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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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Saturday
23 Jul
2011

Fridge Magnet

I’ve always been in two minds as to whether Louis is a sight or scent hound; to be honest I think he’s a jack of all trades rather than a master of one when it comes to his instinctual behaviour.

One thing he can do though, is detect the fridge door opening irrespective of how deep a dog-nap he is in. If I try to sneak into the kitchen for a snack of some kind that doesn’t involve the doe-eyed “you never feed me” look he gives you, then I have a 30 second window in which to scoff something.

If I exceed this time limit then I get to hear the “schlump” as he slides off the sofa followed by the “tic tac” noise he makes as he pads across the laminate flooring to come and see what’s on offer.

I’ve been collecting fridge magnets for the last few years when on my travels; little did I know that we look after a 45 kg furry fridge magnet that displays animal magnetism whenever the fridge door opens.

Sunday
17 Jul
2011

Too Hot To Play

We’ve been busy this week emptying the garage and clearing the sheds in anticipation of the move; fingers crossed still.

It’s been good weather and Louis has been bewildered with all the goings on with things spread all the lawn and Sue and I disappearing to deposit stuff at my ma & pa’s. As it’s been hot he’s been lazily observing all the frantic activity from this vantage point:-

Lazy Ridgeback Louis

Lazy Ridgeback Louis

Louis is nearly 6 now and has a pronounced “snout in the sugar bowl” look going on; he’s definitely mellowing a bit as far as his own personal space goes. When he was younger you couldn’t lie down next to him – he’d be up and off. Just after I took this photo I decided to take a break from the garage clearing and lay down next to Louis for a short dog-nap.

Sunday
10 Jul
2011

Table Manners

We’ve all been pretty busy these last few weeks as we are in the process of selling the house. Fingers crossed as we have a buyer and we’ve found the house we’ve been looking for. Our offer has been accepted so it’s a case of keeping two sets of fingers crossed; one for the sale and one for the purchase.

When things are a little more certain I’ll reminisce about our time here; almost 23 years.

Anyway – we’ve been tidying up and Louis has been watching the goings on with bewilderment. Some things are written on stone though and Louis can rely on me doing the Sunday roast. Today was another bbq roast.

Here’s Louis misbehaving at the table – he only does this with Sue as she lets him get away with it – to be honest she encourages it.

Louis table surfing

Louis trying to muscle in on the Sunday roast

Part of the tidying up involves invading Pete & Josie’s place next door and setting up a temporary pond for the fish. I’ve been treated to their view of Louis a few times as he’s been watching me at work. I’ll take the camera round one day and catch the view from their side but here’s Lou keeping an eye on what’s going on over the fence.

Lookout Louis

Lookout Louis

Keep your fingers crossed for our move…