Initially, back in September 2007, it was ROCKY & LADY. Then in November 2012, it was HARRY (lab) on his own. Seven months later BUDDY (Japanese Spitz) then a tiny wee ball of fluff joined the family, and then in January of this year, little JET made it three.
In all, that’s eleven years I’ve been walking the dogs from this particular household.
But today was the last time – HBJ’s ‘human family’ are moving out the area.
However, the good news is that coincidentally, they are moving to a house round the corner from my father.
So, I better make sure I’m carrying my biscuit bag when I visit my ol’man.
See you around, boys!
Oscar, Rowan and Bramble have had their cousin Louie stay over with them this past week
(Take a guess which one is Louie!)
Breakfast in bed this morning for LEGO & HOLLY.
(Well – Holly, mainly. Lego just woke up to see what the fuss was all about, turned over, and went back to sleep.)
This week I bade a fond adieu to these big rascals! I’m going to
miss them, which I guess is the one downside to this job.
But having walked both since they were puppies (Louis, black, is now five years old and ‘brother’ Henry, around none months) I know they are just going to love the woodlands and open spaces around Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands, to where they have moved with their family. (I also walked their predecessor, Oscar, for four years prior.)
Have fun, boys – and remember: ‘Walk Easy!’
There’s a lot to be said for sharing the outdoors with special and loyal friends. Watching them grow from mischievous wee scamps, into mature adults with their set routines and quirky habits, is all part of the fun.
And this was certainly the way with Jazz, a nine-year old black labrador.
Jazz started walking with me at the age of five months, so was one of the ‘senior’ members of the pack and took on the unofficial role of pack leader. He was indeed one of the ‘lads,’ readily accepted by the others, but he was always seemed to remain a little bit aloof. I likened him to an army brigadier at times, strutting around, head held high …. and in my imagination with a silver topped staff tucked under his front legs!
If some of the dogs were getting a bit excited and needed to be brought in, I’d simply call on Jazz who would respond immediately, and the others would follow.
This may have been because they realised Jazz was the one most likely to elicit a positive response from me to the request for a biscuit.
“Go on, Jazz – you ask. You’re good at it.”
And, ok – I’m a bit of a mug for a cheeky and pleading face. The ploy generally worked, and everyone was happy.
Jazz with his ‘special’ friend, Cali.
Sadly, Jazz passed away in his sleep earlier this week.
He will be sorely missed by both his human and doggie families.
And me, of course.
R.I.P. Big Man.
Leading Petcare Productions present:
TENACIOUS PUPPY! & THE BEACH DOGS.
The seven-piece group have just announced a season long residency at the STARFISH SHACK on Arossim Beach, South Goa, India.
With a minimum twice daily performances (around lunch-time and sunset) this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Entry free … once you’ve paid for flights to India, that is.
A Mom & Tenacious Puppy bonding moment. (Mom is actually last year’s pup.)
All this home-schooling fair takes it outta ya.
Phwar! You just let one go?
Did you just mention the … ‘f” word?
Life’s a beach.
Yeah, I know – I’m the cute one!
Well, that’s it. My annual two-week holiday is done for another year. Only fifty week till my next break. Almost forty-nine in fact.
In the past thirty-six hours, I’ve gone from this:
On the plus side, though, the first walks of 2018, saw Leading Petcare welcome two more puppies to the fold.
Every cloud and all that.
JET – a toy poodle / lhaso apso cross, and little ‘brother’ to Harry & Buddy.
Henry – a brown flatcoat, & little ‘brother’ to Louis.