Korea in Sligo

Time for a slightly different post before we start another challenge, instead of hiding behind metaphors I’ll just write about a day we had.

After waking up and seeing there is finally no rain or snow but sunshine Paulina and me decided to go somewhere.  I admit we were tired of always going on trips with our dogs because they limit us from certain activities like going to a restaurant, shop or a museum. Thus we left them home, every dog owner knows that a dog will manage few hours alone in the house. As a fact, dogs have no problems with sleeping for most of the day when there is nothing to do.

Not wanting to leave them for too long we decided on Sligo town as its only an hour drive and is by the ocean.

We somehow drove through Sligo instead and found a Glencar Waterfall. Small but very pretty place, it was also an inspiration for W. B. Yeats poem ‘The Stolen Child’.

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Next we made our way back to Sligo, walked for a bit around the town and went to a beach small distance away. At the particular spot we went to a lot of people came with their dogs. I always knew that Paulina creates bonds with animals extremely quickly but what happened was simply strange. While we were walking random dogs came up to her to play, I don’t mean they were walking by and came up to greet her. The dogs ran 200-300 meters away from their owners towards Paulina bringing her stones to throw them. One of the owners who was with Lessie, yes she named her after the movie because she looked the same was very surprised the Lessie was winning in excitement as according to her she only does that for family members.

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Because Paulina fell in love with Korean culture, music and is learning the language I decided that instead of going home from the beach we will go back to town because when we were walking there I saw Miso a Korean and Japanese restaurant.

It turned out to be a fantastic choice, the restaurant is small but cosy, few tables, sushi bar at the entrance and a busy kitchen in the back where an elder Korean couple (presumably) creates delicious dishes. The waiters were both Irish and Korean creating an atmosphere that was so nice that I didn’t notice there was no music until we left.

We ordered Yakitori for starters and Kimchi pork fried rice and Chicken Katsu for main topped with green tea ice cream mochi for dessert. Even got free soup. The thought of eating with chopsticks while the staff is looking made me sweat but luckily I had no problem with them and managed to make less mess than with a fork as I usually do. Although my technique must suck because my hand was sore and shaking all the time. Anyway,   if anyone is in Sligo, Miso is a nice place to visit.

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After a good meal and on the way back home an hour of Jazz was all that we needed to top it all off.

Serenity (WPC)

This is my first entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge

Theme of the photo is Serenity and that is all that will surround you when you make your way to the top of the mountain and enjoy these wonderful views with a perfectly fitted lake in the middle.

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Garden as a gift

A while ago my parents decided to make Paulina and me a special surprise and decided to speed up our plan for the new home and fulfill our long-awaited dream.

Since we both moved out to live together many years ago we couldn’t find a place for ourselves, that place of our own. First we moved in to a small house with a crazy lady, we did our best to be polite but in the end it was impossible to live with her. In desperation we started looking for another place to rent but there was nothing on the market that was suitable. Luckily at the time my parents were forced to move out due to landlord selling the property just like we did 2 months ago. Fortunately for us they decided to rent a bigger house and offer us a room until we find something to rent. It was meant to last for no longer then 3 months, that’s what I hoped for but it turned  out to be 2 years. Living there was good and easy no complaints but it wasn’t our place, we were tired of living with other people. Almost two years ago we finally moved out to live on our own, we rushed to whole process but it was necessary (long story for another time). It was a small apartment nothing exciting but it was ours and oh my we felt free. We could do whatever we want whenever we want without disturbing others or being judged. Having a dog didn’t make living in apartment easy and when second dog came it was even harder. For a long while we were dreaming of a house instead of an apartment, with rooms that take more than two steps to walk through, a proper kitchen and mostly a big garden for the dogs to play and our pleasure. Following that dream I always wanted to have my own garden to have the joy of watching the things I plant bloom. Probably because all my family is into gardening some in their private gardens while the rest works as professional gardeners and seeing their work made me want to try it as well.

Things finally fell in place maybe not in perfect conditions but we made it work we finally have a big house for the two of us and large garden, everything was looking great. So we decided to give chase to that small dream and make our plain bald garden beautiful. We went shopping and by occasion picked up few flowers, two lovely Dahlias and few small bedding plants that looked very dead and mostly are. Eagerly we planted our first plants together and it looked great until it started raining and we realized that we planted the flowers in a spot where the water gathers the most and they drowned.

It was sad to see but we stayed positive and started planing further as two flowers on a 10 meter stretch just doesn’t look right. The extension was getting postponed due to lack of time and priorities, and in a way I’m glad it did. One evening my father called me asking if they can come visit and he might also get us something for the garden we were delighted for their visit and a third plant would be nice too.

