Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Monday, 30 May 2016
Looks like summer is finally here!
It was a lovely day yesterday, and is already warm this morning.
I went for a nice longish walk yesterday morning, up to Benny's Cross and down to the little river where we found the slate when you were here, do you remember?
Then Mummy took me out early evening when it was cooler, up to the farm.
It was so nice to go for a proper walk again, and be able to catch up on all the sniffs.
During the day, Daddy opened up the motorhome, and I sneaked in to lie on the sofa where it was nice and cool. Mummy came in with me and sat reading. It was lovely.
I'm glad your Mummy isn't going to be working so much anymore, you must have been sad not being able to spend time with her.
Have a nice week,
Love and licks, Cherry xx
Sunday, 29 May 2016
I had a lovely long walk with Mummy this evening. Seems like ages since we've had this much time together. I know she's been doing overtime to make sure she can buy my food, treats and toys as well as pay for a special treat for herself, but I've missed her so much.
We walked along the revetment between Shanklin and Sandown, and back again. Daddy timed us and we were walking for an hour and twenty minutes. We saw lots of people who were enjoying the beach and I met some friendly dogs including my old friend Alfie. Alfie is a massive white dog, a Great Pyrenees my Mummy says, and he towers over me. He's more like a small pony. But he's such a gentle giant, we always have a good chat and a sniff when we meet.
After we got home Mummy gave me one of my Bully Snouts she bought from one of the garden centres we went to together. It was really yummy and will see me through till breakfast tomorrow morning.
Even though Mummy is working overtime tomorrow, it's her last day of extra work, and we are both looking forward to getting back to our normal weekly routine. The weather is really hotting up now, it's already too hot for me to go out during the day, so I'm looking forward to lazy days indoors and long cool evening walks with Mummy after the sun has started to set.
Well I'm off to bed now. I'll be dreaming of my walk this evening and Mummy's kind voice telling me I'm her "Good Boy".
Love & Licks
Friday, 27 May 2016
Friday, 20 May 2016
My paw still hurts, and now it's all gunky, so Mummy is afraid I might have an infection, and it might mean another trip to the vet.
Daddy thinks it's because it's covered all the time and that it should be left open to dry up, so they've taken the sock off while I'm indoors. They're going to leave it open all night too, and hope I don't lick it.
I've been licking my sock a lot during the night and soaking it, which has made my poorly toe wet, and they've had to get up several times to change the sock for a dry one. I feel bad for disturbing their sleep, but I can't help it.
I'll try not to lick my foot tonight, but if it hurts or irritates me, I might have to.
Sigh, will it ever be better? I'm getting rather fed up now, and just wish it was healed up so I can start going on my walks again.
Poor Mummy is frustrated because she doesn't know what to do for the best. Cover it and it's not having a chance to dry up, leave it open and I lick it anyway.
I hope it'll be healed up soon.
Love, Cherry xxx
Mummy is working a split-shift today. She got up early to give me my breakfast, then went to work for an 8am to 12pm overtime shift. Then she's working her normal 5pm to10pm shift tonight. She's going to be really tired when she gets home.
As she's such a good, kind Mummy though, she still took me for a good walk this afternoon. She took me down this really leafy path that's full of May Blossom and other interesting things to sniff. The weather is really warming up now. It won't be long until it's too hot for me to go out during the day. However our walk today was lovely and cool under the shade of the trees and the earth was wonderfully soft under my paws.
I didn't mean to stick my tongue out at Mummy when she took this photo. It just sorta happened that way. She still gave me a tripe stick treat when we got home though so I'm sure she's forgiven me already.
Hope your paw is getting better. Mummy is still sending you reiki.
Love & Licks
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
It was a very exciting day today, we had a new bed delivered for in the Guest Room!
Now the guest room has a new 4ft small double and a single in it, as opposed to just two singles. Then Daddy put the spare single bed in his old office, making a second guest room.
It means I now have 4 comfy beds, 3 bedrooms, my basket in my den under the stairs, my thick memory foam mattress in the conservatory, a sofa and an arm chair! Am I a lucky hound or what??
