The inner puppy starts to show itself

Sunday 25th June to Saturday 1st July 2017

That’s obviously Teddy I’m talking about. The estimate we’ve had is that he’s between 12-18 months old, but we think it is most probably nearer 12 months as, now he’s feeling more confident at home, we are starting to see a lot of puppy behaviour. Of course, this means we have to keep our eye on him all the time. In addition, he is requiring more house training that we would have liked, but we think we’re getting there.

On Sunday afternoon I took Teddy up to the top of Upton Heath for our walk. Here he is heading down the hill.

Heading down from the top of Upton Heath

And here’s a panorama from a few yards further down.

Panorama over Upton Heath

Being a site hound, though, he loves to stand and gaze out over the heath.

Teddy likes to gaze across the open heath

I’ve also got a couple of bits of video of him today. In this one he is playing with his toys in the garden.

I find it interesting that he likes his toys as when we first gave them to him he didn’t seem too sure what to do with them. Now he loves them though.

He also likes to race around the garden at times, and is in the process of completely destroying my lawn.

Of course, after all that running he’s usually worn out – so much so that on this occasion he had to lie in the shade to have a drink.

So tired after his zoomies he has to lay down to drink

Mind you, at least in that photo he’s drinking from his bowl. You see, he’s also worked out that he can drink from the fish pond – and eat the fish food!

Not only does Teddy drink the pond water, but now he's eating the fish food too!

At least Jez and Max used to limit themselves to only eating the fish food that had fallen on the ground.

On Saturday I took him for another walk on Upton Heath. I had intended to do a long walk around the back of the heath, but as we arrived we met a lady with 3 dogs including a saluki cross (which she had muzzled, and a young wolfhound. So we walked with her. Well, I say walked. For the first time I let Teddy off the lead for his walk as all he wanted to do was play with the saluki cross. They spent their time racing backwards and forwards at top speed and he had a wonderful time. Here he is with the lady and all 3 dogs at the pond.

Making new friends on Upton Heath

And he’s getting a lot braver when it comes to the water.

Getting braver in the pond

I’ll leave you today with photos of Teddy doing one of the things Teddy likes to do best, apart from playing and eating that is. Teddy likes to lounge and snooze. So here he is on the sofa in my sitting room.

Teddy likes the sofa in my sitting room

Having a snooze on the sofa.

Snoozing position

And snoozing on my bed.

Snoozing on my bed

And we have news. We’ve had his DNA results back and it turns out he’s not a lurcher, he’s a longdog. He his 50% Saluki (Persian Greyhound) and 50% Greyhound. His parents were both Saluki/Greyhound crosses and they both had a Saluki and a Greyhound as their parents. So now we know. It was a bit of a shock. We thought he had deerhound in him, although I hadn’t ruled out Saluki, and possibly poodle. But as a friend said, they are both short-coated breeds, so where does all of Teddy fluff come from?

Teddy settles in

Sunday 18th June to Saturday 24th June 2017

That said, my first photo this week is not of Teddy, but of my Dad as it was Father’s Day on the Sunday and we bought him over for lunch. It was also the first time he’d met Teddy. So here is my Dad in the garden on Father’s Day.

Dad

This week has been a scorcher (well, for the UK at least) so a lot of our walks revolved around taking Teddy out early in the morning and then in the evening, with an afternoon walk in Delph Woods where there is lots of shade and water. As I went to my Dad’s on Wednesday morning it meant I got the afternoon Delph Woods walk that day.

Light and Shade in Delph Woods

To date Teddy has only been dipping a tentative toe in the ponds we take him to while he has a drink. But where it’s hotter he’s getting braver. Here he is at the lake.

Teddy cools down at the lake

Wet dog.

Damp dog

At the end of our walk we sat in the shade on the cricket pitch for a while, so I took a portrait of him.

Teddy on the cricket pitch

He’s such a good looking dog. On Friday I sent away a DNA test for him, so we are eagerly awaiting the results.

Teddy’s first week home

Sunday 11th – Saturday 17th June 2017

Teddy has settled in very well during his first week with us. The first two nights he slept on the sofa in the living room as he wouldn’t come upstairs. On the Monday he discovered he could do stairs after all and spent a lot of his time running up and down them. After that he slept on a duvet on the floor for one night, and then on my bed thereafter. We have to watch him first thing in the morning though, as if you don’t take him outside quick enough he can’t hold it any longer and wees on the carpet. He hasn’t learnt how to ask to go out yet.

On Teddy’s first full day with us Chris took him for a walk in the morning and then in the afternoon I took him over to Upton Heath. We walked over, as I used to do with Jez and Max when they were younger, and then walked up the Roman Road and out onto the heath. Here is Teddy at the top of the hill.

Teddy on top of Upton Heath

Looking into the camera.

Teddy in close-up

It was quite breezy, and every now and then as we walked down the hill he’d stop and gaze out across the heath. Well, he is a sight hound after all.

Teddy with the wind in his fur

And here’s another one of him.

Teddy

I’ve not been taking photos every day. But as the temperatures started to rise we took Teddy out early in the morning and then to Delph Woods, where there is lots of shade and water, in the afternoon. This was taken on Wednesday afternoon when it was time for a drink in the stream in Delph Woods.

Time for a drink

Another close up.

Teddy

And one more of him in the woods.

Teddy

On Thursday afternoon I took the EOS 6D into the garden to get some photos after Chris bought Teddy home from his walk.

Teddy in the garden

And my favourite – Snoozing with his head in the daisies.

Shhh! Teddy's asleep

On Friday morning it was overcast and I took Teddy down to Lychett Bay. No photos of Teddy from today, although he did have to try out the seaweed, but a couple of the boats down there. As you can see the tide was out.

Boats at low tide

And I quite liked this photo of a rowing boat.

Stranded

And lastly, a photo from Friday afternoon which shows just how much Teddy is settling in.

Teddy dozing

That’s it for this week, but I hope you’re going to enjoy my new adventures with Teddy.

Introducing Teddy

Saturday 10th June 2017

After losing Jez and Max in such a short space of time Chris and I found ourselves with a huge hole in our lives. Our whole routine changed, and although we did still go out for walks from time to time, it just wasn’t the same. So we started to search for another companion. Last weekend we found Teddy at a local rescue.

Teddy

He is a young lurcher of some description (I believe they are also known as Longdogs in the US), approximately a year to 18 months old. The centre had called him Yeti. They didn’t know his name as he was picked up as a stray by a local dog warden. He had been microchipped but his details hadn’t been updated. He is very gentle and was very calm and we said we’d have him. We went back a few times over the course of the week, during which he was neutered. This was taken on one of our visits.

Teddy licks his lips

And today he officially became ours and we bought him home.

Teddy's home

He’s a very pretty boy, as you can see.

Teddy

And very good on the lead. Once he’d had a while to settle in I took him round Creekmoor Ponds for a little walk.

Teddy's first walk with me

But with all of the things that had happened to him during the day he was soon worn out.

I think Teddy's settling in ok

And it wasn’t long before he made himself at home and discovered the joys of a sofa.

I just about managed to squeeze onto the sofa

There was just about room for me.

After which it was time for another snooze.

Teddy has worked out where he wants to sleep

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

Jez

Jez

Jez in reflective mood

Jezebel

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.

Remembering Max

Sunday 17th April 2017

I’m really sorry I haven’t posted for so long everyone. It has been as a result of a number of things, but most notably poor weather meaning fewer photos and an awful lot of decorating in the house meaning no time to edit photos or write posts.

But I’m afraid I am back with some very sad news. On Saturday 1st April 2017 we lost our big, beautiful boy Max.

Max

He passed away as a result of complications arising from an MRI scan, as a result of which he developed aspirate pneumonia. It was very quick and very unexpected. He was having more and more trouble walking, so we were expecting to get him new hips, but instead we lost our dog. So rather than catch up on loads of general photos I will share a few I haven’t posted of Max (sometimes with Jez) during the past couple of months.

