My sling still hadn't arrived, so we went to this Lichfield place without it. So I had to walk. But Mum carried me for a bit and Dad did too, and we had some nice sit downs, and I met a little girl. So it was OK.
Lichfield is a town. With a river and a bridge and another cathedral (yawn) and a muesum place to dictionaries, and a burger place and a cafe that had a sunny garden. Dad had lots of sausages, and we didn't get ANY cos it was all gluteny, and Mum wouldn't let us!
So the next day we couldn't go for a long exciting fun scamper, on account of Cato's boring wimpy back needing a rest. Booooorrrrrriiiiiinnnnnngggggg!!!
But we did go for a Mixed Grill which woz nearly as exciting. And there were chickens too!!!
This was Mum's Mixed Grill.
There was gammon and lamb steak and beef steak and lambs liver and sausages and black pudding and gammon and yucky tomato and mushrooms and peeez and an eggy. Mum saved me a bit of everything
Mum says I have to finish our holiday bloggings so that I can tell you the exciting new stuff. Like the bird feeder and my new bone.
So here is more stuff about hot stinky Chester.
Mum and Dad did all the boring Cathedral stuff, and then wanted to go off walking round the town. :( But it was too hot and tiring for me. And we had already walked for AGES. So I sat down. And Dad said he would carry me. And Mum said NO. And I stayed sitting. And in t
Hallo Aunties and Esme
Now you are all back, I can tell you about our holiday day to somewhere called Chester, which is an oldoldold town, with a big stinky train that went from our holiday den right up to Chester.
Chester is hot and big and hard on the paws. But it was OK cos Mum and Dad carried me some of the way, and we could sit in the garden while Mum went inside the Cathedral and took pictures of boring stuff for you.
This is the train bit. It was a bit dirty an
Hello Aunties. Sorry I haven't been blogging much. It is cos of my tail. It isn't right. It is like a puppy tail. And I am not a puppy, am I? I am an Important Person in the Pack. A Scout and a Hunter, and I shouldn't have a puppy tail. I am second in charge after Mum, and above Tara. But I have a silly little puppy tail at the moment. It is very sad and it gets me down a bit.
That and the horrible harness.
So Mum and Dad decided to take me on holiday to s
It is going to be in a holiday den with a whole field for me to sniff and widdle in. And a spiral staircase for me to Bounce up and down. We are going to Do Stuff every day. Old sniffy pubs and churches and footpaths and stuff. Sausages and steak! Every day! And scrambled eggs! Dad says there is a Marmoset Sanctuary Place!
It is a longlonglong way away. So Mum and Dad are going to drive me there. And we are going mountaining and adventuring and exploring. It is so far
AuntieCrystal! Mum says you are back! And I wanted to say how much I lo -
No! Me first!!! Me First!!! I missed you lotsandlotsandlots more than Cato did! So I go fir -
No you didn't! And you made my back hurt! So I get to tell AuntieCrystal about my l back pain and my harness horror and my special trip to see MrsPawChiro. That is more important than you going first and wittering about your hair bows or something!
It was Dad's Birthday ages ago, but he wanted to go to this pub for his Special Birthday Lunch. So we did. We had to wait til today on account of his Work Stuff and Mum's Work Stuff. It is very complicated.
Anyway, this is me saying Happy Birthday to Dad in the pub. Mum says it is a bit out of focus, and she is sorry. But the other pic was worser.
And this is our new car in the pub carpark. The red one.
Mum went all silly and sad when she saw the gold
Both Mum and Dad were off Work Stuffing today! So we did a Pack Walk! I LOVE Pack Walks! It woz ACE!!!
We went to a sniffy place called Thornton Abbey where Henry VIII visited and decided stuff. Whether it got knocked down, or not. It didn't get knocked down. Mum says. But then someone else knocked it down later.
And I mountained and explored. Even Cato enjoyed it.
We had to be carried through the Cow Field to get there. The ticket lady said the cows had baby
You can see from these the relative positions of tail and lead, and how because his back is shorter, I need to move the D ring forward a bit.
Also, the tail trim... ? I wouldn't mind, but the tail can't really be cut any shorter, and it is STILL touching the leash and making him flinch and look over his shoulder!
This last shot shows it best, I think.
They are both wearing the XXS top piece (that is the purple or red section of the harness)
It was a dull day, but here are a few pics showing how lovely and fat my clematis buds are, and how fab my strawberries are looking!
Also, the poppies are still flourishing. They are a true salmon pink, although they look less salmon here.
The iris again
Aunties, I hate it! It is horribubble! First I have to wear my harness, and I don't like it much. OK it is lovely red and I look cute, but ever since that horribubble harness arrived I have to do lots of walks without Cato, and I don't like that. I just trot along without sniffing and it is all boring. Dad asked me to go with him for a sausage place breakfast yesterday, but I just looked at him and then put my head down. Dad was sorry, and then he left without me. It would all
Mum just gave us stinky black fish egg stuff.
I didn't like it.
Tara didn't like it either.
It was sniffy and fishy and bobbley. And Mum said we could only have teensy little bits, on account of it being very posh and Russian and shiny and stinky. She said it was something called Lumpfish Caviar wot she found in a corner of the Human Food Shop, and since she had never ever ever ever tasted Caviar Stuff before, she got some.
