Take a minute

I would like to ask that you all take a minute. A moment to remember you’re pets, all of them. All of the animals that have made a difference in your life. I follow a few blogs, and one in particular was about a handsome Rotti. Unfortunately, he has passed away very suddenly at a young age from a stroke. His mum always wrote his blog posts for him and he was very much a loved part of their family. It upset me this morning to read of his passing and it has made me very thankful for my dogs, both past and present. They really do fill your life with joy and when they leave they take a part of you with them. All we can really do is make the most of our days with them. So if you can all just take a minute, it’s the least our pets deserve.

 

Technology, it is wonderful!

In follow up to switching phones, I’ve gone for the Google Pixel2 XL,which basically means it’s an android phone with a good camera! I have also worked out how to sync my google account with my phone and pictures etc. So now they are automatically backed up on the google account. In other words, I can’t lose my pictures! I’ve had a wee play about with the camera today.

Zephy came to beg for food at lunch time despite just wolfing down a chew stick:

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And Echo went in a huff because I was working in kitchen (B took the office) and not paying him attention constantly:

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You’d think he was abused looking at his face like that! Heartbreaking!

So, I’ve been working from home, frantically trying to get an essay done for midday Friday, it’s actually what B thinks I am doing right now. Just don’t tell him, luckily I don’t think he follows this blog, I’ll find out soon enough.

I started to get a bit stressed out with uni work about lunchtime so I swapped this:

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For this:

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I can get to this from my house. It is just amazing! The walk has done me good. I just took Echo with me as I went on my own and thought we could explore a bit. We met a lovely woman with two black labs, one very young (7 months) and despite the fact she is neutered as is Echo, and much to my embarrassment, Echo mounted her numerous times! So we’ve made new friends, at least Echo has anyway! Anyway, here’s a few more pics from the walk we did tonight. The forest is full of different walks so will try a different one soon.

We are HERE!

We have made it. We have moved to Culloden. It has been a tough few weeks but we are here. I am still unfortunately working in Fife, so having to stay with parents and in-laws depending on whether I have dogs with me. I did have lots of pics to show you but my phone has just stopped working. It won’t hold charge so won’t even switch on. Therefore I have had to get a new phone.

I am learning how to use this ‘cloud’ storage thing so I don’t lose pictures again! I may only be 27 and there is an assumption that people my age and younger use technology all the time and we need to put our phones away but I actually don’t like technology. I suppose it has it’s uses but I am always very suspicious of it. Anyway, I am learning so that I can continue to share photos.

Anyway, so our house is at the foot of Culloden woods. As you can imagine it is amazing to have this on doorstep. I am feeling pretty proud of myself, there are loads of dogs around here and why not, it’s perfect for dog owners; but it means that Zeph and I have had to get pretty close to other dogs. I have thrown myself into it and we’ve been doing great! My confidence is still on a shaky thin line, it could go either way but I’m really trying to just go for it.

The boys have been a little stressed out with the move which is understandable since, as I’ve said, we are sometimes having to stay at B’s rents. Which is great and they love the dogs but it is obviously stressful for them. Currently, Zephyr is curled up in his bed which he has been using as a sooky blanket, and Echo has taken himself to the bed in front of the radiator. We have wine and are watching a good film. I will try to capture some good pics for you in the next few days. I am off work for the rest of the week but I still have uni work to crack on with but I am loving our dog walks. Happy days for all of us!

Fireworks, how they annoy me.

I found this on facebook last night; Thanks B:

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The three of us fast asleep and snoring apparently. I’d like to point out that this is a preferred response to the continuous fireworks in our area. They’ve been going off for a few weeks but obviously it’s a big thing this week. I have no problem with organised displays but unfortunately we live in an area where everyone is a pyrotechnics expert. Echo isn’t bothered by fireworks outside but once he’s indoors he gets quite upset. Zeph is pretty jumpy with them and since I forgot about all the fireworks I didn’t get him out for a walk in time last night. Lesson learned. Both will be out before it’s dark.

Anyway, luckily for me, although the boys start off pacing and whimpering a little, they quickly settled down for cuddles last night. We sat like that for about 2 hours, hence I fell asleep all cuddled in! I think B was a little jealous! I don’t make a fuss over the fireworks but I think I’m just lucky that boys want cuddles rather than making a fuss themselves. A friend of mine has to give her dog valium for a few weeks to help him deal with the stress!

Stress is getting the better of me

I am sitting at my desk at the moment (I’m on annual leave!) and trying desperately to make a good dent in my uni coursework. I have gotten myself really stressed out over an essay which I’m having real difficulty in getting into. I’ve emailed my lecturer to see if I’m at least on the right lines. I wonder if I’m trying to make it more complicated than it really is! Now that would be a surprise, me making things hard for myself.

At first the dogs were trying to be supportive and kept coming to see I was ok:

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His wee smiley face was nice, and occasionally I got a wee paw as well. But now that I’ve gotten into full Jenni stress mode about life the boys have abandoned me. They’ve seen it all before:

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“If we lie still she won’t even know we’re here.”

I think they’re fed up with me getting upset over nothing. I like their approach of, “let’s just sleep and she’ll get over it!”. I need to just get my head down, write this essay and if it’s not good enough then I’ll need to resubmit another piece of work next year. No big deal.

The beginning of another adventure

Don’t panic, we aren’t adding any new puppies or babies to the family before anyone thinks that. We are however, going to be moving house and much further North. B was head hunted and I’ve secured myself a senior role in a new lab, so we are heading off to Inverness! I am currently juggling all that a move implies as well as keeping the dogs happy and still studying for this bloody MSc so I apologise if once again there is a bit of time between posts. But I will let you know how we get on. The boys are good at living anywhere, although this will be Zephyrs first proper house move. Echo has already moved house before and wasn’t fussed by the drama so hopefully this goes smoothly. Zephyr has stayed in numerous hotels and kennels etc in his life already so I can’t see him being too upset as long as we are with him.

So, a move to the Highlands. We can’t wait! I think it will give us more of this elusive work life balance people keep telling me about, which means more dog time. More adventures up hills and glens and all the pictures that brings with it. I think you are all going to like the pics I should get from up the hills. The move should give the boys a bit more freedom and fun. It’s going to be ace!

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I tried to tell them we’d be moving and going on an adventure…you can just see the excitement in their faces here. They’ve really gotten on board with the move.

The bake off and the end of the sofa stand off.

I have a few friends, one in particular that has moved away to Kent that likes to watch the Great British Bake Off. In a bid to stay in touch with each other we try to tune in at the same time and we chat over whats app as the drama unfolds. It’s a nice way to keep in touch and watching something together over the distance makes it feel like she’s a little closer. Part of my Bake off routine is obviously to have a cup of tea, put my jammies on and snuggle up on the sofa for the hour and a bit it’s on. The dogs love this. There is usually a bit of sillyness as we try to get comfy:

But every week we settle down together (B is usually away at this point), and the three of us cuddle up to watch it:

Zephyr in particular likes to watch TV:

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He always makes sure he has the prime spot in the living room for his viewing pleasure. It’s a shame the GBBO is finished with for this year. We’ll need to find something else to watch.

p.s I think I’ve stopped caring about the sofa…

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: