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Up Where We Belong
Category: Dogs | Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 3:27 pm
Every morning at about 6 o'clock we're taken for a walk. Until recently the weather was so hot that it was the most comfortable time of day to be out but lately things have started to change. There was some nasty wet stuff dropping from the sky - we hadn't seen much of that before (well, we are only five months old and there has been a drought!)
One of our favourite places is Haresfield Beacon. We don't go there everyday as it's a fifteen minute drive from home, so it has to be when there is plenty of time and no one is in a rush to get to work. The beacon , which is in the Cotswolds, is a great place to be;- you can see for miles from there. To the west are the Black Mountains of Wales, while the Malvern hills lie to the north.
Although - thanks to dad's photographic skills - you can't really see any of those from this photo, you'll probably be able to spot the River Severn snaking into the distance.
We don't worry too much about the views. It's a good place for a gallop...
... and posing for photographs...
Talk about handsome!
We're not conceited, but - heaven knows - we ought to be!
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Category: Dogs | Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 5:08 pm
Is summertime always this hot? The humans are all complaining about the heat and dragging us out for walks at some unearthly hour in the morning to avoid working up a sweat later.
They had to venture out in the afternoon sun a couple of weeks ago when we were invited to a party. We both thought that it would be the usual boring old stuff; humans standing around, barking at each other as they ate and drank from ridiculously small bowls. Well... that certainly happened and some of the drinks smelled decidedly stronger than water. What we didn't realise was that because the party was outdoors in a big garden there would be a few new dogs for us to meet. Every one of them was a cousin, uncle or aunt. (Well, it follows that because the humans are all related to each other, the dogs must be too!)
There was Auntie Heidi...
Great Uncle Ben (he's 112 in dog years!)
And last, but by no means least, Mad Uncle Oscar...
We didn't think we'd get on with him at first, but eventually we saw eye-to-eye about things.
What a day. We didn't realise that we had so many relatives. A week later we met another one .
Talk about being made to feel small!
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Babes In The Wood
Category: Dogs | Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 10:06 pm
Sorry that we haven't been around for a week or two but we've been really busy!! Nobody told us that the world is so BIG.
The other day mum and dad packed us into the car and we went to the Forest of Dean, which is about twenty miles from where we live.
What sights and smells.
We even saw some deer, which were unfortunately too quick for dad to photograph (the poor old soul isn't as quick as he used to be).
As you can see, it's a strange and wonderful place to explore -
And just when Arch' thought it was safe...
...Max decided that it was a great place for play-fighting...
Sorry about these pics - we don't look particularly handsome when we're scrapping, but it's fun!
Anyway, after all this exertion a chap needs a drink...
And all too soon, it's time to go home.
We've got a lot more to tell you...(although we won't mention how Archie disgraced himself at the puppy party) but you'll just have to wait.
Keep on wagging
Max & Archie.
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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Oven.
Category: Dogs | Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 7:46 pm
It's official! We're scared.
Max noticed it first... we were hanging around the kitchen, as you do, hoping that someone might drop a piece of cheese or a dollop of scrambled egg , when suddenly he - at least we think it's a he - was there, IN THE OVEN. We kid you not. They've got another dog locked in the oven! Isn't there a law about that sort of thing? Obviously they're going to cook him, but when? And when he's gone... who's next?
He seems okay at the moment; he always wanders up and looks out at whichever of us is looking in. Sometimes he wags his tail, as if he's waving back at us. The strange thing is that Max is convinced that he is a dead ringer for himself, while Archie swears blind that he looks just like... Archie. Curious, indeed .
Sorry about the quality of the photograph but dad took this picture from his mobile. He must have been worried about us making contact with the Dog In The Oven and obviously became nervous and not a little shaky. Either that or he'd been on the Vino Collapso again.
And now, a word from our sponsor:
So off we go, with the sun on our backs
Come on, Arch' , keep up!
NEWSFLASH: TOMORROW - 14th OF JUNE - IS THE BIG DAY. WE CAN AT LAST GO OUT. WATCH OUT WORLD!!!
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An Eventful Evening
Category: Dogs | Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:13 pm
Wednesday , May 31st was a day we'd pencilled into our diaries. Definitely not a day to look forward to; it was the second round of injections. To add insult to injury the vet insisted on looking into our ears, prodding our tums and feeling around our... well, you don't need to know all of the dreadful details but rest assured, he gave us a thorough examination.
We thought that was that - after all, all a chap needs after that sort of trauma is home, bed and an early night. However, they thought otherwise. Mind you- it was a very exciting evening.
What a surprise we had when the back of the car was opened and we found ourselves looking at a strange house. Strange people around, too.
"Oh no," we thought, "They're going to sell us!"
Nothing so drastic, fortunately; it was just a visit to the house of some of Mum and Dad's relatives. Better still, there was a nice, safe garden where we wouldn't catch anything nasty. (The vet said that we can't properly thrust ourselves upon an unsuspecting world for another two weeks!)
We had a whale of a time, although Max didn't think it was quite as wonderful when he fell down the garden steps twice and belly flopped on to the lawn. He needed to sit down to get his breath back...
And Max being Max, wasted no time is grabbing forty winks while he was there...
Meanwhile Archie discovered that there was a pond, well stocked with fish and just waiting to be explored...
All this excitement... there could be just one ending to this particular entry in our journal: two sleepy little pups...
And Mum doesn't look quite awake either!
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No Peace For The Wicked
Category: Dogs | Posted: Sat May 27, 2006 8:45 am
It was sunny the other day, for a change. Someone on the radio said that this must be the wettest drought on record! Anyway... we thought that it might be a good opportunity to help out in the garden...
Clear our toys up...
Then a well deserved rest...
Before tidying up the summerhouse...
And so to bed...
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Category: Dogs | Posted: Wed May 24, 2006 6:15 am
This is just a quick blog with no photographs.
You see, we're busy training this week. You know the drill.. "Sit"; "Take it nicely"; "Wee".
Wee?? For heavens sake! Can they wee to order? Then it's off to the vets next week for the final jabs. (Bet we'll wee to order then!)
Between training bouts we're eating the flowers, finding snails and carrying them into the house and getting stuck under the trellis. There's never a dull moment being a puppy!
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Category: Dogs | Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 12:42 pm
Well, now that you've seen a few of the early photographs, let us tell you something about ourselves. We are English Pointers, born on March 21st 2006, just outside Liskeard in Cornwall. It was a wonderful place to start life, situated right on the edge of Bodmin Moor.
We're proud to say that granny won the title of "Crufts Best Gundog" in 2001. Her name is Calderside Love In A Mist at Whereathy. You can see her photograph on http://englishriverwebsite.com/PointerHistory/Trivia/pointer_trivia2.html
Her son - our dad -rejoices in the name of Wherathy Walter at Calderside, while mum is Wilchrimane Phantom of Trexon - although everybody seems to call her Daisy! You saw her earlier. Here she is again, in charge of the milk bar. We were six weeks old and almost weaned at this time.
And this is us, taken around the same time.
Just to remind you...this is Archie, whose Kennel Club name is Trexon Tabasco
And here is Max. His Kennel Club name is Trexon Trump Card.
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Category: Dogs | Posted: Sun May 21, 2006 11:15 am
This is us in the early days, with Daisy, our mum, and our eight brothers and sisters.
Here we are again. Max is the one with the black eye, while Archie looks totally white. That was before his orange markings came out.
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