Tuesday, 14 March 2017

It's my Gotcha Day!

Dear Cherry,
It's my Gotcha Day today!  Four years ago today Mummy came to my RGT kennel, put a new collar around my neck, a new coat on my back and put me in the back of her car to take me home with her.  She'd "got me" and she promised she would never let me go.  She has kept her promise and I'm such a happy boy.
I'm sorry to hear your Mummy is poorly.  I don't know what I'd do if my Mummy had to go away without me.  It's bad enough when she goes to work!  I always know when she's due home and start to pace around the house and look for her out of the lounge window to make sure I don't miss her arrival.  I know your Mummy wouldn't ever leave you by choice so I'm sending her lots of loving licks in the hope they will help her to get better.
Mummy and I went to the beach today and I found her some treasure as a Thank You for her coming to rescue me four years ago.  Mummy collects sea glass and keeps it in a special dish, so I did my best to find her some nice pieces to add to her collection.
Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day and we were out walking Bembridge Down and Culver Cliff for two hours!  There were so many sniffs up there and more rabbits than you could imagine.  It was great fun!  It's one of our favourite walks as there is always something new to see.  Yesterday we saw the remains of a campfire amongst the trees.  It was still smoking although there was no-one around so they can't have been gone long, unless they were hiding in the bushes, watching us.
I am so glad to see that Spring is on the way.  I love the warmer weather when I can feel the warmth of the sun on my fur.  I have some beautiful winter coats to keep me warm, but I'd rather not have to wear them at all.  I feel so free when all I have to wear is my harness.
Well I'm going to have my special Gotcha Day dinner now - roast chicken with rice and scrambled egg!  Yummy!
Write back soon dear cousin Cherry.
Love & Licks
Arik xxx

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Strange Times

Dear cousin Arik,

How are you? It's been ages since we wrote to each other.
We haven't really done much to talk about, except recently it's been a bit of a strange time.

One day last week, we went on a longish car drive. When we got there, Mummy got out, then Daddy drove home again, and that was it, I didn't see Mummy again, not even when I went to bed that night, which was awfully strange.

Mummy has always been there to cuddle me, scratch my bum, kiss me goodnight, and give me my biscuits. I didn't know what on earth was going on.

Where was she? Why had she abandoned us? Would I ever see her again?
All the next day she wasn't back, and although I love Daddy loads, things didn't feel right. Daddy was a bit miserable too.

I went to bed again that evening with no kiss or cuddle from Mummy - which made me sad because you can never get those times back can you? - and I wondered if that was how life was going to be from now on, just me and Daddy.

The next day, still no Mummy, and I decided she must have left us.

But then, I heard Daddy talking on the phone, and he told me Mummy was coming back.

So she did love us after all!

I waited and waited - a day is such a long time - and then, in the evening, around the time I have my Crackerjacks, a car arrived and out of it came my mummy and a pretty lady who visits us sometimes.

I was so happy, I just wanted to burst. I jumped up and down trying to get to Mummy, but that big dog from next door got in the way and Mummy shouted at him. She was as desperate to get to me as I was to get to her.

Oh what joy to see Mummy back!

I was so happy I ran up and down the gravel drive - don't tell them though as I usually make such a fuss about walking on it - then followed them all indoors and ran around the kitchen table several times.

Mummy laughed and gave me a big cuddle and lots of kisses. I gave her a good smell, just to make sure she really was my mummy. I mean she looked like her, but unless us dogs have a good sniff, you never know!

She didn't look very well, so I now know that she's poorly and had been somewhere to get better, but she was home.

Daddy still did my night time routine that evening because Mummy went to bed early, but I didn't mind, it was just nice to have her back.

But last night, Mummy gave me my biscuits, scratched my bum, cuddled me and kissed me just like usual, and I felt happy with things almost back to normal.
Mummy said she'll probably have to go away again soon, but this time I know she'll be back so I won't worry so much.

