Like a dog and his ball

Like a dog and his ball

That there is Oscar, my shih tzu. He loves chasing tennis balls but his activity these days is limited as he suffers from joint pains and has a heart complaint. I did however notice a spring in his step this morning and I think it may have to do with the newly released WordPress 3.6 or “Oscar” as it has been named. Matt says the release was named after the famous jazz pianist Oscar Peterson but we all know the cute little dog that really inspired the naming of the release, now don’t we?

Regardless of naming inspiration, the new version has fixed a ton of bugs, added new features and has the amazing Twenty Thirteen theme I’m really looking forward to trying out. Make sure you upgrade ASAP!

Can dogs tell when a woman is pregnant?

Sorry, yet another pregnancy related post but it’s been a strange day. Our dog Oscar has always been protective of my wife Jacinta. He has always preferred her company to mine or anyone else’s, but recently he’s become a lot more agitated.

My sister and her boyfriend called over this afternoon and Oscar was on edge the whole time. Instead of playing with the ball he would growl and almost even bit me when I made to take the ball off the ground. Later he growled and bit at my shoe when I sat down next to Jacinta at the dinner table, an act for which I punished him with a few minutes outside the kitchen door.

This evening we took him for a walk and instead of running or walking quickly he walked near us, looking back the whole time, then walked behind and next to us, staying with us as we walked slowly up the road.

I’m convinced he knows the baby is on the way. These answers on Yahoo Answers to the question, Can dogs sense when a woman is pregnant? are fairly unanimous that yes, dogs can tell. I don’t think pets are psychic however!

Here are a couple of great tips and answers to some pregnancy related questions.

Does my dog know that I am pregnant?
What reactions might my dog have to my pregnancy?
What can I do about any negative reactions I see in my dog?

I really need to get Twitter’s number into my mobile, just in case..