October 2013

Hello there,

I forgot to tell you, last month, about seeing a dead stoat in the road one evening. Mummy said she had no idea that they were so small. I remember it because it was the time we met the pink lady heading home from her evening walk. (We call her the pink lady because she always wears pink clothes, even pink boots sometimes, and her hair is pink too. Apparently she has an Alsatian but we never see her being walked.) Quite often we see squished rabbits and squirrels in the road and I’ve got quite good at ignoring them. Although one night I was running in the field in the nearly dark; mummy was ahead of me getting close to the road, which meant I’d be going back on the lead soon. So I took the opportunity of picking up a dead rabbit, whilst she couldn’t see what I was doing. But when she saw how dead it was she said I had to drop it. I thought that was quite unfair because it was just skin and bone anyway. I did drop it after the second time of being asked, so then I was a good boy. It had probably been killed by a buzzard; there are lots of them around here.

I’ve just been having a cuddle with Chris, after my tea, because I’ve had a slightly boring day. My humans have been looking at properties again so I spent a lot of time in the car, but I did have four walks as well. One was along a canal . . . doh. They also met quite a few dogs at the houses. One was a young Anya Alsatian and lots of her tiny friends, and then at another place there was Maisie Staffie. She was all white and had lovely eyes like the actress Renee Zelwegger. Would you believe the next day we went in a completely different direction to look at another house? No dogs of any sort there though. Afterwards we had a walk by a lake Chris said was a reservoir.

One day mummy altered my high-viz jacket so that it would be easier to put on and be a better fit, now that the darker evenings are here. Ha! She said it would have been easier to make a new one from scratch, the fiddling about she had to do, especially when she made a mistake! Oops.

It’s my adopted birthday soon and I will have been here two years. Golly, that’s gone quickly. I suppose that means that I’m two years older than when I arrived here, which must mean that I am eleven. No-one believes that I am that old, especially when I play because I’m like an overgrown puppy. I remember that aunty Pip, and I think aunty Margaret, brought me here in aunty Pip;s car. I sat on the back seat and stuck my head out of the window all the way. Last year we went on a long walk along an old railway and stopped for a picnic, so I wonder what we will do this time. No doubt I will find out later.

Chris went shopping for my kibble and sweets this afternoon whilst mummy and I went for a walk nearby in a nature park. We saw a dog called Darcy Retriever; I don’t know if he was a she, or if she was a he with a name like that!  We got a bit lost too and couldn’t find the way back without retracing our route. By the time we reached the car Chris said ‘Where on earth have you been?’ and mummy had to own up to getting lost.

I made mummy laugh whilst I was waiting for my tea. First of all I started asking for it early, and then when Chris was getting it ready for me I just couldn’t sit still. I kept fidgeting and getting up and running into the kitchen, then back to my bed again. Then, when I’d eaten some of it, knowing that there would be seconds because Chris was doing it, I ran back into the kitchen for more. Chris said ‘Why didn’t you bring your bowl with you?’ That was silly wasn’t it; how could I do that? And mummy said she once knew a dog called Khan Labrador who used to bang his bowl on the floor when he wanted to eat!

You know the two sheep round the corner who had two lambs each earlier this year? Well, they’ve now got yellow marks on their bottoms. Mummy says it’s because they’ve been to see the ram, so they can have more lambs next year. Isn’t she silly!

One nice bright day we went to my favourite forest at Delamere and had a lovely walk. There are always new smells for me to trace. This time there were lots more people than dogs. We also saw three lovely horses being ridden from the forest stables. I don’t get as much lunch when we’re out and about as I do at home, so I’m always hungry and ready for my tea when we get back, regardless of the time. Today I had a piece of sausage and a piece of bacon for lunch and was asking for my tea before it was even four o’clock! (Mummy’s note – there’s always a bowl of biscuits in the car and he never touches them!)

You know I’ve said before about mum wanting breakfast before we go out, well one morning I did have to wait. Then Chris took me in the car with mummy and dropped her off at aunty Val’s. We carried on to a little dell I hadn’t been to before called The Cockpit, because that’s what it had once been – a pit for fighting cocks. After I’d made myself comfortable, at long last, we drove on to the river where I had a free run. We went home for breakfast (because The Cake Fairy wasn’t open yet) and then snuggled up together on my bed under two blankets because we were so cold. Just before lunchtime Chris left me alone in the house on my own – that hardly ever happens – and came back a little while later with mummy. Oh great, we can have lunch now! Then I asked mummy to take me out for a walk. Whilst we were out I picked up that dead rabbit again and by this time it was crispy hard.

