Been a bit busy these
last few weeks and quite a few things have happened. I
was bitten by a stupid black labrador. Amber was electrocuted
by the electric fence surrounding the sheep ~ we were
playing tug with a stick and I dropped it and when Amber
went to pick it up she got the electric wire in her mouth
as well as the stick. She didn't half yelp and now she
doesn't like doing the same walk because she remembers
the evil electric fence that bit her. Over Christmas we
did some really nice but muddy walking. On Boxing Day
we walked 13 miles and Boss Woman and Big Guy stopped
at the local village for a pub lunch but not one pub would
serve them because of NO DOGS policy. Grrrr, so Tesco
Express sandwich it was, sat in the pouring rain on a
bench next to the main road. Not quite what we all had
planned, but me and Amber got to share the sandwiches,
which was a good thing. By the time we got home, we were
quite wet through and so glad to get back in front of
the nice warm fire and have some tea. I got some nice
Christmas presents, including a super bouncy rubber ball
and a rubber stringy ball. I killed
my stringy ball. It only lasted about 3 hours before it
fell apart. End of January we went up to Oxford
on the train, it was not very interesting for me and Amber
but Boss Woman and Big Guy liked it and they took us to
the Eagle and Child pub for their lunch. According to
a plaque on the wall, C.S. Lewis and Tolkein used to meet
every Tuesday there to drink beer and discuss books and
stuff. Boss Woman has also booked us a week in a cottage
in South Wales, next to the coast path, ready for some
We went for a lovely walk
today on by the Pang River, near Tidmarsh, where allegedly
"Wind in the willows" is based. We walked through
the wildlife meadow and hrough the lovely woods with primroses
just emerging. It is a very lovely walk and have done
many times and guess what? We saw 3 men, just wandering
about, lurking in the bushes. Apparently, my Boss Woman
was told today, EVERYONE knows that it is a famous dogging
place for men to men only. What I don't understand though,
is why none of them had a dog? One of them had a blue
van and another grey hair baldy fat man went to get into
it, taking his jacket off at the same time, but not one
single dog in sight! We have often seen vans and men parked
there and my Boss Woman did wonder what they were doing.
She said they are just nasty dirty men. But
NO dogs so why do they call it dogging?
really weird outside. Middle of the morning and it has come
really dark. The sun has almost disappeared. Everything
is quiet and the birds are not singing and not even flying
about. Even our hens and bantams put themselves away in
their huts. Boss Woman said it is because there is a Solar
Eclipse, where the moon goes in front of the sun and blocks
Woman was dancing around the garden like a loony this morning.
All because she found some frogspawn in our wildlife pond.
what they taste like?
Rica? WITHOUT me ?? ....... sad face ..
Boss Woman is back from Costa Rica now. I am following her
around everywhere, there is NO WAY she is sneaking off anywhere
without me again. I have missed her loads and gave her lots
of big sloppy kisses to let her know I love her (and to
make her feel guilty!). We went up to Oxford this morning,
to do a home check for the Staffie Rescue and then we called
at West Ilsley on the way back to have a nice long walk
on the Ridgeway. It was a bit windy up there which was good,
it would have been too hot for walking otherwise. We are
off up to Scotland next week, which I am looking forward
to ~ it's all go in this house! Hopefully Boss Woman can
get my new website up and running then when we get back.
It's going to be a posh one because she has a new template
for it and it will have loads and loads of pictures, which
is good because that means I can pose for even more pictures.
I missed her
loads as well. Big Guy looked after us very well, but Boss
Woman does it better and takes us on longer walks. We had
a lovely long walk this morning and we were trying to dig
some moles up but they were too far underground to reach
a lovely 15 mile walk over to Uffington Castle on the Ridgeway.
I really like this walk because except for a little tiny
bit of crossing the roads, we got to be off lead the whole
time. Met loads of people with and without dogs and Boss
Woman stopped to chat to most of them .... as she does ....
When we got to White Horse Hill, the field was full of sheep
so we had to go on lead AND we got hassled by the stupid
sheep because they wanted to share Boss Woman's sandwich.
That privilege belongs to me and Amber, thankyou very much
!! We were well tired by the time Big Guy picked us up and
we slept all the way home. It was
a bit too hot for walking a long way and I don't like it
hot, but there was a slight breeze so it made it a bit easier.
