Ben is a gentle, good-natured, friendly sort of dog who loves going out and about making new friends and catching up with old ones. We are used to people who are perhaps nervous of dogs crossing the road to avoid him, but we’re equally used to friendly folk descending upon him and with many oohs and aahhhs making a great fuss of him. But last week was a little different.
Once he was up on his paws again after his operations, I took him out with me for short walks around and about. He still had stitches in his eyes, and his face was partly shaved so he was definitely not looking his handsome best. But still .. I didn’t expect the totally audible comments of “Uurgh, how disgusting” and “Look at that dog it’s gross…” etc etc that he received from one or two people (not his local friends). And whilst he didn’t understand the words, he certainly picked up on the tone of voice, and his tail lost its cheerful curl and began to droop sadly. So I took him home again and he hasn’t been anywhere he might meet visitors for a while – though now his stitches are out and his eyes are nearly back to normal I think perhaps its time for him to venture a little further afield again. And in the meantime I stitched this ….
For no matter how odd Ben’s face looked after his operation, he was still the same loving, gentle dog inside, and as I’m sure we all know, the same is true for humans too. I hope you like it and the pattern will be in the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.
We are very pleased to report that although Mum’s super-busy right now, she still finds time to take us to the beach!
450 years ago today, in 1564, William Shakespeare was born …..
April 23rd is also St George’s Day, the patron saint of England ….
And, seven years ago today, a little black wriggly creature arrived in the world, who quickly grew a fluffy coat and turned into ……
Ben! Seen here at 10 weeks old. But he wasn’t little for very long. Anxiously watched over by my first Newfie, Amy, he grew and grew and grew …..
Seen here at a year old – he still loved his teddy bears ….
And seen here aged 2, he adored Amy, his “mum” – he wasn’t at all embarrassed to kiss her in public!
He’s always had star quality!
A real surf dude!
Sadly he lost his “mum” (that’s Amy above) in 2010, and was an only dog for a while…
Until in January 2013 ….
He became a big brother when Daisy arrived!
Supervising your naughty little sister can be very tiring ….
Though he loves her very much and is a most excellent big brother!
Happy seventh birthday Ben!!
Following on from my last post – today I took the dogs to the vet’s for their booster shots, and then realised that tomorrow it will be exactly a year since I brought Miss Daisy home. A year since the house was peaceful and quiet … a year since sewing/knitting/sandwiches or anything at all really could safely be left unattended. Although she has improved a lot, de-stuffing my Coastguard’s Cottages draught excluder remains a favourite occupation. The cottage at the end has been re-stitched several times and is definitely suffering from subsidence!
I would like to be able to type that she has grown and changed from a silly little puppy into a mature sensible young dog. However I cannot. I am afraid that I must type that she has grown and changed from a silly little puppy into an even sillier and totally not mature young dog. But she is so sweet-natured and loving it’s hard to remain cross with her for very long, whatever her latest misdeed might be. So here is Daisy’s year in pictures ….
With her much loved big brother never too far from her side. Happy Anniversary Daisy – here’s to the next 12 months!