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

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

A Few Days Away

Dear cousin Arik,

We went away in the new motorhome last week. It took ages to get to the first campsite because there was an accident on the motorway.
A big cattle or sheep transporter had crashed - the whole front and windscreen was all smashed in as if it had rolled over several times.
Mummy was sad as she said the poor animals must have been injured or worse. Then she said maybe it was empty, but Daddy said no, the ramp that the animals walk down had been put out, so there probably were animals in it, poor things.

We eventually got to the site about 5pm. It was in a nice location, with a fishing lake and ducks.

As I was lying on my bed outside, getting some fresh air, a group of eight ducks came up to the van. Mummy laughed at my head moving around all over the place, and said I didn't know where to look first. They were all quacking and waddling about, and really, Arik, I didn't quite know what to do!

But they soon realised they weren't going to be fed and waddled off again. That's the first time I've seen ducks up that close.

Then I scared Mummy by suddenly doing a GSOD. Daddy and Mummy both rushed to see what was wrong, but couldn't find anything. Daddy decided it must have been a touch of cramp because I was lying on my leg. I'm not sure I even know why I did it now, silly sausage aren't I?

We only stayed the one night there because Mummy didn't like the shower/toilet facilities. The showers were the push button ones, but it took about five minutes before any hot water came through, and then it was only warm, and none of the toilets flushed properly. 

So, we drove to another campsite called Luckshall Park. It's right on the river in Hereford. I liked that campsite, so did the hoomans. Mummy said the showers are hot and the toilets flush properly. I'm glad I don't have to worry about things like that!
There's pretty flowers and bushes everywhere, nice green grass - with lots of sniffy things in it - and plenty of trees.  Mummy loves trees, she's got a lovely calm aura when she's around trees. 

Mummy and Daddy went to the cafe for dinner on the first night. I was such a good girl. I laid down on my mat that Mummy takes when we go out, and I stayed there. I didn't beg at the table for food or anything, even though there were delicious smells wafting about.

On the second day, we went for a long walk. It took ages because I had to stop all the time to sniff weemails left by other dogs. We walked through a wooded part first, along a narrow path, which then led out to a path alongside the river, and then into a big field which was planted with different crops like beans, so we were only allowed to walk along a path through the middle of it, but I didn't care, there was so much to sniff.

In the evening, Mummy took me for a walk around the campsite, and we saw the most beautiful sunset. The orangey pink sky, low down on the horizon, was reflected in the river, it was quite magical. Mummy took lots of photos but they don't show it as it really was.
I wish you'd been there with us, Arik, your mummy would have loved it.

It must be a good campsite because we stayed for several days. We'd made friends with the hoomans and doggy in the motorhome beside us, so on the third day, they came over for a cuppa and a chat. Their little dog is sweet, even Mummy liked it, and she doesn't usually like small dogs. It's a Bichon, but not one of those yappy ones. It's really nicely behaved. 

When they'd gone, we went for another long walk. I didn't like it there though and kept wanting to go back.
It was across the road from the campsite, up a long narrow path, into the camp's private woods. Mummy took some photos as it was high up and there's a view out over Hereford, but we didn't walk too far as she knew I didn't like it for some reason. 
In the evening a Facebook friend of Mummy's called Janice came to visit. She publishes our blog posts on her website each week, so your mummy knows her too. The hoomans all had a lovely chat, then Janice and Derek left, and we went to the cafe for dinner. It was very quiet, only two other couples were in there.

The next morning, it was raining, and Mummy wasn't very well - she forgot to bring her medication - so we came home. I like going away, but I must admit it's nice to be back on my own bed and the sofa again. 

Love and licks, Cherry xxx

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Busy times and yummy treats

Dear Cherry,

Mummy and I have been very busy since I wrote last.

Mummy's best friend Lynne made an unexpected visit to the Isle of Wight.  It was lovely for Mummy to see her and spend time with her friend.  They laugh a lot, at the silliest things.

On one lovely sunny day Mummy took Auntie Lynne and I to the seaside at Sandown.  We went to Mummy's favourite Witchcraft and crystal shop and then afterwards had a lovely stroll along the esplanade.  Auntie Lynne offered to buy Mummy a coffee and so we stopped at this little beach café.  Mummy and I chose a table where we could feel the sea breeze so I didn't get too hot.  When Auntie Lynne came back with the coffee's, she also had a little tub of ice cream - for me!  Oh Cherry it was so good!  It wasn't the yucky artificial Mr Whippy muck that's bad for doggies either, no, it was proper pure organic vanilla ice cream!  Mummy fed it to me with a little spoon so I didn't gobble it all at once and get muzzle freeze.  That also meant it lasted longer.  Mmmmm ..... yummy!

