Home Away From Home – Seville in Four Questions

September marked four years since moving to Seville. As I look back over those years, I wonder about the next four. Will they be just as positive? Will I still be just as content? Rain teems down outside. It always chucks it down when it rains here. Aneira tries to stay warm by curling up…

Aunty Em: Part 2

By now Aneira had become used to visitors, preferring those who stayed as opposed to temporary, such as Diego the electrician who came one afternoon to fix a faulty switch. In her world though, everything from the couch to the street door was hers, and any one new would be met with uncertainty at first….

Aunty Em: Part One

Oh you have a dog? That must make travelling and holidays difficult… I would agree with the above to a point. While holidays with or without your pet require more planning and perhaps shelling out more money on things like pet sitters or special accommodation, it is by no means difficult to organise. We initially…

Vom

We all go through stages of dietary changes in our lives. As pet owners, we rarely stop to think about what they truly want or need. Usually it boils down to what ties in with the monthly budget. Aneira is lucky in the sense we go her before thinking of children. In many ways, she…

Coming Out of Her Shell

Springtime often brings out the best in us. Casting off the cold and dread of winter, New Year and Christmas bills, the slight change in temperature changes everyone’s behaviour. I noticed it at work and with my friends. I also noticed it in Aneira. Up until now, we had only really known a dog who…

Bang

‘What about Christmas?’ was what my mother asked not long after returning from my summer stint in Ireland. Christmas holidays always present me with two conundrums; how long do I stay, and do I stay for my birthday in January? We had uneasiness in asking friends to mind Aneira over a holiday period to allow…

When Horchata Came to Stay

Winter arrived overnight. Balmy evenings, quickly replaced with shortened evenings and chilly breezes. Normal procedure after work is straightforward with a dog; whoever arrives home first, takes the girl out. Autumn temperatures allowed for longer walks around 11 at night. In winter, they were more or less halved. Aneira’s night-time walk rarely takes her far…

A Rescue’s Tail – Visitors, Part 2

We stopped around an hour outside Seville, in a service station. It being a three-hour journey, we decided to try and stop every hour – just in case Aneira began to get a little antsy. It was warm; Andalusia was still trying to shake off the summer just gone by. The stop gave Aneira a…

A Rescue’s Tail – Visitors, Part 1

No sooner had we started back at work that we began to look forward to welcoming our first guests of the year (we run on an academic calendar here). Siobhan’s parents usually visit in autumn, and following our booking incident, we were just praying there wouldn’t be any further hiccups. In the days leading up…

A Rescue’s Tail: Bookings

There were a few cons that were considered in the months leading up to adopting our Aneira. One of the ones that stood out was travelling, and more so travelling home together. The idea of putting any animal inside a cramped cage and loading them stressed and scared under a plane has never sat well…

A Rescue’s Tail: Off lead

Gradually it began to cool down. Afternoons of forty degrees were replaced with those in the high thirties, and you appreciated the difference. Daily routines remained the same however. You had to be up before a certain time to be productive, and you had to run the air con and the fan, and dismiss the…

Back in to a Routine

I returned on a Wednesday. I still remember the blast of hot air getting off the plane. Due to the size of Seville airport, the chances of ever getting a jet way to the terminal are non-existent. Now carrying the layers I had on me back in Dublin, I began the short trek home. Aneira…