Nothing else has happened...ooh except I saw a deer a while ago. Right outside our house. Mummy and I were just going for a walk when it ran across in front of us, into the field. I was so excited I almost pulled Mummy over, but I didn't mean to. I hope that wasn't what made her poorly and have to go away.

I look forward to my walks every day now, in fact if Mummy and Daddy aren't getting ready in time, I make a real fuss so that they know it's walkies time. Well the deer might come again and I don't want to miss it do I!

Mummy said she doesn't know why I get so excited, what do I think I'm going to do if I see another one? I'm on a lead so can't chase after it. I don't know really, I just get so excited when I see something like that. I can really smell them, and I get this strange feeling coursing through me, I just want to chase after them. I can't help it.
You'll understand what I mean, Arik.

Well that's all for now, I'm going to snuggle on the bed with Mummy and make sure she doesn't go anywhere.

Write back soon, you must have lots of news to tell me!

Love and licks,
Cherry xx

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Brrrrr!!! It's really cold out there!

Dear Cherry

Thank you for telling me all about your Yule and Christmas celebrations.  Humans are funny aren't they?  Bring trees into the house, get presents for each other and bulk buy lots of food like the world is about to end.  And for what?  A roast dinner?  They don't usually make this much fuss for a Sunday roast. 

Anyway, I'm not complaining about the presents part because I got some too!  Mummy let's me rip the wrapping paper off myself and then take my new toy to my favourite rug by the back door.  It didn't take me long to pull the stuffing out and strew it all over the floor, but Mummy didn't mind.  She never minds when I wreck my toys.  She's a very understanding Mummy.

It's certainly getting colder outside now isn't it Cherry.  I have to wear my big, thick, purple coat for my walks now.  It's not so bad when it's sunny and we are in a sheltered spot, but if it's a bit windy, or if the clouds are coming over, it feels really cold.

The other day when Mummy and I were walking along the revetment the tide was in.  As it was quite windy, the waves were crashing over the wall.  Mummy just looked at me and said "Looks like we have to time the waves just right today sweetheart.  Shall we make a run for it?"  I wagged my tail at her because it sounded like fun.  It was!  Mummy waited until the waves went away from the wall a bit and then told me to run.  We ran together along the path to where Mummy could see the path was dry on the other side.  We made it just in time to hear the waves crashing back over the wall behind us.  It was lovely to run beside Mummy, she can go quite fast for a human, I was impressed.

Mummy has hung some funny looking food in Nanny's apple tree.  She says it's for the birds because it's Winter time and the local wildlife needs help to survive.  I'm so glad we have nice warm houses and soft comfy beds to sleep in Cherry.  I don't think I'd like to live outside like the birds Mummy is feeding.  Being in kennels was bad enough.

Talking of comfy beds, I think I'll go for a snooze in mine now.  I hope you've enjoyed my latest news.

With lots of Love & Licks,
Arik xxx

Thursday, 22 December 2016

It's Been a While!

Dear cousin Arik,

It's been such a while since either of us posted a blog, but the winter months are rather boring and we don't do much, so there's nothing really to write about.

How have you been?

The weather has been okay here, we've had a few cold days, then it got warmer, but it's cold again now.
I don't mind the cold because I get to wear my nice fleecy coats, and in the evenings, Daddy makes a fire, which is warm and toasty. There's something lovely about watching the dancing flames of a real fire.

Daddy has put the cover on the motor home now, so we won't be going away in it until next spring when it's not so cold, or dark as early.

Talking about dark. Mummy got up in the dark yesterday morning and went and sat out on the patio. She said it was something to do with greeting the sunrise of Winter Solstice, which is the shortest day of the year. Also known as Yule or Midwinter, It marks the start of the increase in daylight hours.

I stayed on the bed with Daddy, I'm not daft!

Mummy enjoyed it though, and later, Daddy joined in with her when she lit candles on a log that she made.