One bright day we went to the beach. Unknown to me mummy had taken Mr Squeaky for me to play with when we got there. That was fun, chasing him across the wet sand. Getting sand in my mouth was a bit funny tthough, I had to keep spitting it out. Afterwards my humans went for a coffee to a nearby café and I was allowed to sit outside with them. I’m getting quite used to that now, but there were other dogs there which I was not happy about, and I growled at some of them. Groan.

Alfie & Chris (Thurstaston) 1 Thurstaston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since then mummy hasn’t been able to take me out at all – that’s well over a week, but Chris takes me out so I still get plenty of walks. We’ve been along the cycle track, the local lanes and the canal in lots of different places. We even went to the part behind the zoo one day. I hadn’t been there for ages, so I wanted to go for miles. Sometimes we’ve got soaking wet. Did I tell you that mummy once made uncle Jake a waxed coat, from an old one of hers, to keep him warm and dry? She thinks she must have thrown it out when he died because she can’t find it now. It would have been good for me wouldn’t it, except that I get a good cleaning from the rain and my coat goes all soft and curly.

Well, so much for a great anniversary day out, I don’t think. Pfff. I took my humans out to look for a nice new warm bed for me to use in the winter, and to get some treats. We didn’t find me a bed and I only got one measly bag of little treats. After a short walk by the river my humans went to treat themselves to lunch at The Cake Fairy, leaving me to mind the car. I did get some bits of sausage for my trouble and when we eventually got back home I only had three bonios for my very late lunch, because Chris said it was too near my tea time to have more than that. Mummy gave me a quick brush and then only gave me a few of the new tiny treats which wouldn’t have fed a sparrow. Then she went to watch Escape to the Country and left me alone worrying about the storm we were having. Later mum said she might make a fleece cover for my bed if we couldn’t find one I liked that was big enough.

Did you know – these last few days I’ve been kept waiting hours for my walks and meals,

Since then mummy hasn’t been able to take me out at all – that’s well over a week, but Chris takes me out so I still get plenty of walks. We’ve been along the cycle track, the local lanes and the canal in lots of different places. We even went to the part behind the zoo one day. I hadn’t been there for ages, so I wanted to go for miles. Sometimes we’ve got soaking wet. Did I tell you that mummy once made uncle Jake a waxed coat, from an old one of hers, to keep him warm and dry? She thinks she must have thrown it out when he died because she can’t find it now. It would have been good for me wouldn’t it, except that I get a good cleaning from the rain and my coat goes all soft and curly.

Well, so much for a great anniversary day out, I don’t think. Pfff. I took my humans out to look for a nice new warm bed for me to use in the winter, and to get some treats. We didn’t find me a bed and I only got one measly bag of little treats. After a short walk by the river my humans went to treat themselves to lunch at The Cake Fairy, leaving me to mind the car. I did get some bits of sausage for my trouble and when we eventually got back home I only had three bonios for my very late lunch, because Chris said it was too near my tea time to have more than that. Mummy gave me a quick brush and then only gave me a few of the new tiny treats which wouldn’t have fed a sparrow. Then she went to watch Escape to the Country and left me alone worrying about the storm we were having. Later mum said she might make a fleece cover for my bed if we couldn’t find one I liked that was big enough.

Did you know – these last few days I’ve been kept waiting hours for my walks and meals, especially my tea, when I’m always starving hungry. My humans said it happened twice a year and was to do with clocks and light and stuff. What?  I don’t remember all this delay last year, I’m sure they were far more organised. No amount of chuntering seems to hurry them up, so I always feel hungry. It’s just not fair.

And to end the month on another miserable note, twice this week I’ve had to wait a very long time for my afternoon walks. One day Chris went out in the car without me and was gone all day. Mummy said the car needed to go to the garage which was a long way away, and that she wasn’t able to take me out. So it was my tea time before I had another walk. Three days later Chris went out without me again and I had to wait for him to come back to take me out. I feel really badly done to. Although, I suppose he did take me in the car for a walk along the canal.

Well I’d better go now, it’s time for my afternoon nap.

Bye for now.

Love Alfie x.