Once Auntie Lynne had gone back home, Mummy set about collecting more of her things from Daddy's house.  It's a slow process as Mummy has so many treasures to pack up.  But she now has her desk in the sun room next to Nanny's desk.  My memory foam bed is now next to Mummys desk, so that I can stay with Mummy when she's in there.

Mummy has collected all her grown-up colouring books and pencils from Daddy's house and put them away in a nice drawer that Nanny emptied for Mummy to use.  I sat next to Mummy on my mattress while she was knelt down sorting through her pretty things.  Then Mummy felt a bit peckish so she went to the kitchen and came back with Apple & Cheese!  Yes Cherry, cheese!  Oh I had to sniff Mummy's plate.  You know how I love cheese.  Anyway, as you can see by the photo, although my nose got close, I didn't steal any.  I waited patiently for Mummy to share it with me.  It was lovely.  She tried to entice me with a piece of apple too, but I don't like fruit so I refused it.

Well I'd better go for a snooze now.  All this writing has made me quite tired.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Love & Licks
Arik  xxx

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

A Nice Weekend, A Fright, and a Special Day.

Dear cousin Arik,

We've just had a lovely weekend.

Mummy and Daddy's friends came to stay - I've met them several times as they regularly stay with us, and it's always good fun.

They make Mummy laugh a lot, and I even had a chuckle at something Auntie Sandy said, you can see it in a photo at the end of this post.

The weather was okay so we went on lots of walks.
Mummy and auntie Sandy went all the way down to the river where we went with you and your mummy, do you remember? Down the big steep hill - where your mummy stopped to talk to the cows - and to the river at the bottom, where our mummies collected pieces of slate.

Then all the way back up again. We had to stop a couple of times though as it's such a steep climb.

Daddy and uncle Tony didn't come with us, Daddy doesn't like walking much, especially up steep hills!

We went to a garden centre on Saturday, and auntie Sandy bought me a pig's ear and some puffed chickens' feet - yum yum.

I like it when people visit, but it's always nice to have the house back to ourselves after too.

I had a fright yesterday when Daddy took me for my afternoon walk.

I'd stopped to have a sniff, and as I stuck my nose in the grass verge, a pigeon flew out of the hedgerow, all noisy flapping wings, making me jump out of my skin. Daddy jumped too because he wasn't expecting it.
I jumped right up into the air and landed back down on Daddy's foot - oops. He said, 'Ouch,' but laughed too. I always chase pigeons if I see them on the ground, but I couldn't have caught that one.

I wonder what it would be like to fly? Can you imagine having wings, Arik, and flying around high above the trees? I bet it's a lovely feeling.

It's a special day for Mummy and Daddy today, their anniversary.
Daddy took Mummy a cup of tea in bed and sat with her while they opened some cards. They've been married for seventeen years, which sounds like a long time.
Mummy said being married means that you've promised to love someone for the rest of their life, and share your lives together.

So that means I must be married to Mummy and Daddy too, because Mummy always tells me she'll love me forever, and I share my life with them.

Arik, you must be married to your mummy as well, because she made you the same promise. Aren't we lucky hounds :)

Ooh, it's almost lunchtime, I usually have a nice crunchy carrot when it's lunchtime.

I think we're going away in the motorhome again soon, so I'll tell you all about it when we get back.

Love and licks,

Cherry xxx

Tuesday, 30 August 2016


Dear Cherry

I cried in pain when I got up this morning.  It wasn't a full GSOD (Greyhound-Scream-Of-Death) by any means, more of a high pitched whine, but Mummy was out of bed and by my side in an instant.  I was impressed, as not only did I think she was still asleep, but she doesn't normally get out of bed that fast!

Anyway Mummy was by my side instantly and I leant on her for support.  I was licking my lips a lot and panting because I was so uncomfortable.  Mummy spoke to me so gently as she stroked me and I started to calm down.  She went to get my harness and together we slowly went down the stairs.  Cherry it was so painful.  Mummy took me outside and we walked around slowly for a while before she removed my harness. 

I walked about a bit and found some cat poo!  Bloomin cheek of it.  It's not like my scent isn't all over this garden.  So I pee'd on it.

