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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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Friday
26 Dec
2008

Duck-filled-dog…

We’ve had two ducks on the freezer for quite a while, taking up valuable space. Duck is off the menu at the moment whilst we’re on our diet.

Rather than waste them the ducks went in the oven and I came home from work the other day to a very contented, duck filled dog with a very large belly.

He’s had duck for the last few days but no more; this morning he was sick whilst we were round at my folks. That was nice! Mind you it might not be the duck’s fault; he was given a few non standard snacks yesterday after Christmas dinner.

Sunday
14 Dec
2008

Androcles and the lion…

We had our own Aesop’s fable last night. Sue returned from the evening walk early as Louis had started limping part way round.

We couldn’t see anything obvious in his paw but, on closer inspection with a torch I could see what looked like a piece of glass. Louis was very good through all of this but we put his muzzle on at this point just in case he didn’t view what was coming next too kindly.

I tried to get it out with a pair of tweezers but had no joy. It was obviously a nasty piece of glass as Louis was pretty jumpy with it. He’s pretty good in his muzzle but you can’t help but feel bad as he looks at you.

Anyway; the use of tweezers must be a girlie thing as Sue managed to get a grip on the very end of the offending piece. One second later we had a piece of glass out that was between 8 and 10mm in length; no wonder he was unhappy. Two seconds later the muzzle was off and Louis was bounding around again. To make us feel better he got given loads of Schmako treats.

The amount of glass on the pavements has got worse since the local authorities started recycling collections. Glass is recycled on alternate Tuesdays and that evening usually ends up with quite a few sections of the pavement covered in glass. Very Victor Meldrew of me I know but I am getting old so can therefore moan and complain without worry.

Tuesday
02 Dec
2008

Red means danger…

Louis can now forecast the weather. If we are getting ready to go out for a walk and his red dog coat appears it means the weather is going to be miserable.

The dog coat is red; I know he doesn’t see colours the way we do so he must associate the coat itself with bad weather and getting wet and cold.

Tonight he was all anxious about going out, following me to the front door. Then the dog coat came out and he was off like the proverbial rocket. He disappeared into the kitchen and onto his bed. When I cornered him there he tried to escape under the kitchen table but couldn’t find a way through the chair legs.

His forecast was right – it was nasty out there. Frosty and therefore very slippy. Then it started to sleet. Louis doesn’t like getting his head wet so he regularly uses the person on the other end of the lead to rub his head against and dry himself.

The ultimate revenge is his anyway as, when he gets back in the house, he shakes himself and redecorates the hall.

Monday
01 Dec
2008

Where did you get that hat?

Lyme Park again – this time it’s my turn for photographic glory although I have definitely been upstaged by the Hat_Wearing_Hound.

Do you like my hat?

Do you like my hat?

I thought he would try to kill the hat and then eat it but he didn’t act like a catwalk diva. He modelled it perfectly. I might try him in a Santa hat next. To be honest the reason he was so still is that he had just copped sight of a herd of deer; I think he was imagining venison for tea.