Monday, July 30, 2007

For all our dogpals

I wanted to do a nice fun post today - and dedicate it to my pal Oscar. Because I think he might have liked that.

But mistress can't do it at the moment.

Like everyone we have been very sad that Oscar died so suddenly. He was such a handsome, lively (and big!) dog, and he and Katy were always fast off the mark to come and make friendly comments whenever we had put up a new post.

We didn't meet him straight away. We actually met at the chat pawty, and then we started visiting each other's blogs most days. Oscar and Katy were probably more diligent than we were.

This is as much of a tribute to Katy as to Oscar. Not only did she take Oscar to all his training and help him win all his awards (or maybe the other way round?), she regularly wrote an excellent blog, and on top of that, found time to visit us all.

And now we have discovered another dog has died - in totally different circumstances, but equally distressing to read about. We didn't know Prince, and we visited a few days ago for the first time when we heard he wasn't feeling too good, but were so gutted to read the sad news on his blog when we went back today.

We think the reason we all empathise so much every time we read about the death of someone's dog is that either we have been in a similar position before (once or maybe more times), or we know it is going to come to us at some point. Ten months after Prince (our GSD) died, mistress still can't think about him without doing the watery eyes routine.

So this is a post, not just for Oscar, but to reflect on all the friends we have made over the past four months while we have been blogging, and remember those dogs who we didn't have chance to get to know.

Reuben (at Bella's blog) was one of our very first friends and we were so pleased to start being dogpals; Dakota (at Five Happy Hounds) - died a few days before we started blogging, we found their blog and wanted to say hello but couldn't find the words, we so felt for their grief, but it didn't seem the right time to say hello; and then Angus at Flossy's World - we, like others in DWB, sent well wishes to him to get better - and it seemed like he'd made it, but only for a short while.

Tomorrow we will write a proper dogblog post for Oscar - and for all our other friends out there at the Rainbow Bridge, and our own dogs too, of course.

Friday, July 27, 2007

La cucaracha

One day, just after we had all come back from Gibraltar, mistress was lying in the bath. (I have forgotten to tell you this story so I am telling it now)

Well, she lies in the bath most days to be honest.

But my GibKennelFlat only has a shower so after the hot dusty journey back home, mistress was idling in there.

For some strange reason master was talking to her and I was hiding behind him. I'm pretty wary of the bathroom as I don't see why on earth they both like to jump into a huge plastic bowl of water so I normally keep well away.

Although sometimes in the mornings I stand in the doorway and have a bit of a macho chat with master when he is having a shave or something.

Suddenly she shrieked and dived out of the bath and ran into the bedroom. Frightened the life out of me. I ran even further away.

That left master to deal with the cockroach that had nonchalantly scuttled right round the top edge of the bath. While she was in there.

So he flipped it into the bath. And pointed out to mistress that it didn't seem able to swim. It had drowned. He thought they were bombproof. Master so tries to be a good Buddhist but that wasn't one of those occasions.

"Eeeek!" she shrieked again. Or something like that. "You're not going to get into the bath now are you?"

"Of course I am. No point in wasting water." And promptly climbed in. Mistress was nearly sick.

The year after they first bought our house in Spain, mistress noticed they had a new pet in the bathroom. It was a cute sort of tropical-looking creature. Deep-reddish colour, quiet, and just used to lurk in a corner of the bathroom.

Mistress called it the "Naked Lunch Creature". And then she remembered why she was calling it the Naked Lunch Creature. It reminded her of the film. Set in the Interzone. After that, every time she saw the new pet she screamed.

She was going to walk out of the film when they went to see it. To start with, it was boring and then later, it was off the wall. But they both stuck it out and decided it was a good film. They still talk about it now - hence the name for the new pet (hah!)

For any of you who don't know what we're talking about there are some links to follow. The book link is just a photo. Pretty yuk if you don't like cockroaches. If you read about the book you may not wish to view the YouTube video. book cover link here

This vid clip is not for the faint-hearted. Mistress thinks it is as disgusting now as she did years ago. Although she did laugh this time when she watched it again. But now she has been to Tanger. video link here

The whole point of this story is that mistress can not look at cockroaches without thinking of Naked Lunch.