I could hear Mummy preparing my breakfast but I really wasn't in the mood to eat so I just went into my basket in the lounge.  Mummy called me from the kitchen but I was just in too much discomfort to move.  She came to find me and brought my breakfast to me.  I turned my head away, I was in too much pain to eat.  Mummy put my breakfast to one side and gave me lots of fuss.  Then she offered me some of my food in her hand.  It was sardines!  My favourite!  I ate it.  Then Mummy offered me the rest of my breakfast bowl and I ate all that too!

Once I'd eaten I needed to use the garden again and I managed to go back outside by myself.  I tried to do a post toilet zoomie when I'd finished like I always like to do but I pulled up.  I couldn't do it.  It was too painful and I cried.  Mummy was back by my side in a heartbeat and I leant on her for support while she massaged my back leg and gave me Reiki.  After a few minutes we slowly walked back inside.  I stopped off at the kitchen for some water before we headed for the stairs.  Honestly Cherry it looked more like a mountain!

Mummy was by my side, waiting to see what I wanted to do.  I started up the stairs and Mummy was right behind me, ready to give me a helping push but I didn't need it.  I am now stretched out on Mummy's bed. 

Honestly Cherry, cramp is so painful!  I guess I had curled up in too much of a tight ball in my bedroom basket overnight and I just couldn't get my back leg to work properly this morning.  I am so lucky Mummy understood what was wrong and was able to help me.  I know she will always be there for me and she's told me that when she gets a place of her own, she's going to look for a bungalow.  She doesn't even like bungalows!  She has always lived in a house with stairs and "gone up to bed" but she says that for my sake she'd get a bungalow so I don't have to worry about stairs as I get older.  I love my Mummy so much Cherry.  She always puts me first.  I am such a lucky boy.

Love & Licks
Arik xxx

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

I don't understand

Dear Cherry

I've been agonising for days about how to put paw to paper to tell you my latest bit of news, as there is no easy way to say it.  I'm just going to have to blurt it out.

My Mummy and Daddy aren't together anymore.

I feel like it's somehow all my fault.  I feel as if my coming into their lives has somehow destroyed what they had before they adopted me.  Is it my fault Cherry?  Mummy says it isn't.  Mummy said that her and Daddy are just too different, and that she has changed a lot since her and Daddy got together, so that if anyone is to blame - it's her.  She explained that Daddy is too much of a free spirit.  That he likes complete freedom to just go off on a trip wherever he fancies for however long he fancies being away for.  She said he doesn't suit being "tied down" (whatever that means, I never saw Daddy being tied to anything), and so she has set him free. 

Mummy on the other paw, is the sort of human that is quite content to be at home.  She says that when her and Daddy got together, she liked to travel around a lot and see different places too, but that over the years she has settled down a lot and is now more than happy to stay where she is.  Mummy also told me that she has always wanted Me (a boy Greyhound) and that now I've come along, she feels complete.  So maybe it is my fault after all.   Maybe if Mummy hadn't found me, she'd still be travelling around with Daddy.  I don't know what to think Cherry.  It's all very confusing.

Luckily Mummy and Daddy are still friends.  They keep in touch regularly.  Daddy even came around for Mummy's birthday and gave her a lot of lovely presents.  Daddy still loves me too and gives me lots of fuss when he visits.

Mummy and I are now living in Nanny Karen's house.  Nanny loves having us around all the time and has told us that if we left she'd feel incredibly lonely.  Nanny's garden is huge with lots of lovely grass for zoomies.  She has also cleared out her larder cupboard so there is an entire shelf just for my food!  The big guest room at the back of Nanny's house is now Mummy's and My room.  It's very comfortable, and I enjoy sleeping with Mummy every night.

Although this is a very strange time, I still feel like the luckiest hound in the world.  Lucky that I still have my Mummy and a comfortable home.  I know a lot of hounds find themselves back in kennels when their Mummy's and Daddy's split up.  So I'm very fortunate that Mummy loves me so much that I can trust her to never leave me.

Mummy says that we will still come back to visit you soon.

Love & Licks
Arik  xxx

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Our Adventure

Dear cousin Arik,

Well, what an adventure we've had!

We went away for a few days in the motorhome, but just as the hoomans were trying to find a supermarket, Daddy said the clutch had gone.

I don't know what a clutch is, but whatever it was, it broke the motorhome.
We were stuck at the side of a road, on double yellow lines, and couldn't go anywhere.

