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Galileo’s outing

Galileo on a mission

Galileo on a mission

Galileo is in a very typical posture in the photo – nose down, following a scent.

Being from truffle-hunting ancestors, I guess he must have an extraordinarily powerful sense of smell.

He’s still very nervous of strangers. When someone comes he slips into some inaccessible corner and sits there with eyes as big as saucers.

Today I took him for his first little outing to try and get him used to the world.

He walked with me, on his lead, the short distance from where we were parked to the bank.

The bank teller, a friendly young man, spotted him through the window when I picked him up and was crooning over him before I’d even negotiated the security turnstile.

He reached across and touched Galileo, who then spent the rest of the visit cowering in the footwell of the counter.

It might just have been that Galileo knew he was retracing his steps, but it seemed to me that he had more confidence on the return walk.

He certainly didn’t do my image any harm in the bank!

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  1. Agnes Doka
    March 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Dear Damaris,

    I am a mum to 3 traumatized, now over-attached rescue cats, one of them recently diagnosed with kidney failure. We have already gone through several heart-breaking episodes of vet treatments, IVs, meds, and lastly a natural healer. Our 10 year-old persian, Joe, at the end, got some homeopathic drops to ground him as a person and the healer told us to take him OFF the mainstream cat-food, (even though he was on a very expensive ‘vet’s diet’ specially developed for kidney failure – and feed him raw chicken, fish, and rice. Everything natural… and…. surprise! Joe came back, now he is a demanding companion to my daughter studying in Canada… (yes, Joe flew over from Hungary with her, no problem.)

    Conclusion: Our animal friends eat natural food – dry and canned pet food are good for the manufacturers only – just like Coca-cola for us 😉

    • March 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you for your comment and I take your point, but do think it depends on the quality of the manufactured food. I’m going to be a bit more wary in future when I try new brands! We regularly supplement our dogs’ diets with things like cooked liver, tuna, rice etc, which they regard as a special treat. 🙂

  2. April 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Too cute and so LOVED

  3. April 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Reblogged this on Living and Lovin and commented:
    This pup was so sick 😦

    • April 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you for reblogging this. It’s easy to forget just how sick Galileo was. He’s growing up fast now – getting very leggy. Sometimes I see the cocker spaniel in him, and other times I think he’s more like a setter!

      • April 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm

        You are welcome and I love sharing good stories 🙂 and I do not have to write 3 blogs a day anymore 🙂

        I am so glad he pulled through sorry he became so timid after having to fight for his life HUGS

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