And mistress says they are even worse in Australia. When they had their flat in Sydney, the cockies were huge. Master and mistress came in one night and there was a mega-sized one trying to FLY out of the window.

(Another occasion where mistress felt sick).

How do you dogpals in the Americas (ie North, Central and South), and south-east Asia, manage? What are yours like?

Fortunately we don't have many. Because I'm not interested in chasing them. Too small. Cats and rats for me anyday.

Hope I haven't offended anydog or their peeps. But cockroaches are a part of life in hot countries. And I'm a Spanish dog. Mistress is a wimp though. In fact I think I might do a poll. Is mistress a wimp? (Need to get her to do it for me though, sigh).

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

My five books - well, our five books

Master has told me I need to get on with a bit of macho-bonding. And stop sniffing after all you beautiful bitches.

But I am not going to do it today.

I am going to write about our books. Well, mistress's doggy books.

I was originally tagged by Blue from England to write about books, but naughty mistress STOLE the tag and wrote about her favourite books on her blog.

Anyway, I have been tagged again, for the same thing, by beautiful MayaMarie, the Husky in the Window, (one of my adorable girlfriends I might add) so now we HAVE to write about doggy books.

Here is mistress's Observer's Book of Dogs. It cost seven shillings about 30 years ago. She liked it because when she was little she could learn all about different doggies.

Then she got another book. She especially liked this one because it had colour piccies. The Observer book only has black and white piccies. But this book cost 16 shillings. So that is more than twice as many dog biscuits as the other book.

Then she started to spend her pocket money on books with big colour photos. Here is a nice book with soppy puppy pix and it only cost 13 shillings.

She has some more old doggy books but that is (almost) enough for this post. Many years later when she went to an office and earned lots of pennies for dogbix like lots of your moms, she had some spare money and used to like going to book shops.

So this is the last book she bought. It has lots of beautiful photos and answers to interesting questions like "Why do some dogs chase their own tails?" And it cost a mega £16.99.

And lastly here are some excerpts from the Blue Peter Fifth Book (cost ten shillings). No, it's not Shep. The dogs being bathed are Petra and Patch. And for those of you who don't know, the presenters are Valerie Singleton, John Noakes and Peter Purves.

Here is the story of Bengo. Mistress loved to read about Bengo. He was a boxer doggy, and because mistress grew up with a boxer called Tarquin, she has always had a soft spot for them. (And now I have a beautiful boxer girlfriend called Penny - oops, not allowed to talk about girlfriends today).

Tarquin was her best friend. She didn't have brothers and sisters so when her mummy and daddy told her off, she would always go and hug Tarquin because he didn't care what she did. Us dogs are like that.

So those are our five books. They aren't mine at all really. Mistress has stolen this post by default. She has a house full of books, and as you can see, she doesn't exactly get rid of them because they are old.

When they were travelling round Spain in their 30-year-old Landy (not the one I go in, the green one in the garage that I have sat in and had my photo taken in) they met some nice Swiss people.

Master and mistress had their OLD Landy and a small back-packing tent. They stayed on camp sites with many expensive campervans and caravans. Some people felt sorry for them because they looked poor (not understanding the difference between poor and eccentric British says mistress) but most people were nice.

They had drinks with the friendly Swiss people, and the man, who used to be in the Swiss police, gave master a Swiss army knife with the police insignia. It was a nice present.

And they said they would visit master and mistress the next year. They did. The ex-police officer looked round the house with his eyes and mouth wide open. Not because of the small, basic house, but because of the amount of books. Master and mistress never heard from them again.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

How many girlfriends can a dog have?

Now today I have some important things to bark.

More new friends. Abby and Holly are friends of Huge Happy Hairy Harry and they have started their own blog today.

Holly is a collie, and Abby is a Saluki greyhound cross. The best news is they want to be my girlfriends. Hehe.

Please go and make them welcome.

On the topic of girlfriends, I said I would write about Guinness, who also wants to be my girlfriend. Guinness is a black and tan GSD and I think she is beautiful. Although she is now eight, you can see her puppy photo and her grown-up photo here.

She lives with one of my special girlfriends Misty.

Of course, all my girlfriends are special. But being a bit vain - mistress says all men are - I think it is so cool to have a girlfriend who looks like me.