Mummy said some rude words - the words she sometimes says when she's really upset - and took me outside for a walk.

Daddy phoned somebody, and a long time later - Mummy said it was an hour and a half - a man came with a truck thing to tow the motorhome away.

Mummy and me couldn't go in it though, but luckily, she'd contacted a friend called Yvonne who lived nearby, and she - with her husband Phil - came and took Mummy and me to the campsite.

Mummy didn't have any food, so the kind people took her shopping too.

Unfortunately, the shop never had my food, so Mummy had to get something else and it made me poorly. I didn't mean to wake them up in the early hours of the morning, but I had an upset tummy. Mummy said I was a good girl for waking them to say I needed to go out though.

Daddy spent ages - and lots of phone credit - trying to get someone to help mend the motorhome, but nobody could come until Tuesday, four days later!

So, we were stuck on a campsite in a place called Malvern. At least it wasn't raining!

Mummy must have been really bored because I had about six walks each day.

On Sunday, I met auntie TJ. She follows our blog, and is a Facebook friend of Mummy's. She came to visit us. I liked her, she's a nice hooman. Mummy and Daddy said she was lovely too.

They've invited her to stay, I hope she comes.

Then some hoomans on the next pitch went shopping and brought back some of my proper food, so my tummy settled down.

Tuesday finally arrived, and two men - they were young hoomans, not old ones like Daddy - came and mended the motorhome. It cost Daddy lots of money, but hurray, we could go home!

It was a long drive back, and really hot, but we finally arrived home at 6:30pm.

Mummy said she couldn't be bothered to cook, so we all went out to a pub for a meal. Last time we went there, I almost had a pussycat for my supper! It was coming out of the door as we went in.

I must say I'm glad to be back home again in my familiar surroundings. Mummy and Daddy's comfy bed, and the sofa where I snuggle up to Daddy each night.

I hope we don't go away again too soon, I don't think I - or Mummy - can take the excitement!

By the way, Daddy weighed me the other day, I'm now 31.4kg. Help, they're starving me! Oh what I'd give for a big piece of cheese or a digestive biscuit!

Love and licks, Cherry xx

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

My Second Gotcha Day

Dear Arik,
Today was my second gotcha day. Mummy explained that it's two years to the day that they brought me home.

Because I wasn't even two-years old when they got me, it feels like I've always been with them anyway.

I've had a lovely day. Mummy bought me a new pretty collar, and this morning she cooked me sausages. I was a bit of a naughty girl though.

Daddy cut the sausages up, and left them on the hob to cool. They went into the office and I went on their bed, then, when they were occupied, I got up and went back to the kitchen and helped myself to the sausages.

I know it was naughty but they were smelling so good. 

Daddy caught me though. He sneaked in the kitchen and it made me jump. I ran guiltily back to my crate as Daddy said, 'What do you think you were doing?'

Mummy laughed. She said they were mine anyway, so if I ate them all in one go, I just wouldn't have any more.

I also had a chicken wing and a new buffalo horn.

We've got a busy time coming up. Mummy's friend is coming to stay on Saturday. I've never met her, but Mummy's met her before. They've been friends for years, ever since they started playing the game Animal Crossing together.

Then next weekend, we're going away in the motorhome for a couple of days, and we are meeting auntie TJ. Mummy is excited; I am too because auntie TJ is our bestest blog follower.

Well, I'm going now as I just heard a bag rustling, that means food, so I'm off to see what they're doing, it might be something tasty for me!

Love and licks, Cherry xx

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Mini break at Nanny's

Dear Cherry,

Mummy and I are having a mini break at my Nanny Karen's house this week.

Daddy has people staying in My house, and when they came last year I got very stressed out.  I even ended up with heatstroke when they took me out all day on a hot day.  So this time Mummy has taken me away to keep me happy and safe.

I love staying at Nanny's.  She has a lovely big garden with lots of grass, perfect for zoomies.  Do you remember it Cherry?  Nanny also has a fantastic Food Room full of interesting things to eat, so I always follow her in there.

Yesterday Nanny and Mummy shared a cooked chicken from the supermarket.  Mummy picked the carcass clean and put some delicious scraps in a bowl for me.  She was really careful about bones but she must have missed one, because as I was eating my bowl of yummy deliciousness she suddenly said "No!", whipped the bowl away and stuck her fingers in my mouth.  Too late though, I'd swallowed it.  She now says she hopes "to see it come out the other end" - whatever that means.