This is where they surprised us and I was lost for words when I saw the unloading the car. Tools, soil, fences, fertilisers, plants, plants and more plants. I still wonder how they fit it all in that not so big car. Being blown away by supplies they brought we instantly got to work, that is my father and I were digging and doing all the hard work and the ladies were sipping wine and bossing us around which apparently is the natural order.

First we had to outline the area and get rid of grass and move around the soil to make it all level, and place the small wood fence, also lets face it the garden was ugly before. Please don’t mind me work clothes and caught in bad moment.20617131_1417328184971437_4738102803377022689_o

Then the fun began, stunned at the amount of flowers we turned to the ladies to plan out the layout and put them in trial positions before digging. 20615966_1417328324971423_8854705265228060167_o

Qucikly after that rain caught us so it was perfect time for dinner which Paulina made, chicken with pineapple, rice and some lovely sauce served inside a drilled out pineapple half. If you’d be interested in me posting food recipes let me know Paulina makes some lovely dishes.

Back to the garden it was time to put the flowers and a tree in the ground. The process was fairly swift and really enjoyable and unfortunately not much needs to be said about it so I listed the plants we have currently in our garden, if that wasn’t enough they bought us another small tree and a bush plant. Also I am very excited as they brought me a Gooseberry bush which I love eating unfortunately they are not as common in Ireland as in Poland. It also has to be kept in a bigger pot instead of ground as it can quickly invade a large portion of the garden, not that I would complain but it wouldn’t look as nice.

Currently we have 60+ and coming plants which are: Roses white and red, Pink lilies, Dahlias – different colours and types including dwarf,  few types of hydrangea, Cosmos Sonata and Bipimatus, Lobelia fan F1 scarlet and Lobelia bedding bush, Antirrhinum sonnet yellow and pink, Fuchsias, Aster mix, Leucanthemum Snow Lady, Clematis. For larger plants in bush/tree category we have: Salix – Flamingo pink tree, Choisya – Aztec Pearl, Shrubs – Snowball Tree and Gooseberry bush.

 

Luna

When Cheeba was growing up with us we still lived with my parents in a bigger house so she always had someone to spend time with. After a while we were able to finally move out to live on our own. We rented an apartment , not a perfect place for dogs but we had the ground floor with back door opening to a big grass area so it was making up with it. With both of us working Cheeba often had to stay alone even though we tried to minimize the alone time by coming home on lunch breaks. That was until we decided she should have a companion. Even when common sense together with our landlord said no we decided to get another dog anyway.

We got this litt… not so little dog which more often resembles a bear cub especially in the way she runs, to make our Cheeba happy.

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Even though she was form a private house by all means she can be called a rescue dog. She was not vaccinated, slightly malnourished, definitely beaten, terrified of men and children as well as involved sexually with siblings, father and other local dogs in the first 6 moths of her life which caused very serious problems which I’ll talk about later.

The first day we took her home she was interested in everything we were doing yet still very scared and would run to a corner when we did any sudden moves. Luckily she got on with Cheeba very well instantly. Walks to the park were often difficult, all depending on time. When there no people she was behaving like a perfect dog, didn’t even pull on the lead, but when there were people around especially kids and sometimes cars making noise she started to panic and wanted to run straight in amok. The fact that our apartment was adjacent to a primary school which was next to the only park in town didn’t make life easier. I consider myself fairly strong and trying to hold her while 50 little girls scream and reach out to her was a real pain in the ass. Fortunately since we recently moved she calmed down a lot.

At the beginning her separation anxiety was a big issue, since the apartment was not very big she couldn’t unload her energy and stress in a lot of ways so she ended up destroying a lot of things. Every day something different, from toys to shoes, books, documents etc, one night I left the living room opened at night and didn’t expect her to do anything while we are home but she decided differently and chewed our leather couch. Every time we went to work we worried if she will destroy something or not, hiding all valuables from sight yet it didn’t work, she always found something. We were tired of all the destruction so I decided that when we leave I will lock her in a hall where there was literally nothing and yet she started to chew on the floor skirting. So I bought an anti-chew spray sprayed half of the house, she stopped eating the shoes  but that’s all it did as she kept on chewing. It was the second or third time I decided to leave her in the hall and it was a huge mistake as this happened.

 

Yup she destroyed the feckin wall, isn’t that some desperation. And if that wasn’t enough the next day our landlord called he wants to do an immediate inspection because one asshole from management reported us for having another dog. I was able to postpone the inspection and  got to work with the help of the family and fixed it and no difference could be noticed.

In the end the solution was a muzzle which we put on from time to time.

Since then everything was fine and she became a lovey-dovey and didn’t want to leave our side, even now just a glance at her causes  her to wag her tail lay down ears to the sides and run to us happily licking and jumping.

