New Year to everyone. What a busy day I have had today.
Went down to Glasgow to see Robyn and have my picture taken.
I did all sorts of jumps and runs and all sorts, not that
I was showing off or anything. Boss Woman took my chuckit
and ball and me and Amber were chasing after it while Robyn
took pictures. I WAS a bit naughty though and I wouldn't
give the ball back to Boss Woman when she told me to. I
went in the Lake and it was absolutely freezing cold, with
ice on the top. On Wednesday, when we went down the fields,
I chased a rabbit, but it disappeared into the grass so
I couldn't catch it. I chased 6 geese as well. Ha
Ha. Stupid Polly missed the rabbit, as she was running down
the field she ran past the rabbit and so I chased it, into
a great time today in the woods, chasing squirrels. Boss
Woman was talking to a woman who had a MASSIVE Rhodesian
Ridgeback. She was making a right fuss of it ~ I hope she
isn't thinking of swapping me for one. I
got into big trouble today. I went off chasing Muntjacks
and even though Boss Woman was calling me, I didn't hear
her and I went running back to where I thought she was but
she wasn't there. I was missing for 10 minutes and Boss
Woman was so mad, that she made me walk all the way back
out for a walk in the woods today with my friends Louis
and Coco, the Bichon Frises, then back to ours for chicken
dinner. I might share my chicken dinner with them if they
behave. Boss Woman is just organising our long Ridgeway
walk in June, so if you want to sponsor me, then please
do. It is in a good cause, for Staffie Rescue, to help my
Staffordshire Bull Terrier friends in the Rescue. They need
the money to spay, neuter, microchip and feed them and also
to pay any vets bills as some dogs that come into Rescue
need veterinary treatment. Boss Woman is also going to Morocco
in April to walk in the Atlas mountains, but I can't go
with her. I like it in the woods
chasing the Muntjack. Yesterday Polly found me a football
and we were playing tug with it until it burst.
Woman has been sorting accommodation details of our Ridgeway
walk. Not everyone likes dogs so it is a bit difficult to
find anywhere that will allow dogs to stay. She is on the
case, I am sure she will sort it out. I like walking long
distances so I will enjoy this long walk. If you would like
to sponsor me, then email firstname.lastname@example.org
for details. Even £1 would be very welcome and would
help my doggie friends in Rescue. I
am doing some of the walk as well but I can't do some of
the 15 or 16 mile long days because my legs are too short
and I would get tired.
Rottweiller was stood blocking the path in the woods today,
he had a rubber toy tyre in his mouth ~ he did look gormless.
Well ever since Finlay the Rottweiller nipped me, when I
walked the Great Glen Way, I have never liked Rottweillers.
So ... I jumped up and down and barked and growled at him
to let him know in no uncertain terms that I didn't like
him and he HAD to move out of my way. So he did, in fact
he ran so fast away from me, he ran slap bang into someone's
legs. Hee Hee. That'll teach him to be in the woods at the
same time as me and on MY path. :-)
was busy in the forest today, with a lot of noise and activity.
Woodpeckers were making a racket, we got strafed by a Jay
and the Red Kites were making a right din. I had a game
of chasing with a really nice Hungarian Viszla that wanted
to play and I chased a lime green butterfly. It
was a bit warm today, 17 degrees in fact. I was dead thirsty
when we got back from the woods. I chased a Monkjack but
I couldn't catch it.
was so hot today that Boss Woman got sunburnt. Anyway, we
made the most of the sunny weather and had a walk down past
Chinnor on the Ridgeway. What a lovely walk it was and we
met loads of interesting people on the way. Boss Woman found
an old black leather handbag hidden in the undergrowth.
Inside it was a purse with a very old barely recognisable
driving license AND loads of Bank Cards with the end date
1996, with the name Sophia Eynott on. Wonder who she is.