The weather here is more like winter.  It is August isn't it?  We have just come back from a lovely long walk, but Mummy has been watching the weather since we got up this morning.  It's overcast but with that really fine, misty rain that soaks you through within seconds of going outside so I haven't wanted to go out.  I really don't like getting wet.  It makes me feel cold and yucky.  Anyway, Mummy waited for the wet stuff to stop before taking me out.  We managed a good 90 minute walk and got back to Nanny's house just as the wet misty stuff came back.  Perfect timing Mummy, well done!

I have two comfy beds to choose from here and I am also allowed on the bed in the guest room that Mummy sleeps in (naturally).  I love jumping up on the bed when Mummy is there and snuggling up for a cuddle, just like I do at home.

Well, mentioning beds has reminded me that I need a snooze so I'll sign off now.  I keep reminding Mummy that we need to come back to see you all soon.  She has promised me we will make another trip to see you.

Love & Licks
Arik  xxx

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

My Little Holiday

Dear Arik,
What an exciting few days I've had.
We went away in the motorhome and I got to sleep on the bed with Mummy and Daddy every night. Even though they put my bed on the floor beside them, they let me stay.
We stopped at a campsite in a place called Stratford-upon-Avon, which was right beside the river, and had a big dog walking field. 

Arik, you'd have loved it, there were so many things to sniff. It was a big campsite, full of people, and most of them had dogs, so you can imagine how many weemails I had to check out!

Guess what we did one day? We went on a small boat. It was a river taxi, which took us into the town centre. It was only small, just seven people can sit in it, but I was a really good girl. Mummy was a bit worried about me getting on because it bobs about as you step in it, but I just walked on and laid down beside Mummy. It was such a nice trip, I went to sleep!

Getting off though, my back leg slipped down between the boat and the jetty, but I was okay.

Mummy says I'm good at this travelling lark, whatever we go on I take it all in my stride.

We had a nice walk around the town centre and lots of people spoke to me, especially foreign tourists.

When Mummy was waiting for Daddy to bring out some coffees, a Japanese family stopped to see me. I don't think they'd ever seen a greyhound before, and the girl asked if I could talk. Mummy was naughty and said yes. The girl was amazed and thought I was magic or something. Her dad asked if they could touch me, and they took photos. Then the girl said to Mummy, 'So she can talk?' Mummy laughed and said no.

The Japanese man found it very funny that Mummy had teased his daughter, and laughed his head off. It was such fun.

Mummy took photos of me and Daddy standing outside a house that a man called Shakespeare used to live in. I don't know who he was, but his house was very old, and he was someone quite important I think. 

On the boat back, there was a couple whose dog Candy has her own Facebook page, so Mummy told them about our blog.

We stayed at another campsite after that, in an orchard, and Daddy parked by a lovely big apple tree. But it was too hot, so we came home the next day.

I hope we go away again. Mummy says we will, but not until it's cooler because she doesn't like the heat and it's bad for me.

I hope you're keeping nice and cool, Arik.

Love and licks, Cherry xxx

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Lucky Dogs

Dear Arik,

Sounds like you had a lovely birthday, with cake and presents, lucky boy.

I like getting presents. Yes I do open them myself. Mummy gives them to me and I have almost as much fun ripping the paper off as I do killing my new toys.

Mummy says thank you but she'll pass on the sardine cake because it's got flour in and they don't give me anything with wheat in it because it gives me a runny tummy.

Since I've been eating less food and lots of vegetables, my tummy is in such good condition, so Mummy wants it to stay that way.

I was running around the house this morning, having one of my mad five minutes, and I hit my face on the back of Mummy's office chair. I almost knocked myself senseless. Mummy says that wouldn't be hard to do as I don't have much sense anyway. It certainly stopped me in my tracks, that's for sure, and when I'd taken a few seconds to recover, I shook myself. 

Mummy says she doesn't want to wish my life away, but she hopes I'll calm down soon. I'll be four in October, so maybe I'll slow down a bit. 

Daddy said in a couple of weeks it's my gotcha day. Two years I've been with them now. Two lovely, happy, wonderful years. Mummy says it feels like she's always had me and she can't imagine life without me now. Daddy said neither can he, and he's so glad we all chose each other.

We are both such lucky dogs, aren't we?