Don't you think she looks a bit like me eating my chips...

or waiting for my omelette.....

or having my head stroked.....

I only met her a few days ago when I asked you all what I was, and her peeps came on and said like many of you that I looked like some GSD, but perhaps Husky too.

There are lots of Huskies around here in Spain, which is a bit silly considering it is so hot.

Sometimes they end up on the streets because lots of people don't like big dogs (or the cost of feeding them), or the fact they shed so heavily (I do).

Or maybe because they don't bark much (I don't) - therefore they are no use as a guard dog, which is often one of the main reasons for having a dog here, rather than as a companion animal.

We only know MayaMarie and Misty, so we are going to find a few Husky blogs and see if they will be friends, and then we can learn some more about them.

Oh, and Misery Mistress says I am not allowed any more girlfriends (for now), as she thinks I have more than enough for any self-respecting dog.

She also says I have talked more than enough about me and my girlfriends.

Well I don't care what she says - if you think I am nice and you want to be my girlfriend, just ask.

Do you think I could win the Dog with Most Girlfriends competition (even tho' I do have a girly name)?

Friday, July 20, 2007

A peach of a day

Today started off very well. I left a bit of my first breakfast so that I had room to share whatever master and mistress decided to have.

Master cooked himself a rasher sandwich. These are yummy vegetarian tasties made by The Redwood Company. For some reason they have started importing their products into Spain. Perhaps they knew master and mistress lived here.

They are dearer here than in the UK, so they are A TREAT. As you know mistress is not a great lover of spending money so she rations master to his rashers or his vegi-sausages, but they are good when we are allowed them.

Next mistress finally opened her sleepy green eyes and decided she didn't want a rasher sandwich. I thought that was a shame as sharing another one wouldn't have gone amiss.

But she decided today was a fruit day. Now one of my pals told me to be careful because if I eat too much fruit I might get diabetes. It was very thoughtful to let me know, but I have to say there is little chance of that.

In fact I have to walk round stealthily stealing my fresas because Meany Mistress does not feed me them. In fact sometimes she eats them herself.

Today was peach though. And not only did mistress have peach, master decided he would have a second breakfast and had a peach too.

When he was working on my Landy today, the Friday veg man could not get his door open. So master sorted it for him. Friday veg man insisted master take a HUGE bag of peaches. Well, five peaches, but they were HUGE. So my third breakfast was peach. Isn't it a good thing I left some of those boring biscuits? or else I wouldn't have had space for two more breakfasts.

Then they went to the shops and it is too hot for me to go too, so I stayed in to dream of my girlfriends.

One of my pals - who shall remain nameless - has suggested I might have an over-ambitious number of girlfriends. I think that's what he meant. So I'm not going to write about them today.

Well, only to add Guinness to the list. But I can talk about her tomorrow.

(You're only jealous Wally)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Apology - dogpals list

I have just been getting mistress to update my pals list.

And I am mortified. She had not put Sherman Penny and Lola on.

It is now rectified but we are very sorry about that.

I am very embarrassed.

If we have missed anyone else off please tell us.

I am sending her off to bed now.

Pippa (Red faced).

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


First before I tell you of my dreams, I have some good news. Mmm, sausages and toms for my second breakfast. Ooops, getting distracted, although that was very good news. Not enough mind, they ate far more than I got.

So the real good news is - my friend Harry has just started his own blog. But some of you already know - that clever Freda Shepherd has already mentioned it on her blog. I knew she was one fast Delta Bunny.

And some of you have been to visit Harry and barked Hi, but if you haven't you can find him here. I am sure he will be very pleased.

Anyway back to dreaming about my girlfriends. Wally said I could put Sissy Ethel in my time capsule but I am not sure that is a good idea. After all we would need to take so much food for 25 years and she would need lots of space to chase tennis balls.

Now I think that minx Sophie Brador is just toying with my affections. She told me Wally was "just a mentor". I ask you - and she has a pic of him next to her bed. Still, if you do swim to Spain Sophie, I will be pleased to see you and we can lie on one of my sofas together.

The impressively regal Megan, however, has invited me to get my furry body over there. How cool is that? A dog that comes from a breed used to mixing in noble and royal circles happy to have a furry encounter with a cross-bred Spanish street dog. Apart from anything else, the UK is nearer than those places across the Atlantic. So Megan is well up there in my dreams.

