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Yes, I really am cooking breakfast for the dog today.  Silly Buddy has spent the latter part of the week chewing on a mobile phone charger and a piece of wooden beading that came loose in our kitchen.  All of Friday his tummy was making these loud squeaks and gurgles, so off to the vet we went.

He’s now got to spend five days on a diet of white rice and cottage cheese.  Hence, I am boiling rice up this morning for the dog.  Boil in the bag stylee – I love our pets sometimes.  At least they keep life interesting.

Buddy before his hair cut – I think it’s cute (hehe), Mr Rigg does not.  Buddy says it was hot.

Mr Rigg recently did his back in and spent a week doing this…which as it happens is Buddy’s favourite sleeping pose…boys…

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Mr Rigg, Buddy and I spent this morning down on the allotment attempting to work off the copious amounts of rich food we have eaten over Christmas.

Though the jobs involved shifting poo and digging out a small oak tree, and at one point the rain came driving down, we had a good morning.

The large mound of manure has now gone and the allotment looks very neat…if very brown and slightly smelly.  We relocated four rhubarb crowns from the middle of the allotment to the bottom, to sit happily with the other rhubarb plants.

I cleared quite a number of ratty looking raspberry canes from the end behind the ‘shed’ (should be called a shack really), and together we dug out a small oak tree (one more to go).  I know it sounds terrible to be digging out an oak tree, but the allotment officer advised we should before they get too big.

Before we left we lit up the Kelly Kettle – its first use, despite being Mr Rigg’s birthday present back in May. 

With the bottom part filled with newspaper and tiny fir cones, it soon got the water boiling and we enjoyed a cup of herbal tea in our new enamel ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ mugs.  Perfect for allotment picnics!

Our Christmas day morning was spent munching on some of the best bought buttery croissants (from Waitrose) topped with generous spoonfuls of our homemade strawberry jam.  And if you’re me, an extra helping of butter.

Then we helped Buddy open his stocking – our first Christmas with him – and he was so funny.  He was so interested as Mr Rigg began to open the bag of goodies…

perhaps not so keen on the silly Father Christmas hat and scarf chosen by me…

…but he does love his new friend Mr Pheasant…

…especially when you squeeze him and he honks …

Ah, the joys of Christmas with animals!

What do you think of Buddy’s new snow beard?  Perhaps more a goatee.  As you can see he is having great fun in the snow – he races around the garden, growling, trying to eat mouthfuls of it, and get you to play with him.

The downside is he comes back in sporting a snow beard.  And then he’s made to sit still while I snap silly pictures of him – he doesn’t seem to be a dog who likes his photo taken.

But the upside of frosty beards and chilly paws…snuggling in towels in the warmth of the kitchen…all say awww…

Here’s our lovely dog Buddy posing as I test out my new camera!  I’ve finally (FINALLY!) saved up enough to buy myself a really great camera.

No more slightly dodgy phone camera pictures.  No more badly composed broken-screen camera photos.  Just lovely lovely pictures…well as long as I can figure out all the different settings and how to use it properly!

Yesterday we had a lovely time playing with Buddy in our local park.  If you throw a tennis ball he’s off like a shot after it and determined to catch it, with lots of growling if he misses it.

With the weather bringing more rain the park is getting wetter, which ultimately means more chance to slip.  Buddy has had a few near misses in his determination to ‘get that ball’. 

Yesterday the near misses culminated in one almighty tumble – first his front legs slid under him, then his shoulder and face met with the muddy grass, his bottom and feet came up over his shoulders and finished in a roll.

Poor Buddy – he had a mouth full of grass, one side of his face the hair was slicked back, his collar was full of mud – but he looked so happy!  He was less happy when we got home and the hose pipe came out…

We also tried Petplan’s pet IQ test out on Buddy over the weekend and he scored quite well – good fun have a go!

I have had a lovely weekend.  After travelling back to Cheshire with the little sister, I have…

  • Played with the bunnies and taken lots of photos of them

  • Made a scrummy summery vegetable barley risotto – topped with crispy bacon bits for us and veggie sausage for the little sister

  • Gone to the carboot and come back with a new dress, some charming old books and a  glass jug

  • Been to see the new Twilight film Eclipse with the little sister and felt like I was 16 all over again (Taylor Lautner is SO yum)

  • Come back to reality (although Taylor Lautner is still SO yum) and washed the dog

  • And made my favourite tomato spaghetti

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend too!

This is Buddy and me in a meadow near our house.  We are really enjoying the warm evenings and the pretty countryside around where we live.  I love England when it’s like this.  Buddy loves racing and bouncing through the long grass, then rolling in it to cool down.

We are also doing a doggy behavioural training programme which we started on Sunday.  Buddy has ‘other dog’ issues and we are seeking knowledge advice from a canine behaviour expert to help us and Buddy through these problems.  Our first session was really positive, we learnt a lot and now have lots to put into pratice until we go back for our next session.  Wish us luck!

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