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10 October 2008



Stavros, Charlie's walk really made me laugh - you've drawn it very well. Substitute pheasant for seagull and the pathetic chase after feathers is Wolf all over, from the slow, creeping start to the fruitful dash at full pelt. It also true that Labradors are much less interested in him than he is in them - they always romp obediently back to their owners while he has to be retrieved by his collar.

Great beach too. Never mind your dog's life - having that beach on your doorstep sounds like a Good Life for a human to me.


As hard as they try to catch our feathered friends they usually fail, although Charlie once managed to get our parakeet, Cloudy, between his powerful jaws. I was sure Cloudy was a goner until Charlie spit him out unscathed. They both seem to keep a respectful distance now and each has developed a healthy respect for the other.

I've lived near the ocean for most of my life and can't imagine being very far away from it. We live about a half mile from this beach. If Al Gore is right, we may own beachfront property one of these days.

Enjoy the weekend and the walks.


We have had posts on dogs, horses....what next?

There has been a notable absence of political posts or anything of real substance lately. Obviously, prior inscrutable support for one of the worst US presidents of all time and his cronies and a realisation that US foreign policy is anti-Hellenic (notice the latest Visa issue) has taken its toll.

Perhaps next time a little less arrogance.


Hello Hermes,

I was rather enjoying the vacation from controversy. I'll gin some arrogance right up, though I doubt you will like it much.


A dog's life outside GR is truly wonderful -- inside it, that's a different story. Charlie is lucky to have you, Anna and the boys.


Hi Kat,

Animals add a great deal to our lives. Sometimes people go a bit overboard. Treating animals better than people. Then there are those that treat animals with cruelty. I think you will find both types in every country. Greeks have historically looked upon dogs as unclean. They were not kept in the home, although they were used as hunters and guard dogs. They served a useful purpose and were rewarded with scraps of food. Dogs and cats in Greece can be divided into two groups: pampered pets and abandoned. Animal "control" has a long way to go in Greece. I don't think the level of cruelty is any worse than in our own country. What is different is the community response, shelters and the rest.

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