Bear Bear’s Grand Adventure

Bear Bear's Grand Adventure

Bearsy’s nails were getting way too long. He hates anyone touching his feet, but I managed to catch a glimpse of one of the back toenails that had grown so long it was curling over towards the paw. I’ve been doing a few internet searches and reading up on the available information. If the nail grows too long, it can dig into the paw and can affect the dog’s gait, potentially causing serious health problems like arthritis later on!

I didn’t know dog owners should get their pets used to having their paws held and handled from a young age. So I am starting late, and it will be a long-term project, but already in the last few days there has been sweet progress! Instead of immediately recoiling, he now lets me touch and even hold his paw gently, albeit for short amounts of time. Once I get him to a stage where he is more comfortable with me handling his paw, I’m going to introduce him to the clippers. Apparently you should hold them near him, let him sniff them, and then gently tap them on his nails.

So it will be a long gradual process, but I hope that someday I will be able to cut his nails myself! It would be good to cut just the tips every week or fortnight in order to make the quick recede. In the past, I’ve always taken him to the groomers to get his nails cut. He hates going to the groomers. The level of discomfort varies with whoever is trimming his nails. He was having okay experiences there, but the last time I took him, he totally freaked out. The lady brought him out and asked me to hold him, and she cut into the quick and made him bleed. He clawed at me like crazy. And he even NIPPED her! After that negative experience, I was putting it off, hoping that regular walking would grind his nails down.

Unfortunately, he must walk funny, or SOMETHING because that one errant back paw nail grew long and curled. So while I am aiming to be trimming his nails myself, in the meantime I had to do something about that nail.

This morning we went to the groomers. I was prepared with plenty of treats in my pockets. I think he always knows where we’re going as soon as we hit Portrush Road, because he starts getting anxious. As soon as I let him out the car he started pulling the other way and putting up a fight, so I had to pick him up and carry him inside. No treats could distract him from clawing anxiously at the window once he was inside.

Fortunately, the girl who cut his nails was not the same lady as last time, and although he was apparently unwilling (I could hear intermittent whining) when she brought him out she said that he had been alright.

"His" chair

Yay! Relief! I had been really worried about him. The girl said that all his nails were quite short except for two very long ones, one on each back paw, that had curled over. Now the two long ones are no longer curled, and all the others have been cut back to the quick. In a week or two, I want to try tipping them again.

After our adventure at the groomers we went to visit my boyfriend’s house. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Bear so happy. He sniffed EVERYTHING inside and out. And then he peed on the floor. Urgh.

Then we came home.

He is quite eccentric, but he is my favourite dog.

In the Sun

Frolicking about in a pink skirt

A Tree of Life opened in Rundle Mall. I went in yesterday and acquired this skirt:
Tree of Life pink skirt

It’s made of rayon, which is probably the cheapest fabric known to man, and prone to wrinkling, but I don’t think it’ll matter in a skirt so flowy. I did, however, recently buy a pair of rayon shorts from Urban Outfitters. They haven’t arrived yet. I’m a bit worried about wrinkling, and the care of it. This is a lesson to me not to impulse buy.
Tree of Life pink skirt

This is one of those slightly ridiculous, obnoxiously bright outfits that is my trademark.

Also, I got my hair dyed. It’s meant to be a little lighter. I can’t decide if I like it yet, or not! Also, there’s a shitload of serum and shine mist in there, but I think my hair is bleached beyond saving.

Spring is here

Daisies

I like Spring. The air smells nice, it’s pretty outside, there’s nice fruit coming back into season. I feel generally better when the weather is good. Unfortunately, my appearance doesn’t match my mood as I’m dressed all in black… REALLY need to get my Summer wardrobe together, STAT. The exchange rate is good, perhaps its time for a large online order to take advantage of the northern hemisphere sales? But anyway.

The worst thing about Spring is hayfever. Even as I type my eyes are itching and my nose is runny. Do you get hayfever? If so, I recommend this:

This nose spray is my saviour. I’m all out at the moment though (hence the sniffles and itching). Meanwhile, it’s time for a cup of tea.

Back in Black (and pink and purple)

Hi.
Back in Black (and pink and purple)

Sorry for the dumb pose. I have no idea why I’m doing that. And how weird does my hand look?

Anyway, back to the clothes at hand. I’m not going to tell you where I got everything from because that’s not the point. Even though I’m 25 not much has changed in my clothes purchasing habits since I was 15 and broke. (Okay, except the occasional – or more than occasional splurge.) Most of my clothes are cheapies picked up from chain stores. Some things I prefer spending more on, such as shoes and coats – the items that are meant to last.

But I will talk about this necklace briefly:
Necklace detail

It’s made of beads and painted rocks and I bought it in KL when I went there in January.

There.

That is all.

Summer Shoes

Yesterday’s warm weather prompted me to unexpected dismay as I realised I had no appropriate shoes. The weather has since changed back to dismal (it was raining today), but I think I have to start mentally organising my Summer Look.

For the last six months or so, I’ve been galumphing about in my Siren boots nearly every single day. My god, I love those shoes. And you’d not believe how LONG I had been looking for the perfect winter boot… Anyway, that’s a story for another day.

Summer presents it’s own challenges in regards to dress…. I shall ponder more on the rest my warm weather wardrobe later, but for now, the SHOES. This is the criteria:

  • Flat. I live in flats. I hate uncomfortable feet!
  • Open toed/sandal style, in view of the long hot summer to come. (No socks!)
  • Chunky. I like the way big shoes balance me out, especially with bare legs.
  • Black.

I think this pair by Siren may be a top contender:

(Image from Siren Shoes.)

My aforementioned boots are from Siren. My experience with the brand has been positive! I think they make really good looking, good quality shoes, at rather reasonable prices.

So anyway I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled in the shops, hopefully I’ll get to try a pair on, or find something similarly appropriate to my needs.

Saving up all my pennies

Gotta save, save, save for this:

(Image from Tokina.)

It’s the Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 lens, it’s a super-wide angle lens. Oh goodness me, I really want it before I go to Hong Kong in January!

In other news, I had a crazy busy day today! And it was really WARM – it felt like NOT winter for the first time in forever!

I’ve used too many exclamation marks!

Clap Your Hands

Hello.

It's Friday!

Today is the last Friday of my holidays. I met up with my sister in town for lunch, we ate at Thea Vegetarian Tea Garden. Their mock meat is yums.

I caught the bus to and from town. I love catching the bus because it gives me a chance to listen to music. I got through most of Dead Letter Circus’ album “This Is The Warning”, all of “We Are Born” by Sia and two movements of Brahms’ second piano trio. That seems like a lot of music, but it’s because I also walked a good 20 minutes each way to the bus station.

As you can see I am getting good use out of my Cambridge Satchel. The other bag in the photo is a fabric bag for carrying my shopping. Hooray for no plastic bags!

Whenever I wear these tights, I get a lot of questions:

Duo tights

They are duo tights, they are made like that, so no, I am NOT wearing two pairs of tights, one on each leg, with the left over legs wrapped around my waist!

Okay, that’s all for now, BYE.