Then on the way home from the shops today, a white van man crashed into Daddy's car. That wasn't so much fun. Just a dent in the side at the back near the back wheel, but Mummy and Daddy still got out the car and asked the van man for his insurance details. I was fine. It wasn't a hard bump, but enough to make a dent. They were cross as we weren't moving at the time and because the traffic was bad, Daddy couldn't move out the way. Mummy saw the van moving and had just said "He's going to hit us!" when the bump happened. Silly man didn't check his mirrors before he decided to try to reverse back up a driveway!
Anyway we are home again now. I've had my dinner and thought I'd tell you about my day before I have a snooze. Now ... which bed should I sleep on I wonder ...
Love & Licks
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
I did zoomies on my favourite beach today! I zoomed, I swerved, I darted, I ran, I trotted, I sniffed, then I zoomed again!
I was chasing an empty crisp packet at one point, but then Mummy saw me pull up and lift my paw. I was very brave. I didn't do any GSOD, just stood still and waited for Mummy to come to me. I tried to walk towards her but I had to limp. I had cut my paw on a sharp stone. We were at the far end of the beach with no-one else around to help. Mummy put me back on my lead and walked me slowly to the sea where she washed my paw. The water was chilly but very soothing so we walked slowly back in the shallows.
Once we'd got back to the car, Mummy washed my paw with water from one of the bottles she had with her. She gave me a chicken foot and I jumped into the back of the car and sat down to eat it.
My paw is fine now. Just a graze. Mummy did say something like "You're getting as bad as Cherry" but I don't know what she meant by that. Do you?
Love & Licks
I feel a bit sad because I had Mummy and Daddy up four times in the night, last night.
I kept licking the sock that was on my poorly foot, until it was soaking wet. I couldn't help it, I was trying to lick my poorly toe, but couldn't get the sock off first.
Four times Mummy changed it, and each time I licked it until it was soaked. In the end, Mummy put more of that purple bandage stuff on, with another sock over the top and then my boot.
Daddy says I'll have to wear my muzzle tonight, because if not they'll run out of socks to put on me. Mummy is yawning a lot this morning, they didn't get much sleep, and I feel bad now.
Mummy said I couldn't help it, it must be horrible having a poorly foot, and only another week to go then I don't have to wear anything. I'll be so glad to get my foot unwrapped, but I must try not to race around like I used to, I don't want to injure myself again.
Hope you have a good day, I'm going for a walk later, yippee!
Love and licks, Cherry xxx
Monday, 16 May 2016
Mummy and I haven't done much today.
She pottered around the house and I followed her about. I just love being with Mummy, and she always praises me, tells me I'm a good boy and tells me I'm being helpful which is lovely to hear.
She played with the dragonflies she bought in that big shop she went in with your Mummy. However she says she will need to trim the shrubs by our front door to get them to sit right as at the moment the shrubs are too tall and when Mummy puts the dragonflies through the foliage they disappear beneath the leaves before the stick they are perched on reaches the ground. So she's going to trim the shrubs to make them shorter or something. I don't really understand but she knows how she wants it to look so I'm sure she'll fix it.
Do you remember us saying we were going to miss a lot of road works in our village by being with you last week? Well the work isn't finished! Still a few more days to go.
Mummy and I took a walk around the village this evening and she stopped to chat to the workmen to ask how much longer the work was going to take and how noisy it would be during the night. Apparently tomorrow is going to be the worst night for us as they are breaking up and removing the old tarmac of the road that runs parallel with our cul de sac. We were told that the heavy machinery they use to break up the old road causes severe vibrations and houses have been known to shake because of it! Mummy thinks we are far enough away from the main road not to feel it much though, so hopefully we won't feel like we're in the middle of an earthquake all night long.
I cuddled up with Mummy on her bed all night long last night. I just love it when she holds me close. It makes me feel very safe. I'm sure she'll do the same tomorrow if the road works scare me.
Love & Licks
Sunday, 15 May 2016
Here I am at Mayflower Park next to the ferry terminal, waiting for the big floaty thing to carry us across the sea to the Isle of Wight.
We had a very pleasant drive from your house and Mummy was really comfortable with the journey and doing all the driving. She said it was easier this time as she wasn't busy looking out for wind turbines!
We stopped along the way for some dinner. Mummy had a large chicken roll with a coffee. I had my kibble with the Applaws tinned mackerel. Mummy says her car is going to smell of fish tomorrow.
