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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.

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15 May

April showers bring…

May showers. It’s supposed to be May flowers but global warming has put paid to that. Sue and Louis had to go out for their morning walk today in torrential rain.

Sue’s okay with that (after all she’s togged up appropriately) but Louis does not like walking in the rain; within minutes he’s rubbing his head against you as though you are a walking towel.

This afternoon it was p#ssing down and Louis was sat at the patio door indicating an urgent desire to get out there and see off a pesky squirrel/robin/blue tit/pidgeon (delete as applicable).

I opened the door and off he shot…..into the pouring rain. He’s not only four-paw drive – he’s got excellent doggie-disc brakes and within milliseconds he’d stopped and made the decision that the squirrel/robin/blue tit/pidgeon (delete as applicable) was okay to carry on doing what it was doing.

10 May


Wonderful session on Thursday night.  I took Lou out for a two and a half hour walk that afternoon, a weigh in at the vets Р43 kilos Рfollowed by a visit to my mums.

At training he was a little skittish to begin with then after I rubbed the scent off his beloved brown long haired retriever he settled down to have a well behaved lesson in the great outdoors.

Gold tests are done outdoors so we need lots of practise and, even though I say so myself, he is doing well, when his head’s in the right place. I wormed Lou the other day so take full responsibility for his dodgy tummy and my Saturday lie-in.

10 May

Green green grass…

Louis had one of his few times a year worming treatments the other day and I was woken up by some whimpering early yesterday (Saturday) morning; this usually indicates a dodgy belly.

I got up and let him out and off he rushed to eat some grass. I took him for his walk early (Sue got an (un)deserved lie in as a result!) and he spent most of the way down to the valley chomping grass. He wasn’t even interested in his breakfast sausages.

By the time we got back to the top of the valley Louis was ready to hurl and he deposited four neat piles of steaming grass.

He spent the rest of the day feeling sorry for himself. The good news is that he seems to be back to full pester-capability today.

04 May

The Riverwalk – Grand Rapids

Here’s a pic of the lovely riverwalk by the Grand river. Didn’t take my wellies with me this year so decided to give this a miss.

Grand Rapids Riverwalk

Grand Rapids Riverwalk

As usual didn’t get to do much sightseeing so just took a stroll around the hotel and across the river. I’m sure it would be lovely in the summer!