Introducing Dixie

@JudyEv (283236)
Rockingham, Australia
August 3, 2022 7:32pm CST
Yesterday, we visited a property where, from 13 August, we’ll spend two weeks looking after three horses, a dog, Dixie, and a cockatoo called Jim. I found a photo that I took of Dixie and her owner. Her other owner rides endurance so Dixie and the husband sometimes turn up at rides. She is a lovely, gentle dog as is Jim (except that he’s a cockatoo, not a dog! ) but I don’t have a photo of him yet. The house we’ll be staying in if over 100 years old but well maintained. Three generations have lived there so it has a lot of antique furniture and fittings – which means lots of photo opportunities.
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@much2say (56041)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Aug
Pet and house sitting? That should be a neat couple weeks ! It makes it a whole lot easier knowing that Dixie and Jim are gentle creatures!
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@much2say (56041)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Aug
@JudyEv I'm sure he'll like that too! They will all make sure you are entertained .
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
We don't have to take Jim out of his big cage but now we've met him I'm perfectly happy to get him out from time to time.
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@rsa101 (35260)
• Philippines
4 Aug
Looks like it is a long 2 weeks to spend some break from your place. I think it would be interesting that you will be staying with different and interesting creatures there to entertain you as their guests. Enjoy your stay there and pretty interesting that there are old houses there that last that long. Maybe you could share some pictures of that old house with your pets around.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
I will certainly be sharing pictures later once I've had the chance to take some.
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@allknowing (104030)
• India
4 Aug
Who will be cooking for you while you are keeping house?
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@allknowing (104030)
• India
5 Aug
@JudyEv Wow!! So romantic
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
Vince will be cooking and we might be using the wood stove as that would help keep the kitchen warm.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
@allknowing Romantic till you have to chop wood and kindling! But there probably enough wood there for our needs.
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@RebeccasFarm (67765)
• United States
4 Aug
How exciting this is Judy!! What a lovely photo too..looking forward now to all the photos youll take and hearing about if the place is haunted or not
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@Kandae11 (47253)
4 Aug
One hundred years old ? -- maybe it is.
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• United States
4 Aug
@Kandae11 maybe
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
@Kandae11 @RebeccasFarm Now, now, you two! Behave yourselves! Don't go wishing ghosts on me.
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@DaddyEvil (88283)
• United States
4 Aug
Did the owners tell you they'd rather you didn't take Jim outside?
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@DaddyEvil (88283)
• United States
4 Aug
@JudyEv Oh, wow! I'd be worried that he'd fly away! Is he in a different cage on the verandah? Or loose on the perch there?
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
@DaddyEvil He has one wing cut so can't fly and I guess he has been used to this routine for a long time. He's very comfortable sitting on a shoulder or arm and snuggling into your neck. He is really very cute.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
Jim lives outside in a big cage but they take him up to a perch on the verandah during the day - most days, anyway. And they brought his perch inside over lunch as he started squawking when we went in and shut the door on him.
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@AliCanary (2730)
4 Aug
Wow, a gentle cockatoo? That's a rare bird :) They're usually kind of nuts, lol. Dixie looks very fluffy and cuddly.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
Jim likes cuddles. I don't usually like cockatoos much but he won me over very quickly.
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@AliCanary (2730)
5 Aug
@JudyEv sounds like a very special little fellow.
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@ptrikha_2 (38657)
• India
6 Aug
You seem to be quite comfortable with the furry friends and other animals. I might not be that much. One day my kids could become too stubborn and ask for a Pet (Dog most likely) but till then I can just read about other folks' interaction with pets and other animals and enjoy. Have the winters peaked out in Australia? By the way are you following CWG 2022? Australia is topping these games so far.
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@ptrikha_2 (38657)
• India
7 Aug
@JudyEv This time India is also doing good and winning more medals, especially in Athletics which augurs well for the future!
