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