Saga of a woman old enough to know better who lets her life be governed by the ridiculous hobby of breeding and showing dogs, musing on life, the twenty first century, Cameron and his mini-me, and the occasional sheep.

Monday, May 03, 2010


Life goes on, in a cold spring with lots of dogs. The warmer moments outdoors are spent in persuading Fidget that it is the destiny of every dog to walk on the lead. Fidget has totally conquered the training class - he walked straight out of his travelling box and greeted every dog there with the information that he was Fidget, a Very Important Dog, and then proceeded to check all the ladies for...availability. I could see he would be a handful.

This opinion was reinforced when he flatly refused the lead. A friend offered to help, using the well-tried bribery method, and half a pound of cheese later he had walked almost a yard. Very slowly. He went home with the satisfied expression of a dog who had won....and was full of cheese. I can see this will be a long saga, requiring patience and most of the contents of Tesco.

We met the same friend at a show this weekend. He came over to chat, wearing an oversized baseball cap. Merlin stared up at him. Merlin`s mental problems have often been aired here. I tried, as I often do, to work out the current processes of his pea-sized, contorted brain and realised that he was not at all used to hats. Clearly he was thinking - "This man has a deformed head".

I explained to the hat wearer, and he laughed and removed it.

Merlin was appalled. His jaw dropped and his eyes stared. The man`s head was not only deformed but part of it came off!

Before I could explain he had responded as he always does to emergencies. The whole hall was deafened.

As I carried off the screeching idiot, I reflected on the neverending variety of ways that male dogs can put years on a person.....

It`s entirely due to dogs that I am now 105.
You do make me laugh! I say it (yet) again - I love the way you write, Elizabeth :) And Fidget's roar looks too cute for words, but dont tell him!
Thank you! I do appreciate it!It`s great to have some support!
Your entries about Fidget and Delia have made me laugh so much I've come back to read them several times now!

What does Riot think of them? How are Velvet and Ella doing with show training?
Well, Riot just loves everything and everyone - and barking. Ella is now an assured and very smug litle show lady and is qualified for Crufts. Velvet, alas tends to be so excitable she is uncontrollable in the ring, so a struggle is going on there.....I`ll keep you posted.

I`m really glad they amuse other people as much as they amuse me!
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