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Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Monday, 30 May 2011
Today has been a holiday here in the UK so no work for me. There wasn't chance to do much of anything as it's rained all day but I'm not complaining as it's the first real rain we've had for sveral months now so everywhere was in need of it. So to pass the time me and Vicki hit the garden centre trail and visited a couple of local garden centres at one of which we had dinner which was a nice.
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Things are going well with Tess, as I say there has been lots of fun and games, that seems to be what a puppies life is all about, play hard, sleep and eat - oh yes, and grow. She is shooting up just in the short time that we've had her.
During the past week she has been practicing tug with Tommy who thinks it's great fun, and one game can last for quite some time before Tess gets fed up and lets go. She is going after the ball whenever someone throws it and will sometimes fetch it back but that part is probably more luck than anything at the moment.
Today she watch a whole session of Formula One qualifying without being a fidget bum which is quite something, we left getting the beer in to Tommy just for now though.
Also this week I have been getting her used to the harness and lead, she can't go for proper walks yet so we have just been taking a little walk on the grass at the back of the house. It's just to get her used to walking and things around her. I don't find the harness very good for controlling her but the vet said to use it rather than the collar for the time being as it won't hurt her neck with her being so small. She goes okay with the harness as long as she is leading but when I want her to go where I want to go she just lays down, but it's early days so it's okay.
She has also learned to come down the stairs this week which is a bit scary to watch. She also whines in the night, which I take as meaning she wants to go outside. I don't know if that is what she wants by whining but it seems to work so far because we've only had a couple of little accidents at night since we had her. This usually happens around 3 am.
Monday, 23 May 2011
Since we've had Tess we have been teaching her to come to us by calling her name and also getting her to sit, below is a short video of progress so far.
I'm sorry if my posts are short of late and I haven't been getting around to you as much as I would like but puppy watching is very time consuming not to mention tiring so the time is just flying by at the moment but I do try and visit you as often as I can.
Saturday, 21 May 2011
It was nice to see Tommy played nicely and gave her a chance because he is quite capable of just picking her up and walking off if he wanted to.
Yesterday Vicki had her sister and niece with their little girl here for the day so there was lots going off but Tess took it in her stride although she was quite tired by it all but I always think seeing a tired Border Collie is a good sight - seeing any puppy tired is a good sight, it means you can take a rest yourself.
Today Tess is going on her first road trip - well, apart from the one she took getting here. We are off to see my parents who live about an hours drive away, I think she is in for another big day, I will let you know how it goes.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Sara commented on the size of Tess so below is a picture of her against my size 10 foot so that should give you some idea of her size. She was born on the 30th March so that makes her around 7 weeks old.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Monday, 16 May 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
She is full of life and no doubt driving the other dogs mad, Scampi keeps out of the way and Tommy grumbles from time to time but he isn't nasty with it and they are both curled up together under my desk fast asleep as I write this so I'm sure there will be no problems once they settled in together.
I've made a little place in the spare room for her where she stayed all night. There was a bit of crying for the first five minutes but heard nothing from her until 7:45 this morning. There was no mess of any kind so when i got up I took her straight out in to the garden where she did a wee which I thought was good.
She has learned to climb the stairs already although once up them can't get back down but I'm sure it won't be long before she figured that out.
Well I'm sure to be taking loads and loads of pictures for you so if you're interested in seeing her develop please call back.
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Friday, 13 May 2011
Did anyone see the post I did on Tommy and the big black dragon? The thing is it seems to have disappeared so now I'm wondering if I dreamt it or something - very strange.
Vicki got a visit from the woman at the flower shop that she used to work at up until Christmas last year and she has asked her to go back and work there so now we are in a real dilemma because she all set to become a care worker and so now she doesn't know what to do for the best.
Someone asked me the other day to show pictures of the houses we visited last weekend so below are some pictures of the house that we took a fancy too. We won't be bothering with the first house we went to see but if the one you see below is still on the market when ours is sold then I think we would make an offer on it as it's in a nice village surrounded by lovely countryside.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Last night Vicki got the results of the tests she had done the other week and they were not the best, she has skin cancer and needs to have work done to remove it. So because of this its hard to be as enthusiastic about today.
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Thursday, 5 May 2011
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
This afternoon I went to help the farmer tend to the sheep as we have been having trouble with them getting fly blown so we treated them for that and also wormed them so hopefully they will be no more trouble until shearing time.
In the gardens today I started my summer working hours which means I have to work an extra hour for the next four months.
With us not having seen any rain since February I am having to spend quite a bit of time each day watering one thing or another.
The rest of the day has been spent doing general duties such as tying up plants and weeding and edging borders. Talking of tying up plants, anyone that grows such things as Blackberries or Tayberries etc. need to watch out for the new growth and then tie it in as it grows or you will soon end up with a tangles mess that you can't do anything with. I go round once a week and just tie the new growth in to the wires, preferably all to the same side of the plant.