Was she murdered? Was she robbed? (unlikely seeing as the
Bank Cards were intact). What a mystery. She is going to
take them to Wycombe Police Station, but they will probably
just put them in a cupboard and not even investigate?
got into MASSIVE trouble today. We walked up the hill by
the Ridgeway and there were some Ramblers walking down.
Well I knew that one of the Ramblers had some gloves in
her pocket, so I followed her and try to pinch them. Well,
no one was amused and I got a big row. I like pinching gloves
and it is great fun running away with them, throwing them
up in the air and with everyone chasing me ....
for a very nice (but short) walk over Wycombe Hill. We met
some really nice people and one of them kept throwing me
a stick, I think he liked me. He had a stick he was walking
with, but I soon reduced it to the size of a matchstick
with my strong jaws and sharp teeth. In fact I did a magic
trick, I made 3 sticks out of 1. Ha Ha. We
met a man with a Jack Russell Cross, he had got him from
the Dog Rescue. The dog growled at me but I was really good
and didn't growl back or try to bite him. Boss Woman forgot
to take me a drink and I was dead thirsty.
for another walk over Wycombe Hill with my friends Louis,
Coco and their Boss Woman. Not very impressed by the behaviour
of some dog owners today, I must admit. 2 snotty women came
down the path with a nice little very skinny Border Terrier
(probably being starved), a brown Spaniel and a brown Labrador.
The Labrador came rushing towards Amber and was just about
to jump on her when Amber growled really loudly at it and
chased it away. THEN the snotty women glared at Boss Woman
like it was all Ambers fault. Mmmm It's not the dog that
was badly behaved but the stupid owners that haven't a clue
about dog training or keeping their dog under proper control.
Woman came back yesterday from her walking the Atlas Mountains
in Morocco. Pretty mean I think not taking me, she knows
I like the mountains. In fact I can climb them a lot faster
than her. Anyway, I am glad she is back because I missed
her and now I am following her around everywhere in case
she floats off again without me. A woman from the newspaper
rang Boss Woman. Apparently they are going to write about
me and my sponsored walk AND put a picture of me in the
newspaper. Famous once again. I am so famous in fact, I
might even sell pawographs for £5 each. Ha Ha.
Boss Woman said that me and Polly had got fat while she
was away and that it was the fault of Big Guy feeding us
sausages. She said we are in Rehab this week ~ not sure
I like the sound of that, I think she means plenty of excercise
and not so much food!
in Scotland this week with Boss Woman. It's really nice
to get back running on the beach and swimming in the sea
and I don't mind the cold wind either. Plenty
of rabbits to chase up here but no squirrels. For some reason,
we don't see many rabbits down in Buckinghamshire.
I was so scared this morning. 1.30 a.m. and it was still
dark and the LOUDEST noise you have ever heard came from
the sky and a load of flashing. I barked and barked to make
it shut up and it seemed to work because it stopped making
the noise then. Boss Woman went into High Wycombe without
us this morning. Apparently she bought a Chicken Tikka roll
and shared it with a strange Staffie she saw tied up outside
a shop. Mmmm I like Chicken Tikka rolls, she COULD have
shared it with me instead. The noise
didn't bother me, I woke up and then just went back under
the covers and went back off to sleep.
a walk down the Thames path this morning, from Marlow towards
Bourne End. It was raining and all the path was muddy. Unfortunately
Boss Woman wouldn't let me swim in the river ~ she said
it was too deep, too dirty and too fast flowing, which was
a shame because I DO like swimming. Mmm I am beginning to
miss the nice clean rivers of Scotland already. We saw plenty
of birds which was interesting, including swans, grebes,
coots, geese and terns. A massive swan made a noise at me
but before I could bark at it, Boss Woman called me away.
I was running rings round a Dogue De Bordeaux asking her
to play chase with me, but she was so fat she couldn't run
very fast so she just lay down on the muddy grass and looked
at me like I was daft. Ha Ha. A Dog
Walker with 7 big dogs was walking towards us. All at once,
all the dogs (except for a stupid boxer which she kept on
lead) ran towards me and some of them jumped on me. So ...
