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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Space Invaders!

Ooh! That was a confuddling workywalkies! Much more confuddling for Mum than for me, but I have to admit that I was a tad unsure.

Mum woke up all blurry today. Her first really bad-eyes- day for some time. She didn't even bother putting on her eye windows because, she says, they made no difference. This always means I get to step up and really strut my stuff looking after her. So, that was what I did! We set off along the towpath and into town. I should confess that I did maybe go just a smidgen sulkified cos I thought it was going to be a boring trip to the same places as yesterday. It was a trip to some of the same places, but it certainly wasn't the same old plod! The town had changed. It had been invaded by huge lorries and rumbly trucks and bright coloured twirly things and all sorts of strange machines. Nothing seemed the same at all. All landmarks had changed. All reference points were hidden!
Mum wanted to find the little shop again where we went yesterday (I didn't tell you about that one coz it wasn't worth sniffing!) It had lots and lots and lots of all colours of those strange wound-up blobs of that long whisker that Mum seems to enjoy twisting and twiddling about with a shiny hookstick. That shop was really hard to find with all the invaders. We ended up walking around other parts of the town that we didn't visit yesterday. In the end, Mum said 'Nope! Not this way Oaks. About turn'. We did. Then we went another wrong way....then another.....eventually we found it! Yayy! I got fusses in there from the nice ladyhumanworkyperson. Mum got her blob of long whisker and we set off again. This time, it was a 'Find Specsavers' command. Once again, it was harder to find through all the invaders, but I did found it! More fusses from nice workyhumans!
When we came out of there, we turned along the street. We met Daddy. It seems this was a good job we did find him. We turned straight around and went back the other way!

Then we found humanfriends Peter and Fran, and went to a human yummyery. Under the table I waited patiently for a dropped morsel. NOTHING! Not an atom fell my way! Harrrrumph! I guess that this Tie food must be too good to drop! I may never know......

After enduring that looooooong torture (actually I snoozed quite happily but don't tell Mum that - she needs to know that I am starved!), we set off again through the bewildering invading beasties but then we found a park! Yayyyyy! Daddy was able to look after Mum so I got a freerun! Oooooooh! That was good!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Chopped Short!

Home moved while we were out!

I took Mum workywalkies into town and had a shorter walk back. Dad had moved our floatyboatyhome! We are now our from under trees and in the open. Apparently this has something to do with all the huffyfuffy air that is making the trees wag lots. It is better for Mum too as it is lighter and brighter here.

The workywalkies was a great challenge;
'Under the bridge'
'Find upsteps'
'Over the bridge'
'Find right'
'Find the way in'

All done - no problem. Then began the mooching. This way in led to a big indoor shoppyplace......

'Straight on.....no....hang on a minute.....find the door left. Good boy' Sloooooooow plod around while she does that browsing thing.
'Find the door' Yayyyy! but not for long.....
'Find the door right'......and on and on it went.....
Finally, it was 'Find the door outside' .....Aaaahhhh! A tree! Then a bit of a walkies around some streets......then....'Find Specsavers'. Well, I can sniff out one of those, no problem! I did. We went in. Yackety-yackety-yack-yack-yack. Then MORE browsing! Really? They ONLY have eyewindows to search for! Just how much browsing is there to possibly be got ?

Then a snooze on the carpet under the little deskything, while a nice manhuman did some clicketyfingersing stuff and, of course, more yacketying. At least I got some fusses and admirations and Mum's mouth was up at the corners by the time we left.

Then it was 'Find the way home'. That meant going back through the indoor shoppyplace but it was just a straight through - no stopping mission this time. Phew! So, retrace pawprints upsteps, over bridge, downsteps and along the towpath again. That's when I discovered my workywalkies was chopped short! Home was closer! Oh well....that meant that my bone time was sooner too!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Bone for Pudding!

Cor! That bone is hard work! It is yummy though and I am determined to get through it. Shame I didn't take it with me today. I could have spent most of the day doing it some serious damage. Mum says that wouldn't have been appropriate though. She says that bone crumbs on someone else's carpet would not be welcome. Huffff! So, I simply had to snooze my way through all the yacketying and human noshing. This was at our humanfriends Peter and Fran's home, along with new humanfriends John and Gill, and Leon, (Peter and Fran's grown up humanpuppy). We found them first at church, where I had another carpet to snooze on. It was nice there. There were only 10 humans there and they all sat on chairs in a ring around the room. That meant I got to snooze right in the middle of them all!