I'm excited. They were saying something about going away in the motorhome on Friday for a few days. I love going out in the motorhome. We go to new places and there's always lots to sniff and explore, and best of all, I get to sleep on the bed with them both. I'm supposed to sleep on the floor, but I always gently jump onto the bed and they let me stay.  

Daddy laughed at me yesterday because he went into their bedroom and found me in their bed under the duvet. Oops! I didn't mean to get in, but I kicked the cover back a bit so I could get more comfortable, and somehow found myself underneath it. It was all soft and comfortable, and smelled of them, and I just kind of drifted off to sleep. Mummy took a photo.

Ooh, gotta run, I've just heard a yoghurt pot being opened, if I run and get there quick, I might be able to have some.

Catch up soon,

Love, Cherry xx

I'm such a lucky boy!

Dear Cherry

I'm 7 years old now!  Can you believe it?  I don't feel 7.  I still feel like a puppy on the inside.

It was my birthday on 11th July and Mummy made it really special.  Firstly she made me two Sardine Cakes!  I love her Sardine Cake.  It's so yummy!  I nearly ate a whole one in the space of half an hour!   (It's addictive).

Then Mummy brought out a bag of presents!  I had 4 parcels to open.  Do you open your own presents Cherry?  I love ripping paper so I always open my own gifts.  I had a large cuddly Monkey, a Tiger, a rather flat looking Squirrel that looked like it had already been runover by a car, and a cuddly chocolate doughnut.  They ALL have squeakers in too!  I had such fun unwrapping them and giving them all a good chew.  Surprising as it may sound, I haven't completely annahilated them yet.  They are all still relatively intact.  Then again, the weather has been good so I've been going out with Mummy a lot.  I tend to rip my toys to shreds to amuse myself when the weather is really bad and I refuse to go out.  (I don't mind drizzle or a light shower, but heavy, driving rain that soaks you in seconds and chills you to the bone is something I won't entertain).

Anyway, I had a very enjoyable birthday, but don't feel any different to when I turned 6 last year really.  The only thing I'd say is that I've slowed down ever so slightly.  It's not that I can't zoom around the house like a hound possessed, I just no longer see the point.

I hope you like the photos of my cakes and presents.  I'm sure my Mummy will give your Mummy the cake recipe if you ask her.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Love & Licks
Arik  xxx

Monday, 4 July 2016

No more zoomies

Dear Cherry,

I was a bit naughty on my walk with Mummy this evening.  I ran away and didn't come back.

You see I had been in all day with Daddy (don't ask me why he didn't take me for a walk in the day, but he didn't) because Mummy had to go to town to sort out her mobile phone.  It had stopped working last night and then had a strange screen appear this morning  saying the "Device memory and software are corrupted. Return to factory settings."  So Mummy took her phone to the phone shop hoping they could fix it.  Sadly there was nothing they could do, so Mummy ended up getting a new phone.  By the time she'd done all that and got home again it was teatime, so I was very frustrated and had lots of pent up energy.

This evening we went for a long walk along the revetment between Shanklin and Sandown.  The tide was out so Mummy took me down onto the beach and let me off the lead.  I normally stay within the area between the two sets of groynes near Mummy, but it felt so good to be out in the fresh air that I ran up to the sea wall, up the steps and started making my way along the revetment.

I could hear Mummy calling me, but I was having so much fun I didn't pay any attention.  There were just too many sniffs!

Anyway, I saw Mummy come back up the beach so she was on the revetment with me but I was still a good distance away from her.  She called me and I did start to run to her, but then I caught the scent of something really interesting on the way and turned back to investigate.  That was when Daddy caught hold of me and held me still while Mummy caught up with us.

She put my lead back on my harness and said "Sorry Arik but your zoomie privileges are hereby recinded.  If I can't trust you to come back, you won't be allowed off lead at all.  I can't risk losing you."  She didn't sound cross, more ..... hurt and disappointed in me, which is worse.  She went on to say something else about "blotting my copy book" but I don't know what that means.

I wish I hadn't run off now.  It seemed like a good idea at the time and such good fun, but I think I really scared Mummy and hurt her feelings.  Although she kept her voice calm, didn't shout, and just encouraged me back by opening her arms like she does when I normally run back to her, I could tell by the look in her eyes that I'd frightened her.

So I think Mummy will keep me on the lead at all times now.  I don't mind so much.  I trust her that it's for my own good.  I just wish I could tell Mummy how sorry I am.

