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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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29 Dec

Farewell Louis


Well here’s the post I never wanted to write.


We had to say goodbye to our beloved boy on Christmas Day, just two days off his twelfth birthday.


To say we’re heartbroken is an understatement so I won’t say any more other than to thank Louis for being, as we always told him every day, “such a good boy”.


26 May

Design Flaw

Whoops. During the work on the house the original bath has survived all the upheaval and I’ve used it daily whilst Sue has sneaked off to her mum’s for a shower.

However the time has come to get started on fitting the new bathroom; the builders finished on Tuesday (thank you Stuart and Nathan) and I’ve no excuse for not working.

Anyway – with the change in the bathroom layout it soon became apparent that the cast iron bath was not going to leave in the same dignified manner that it was originally installed. We’ve re-positioned the door to the bathroom and it was not possible to manouevre the bath out. I had hoped to sell it it as it was a beauty of a bath (apart from the yellow colour).

So – with a deadline to get the new bath in and operational – a decision had to be made.

Here’s the bath after adjustment to allow it to be removed:-

Battered Bath

Oops, is it broken?

There’s a few dints in the new plaster due to the shrapnel that came flying off during the bath “adjustment”.

29 Apr

Savour The Flavour

Louis got his snout into an empty crisp packet the other day and his reaction was another endorsement of the superiority of Walkers Cheese & Onion flavour, (I know dogs aren’t supposed to eat onions).

He went mental trying to get all the flavour out of the bag and it was interesting to watch his paw and snout in action as he super-cleaned the inside of the packet.

Crispy Crawler

Crispy Crawler

The empty packet was so clean at the end of this exercise it could have been re-used.

The building work continues – the end is in sight as the plasterer’s are now in and the kitchen gets fitted next week. We’re looking forward to getting the house back to ourselves. The guys who have been doing the job are great; very helpful, tidy and industrious but it will be great when they are gone. It will also be nice to get some heating in and some doors in too – half the house is unheated at the moment and Spring has yet to sprung.

05 Mar

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.