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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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Sunday
30 Jan
2011

Ridgeback On A Rope

Louis’ energy levels are on the up at the moment; he wants to play all the time.

I’ve just finished cooking the Sunday roast but have had to do this whilst attached to this; a dog on a rope:-

Ridgeback On A Rope

Ridgeback On A Rope

Louis would play the tug game all day if sleeping didn’t get in the way.

Friday
28 Jan
2011

Louis’ Goody Cupboard

Louis is not happy with his imposed diet; as far as he is concerned our contract is that he keeps lions out of the back garden and, in return, he is fed his normal amount of food and a performance related bonus related to how many lions (don’t) actually make it into the back garden.

So far he has a 100% record so he thinks a daily bonus is payable. If he’s not happy with his payment arrangement then he stages an industrial sit in.

Here he is on a sit in; the cupboard directly in front of him is his goody cupboard:-

Louis on strike & picketing

Louis on strike & picketing

Louis is consistent in his behaviour so the picture above is not a flash in the pan. Here he is a short while later and he’s still on patrol and guarding the goody cupboard:-

Louis' magic goody cupboard

Louis' magic goody cupboard

Those astute readers of this blog would conclude that the two pictures above are one and the same. They are not as they were taken a few seconds apart but the next photo is a minute or two later and you can see that Louis remains devoted to the goody cupboard.

Louis guarding the goody cupboard

Louis guarding the goody cupboard

Louis gave up first and is now fast asleep on his sofa.

Wednesday
26 Jan
2011

Visit To The Vet

It was Louis’ annual visit to the vet yesterday where he got his jabs for the year. He’s not been to the vets for a while as he’s rebelled against walking that far. Consequently he’s not been weighed for a while and we found out that he’s put on around 4 kg since his “operation”.

So, much to his disgust, Louis is now on a diet. We’ve cut down his dinner a bit and reduced the number of treats he gets whilst out walking. After we got back from his evening walk just now he went in the kitchen and just sat by the cupboard door where all his food and treats are kept. Seeing that the magic door was not going to be opened he slinked off into the lounge and dug out his kong toy and kept on dropping it at my feet until I relented and filled it.

Louis will be back to weekly weigh-ins at the vets from now on until he gets back to normal. As a precaution the vet wanted to take some blood samples for checking so he had to go back this morning. Here’s a picture of Louis resting on the sofa after returning from the procedure.

Louis resting after visiting the vet

Louis resting after visiting the vet

You can see the plaster on his leg where they took the sample. The plaster is now off and he has a little bald patch where he was shaved. We get the results back in a week.

Sunday
16 Jan
2011

Time Marches On…

Another year has gone by; this is marked by the annual photo of Sid on his Christmas holiday. Usually it’s a Guinness in his hands but this year it’s a huge glass of Dab lager. Sid et al will be over in the UK soon; I hope he remembers his wallet this time.

Sid & a splash of Dab

Sid & his love of the German purity laws

You can tell Sid is an English tea drinker; check out his little finger; an Englishman’s finger must always be below the handle.

Look in the background and you can see a very grinny Amaya. Plus you can see Pete is ageing well compared to Sid!