Thursday, 28 April 2011
As you may gather Flute is a big supporter of pomp and ceremony, not to mention The Royals s so he is really looking forward to the Royal Wedding.
I am not entirely sure if Tipsy completely agrees with Flute's sentiments when I asked him about the wedding he replied very eloquently......
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Well we started Easter egg rolling week in style and all enjoyed the game , enjoyed the eggs and all behaved beautifully!
Hope you enjoy the photos.
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Not for the first time I am sitting by the side of the road with all the windows open enjoying the smells and sounds of outside. The van is lovely when the weather is like this as there is just enough breeze that we are cool and yet we have the comforts. I can here Oscar gently snoring, most of the guys are asleep. Murphy as usual is awake but is lying down occasionally sniffing as a interesting smell wafts through. I love the odd changes of position and groans as they make themselves comfortable.
Charlie and Flute are snuggles up as close as possible to and on Mila and Belle. Willow is asleep cuddled into her pig her tail hanging through the cage door. Hugo is nodding eyes drooping as he watches me watching them. Poppy boxer has now joined in with the snoring, her head resting on the wheel arch, lips all scrunched up and soon I am sure Izzo will be joining them. Phoebe is quiet not ready for sleep and is quietly watching Lola who is now running in her sleep. Truffle Is lying flat not a care in the world.
No cars are passing and I can't hear anything other than birds busy about their business, I need to stay awake even though I feel like a doze too.
So has anyone worked out why I am sitting in the van with lots of sleeping, contented dogs?
Well I am doing a stake out. Waiting for someone to admit defeat. It is taking a while isn't it and it isn't about to happen anytime soon. He isn't making a sound and isn't about to let go just yet. So I wait and listen to the gentle sounds of three dogs snoring.
Whilst I wait I will write our list of final jobs done:
Belle teeth and furminated
Bob furminated with an inch of his life
Willow grooming training
Oscar anal glands and furminated
Hugo anal glands and furminated
Poppy teeth descaled and furminated
Poppy furminated and some handstripping
Phoebe nails trimmed teeth checked
Taggart nails trimmed teeth descaled
Molly Mc furminated again
Suzy furminated again
Last and most definitely not least Murphy. Furminated feet trimmed and ears done then please be prepared to be amazed ....teeth descaled. I needed a sit down afterwards and Sam had a very flushed look about her. He would lie down but not flat so I could descale him( training project!) so we had to improvise which pretty much meant I had to hold his head still, hold his lips out the way and try to have the power to remove his super strength Tartar. Seriously what I needed was a chisel and hammer despite there only being so much to do!
Still we wait, a car has passed so the snoring momentarily stopped so the guys are dozing, not yet in their deep sleep, maybe they know we are waiting....
What I have noticed is all the dogs must be like us and horses and have a preferred side to chew on as there is always one side with more tartar on. Amazing what you find out.
He is sitting now...progress though small
Two beautiful Bluetits are squabbling life or death squabbles over the best territory or maybe best female?
Moments like this give me the quiet and the time to question...I have noticed many of the tidiest people have the dogs who like to roll in mess most...is this because it is noted more or is it like dogs that like to roll as soon as they have been to the groomers? Those plug in air fresheners make me whoozy, I can't bare them just like the moment you gasp as a lady walks past with too pungent perfume...Now I have a poor sense of smell when it comes to dogs so I often wonder how they cope...noses designed to help them survive, to find food, mates and water. Maybe to them it is like having a busy carpet, wallpaper and lighting.
And so it happens....a little round face is waiting for me now. Slightly worried and pleased to see me.
When a dog chooses to chase a jogger/ horse or in this case a cyclist, ignoring your call you can't just wait till he comes back, you can't reprimand him for coming back. It doesn't matter in this case that he was in the field and that he couldn't have harmed himself or the cyclist, that was just circumstance. He has to have consequences. They know about consequences.
So I left him, locked the gate and waited. Waited till he stopped mooching, sniffing and entertaining himself. Waited until he wanted to come back. Then waited some more. If he doesn't know if I will stay with him is it worth the risk of being left behind? Not for many dogs it isn't. And finally not for him. He wants to be a Petnan dog again and he can now he has sat and waited at the gate where I called him last and has forgotten about those glorious smells, those cyclists or dog walkers on the line. Non of them are important now, no value to him now. He wants me, the van, the dogs and the security that comes with that.
Time for lunch I think! How long before he cuddles in with Esther and falls asleep?
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Not such a long list this time...very smelly though!
Bob teeth and anal glands
Louie Teeth descaled
Esther teeth descaled
Harry Anal glands ( I used to love you nannies)
Jasper Teeth descaled and bum
Beaubeau teeth descaled
Millypoo teeth practise and anal glands
Roly bum ( dear lord WHAT are you doing woman)
Fergus bum ( toxic I might add run for the hills)
Montanna bum ( heylp heylp I am being abused haha Montanna is a private girl!)
