So where's the snow?

Muddling through life from Austria to Wales; God, life and a small black dog

Swingle is FOUR!


Happy Birthday, Swingle!

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My accident prone puppy is now a more mature lady. We’re now sure her Dad was the Labrador from the farm up the hill, cos someone told us! The accidents go on. This summer she missed the wasp stings, only because there were only a few. Her bladder still does play up every now and then, giving us broken nights but giving her Cranberry tablets seem to help.

This year’s thing was a ripped dew claw on a back leg. The vet said to leave it open to heal, as a farmer’s dog, she hadn’t had it trimmed off at birth, I can see why now. I wasn’t happy with it and was about to return to the vets and Swingle had to chase a cat out of the garden, blood everywhere. Back to the Vets, Stitches. All healed, stitches out, the first gallop, ripped again. Finally, he amputated it and now all’s well. It was a nightmare keeping her out of the water while she had stitches. If it happens again, I’ll insist it’s cut straight off! I wished the Vet Happy Christmas in August, no more trips, please!

This autumn, maybe the moles and WΓΌhl mouses have been more active, and she has been hunting like mad! Four wuhlmouses, three she ate, two moles which she didn’t!

After writing this, she tore her lower lip, hunting in the ground of course, yet another scar!

She still plays like mad with Bella, Kira and Rocky, and my twice a day walks with her keep me sane and fit. Still a gannet, big sleeping, snoring, pest, but I wouldn’t be without her!

Author: annarashbrook

English Ex-pat living in Austria, Christian, blogger (of course) writer, photographer, dog owner!

10 thoughts on “Swingle is FOUR!

  1. Happy Birthday! She’s gorgeous. πŸ˜€


  2. Happy birthday sweet Swingle! πŸ€—πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰


    • Thank you! Your book is absolutely amazing! I guzzled in one session. If it’s ok with you, I’ll review it in my book blog in a couple of weeks. Are you a member of the Facebook group Mad about whippets? I think it would pay you to join and post on there. If not I’ll do it! I can also tweet it if you would like!

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      • Thank you so much for your kind words dear Anna, so happy to hear you enjoyed the book πŸ’œ Thank you too for offering to review the book on your blog in a few weeks – I am deeply honoured! I am not on Facebook and it will be lovely if you are happy to share your review there too. I am on Twitter and the book launch has been shared by myself and others and I will be happy to share your review there as well. Thank you so much for all your help 🌺 and please give Swingle another big pat from us all πŸ™‚πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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      • I timed it badly, the whippet fb group has just clamped down on selling stuff, never mind! Are you OK with me using a stock photo on my post?

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      • No worries dear Anna, I am very mindful that Facebook, Twitter etc are Social Media and not Sales Media – most of my own marketing takes place away from all that ;o) What kind of stock photo are you thinking of using? Would you like me to send you a photograph? Thank you for all your help! :o) xxx


      • It would be fantastic if you would send a photo, I would, of course, credit it! I had a message last night from someone on the Whippet group asking for details as I’d posted my disappointment I couldn’t post!!!!! My email address for a jpeg is

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      • Hi Anna, I have just emailed you a photograph and it should be with you shortly – please check your spam folder in case it ends up there. Thank you again for all your help :o) xxx


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