The beautiful Tasha and Eva have said they share everything so they are happy to share me. Wow. I think that has to be every sheepdog's fantasy. (I wonder if I will get some funny Google searches now - or not maintain my G rating for general audiences?? I think it will stay the same - after all - I get a G rating even though I've got screwing on my blog somewhere apparently.....)

Freda is obviously too clever for me - and loyal to some boyfriend she mentioned a while back. But if ya want a change Freda - you know where Spain is, or at least your secretary does.

I've not heard from that other lovely shepherd cross - Flossy - but she's not been blogging much so I will hang on in there.

And I think I may have offended my smaller dog friends - Bella, Lorenza, and Roxie. I thought they already had lots of boyfriends and would prefer a smaller dog (although I am very gentle), so I offered to be very good friends. But if you all want to be my girlfriends too, that is fine.

I want to add three more guapissima perras to my list. The feisty Penny over at Jackman Ave (you all know who Penny is), and who can probably give Ethel a run for her money. She was looking for a BFF but Penny, I will be whatever sort of friend you want.

MayaMarie, the spoiled husky in the window, looks a very beautiful female with a nice character too. I hope she would like to be my girlfriend (edited because mistress had written girlfiend - sorry MayaMarie) or at least a good friend.

And over at The Stoutino Inn & Foster Kennel, Guinness & Shiloh's family, there is a beautiful dog called Misty, who looks a bit like me. Perhaps we could have little Mistypipps - only in my dreams mind. Too much work otherwise.

I'm off to go and dream now. Too warm to do anything else.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Update....noticias....five things

Hello everydog.

First, sorry we haven't ruff ruffed on your blogs recently. Master has been obsessed with his axles - and made mistress post lots of things about it on her blog. If any of your humans (especially 4x4 owners) know anything about these axle thingies please have a look at her itchyfeetatforty blog.

Now, I would like to thank everydog who has passed by the story of my friend Harry - and the warning to leave sweetcorn cobs alone. His mum Vicky is so keen to spare anyone the same anguish that she and Harry went through. If you haven't read it, please have a look.

And I also want to thank everyone who has commented on my possible breed. You have made some nice and thoughtful comments.

Now I have two things to write about but Misery Mistress will only let me write one. So as I was tagged by Oscar to list five things to put in a time capsule, I will post that 'cos I don't want to offend Oscar, he is one cool dog.

First naturally. I would put in my ball. I thought about my ring, or my chew, but I decided on my ball because it rolls away from me. Then I can chase it, especially down the steps, although not for long because I get bored, or tired, or both.

Then I would put in my hairnet, I mean my comfort netting. Master calls it my hairnet because I hide in it and look like Ena Sharples (who?). I think it is for protecting the vegetables, but now it is mine. (I had a better pic but Misery trashed it - although I did look pretty stupid - so I am not lying with it right over my head again,)

I have to put my shiny new toaster in. What dog would not be pleased to find that? And they could have yummy toasties all the time.

I wanted to put in some strawberries or tomatoes from my garden but Misery said they wouldn't keep in a capsule.

So she said I could put in a tin of toms instead. These are very nice - on toast natch.

I hope it is a big time capsule. I think every dog should have a Landy.

And a sofa. Who cares which one. Any sofa will do.

Oh and I like those potato chip things from the petrol station when we go picnicking.

I think I have put too many things in though. And I can normally count to five quite nicely.

Because Misery has been so slow off the mark getting round you all, we don't know who is tagged for this game. So we will try and find some dogs who haven't been asked to play yet and tag you tomorrow.

It's bedtime here in Spain for us early risers. Night night and sleep well - or have a good day depending on where you are.

Ruffs Pippa

PS Edited to add - forgot to say hopefully the Land Rover and the Dualit will still be going in 25 years time - even if the rest of us are a bit creaky....hehehe

Friday, July 13, 2007

Who am I....?

I ask this because there are lots of informed dogpals out there that may have a view.

After I had adopted master and mistress, the locals in our village said I was a Spanish sheepdog - un perro pastor - from the mountains.

That's a reasonable deduction, because I am nice to all livestock, and I am very furry, which would keep me warm in the mountains.

