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Archive for July 28th, 2010

Dog Blog: Lynx’s Diary

Posted by indigodream on 28 July, 2010

Sunday 25th July

Auntie Sue, AUNTIE SUE, my pillow's in the wrong place, can you just put it right.....

It’s been a tirin’ day – first I was at mummy’s, then at Auntie Sally’s, then I had a long trip in the car to Auntie Sue’s – is a lot for a poor hound to take in ‘specially as Auntie Sue says our brains are only as big as a walnut. Is that big? It must be….

I’s stayin’ in Surrey for a few months with my new pack, Blue and Lou – they’s allright. Blue is my cousin or sumfink – his grandad was my great-grandad – we’re handsome ‘Honcho’s’. We done lots of weeing in the garden – I likes that.

Uh, Blue, do you realise you’re as big as a hephalu…..ooh, is that my dinner…..mmmmph mmmmmph – yummy, ooh is that a bit of milk….slurp slurp mmmmph mmph…..

I’s a bit confused coz Blue and Lou go runnin’ around like loonies and I thought I was retired. They said it was a ‘fun run’ – hmmm…. Better go an’ lie on Blue’s bed, or is it Lou’s, and sleep on it……

Monday 26th July

Auntie Sue sez I’m a very good boy – I asked nicely and she let me out for wees – at 5am! Lou forgot that I live here now and did barking. Lou’s  bottom smells nice – I’s sniffing it but she barked in my ear. I think that’s a good thing, don’t you?

I likes this big water bowl....

We been for a long walk – I got to do sniffing and weeing with Blue and Lou, but I like walking with Auntie Sue – she gives me nice ear rubs. Then we went to the vet to get some new food for Lou, I wonder if it’s as yummy as Blue’s food? I got weighed (31.5kg) and they made a big big fuss of me – we all look so handsome together, though me and Lou are a bit messy coz we had a splosh in the mud. When we got back we all had tripe sticks on the lawn – they’re super smelly and super-yummy. I had a little paddle in the pond. I’s had a busy afternoon so it’s time for a snooze – I like Lou’s bed best so I’ll lay there – she’s got plenty of others……

I’s got to get used to my new routine here – I thought we’d done walking in the afternoon but Richard took us for a big run before bedtime. I got to see a wabbit but it took me a while to work out what it was and I can’t accelerate instantly like the two oldies do. Richard says that now I am on holiday I can get fit again but  I was reelly tired then – I done sleeping on Lou’s bed and on Lou’s sheepskin which right next to Auntie Sue’s chair, now I’m back on Lou’s bed – it’s super comfy….

Tuesday 27th July

I woz a bit worried coz Auntie Sue had to work today – I thought I was going’ to left all by myself, but is ok, she works in the conservatory. I laid on the grass where she could see me – I’s a nice view. Blue guarded the lounge and Lou guarded the bedroom – is hard work laying down ready to trip up introoders. I’s mainly done sleepin’ today – Blue and Lou sleeps a lot – I’s very good at sleepin’.

We been for a little bobble – there was trees, and a stream and lots of smells to sniff but no wabbits. Auntie Sue does boring walks but Richard might take us for a run before bedtime. I’s back now – I helped Blue and Lou to scoff a little bag of dental biscuits – the vet gave us four free bags yesterday coz I looked so skinny, or was it coz Lou breathed on her? We’s all back in guarding position now – I’s lying under the front window, Blue’s lying by the back door and Lou is upstairs. Me and Blue is a pair, maybe Lou is upstairs coz I’s on her bed – hah, she’s not getting it back 🙂

Wednesday 28th July

Is pretty round here - all the prettier for having ME here....

Auntie Sue had to take Blue to the vet – she thought that Lou and me might trash the house when she was out but we just done sleepin’ – we been racing round the garden first thing so we’s far too tired for trashin’. I dun sleepin’ on my bed – is nice; I got lots of beds – my bed, the duvet under the window, the one in the corner, a duvet in the conservatory and a rug in the conservatory, ooh, and two sheepskins – is that enough, I’s not sure….

I’s tried a little bark today – Blue and Lou sez I got a good bark – they showed me theirs – they is so LOUD!

I’s mainly done sleepin’ today – Auntie Sue’s got a headache – I give her a big fuss to make her better so that she can take us out in the car. She says I have to wait for Richard – s’ok, I can do sleepin’. I could run in the big garden, but Blue and Lou said not to bother – there’s only lots of wabbits and squizzles – nothing of interest to us greyhounds…..

