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Sunday
31 Jan
2010

Louis and Darwinism

Yesterday we discovered that Louis has some similarities with the higher primates and humans in that he has learnt how to use a tool.

Unfortunately that “tool” is me.

To occupy him for a bit of peace and quiet we gave him his Kong toy filled with treats. Louis’ methodology for getting the treats out is the brute force procedure which involves him throwing the toy in the air repeatedly until the treats get dislodged and fall out.

However yesterday there was one particularly truculent treat that wouldn’t come out despite all the persuasion that Louis could apply. The noise of this toy bouncing around the room was becoming a tad annoying so eventually I said to him, “Give it here boy”. Louis immediately nudged the Kong my way with a “Well you do it then” sigh.

I gave in and got the treat out for him.

Here’s Louis with his Kong:-

Louis working on his Kong

Louis working on his Kong

This is his medium sized Kong; his small one is from when he was a puppy and the large one has to be packed with too many treats to stop it from being easy to empty. Louis is on a diet at the moment so he can’t have the big Kong.

Edit: Sue is adamant that she told Louis to nudge the Kong over to me. However as I’m the administrator of this site I get to determine what’s recorded in history. It was me that told Louis to nudge the Kong.

Tuesday
26 Jan
2010

Badgers in the dark!

Out early with louis playing in the dark, we both love our first walk of the day. We do a loop round the field, walk by the river then double back where we catch up with Cassie the poodle. Louis waits by the bench to have his lead put on thank god. Today we trundled up the steps to leave the field when we heard snarling and as we went up the hill it got louder, I was c_____g myself. Louis wanted to go hunting and got quite excited. Two badgers came out from the woods scrapping for England,
Louis is still helping with the no smoking; he walks me regularly and every time I look at him he reminds me how I saved up for him with my last attempt to give up. perhaps Andy will let me have a new friend for Louis.

Friday
22 Jan
2010

Louis a big boy!

Louis had his annual jabs at the vets yesterday, I was so proud of my boy, he behaved impeccably when all around him lost the plot. A large terrier wanted to eat all dogs in view and an alsation muzzled to the hilt showed an eagerness to test him out. Lou lay on the flloor with an old black lab and two tiny terriers and a cat. It’s a far cry from when Lou wanted to eat other ridgebacks at shows. I weighed him in before his jabs and he came in at 44.80kg. This I put down to a lack of exercise over the snowie period. More walks for both of us, I’ve given up smoking two days so we will both watch our weight. I do think it’s a great idea to take dogs to the vet just for weigh ins so they see it as a place to be pampered by the fantastic nurses and not just for grotty treatments. Our vet is on Queens Road, Cheadle Hulme and it’s called Woodcroft. Louis and I feel confident and comfortable with them; they dont rush you and take time to get you both settled before they start fiddling.

Sunday
17 Jan
2010

News from Melbourne

Well the snow and ice have almost disappeared and we’re getting back to normal.

It’s that time of year when Sid reminds us that the seasons are six months apart between us and Australia and he’s sent us some pictures of their recent holiday in Adelaide. (Actually I’m telling a lie, Sid got Sue to send the pics as he can’t handle the technology without losing his rag.)

Here’s a couple of nice pics; the first one is Amaya and the sunset.

Amaya running on the beach

Guess who got a new camera to play with?

The second marks the passage of another year as we have captured Sid with his Xmas Guinness.

Sid and his Guinness

Sid and his Guinness; note the position of his little finger.

You can see via these; Guinnessy Sid 2009 and Guinnessy Sid 2008 that this is a regular event.