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