28 Nov 2010

December 2010 - SNOW TIME

The other day I came downstairs, went outside in the garden and my feet disapeared.  What a fright, I thought it was a bit bright outside, but I must have still been half asleep I didnt notice that everything was white.  I snuffled around to see what was going on, it seemed all right.  I heard afterwards that this was called snow, and it comes to Britain every year around Christmas time.  I remember something like this in France, but not as deep and not as much, in France where I used to live it just came down, made the road look white for a few hours then went away.


This is just great


I was a little worried that I wouldn't get a walk that day because of this snow, as Mam and Dad didnt seem too happy about it.  But I was wrong, soon after breakfast we all got ready, boots and coats, scarves and gloves, (except me, I didnt need anything extra) and off we went for a walk.



I just could not contain my excitement, it was great fun, a bit like being on the beach in the sand.  I got into trouble a bit for pulling on the lead, but I couldnt help it, I just wanted to get to the Dene and play. 


Snowball Searching

Well today we woke up to find it has been snowing again and its really deep now, even I found it hard to walk in. Anyway we have been out for a walk this morning, it was still snowing when we went but that didn't matter, not to me anyway.

As soon as I was off my lead that was it, I was off, rolling and jumping and running through the snow, its great fun.  It was very deep in places, it went right up to the top of my legs, bit chilly on the underbelly bits but great fun.
Snowball Catching

My favourite game now is snowballs, I can catch them when Mam and Dad throw them at me, they make sure they are soft though, don't want any broken teeth.  Sonetimes they throw them so I can chase them, and this is great fun, the funny thing is I can never find them but I enjoy the chase, and the search.

Dad says watch out for the yellow snow, I think I know what he means, he can be a bit rude at times.

When I get home we have to pick the lumps of snow out of my feet and face and I have to get a good towel down and a brush.


Its nice and sunny now, although the snow is still deep on the roads. Mam says the snow should start to melt, they have cleared the path and uncovered the car and they say they hope that will be the end for a while,  This has been one of my best walks ever, and I am sorry but I am wishing for lots more snow.

Takes a bit of clearing off my fur

20 Nov 2010

November 2010 - WORKMEN IN THE HOUSE

Tuesday morning we where up at the crack of dawn, and I mean dawn. It was hardly even light when the alarm went off.  We all got up and Mam and Dad started moving furniture and putting ornaments and things out of the way.  It was a bit like when we where moving house, the place started to look empty. 

Then a van pulled up outside and a man came to the door.  Well I gave him a good barking at, I had never seen him before.  Mam told me not to worry and she invited him in. I got a nice ear rub off him, this looked like it was going to be ok.

Soon another man arrived, and together, they quickly took over the garage, with their tools and boxes, pipes and other things. 

They went through the house and took all the radiators off the walls and took them away. They drilled holes in the walls and made lots of noise. I followed them around, all the time getting tickles and strokes, I didnt like the noise to much but it was ok.

Then lunch time arrived. They sat in the kitchen with their sandwiches, one had ham and the other had chicken, and they smelled lovely.  I worked hard on my 'I am so hungry' and 'please feel sorry for me' looks.

Normally I can get a snack by using my eyes. First, I drop my head and look up longingly with big staring eyes. Blast, nothing forthcoming. Hmm, I thought, that normally works, I must be losing my touch. I decided that the 'Ben would love to share your food dance' was needed.  This dance is a sure thing for getting a treat or a tit-bit. 

I start by sitting on the floor making sure I am facing all the people who are eating and that they can see me very clearly.  Then I drop my head low and raise my eyes upwards, the feel sorry for me look, then I carefully move my front paws in short shuffly moves side ways to the left and to the right.  This gives me a very small movement, but just enough to attract attention.  If this still dosen't work then a very small whimper is sometimes needed. I think they were so busy talking it took the whimper to clinch it.

It worked, yummy, from that day on I shared their lunches each day in the kitchen. In fact I think they brought extra for me.

It took them only 4 days to complete the work,  I missed my lunch breaks after that, back to chew sticks instead. Oh well, never mind, I understand its better for me to stick to dog food, Mum says I am getting a bit podgy.

The house is nice and warm and back to normal, and its nice to sleep by the radiators after a long walk in the snow.

Looking forward now to the next workmen to arrive, hope they have good sandwiches.

17 Nov 2010

October 2010 - WHERE HOME AT LAST

Hi, I havent written for some time, thats because I have been so busy settling in to my new life.  I intend to continue the story now that things have settled down and we have more time. 

Well I love my new house, now that I am getting used to it.  People walk past the house with their dogs and I can see the kids going to school and the postman, and lots of other things going on in the street.  We didn't get to see all this activity before as our last house was surrounded by large hedges and trees.  It was funny at first, I thought everyone was walking in our garden, so I just barked at everything and anything that went past. 

The paper boy is getting used to me now, I think, and the postman as well. The postman walks past our front window as he takes a short cut from the next door house. I am usually asleep when he comes, and I suddenly hear his footsteps outside and see him at the window, this gives me a fright, so I give him a fright back by barking and jumping at the window.  Dad gets a bit annoyed about this and tells me to stop it. 

There is a puppy over the road, he is a lovely looking black and white dog, with a lot of white on his face. And there is another dog down the road, also black and white, but he looks a bit older than me. I see them quite often going past the house on their walks.   We live at the edge of Holywell Dene and we walk for miles in there.  We get to meet loads of other dogs and people in there and I have made lots of friends.  I am still trying to understand the Geordie language.

It is colder here but I have a fur coat and I dont feel the cold too much, in fact I quite like it being cool all the time.  We often go to the beach where I can swim in the sea, yes even in the winter.  Mind Dad says I can't go in the water just now, he has read in the paper that a dog drowned in Cullercoats Bay last week, thats not far from here and he is worried that I get swept out to sea as well.  Thing is I love the sea, so its something we will have to be careful with.

We get lots of visitors, Sarah and Mike come along sometimes with Connor.  Connor is 6 years old now and he loves to come for walks with us. Its nice to have someone to run with me through the woods, Connor is quite fast. He is good fun to be with, and he feeds me his spare biscuits.

Nick and Kellie come along often with Morgan, now this is fun, Morgan is nearly two years old and he goes straight into the kitchen to get me one of my chew sticks, he often drops his biscuits and I normally get them.

Jen and Dick, Poppy and Sam have been, I took them through the Dene and along the sand dunes.  All Mams and Dads family have been along so its been a very busy time.

We get along to Nans as much as possible she loves to see me, and I get lots of tickles from her.

We have had to have a lot of work done on the house as well, new heating, new bathroom, so we have had lots of workmen in the house.  This has been interesting and I am going to tell you all about it in my next blog page, this has been fun.  But the strangest thing is how things keep changing.  The chairs keep moving around, the beds and tables are often in other places, and worse my dishes and toys keep moving, I never know where my lunch and water are going to be.  Mam says she is just trying to get things in best place to make the house look comfy and nice.

Next story is going to be about the Workmen in the House, great fun this was.