Yesterday was a very special day – it was Miss Daisy’s first birthday, and Rosie, her number one fan, decided that we should mark the occasion with a canine birthday pawty! They spent the morning baking …
….a whole pile of crunchy peanut butter treats, as well as a doggy birthday cake …
Before long it was time for the birthday girl to put on her pawty hat ….
As her special guest was about to arrive – the extremely handsome Lionel ..
Whilst the youngsters played and the humans chatted (Daisy was sure Lionel was laughing at her hat!), Ben just wanted to sample the cake …
Not long to wait Ben! Light the candle and join in the singing .. Happy Birthday Miss Daisy, Happy Birthday to you.
But all too soon the pawty came to an end and it was time for Lionel to go home. Everyone, especially Daisy, had a wonderful time.
Happy first birthday, Daisy. We hope you had a pawfect day!!
The rain clouds have all blown away and today was a wonderfully warm, mellow autumnal day. The newfies love this time of year – all their summer lethargy disappears – and they eagerly anticipate their daily outings. Today we visited Snapes Point, always a favourite ….
We don’t actually live very far from Snapes Point as the crow flies, but because the estuary meanders between the hills, disappearing into innumerable little creeks and inlets, it takes us about half an hour to reach the car park. Then Ben’s first through the gate ….
The field where we went blackberrying last month has all been ploughed now, and there are far fewer boats in the creek than we saw just a few weeks ago…..
A very autumnal feeling – lots of little mushrooms scattered across the fields …..
I’m not very good at identifying fungi, so when we got home I consulted my books ….
Rather old – positively vintage in fact – but I’m sure that fungi won’t have changed that much! I didn’t find my little mushrooms though since, as usual, I became distracted by the illustrations, so much work – such detail and lovely colours. I much prefer botanical illustrations to photographs …
Wonderful! But I am good at identifying different hips, haws and berries in the hedgerows and was delighted to discover an abundance of beautiful scarlet rose hips. I gathered nearly 2 lbs, and intend to try making my Auntie Joyce’s rose hip jelly tomorrow ….
But tonight we all have tired legs, feet and paws – so it’s an evening in front of the TV for us. Should we choose Strictly Come Dancing (my preference) or another rerun of The Wonder of Dogs (as preferred by Daisy?!)?
Sorry Daisy – I’m in charge of the remote – so it’s Strictly tonight I’m afraid!!
I had planned to tell you all about my lovely weekend. The fantastic summer weather continues and our parish fete at Stokenham was a great success ….
… lazy lunches in the summer house …..
… and a new young Blackbird family have moved into our hedge….
But yesterday evening, as I took the Newfies for a walk in Brooking Wood, just a little way from home, we had a horrible experience. We were strolling along the path together, with Daisy leading the way as usual, whilst Ben brought up the rear of our procession in a very stately manner. Then suddenly, from nowhere, a Rottweiler burst out of the undergrowth snarling and growling – and started to attack Daisy. She was terrified – she is quite large now, but at 8 months still just a baby – and a baby of a very non-agressive breed too. She tried to flee, but it had hold of her back and was beginning to drag her down. I could hear the owner somewhere in the distance shouting “Get here you b***** f******!” but of course it took no notice.
Luckily help was at hand – Daisy somehow managed to wriggle free, and then a huge black furry shape bristling with anger charged into the fray and pushed himself between his baby sister and the Rottweiler. It was Ben!! I did not know he could be so scary – he was clearly absolutely determined that no Rottweiler was going to hurt his Daisy. He was growling and somehow puffed himself up so he looked even more enormous. (and at around 170 lbs he was big to start with) He didn’t attack though – just demonstrated the classic Newfie behaviour of putting himself between the loved one and the threat. The Rottweiler looked uncertain, but just as I think it was going to launch itself at Ben, the owner appeared, grabbed it and started to wallop it with the lead. I was then able to comfort and reassure Daisy who was shaking with shock and fright, as well as suggesting to the owner that a leash and muzzle would be appropriate when walking this dog – imagine (1) if I hadn’t had Ben and (2) if it had been a child that was attacked. Muttering something to himself the owner dragged the dog away.
You wait for me little one
Fortunately Daisy wasn’t harmed – her thick woolly coat – and Ben of course – saved her, and when we returned home there were extra treats all round – and a glass of wine for me! Today I took them to the beach in the early morning cool .. no Rottweilers there ….
You check that way and I’ll look over there
And it’s good to know that Daisy can rely on her Big Bro to keep her from harm’s way (even though he thinks she is very annoying a lot of the time!)
You’re safe with me little sister!
Well done Ben!
Cute button nose and shiny black eye?
A very handsome young fellow.
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