I really enjoyed my holiday at your house and miss you already. I promise to come back soon!
Love & Licks
p.s I found a half eaten sausage in this park but Mummy pulled it out of my mouth snd threw it away. She said it looked like it had onion and herbs in it.
Love & Licks,
Saturday, 14 May 2016
I'd never been for a ride in a big van before, only from my trainers kennels to the race track but I travelled in a cage for those journeys so it doesn't count.
The camper van was like a mini house on wheels with big sofas in the back that can be made into a bed, a food room and a bathroom. At first it was very confusing as I didn't know where to sit. Should I lay on the floor? Do I stand up? In the end Mummy lifted me up onto one of the sofas and sat next to me. But that seemed wrong, because if Mummy is sat next to me, who's driving?!
I enjoyed the ride once I sat down and started looking out the big windows at the scenery. It was good to have Mummy next to me as she made sure I didn't slide off the seat. Cherry just laid down on her side and went to sleep, but then she's used to trips out in the van.
Once we got to Glastonbury we had a walk around the high street and a look in all the shops. Glastonbury is very dog friendly and we got lots of attention from shop-keepers and members of the public who thought we were very fine indeed. I loved going in the shops with all the interesting sights and smells but I'm a very good boy and don't go for a wee indoors. I went in one crystal shop with my Mummy but the shop owners dog snarled at me so Cherry' s Mummy took me outside to keep me safe and protected.
I was much better in the van on the way home as I knew what to expect and I hope to go out in the van again when Mummy brings me back to the countryside for another visit.
Love & Licks
Daddy and aunty Sara, bandaged it up, but the next day it was still bleeding, so they took me to the vet. I ended up with two visits, and I felt really strange when I woke up after whatever they'd done to me. The vet said I have a problem with my blood clotting, which is why it wouldn't stop. I wasn't very well for about three days. My foot hurt and I felt poorly too. Mummy said she was worried because I was so quiet, not at all like myself. She says I'm normally a crazy girl.
I've been sad because I couldn't do any of the interesting things they've done. The vet man said I mustn't walk on my foot, so while they've had fun, I've missed out.
I did get to go for a ride in the motorhome yesterday though. We went to a place called Glastonbury, which aunty Sara said is "Witch Central." She and Mummy looked in all the shops and bought some crystal things. It was so nice to have a change of environment. I was able to have a little walk, but not very far.
Daddy took me out this morning for a short walk too, which was nice.
It's been a funny sort of week. We went to the Pets at Home shop one day, but Daddy took me out again because I peed on the floor. I didn't mean to, but there were lots of smells which made me just need to pee on them. Then we went to the garden centre that sells tasty dog treats and Mummy got some pigs' ears.
Then Mummy, Arik and Aunty Sara went for a walk late one night. They were gone for ages, and when they got back, aunty Sara had a bad knee. She said she'd fallen over, but that her and Mummy were sitting in the road laughing lots. I wouldn't laugh lots if I fell over! People are funny sometimes, I don't always understand them
It's their last day today and I'm sad, but I hope they'll come back when I'm better so I can make up for all the things I've missed this week.
When I hurt my foot, the nurse at the vets weighed me and everyone said I need to lose weight. I was 36 kilos, and I should be around 32, so Mummy says when I'm better, I'll have longer walks and less food. WHAT? LESS FOOD? Nooooooo! I love my food. Mummy said she'll still give me treats, but healthy ones instead. That means raw carrot and apple, instead of sausages and cheese, oh no!
I've got to go back to the vets on Monday to have my bandage off. I'll let you know how I get on.
Here's a photo Mummy took just now of me and Arik.
Love and licks, Cherry xx
My name is Arik and I live on the Isle of Wight with my Mummy, Sara.
I'm Cherry. I'm three-years-old, and stopped racing before I was even two because I had to have my toe amputated. I broke it twice, and it really hurt. My trainer realised that I wasn't very good at running anymore, so he gave me to the Retired Greyhound Trust, where my Mummy found me soon after.
I loved coming to live with them - nice food, lots of treats, a comfy sofa, and they even let me on their bed. Mummy says this is my forever home, and that she's so lucky to have found me, but I think I'm lucky too.
I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures on this new blog.
Love and licks, Cherry x