The storm…it’s coming

…and I don’t just mean this Storm Ophelia, although my goodness it’s a bit scary! Luckily for us we are on he East Coast, however, B is on storm call and is in Oban (on the West) to deal with any downed trees etc. I always worry when he is on call for these things. Too many what ifs!

Well, in preparation for the storm and winter in general, we have purchased some lights. I say ‘we’, I mean B found some lights in Lidl for the dogs to help light them up in the dark. The trouble we have every winter is that with the boys being dark, they vanish in the darkness:

The white light is actually blinding, but Echo still needs off lead in the semi-darkness and therefore we need a beacon:

The problem with the lights are that they are blinding! If you want any kind of night vision, don’t get one. I am pretty sure the flashing white light may be causing some kind of brain damage. I am going to have to find a way to direct the light away from eyes. Worried I might cause an accident as the little UFO runs all over the place!

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Zephy loves his red light and harness back on. He trots so happily wearing it all.

In other news, Echo has been on the spider hunt again, I couldn’t rescue it in time and it was giant!

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You can clearly see it’s large and threatening size in the picture….Zeph the coward stayed at my feet where it was safer.

 

Making the bed

You will have guessed by now that the boys are spoiled. They have their own duvet and obviously that gets a bit mucky and stinky after they’ve been walked and basically be boys…let’s leave it at that! While one duvet cover is being washed I have another to use and of course, the boys had to help me make the bed:

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I am, in this picture, holding the end of the duvet trying to button it altogether. Very helpful as always. It’s worth it thought when you see how much they love it for a cuddle:

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This is why I struggle to get work done, or so I tell myself, I have to study and they have a duvet day.

Pleased

I have had a few small victories. For the first time since I have broken my finger I took both the dogs out together! It was first thing so it would be quieter and although there was a few little moments I regretted everything, we made it round and they did behave really well. Zephyr was an absolute gentleman and Echo only had a few moments of cheekiness:

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Echo is giving it the crazy face in this pic. I feel he might be trying to signal me “Help me! He’s gonna eat me!!”, or something similar. It was tiring for us all concentrating for so long:

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I am also really pleased with them this morning too. I was nightshift last night which is 12 hours. I have for the past 3 years of shifts always taken the boys to either B’s parent’s or to the kennels. The problem with kennels so often, it’s expensive and I have to collect the boys at 10am. The problem with going to the parents house; it’s a hassle in every way. I have to take cages (they aren’t able to just settle), food, and beds and it takes up a huge bit of my day dropping them off and picking them up the next day. Plus, it’s a hassle for B’s parents having three dogs in the house. I have on occasion taken the dogs with me in the car which is only possible if it’s not going to be too cold or too hot but I don’t think they settle very well in the car either. So, last night I left them in the hall and kitchen as they do every night at bed time. I leave the house at about 8.40 and I was back at 9am (I live 2 minutes away from the house). My reasoning (and I don’t condone leaving dogs this long on a regular basis but thankfully my nightshifts don’t follow each other), is that over night the dogs sleep in the kitchen and hallway on their own beds anyway, they sleep for about 10 hours over night on a weekend (8 usually on a weekday) and I’m certain they are happier being in their own beds in their own house. Anyway, I walked them 4 odd miles in the morning, we had a play in the afternoon and then ran about the field from half 6 to half 7 at night to tire them out. This gave me time to do housework and have a reasonable sleep as well. I was really worried that they might get agitated waiting so long but I came home to them snuggled up on their beds waiting patiently. I was thrilled and amazed! Like I said, it won’t be a regular occurrence leaving them that long but it’s good to know that I can leave them over night. As a reward we went back to the field to run wild:

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Happy boys we have. I am writing this with Echo on his duvet and Zeph curled up on the sofa beside me. I feel so relieved!

They have both been very helpful lately as well. I was watched while I was making dinner, head chefs to make sure I did it right. I can’t turn in the kitchen without bumping into a dog:

 

We are thieves

I have managed to acquire a new toy for the puppies. It all started innocently enough. I was walking Zephyr first in the morning and we stumbled upon a wonderful football. Zephyr had a little play and seemed taken by it but I thought: “No, it’s not ours.” So we left the park and headed home. Echo’s turn next and I had actually forgotten about the ball, he had a great time running across the park pushing it about with his nose.

Long story short; we now have a football.

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Not sure they have the toys the right way round!