Ey Up (that’s Northern speak for Hola)
Week two in my new home and I’m slowly getting my humans sorted out.
I confess – we have all rather fallen for each other – my Mum because she gets up first and plays silly games with me in the garden and is actually beginning to understand what I want. My Dad because he runs fast with me and makes me grin and I am SO pleased to see him when he comes back from this thing they call work. My Boy because he laughs when I do funny things, he gets up in the middle of the night and hugs me when everyone else is asleep, and because he is MY BOY.
We’ve done rather a lot of stuff this past week. After the adventures at Spike Island, my Mum and Dad took me to a local park where they knew there would be lots of dogs, geese, ducks, swans and those funny little black things – coots and moorhens – I think. There were also some disreputable characters smoking whacky baccy under the railway bridge but we’ll draw a line under them.
We did running – me and my Dad. My Mum was in charge of the Scooby Snacks; I get them when I sit, stay, lie down and don’t pull anyone’s arm off. I growled a bit; only at dogs that looked a bit dodgy (and the chavs under the bridge of course). Some of the other dog walkers we encountered put their dogs back on leads when they saw me pulling a bit – very considerate.
We were all enjoying the walk when this woman with a very wet black labrador came up to us. The labrador was a bit lippy so I barked a bit – back atcha Soggy Snout! My Dad took me over to the pond and gave me a hug so that I stopped barking. The lippy labby shook smelly canal water all over my Mum, and the woman said she recognised us from the RSPCA.
The woman said “Isn’t he socialised? I didn’t think they were supposed to be homed until they were socialised?”
Pardon me? All I did was growl a bit. Your dog has been chasing the wildlife, jumping in and out of the canal, making people wet and smelly by shaking himself all over them, and actually – he growled at me first!
My Mum was trying to get away from this mad woman who had now gone on to complain about the park and how she hated bringing her dog there because he always jumped in the canal, frightened the ducks and made people wet when he shook himself.
Oh for heaven’s sake woman – put him on a lead then! Or don’t bring him to the park! And most of all don’t accuse me of not being socialised when your own dog wouldn’t win any prizes for grace or charm. I’m the one that’s been incarcerated for the past eighteen months after all. Woof!
She went in the end and we walked on through the park, ran a bit more and then I got to stick my nose out of the car window and drool all the way home. I love fresh air!
By comparison the next day was a bit quiet; my Dad was off shooting things with paintballs and my Boy was off shooting things with little white pellets. There are a lot of these pellets in the garden but you can’t eat them. I had a quiet day with my Mum, although she did take me for a walk round the block after I woofed at the United Utilities man outside. My Mum and I were both very pleased when my Dad and my Boy came home though. There was much excited tail wagging and grinning – on my part – my Mum doesn’t have a tail but she smiles a lot.
There have been other incidents this week; nothing terrible really but my family now know that in addition to cats, aggressive dogs and mad women, I don’t like joggers either. Someone knocked at the front door the other evening when my Mum and I were dozing on the sofa/watching Pointless. Oh boy did I bark! Whoever it was had vanished by the time my Mum had calmed me down – Hah! Another cold caller bites the dust.
Oh, I have a new bed! I still have one in the dogservatory but this one is furry and fluffy and takes up quite a lot of floor area in the living room. I still like getting up on the sofa to have hugs but this new bed is good to crash out on and keep an eye on everyone at the same time.
I’m gradually getting introduced to my family’s favourite places too. Yesterday we went down to another place on the river by the big bridge, no dogs but a dangerous looking jogger who got the benefit of my most menacing growl. He passed us again but my Mum was sneaky and spotted him first; she sent me and my Dad up some steps into a lovely smelly wood and by the time we got back the jogger was just a dot in the distance.
I was a bit muddy when we got home and my Boy decided that I should have a bath. My Mum and Dad were dubious. Bear in mind that for the past two weeks I have been firmly told that the bathroom is out-of-bounds; it also has a clattery floor that makes my nails slip and it smells of flowers. My Mum put a towel on the floor and with the generous dispensation of Scooby Snacks managed to get me to acquaint myself with the bath. I got one paw in it and my snout but that was all. I think she understood that this bath thing was a non starter so she filled a container full of warm water and we all went back into the living room where I had a fairly decent wash and brush up of the undercarriage area. Hah! Managed to avoid the bath AND got lots of hugs into the bargain – not to mention the Scooby Snacks.
Tonight we went up to the Monument to watch the sun set. It was a bit chilly for the humans but I loved it. The whole place smells of rabbits and other dogs and even more rabbits but no cats. I had a really good sniff around, we watched some buzzards circling and a couple of planes and helicopters but the humans wimped out eventually and we went back to the car.
So I am a happy perro. Life is full of food and snacks and sleeping and running and walking and games of hide and seek in the garden with my Mum, but best of all are the hugs.