I did enjoy the workywalkies back from the church service to Peter and Fran's home. It was partly on never-been-before streets and partly through a woody area. THAT bit was wonderful! The path was far too narrow and lumpy-bumpy and wiggly for Mum to manage to follow my guiding, so I got to enjoy a little freerun while Dad helped Mum. I think it was Dad's talkybone that was telling him to go go that way. Well! I think I need to find a way to have a chat with that talkybone and persuade it to find that kind of route more often!

The workywalkies back home to our floatyboatyhome was a lot easier, although it was on harness all the way. It was simply a leisurely wander along the towpath. A nice gentle end to my working day, then home for dinner! Now - bone for pudding I think will do nicely!

Friday, 13 October 2017


Roxy the Staffie was my playmate of today. A great finale to a day of cruising, lock working, towpath workywalkiesing and freerunning. Hmmm....I think that all adds up to a rather good day!

Roxy was at the last lock we did and I got quite a good time of playing chase with her because there was a big queue of floatyboats going up and down the lock. Mum helped with all the windy-uppy-windy-downy-pushy-pully stuff and that gave me chance to entertain my little doggybuddy. She was great fun; little but fast and a good match for romping around. Once our floatyboatyhome reached the top of the lock, I nipped aboard to fetch a toy to share with Roxy - only to come back out to find her gone! Humph! I just had to play with honkypig on my own! Well....Ok....with Mum but she doesn't really know how to play dog properly!

Photo shows me holding a pink fluffy pig in my mouth. I am looking kind of cheekily slightly sideways at the camera. The grassy lock side is in the background.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Tall Fuzzy Lurcher!

Guiding Mummy around in a new area is always a good challenge. Today it was even more of a challenge because we went workywalkies all around the village and there are no pavements! I find this very difficult because I am hardwired to keep Mum on a pavement. It was a good walkies though - not least because, when we reached a busy road with no pavements, Mum decided that was not a good route to take, so we did an about-turn and she stopped and asked a manhuman for directions. He directed us to a park! Yippppeeeee! That meant I got a little impromptu freerun! It was only a little one - just across this little park, which took us back to the towpath. We then had a nice wander along there to get back to floatyboatyhome.

A nice surprise awaited us on our return; a visitor! A manhuman that was sitting on the bowdeck yacketying with Dad. Well....that meant he was at my level! That meant he simply had to have an ear-wash! It seems though, that this is an inappropriate greeting for a stranger. Mum 'removed' me from reach! Spoilsport!

He didn't stay for long, but another visitor arrived soon afterwards. He disappeared down the big hole in the back deck though! It seems there is some big toy down there that manhumans like to play with. This visitor was joining Dad in playing with it. It is a very noisy toy! It makes a constant growling noise when we are cruising along. At least then, though, it is a bit quieter with its lid on!

After that, we set off for a cruise. Well....Dad cruised. Mum and I workywalkiesded along the towpath again. We reached the liftybridge and then waited....and waited....and waited...for Dad. He took forever to catch up with us! While we were waiting, Mum used her pawpointer to press buttons to lift the bridge three times, and then put it back down again, for OTHER floatyboats to go through. I just squeaked my protest at aaaaallll the waiting!

Finally, Dad arrived, but then he had to wait for us! A pooch pal had come along with his ladyhuman. He was a very tall fuzzy lurcher and he wasn't interested in playing but it was nice to meet n greet.

The rest of the afternoon was a pleasant cruise with a good few locks to work along the way. Some of the locks were very deep. I had to peer over the edge to make sure Daddy was OK all the way down in the depths! I got a bit more of Mummy's yummy 'recall practice' in while we waited for the water to get bigger and bring Dad and floatyboatyhome up to the top.

Tonight's garden is rather nice! No roads, no trains, no houses anywhere to be seen! Just grass. Lots of grass - all around!

3 photos:
Just my face - peering down into the lock, checking on Daddy.

Me surveying tonight's garden from the back deck as we moored up.

A view of tonight's garden - lots of grass, a golden tree and big expanse of evening sky - oh! and a black bum wandering off into the distance!

Noisy, Roary Trains!

Towath workywalkies - slippy slidy muddy jaggedy rocky towpath so Mum struggled with it. I took care of her though. We made it!

Lots of locks. That included lots of what Mum calls 'Recall practice'. I call it yummy good fun! It means I get to wander off, sniff about, exchange lots of weemails, and generally just do what a dog likes to do. Mum, from time to time, does a peep-peep-peep on the whistle and I come galloping back to her, my bum bounces as it hits the ground and I get a yummy! Today's yummies were well worth racing back for - little bits of delectable Pepperami! MmmmmMMMMMMmmmmmm......

