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22 Nov

Ridgeback’s Third Law

In our house I’ve always had just one rule – we do not disobey the rules of thermodynamics. It’s nice to see that other Ridgebacks also follow the rules of physics.

We had a visitor pass through the site the other day checking on their puppy ridgeback’s weight. David from New Zealand kindly sent in these pictures of his Ridgeback Archer:-

Archer on his sofa

Archer & his blankets

Archer in action

Who needs wings?

Absolutely fantastic pictures that just go to prove Ridgeback’s Third Law – for every action there’s an equal and opposite amount of inertia that involves a sofa.

Thanks for the piccies David & Archer – I was beginning to think that it was only Louis that was welded to a sofa.

24 Jul

What Happens Next?

Louis is still suffering in our English summer but he cannot resist some playtime whatever the temperature. I like to wind Louis up until he decides it’s time to stop playing fairly.

This is Louis just at that very moment before he decides enough is enough.

Louis deciding that it's time to unleash a world of pain.

It’s the final countdown.

I still have all my fingers but the barks he gives to signify battle will soon be joined leaves my eardrums ringing.

This is the aftermath:-

Checking all fingers present and correct

Checking all fingers present and correct

I know the bark is coming – it’s just one – but it still makes me jump after all these years.

01 Jul

Good Old Boy

Summer is upon us and getting Louis unglued off the sofa is proving difficult. He still has his puppy-like moments but they are on his terms and to his timetable.

He’s learning to live alongside the four chickens that now reside in the back garden but it’s an uneasy truce. He sneaked out of the back door one day and decided the chickens needed herding into one spot. This went well until two of the chickens made a break for it and tried to fly past him. Clipped wings don’t lend themselves to aerodynamic efficiency and Louis’ instinct to chase and catch was unleashed. Fortunately for the chickens their noise had alerted us to a problem and we calmed everyone down.

A distinguished looking Louis.

A distinguished looking Louis.

Louis is 8 1/2 years old now and possesses a grey beard and eyebrows that give him a distinguished look – see the piccie above. If he could talk I wonder if he’d ask if there was a canine version of Grecian 2000.

17 Mar

Sofa Stealer

Louis has always loved his sofas. From a puppy he would always try to get onto the sofa. At first he could just stick his head between the cushions but as he grew he got closer and closer to being able to get on them.

When he could jump on them I tried at first to keep him off. I got a burglar sensor pad and wired it up to a siren. He could live with that racket as long as he was on the sofa. (This reminds me of the firework conditioning CD I made for him – he could sit/sleep through hours of explosions in surround sound and not bother. One cracker half a mile down the road and he’d kick off).

In the end we gave up and just tried to protect the sofas as best we could.

In the new house he inherited his own leather sofa:-

Sofa Stealing Hound

All your sofas belong to me.

This sofa is the one on the left. However even this is not enough for our hound. If Sue leaves anything on the other sofa such as a blanket then, as soon as the coast is clear, he’s off his sofa like a rocket and he settles down for a nap on this one.