Sleepover

Over the weekend I had a great sleepover! Though we didn’t get any sleeping done ūüôā

My bestest buddy and cousin Joe came to stay. Joe is a Labrador Collie cross which means he is MILES bigger than me. We met when I was a puppy and have been friends ever since. He is a few years older but I don’t know how many and I can tell you is is GREAT! Though his mummy and daddy are really strict. They weigh his food out, take him on timed walks, even measure what comes out the other end. My people are a little bit more¬†uninhibited about those kinds of things.

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He also isn’t allowed treats, or at least he has special not fattening doggy ones. I think it is a bit sad, he only lives with the two people who are away a lot. I think he enjoys coming to our house for a crazy few days.

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So we play, we walk and we don’t stop for ages! He is very nice to me I keep putting my bum fluff in his face and sticking my tail on his head. My favourite game is to jump on the sofa…. way it up … and then dive off in an amazing fashion putting my front paws in Joe’s face ūüėÄ He doesn’t seem to mind to much he just grunts and sign and lets me get on with it.

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He is more fun when we are let outside to race up and down my garden. Though he went for a very big wee and I just happened to run underneath him at that specific time and I got widdle all over me. I had an impromptu bath! Well a quick wash anyway. He stayed all day and all night. I normally love going to bed an sleep for ages, but you can’t do that when your friend is round. So it was sneaky plays and snuffles all night! Oh how much you can annoy people with squeaky toys.

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After all that playing we have to have a quick nap … we need to be ready for the next round you know.

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(I am sorry to say the Christmas tree is up already! Not decorated though … just up)

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The Dreaded Vets!

Yesterday I had a surprise trip in the car, I thought we were going to the park … maybe visiting family, or perhaps going to the pet shop. No! I wasn’t going to any of those nice places. I was being taken to the VETS! Now all pets know of this nasty place. The last time I was there the vets almost killed me! My people weren’t happy at all. Still I am told every year I need to get my injections.

I went into the reception and we were told to have a seat. I sat on my person’s knee trembling, she was nice and comforted me. I felt a bit better when I met a little Schnauzer, we had a little chat but then went back to our own people.

Eventually I was called in. I was plonked unceremoniously on to a black table and as I tried to hide in my persons coat I was dragged out again by a person I had never met before! I was manhandled and poked and prodded and the vet looked at my person and said ‘he looks like a Papillon but he is a little big’. The man was doubting what I am. My person told we do have the certificate saying I was a Pap, and that I wasn’t wanted because of a few defects, but my people didn’t realise size was one of them nor did I. They all agree it doesn’t matter what I am, they love me none the less. (I felt so loved then :D)

After all of that he then took a HUGE and I mean Huge! Okay quite a small needle, and proceeded to jab me with it. I screamed in pain and it made the vet jump and pull the needle out to quick! I didn’t go to bite him I didn’t even turn my head towards him I just squeaked. The stupid man then had to finish what was left in the needle else I would have been done properly. I was stabbed twice!

I was taken away and then another car journey later we were i the pet shop. I was allowed ¬†to pick my favorite chew which I carried to the car on my own. So it cancelled it all out. I hope you all don’t have nasty vets stories but I bet you do, silly vets.

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Carey Park

Carey Park is a little car journey away from our house. It is a nice little park which was once like a big cat litter tray. All I know is my dad can’t smoke there because of gases being released from the ground. (My person says it was once a Victorian landfill but is now quite a pretty park) So he was left at home the grumpy so and so, I bet he didn’t want to come because of the wind. (He had never liked wind). ¬†Anyway as soon as we arrived I made friends with a powder puff doggy! She was all white and fluffy like me, just a little bigger. She then went one way round the circuit and I went round the other.¬†

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It was a bit of a dreary day, being all soggy and cold. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Running around in puddles is great, though these puddles were sandy rather than muddy, which wasn’t as fun as I had thought. I wasn’t as dirty as I could have been. I must try harder next time.

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We sat and watched a boat go by as the weather started to improve. It was getting a little warmer but the wind wasn’t getting any better! It was blowing my fur all different ways.

DSC_0322¬†Lucky I had my coat on or I think I’d have frozen! The circuit took us away from the river and closer to the fields.

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We passed by a one full of cows, which I was quite interested in. I have met cows before and they liked me so why shouldn’t these? I wanted to introduce myself but my person wouldn’t let me … spoil sport I was meant to be making friends. Instead I was put back on my lead and we walked past. It wasn’t all bad though, we met another little doggy along the road.

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Eventually we finished the circuit, which was good because the wind had got worse I was in fear of being bowled over. We had a short trundle to the car where I was wrapped in a towel, and dried off before being stuck in the back with my seat belt.

Then it was off home for some tea and a nap. I liked the park but that wind can get a little scary when you are small.

Halloween Fun!

With Halloween coming pretty soon my people decided that I was going to be knitted an outfit. I am used to my outfits. I like my coats in the winter and I use my high visibility jacket when I need to be seen. (Being small can sometimes means I could get stepped on) I have been know to dress as Santa Paws and I was a wizard. This year however my people had the marvelous idea that I was to be a PUMPKIN.