Some time later it was time for Luna to be finally in heat, we thought she was until after one day of bleeding like she should she started leaking some kind of milky slime. Of course we went to the vet he gave her a shot and told to observe for changes. Unfortunately it was only getting worse, next visit to the vet was exactly the same, third time lucky or not so lucky for Luna. They have finally diagnosed a severe cervix infection which would definitely kill her within days. She had to stay with the vets for an operation during which they had to remove her uterus, ovaries and some associated parts which I can’t remember the name.

Thankfully she quickly recovered and joined us the next day, she was still sore and had stitches as well as antibiotics. We had to be extra careful to not tear the stitches as the were across her whole stomach and we had to regularly check if she is not bleeding. After the removal of stitches she was back to full health and happier than ever and to this day she acts the same like a little puppy which is about to get a treat. Every time she sees us even when we were just in a different room for a minute  she gets super happy and starts licking us. Maybe she knew she dodged the bullet and is grateful for every moment.

Now Cheeba and Luna have a lot bigger home and are happy as ever and are almost inseparable, they get anxious when one leaves the other and try to look for each other.

So that is her back story, and of course more recent events will be posted soon and some more pictures below.

Did I mention she loves putting her head out of the window when driving? a lot more than Cheeba does, have a look.

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Cheeba

We got this little wolf about 3 years ago when she was only 3  months old, born on 28 January 2014 just 3 days before me so we celebrate birthdays together.

When we arrived to the family who had the pups straight away we noticed the mother. She was enormous and looked like a real wolf. Terrifying like from a movie similar to the dire wolf from Game of Thrones.

The pups instantly ran out to us greeting and howling wagging their tails, we didn’t know which to choose until we noticed there was one in the back, shy, scared, close to her mother as the other pups didn’t let her eat with them and sometimes stomped over her.

She needed love and we had just that, plus we heard a more reserved puppy is easier to  raise (according to Cesar Millan). When the owner was pulling her out from the doghouse when she hid the screams and squeals she was making made me feel bad, but I knew we will make it up to her. On the journey home she was very calm in the car laying still most likely petrified until she laid her head on Paulinas lap and licked her.

We quickly got her a little harness and lead, some food and made her a comfy bedding but she was still sacred. We took her to the bedroom and put her on the place provided and she laid there frozen, she did not move an inch until the next morning. 100_3999

She laid all night with dog treats on her paws as you see in the picture and stared in the mirror watching us. Next day she was more comfortable in the room and started walking around, sleeping in different places. 100_4011

Soon she accepted she will stay with us and got more active and friendly playing around in the garden as she was still scared of walks outside of the house.

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Qucikly Paulina started teaching her tricks and proper behaviour with good effects, but you can’t change the fact cheeba was a little child that liked to mess around sometimes and show her anger in cute ways. One memory the whole family has when she got angry for some reason and tried to pull of kitchen utensils from the table making everybody laugh. DSC01569.JPG

It didn’t take her long to start sleeping in our bed instead of hers and she still does and gets annoyed when I tell her to get off. DSC_0277Yes I had long hair.

When she got acquainted with walking on the leash and going for a walks, in around the same time there was a dog show in our town , we decided to go so Cheeba could meet other dogs. We did not plan to enter it but while there we signed her up just for fun. Surprisingly our little pup won in 3 categories. The cutest dog , the best of mixed breed and the best tricks which was ankle biting while one walk way, it might not sound like it but it was hilarious as she tried to pull of my girlfriends shoes as she tried to walk. Our little winner got a photographs by a professional , a hamper , and a voucher for grooming, and she was proud of herself. DSC01552DSC01553

Since then she was growing quick and yet she is nowhere near the size of her mother even at present day. Cheeba turned out to be a smart dog which loves to travel and gets excited every time I open the car. There are some things that she can’t grow out of, one of them being stealing used socks and chewing on them, she goes to trouble of basically hunting them , even when we hide them she will figure out a way to get to them, and if we leave them in our sight she will wait until we look away and pounce on them like a cat. Other interesting thing is that she almost never barks, I’m not sure if she knows how to bark properly, instead she howls like a wolf and talks like a husky. Yes she can talk, I would show you but I can’t upload videos yet although you might find something on Paulinas Instagram. She can say “I love you”, “Hello” and “Luna” on command, She can count too, up to 7 as in Paulina says the number and she barks the amount of times or rather makes these short growly/howly/barks.

Loving to be outside she is our furry Usain Bolt, yes she is fast and can sprint for really long time. In many photos she looks like a super dog because we managed to capture her in full flight all paws off the ground.

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This is the general info about Cheeba and you will find out more if you follow the blog. For more pictures visit https://www.instagram.com/iluvenis93/

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