Mick teeth fine and bum ( move away from the bottom)
Minnie teeth fine and bum fine ( I will eat you if you squeeze that, just so you know)
Mac bum ( poor lad was mortified but very good)
I was even given a bag of maltesers whilst walking needless to say I couldn't eat them until I was scrubbed within an inch of my life!
Clever dogs it isn't a pleasant job for anyone and they were as good as gold.
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Busy day again today though it started with easter egg cakes and a latte so can't be bad eh?!
Here is the list of dogs and jobs today, they earned their blasting, sniffing and rolling in the field today so well done.
Molly Mc Teeth descaled and ears cleaned
Elsie Teeth descaled and ears cleaned
Harry Teeth descaled and ears cleaned has nodular lump that doesn't seem to have grown
Molly Tassels Teeth minor descaling and training and ears cleaned
Fergus Teeth minor descaling and training, ears plucked and cleaned
Suzy Teeth descaled ( one tooth needs removing and one needs to be watched) ears cleaned
Maddie Teeth minor descaling and training and ears cleaned
Poppy Teeth minor descaled and training and ears cleaned
Roly Teeth minor descaled and training and ears cleaned
Harv Teeth descaling training some of the plaque removed and ears cleaned
Sirus Teeth descaled and ears cleaned
Sophie Teeth descaling and ears cleaned has minor lump that needs checking
Oscar ears and muzzle cleaned, Teeth descaled that could be reached and ears bathed
Hugo Ears and muzzle cleaned, Teeth descaled that could be reached
Montana minor descaling and ears cleaned
Nanci Teeth descaled and ears cleaned
Truff Teeth descaled and ears cleaned
Mila ears cleaned and teeth descaling training
Belle ears cleaned Teeth thursday
Charlielab ears cleaned Teeth descaling training
Willow ears cleaned and Teeth descaling training
Lola Ears cleaned and Teeth descaling
Sky's ears cleaned
Izzo ears cleaned and Teeth descaled
Elsie ears cleaned and teeth descaled
Stan ears cleaned and teeth descaled
Doris face and ears cleaned teeth checked...just call me gummy
Tessa ears cleaned and Teeth descaled
Xena ears cleaned and teeth descaling
Now not many people would have dogs who could have their teeth descaled and ears cleaned in a field with their friends playing could they? Extra cuddles for them all tonight for being so good please!
Monday, 11 April 2011
Snowlief Ghost Rider was one of two pups I could choose from when I went to pick Flute. Unfortunately for me I fell in love with both and as Ghost was very independent at the time I chose Flute. After him coming to stay a couple of times my love for him never altered and when I was given the opportunity to take him I did though I waited as long as I could for Shys sake.
I picked him up on Friday and it is as if Flute and Ghost have never been apart.
Shy and Tumble are very comfortable with him luckily and now it is up to me to train to lanky dogs full of enthusiasm. Wish me luck!
I renamed him Tips as a bit of a homage to my Auntie Ettie's dog.
Thursday, 7 April 2011
Go on admit it you were expecting a long list of shame didn't you?! Well don't be too disappointed Maddie, Molly Tassels and Nanci managed to work their tickets just enough to be on the hall of shame.
No the real long list is of our major spring clean!
Molly Mc Dolly: Nails and groomed
Bertie and Beau: Nails and Groomed, major tat removal as requested
Elsie and Stan: Nail check and slight trim
Doris: Nails and groom
Belle: Nails, groom and major removal of concrete between toes( they are having building work done!)
Mila: Nails, groom and tat removal between toes
Esther: nail trim
Lola: Nail trim
Charlielab: nail check
Willow: Nail trim and groom training
Murphy: kisses and cuddles only as he is very sore on his raw feet
Truff: Nail trim
Poppy: Face wash, nail trim
Phoebe: Groom Nail trim
Sky: Nail trim bottom wash!
Oscar Hugo: Nail check
Sophie: nails and groom
Tash: nails and groom
Tessa : Nails, groom and vet weighed
Harry: groomed and nails
Molly T: groomed and nails
Fergus: groomed and nails
Suzy: groomed and nails
Pop: groomed and nails
Roly: groomed and nails
Jack: Nails light groom
Mick: Nails and light groom
Minn: Nails and light groom
Tash: Nails and groom
I am so impressed with the no fuss attitude of teh dogs and they loved the primula for being such good dogs....next on the list is ear cleaning, plucking and teeth descaling so wish us luck for next week or week after. I might even break out the black pudding for that!
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
Willow already planning the great escape
Tigger is the bee's knees though he does look like a little old lady.
Whilst Fatlass Ella is hoping you will focus on her bonnet rather than her tummy!
That is what happens when you eat too many Easter Eggs!
I can see our Easter bonnets competition is starting to be fancy dress!