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Halloween is great. I get to sit on the back of the sofa and bark at all the children coming up our path. I just love it! I don’t mind wearing a silly outfit, the cats hate it though. But there are some funny photo’s taken from them.

They also cut faces out out the pumpkins and put a light in them. I think they are meant to be scary but I can tell you that they taste pretty nice and I have licked them a few times. (Don’t tell the people, they weren’t eating them so I thought I’d have a go).

What are you doing for Halloween?

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Decorating

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Just a quick note to say my people have been decorating these past few weeks so I haven’t had any computer time.

It has been really boring but the room looks pretty. Hopefully they will be done soon so we can get back to my adventures.

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Marbury Park


After a mini journey in the mini car, I got out and was at the PARK! Not the little park we visit all the time but the big park. The one always full of people, things to do and things to smell. It wasn’t five minutes before I found a brilliant batch of rabbit poop I had to be pulled away from. It was a shame I could have stayed there for ages. Still I had a walkies to get to.

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It is a nice wooded area that leads to a mere and a canal. So there are a lot of ducks about, sometimes I like duck but these were big ducks so we stayed well away from them. Our walk in the woods continued, I wanted it to be peaceful but there were so many people, we had to go a different way than our usual walk to stay away from them.

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There were just too many cyclists and children on their scooters, I was going to be squished if they weren’t careful! We found the place we were looking for which was quieter with only a few walkers and their dogs. Much less dangerous for a a mini pooch like me. My person got a little angry, I wont tell you what she said about them it wasn’t suitable for a young pooches ears.

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We came across the canal which is just a few miles up from where I live and we had a wander along there. We eventually turned back and went the way we came. I ended up with a few conkers in my fluff so we had to stop whilst they were plucked out. I can tell you there was a lot of pinching and poking going on.¬†Conkers aren’t fun. They are spiky and mean.¬†P1070053

After doing the long circuit I was allowed a play in the grass with a few friends. My person was taking photos and happened to snap a funny one. I am not too fond of it I am meant to be a dog! Not a rabbit hybrid¬†thingamajig. Still it made everyone laugh so I guess I don’t mind. It is good making your people smile.

Arches

This weekend we went for a nice slow trundle along the arches. The family had come up on the Saturday and my buddy Joe was there too! I was so tired all of Saturday all I needed was a little walk on Sunday.¬†DSC_0234It was later in the day so the sun was setting and and people must have been inside eating their Sunday dinner because we didn’t meet anyone. (Ours was still being cooked). We went across both rivers and walked past the pub, and on toward the arches.

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We would have stopped at the pub but we were going home to our tea, so we stayed away.

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We went past the funky waterfall thing (my person said it is called a weir and stops the river from flooding the town). I don’t particularly like being near it, it makes a horrible wooshy, crashy noise, which is really loud and scary. But we don’t linger long, so it is okay.

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We get as far as they arches and they are huge! The trains go across them and I used to be a bit scared but now they aren’t too bad. I guess I go used to them. Trains are still scary though, the big rumbly metal things.

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Still we go along the walk and keep walking till we get to a dog training area. My people and I used this area to teach me to be off lead. It was a nice place and I wanted to go back and have a look, but I wasn’t allowed as someone was using it and I would have distracted the other doggy there.

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So instead I had a sniff around at the leaves, I found something really smelly, though I don’t know what it was it was nice. I stayed there for about 5 minutes before I wanted to carry on walking.

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We trundled back home, keeping the pace nice and slow. It was only a little adventure, though it was a nice one.

Hopefully this weekend we can go on a bigger adventure!

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Mud and Muck

Summer has definitely ended, and with Autumn brings the rain, and with the rain comes the mud! Being a short dog, I am of course closer to the ground which means I get mud everywhere!

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It ends up in my armpits in my tail fluff, bum fluff, on my feet, up my chest, in my ear fluff. Anywhere close enough gets covered. This walk down near our river was where I first met mud and puddles.

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At first I absolutely hated it. I would walk round puddles, and would never dream of walking through anything so dirty.

I still have a little bit of that left in me, if there is a choice to go round or jump over I will. I have made a few mistakes in my life trying to jump over a puddle and ended up in them (which I am not too happy about)

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Every now and then though you just have to walk right through the middle of a nice brown mush! It does feel nice and cool on your feet when it is warm. It is just normally when it is muddy it isn’t warm and I don’t need extra cold by getting muddy feet! At least for now the mud is minimal, I am hoping winter isn’t too mushy though. ¬†I am happy as a clam without the muddy puddles, fox poop is much nicer to roll in!

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There are too many dangerous things for a little doggy. With cutters and big sticks and all horrible saws! Still they say it makes it look pretty in Summer again, so I guess I don’t mind.

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Well winter is on its way, and I hope it isn’t too cold.

How muddy do you get?

Sway Not Squeak

Sway is a camouflaged ninja cat!

She is a funny colour so when she hides in the bushes you can’t see her¬†and ¬†she can whack you before you even know she is there! Sneaky eh?

