Three dogs for a week!

The apple of my mother’s eye is her Labrador, Teal, who is Snipe’s full sister, albeit two years her senior. She really is one of the sweetest, kindest dogs you could hope to meet, with all the vitality of her breed, but combined with a gentleness that (alas!) Snipe is yet to discover!

Teal - 19 August 2009

Teal - 19 August 2009

Mum went on holiday with one of her friends last week and with no-one at home to look after Teal, B and I became the nominated dog-sitters. It took Teal a couple of days to settle in, especially around the pigs (who she did know when we lived at Mum’s), but she swiftly made herself at home, and she and Snipe rediscovered their old game of “tag” (they play it just like children, but at three times the speed!). Midge was delighted to have her old pal back in her life, snuggling up to her at night and cleaning her obsessively whenever they came in from the rain.

Teal - 19 August 2009

Teal - 19 August 2009

In fact, night times were the only sore point. We decided that two dogs in the bedroom is the limit: although we let them all into the bedroom in the evening when we were watching TV, at night, we banished the trio to the kitchen. From the way Midge was crying on the first few nights, I think she would have gladly swapped Teal for the opportunity to re-enter the Forbidden Land!

Midge, Teal and Snipe - 21 August 2009

Midge, Teal and Snipe - 21 August 2009

We took Teal back yesterday, and it’s amazing how quiet the house is. The dogs were thrilled to be back in the bedroom, and it was such a relief to be greeted with only one Labrador tail when I woke up this morning!

Jo and Teal - 21 August 2009

Jo and Teal - 21 August 2009

We’ll gladly have Teal again, if Mum goes away, but we’ve decided that unless we win the Lottery and buy a big house, two dogs is the absolute limit…

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Yep three dogs is definitely more than one dog more than two. Don’t think that makes much sense unless you’ve had three dogs!

    We had a near escape from ending up with four dogs last week – my blood pressure still hasn’t recovered from the fear…

  2. There was a point when I was a child when we had no less than fourteen dogs…

    It’s worth pointing out that (a) we lived on a farm, (b) Mum bought (ie saved) a couple of litters of sheepdogs and brought them on so they could be sold as working dogs (c) they all lived outside

    As pets, I think the most we had at one time was six, possibly seven. Or was it eight? Not counting puppies! Mostly terriers, though, which makes it so much easier!

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