In the icy pond – 23 January 2017 Max in the icy pond

On Upton Heath – 22 January 2017Max on the heath

Max has to close his eyes to show us his tongue – 22 January 2017 Max has to close his eyes to show us his tongue

A last, somewhat breezy walk on the beach – 2 February 2017Max's ears feel the effects of the wind

Having a bio-mag treatment at the vet after a session in the water walker – 3 February 2017 After a session in the water walker Max has his bio-mag treatment

In the stream at Upton Country Park, with his cone – 12 February 2017Max in the stream

Wondering why the stream at Upton Country Park has changed – 3 March 2017 Mum! What's happened to my stream?

In his favourite gully on Canford Heath – 17 March 2017Max in the gully

With Jez on Upton Heath – 25 March 2017 Jez and Max

Covered in mud from Holes Bay – 27 March 2017Oh Max! Just look at the state of you - this is the last proper photo of Max who crossed the rainbow bridge on 1 April 2017

This post has been in memory of Max: 17 July 2008 – 1 April 2017

And a cold start to 2017

Sunday 1st January – Saturday 7th January 2017

The cold spell has been continuing into the new year, although we had some rather welcome sunshine on Monday 2nd January. To celebrate Max and I went for a walk on Upton Heath as usual on a Monday.

New Year - Same old pond

Near the pond we met the 3 Weimeraners, including Hazel who had one of her usual ‘small’ sticks. Here she is having a good old chew at it.

Hazel's found herself a stick

We walked on round the lower heath and when we got to the Roman Road Max got in the stream as usual. The light on his was lovely.

Max in the stream

And lastly for today, here is a shot of the Roman Road where the stream crosses it.

The Roman Road in winter

On Tuesday it was a cold and frosty start, so I chose to take Max out to Kingston Lacy. When we got there Max was a bit worried by the warning sign at the entrance.

The sign has got Max a bit worried

But he needn’t have worried as the paths weren’t slippery at all. The grounds were looking lovely in the frost and sunlight though.

A clear, frost morning

This photo was taken along the Cedar Avenue.

Sun throught the cedars

As was this one of a frosted bench.

Frosted seat

These frosty leaves also caught my eye.

Frosty leaves

It was only towards the end of our walk that we began to see many other people. This couple passed us as we walked through the gardens, though.

Waling through the gardens

We walked on round to the Japanese garden, which looked nice in the frost and sun.

The Japanese Garden

And I rather liked the light and shade around this little ornament.

Stone ornament

After that we continued on through the woodland walk and finally back to the car.

Wednesday I went to see my Dad as usual and on Thursday we once again had a heavy frost so I decided to take Max down to Lychett Bay. The tide was out and the shoreline was rather icy.

An icy Lychett Bay at low tide

Max was not happy as he couldn’t get anywhere near the water.

Max is not happy that the tide is out

We walked on round to the small beach at Turlin Moor, where the boats looked lovely in the still water.

Reflections on a cold morning

Round here the seaweed on the beach was frozen.

Frozen seaweed

As was the fishing gear left in the boats.

Fishing nets and float Frosted float

There was also frost over this discarded bag left on the beach.

Discarded

Max finally managed to get down to the water round here, but he also got very muddy paws in the process.

Mr Muddy Paws!

After that we headed back to the car but before we left we went to see the new viewing platform that has been built overlooking the bay.

The new viewing platform

And this is the view it gives.

Lychett Bay from the viewing platform

And one last photo from our walk: a frozen seed head.

Frosty seedhead

You may be wondering where Jez was while Max and I were doing all this walking. Well, she was busy snoozing in the sun at home.

Jez snoozing in the sun

And who can blame her?

A year ago

From the same week a year ago I’ve chosen this photo, taken out at Badbury Rings, which is also part of the National Trust Kinston Lacy estate.

Circle of light