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Friday
30 Jul
2010

Doctor Louis

Sometimes play with Louis gets a bit boisterous. That’s the way we like to play. As a consequence I suffer a few scrapes due to Louis’ paws. There’s never any malicious intent; he’s always after the toy.

Interestingly it’s always Louis that stops the play as he senses if he’s scratched me. He then does his impersonation of the doctor that rebuilt the six million dollar man as he tries to repair me by licking my wounds. It’s not a cursory few repair licks; he carries on and on until he’s told to stop.

Louis repairing Andy.

We can rebuild him

After a hard time repairing me Louis had to take a break. Here he is sharing the master sofa with Sue…

Get orfffff my sofa!

Nice pillows, fnarr fnarr.

After sharing the sofa it was time for Louis’ “the weekend starts here” pizza courtesy of Sharon, Darren and Codee. The other day at work I found a cling-filmed package of two slices of what looked like a chocolate tart. I was just about to take a bite when Sharon indicated across the office that that would not be a good idea. Turns out the chocolate tart was doggie-pizza for Louis.

Here’s Louis waiting for the pizza delivery boy – me:-

Louis' pizza

Louis-gi's pizza (excuse the Italian play on names)

Friday
23 Jul
2010

Prisoner Codee

We used to use a baby gate to keep Louis from climbing up the stairs – we felt that would be too risky for an “act now, think never” kind of dog that Louis is when combined with a staircase with no carpet.

After a while he became conditioned to the idea of not going up the stairs so we took the gate down. If we go upstairs now you end up with a doleful looking dog at the bottom step.

Codee, however, has destroyed the gate that Sharon & Darren had put up to keep her in the kitchen (or out of it, I’m not sure) when they were out. So, waste not, want not the baby (puppy) gate has been passed on.

I told Sharon that when the gate went in she should have her camera ready as I reckoned Codee would give her “a look”. She wasn’t disappointed…

Codee behind bars

What did I do wrong?

Thursday
15 Jul
2010

Lazy Louis

We’re having trouble getting Louis off his houndy butt in the morning for his first walk of the day. Also on a number of occasions Sue’s got him down to the valley and let him off his lead and he’s headed back home.

We’ve a number of theories all of which end up as my fault.

The conspiracy theories are:-

  1. He’s depressed as I’ve been away so doesn’t like to lose sight of me.
  2. He’s poorly. However he still wants to play like a loony-hound at all times so that can’t be right.
  3. He’s getting on a bit. Louis is 4 1/2 years old. Maybe he just wants a lie in (who doesn’t?).
  4. He’s bored with Suzy – take a look at the photo below and draw your own conclusion.
  5. He doesn’t see the point – since his “operation” we wonder if he no longer feels the need to get out there and make his mark on anything and everything that sticks out of the ground. He still sniffs and marks but is this through habit rather than a need to find a lady-hound?

Personally I think it’s a bit of everything. I’m sure this weekend will set him straight as we will run the boy ragged down in the valley.

Suzy and Louis, Sofa King and Queen

Suzy and Louis, Sofa King and Queen

Tuesday
13 Jul
2010

Home and away

I walk, feed and do most things with the boy but when Andy disappears it’s like our whole world falls apart. No unnecessary tidying, no remote control hogging, no preparing food or cups of tea. We feel a little redundant. Andy plays with Lou more than I do so I have tried but he gets a tad bored with my namby-pamby attempts.

All is well now though. Andy is back, Lou now settles at night and has started walking three times a day. We need a cardboard cut-out if Andy insists on leaving us regularly.