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Once again found out that videos no longer worked due to an out of date plugin and the need to pay for a licence. Abandoned that and the videos are now back up and running.

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
25 Mar
2012

Blanket Bandit

Louis has a daily routine that involves one of his many blankets. He usually does this straight after his midday meal.

Louis the blanket bandit

Louis the blanket bandit

As you can see it involves grabbing his blue blanket (courtesy of KLM – many thanks!) and running off with it. He tries to hide it and won’t hand it back. Now that Spring is here he’s taking the opportunity to enlarge the playing field by looking for a blanket hiding place in the back garden.

Sunday
11 Mar
2012

Serving Hatch Hound

Our new home has a particularly seventies “Good Life” feature with a serving hatch from the kitchen through to the lounge/dining room.

Here’s a view from the kitchen as Sue gets close to finishing the Sunday roast:-

Serving Hatch Hound

Serving Hatch Hound

I’m focussed on the camera; Louis is totally focussed on the bowl of baked bread that is out of sight but, if you follow his gaze, you can guess it’s not too far away.

Sunday
11 Mar
2012

The Crufts Effect

I would imagine that we’re not the first to make this observation. We’ve seen this ever since we got Louis but have only just got round to blogging it.

Quite simply the number of dogs you see being walked must double during the Crufts dog show. We take Louis down the valley every weekend come rain or shine and see just one other dog, Cassie, when we’re down there.

Yesterday, however, there were loads of other dogs down there so Louis had a good run around meeting some new four-legged things to sniff. When Louis sees a stranger, be it a dog or a biped, his reaction is to go into stalking mode. He goes down flat to the ground and shuffles forward until he gets to the point where he jumps up and races towards the “intruder”. This can be quite intimidating for bipeds but other dogs know what to do.

At one point we met a lady with three dogs. Two of them ignored Louis and the feeling was mutual. The third, however, wanted to meet his challenge so he ran at Louis before he could. It was a small dog and he ran at Louis likes a bullet. As he came level with us Louis rose up from his stalking position and went to say “hello”. The other dog veered out of the way at high speed only to shoot off the side of the path and into fresh air followed by a 12ft drop onto a muddy river bank. It was comedic to watch but we worried that the dog was okay. A few seconds later he appeared back on the path; just a little muddier.

Crufts finishes today so within a week we’ll have the valley back to ourselves. Louis will return to making sure the valley is cat free and all the squirrels are in the trees where they belong.

Monday
05 Mar
2012

Bisto Kid

Louis has supreme smelling powers when it comes down to knowing when to make an appearance in the kitchen, especially the Sunday roast. You can open the oven door many times during the cooking process but he won’t leave the sofa until he knows it’s ready – why waste valuable mooching time?

Here’s a good picture of Louis on full alert for his share of the meal. He’s interested in the silver foil that was covering the joint.

Bisto Kid

You’ll note the bespoke kitchen unit which was created yesterday in anticipation of the lads knocking down the kitchen wall this morning. We spent the weekend moving cooker wiring, cupboards etc so that they can get the wall down and fit the last of the steel beams in.