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She is Bubbles’ sister (I mean … I know we are all brother and sister but, these two came as a set). A matching pair of felines. ¬†She was supposed to be called Squeak I think… so we had a Bubbles and Squeak like the grub, but somehow that got lost in translation I guess so she ended up as Sway. ¬†A bit of a funny name if you ask me but cats can be like that, and I guess it isn’t as bad as ‘Excalibur’. Still the name stuck, personally like Alfie better but hey ho.

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To be honest she doesn’t really care for me. No matter how much I try to play or even if I sit next to her, she doesn’t want to know me. She just put her nose in the air and walks off.

Her ear is a little bit ripped, the people tell me it was because a big monster tried to attack the house and she saved everyone. But I spoke to Bubbles and he said he did it to her when they were kittens.

I even tried to chase her but NOTHING,¬†she just sits there and stares. Only If I do something wrong or if I am asleep does she do anything, which is when I want to be left alone!¬†I don’t like it when she sits in my basket though. That isn’t fair she has all the baskets and the cat stools and can even get up on top of this I would never reach! Yet she chooses my basket.¬†

She is an old girl and likes to be with her mummy all the time, which is nice enough.

She is a bit scary, and she gets away with everything, so I will leave it at that!

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Attack!

On Saturday I was quite happily walking to the mini supermarket with two of my people. We wanted some lunch before we went on our adventure. Instead halfway down the street, my people noticed a loose dog near the main road. We stopped as, they can not let an animal get hurt, and he would have been hit by a car if left. But before anyone could do anything, he saw me and came running.

I was in his MOUTH! Then I was in the air. One of my people had picked me up and the other had dragged the dog away. Once he had been taken away and the man had come to check if everything was okay, which my people told him it was and he could go now. So he left.

Two other people had heard my screams and came running to me. I was checked over by everyone, and they found blood! Panic set in and they frantically tired to find out what was wrong. I tired to tell them I was okay; scared but not hurt.  They only got the idea when they all found the blood was coming from one of their fingers. The dog had tried to get me but my lovely, amazing person had put her hand in the way.

I was asked to sit down and given some ham and a cuddle. That made it all better and in about 2 minutes flat, I was okay and none the worse for wear. Ham makes thing better you know.

We carried on to the supermarket, and one person waited while the other pop in. On the way home we met a very cute Boxer puppy, I had a good play and all was well. I know all dogs aren’t scary, it is just every now and again you meet the odd nasty one and that shouldn’t make you fear everything. Also a good play with your monkey toy sorts most things.

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(Note from Human)

Little Alfie did get attacked this weekend. My sister and I fancied some lunch and decided rather than take the car, we would both go together and walk Alfie in the process before I continued on towards our adventure. We got a few hundred metres out of our house before we both spotted a loose dog. Brown and white about 3 ft in height he was a big doggy. He was just sniffing around and seeing as we were so close to the main road I was worried. I had passed Alfie across to my sister (lucky I did that) and before either of us knew what was happening, the dog had charged.

I thought he was headed for my sister, only too late did I realise he was going for Alfie. The dog had him in his mouth before I knew it and Alfie was screaming like I have never heard him scream before. My sister had managed to kick the dog and wrench Alfie from his mouth, and pick him up above her. But the dog kept going, he was trying to climb her to get to him. I grabbed hold of the dogs tail (the only thing I could reach at this point in time) and pulled him off them both, got his collar gave it a short sharp tug, told him in a stern voice to stop, and it was over.

A small girl dressed in pink, had come round the corner, it was her family’s dog. She was poping to the same shop when he escaped, he was too big for her and shoved her aside out of the gate and free. There was no way she could take it back home. So I offered, I had no bad feeling towards the dog, it was the bloody people controlling him. And how could I be angry at a girl, who was probably lighter than the dog. I took him as far as the gate and put him inside. A man came out, he was obviously worried about his dog, (he had escaped near a main road, who wouldn’t be) . When I told him what had happened he look heart broken, he said he knew he was a dog aggressive dog and had his lead and muzzle to hand. He came and looked at Alfie and was glad he wasn’t hurt. We parted ways and though not more of it.

Then I saw my sisters hand, the dog had got to her trying to get to Alfie. In that instance I felt as though I had failed miserably, I hadn’t protected my younger sister, or my dog. But they were both okay and we carried on.

On the way home we met a lovely puppy, he was a lanky baby Boxer, he played with Alfie and Alfie played with him. It was nice to see he wasn’t put off other dogs at all. The next day we continued on our Sunday walkies as if nothing had happened, we met his normal friends and he seemed fine.

It did raise questions though. The dog bit my sister. Yes because she put her hand near it’s mouth, and in the way of Alfie, ¬†and for the size of the dog it was a very small bite. But a bite is a bite. At the time we both just wanted out of the situation as soon as possible, so left as soon as we knew Alfie was okay. But should we have reported it? Who should we have reported it to? It was a dog on dog attack so not illegal, or breaking any law. But what if I was on my own? What if it was one of the children that walk their dogs along that stretch of road all too often? It could have been so much worse, but it wasn’t.

I just don’t know what to do.

Anyway next week we will continue on our adventures.

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