Tonight, we are moored in a place Dad says is called Lower Heyford. Just the other side of the towpath is a track with lots and lots very noisy roary trains whizzing past! We are all cozy inside our floatyboatyhome but these roaring beasties make things rattle as they go by. I'm getting used to it now but it was a bit scary the first few times!

Monday, 9 October 2017

Good Fuss Times!

Mummy's face was a bit like a bulldog's! I don't understand why she went all screwed up like that. It was her choice to do a peculiar thing with her pawcovers.

It all started with a lovely game of ball-launcher fetch in that little park beside our mooring. That was great! Then we had a cruise to the squirtysnake place. So far, so good. It seemed that our floatyboatyhome needed a drink, and the bins there needed to be fed with a couple of bags from our deck. There was also a sort of big bowl thing with a hole in the bottom and a squirtysnake beside it. It seemed that needed to be fed with the contents of the grey box things that go underneath the human spending bowl. All this was fine. I just enjoyed a pleasant liedown on the grass while all this odd stuff went on.

Then I got the chance to go for a little wander. (Mum said I was a tinker of an opportunist - I have no idea what she meant by that!). I followed my nose. There was a very interesting smell coming from among the trees. Mum blew my recall whistle but, on balance I decided that the smell was more enticing than the little treats Mum gives me when I run back to her. My nose led me to discover a sort of human bed and all sorts of interesting yummies. Mum says it was a homeless person's home.....errr....what??? Anyway. It seems Mum was less than impressed with my discovery and she squelched in after me and hoiked me out with a 'Get back to the boat....Grrrr'. I did as bid.....well....I may have just tried to scoot back for another little investigation of my discovery.....I didn't get away with it though! Harrumph!

Very soon after this, Mum removed her paw covers and that is when her face went all squiffy. This squiffiness got worse when she started to use water, froth and a little whiskerstick thing to groom the bottoms of her pawcovers. This peculiar behaviour then extended to squirting the floor with smellystuff and then stroking it all over with a wet cloth. She then turned her strangeness of attention to MY paws! She almost attacked me with a wet cloth but, after sniffing first (Oi! Sniffing is MY job!) she obviously decided that I could be spared that indignity. Phew!

The rest of the day has been generally fairly sedate - cruising and working locks and meeting and greeting doggypals along the way. I think Mummy still loves me. We had some good fuss times while waiting for the water to do its filling up thing in the locks.

Photo shows me with my front paws up on a lock beam.. Mum is sitting on the beam and we are enjoying some fuss time.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Mum's Been Mean Again. Twice!

These paws are made for walking! And that's just what they've done! They've walked a million miles today! Welll.....OK....maybe a thousand.......welllll.....a blimmin long way anyway! No complaints though! I love it!

Workywalkies to a church - with a very nice carpet to snooze on under the chairs! Lots of minihumans too, so a few crumbs to hoover and lots and lots of fusses and ear-rubs! I'm getting to like minihumans! Then workywalkies back - well - eventually......Where we should have turned right, and I tried to steer Mum right, she said 'find left'. Well, OK then! Left is good. Left goes to Pets at Home......

Huff! We went straight past Pets at Home - AGAIN! Instead we went to a carrot shop. Lots of shops are carrot shops it seems. This one was called Al Dees apparently. I didn't half have to work hard in there keeping Mum from duffing people up with her trolley. It was mega-crowded! I had to weave her left and right and stop her many many times. It seems that, with her little tiny window of lookability, she can look at a little bit of where she is going OR she can look at what she is trying to find on the shelves - but not both! That's where I have to step in and strut my stuff. I steer Mum and the trolley while she searches for all that stuff. I thought I might deserve the big lump of meat that was right at nose level - but just a moment too soon, Mum barked 'Get your shnozzle off that!' Harrrumph!

Eventually, we got back to floatyboatyhome, then floatyboatyhome moved! We have cruised! It was nice to lie on the back deck watching the murky water glide by. I did have to help Mum work a lock too - twice! It was odd! I guided Mum to 'find the beam'. She did her windy-uppy thing with the big shiny bent stick. Then she did her pushy-pully thing to open the gate and let Dad in with the boat. Then, pushy-pully again to close the gate then windy-downy with the bent stick. Down to the other end of the lock and a repeat performance to let the water out and then to let Dad out. That's when the oddness happened; Dad twirled the boat around and brought it straight back into the lock again! So then Mum had to do the whole process all over again but in reverse! After that, Mum and I got aboard with Dad and enjoyed a short cruise. We are moored once again right next to that little park where we were a few days ago. Mum was mean though; she wouldn't let me go play football with the minihumans there! She said I would pop their ball. Well....that's what you're supposed to do with it .... isn't it?

