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06 Dec

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

I’ve had very little free time recently to try and catch Louis doing anything other than pester for food or sleep. Sue’s had me busy working on the house and we now have a proper fire door between the garage and the house rather than a door with a sheet of asbestos screwed to it.

In addition to that I’ve spent days under the floorboards insulating all the water pipes. There’s not a lot of height down there (ranging from 6 brick courses down to 4 at the lowest). When you allow for the water pipes themselves then there’s very little room to manouvre. I’m not good at all in confined spaces but have discovered that if I just get on with the job in hand then I’m not too bad. If I stop to think then I end up going all Charles Bronson towards the end of The Great Escape.

Anyway – much to Sue’s relief – I’ve nearly done that job so she doesn’t have to dust daily.

Due to all this work I have neglected my furry buddy and I’ve resolved to play some more with him. After finishing my jobs for the evening I thought I would get his Kong toy and play tug of war with him.

This is what I found when I went looking for him:-

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

I decided to leave him be and I’ll pester him tomorrow.

21 Nov

Basket Case

We’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front recently; there’s been lots to do in and around the house. Coupled with this I had to make a trip to Korea and then our head office in Hiroshima. The Korean trip was back to Daejeon where I was earlier this year.

I was away for a week in total and it was great to get back home (I enjoyed my trip – I got a chance to catch up with some of my mates from around the world but there’s no place like home). As the taxi pulled up outside the house I could see Louis sat looking out of the front window. Sue had “told” him that I was coming home and he refused to move from that spot until I got back.

As usual he went a tad mental when I got through the door but after an hour or so of being followed around the house to make sure I wasn’t going to disappear again then he settled down to get some kip. His pack was intact again so his job was done and he could relax. Here he is:-

Louis In "I can sleep anywhere" Mode

Who needs a pillow?

I don’t know how he can sleep in such a position with his head sticking out over his basket but he seems to have no problem. The basket is plenty big enough for him to get his head down on his blanket but sometimes he ends up in this position. To be honest he spends more time asleep on one of his sofas than in his basket and Sue is to blame for this. Louis knows that sofas must be better than baskets in the same way he knows that what is on our dinner plates is better than what’s in his food bowl. As I type this Sue is snoozing on one sofa and Louis is on the other whilst I’m on the floor. Something not quite right with this scene…..

04 Nov

All The World’s A Stage

It’s firework time of the year over here in the UK. Louis has been consistent in his approach to fireworks ever since he was a pup. If he’s out walking and a firework goes off nearby then he doesn’t bat an eyelid.

If he’s in the house then it’s a different kettle of fish. Every firework is a direct assault on his own precinct 13 which he is in charge of.

It’s now just after 9pm on the 4th November and it’s quietened down now (tomorrow will be the worst night). Louis is now asleep on “his” sofa. In amongst all his patrolling tonight to defend us from the fireworks we finally managed to catch him as he appears from behind the curtains. Here he is:-

Can You See Me Now

Can You See Me Now

Fingers crossed there will be no more fireworks tonight so we can all enjoy a good night’s kip.

30 Oct

Sleeping Beauty

There’s definitely one huge drawback to owning a bungalow that didn’t cross our minds when we moved. Louis now has an “Access All Areas” mindset such that he keeps pushing his way into our bedroom around 3 in the morning. Sue thinks he needs to water the lawn so gets up to let him out but he just jumps onto the warm, vacated space on the bed.

If he doesn’t get a decent share of the bed then he heads back to his sofa in the lounge. In the meantime I’m wide awake counting sheep and trying to get back to sleep.

We thought at first that he was waking up as we had been missing his evening walk due to all the work we’ve been doing. So we took him for a long evening walk – result – no difference. What’s really galling with this is that both Sue and Louis can get back to sleep in milliseconds whilst I usually stay awake until half an hour before the alarm clock is due to go off.

Anyway – here’s a nice close up of my furry friend doing what he does best – snoozing.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty