Our Sweetheart Girl

Sunday 28th May 2017

It is with heaviest of hearts and tears in my eyes that I have come back here to let you know that our sweetheart girl, Jezebel, passed over the rainbow bridge on Tuesday 23rd May 2017. After struggling on for so long the poor little soul’s back legs just wouldn’t work any longer. She was a happy little dog right up to the end though, so I thought I’d share one or two photos of her from the past few months that I may not have shared before.




Jez in reflective mood


Are you pointing that camera at me again?

Jez looks out over Lychett Bay

The world looks much better this way up

Time for Jez to have a rest

Coming down the hill

Jez snoozing in the sun

Jez rests in the bluebells

Run, free from pain and stiffness, with all your old friends my gorgeous girl. We will love you always.


Jez has another hydro-fit appointment

Friday 24th June 2016

I’m sorry there’s a bit of a gap in posts this week, but I’ve had a busy week with few walks. On Tuesday I had a physio appointment in the morning, and then Chris took the dogs out in the afternoon. Then Wednesday morning’s I go to see Dad. We did go to the Country Park on Thursday but I don’t have any photos. So that brings us to today and this morning it was Jez’s turn for physio. Here she is all alone in the water walker.

Jez waits in the water walker She was joined by the vet and her treatment began. She is getting a lot better on the treadmill which is turned on for slightly longer periods (but only 30-40 seconds at a time). It’s also faster than it was to start off with so Jez has to stride out more. Here she is demonstrating how good she is at it now.

I’m really pleased with her progress though. She’s walking much better and wants to walk further.

A year ago today

Jez, Max and I went to Wareham Forest.

Jez starts our walk with a rest

Jez goes to hydro-therapy

Friday 3rd June 2016

Today was Jez’s first proper hydro-therapy session. I packed up her rucksack with towels and a bag of chopped up chicken for treats and we made our way over to her vet’s in Bournemouth. We got there really early, which was great as we got to spend time with this little chap. Meet Copper, a 13 week old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

We met Copper (13 weeks)

Eventually it was our turn and we went on through to the hydro-therapy room where Jez had a rest while we waited for the vet to change into her wetsuit bottoms.

Jez waits in the Pet Fit Hydro

Jez wasn’t keen on the shower treatment but was happy enough to walk into the water-walker when the time came.

What are we doing in here?

She wasn’t even too put out by the noise of the walker filling with water.

Aly gently massages Jez

That is Aly the vet gently massaging her.

I also took a bit of video of her, including right at the end when Aly turned the walker on.

She really coped very well with it, but was quite tired afterwards. We’re going again for another treatment next week.

A year ago today

Max and I went to Upton Country Park where we saw the heron.

The heron is back

Jezebel’s 7th Birthday

Friday 12th September 2014

Yes, it’s a big day in the Livesey household today. It’s Jezebel’s 7th birthday. She celebrated by having a lie-in until lunchtime! So in the morning Max and I went to Upton Country Park for a walk.

Once again the cows were busy having their breakfast (or is it their second breakfast?). For today I thought they would look rather good in Black and White.

The cows are breakfasting again

And further on along the path a dog walker and a workman had stopped for a quick chat.


On the wood chippings pile I found some more Hare’s Foot Inkcaps. This one looked rather pretty until Max came along with his big feet and knocked it over. As you can see, though, there are more pushing their way through.

As Max topples one, other Hare's Foot Inkcaps are springing up

And, of course, Max had to go in the stream.

Max in the stream

When we got down to the shoreline there was a huge amount of noise from the gathered waterfowl. Once again, I preferred this photo in black and white.

The waterfowl were noising this morning

And so back home and, after lunch, once Jezebel had stirred herself, it was time for her birthday celebrations. First there was presents. Notice that the toys are ignored – all the dogs are interested in are the rawhide treats.

Never mind the presents, lets have the treats

They went down really well, and Jez was soon back for seconds.

Jez gets a birthday treat

After that the dogs had a bit of a play while I made some peanut butter cookies (Jez’s favourites) in lieu of cake. I’ve invited Dad for lunch on Sunday so we will have cakes then.

Finally, here is Jez, lying on the lawn.

Jezebel on her 7th birthday

Happy Birthday Jezebel. May you have many more of them.

A year ago today

Well, of course, it was Jezebel’s birthday. Once again she stayed in bed in the morning, while Max and I went for a walk around Wareham. This photo is of the Quay.

Wareham Quay

Time for a visit home again

Friday 6th June 2014

Yes, that time has come around again. Time to wash the sheets and take them home to dry them. Dad’s not really got anywhere to hand out washing here, which is a real pain. So as it was a nice sunny day I hung a few bits out to dry at the flat but took the sheets with me. Before all that, however, I took Jez for her morning walk. I say ‘walk’ but it’s more of a ‘move from one spot to another for a bit of a laydown’. Here she is having one of her lay downs close to the nearby shops.

Jez's idea of a morning walk

I also did the shopping and some cleaning in the morning and then headed home after lunch.

Once again Jez was pleased to get home, and today she was especially pleased to get back to her big drinking bowl.

Jez is pleased to get home to her big drinking bowl

Max, meanwhile, has become completely obsessed with frog hunting in my absence, possibly because he is becoming quite successful at it. Here, he takes a short break while Chris sits in the garden and chats to me.

Chris, with Max taking a quick break from his job of froghunting

In my short absence, and with the warmer, damp weather the garden is turning into a bit of a wilderness. I didn’t have time to weed, but at least I was able to stake my tomato plants and tie them up.

My plants are growing quickly

It was lovely to be home, and I didn’t want to leave again. But leave I had to, and late afternoon Jez and I got back into the car and headed back to Highcliffe.

It wouldn’t be right to end this post without mentioning the events of 70 years ago today. I am referring, of course, to the D-Day Landings. Poole Harbour had been used for practice landings, and on 4th June many landing craft left from the harbour. Then today it was the turn of the US Coastgurard ships to leave to bring home the wounded. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for those who took part in the landings, but they earned my undying respect and thanks. Lest we forget.

A year ago today

I got my new camera (the EOS 6D) and was trying it out in the garden.


Jez and I pay a visit

Friday 30th May 2014

I’m talking about a visit home here. I had a morning doing chores and cooking lunch for Dad & I (he likes to eat his main meal at lunchtime, which has come as a bit of a shock to my system), and then in the afternoon Jez and I went home for a couple of hours. My big problem was fitting Jez in Dad’s car, which is a Hyundai i10 with a miniscule boot. I have a Clix car harness for her but it is worse than useless. The clip only reaches the seat belt anchor if she’s laying down which, of course, she didn’t want to do in a strange car. It would also have meant that she had to stay laying down and hardly able to move for the whole journey, which can take between 40 minutes and an hour. As for the boot – well poor little soul just fitted but again she wouldn’t have been able to turn around. In the end I tilted the back seats forward and left her in the boot area, but it wasn’t ideal and she wasn’t happy.

She was happy to be home though, although you can’t really tell it from this photo.

Jez peers out the patio door

And I would say Max was pleased to see us, but once again the photo belies the fact.

Max is underwhelmed to see me

While I have been away Max has apparently been honing his frog hunting skills. We think it’s to relieve the boredom where he doesn’t have Jez to ‘entertain’ him.

The master frog hunter at work

So he was keen to show Jez all he had learnt in her absence.

Max leads Jez in a frog hunt

While I was there Chris also ran me down to Poole hospital, who had phoned to say they might have found Dad’s glasses. I didn’t think they looked right, but took them all the same. Good job I did as it turned out they were his. He’s really pleased to have them back.

A year ago today

Max and I went to Upton Country Park for a walk.

View across Upton Lake to Poole

New beginnings

Monday 21st April 2014

There was a slight variation on our walk today. Before Jez hurt herself I used to walk the dogs over to Upton Heath, walking back via Creekmoor Ponds. Recently, to cut the walk down, I’ve been driving them over. Jez keeps wanting to leave the heath at our normal place though, rather than walking back along the Roman Road to get to the car. So today I got Chris to drive us over there and drop us off, so that I could walk them home via the Ponds.

After all the rain yesterday it was a lovely sunny morning today, although there was a bit of an obstacle course at Max’s favourite pond.

Obstacle course at the pond

It’s funny how you can walk round places day after day and still not spot things. Today I noticed a crab apple tree on the edge of the old Pits. I’ve never seen it before, or at least, not that I can remember.

Crab Apple in blossom

Jez was a really happy little dog when we left the Heath to walk back home via the ponds. After a quick paddle in the pond she spent her time investigating the bank while Max swam out after his cone. She’s still a bit unsteady on her feet at times though, and just after I took this photo she lost her footing and nearly fell in.

Don't do it. Don't jump Jez

The female swan is still sitting on her nest while the male patrols. Today, though, her neighbour, the Great Crested Grebe, was out on the pond with her three young chicks.

Keep up now

I love the Grebe chicks. They look so cute with their black and white striped heads.

Adult and chicks

I’ll have to keep an eye out for them again.

A year ago today

Jez goes to say ‘Hello’ to a cow on Canford Heath.

Jez goes to say 'Hello'