Cato: Mum didn't have to do her work thing today, so we had a bit of a lie in, then we got ready (Tara's hair takes AGGGEEEESSSSSS) and went out before breakfast! Dad was out, so we could go to the big beach. Last time we went there he fell over in the slippy sand, and he says he doesn't like it any more. I don't understand, cos his wrist has stopped hurting now.
Anyway, it was fun. Really early, and sunny. The bit I didn't like was going down that ramp slope thing to the beach. Mum
Cato: This bloggy thing is for Karel. He is a Brother Hunter.
Because of all my patrols, I kept the moles out of Grandad's garden for the whole time we were there. Grandad thanked me, and said how important it was. Look at this pic, and you will understand:
This is a pic of Grandad's garden looking out of our bedroom window. Mum lifted me up to so I could see too. There. In the field on the other side of Grandad's hedge. Can you see them? It is a massed hoard of invading
Mum: Been a bit quiet lately, for reasons about to be explained...
We got back from Grandma and Grandpas, and had a relaxed day on Monday (well, the paws relaxed, anyway) and had a nice short beach walk, which they both enjoyed.
Then on Tuesday we went for a longer walk, after dark, on the street. Because Cato was clearly on the mend, and was up to it. Only he wasn't really. He obviously loved being out and sniffing, and so on, but was totally wiped out by the walk, and slept like
I hate it. It is scary. I hate it.
Mum lets me out through the door sometimes (Mum: first thing in morning, and last thing at night) and then she makes me use IT the rest of the time.
Yesterday was HORRIBLE. She made me sit outside the catflap looking in all morning (Mum: 20 mins) and tortured me with treats (Mum: a calcium bone treat on the floor 2 feet inside the catflap), and it was raining! (Mum: the catflap is positioned under the roof overhang, and did not get wet).
It was a street walk today. And then the field. Tara was pulling on the lead, and Mum made her slow down and walk beside her and stop being so silly. Mum says we haven't been getting enough on-street-practice wotever that is. so we will have more of it.
We met a nice lady and her Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who was lovely and gentle and sniffy. But we couldn't do a proper walk, with sniffs up people's drives and in their gardens. It was a bit disappointing really.
So this month's photo vote is for Anything Easter.
And all my stuff seems to involve mud at this time of year... so why fight it? lol
Don't see why we have to do this. I already trampled on daffs during our walk.
Nope. don't wanna.
Oh. alright then. Maybe I will sniff it.
Ewww! It tickles!!!
Remind me why we are doing this again, Mum?
Treats all round! (including
They were very annoying last night. They shut my window earlier than I wanted, and they put a donut bed on the big bed. Mum says that it is so I dirty the donut not her sheets. How insulting is that? As if I wasn't spotless. Anyway, they put the donut between their pillows. So it is in an acceptable position. But I still wandered about and stood on Dad's sensitive bits in the middle of the night. Well, I have to, don't I?
They also came to bed later than I wanted. You
Tara was BAD. Very bad. And then she was Naughty.
We went in the car to the station, then 2 trains. At the first station we had a mini walk because Dad was worried that Tara hadn't had a wee and would go on the train. I had weeed earlier, so I was good. But then I had a poo. Just in case. Cos I am good. This was a lump, with car tyres, next to a football pitch near the station. It was odd. So we all had to climb it.
There was a man walking across the field and he
Why do I have to go first? Silly dogs should go first then clever cats after. I like the shed roof improvements. I spend time on there during sunny weather, surveying my territory. They left the central heating on all night last night, by mistake. It was lovely. I shall organise some pictures for you, so that you can see my territory. I wanted to use the word 'kingdom' instead of 'territory' but Mum refused to type it. She says I need to get a sense of proportion. Which is
Mum said it was going to be horrible wet and we wouldn't get a walk today. But then, when lunchtime came, it was OK. So we all got in the car and drove to the Park with the Lake! And just as we pulled into the car park, it started to rain. So there was a big discussion. We ALL decided that since we were here, it wasn't fair to go home without scooting once round the lake. So we did.
But it was soooooo wet. And windy. That we found it difficult to walk back, with the wind
Tara:. Oh Aunties! My poor Dad is ill! I am so worried about him! He was up and down all night making stinky bathrooms and now he is just lying in bed. I have tried cheering him up with bouncing and licking and I have brought him toys, but he just wants to sleep.
Mum says I mustn't bounce any more or I will have to go downstairs. So I am trying. See?
But it is HARD. I am sure he just needs to play and bounce for a bit.
mum says that it is the stuff he got for lunch
Big Lake walk! Oooh Aunties, it was LOVELY! We hadn't been out since ages and ages, and Tara was so full of bounce it was unbearable! Mum checked her magic weather predictor thing, and it was going to be cool! So we set off. Round the lake. One lady laughed at Tara's mohawk, and said how sweet it is. Yuck. Who wants to be sweet?
