…dangerous I know! It was a nice thought though. I was walking the boys this morning as always and they were being utter gents on the lead. Both walking sensibly and calmly. I don’t know why they were being so well behaved but my job is not to question but to enjoy. Anyway, have you ever been in a car/bus etc driving along and you see someone walking multiple dogs and they look so calm and the dogs are well behaved and it looks like some sort of dark magic is occurring? I like to think I am quite honest on this blog (unlike people on facebook who always give the impression that their lives are perfect and everything is always ok, and their dogs are angels!), so you are all aware that my dogs don’t behave most of the time. So this morning as cars were driving by me, I thought, “yes, my life is together, my dogs are walking amazingly, you drivers with dogs must be so impressed right now!”. It might seem silly but it felt good this morning! Have any of you ever felt like that? Had a little breakthrough moment and been happy there were was an audience to see it? My advice: Revel in it! You are allowed to be smug if it’s all working out for a bit. I know my lovely gentlemanly dogs will be back to their wild selves soon enough so I was loving the walk this morning. I mean only yesterday I attempted to walk to the beach with the dogs and I was pulled all over the place! I have sore arm muscles from being excitedly dragged along the walk so this morning was just wonderful.
Echo just seems to everywhere I am at the moment. I had a wee snooze on the sofa on Sunday and woke up to this:
I was painting my nails the other night and this happened:
I’m sure he’s descended from cats! And last night He decided the folded up memory foam dog bed made a good hiding place:
He can be very cute when he wants to be!
This…What more can I say:
I have had to hand over my car to the garage today, so no dogs allowed in the courtesy car. I took the advantage of being on shifts again this week to take the boys down the beach two mornings in a row. I think I was trying to keep a hold of the holiday feeling. (My first shift back at work brought me back to earth pretty quickly). But anyway, I think the boys appreciated the continued freedom. I managed to get down early enough both days that we had the beach to ourselves.
I hope I can figure out what I want to do with my life when I grow up so that I can spend more days like this.
Believe it or not, Ben and I have never been on a holiday that hasn’t been with other people/family. We have been together for 6 years and never been away just the two of us (and the dogs of course). So, we went on holiday! We are just back from spending the week away in Mull. Following my last post, we like to be alone, and Mull in December is as quiet as it is going to get! We rented a cute little 3 bed cottage right on Calgary Bay. It says it can sleep 6 but honestly it was just perfect for the two of us and the boys. We didn’t use the top floor at all. Absolutley loved it, and the boys were tired all the time. We had plenty of beach walks, forest walks and the garden was enclosed (which is a big treat for us all) so the boys had free run all week. It was so amazing. I’m basically just using this post to share some holiday snaps with you all.
Side story for interest and stress relief: The day before we went on holiday, a lovely woman reversed her car into the side of mine! So although my holiday was great, it was not quite as stress free as I had hoped. My passenger door doesn’t shut properly, therefore my car leaked in the rain. Had to do a bit of DIY to get through the week (courtesy cars don’t allow dogs!). In for repairs on Wednesday so it will hopefully be back in time for Christmas.
Anyway, back to the holiday snaps. There was a lot of beach fun. The water at Calgary is so clear and quite shallow. If it had been warmer I would have been in with the dogs.
Early morning posing
All the running about was exhausting and the boys found their place in life:
Cuddles with mum
Echo falling asleep on his Dad.
Echo ignoring the “no dogs on the furniture” rule…oops!
…And again! (no furniture was damaged in the making of this holiday!)
Echo was so tired at one point he did fall asleep with that ball in his mouth (the pic of him on the green chair).
And now for some of the scenery. We had the best fortune for good views and sunsets. I have some of these pictures on canvas already to hang in the house.
7 bottles of wine were emptied on this holiday. All in all, a good time was had. It was nice to have my boys (all 3 of them) to myself. I know that sounds selfish but sometimes I don’t want to share.
Anytime I go anywhere in the house, I am followed by security. I can’t even take the rubbish out to the bin without them waiting for me:
I ordered Christmas jumpers for the boy to annoy Ben. He was always adamant we had sensible sized dogs, “Dont’ want dogs you dress up, need to be manly.” Well I like to annoy him, it’s the foundation of our relationship – irritation. It works both ways. Well annoyingly, the jumpers that arrived were not the size they said they were. Basically, the jumper I got to fit Zephy, was only just big enough to fit Echo!
Zeph seemed to be thrilled with his lack of jumper:
Needless to say, both jumpers were returned. Oh well, always next year!
I have been really enjoying the beach for some reason. I think it’s because at this time of year I have it to myself if I time it right. I like the peace and quiet. I’m not very sociable at the best of times so I like to get away from people, and despite the fact I can talk for Scotland if I’m around people, I actually don’t like to. My job involves a lot of machines so there is a lot of background noise which you get used to but it does mean when I am home I have no radio on, no TV on (unless I’m watching something in particular) and I don’t really like being on the laptop either but it’s a necessary evil. Anyway, my point is: I am enjoying being alone and the beach is perfect for that.
Not sure if Zephy is trying to drown his brother in this one:
Good to see them so happy 🙂