Love & Licks
Arik xxx

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Buried Treasure!

Dear Cherry,

Mummy took me to the disused railway line from Horringford Station at Arreton to Langbridge and back for our walk today.  Do you remember it?  It's the track we took you to see when you were here last year.  Where we all stopped for lunch at the little cafe called "Peddlars".

Anyway we'd got all the way to the café and were heading back again, towards the car, when I spotted it!  All fluorescent yellow and lovely .... a whole tennis ball!  I stuck my head in the long grass and grabbed it just as Mummy was asking me "What have you found Arik?"  I dropped it on the ground to show her and she seemed just as excited as me, as she said "Ooh wow!  A whole tennis ball!"  The best bit?  Mummy let me keep it!  I carried it all the way back to the car.  Once we got back to Mummy's car though, I dropped it in favour of a nice bowl of cold water.  Mummy picked it up though and has put it somewhere safe, so no doubt she will let me have it back when we go out again.

Mummy said the weather is "just right" today too.  Beautiful sunshine, but with a strong cool breeze.  So I'll send you some of our weather if you like?  Can I post weather Cherry?  Mummy doesn't think I can.

We are home now and I'm having a well deserved snooze to recharge my batteries after my tennis ball excitement.

Love & Licks
Arik  xxx

Friday, 1 July 2016

My Day Out...

Dear cousin Arik,

Mummy took me into Pets at Home today while Daddy went to Argos. 

Someone had spilled lots of little biscuits from the dog treat bowl on the counter, but I was a really good girl and helped to clear them all up. It made Mummy laugh because I was running around collecting them all, and she said I looked like a doggie Hoover, whatever that is.

Then I went into Argos to meet Daddy. I was allowed in the shop. They had a nice floor, so I decided to make myself comfortable and lay down on my side as if I belonged there. It made all the hoomans laugh.

I like making people laugh, it's nice to see them happy.

On the way home, Daddy stopped at the local woods to take me for a walk. I got out of the car, and Mummy praised me, as usually, I just sit in the boot, shaking. We'd only walked a couple hundred meters though and I turned around and headed back to the car.  Mummy and Daddy wondered why I wouldn't walk any further. I can't tell them why, I don't even know myself really, I just don't like it there. It makes me feel scared and unhappy. There's a forest we used to go to, that often had gunshot noises, which frightens me, so we don't go there anymore, maybe these woods remind me of that, I don't know.

Mummy said she trusts my instinct. If I don't like something or someone, it's for a reason, so she promised they won't take me there again.

What are we to do about this weather? Mummy said people can't make their minds up because they complain when it's hot, and now they are complaining that it's not! I don't understand people at the best of times, so it's no use asking me!

I wish it would get warmer though because I like lying out on the patio. Daddy bought a ginormous umbrella thing that provides lots of shade so I can lie out there for longer. He said he bought it so they can sit at the garden table without getting too hot, but I know he bought it for me really.
But, since it arrived, it's rained and been cold!

I hope we do have that Indian summer you mention, whatever that is, it sounds like fun. I wonder if it involves the food my hoomans eat called curry? 

I've just had my dinner - it wasn't curry - and I'm now doing my favourite thing, lying on Mummy and Daddy's bed. I think I'll stay here for an hour or so...

Chat again soon,

Love and licks, Cherry xxx

Where is Summer?

Dear Cherry,

Where has the summer gone?  It is the 1st July today isn't it?  Or have we skipped straight through to October?  Oh no!  If it's actually October, I've missed my Mummy's birthday! 

It's been cold and wet here for days and I'm so booooored with it!  I know cooler weather means I can go out with Mummy during the day, instead of having to wait until the evening, but it's not pleasant when we go out anyway.

Mummy says we might get an 'Indian Summer' later in the year instead.  What does that mean?  I'm not moving to India am I?  Or is someone sending it in the post?  Will Mummy have to sign for it?  I'm so confused.

I suppose this cold, wet weather is good for one thing.  Extra cuddles!  Mummy is staying on her bed with me lots, just cuddling me while she reads her book.  So that's lovely.  I'm sure she would still rather be taking me for an interesting walk somewhere though.  She loves to watch me sniff new things when we are out.

Hmmmm .... Mummy is stroking me now and it's making me sleepy so I'll sign off now.   Hmmm ..... a whole blog post about the weather, I am most definitely an English hound!

Love & .... Zzzzzzzz
Arik  xxx zzzzz