The big hissy swans are all huge and floating about in groups. Mum says they still have all six babies, but they aren't babies any more, are the
Mum says I can tell you MY SECRET now, cos it isn't a secret any more! It is Cato's Birthday! And we are going out to meet Dad later, for sausages
(Mum: actually for lunch, but there will be sausages, yes)
- and we will go for a walk. It was going to be a beach walk in the salt marshes, but the tide is in. so we have to go somewhere else. maybe the big lake. we get to decide when we eat the sausages!!!
And Mum said that I get to have some of Cato's chicken, later
Aunties, something wrong is happening. It all started when Mum went all Dog Calming Signal Whisperer on us. It was OK to start with. I barely noticed. But now she is stopping me from bouncing on Cato. Even out on walks! She only lets me bounce when he is ENJOYING it. Wots the point of that? It should be that I can bounce when I like. Which is all the time. Not fair!
And now, he is getting all... um... confident. It is weird. I mean, look!
Here I am, splatting him
Dad was at work, so it was just Mum and us, but that means we don't have to worry about Dad getting lost, and we can sniff and explore and sniff and explore.
So Mum found the bear. We think. It doesn't really actually look like a bear. But we think it must be.
There are other animals too. See? These must be brothers to our squirrel and fox in Foxy Park!
and then we went into the woods... It was all hot and baking in the sun, and all
Very sad to have to announce that Sidney died this morning - massive seizure or stroke or something. He was 11ish years old.
Dad left at 5.30 am for work. The mutts and I slept in. Usually Sidney dozes on the bed with me until i get up (see Friday's blog photo). But today there was no sign, so I assumed Dad had opened the window and he was On Patrol.
When i got up i found him lying on the floor, in a very relaxed posture on Dad's side of the bed. Thought he was dead, but eventuall
Mum said we would have a big walk today. I wanted to do Holiday Mountaineering Training. But it is all wet and soggy and horrible. Dad tried to make me go out to the bin with him, but I wouldn't. I stood in the door and watched him get wet! Hahaha!
No walk today. We were going to have an extra long sniffy walk with Mum. She said so. But now I am snoozing all day instead.
Maybe tomorrow, with AuntieJane?
They left us for breakfast again! I didn't eat. At all. And then they had sausages for tea, and only gave us a bit. So I am on strike and not eating horrible raw dogfood. I am REALLY REALLY REALLLLLY hungry, and just beat Cato up, and barked in the garden, and had to be tied to the desk so I didn't go out and bark and bark and bark, but if they won't feed me, then I won't eat horrible raw stuff. I WANT SAUSAGES!!!
It has been a fun day, as you can see. Sig
They have been re-doing the roof again. Two rolls of tape now. But there was a horrible wind, and nothing fell off, so maybe they can leave it alone now? I spent all yesterday asleep which was nice and peaceful. But bedtime is turning into a bit of a problem. Now that The Brat is old enough they think they can trust her not to wee on the bed, they are allowed on the big bed for a few minutes before Lights Out. We used to have a lovely peaceful routine. I would get there first
Tara: Oh Aunties. Today was THE PITS! Mum was working all day, and we didn't get a walk cos it started to rain, huge big splatty bits of cold wet. Mum came out into the garden and stuck her front paws out and said 'See? You don't want a walk!'
but I did!!!
so then Mum worked all afternoon. And i went out and barked in the garden. Cos i was bursting with bounce. And do you know what she did? She is really mean! She lured me over with some treats, anda cuddle, and some tug of
We went out at around 12.30 and finished by nearly 2pm, but throughout, the low sun was stunning. The light through the trees and the light on the trees was incredible. Not a cloud in the sky, and I even found some flowers! lol
This is one of those really blowsy cherry trees
Sometimes the colours seem unreal, but I can assure you, I haven't touched these photos up at all (although I have cropped a couple).
The next photo is a close up of the m
So when Dad has to do his Work Stuff, he goes out for ages, and sometimes he comes and goes in the middle of the night. It is always very exciting when he walks in, and we bounce and bounce and bounce!
The last few days he has been getting up in the middle of the night, and missing our walks, so yesterday was GREAT. He woke up with us, and walked with us AND went to bed with us. I even went and spent the evening with him yesterday evening, because I love him, and I can lie in
Mum has been watching me for my Autumn Snuffles. And she thought this morning that they might have arrived. So today I had my special Snuffle Tablet (in cheese!!!) before our walk, and I haven't been snuffling at all. Not sure why Tara had cheese too though. She doesn't get snuffles, so why does she get cheese?
Anyway it was a great walk. See:
This is my favourite poo spot. I didn't need to today. But I always think about it.
Tara wanted us to stop at this
We had an early start today! Mum let us up on the Big Bed REALLY EARLY! (Mum: 6.30am) and then we snuggled til late. It was GREAT!!!.
Then we all got up and widdled and stuff and went out for a walk. IT started off really boring, and we thought it would be the same as yesterday but then it got really interesting! Too interesting for me to bounce on Cato much!
This is me looking interested in Truffle Hound.
I will let Cato tell you the rest, cos he likes tellin
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