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Still a sun worshipper

Those of you who have been following George’s adventures through life since his puppy days already know that he is a bit of a sun worshipper and heat missile. This simply means that he loves sitting in sunlight and be as warm as possible. In fact, “too warm” is a concept completely alien to him.

Yesterday was one of those special winter days when it is frosty and quite cold outside, but the sun shines brightly tickling our imagination with the promise of an early spring. When this happens, our front room is completely flooded with sunlight, turning into a magical place of warmth and beauty.

On days like this, there is no nicer place to be than here and George knows it. As soon as the rays come streaming through the front windows, he abandons his usual spot by the radiator in the back room and settles into one of the Ikea Poang chairs directly facing the light. Then he does not move until the sun disappears or is covered by clouds.

Today, whilst taking a break from writing, I found him like this:

Check out the smile on his face… Does he look happy or what?

I have to say that, as someone which virtually no photography skills apart from turning the blitz on or off, I am quite pleased with both these photos. They are taken on my phone virtually a few seconds apart, and yet they are so different from each other and have turned out quite ‘artsy’. I think.

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Georgie One-Foot

If you’re wondering whether George has joined a Native American tribe and taken on one of those cool names that only they can come up with, the answer is: No, he hasn’t. He’s been named “Georgie One-Foot” by his dad due to an unexpected, unfortunate and rather worrying development that took place about a week ago and we’re still dealing with at present.

What happened was that George came back from one of his morning walks looking moody. His dad, who wasn’t a happy bunny himself, said that all George wanted to do was to stand in one place, sniffing everything for ages. This is atypical for our whippet, who is normally a fast, on-the-go sniffer. After about half an hour of standing, he got told off and brought back home. Hence the moody face…

Two hours later, when George leaped off his dad’s chair (after his mid-morning snooze), he started limping. We rushed to check his leg out, as a potential injury on his long legs is a constant obsession for us. Luckily, the leg and joints proved to be all right, so we turned out attention to his pad. At a quick inspection, we couldn’t see anything, but we knew there had to be something wrong, because George didn’t want us to touch it, which was odd from a dog who loves his handshakes and doesn’t mind being handled.

A quick walk in the shower, followed by another inspection, revealed a sizeable, open, weeping wound on the side of one of his toes, in the worst location possible: between the two middle toes, where most of the pressure is applied during walking. He must have stepped on some glass and managed to scrape off the entire pad. Just great!

This discovery led to a complete change in George’s daily routine: short pavement walks once a day, no play time with his friends, no rough playing in the house, foot washes in salty water, a lot of antiseptic cream and foot bandages to stop him from licking the medicine or biting his toes. Luckily, all these seem to have worked so far and the wound is healing nicely, although it’s still got a way to go. We think it might take another week until he’ll be back to normal, but we’re making progress every day and we managed to avoid going to the vet. Not that we hate the guy or anything like that, but we didn’t fancy seeing George walk around with one of those big plastic cones attached to his neck. I don’t think he would have fancied that, either.

I won’t post a photo of the injury – yes, I have taken some! – because it wouldn’t be very pleasant to look at and might upset those of a more delicate nature. But here are two pictures of George cuddled up against his dad, feeling sorry for himself.

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He looked miserable for most of last week, but has picked up a bit lately as his pad stopped hurting and he was able to hop/move about more. Hopefully, he’ll be back to his old cheeky self soon!

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George Had Guests

After long weeks of atypically warm and pleasant weather – so warm and pleasant that it even tricked the neighbour’s fruit trees into blossom – we’ve finally had our first few days of proper winter. The weekend came with negative temperatures, extensive frost, slippery pavements and strong winds. Perfect conditions for staying in, according to George, who didn’t seem too enthusiastic about going out for his walks, especially in the morning. His dislike of the cold is so strong, that he even tried to send his dad out on the field without him!

Such extreme circumstances called for a family meeting. We had to decide – rather quickly – what we could do to entertain the whippet. Indoors. So we asked my parents-in-law around for a cup of tea. As you may expect, George loves his grandparents. Normally, them coming to visit is entertaining enough for George. But we wanted to make it extra special for him, so we issued a request: Bring the dogs!

George loves the dogs. They are his best mates and partners in crime. Usually, their crime consists of running around our feet and the furniture at break-neck speed, stealing each other’s toys, jumping on the sofa, playing roughies and making a lot of noise. Nothing that we can’t cope with for a couple of hours. For their sake. Because we love them and we want them to have fun.

So who are the dogs? They are Blaze the handsome long-coat chihuahua and Ishoo the scruffy-yet-cute Yorkshire Terrier whom you’ve met before. Both tiny creatures with big personalities. Both cheeky and playful. Both perfect companions for George, who doesn’t seem to mind the size difference. But then, dogs are never bothered by such insignificant things.

I think that’s enough talking. I’ll let a few of the photos I took talk for themselves and tell you about the lovely afternoon George and his guests had playing.

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Ishoo posing nicely for the camera...I bet you wouldn't have recognised him now that he's a big boy!

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George and Blaze taking a little break ... Smile, boys!

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"Ok, so what shall we do next?"..."I've got an idea, guys, gather around..." ..."How about..."

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Ok, so Blaze stole the bone...Ishoo wasn't too bothered, but check out the look on George's face!