She needn't have bothered.
This clematis has been sickly for a couple of years, but it looks like it is recovering!
This is the first oriental poppy flower this year
lots of buds still to come!
Beautiful fern fronds
the baby palm tree
Another clematis bud all fat and ready to pop
The bearded irises are just coming out. The clump will need splitting this year.
and Sidney's catmint. RIP. Just coming into bloom
Because Cato is so wimpy now, I have to walk all by myself.
I mean, Mum or Dad come too, sometimes, but it isn't the same as walking in a proper pack, with Cato. He is good at finding sniffy stuff and showing it to me. And he widdles which is proper Pack stuff. When I go out with just Dad he wants to walk too fast. And when I go out with just Mum, she says I have to behave. And there are lots of big dogs around who wouldn't mess with our proper Pack and Cato, but they might
We had to go and get me a harness. It is red and special, and the nice Harness Lady spent ages getting it to fit me so I look extra special and lovely. I chose RED. Cato wanted boring brown. But the Harness Lady didn't have any brown. Haha! So he has PURPLE instead. I like the PURPLE too. I could wear red one day and purple the next, couldn't I? Cos the Purple would look much better on me than it does on Cato.
We have to have harnesses now on account of C
Well, today has been a revelation!
We had our Chiropractic Appt this evening, then the whole Pack repaired to a nearby pub to discuss the outcome, before the long (60 mile) drive home...
Firstly, the Chiropractor (who is lovely, gentle, and obviously loves dogs) diagnosed Cato has hypermobile joints (stance, flexibility and overextension of joints). Interestingly, I have hypermobile joints too. So I know EXACTLY what it is like, the management, and the ongoing problems that
aunties, my back hurts. ?
it was a bit hurty before, and my ankles were a bit wobbly, and Mum was thinking that I should go see Mrs Vet (once Tara’s bobble was gone).
but then she got better after the op, and she Bounced on me. A lot. Mum tried to protect me, but she couldn’t stop all the Bouncing. Tara does big running up and down and leaping. And woowoowooo! And mugging and stuff. And my back hurts. Mum says she is veryveryvery sorry. MrsVet says my back is soresor
It was AWFUL Aunties. I didn't want to show you my piccses, but Mum said I had to be brave and show you, cos it will prove how brave I am, and heroic and stuff. And it will show you all how extra specially beautiful I am when my piggies grow again.
So this is me with Bed Head on Monday morning, before we went to see nice Mrs Groomer
And this is me after my Spa Day, with my piggies All Gone. Mum and I woz very sad. Dad said he didn't know who the strange paw was w
We went for a walk this week in Foxy Park. Seems like ages since we have been there, because we need the car to get there, and Dad has been taking the car to work most days recently because he has had a chest infection. But he is getting better rapidly now, so more interesting lunchtime walks are back on the menu. ?
The cherry blossom is just going over for this year, and falling like pink snow. The blossom is always better photographed in the sun, but even on a dull day it was
Mum says that it is my Special Once-In-A-Lifetime 5th Birthday Today. And that I am a Little Hero.
I love my Mum.
This is me and Dad on my Special Birthday Dawn
And this is Me and Tara on our Special Birthday Lie In
Then Dad woke me up with my prezzie. It is a NEW Angry Bird toy, and I chewed it and sucked it and humped the duvet with it in my mouth. It was a lovely way to be woken up!
I love Dad.
We went out to our Special Waggy Tails sau
We went out with Dad's Mam for lunch. Dad chose it special, cos he knew we could sit under table if we were veryveryvery good. And we were! Sort of.
I may have wanted some of the special roast beef that Dad had, but mean old Mum said no. Not til we were outside in the garden of the hotel-pub-place.
They had a nice garden with a pond
and bluebell stuff
It was very nice. All sunny and hot and sweltery. I beat Cato up lots an
Hello Aunties! We had an exciting visitor today!
We was walking over to see Auntie Jane this morning, when this strange scruffy paw came over to say hello. He looked like he hadn’t had a b*th or a brush in AGES! He was wandering about the street without having a human on a lead! He was waggy and sniffy. And his tail woz nice and friendly.
Mum said he looked like he needed some help. So she took my lead off, and put it on him, and he and Tara walked the rest of th
We took Mum and Dad out for breakfast! To our paw place that does proper food for us.
look! This is our scrambled eggses.
Mum kept our bowls up on the table for AGES while she took pics cos she said our eggses were too hot hot hot. It was awful having to wait.
Mum squished them about in the bowl to make the cool down faster cos she said my whining was embarrassing. Haha! I was HUNGRY!!!
we got a WHOLE egg each! Yum!!!
we want to go there again toda
Just thought I would let you know about my important daily duties that I do daily for the pack and around the house.
They are very important. Did I tell you that? Cos they are.
This is what I do:
morning Garden Patrol, including side passage and rear gate. Poo. Wee.
collecting post, parcels and leaflets. I don’t actually collect them. I Alert Mum and then we go and collect the stuff together from the porch.
Important Snooze before breakfas