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Aug
I grew up on a farm so am pretty familiar with most livestock. All require care and attention (and cost money) so really I'm happy to be without the worry now. It's winter still but September is supposed to be spring. We have watched some of the CWG. We do really well here but the Olympics often bring us down a peg or two.
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
6 Aug
Hello Dixie. She looks very loyal to her master. I was just wondering is she a border collie?
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@flapiz (18422)
• United Kingdom
6 Aug
@JudyEv I love them so much. Smart dogs too.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Aug
Yes, she is a border collie and very typical of the breed.
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@jobelbojel (31476)
• Philippines
6 Aug
That sounds exciting to see more photos of the house and the antiques. That is a lovely photo - hi Dixie and the owner.
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@jobelbojel (31476)
• Philippines
6 Aug
@JudyEv that is for sure. It will be fun.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Aug
I will have a lot of fun taking photos of the area and the house - and of course the animals.
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@LadyDuck (401246)
• Switzerland
4 Aug
I hope all the animals are friendly, Dixie seems a sweet dog. I know you will enjoy.
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@LadyDuck (401246)
• Switzerland
5 Aug
@JudyEv Surely you never know, something might go wrong, the important is to have a contact.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
There doesn't seem to be too many problems that could arise but you never know. We have people who we can contact if something goes wrong.
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• United States
5 Aug
Sounds like fun spending 2 weeks in a house that's over 100 years old and caring for the pets. Dixie is a beautiful dog
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Aug
The countryside is really pretty this time of year too - lovely and green.
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@Hannihar (123010)
• Israel
4 Aug
@JudyEv House and pet sitting can be very rewarding. Dixie looks very patient while she is sitting by her owner waiting to see what he is going to do with what he has in his hands.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
She is a gentle dog and very obedient. I think she gets a few treats from her owner when they're out together.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
@Hannihar Maybe they could!
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@Hannihar (123010)
• Israel
5 Aug
@JudyEv I am glad that she is a gentle dog. Enjoy your housesitting time, it should be interesting with Dixie and Jim. Maybe they could write their own series together.
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@LindaOHio (99898)
• United States
4 Aug
How delightful that you get to watch these animals along with the house.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
It will be like having grandkids. We can enjoy them but then give them back.
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@LindaOHio (99898)
• United States
5 Aug
@JudyEv lol I know what you mean!
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@oahuwriter (24705)
• United States
4 Aug
Nice! You'll have furry & feathered companions too! Nice.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
I haven't had much experience with birds but Jim cuddled up to me as if he'd known me all my life.
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@oahuwriter (24705)
• United States
4 Aug
@JudyEv Aww, a sweetie! Seems nice place too.
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@GardenGerty (146399)
• United States
4 Aug
It sounds like a very nice way to enjoy a change of scenery.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
I think it will be great. Maybe I'll come back to this tiny place and be pleased I'm done with minding animals.
@snowy22315 (140708)
• United States
4 Aug
It will be fun and a change of scenery for you.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
A change of scenery will be good. We're taking the caravan as we go straight from there to a horse ride.
@rebelann (100077)
• El Paso, Texas
4 Aug
What neat opportunities you'll have for pictures to share with us. Are Jim and Dixie friends?
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
They seemed to be although they didn't interact at all.
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@LeaPea2417 (34502)
• Toccoa, Georgia
4 Aug
She is a pretty dog from what I see in the picture.
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
She is pretty - a typical border collie. Her coat is lovely and soft.
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@Ronrybs (16009)
• London, England
4 Aug
You're really there to look after the furry and feathery friends! Still, Dixie will want a walk and that'll get you outdoors!
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
Dixie isn't confined at all but I'm sure she'll tag along when we go to feed the horses etc.
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@Ganma7 (3478)
4 Aug
That sounds like fun & I am anxious to see your photos
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@JudyEv (283236)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Aug
We are sure to take a lot of photos and there will be plenty of opportunities.