I had my dinner and then got to take Daddy for a leisure walkies this evening.

Now....shove up a bit Mum! I think I deserve more of the sofa tonight!

2 photos:
My front paws - all worn ou.

Me lying on the back deck watching the murky brown water glide by.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Fluffy White, Crunchy Clouds...

Somebody please call the pawlice! NeeNawNeeNaw.....This is urgent! A serious crime against dogdom has been committed!

I guided Mum all the way to the big shops - where Pets at Home is - and...and...and....we DIDN'T go in! 'Not today' she said! Well! How terrible is that! I shall start a pawtition to make it a crime to be so mean to a faithful Guide Dog.

The injustice of it all! I had to endure two blimmin boring shops instead: That one that Mum calls 'Geeks' Paradise' (Dad seems to love it and calls it Maplins), with absolutely NOTHING even vaguely worth sniffing in it, and the one that Mum seems to find fascinating; Hobbydaft! I put up with THEIR favourite places but THEY decide that we 'don't need anything from Pets at Home today'........Huhhhh???? But we ALWAYS need lots from there........

I need to lie down in a darkened room! Ooh! This will do.....lots of seats......I can put up with the noisy big people on the wall at the front......Ooooooh! Little crunchy clouds!.....Mmmmmm.....I might consider dropping the charges.....

Friday, 6 October 2017

Fantabulous Fun!!!

......my patience was rewarded though! Mum said I deserved a bit of a relaxed day after all that has been happening.....so.....we went for a FREEEEEERRRRRUUUUUNNNNNN! YIPPEEDIPPEEDOOOOOO!

We went to that huuuuuugenormous open grassy place, beside the River Tems, that made me squeak when we cruised past it on our floatyboatyhome! It was fandabbydoozeee there! I got to run and run and run, and roll and romp and do big huge zoomies. There were loads of featherballs on the grass by the river - I tried to catch them to play but they made a load of loud honking noise and flapped off into a big splash on the water! Hufff! I did find one lying still on the grass but Mum and Dad shooed me away from it. They said that a headless goose is not lunch! Hufff! I did just....perhaps.....errr....maybe....sneak in a quick spa session in the river too! Well, it was my treat day! Heehee!

It was fantabulous fun. Even better was that Mum and Dad decided that a long walk home was a good idea to give me chance to dry off! Well, I was happy to oblige! I was almost dry by the time we got back to our floatyboatyhome. Just right for a good snooze by the hotbox!

6 photos:
Sitting with the huge expanse of Port Meadows behind me.

Pose for a portrait - just my head with blurred green grass behind.

A full immersion spa session in the River Thames - swimming toward camera.

Investigating the river's edge - nose down having a good sniff around.

Splashing back out again.


This Morning....

This morning...... I waited soooooo patiently! Mummy and Daddy mentioned going out......then Daddy sat there at the table......clicketyfingersing on that blessed tippetytappetything of his.......I just had to lie there and wait.....and wait....and wait.....

I gave him 'the look' as long and as hard as I could muster......

Photo shows me lying down on wooden floor, looking up at Daddy with the most longing, fed up face possible.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Shove Over, Mum!

Home again!

Workywalkies from Puppa's to the station, via a slightly different route - just for a change!

Lots and lots and lots of trains and stations and 'find the door', 'find the train', 'find the lift', 'find a seat'.......wait and wait and wait at the station......Phew I needed that wee when we finally arrived at this Oxford place!

One of the trains had a really yucky floor. I mean.....cold and hard and NOT carpet! Lie down on that? I don't think so! I shuffled myself between Mum and Dad's legs and made use of Dad's leg for a chin rest!

The last train was nice though - a big area of carpet to stretch out on! Much better! The train before that had some nice fuss-giving humans in the seats opposite. That was pleasant!

But now, we are safely back aboard out floatyboatyhome and I have pretty much demolished a big juicy bone! Now.....Mum.....shove over a bit.....that sofa is my bed too!

2 photos from different angles showing me resting my head on Dad's leg on the train.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Riot Fun!