Good job Boss Woman took plenty of water for us to drink
because except for one water point, there was no water anywhere
on the whole walk, no puddles or anything.
is definitely on it's way now. Today I heard the first Cuckoo
of the year AND I saw the very first Swallow of the year.
Having a lovely time down here in the south of France. We
have been swimming in the Mediterranean, running on the
long beaches and long walking in the Foret Domaniale du
Somail. The walk up the narrow gorge to Col de Bertouyre
was a bit scary because there was a thunderstorm and lightening
was striking the rocks above us and even Big Guy was worried.
Boss Woman got some fresh meat, especially for dogs, from
the Geant supermarket which we like so at least we didn't
starve. We chased some Coypu but didn't
come back from a lovely week in Pembrokeshire, South Wales.
We spent a lot of time on the (dog friendly) beach and walking
the coastal path. On the way home we called at Pendine sands
to see some vintage hot rod racing which I wasn't very interested
in, but Big Guy seemed to like it.
Woman took us over to Avebury today to see some massive
standing stones. It was okay and I really don't see what
the big fuss is about but we went for a nice walk up to
the West Kennet Long Barrow and back through the fields
to Avebury which was very nice and quiet.
through the lovely meadow today down in Tidmarsh. Unfortunately
there was some nasty horrible men either waiting in their
cars or walking about the woods, looking dead dodgy. Boss
Woman said they were 'doggers', which I thought was a bit
odd seeing as they didn't have a single dog with them.
Had a busy day over at
the Bristol balloon fiesta today. Boss Woman went up in
a hot air balloon while Big Guy walked us around the Ashton
Court Park. It was a bit busy so we had to be careful
not to get stood on by the hundreds of people. There was
dozens of balloons took off for a mass exodus but luckily
they didn't crash into each other and no one fell out
of them either, even though they were leaning over the
sides. It was after midnight when we got home and we were
all well tired.
the train from Pangbourne up to Cholsey and then walked
the 12 miles back on the Thames path. I didn't like the
first bit much because there as quite a bit of road walking,
but after Moulsford it was a lovely walk on nice soft grass
right at the side of the river. We even saw a very clever
Jack Russell helping his Boss people to moor the barge,
by pulling on the rope with his teeth.
Boss Woman was a bit worried this afternoon. There was a
yellow and black Tiger spider on the window outside and
it did look a bit scary like.
an old guy in a wheelchair down by the river today, he was
being pushed at high speed by his son with their dog running
behind. Apparently the old man had Motor Neurone disease
and couldn't speak or anything, but he liked me and Amber
and he fair smiled when we went up to him for a pat. Boss
Woman had her camera out and so the son (the jogger) asked
Boss Woman if she would take some photos of them for posterity
so she did. The old man was really enjoying the run and
although he couldn't speak or hardly move, he was really
smiling as he flew past at high speed in his wheelchair.
there I was, ragging an overhanging branch, growling and
carrying on and having a great time when suddenly a brindle
Staffie came rushing at me and attacked me. The owner rushed
up and shouted at Boss Woman that I, ME, Polly dog, was
biting her dog. Seriously? All I did was defend myself against
an out of control dog that attacked ME. I was just minding
my own business when it starting savaging me. Anyway, Boss
Woman told the screaming lunatic owner of the Staffie, to
take control of herself and take control of her dog and
that it was people like her which gave Staffie owners a
bad name and it was dogs like hers which gave Staffies a
bad name. To which the loonie replied that was going to
to kill (well she put a few really nasty horrible swear
words in as well) my Boss Woman. Mmmm well Boss Woman would
have none of it and told the loonie to go ahead and do it
then. Anyway the loonie went off down the woods shouting
and screaming obscenities at the top of her voice, but she
didn't hang around to carry out her threat of killing my
Boss Woman, luckily. Boss Woman felt really sorry for the
poor Staffie, because having such a bad owner was not good
for such a lovely dog, even though it did attack me. It
was not the dogs fault, it was entirely the fault of the
stupid loud mouthed aggressive owner.
Woman took us up to Dunfermline for a couple of days because
Big Guy is working up here. We had a really very nice but
wet 10 miles walk around Loch Leven today. With all the
recent rain, the Loch had flooded over into the fields so
it was a good job that Boss Woman had her wellies on. Yes,
she made us wear our stupid raincoats.