I did what any other dog would do, I growled and chased
them off. I really wish people would keep their dogs under
control, because then when I growl and chase them away,
it's ME that gets the blame just because I am a Staffordshire
Bull Terrier, even though I am well behaved. I think the
dogs, but mainly the owners, need to learn a few manners.
loads of Squirrels today in the Woods, which was great fun.
There was an evil pink and silver Barbie balloon blocking
the path and it kept moving about from side to side with
the wind and scaring me. I barked and growled and even got
my hackles up, but it still blocked the path. Fortunately
Boss Woman saved us and picked the Balloon up. She made
me have a look at it to show that it would not hurt me.
I knew that anyway ...... So in the end I picked it up in
my teeth and ran round the woods shaking it to death until
it deflated. It was a good job that
Boss Woman took loads of drink because it was sooooo hot,
we needed it and I was panting like mad. I helped Polly
kill the balloon.
am setting off on my walk in the morning. Should be an easy
day, only 9.5 miles to Ogbourne St. George. Not too late
to sponsor me if you want. You are very welcome to join
us for the last day walking, Wendover ~ Ivinghoe Beacon,
about 10 miles. Meet Wendover Station 10 a.m. Friday 8th
June, Well behaved owners only and narky dogs on lead so
there are no problems.
I am back now. I'm sure my legs are 2" shorter than
they were. I loved the walking and I loved all the attention
I got from most people I met on the walks AND I got to meet
loads of new doggie friends. The weather was raining most
of the time, but luckily Boss Woman had taken my flourescent
pink raincoat she made for me. When Boss Woman has got a
minute, she will put up all the pictures she took in between
the heavy rain showers. Oh .. just one thing .. we were
lucky to finish the walk, because on the last day as we
were walking up through the woods on the way to Ivinghoe
Beacon, when a massive tree fell across the path, just about
5 metres behind us just as we were passing, then when we
got to the top of Ivinghoe Beacon, it was blowing so hard,
it almost blew me off the hill. Altogether I raised £240.
Didn't I do well? I walked the last
3 days with Polly and on the last day we walked with Betty
the Staffie and Harry the Patterdale Terrier. Trouble was,
Betty was as grumpy as me so we had a couple of arguments
but nothing too serious. I really enjoyed the walk though
even if we did nearly get squashed by a falling tree, it
was a lot better than being left at home.
miss the long walks we did when we walked the whole of the
Ridgeway, we are only walking the usual 3 or 4 miles now
and it's not enough. It has been raining a lot though so
I am hoping when the better weather comes that we can do
some longer walks down to Watlington Hill, which is about
9 and half miles from here. I like that walk AND we get
to call at the fish and chip shop and me and Amber get to
share a fish. Boss Woman was a bit annoyed today. On our
walk on the Ridgeway path near where we live, at the top
of Lodge Hill, 3 stupid women were walking towards us with
2 dogs ~ one was a dark tan coloured dog and one was a big
black and grey one. Well Boss Woman was just minding her
own business, taking pictures of the wild roses and me and
Amber were just poking about waiting for her, when the big
black and grey dog came running up to Boss Woman and threw
itself at her and put it's paws on her shoulders and almost
knocked her over AND it scratched her with it's sharp claws.
The ignorant woman just kept on walking and asked (in a
simpering voice) if Boss Woman was okay. Trouble is, it's
dogs like that, that give us all a bad name AND it wasn't
even the dogs fault, it was the silly woman's. Bad mannered
owners get bad mannered dogs. I growled
at it, to let it know I didn't like it.
Woman has just come back from Greece. While she was away,
I got really poorly and I am still sick now. She said if
I stopped eating dead rabbits then I wouldn't get poorly.
