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29 Dec

Farewell Louis


Well here’s the post I never wanted to write.


We had to say goodbye to our beloved boy on Christmas Day, just two days off his twelfth birthday.


To say we’re heartbroken is an understatement so I won’t say any more other than to thank Louis for being, as we always told him every day, “such a good boy”.


05 Nov

Louis’ Italian Cousin

Meet Luigi, a pizza addicted Rhodesian Ridgeback that bears a striking resemblance to Louis.

Louis just keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.

Louis just keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.

Friday is normally home made pizza night which entails “Luigi” making regular appearances in the kitchen on the off chance that the cheese is about to come out. Once that happens he won’t move until he’s helped distribute it along with any suitable toppings.

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