Playdate with Guide Dog Puppy Chrissie at my PuppyMummy's home. Chrissie is four and a half months old and nearly as big as me. Today we went to visit and it was the bestest playtime I've had for ages. It was nice to meet up with my old buddy Rowley too (Springer Spaniel), even though he is too old and wobbly to be able to join in with the riot-fun.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Treat-Dispensing Buttons!

Cor! I think I've earned my bone today!

First of all, I had to take Mummy workywalkies to a huge Tesco shop. It was a good walkies to get there (Mum says her talkybone told her it was a mile), then a big challenge guiding her and a trolley around the shop. There were sooooo many humans in there, and loads and loads of workyhumans with big trolleys full of big boxes they were unloading onto the shelves. Mum did the usual thing of lying my harness handle down on my back and then holding my lead on the handlebar of the trolley. We then go slowly and carefully and I follow Mum's commands of 'find right', 'find left', 'straight on', and 'wait'. There is a lot of 'wait' while she searches the shelves for the things she needs.

There was one exciting moment when I spotted a potential poochpal to meet and greet. My excitement was dashed though. I wasn't allowed to meet or greet. Huff! Instead, I ended up doing more waiting while Mum yacketyacked with a manhuman who said he was helping with training my potential pal to be a helper to a human in a wheelieseat. I am sure I could have taught her all sorts of great things!

When we had finished doing the shopping, Mum asked me to 'find the way out. Outside, we found Dad with Puppa's car. He took all the shopping away in the car and Mum and I took a wander back to Puppa's home.

After a short snooze while Mum, Dad and Puppa noshed lunch, then Mum did some choppy-sizzly-stirry stuff, we then set off out again. This time, Dad came too and we went to 'find the bus stop'. This was a tad more exciting! Indeed it was good! A bus ride took us to completely new territory for me to guide Mum around. There were quite a few 'find the crossing' jobs for me and, better still, some of them had 'get the button' treat dispensers too! Mmmmm.... And.....the workywalkies took us to a Pets at Home! Yippeeeee! It seems we needed more food for Meeeeee!

Monday, 2 October 2017

"Hup" on the bus!

BEACH!! I got a run on the beach! Yayy!

OK, it was only a little run......and a little sniff.......and a VERY brief play with another doggypal......but it was a run on the BEACH!!

It came after a workywalkies, a bus ride, another workywalkies and then a humanpaws-warming session in the office at the huge humanswim puddle place where Rosie works. Mum abandoned me there. She handed my lead over to a workyhuman who took me into the office. It seems that Mum and Dad went off to sit at the side of the big puddle to watch minihuman Hallie learning to swim. (another example of dogs-better-than-humans. Dogs don't have to learn to swim. We just do it!). I got some lovely fusses though!

Then it was funtime! A shortish walk along the pawmenade for Mum and Dad, and a chance to let my fur down doing zoomies on the pebbles! This took us into town, where Mum and Dad had a little lunch, then to a bus stop.

The bus ride took us to visit a long-time-no-see humanfriend. She was waiting outside her house. I recognized her multicoloured headfur! It was Jill, Mummy's friend and mine too! We didn't stay long. Just long enough to snooze on her carpet while the humans drank that hot brown waterstuff and do a load of yacketying - of course! Then we had to set off to catch the bus back again. This bus had another long-time-no-see humanfriend driving it. I just had to 'hup' to say a proper hello to Darlene!

Puppa seems to be getting better, but Mum and Dad are doing all the choppy-sizzly-stirry stuff, plus feeding the frothymouth monster machine and all the strokystuff.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Multicoloured Square

Not a lot to report from a soggy Sunday. Workywalkies to a church with carpet to snooze on and lots of admiring humans to get fusses from. Workywalkies back again to Puppa's home. (Mum kept on telling me to 'huppup' but I wanted to plod to register my protest at walking the same route yet again. I kinda think Mum was a bit miffed with me. Oops!

She didn't stay miffed with me to for too long though. I got a yummy bone to munch on while she did all the sizzly stirry stuff in the kitchen. That was tiring enough to lead nicely into a snoozy afternoon while Puppa made nose rumbles, Dad did loads of clicketyfingersing and Mum did some stroking of floors and worktops. She even stroked the inside of that hot-huffing box that she put yummies into earlier. She got out the noisy carpet stroker and it ate all my bits of bone! She then sat down and did a load of that strange thing with a long thin tail and a little shiny hookspikething. I sat and watched her but really couldn't fathom it out. It seems that she twizzles the tail around the hookspikething and it turns into a multicoloured square that is growing! I didn't bother to watch for long, my eyelids needed internal inspection!