Now she is starving me for 24 hours, she said it was for
my own good and that whatever nasty things were in me, then
they would come out by then. She is so heartless, doesn't
she realise just how hungry I feel? I missed her loads and
gave her masses of kisses when she got back. On
our walk today, there was a man walking past us. He bent
down to talk to me and I was talking to him back. He got
a bit worried, he thought I was growling at him. Well, it
is a bit hard to talk properly with a big stick in my mouth.
of our neighbours returned from the Bakers this morning
with some freshly baked sausage rolls ~ they did smell nice.
I tried to go follow him into his house to help him eat
them for breakfast but Boss Woman stopped me. I thought
perhaps he might have wanted to share. It seems not. I
stuck my nose in the shopping bag to try and pinch one sneakily,
but got busted.
coming colder now and more people are out wearing thick
jackets and gloves. Gloves ... LOL I have a good trick (that
no one taught me) where I can steal gloves from people's
pockets without them even knowing. Good pickings from now
on I think. They usually get annoyed with me, so does Boss
Woman, but I still do it.
on a different walk down the Ridgeway today Walked up a
steep hill and on the top we passed the site of some ancient
chalk pits and some ancient hill barrows which apparently
contained the weapons of a Saxon warrior that have been
dated to the 6th century. Apparently dogs weren't allowed
in the field off lead so we just looked from the wire fence.
I don't think Boss Woman dare risk us going in, just in
case me and my friend Amber decided to do a spot of digging.
Down the hill at the other side we saw a man looking for
his springer spaniel called Abe. Apparently the last time
he saw Abe was when he was running away with a Pheasant
in his mouth. Anyway we all helped the man look for his
dog and when Boss Woman shouted in her loud voice, Abe came
running back without the pheasant. On the way back we saw
Boss Woman's friend with her 2 Bichon Frises' so back to
ours for a cup of tea (well, dinner for us). The
man reckoned that Abe would have buried the pheasant. What
a waste, at least me and Polly would have eaten it. Useless
have been a bit stressed lately with the moving house and
moving down from Scotland and Boss Woman looked after a
Rescue pup this week, which didn't help matters. I think
it was because I felt redundant and had to share attention
with the Rescue pup. Anyway, the pup has now gone into a
Foster Home where it will be well looked after until she
can find a nice home like I did. Boss Woman took me and
Amber on a nice 5 mile walk today and since having my chicken
dinner, I now feel heaps better.
Polly is SUCH an attention seeker. There was a very stupid
black Labrador on the path this morning. It came towards
me to try and pinch my stick ... BIG mistake ... I gave
it my evil look and a very loud fierce growl and it soon
backed off. Ha Ha.
was my birthday yesterday. 6 years old. I got a new rope
tug toy because me and my friend Amber killed the last one.
We also shared some braising steak for dinner as a special
treat. It was pouring down when we went for our walk in
the fields and Boss Woman got so wet with it raining so
hard, the rain ran down her trousers and filled her wellies
with water. She was squelching most of the walk. Me
and Polly flushed a rat out from under the duck house and
Polly shook it to death in about 5 seconds. It won't be
bothering us again, that is for sure.
a great walk on the hill today with all the snow. Me and
Amber were running about and sliding all over. Boss Woman
was a bit slow climbing up the hill because she still feels
a ill from her bad cold.
... apparently the world is going to end tomorrow. My Boss
Woman intends to live to 92 which means she cannot possibly
die tomorrow. For anyone out there who thinks the world
is going to end and they are going to die, then send Boss
Woman ALL your money please seeing as you won't need it
i's not for her, it's for my fellow dogs at the Staffordshire
Bull Terrier Rescue. Because if you are daft enough to believe
you are going to die tomorrow then you won't need it and
my fellow dogs do.
seeing as the world did NOT end on the 21st as was predicted
in all the newspapers and on the internet, we decided to
celebrate being alive and went to Stonehenge today. Didn't
like it much with it being so busy with tourists and almost
got pushed off the path by a load of Japanese tourists who
seemed intent on pushing us off the path and into the mud.
Mmmm NOT impressed at all. We had a good run in the fields
surrounding though and got very muddy.