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Found out that videos no longer worked due to an out of date plugin.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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Tuesday
01 Jul
2014

Good Old Boy

Summer is upon us and getting Louis unglued off the sofa is proving difficult. He still has his puppy-like moments but they are on his terms and to his timetable.

He’s learning to live alongside the four chickens that now reside in the back garden but it’s an uneasy truce. He sneaked out of the back door one day and decided the chickens needed herding into one spot. This went well until two of the chickens made a break for it and tried to fly past him. Clipped wings don’t lend themselves to aerodynamic efficiency and Louis’ instinct to chase and catch was unleashed. Fortunately for the chickens their noise had alerted us to a problem and we calmed everyone down.

A distinguished looking Louis.

A distinguished looking Louis.

Louis is 8 1/2 years old now and possesses a grey beard and eyebrows that give him a distinguished look – see the piccie above. If he could talk I wonder if he’d ask if there was a canine version of Grecian 2000.

Tuesday
13 May
2014

Louis’s Been Collared

Ever since he was a pup Louis has had minimalist collars; usually plain rolled leather.

Sue has always wanted to dress him up with girly-girl collars that are either pink, contain diamantes or bone shaped add-ons.

She got her own way (as usual) and hit two thirds of her target.

This is what I came home to the other day:-

louis_new_collar

Louis doesn’t appear to be too bothered about being dressed up. To be honest nothing appears to bother him too much these days!

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.