Wednesday 19 January 2011

First Impressions

Woof, so we have been reading for a week now, and have just made it to chapter 15.  Now Mum loves to read, and I did make an awful mistake when I was a newly home and chew a book cover.  I soon learnt.  Mum is a chic lit, autobiography book lover, but has always looked at the classics with a wanting to read them.  Then she took A Level English Literature and had to read Tess of the D’Urbervilles and some of that wanting was lost! Bol

Thankfully we’re finding Pride and Prejudice enjoyable, and even with the funny words that pop up (Mum’s dyslexic and is quite use to not understanding everything she reads!!).  Quite a bit of it has made us smile, and even if it is set in the late 1700’s early 1800’s, how true much within still is today.  (I sounded like quite an intellectual doggie then!) Talking of old fings, mum did start on the ibone for reading, but has swapped back to an old fashioned book!  Some fings will never change.

Anyone else finding it a ‘will they won’t they’ story….I know, I know, we kinda know how it all ends, and have heard much over the years and have even watched some of the tv shows of the book, but haven’t ever read the full book.  It certainly has everyfing a modern day romantic chick lit has.  And somefing that Austen manages to capture is the relationships between husband and wife, families, friends both between male friends and female friends, between those getting to know each other and between those in society. (Altho no dogs so far, horses yes, but horses not as good as dogs and I fink I can run just as fast. I fink a re-write maybe needed).

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

It seems to me that Austen captures a lot of thoughts that people have and manages to put it into words. Often in sentences that you find yourself smiling at and if indeed, you were actually there at the time, maybe even cringing at slightly

We’re loving the portray of the marriage between Mr and Mrs Bennet, and how he plays his wife.  She’ll suggest something he plays it down while actually knowing it to be sensible and to have already made his own plans, as we saw with the meeting of Bingley.  Perhaps quite an honest look at marriage and the difference between males and females! 

We quite like the Bennet sisters, and mum says she can understand and see a little bit of each in her.  But that she very happy that her Mum and Dad didn’t try and find a man for her in the same ways!  Especially in sending her off then letting her stay somewhere else when poorly!  

We finks it captures the getting to know people in a very good light, even when you’re not 100% sure you even want to like them.  It shows the lengths some woman will go to capture the eye of someone (Miss Bingley), and also in Elizabeth and Darcy’s case, the less interest you the more appealing you become. 
 And as for Mr Collins, having only just been introduced in chapter 13, I hope the first impression of him is wrong, and that he isn’t just making amends to benefit himself.  Whatever, we fink Mr Collins is only looking out for number one and may make waves while doing so.

I finks we leave it there for this week.  We as enjoyed reading it so far and is looking forward to what it to come, hopefully lots of dogs, er,I means love and stuff.  We can’t wait to see…..

Saturday 15 January 2011

*B* Day.

Now, let me show yoo where I as just come from.....
*B* day arrived, and as yoo can see, I is not overly appy wiv that fact.  Owever, it did arrive after doing some of this...

 and a lot of this.....

I did av my walk today in Stoke Woods, and I did run, run, run, run and sniff, sniff, sniff lots.  It was quite muddy as we av ad some rain recently.  Not as much as da weather people did say we would, and not as much as some other places, but enough to make it muddy, and enough to make the fields close by look like this......

And also when we was walking one bit of the hill had become a little stream, and did look like this....

Mum and dad did say they was glad they did av their wellies on.  Otherwise they would av got very wet.  Dad and me did wash our boots and paws at one point....

And inbetween my running and my sniffing I did do some jumping and at one point I was jumping from one side of the stream to the other.

Mum did only av the iBone wiv her today, and its not very good with a zommie dog going really really really fast, but I finks the pictures do show my walk nicely.

At the end of the walk I had muddy legs, tummy, tooshie and tail.  I ad rolled in smells, sniffed smells, run through the water, up and down hills and all over the place.  I was glad to get back to the car and av a rest!

(Mum says it doesn't show how dirty I really was!) So although now *B* Day arrived and I now smell of puppy shampoo again, it was totally worth it!  While I dry off and catch up on some sleep, I'll dream of where tomorrow will take me and just how dirty I can get on the adventures that await me!

I do also send lots of tail wags and gentle licks to Marley who do be having an operation on his eyes today.  Marley, I do ope that Lola kept yoos bean bag warm for yoo, and that yoos legs not too wobbly when its all done and that yoo be ome soon my pal.  Make sure yoos hoomuns do gives yoo the best place to rest and lots of treats to keep yoos energy up!  (and do as yoo be told to make sure yoo recovers properly!)

Wednesday 12 January 2011

It's a Book Club!

Wonderful @Oz_theTerrier is the founder Oz's Blog read along wiv us if yoos like! (or click on the logo on the side)

Also if yoos as found yoos way here from the blogs and I don't seem to be following yoo, leave a pawprint and I'll get Mum onto it...... we'se still new to the whole blog community bit!

