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Found out that videos no longer worked due to an out of date plugin.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.

Some interesting Linnaean dog terminology.

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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

18 Jun

Look Into My Eyes

I was looking over this blog the other day and re-read the lessons page where we tried to list what had worked for us as Louis grew. I think I’ll do a version 2 of that where I’ll describe how we eventually gave in to all his demands.

Here’s the reason why he eventually gets his own way:-

Look into my eyes.

Look into my eyes; you’re feeling sleepy…..

Who could resist?

14 Jun

Newton’s Laws

We like to obey the laws of physics in this houselhold. I’ve already discussed Newton’s First Law:- Inertia

Here’s is Louis obeying the laws:-

Louis at rest.

Body at rest.

Followed by:-

Body in motion.

Body in motion.

Whilst not a true example of his third law:-

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

It’s a good analogy. Actually it’s probably another good example of the first law.