But the other day when we were in Gib, people kept calling me a white Alsatian.

Now, it has to be said that when I found master and mistress they thought I could be a cross between a husky and a GSD.

Although I have a white face and big amber eyes, the markings on my saddle do look like a GSD. But my friend Prince was not like me. Although he was a shepherd dog he barked at everything. I don't think he would have made a good pastor.

Now I don't bark at much at all. And even in the morning, when I am telling master to do breakfast, half the time it is more of a roooooo than a bark.

So what do you think pals? Husky/GSD cross? Oh, and we have looked at Poseidon's blog, (see Bone Zone - photo of the month) and I think we look similar in some of the photos.

I almost forgot. People keep saying I look old. Me, OLD! I am sure I was a (large) puppy when I found master and mistress. I might have looked a bit hot recently, and I had the poorly tummy, but I AM NOT OLD. I don't think.

Pippa. A bit confused.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

My friend Harry's story (pt 2) - and a warning

I forgot to tell you yesterday that mistress met Vicky on a Land Rover forum. More a venue for roughy-toughy, macho, sexist men (not all of them) than anything else. When Vicky told us on the forum the first time Harry was poorly, she received lots of support. And as you know from yesterday's post, he improved after that first op.

So it's one of the reasons we try to send positive thoughts and good wishes when we hear about poorly doggies. It can't do any harm, and a little moral support for humans is always helpful at a difficult time. Anyway, here is part 2.

"But 15 minutes later he returned, with bad news.

Harry’s windpipe was almost closed up with scar tissue. After telling the vet Harry’s history, it became clear that in the early days after his bowel op - while he was almost comatose - he’d probably regurgitated some stomach acid.

And being unable to cough, it had gone down his windpipe and burnt it, the scar tissue had gradually built up, almost closing his airway. The only solution now was to remove as much of the damaged windpipe as possible and re-join what was left.

This operation carried the danger that the join could scar again even when the two joined parts were healthy. In Harry’s case it wasn’t known how much was damaged and only so much could be removed.

The op went well. It hadn’t been possible to remove all the damaged windpipe, and he was on steroids and anti-biotics to reduce the chance of scarring, but the vet was hopeful. The next four weeks would be crucial.

Harry stayed with the vet for a week and then Vicky collected him, but in a few days there were more problems. He’d developed an allergic reaction to the steroids, they caused ulcers in his lower bowel which started to bleed, so he was taken off them.

Days later, he returned to check how his windpipe was healing. There was no evidence of scarring, and there was a good wide opening in the windpipe.

Vicky drove to collect him, absolutely elated with the news, but worried what else was going to go wrong. It just felt like every time something went well he was knocked back again with another problem.

But the crucial time passed, and he built up his weight and his fitness.

Three months later, the pictures (on both these two posts) show Harry on one of his favourite walks in the Cotswolds. A picture of health, Vicky's Huge Happy Hairy Harry has returned. And in Vicky's eyes he has added another H to his name - Harry the Hero."

You can read the story in the July issue of Dogs Today.

The photos and text published here are with Vicky's permission.

It's so easy for dogs to pick things up from anywhere - inside or outside your home. There are so many things for them to pick up -and swallow. We can never be too careful. Harry was a fighter, he had a loving family like many of us on DWB - and finally, luck was with him.

Vicky wanted to tell this story so that people with dogs are aware of the dangers we all face - add sweetcorn cobs to that list of things to leave alone all you pups.

My friend Harry's story (pt 1) - and a warning

Here is the story of one of my first virtual pals. And a big warning about avoiding sweetcorn cobs.

"Huge Happy Hairy Harry, that’s what everyone called him at The Border Collie Trust where Vicky adopted him in May 1999.

He was brought in as a stray, approx 2-3 years old. He’d lived there for six months, unwanted because of his size.

But Vicky fell in love with him. His nickname suited him, he weighed around 30kg, he was long-coated and had a happy laid-back nature.

Some months ago, Harry retched a few times over a 4-5 week period, but otherwise he seemed OK. But one day he refused his evening meal and later he retched again.

The next day he was no better, so Vicky took him to the evening surgery. His temperature was slightly below normal, and his stomach appeared quite tender, but the vet couldn’t feel anything abnormal. Harry was given a couple of injections to help the pain and keep his fluid levels up.

