having or showing care and conscientiousness
in one’s work or duties


Of these three pets, Taji, our Labrador,

has been the most diligent when it

comes to cleaning up any morsel of food.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:…Diligent




not permanent.


Transitory is probably a good adjective to describe

Black Cockatoos in Southern Victoria.

 Usually found further north,

we only tend to sight them

during long hot summers.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Transitory




try to find something by looking
or otherwise seeking carefully
and thoroughly.


A few years ago we began giving

the dogs an afternoon snack of cat food

spread as far and as wide as it can be thrown.

This keeps them occupied for an hour or more,

especially Taji (Labrador).

This year Smudge Cat has summoned up

the courage to join in the afternoon ritual.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Search




strange or mysterious


Initially we thought it uncanny that Candi

would chase and catch a rope.


We soon realised that previous Kelpies

used to muster sheep…

…and that she just channels her energy into mustering her rope.


A ball will not do. 🙂


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Uncanny





throw (something) forcefully in a specified direction.


Apart from a fishing rod, the first thing I remember

learning to cast was a sheep dog.

One would point an arm in the desired direction,

telling the dog to ‘way back‘ and all being well

the dog would charge off to the right or left,

depending on which way the mob was to be taken,

rounding up all the sheep in the paddock as it did so.

If the mob was to go to one’s left,

you would cast the pooch to your right and vice versa.

Twice in a dog’s life things did not always turn out just so.

First was when they were learning and

the second time was when they knew it all

and they thought you had made an error

because for 999 time we had gone left and

this time you wanted them to go right.

In their mind it just had to be the incorrect command.

Those were the times I inserted a few unprintable

additions into my vocabulary.   🙂





be unlike or dissimilar.

I think it would be fair to say that…

…as pups Candi and Taji differed in appearance.

And that there has not been

much of a change in three years.

They are the best of friends, however.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Differ






Our pets are friendly towards each other…except…

…when it comes to food.

There is no way Taji would sacrifice

even one milligram of this bone

with a feline friend.

And I am sure this play fight would turn nasty

should Smudge(Cat) be nearing Candi’s food bowl

at meal times.


Word of the Day Challenge: Sacrifice



Equal usually refers to to two things being the same,

which a Kelpie and a Labrador are not.

However, it is often

not the size of the dog in the fight,


the size of the fight in the dog

which equalises them…usually.




Word of the Day Challenge: Equal