I've just heard Daddy talking about taking me to the vet tomorrow. Uh oh!
I've got a lump on my back foot between my pads. Daddy thinks I've got something in it, and it might be going septic.
It doesn't hurt when I walk - I don't limp on it - but Daddy squeezed it earlier and I screamed, which made Mummy come running. So Daddy thinks we better get it looked at.
Mummy said she'll stay home, she's not good at things like that.
I wish you were here auntie Sara, you'd go with Daddy and hold me while I scream in your ear like last time when you stayed with us, do you remember? I am sorry about that, but my foot really really hurt such a lot.

It's something called Christmas in a couple of days, I wonder if that means nice tasty food or presents. Mummy said I'll have to wait and see!
Well, lots of people seem to be excited about it so it must be good, although Mummy and Daddy don't seem bothered.
Just in case it is something special, I'll wish you and your Mummy a happy Christmas, and hope you have lots of yummy things to eat.

I must go now as it's gone past my dinner time and my tummy is rumbling.

Hope to hear back from you, think of me at the vet's tomorrow!

Love and licks,
Cherry xxx

Friday, 21 October 2016

Crunchy leaves and cobwebs

Dear Cherry,

The leaves are finally starting to fall off the trees here and this means lots of interesting sniffs buried under a crunchy layer of autumn loveliness!  Mummy enjoys watching me snuffle around, although she does keep an eye on me to make sure I don't decide to eat anything I shouldn't.

Despite there being a chill in the air, it's still not cold enough for me to need a coat yet.  Mummy isn't wearing a coat yet either and as the Greyhound rule is "If the human needs a coat, the hound needs a coat" we are both still happy to go out without one.

I can't believe it's nearly the end of October already.  Seems like only yesterday we were on holiday in your house!  Where has the year gone?

You know what the end of October means don't you Cherry?  Halloween!  Mummy asked her Facebook friend who makes hound collars to craft me a new one in Halloween colours.  It's black, orange and purple.  It's very smart indeed and has a sparkly moon and star charm to go with my tag that says "I belong to a Witch".  I'm very proud of my collar and people admire it when they stop to chat to us during our walks.

Talking of witches, did you see the big, bright full moon last week?  Mummy said it was a Supermoon which is something to do with it appearing to be larger and closer than normal.  Anyway, during the night of the full moon I was quite restless, so Mummy got up to let me out in the garden to play.  As it was a beautiful clear night, Mummy put on her long, thick dressing gown and came outside in the garden with me.  Trouble was, she somehow managed to walk head first into a huge cobweb!  Next thing she was dancing around all over the place thrashing her arms around, slapping herself in the face, shaking her hair and wafting the bottom half of her dressing gown around.  I thought it was a new game, so I ran around her doing zoomies!  It was great fun to dance with Mummy.  Mummy said her behaviour will have done nothing to dispel the myths about witches dancing under a full moon, which makes me wonder why she did it.  Still, at least she had some clothes on!  I think it may have had something to do with the big cobweb, but I'm not sure.  I'm not keen on cobwebs either, they tickle my face and make me sneeze but they don't make me dance like Mummy did.

Well I'll have a snooze now as I've just come back from a long walk down the disused railway line behind our house, and I'm feeling a bit tired.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Love & Licks
Arik xxx

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Fun at Exmoor

Dear cousin Arik,

We had a lovely couple of days away recently.
We stayed at a campsite at Exmoor, and met up with Daddy's brother Steve and his wife Ann.

They've got a motorhome similar to ours and we parked on pitches next to each other, it was fun.

Sunday was sunny and warm, so we all sat outside. The hoomans ate lunch and I lay on my bed watching all the comings and goings.

There were lots of people with little dogs, in fact I was the biggest dog on the whole campsite. There were a few annoying yappy dogs who barked every time they saw me, how rude!

In the afternoon we went for a walk around the site then along a grassy area beside a river.
The river had a small slipway, so Mummy and Daddy took me down to the water.
I jumped around in it a bit, then drank some, and auntie Ann videod me in it. And, guess what I did next?
I crouched down and weed in the river. Oops! 
Everyone thought it was so funny, they laughed a lot, but I don't know why. I needed a wee, so I went. But I got my bottom all wet. 

