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06 Oct

The Old Ones Are The Best Ones

As you’ll see from the photo below Louis gets ever more distinguished as the days pass by.

He has his own definition of how long a walk should be and when he would like to go on one. Routine is important to him (feeding time is 11:30 and he starts staring at you from 11:15 onwards – even taking into account when the clocks change).

We try and cater to his every whim but he still surprises us with his never ending desire to play tug of war. The play sessions don’t last as long as they used to but he’d play every day if he could badger us into doing so.

Here he is just after a play session in the back garden. The tug toy is one of the original ones we got years and years ago and is still holding out well. It’s faded after being left out in all weathers and it absolutely reeks but that doesn’t bother him.

Louis' toy

Louis taking a break but still letting me know who owns the toy.

You’ll see a discarded toy in the background – why play with that one when there’s something that smells like fermented damp socks to have a nibble on.

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.

13 May

Louis’s Been Collared

Ever since he was a pup Louis has had minimalist collars; usually plain rolled leather.

Sue has always wanted to dress him up with girly-girl collars that are either pink, contain diamantes or bone shaped add-ons.

She got her own way (as usual) and hit two thirds of her target.

This is what I came home to the other day:-


Louis doesn’t appear to be too bothered about being dressed up. To be honest nothing appears to bother him too much these days!