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Found out that videos no longer worked due to an out of date plugin.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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Monday
17 Mar
2014

Sofa Stealer

Louis has always loved his sofas. From a puppy he would always try to get onto the sofa. At first he could just stick his head between the cushions but as he grew he got closer and closer to being able to get on them.

When he could jump on them I tried at first to keep him off. I got a burglar sensor pad and wired it up to a siren. He could live with that racket as long as he was on the sofa. (This reminds me of the firework conditioning CD I made for him – he could sit/sleep through hours of explosions in surround sound and not bother. One cracker half a mile down the road and he’d kick off).

In the end we gave up and just tried to protect the sofas as best we could.

In the new house he inherited his own leather sofa:-

Sofa Stealing Hound

All your sofas belong to me.

This sofa is the one on the left. However even this is not enough for our hound. If Sue leaves anything on the other sofa such as a blanket then, as soon as the coast is clear, he’s off his sofa like a rocket and he settles down for a nap on this one.

Sunday
02 Feb
2014

Avant Garde Hound

Louis has been a bit “out of sorts” recently so we have been pampering him a little. He’s off to the V—E—T—S tomorrow for his annual jabs and a nail trim so he should be a happy bunny as the girls that work in the V—E—T—S spoil him rotten.

We know he’s feeling better as he turned up whilst we were cooking the Sunday roast; lamb this week.

Here he is keeping a close eye on the proceedings:-

Louis keeping a close eye on what's going on.

Louis keeping a close eye on what’s going on.

You can see some of Louis’ day to day trappings in this picture. There’s the Xmas hat that forms part of his postprandial routine whereby he grabs the hat and spins around like a lunatic for ten minutes. There’s also a tea towel that is an absolute health & safety requirement if Louis is watching whilst food is being prepared. That tea towel is our hazard spillage clear up kit. Louis’ dribble whilst we are eating is incessant so some form of mop up kit is essential.

Wednesday
01 Jan
2014

Louis Doesn’t Share Presents

Louis got a new toy for Christmas from Sharon (thank you!).

He was pushing it with his snout whilst it was being opened – the hound has no manners and no patience.

As soon as it was revealed he grabbed it and ran off. There was about 5 minutes of staring at it coupled with mad spinning around and then he decided it needed to be buried so he went to the back door. No way was he being let out for this so we tried to get the toy off him.

This is what we were presented with; no eye contact and face turned away:-

Louis not being a team player with his new toy.

Louis not being a team player with his new toy.

One week later and the toy is by the back door whilst he waits for his moment when we aren’t watching him closely. At that time it will suffer the same fate as his Santa hat which gets buried a few times a year.

Sunday
08 Dec
2013

Plausible Paws

We’ve been so. so busy over the last month or so; non-stop in fact.

Anyway, things have settled down again and we have a chance to catch our breath.

Our furry friend has been a trooper; taking advantages of walks when they are there and comforting us when we’ve been pre-occupied with things.

Here’s a pic of Louis settled on one of his many sofas:-

Plausible Paws

Plausible Paws

He looks likes he’s welded to it.