We walked round the shops and Mummy found a bookshop that sold really old books. It smelled funny, but Mummy liked it. I don't understand hoomans sometimes!

In the evening we walked up to the pub so they could all have their dinner. I'd already had mine.
There was a really strange looking dog in the pub, its face was all squished and wrinkly. It was called something like a sharpie. I've never seen one before, nor had Mummy. She said she was glad she had me.

The next day, Steve and Ann went home so it was just Mummy, Daddy and me.
We went for a walk to the shops again and the wrinkly dog was there. His owner was looking in a shop window, and he saw me and ran barking at me, pulling the lead right out of his owner's hand. He ran into the edge of the road and a car had just gone past.

His owner really shouted at him, but it wasn't his fault really, she should have held his lead properly, and been watching him, not looking in the shop window.

Mummy said some people shouldn't be allowed to own dogs, I think I agree. I'm glad I've got hoomans who look after me properly and watch me when we're out because I know I'm a clumsy clot and would hurt myself. But Mummy and Daddy do their best to keep me safe.

We came home on the Tuesday.

I don't think we're going away for a while now because the winter is coming and it gets dark early, so I'll look forward to holidays next year.

I heard Mummy talking to Daddy about going on holiday with you, oh Arik, I hope we do, that would be such fun.

I'm going now because Mummy's got biscuits out, and I might be able to have one. Rich tea fingers, yummy.

Love and licks, Cherry xxx

Friday, 7 October 2016

Where the wild things are

Dear Cherry

I think it's safe to say that Autumn is upon us and the sharp bite of Winter is just around the corner.  It's certainly cold enough for me to wear my blue indoor fleece jacket that we affectionately call my Blue Pyjamas.  It's not quite cold enough for Mummy and Nanny to put the central heating on, but being a sensitive greyhound, I'm feeling the chill in the air and need a bit extra during the afternoons and evenings.  I'm sure you know what I mean Cherry.

Colder nights also mean I snuggle up to Mummy on the sofa for cuddles.  She shares her favourite fleecy blanket with me.  I don't join Mummy on the sofa in the summer because I just get too hot.  It's a shame because I love her cuddles, so I make sure I make it up to her when the weather is colder.

Now I don't know if you have the same wildlife activity in your garden at night Cherry, or if you are even bothered about hunting wildlife like I am, but there are so many interesting noises outside at the moment.  The trouble is, these interesting noises only happen at night.  I can hear them, but Mummy can't, so I pace around the house and cry at the back door to let her know to let me out so I can investigate.  I think I got Mummy up about  four times the other night.  There was something shuffling about in one of the hedges and it was driving me nuts!  Mummy tried calling me inside but I have to confess I ignored her I was so intrigued by whatever it was in the hedge.  In the end Mummy came outside too and clapped her hands at me. I thought she was applauding me and wanted to play so I started to do really fast zoomie laps of the garden.  For some strange reason she wasn't impressed.  She managed to get hold of my collar when I stopped zooming and she ushered me back inside.  We went up to bed but about an hour later I heard the noises again.  I got up and went downstairs, calling to Mummy to let me out but she stayed in bed this time, so I kept calling.  Do you know what she did next Cherry?  She called down to me "Arik for goodness sake, just shut-up and come back to bed!"  I mean, how rude!  Shut-up?  Me?  I was only trying to save Mummy from the wild things and she tells me to shut-up!  I had to give up in the end because Mummy wasn't going to.  She can be very determined when she wants to be.  Anyway, I went back up to her room and curled up next to her on the bed.  She cuddled up to me then, put her arms around me, kissed my head and told me I was a "Good boy".  I had to admit that Mummy's cuddles were a much better way to pass the night than investigating the wild things in the garden, so I've not got up in the middle of the night since.

Well, I'll be signing off now Cherry.  Time for snoozes.

Love & Licks
Arik xxx