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George takes checking Blaze out too far... Of course, Blaze is too absorbed by his bone-munching to notice... Being of a more delicate nature, Ishoo restricts himself to sniffing George's ear... Cool dogs!

Then it was time for Ishoo and Blaze to go home, and for George to crash out on his dad’s chair, exhausted and happy. What a great play afternoon!

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P.S. I’ve just noticed that this is my 100th post!!! Hip hip hooray!

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Glad To Be Back To Normal

OK, so the winter holiday is (finally) over! I’ve really enjoyed this Christmas, spending time with my loved ones, indulging in tasty treats, catching up with family and friends and doing nothing (i.e. not working) for a few days.

However, now that the celebrations are over, I am quite happy to be back to normal. I don’t know about you, but personally, there’s only so much chocolate, Christmas pudding, mince pies, meat and cheese that I can eat. There’s also a limit to how much lying around I can put up with before I start thinking that I should be doing something more valuable with my time.

It looks like I’m not the only one who feels this way. This morning, Brianna was buzzing with excitement about returning to school and meeting up with her friends again. My husband woke up early looking forward to sitting at his desk for a proper, uninterrupted work session. As for George, he has decided to cut down his meat intake until he’s burnt off the Christmas excess and seems to enjoy being able to snooze in his dad’s armchair again, for the first time in weeks.

With the Christmas tree, lights and decorations already packed away, the only thing left in our living room to remind us of the holiday gone is George’s gift from Santa: a string of rubber sausages which he brings onto the sofa a few times a day for a little bit of whippet love.

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Finally, it’s nice to be able to return to the blog, too! And it’s great to reconnect with all our blogging friends all over the world. Wherever you are, we wish you all the best for 2012. Happy New Year!

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And We’re Back!!!

I wish I could say ‘we’re back in style’, but the style bit might have to wait for a bit longer. The primary aim of this post is to resurrect this poor little neglected blog.

First of all, I’d like to thank our friends Sue, Robin, Melissa and Ed, who spurred me into logging on to the blog again. I am truly touched that you guys thought of us and left messages wondering if we were all right. Do not worry, we’re fine. Actually, we’re better than ever – you know what they say, ‘no news is good news’.

Our blogging break was meant to be very short. I was only going to skip 2 or 3 posts and then return before anyone even noticed. But then I blinked and a month’s gone by and it somehow feels like I’m starting again…Where did the time go?

The excuse for our absence is the same as always: life’s too busy at times and we get pulled into many directions. Sometimes, too many even for someone with our level of energy. When that happens, we need to slow things down a bit and try to regain control over our lives. To do so, something has to give. This time, it had to be the blog. Sorry about that.

I have to admit, I’ve missed you guys. Although I am aware what you have been up to blog-wise due to the notifications I get in my inbox, I’ve really missed ‘talking’ to you. You know…Sharing stories, facts and opinions, discussing and debating, agreeing and disagreeing. The usual stuff that bloggers do and I love so much.

So yeah, it’s good to be back. Almost back, because we’ve still got a few things to work out in order to make enough time for regular blogging.  But we’re heading in the right direction so you should hear from us a bit more from now on.

In case you’re wondering if the we that have been super busy includes George, the answer is it doesn’t. George has still been George, always true to himself and forever snoozing on Brianna’s bed (when not running around at lightning speed, causing havoc). Here’s a recent photo of him, just in case you missed his cute little face:

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The Next Generation of Toys Has Arrived

OK, I’ve finally returned home from my little holiday, and I didn’t come empty-handed. Because I was told George had been a good boy for his dad, I brought him a little present. A very squeaky, rubbery present which filled the whippet with excitement and made him extremely happy: a big, bendy chicken, perfect for tugging…

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… munching …

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…and doing silly tricks with:

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So far, we haven’t had the chance to play with the chicken too much, because George is fascinated with the squeak located inside the toy and doesn’t want to let go of it. He just carries it around the house, from one place to another, munching on its bottom. Silly boy…

Luckily for George, his dad also had the inspiration to buy him a new tug toy (the yellow one you can see in picture no. 2), so rough playing is still on the cards.

So, it looks like we’re covered. No more dying toys for a while. The next generation has arrived. I only hope they make it until Christmas.

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George’s Range of Dummies for Dogs

I’m sure that those of you who have been our friends for a while already know that George is a complete baby. If you’re a new friend, then trust me, George is a baby. Whilst other dogs take cuddle toys and soft blankets to bed with them, my ‘original’ whippet has chosen to create his own range of dummies – are they called ‘pacifiers’ in the US? – to soothe his sleep. OK, when I say ‘create’, I don’t mean it literally, because George has no hands. What he did was source them (i.e. choose them from the pet lady’s basket at the market) and slightly alter their intended use.

But that’s enough build-up, here’s some photographic evidence.

The Summer Range – created especially for those snoozy afternoons in the garden, when you’re hot, are feeling lazy and can’t even be bothered to take off your harness after a lunch-time walk.

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The Winter Range – a lighter design that you can take indoors with you, for a lie in on your humans’ soft, warm duvet.

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George knows his range of dummies is quite limited at the moment. But, being a dedicated entrepreneur, he is working relentlessly, day and night, to develop new items:

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