Well here we are at home, after a long trip! It's Suffolk in fact - we're just over the border. Now I just have to work out how to post photos... Can someone advise please? - maybe we need a 'sticky' somewhere Meanwhile: Sorry you 'Victor' fans, but he's staying as Rory - I have a stammer and it's much easier for me to say
I collected Rory from Sue on Sunday (she was very sad indeed to part with him, and is missing him lots, but he didn't like the crawling children who come to stay). We went back to my friends in near Bristol and he loved them and their house and their big garden. On Monday we went out visiting* will try to inset pic below! - Tuesday we drove to Cheltenham and stayed in a very grand houses, where there was a lady dog. Rory was very good with her, and was allowed all three nights to sleep on the bed with me!
* At my friend Frank's - he has no carpets so Rory asked to be picked up!
This is Rory on arrival - quite tired after our very unrestful visit to Jenny and her hound pack! - which Rory enjoyed hugely, joining in all the barking with gusto and winding all the big dogs up He's very deaf, so had no idea what he was unleashing....
He'd found the right end of the sofa with no prompting - he has very good manners! Later, he slept in my room in his own basket, and we had a good quiet night - I even had to wake him this morning! We then went for a walk around the churchyard which is over the road - and through there into the Recreation Ground which we had to ourselves.
This is him on return from our morning walk, and after his breakfast... you can almost see him wondering "Will THIS be my forever sofa?" - but don't worry, he's not stressed or pining, just takes it all in his stride in his own self-contained little way - with lots of wags for anyone who's kind to him
Sorry these are so big, will know next time what size to 'export'
So pleased to hear that he is settling in well, he is the perfect little friend such a shame he doesnt like toddlers He is still very fit and loves a good run around, he also has a very strong prey instinct and will try and chase anything, including the garden birds lol Have fun little man chasing those rabbits
He certainly put the wind up my big boys. They were very weary of him and respectful. Esme politely said hello, and he politely said hello back. Annie disgraced herself with her yapping. That was when our ears started to suffer. Honey was as usual, her polite and happy self. He is such a dear little man. Eyesight is depreciating now but not sure he is as deaf as peeps think.
Me? - ideas Why do people think that of me.
A dog is a gift in life. Love and protect it. _________________
He really enjoyed having a face-off with Jenny's dogs - it was quite comical. He got them all going and was wagging his tail madly all the time, like he just wanted to wind them all up!! - he certainly succeeded
We went for a 'half-circuit' walk late this afternoon, down the track at the back to Poplar's Farmhouse and back up. He was very animated and absolutely loved it - hardly lifted his head from all the smells except to check he still had me on a lead I'd left it bit late (watching racing inc in Dubai, also my mechanic had to return my car at 4.45, from its MOT) so no camera.... I'm going to take him over to the big sheep field at the edge of the village tomorrow and let him have a proper run - it's entirely fenced in and he can't get out. Lots of rabbit warrens there......
My main worry letting him off down the track at the back (my usual 'daily walk' is down there and back up via some hardly used lanes and other footpaths) is it's only fenced with barbed wire, for the cattle in summer, and I'm not sure he can see it. I'll feel my way carefully, there.
Everything's going very well so far... Rory is loving his walks - we did the tracks and path which encircle the village allotments this afternoon, endless 'other dog' smells to decipher! - and he follows me around indoors and outdoors, wagging his tail. He's eating well - he had some of the gravy from my beef casserole on his remaining Wagg tonight, and that went down nicely
I got my first little kisses today - just a quick and very light lick on the cheek... I was holding a choccy biscuit at the time hahaha! But he doesn't persist, just lies down again quietly, at a respectful distance, til I've finished. His manners are really very good indeed. He very quickly learned that wiping his nose on the sofa was a 'no'
He's really very endearing indeed. We went to the shop this morning and he was a big hit there too! - he was given three bics by three different people, Adrian the shopkeeper, Gwyn the Till, and the nice doggy lady who mans the Post Office counter! I think this is going to be a favourite walk it was very grey and dull and trying to rain so we didn't go any further - so he's not been off the lead yet.
On the way to the shop
" Funny looking flowerbeds, Sara! and why can't I pee on the stones?"
Choosing some biscuits for me!
Making our way back home... We live in part of the big timbered building, once the Guildhall