She took him home, settled him down, and gradually gave him small sips of water mixed with glucose. But suddenly he stood up and vomited the lot.

It was obvious from the colour he was bleeding somewhere, and the smell was like rotting flesh. Vicky went straight back to the vet and after a long examination, the vet found an abnormal lump in his intestines. Harry was admitted straight away, put on a drip and she signed the consent form for surgery.

When the vet operated, he found a piece of sweet corn cob that was blocking Harry’s small intestine. The vet thought it could have been inside him for weeks, only causing a problem when it started to move through, blocking his intestines.

But Harry’s heart had stopped during the op, and he was given a 50/50 chance of pulling through. The vet rang twice that evening to say he was still alive, but very ill.

Harry made it through the night, and he was a bit better, but blood tests showed his liver and kidneys were struggling to rid his body of toxins from the corn cob, he’d got fluid on his lungs and they were worried he had brain damage because of his heart stopping.

When Vicky visited him, her heart sank. Harry lay motionless. She called his name, spent an hour stroking him and talking to him but there was no response.

The next day the vet said there was an improvement. Harry had lifted his head, and was licking water from a bowl. Although very weak, he managed a few mouthfuls of chicken that Vicky took him.

Eventually the vet said he could come off the drip and go home. There was nothing the vet was doing that Vicky couldn’t do at home.

He’d still made no effort to move his legs, and basically it was a last resort, hoping that being at home in familiar surroundings would encourage him.

He’d lost control of his bowels and was having to be rolled over and bathed on a regular basis. For the next two weeks, Vicky, her husband, and her daughter, took it in turns to roll him and do massage and physiotherapy on his legs.

As clean as they tried to keep him, he developed open sores on his heel and pad on one leg, which, with the dressing was restricting any movement.

Gradually there was a slight improvement. One day he stood for the first time, and two days later he managed a 2-3 minute walk outside. At last he was on the mend. His breathing was a little noisy, but with the effort he was putting into learning to walk again, it didn’t seem too abnormal.

The improvement was short lived. He was back at the vets after his breathing became noisy even when he was resting. After a ten-day course of antibiotics with no improvement, he was booked for a bronchoscopy.

Later that day, Vicky's vet said ‘Harry’s problem is beyond my capabilities. I'm getting him an appointment at a clinic that specialises in lung problems’. He offered to drive Harry the 20 miles to the specialist and she followed in her car.

They were seen straight away but after examining Harry, this second vet also said it was out of his league, and he recommended another specialist near Luton, 100 miles down the M1.

Vicky's vet saw the dismay on her face, and offered to drive her on the two-hour journey.

The next vet took one look at Harry and rushed him into surgery to try to ease his breathing. But 15 minutes later he returned, with bad news. .....

Part 2 tomorrow 'cos mistress says this is too long a story for one post

You can also read the story in the July issue of Dogs Today.

The photos and text published here are with Vicky's permission.

Monday, July 09, 2007


Of my girlfriends. I wish.

I've not stolen any of their photos, but mistress has done clicky linkies if you haven't seen these beautiful females.

In no particular order......

Well except I have to put Ethel first. So sassy. Shiny black coat, sharp pointy teeth, agile, graceful, beautiful, mmmmm. And Wally has said even tho' she has one boyfriend, she can have one in every port. So I'm hanging on in there.

Then I met Sophie Brador, a sophisticated cosmopolitan dog from - where else but Canada. I thought she quite liked me, but I can see Wally Brador has stolen her heart. But if you want a change Sophs, you know where I am.

But I quite like the clever older females. Freda (Delta Bunny) is 1,2 1,2 one very cute dog and she is beautiful too. She writes such smart things on her blog. Although she is another one with a steady boyfriend.

And as I have a thing about German Shepherds/crosses - perhaps they remind me of my pal Prince - I love Flossy too. I think she is another gorgeous rescued doggy. I don't think Flossy has a boyfriend.

Tasha and Eva are newish friends - and as there are two of them, I think it would be too difficult to choose. So I dream about them both. Two adorable Belgian Shepherds.

I would like to aspire to Megan and Cleo too, but I think they are a notch above me. They move in such regal circles.

