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20 Nov 2018

November 2018

Its been very mild for the time of year, until this week.
Today its turned cold, and really wet, such a surprise to me when we opened the door this morning.

I have been taking it pretty easy lately, short regular walks and play times with not too much running around, I still have this lump on my side, and the arthritis in the joints, but I am still here.

I get lots of visitors, and the other night the lovely Lottie came to see me, she is really growing up fast, seems like only recently she was struggling to climb over the garden fence between our houses. Now she is a beautiful little girl.

Nick has been taking part in the armistice events in Newcastle and mum 
made a few  of the poppies for the decorations.  

I am getting very poor at writing in this blog, there is always something else that needs to be done.
I must get back into the habit of writing.

I forgot to mention, I have made a beautiful new friend, she is a lovely long haired collie, golden brown hair, with white fringes. She is always pleased to see me, she smiles and wags he gorgeous fluffy tail when we meet. I see her several times a week, she is ever so cute.

25 Jul 2018

July 2018 12 years 3 months old

JULY 2018

Struggling a little with the heat and arthritis but I am doing ok.

I have been to the vet several times, and mum and dad have taken advice from the Canine Arthritis Management website.

I have got new tablets from the vet which seem to be working and regular pain killers.
The heat has been tough but I am getting through that with fans, a cool mat and a
 regular spray of water.

Because I am old and aching I have several short walks a day we call them 'Snifarries' 
this keeps my joints moving.
I think I am doing pretty good for 12 years old, 

I can still move pretty fast when I hear my dinner dish being filled.

   Keeping cool just now is a bit of a problem, the paddling pool is great but I prefer the sea.
I don't go in there much, its too difficult to get back up the beach my legs don't work as well.

 This is a view from one of our morning walks, its very pretty here.

 Mums been making a blanket for a friend of Sarah's hope she like it, its for her baby girl.

 More views from the walk near our home, its lovely and the sea breeze is very cooling.
 Just Lion in the shade xxx

1 Jul 2018

Spring and Summer 2018

I have been writing this blog page for 12 years, and its passed in such a flash.

April was a lovely month, it was my birthday on the 4th April.  I wasn't alone with a birthday it was Aunty Sarah's, Auntie Helens, Uncle Jim's and Lees, all the same weekend.
I was 12 years old, that's old for a big dog like me, probably the same as Uncle Jim in human years. But I am getting good food and lots of love and nice walks and regular check ups at the vet, so it all keeps me going.

 This was in May at home, when my side started to irritate and I nibbled at it too much, a trip to the vet and it was soon better, the T shirt was Dads, to stop me nibbling.  I actually quite liked it, and got very used to having it taken off and a clean one put on. This fat lump is growing all the time, its like carrying a football around but I am used to it and its not really causing a problem to me. The vet is checking it regularly so I am ok with it.  I like to lay on the stones, they are lovely and cool.

May was fun we were at the caravan a lot, I love to lay on the deck and watch the world go by.
You need to be careful with the deck in hot weather, mum went out with no shoes on and burnt her feet, she was pleased it wasn't me.  Dad watered the deck so that I could get out for a walk on the grass.

This was Ingram Valley in Northumberland, very pretty 

I got into the river for a dip, the temperatures are very high its so hot.

12 weeks and 12 years
Super photo!

This was June we had a day in Eyemouth, just over the border into Scotland. It was a treat to help cool down and give me some fun, I love the beach and the sea, we don't go to the beach much now, I always end up rather stiff and struggling. Its hard to resist having a good run, my mind wants to my legs wont let me.

I have a nice new ramp now to get into and out of the car, its great and it saves mum and dad getting a bad back from helping me  in and out.

Oh and mums joined the Canine Arthritis Management group on Facebook, she is getting lots of tips on their and good advice about caring for my joints.

Well its getting near tea time, and I have a rumbling tummy so I will just go and remind them.
Looking forward to reading some of your replies.

24 Feb 2018

A quick look back over the years how Ben has changed.

Don't know which one I was in that bunch.

March 2006

 My first day  in my new home

February 2018 Update, Arthritis and lumps

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