Posts Tagged ‘teal’

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…

Looking back at (a sunny) July 2008

I seem to have lost my blogging mojo so I thought I’d post some photos from last year, back when the sun was something warm, comforting and familiar, not a distant memory like it has been this July!

Midge - 1 July 2008

Midge - 1 July 2008

Bailey and Queenie - 4 July 2008

Bailey and Queenie - 4 July 2008

Brini - 20 July 2008

Brini - 20 July 2008

Captain Flint and pals - 20 July 2008

Captain Flint and pals - 20 July 2008

Harold and family - 21 July 2008

Harold and family - 21 July 2008

Scrumpy, Tia, Stella and Brusco - 22 July 2008

Scrumpy, Tia, Stella and Brusco - 22 July 2008

Snipe, Midge and Teal - 29 July 2008

Snipe, Midge and Teal - 29 July 2008

The view from Mum's front gate - 29 July 2008

The view from Mum's front gate - 29 July 2008

Maybe August will see the sun return – and with it, my blogging inspiration!

April showers… or April snow?

It’s all about the rain this week (and then some!) but last year it was a bit cold for rain, so we experienced some April snow!

The view from Mum's yard gate - 4 April 2008

Fog on 4 April 2008

The view from Mum's yard gate - 6 April 2008

Frost on 6 April 2008

The view from Mum's yard gate - 7 April 2008

Snow on 7 April 2008

It's snow joke if you're a newborn foal! 7 April 2008

It's snow joke if you're a newborn foal!

Midge didn't leave the concrete path all day!

Midge didn't leave the concrete path all day!

Snipe and Teal loved it and spent the day acting like puppies!

Snipe and Teal loved it and spent the day acting like puppies!

Dog in the driver’s seat

Last November, I found out exactly why you shouldn’t leave the car door open when you’re carrying the shopping into the house…

Teal in the driving seat - 29 November 2007

Teal in the driving seat - 29 November 2007

Yup, that’s Teal, mum’s Labrador and Snipe’s full sister, albeit two years older. Mum couldn’t believe it when she saw her cheeky mutt – Teal is, after all, “Super Lab” who can do no wrong!

Fire dogs

The quality of these photos are quite appalling but this is what the dogs, B and I were up to on a cold and chilly afternoon this time last year… Lazing in front of the fire* having worked hard all afternoon preparing the stable for Mum’s stallion, Ted, who was due home after 6 weeks away being backed and trained to drive.

Teal in the stable - 17 November 2007

Teal in the stable - 17 November 2007

Snipe - 17 November 2007

Snipe - 17 November 2007

Midge - 17 November 2007

Midge - 17 November 2007

Teal - 17 November 2007

Teal - 17 November 2007

* sadly only an electric one!