I’s well impressed – Blue and Lou have used their amazin’ hypno powers to train Auntie Sue to buy them a hot chicken every time she goes shoppin’. I’s got to learn how they do it 🙂

We’s all asleep – me, Blue and Lou in a tiny bit of floor – Auntie Sue and Uncle Richard are amazed – Blue and Lou never sleep this close – mind you, we’s all full of leftovers – haddock – yum yum….

Photoblog:

I's could get use to this rummaging.....

We's got lots of sniffin' to do....

Me and Lou got quite muddy - she splashed me!

After our rummage we had tripe sticks on the lawn - yum yum....

I's quite happy here, mummy, no need to worry....

It would be really good here if they didn't keep disturbing me with that camera.....

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Boat Blog: a good day for the greyhounds…..

Posted by indigodream on 28 July, 2010

Sunday 25th July

Limehouse Basin to Mare Street Bridge (and back!)

Plenty to see and plenty to talk about.....

It’s been a good day for the hounds today – firstly because we had four guests on board for a mini-cruise for charity, and secondly, well, I’ll tell you about the secondly later…..

Today we welcomed back on board Cheryl, who came on our very first charity cruise last October. We’ve noticed a pattern – it’s hard to persuade people to come on a charity cruise for the first time, but once they’ve been, people always want to come back.

Anyway, Cheryl had some visitors – an old friend, Nathalie, from France, and her two sons Fabien and Renon. They were charming company and the boys enjoyed their time on the helm. They certainly got a different view of London – firstly East London by canal, a brief tour of Three Mills with its mix of old and new tidal structures, a good view of the Olympics project and a lock, albeit not the genuine manual article! I hope they had a good time – it’s not a tour that’s generally available to tourists!

I picked up four random guests while waiting to go up Old Ford Lock – they were two couples walking the towpath who were fascinated by the boat and by the canals. I gave them a lift up to the top of the lock – they said it made their Sunday!

We cruised up to Mare Street Bridge and turned just beyond the railway bridge – there’s plenty of room to turn here – we must remember that as Richard has turned somewhere else up here where he only had a few inches to spare!

On the way up we stopped at Three Mills; on the way back we stopped at the Northern Outfall and walked over to Viewtube – it’s a great facility. We had a good look at the Olympic site before saying another reluctant goodbye to our guests. They had plans to visit Greenwich and were booked for a flight on the London Eye at 7pm so they needed a faster mode of transport! Luckily, Pudding Mill DLR is easily accessible from Viewtube.

The new weir which protects the new moorings at Three Mills

We’d had a lovely morning’s cruise, but now we had to race back to Limehouse for the second good greyhound happening – we needed to drive to Ipswich to collect our new foster dog, Lynx.

Lynx’s owner’s tale is not ours to tell, but she’s found herself in pretty dreadful circumstances and needs to get some pressure off by fostering Lynx for a while. She’d determined to get herself back on her feet and take him back – this may take some time so he may well be with us for up to six months. It could be less, but if we get to the six months then we’ll need to review the situation.

We picked Lynx up from Ipswich and so far he seems to be the most gentle of hounds – he, Blue and Lou are getting on famously. I am astounded at how harmonious things have been – it’s early days but keep your fingers crossed that it will continue. From time to time Lynx will be blogging so that his ‘mummy’ can keep track of his adventures and be reassured that he’s well and happy. Will we be good foster parents? Well, we know how to look after a greyhound, or two, or three, so Lynx will have the best care we can offer. He will be treated as ours whilst he is with us so will pick all sorts of habits, both good and bad! Will we be dispassionate, kind but emotionally detached – of course not! When it gets to the end of the six months expect sobbing, lots of sobbing 🙂 But if Lynx goes back to a happy home then we’ll know that we can manage a fostering and can  hopefully help another needy hound….

Photoblog:

The local people are turning their faces to the canal - these lovely, and very purple, gardens are obviously a local project; further on, the houses of Windsor Wharf had very well-maintained canalside gardens...

Approaching Old Ford Lock - the derelict land to the right is owned by Foreman's entrepreneurial boss - he's already got plans (and paying clients) for its use during the Olympics...

This unusual boat came into Limehouse while we were mooring - it's from South Africa, well, I guess that the crew are!

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