it rained a bit and we had a few falls in the mud, but luckily, nothing too serious. Needless to say, Aschiuta behaved quite well and even started learning a few commands for choosing the right track.

We hope everyone had or is having a nice holiday. Don't forget the sun screen!

18 February 2014

The change of the seasons

Hasn't it been a long time? It certainly feels like it's been months and I'm sure there have been several months since I have last written a post in either blog.

"Oh, hello, I was just writing in my blog here..."

Winter has come and gone, marking its passage with lots of snow and very cold winds. I'm a bit sad that I don't have any pictures of Aschiuta prancing around in the snow, as she is really cute doing it, like a little kid (goat's kid, that is).

We had managed to go out for the routine walk just as some snow had settled down on the street and it looked like a warm white blanket to the unknowing eye. For who doesn't know, we moved away from the hustle and bustle of the market place and the large busy road to a very quiet neighbourhood, where cars pass maybe three-four times a day. So, you can imagine how soft and untainted the snow appeared, especially at that early hour on a weekend.

Aschiuta loves the snow and to her joy, we did have several weeks of solid snow, so much that we ended up wishing for spring to hurry up. At times, it was so thick and so soft, Aschiuta would simply swim in it or try to, with her bunny hops. The first day of good snow, we chased each other around and I tried to topple her over in the snow, but she really wouldn't let me, so I settled with throwing a few soft snowballs at her. I am sure that, if she had been bigger, she could have pulled me on a sleigh if she wanted to. Snow is always good fun with the poochie.

Now the spring breeze is here to warm up the frozen earth and the snow has almost completely melted away, leaving lots of mud behind. Aschiuta's coat has been put away and we are already making plans for her next haircut, since she is shedding again. That much for snow... But still, we are looking forward to the joys of the next season, lots of grass and flowers for poochie to prance around in.