Now, best let mum get off of here and reading or she'll av nuffin to say next week!!

Sunday 9 January 2011

Sunday Stroll

Evening all. 

I hope everyone do be well.  I is having a lazy evening after a lovely walk at Decoy Country Park, what does be at Newton Abbot.  That does be 12 miles from where I lives.  We tried to go to Haldon Forrest, what is closer, but it did be very busy wiv hoomuns on their bikes, what I fink they got from Santa Paws.  If there lots of bikes (what I do like to chase sumtimes) we avoid it, so that I dosen't have to worry about getting distracted by the bikes.

Decoy does have a big lake in the middle of a sort of Woods.  And a big play park dat if yoos have little hoomuns I imagine would be good fun.  But 4 paws not allowed in there!  So we did go for a nice walk and Mum did have the camera again, dis time wiv fully charged batteries.

It was lovely to see the sun shining again

There was lots to sniff and see.  There was lots on the lake, like some of dem Swans again....
and also some little sail boats, what was going around and did look very nice. 

But a bit close to those Swans if you ask me!  Not sure I would like that one little bit!  The only fing about Decoy is that I can't be off the lead all the time, they have 'areas' where its ok to be off and some where it not.  But I was on my extendable so did still get to explore lots.

I liked to dip my paws and get some of da mud off!!

Mum did keep taking photo's and sumtimes Dad and me did go off to do our own exploring and let Mum catch up when she done.  So sumtimes she did manage to snap us wivout us knowing!!  Cheeky.

There was lots of other dogs there, I did see lots of other Jack Russells, and a runny Spaniel and some Westies and all sorts!  At one point, I was so excited I didn't know what to do so I did do this....

Possibly the stillest I've ever been!

And then at one point we did see some Ducks, they was tucked away on the lake and they looked very nice.

Then at the end, I was being told I was very muddy AGAIN and that I would have to have a bath when I got home, now this did make me still again for the second time on the walk, while I did fink fings over.

I did decide that it had been a loverly walk, and that I had enjoyed getting muddy, and sniffing, and meeting new dogs and everyfink.  So if I had to have a bath, I was ok with that.......*looks around and whispers* since we got home, noone has mentioned the B word again, so I is keeping quiet and hoping I as got away wiv it!

Monday 3 January 2011

Happy Moo Year!

Ello pals, firstly I would like to wish yoos all a wonderful Moo Year!  I hopes it is filled with treats, tasty noms, toys and all the lovely stuff yoos like!  Also licks and wags to yoos hoomuns and staff, I hopes the moo year is good to thems as well.

I did go for a nice walk on Moo Years day wiv Mum, Dad and Nanny.  Nanny lives close to the river and so we did go exploring along there.  Dad did say he wanted to get his boots muddy, now I said nuffin, but if I get muddy paws I is made to clean them wiv the dirty towel! 

I didn't stand still a lot, so Mum only got this one picture of me on the
explore (that and the batteries died)
Now, also while we was exploring, we did notice that the Swans was looking funny.  I say we, but I knows to stay away from the big white bird, yoos gotta show thems respect!  I is not daft.  So, the hoomuns noticed the swans did look funny, and then they say it was coz the river was still frozen in places from the nasty cold spell what did come before the moo year.

 Walking on Water
It did look funny and yoos could see it slipping
The swan was making everyone giggle as it kept slidding to the bit of river that wasn't frozen.  I not sure they will be dancing on ice any time soon, thems need a bit more practice if yoos ask me!  And the funny fing was that just up a bit further was the real river, not frozen, and yet quite a few swans was on the frozen bit!  Thems not very clever if yoos ask me.

On the way back from the walk, after the camera went to sleep (luckily for me) I did find a nice smell, and did have a loverly roll in it.  It did turn my head and neck green!  Everyone said I was a stinky dog and would have to have a b*a*t*h when I got home!!  Which I did, but I made sure Dad knew who was in charge during bath time ;)
And now I share a few pictures wiv yoos from Christmas day......I did get to see Mum's Gran on Christmas, and I is always told to be gentle round her, cos she is 90, and I can be a bit bouncy for an old lady.... this is me being gentle and saying 'ello Gran'.

Ello Gran....

After saying ello to everyone and having a good sniff at all the presents Nanny and Granddad did gives me one all for myself.  It was nommy.....

A lovely tasty rawhide bone, which did last me approximately 5 seconds and then I was back sniffing at what everyone else did have.  And the silly red thing on me?  Did stain me pink!  I'd rather be an elf any day!!

Well my pals, I will leave it there, I has to get back to the seat stealing game, bit like musical chairs, only it just envolves me stealing which ever spot has just become free before the person returns....zooooooommmmiiiieeeesssss