And I have three other special small dog friends. I think they already have millions of boyfriends, so I guess they will have to remain just as special friends. In strictly alphabetical order:

Beautiful Bella in Aus, and her great pack. They have always been so friendly since we joined DWB, and even tho' their pack has been going thru' some ups and downs, she always has a smile.

La guapa Lorenza en Mejico, who talks to me in Spanish, so I don't forget my native language because I am living with two English people. Besitos Lorenza.

And finally Roxie, my very good friend and just as lovely as any dog could be. A small dog with a very large heart, along with her bros, Andy and Sammy.

However - if there are any other potential virtual girlfriends out there - let me know.

I have plenty of time just to dream about you all.

Just to recap. I know I am called Pippa - but I am a boy. Mistress named me after a little white polar bear in London Zoo. The name meant little one in Eskimo language. Of course polar bears grow up to be big, not little, just like me. I might have been small once, altho' I don't remember, but now I am big. And although I am not white like a polar bear, I am more white than any other dog that has rescued them. I think mistress has a strange sense of humour.

And now an apology. Mistress has been using two browsers and stuffed up her settings, so all your comments went for modification. But she didn't realise and we thought no-one had sniffed past. And that you were all watching Wimbledon or something (whatever you non-Brits do at Wimbledon time). She has a red face and sore knuckles.

Cross Pippa.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

My friend Marmalade

Master and I do the same thing whether we are in Gib or in Spain.

In the morning we have quality time together. Just us boys. Without idle mistress. We have our early walk because we both like to get up early. Then we have our coffee.

And then mistress makes her appearance and we don't get any more macho-bonding time. We can't even sneak off to the pub in Gib without her coming to find us. So we have given up on that one and let her tag along with us.

We usually go the same way for our ordinary walk (rather than the super-long ones that seem to involve circumnavigating Gib). Here are the gates just down the street.

Here are master and I waiting for Slowcoach Mistress, raising a paw to her. We are standing next to Nelson, opposite the Trafalgar Cemetery.

Here are the next set of gates to go down towards the sea where the silly houses are almost built on water.

And here is the best bit of all. My friend Marmalade with the green collar.

He is hiding at the bottom of the street opposite ours just as we were coming home.

Our friend across the street was telling us about him. Marmalade lives just down Main Street.

He comes up to our street because our friend across the street puts out cat food for all the local cats. She has her own cat too.

Master and mistress groaned. I don't know why. I think it is an excellent idea. You can see why there are always lots of cats in my street can't you?

Here I am, worn out after another hard day. Planning tomorrow's strategy.


Thursday, July 05, 2007

Pippa's new toaster

Here I am waiting patiently for my toastie.

As we all know I like toasties.

Master likes toast too. Mistress doesn't care.

Anyway, we have finally worked out that the cooker including grill thingy toaster whatsit doesn't work.

So how is Pippa going to get his buttered toast in GibFlat?

The truth is that mistress's mummy had a toaster at her house and it was - meant to be - packed up with all the stuff.

But then we couldn't find it. Why not? Because mistress had only said to the nice removal company men from Move-It that she didn't like toasters, or toast, or if she wanted it there was always a grill.

Great one mistress. There is no grill in GibFlat and master and I like toast.

So she was sent out muy pronto to buy my new toaster.

Here I am guarding the door. She does not get back in without my toaster.

Here it is. It is nice isn't it?

I want the sandwich holder accessory too.

So get that sorted mistress. I need my cheese and tomato toasties. And buttered toast. All toasts. Any toasts.

Edited to add: Mistress hates spending money. So when she does part with it, she likes to think she has bought something decent. Hence the Dualit toaster. Apart from the fact that it looks nice, the nice man in the shop said it is less likely to break down. It has no thermostat (apparently these can be a problem). It is hand made in England, from cast metal and polished steel. Her arm nearly dropped off carrying it up the street. I will report back.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Depression setting in

What is going on? I am confused.

Remember my post where we established sofas are for dogs and floors are for people?

Well, mistress climbed on my sofa the other afternoon - and went to sleep on it. All of it. There was no space for Pippadog.

I was consigned to the floor.

Then a bit later on, master did the same.

But then I got it back.

Although not for long.

So whose sofa is it? Isn't it mine any more?

And it is sooo comfy.

Poor Pippa.