My mom and older sister are into Thai cooking in a really big way lately. So they asked Mr. Diaz and I to find Keffir lime -- an important and expensive plant prized for its leaves. Three weeks ago, we found the seedlings and waited until we saw fresh new shoots before deciding to pot them up. It was a really happy potting-up Sunday for us as we really love our plant babies!
You know how you had a pet that your parents couldn't live with, then one day after school, that pet was gone and your parents told you that your pet went to "live in a farm?" That's not Wizard's story.
That's Wizard. Isn't he handsome? Wizard has been with Mr. Diaz and his siblings for 11 years. When we got married and he moved out of the Diaz home, Wizard got lonely and started howling at night. So everyone thought it best if he lived with us.
Last Tuesday, we took Wizard with us on a long car ride to Batangas.
As a puppy, Wizard was quite the rambunctious big baby -- the result of rough play with the then teenage Mr. Diaz. And since they lived in a suburban village, he had to be tied indoors or walked with a leash at all times so as not to be a danger to neighbors who might not understand his playful manner. But now that he's a grown dog, he's mellowed quite a bit. And so he doesn't need a leash in the farm.
His first task was to get along with alpha female, Dayang, who needed some time to warm up to him. When they first came face to face, Dayang barked at him and warned him not to come close. But after about 2 or 3 hours, she was warm enough to go on a pack walk with us without chains. Good thing Wizard had the good sense to keep a respectable distance and was patient enough with Dayang to give her space when she needed it.
While Wizard hasn't closed the gap between him and Dayang as of today, she at least no longer snarls at him when he gets too close. I think it's the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Being a city dog for most his life, it really looked like Wizard enjoyed being outdoors and having a lot of space to roam. But he also hadn't had that much exercise all at once, either. So it must have taken a toll on him because as soon as we got back to the house, he had a long drink of water and was happy just to sit and relax and listen to Mr. Diaz and I talk about our plans. The next time we glanced over at him, we was fast asleep. I'd like to think he had sweet dreams.