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Monday
29 Aug
2011

Transit Lounge

The first part of the move was completed last Friday when we handed over the keys to our house. We’d lived there for almost 23 years so wandering through the empty rooms in those final moments brought back lots of memories. We were sad to leave but we’re also looking forward to the “new” house. We were out looking for garden gates today (for garden gate read Louis imprisonment barriers – they will be to keep him in the back garden.) but on the way “home” autopilot kicked in and I was heading back to the old place before Sue nudged me in the ribs and pointed out the literal error in my ways.

Hopefully this next part will go to plan and we should get the keys in a few days. In the meantime we are in transit staying with Sue’s mum. I’m being spoilt rotten and Louis has his own sofa so all is good. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for stage 2 going to plan and then we’ll be busy with the move for a while although I’m sure there will be plenty to blog about as Louis explores his new domain.

Sadly Louis’s old sofas went to sofa heaven by way of an attack with a saw and a lump hammer. We’ve kept a few of the larger cushions so he has some memories of the old house too.

Saturday
13 Aug
2011

Sofa Saga

We’re busy getting ready for moving out; our fingers are still crossed. Consequently we’ve been carting stuff to store at my folk’s place plus Sue’s ma’s house.

When Sue takes stuff round to her mum’s house she stops there for a few hours for a chat and a cuppa, leaving me and Louis in harmony with a sofa each to lounge on.

When Sue gets back chaos ensues as Louis has to relinquish his sofa, much to his disgust. We then have to put up with Louis’ established guerrilla tactics to get his sofa back. This follows pretty much the same path each time:-

  1. Stand in front of me staring directly at me, no tail wagging. This means “Go to bed.”
  2. Race to the patio barking to let us know there is a lion in the back garden. This gets one of us off a sofa to let him out. He then has a quick scoot around the garden and races back in to reclaim his sofa – this doesn’t work as he gets moved off.
  3. Sit in front of the patio for 5 minutes and starts whimpering to let us know he really needs to pee (he doesn’t). Again one of us gets up, Louis races out, cocks his leg (usually on Sue’s tomato plant as revenge) and then races in and onto his sofa.
  4. Repeat combinations of 2 & 3 until either Sue gives up and we end up squashed on one sofa whilst he stretches out on the other or I go to bed and he claims the silverback’s sofa.

We will be sad to leave this place; Louis will be sadder, I’m sure. We haven’t told him the sofas are going to sofa heaven. Here’s Louis on his second most favourite sofa:-

Louis The Ridgeback Glued To A Sofa

Louis The Ridgeback Glued To A Sofa

Monday
01 Aug
2011

Lazy Louis Days

We’re experiencing a bit of an English heatwave at the moment with temperatures hitting the mid twenties. Louis has his African heritage to fall back on when it gets too hot.

I’ve decoded his instinctual behaviour and determined that, when it gets too hot, Louis responds with an in-built energy saving defense mechanism.

Louis Taking A Nap

I own this rug

As you can see Louis’ instinct is to go “horizontal”.

Ridgeback Louis Rug Guarding

Ridgeback Louis Rug Guarding

I don’t suppose we can complain about Louis’ inertia; after all we have been lion free in the back garden since he arrived.