THE STORY OF A VERY SPECIAL BIG BLACK DOG.
Ben was born in France on 4th April 2006. As a puppy he looked like a black labrador. But over the years he has changed and is now a very special long haired, good looking dog with a superb personality.
I am doing pretty good. I am getting out and about every day.
I still have this lump, its quite big but its not stopping me.
The vet checked me over recently, her name was Sarah, she was very nice. She suggested I took pain killers now to help with the stiffness in my back legs caused by probably arthritis.
Gosh it takes some time to get up from sleeping, and sometimes I get a bit stuck and have to have help to turn over. I am not left alone very much so there is always someone to help me. It is not stopping me going out, still love my walks along the cliff tops and along Holywell Dene. We take it slowly and of course there is always someone to talk to so I take advantage of the pit stop and have a lye down.
We had just a little bit of snow last month, didn't last long.
Dried off and tired after a nice walk
Our view from our morning walk, St Marys Island looks quite strange in this light
I am doing pretty well, a bit slower than I used to be, but still enjoying life.
Some time ago I got a fatty lump on my side it was quite small and the vet checked it out, and it was just fat, nothing to worry about. Also have some arthritis in my back legs, just the joys of growing old I suppose.
Anyway the fat lump turned into the size of an orange, and now a melon. Its quite big and recently I got a bite or a sting on it and the itch was getting on my nerves. I got bathed regularly with special lotion and took some antibiotics for a week, its cleared up now so I just have the lump again.
We are spending more time at the caravan up in Wooler, its nice there, we overlook the river and there are lots of other dogs there and lots of places to wander about.
Just Lion in the shade
You can see my fat side from here, but I am managing very well.
The vet says I am compensating for it, and not walking sideways.
One of our walks to the sea front
Well this morning I managed to persuade Mum to take me for a swim
It was a lovely morning and the sun was warm, but the water was cold.
we love the sea front and the lovely Collywell Bay
This is Lovely Lottie a very special friend of mine x
The caravan overlooks the river, its very nice here,
and I have lots of doggy friends.
A NEW STATUE AT NORTH SHIELDS QUAY
THIS IS A TRIBUTE TO THE FISHERMEN WHO HAVE BEEN LOST AT SEA