Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
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
Monday, 4 July 2016
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
Saturday, 2 July 2016
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
Friday, 1 July 2016
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