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Found out that videos no longer worked due to an out of date plugin. Sorted out a new one and the videos are now back up and running. This gave us the opportunity to laugh at the old boy. After all he was 8 on the 27th December!

We've added an extra chart showing Louis' weight against how many weeks old; makes it easier to read and compare.

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04 Jun

Can You See Me

Well, we’ve not posted anything on here for very nearly a year. Louis has been busy doing what he does best – lounging on the sofa and mooching for food.

He’s 11 1/2 now; still behaves like a pupster at times but he doesn’t have the energy to play for too long. He still likes to go for a walk but it’s not long before he slows and gets a little breathless.

We’ve had a bit of a hot spell the last week or so and, in defiance of his heritage, he’s really no good with the heat. We have to be very careful to make sure he doesn’t stay outside for too long. If he gets too warm we cool him down with one of his coats soaked in water. He knows when this is coming and scarpers.

Here he is is trying to hide at the back of the garden:-

Can You See Me

Louis working on his “If I can’t see you, you can’t see me.” strategy.

We have a similar photo from the back garden of our last house. He hasn’t changed his hiding strategy in all those years.

15 Jun

Greetings From Louis

Despite the lack of blogging Louis continues to entertain. He’s very much a creature of habit but every now and then he surprises us.

He’s always known when I’m due home; I think he knows the time but can also pick up on other stuff as he self-corrects his expectations if I’m running late.

As a younger hound he would always be waiting at the window or door but, as he’s got older, he doesn’t bother moving until I come through the door. He’s no Hachiko!

Today, out of the blue, I arrived back home and he barreled through the front door to greet me – Sue said he’d been whining around my usual arrival time but had gone into mega-whine mode when he realised I was home. We don’t normally let him off lead out at the front (squirrel chasing, keeping lions out, etc.) but Sue had no choice.

It was a great way to finish the work-day. I gave him an extra treat for the special hello – I don’t for the life of me believe the treats he gets when I arrive home have anything to do with the quality of the greeting!

Anyway – here’s a piccie of Louis from last week.

Louis Looking Furtive

Louis Looking Furtive

28 Dec

Ten Steps

Louis was 10 yesterday and celebrated in grand style by remaining horizontal for most of the day.

He mooched about a few times and this involved getting up and standing still in front of his Christmas stocking which was full of treats.

He guards this stocking with great dedication – here he is in full action mode:-

Guard Hound In Action

Guard Hound In Action

Perhaps a better description would be:- “here he is in full (in)action mode:-“.

03 Nov

Halloween Hound

We gave up long ago trying to dress Louis up for festive occasions. One time when he was a very young pup he donned (well, technically he was donned in) a superman outfit but he looked so forlorn we didn’t make him wear it for long. Since then we’ve just about managed to get him to sit still to pose with a Santa hat on every now and then at Christmas but that takes quite a few treats. He must think he’s a supermodel and his modelling rates are very high.

Anyway Halloween has just been and gone and the web is full of of images of dogs (especially US ones for some reason) dressed up in all manner of clever outfits.

This is about as far as Louis got – a Halloween treat which he demolished in a short spell of concentrated munchination.

Halloween Hound

Halloween Hound