Storm Doris

img_0379 As is our custom, we ignored  all warnings about the storm approaching. Luckily we did have a stock of candles, a wood burning stove and a scrabble board. However, this morning our wander about the village and into the wood was not as it should be. You can see from these pictures that Doris did have some fun.img_0380 img_0388 img_0390 img_0393 img_0395 img_0399 img_0402 img_0405

 

Our Boss Bob started off on his ramble with us but after struggling across the first pile of branches he turned for home. He kept an eye on the fire while we went walk about to find some photographs. You can spot a certain collie wandering in and out of shot as she had fun checking out these new obstacles.

How Bob arrived.

A co-worker of my husband asked, “would you be interested in a 2 year old dog?”

The question caught him out, as he kindly asked what kind of dog. Fast forward to the weekend and we went to see this Norwegian Elkhound. Bob was bought for a lady in her eighties. But he was too big, too strong and heedless.

We arrived at the house in the country and were greeted by Bob, front paws on the top of the gate and hind ones planted firmly on the ground. He took one look at us and smiled. I think he was saying, gotcha!

He was correct. He had us from that goofy smile and ceaseless tail wagging.

He came home with us quietly. We stopped to buy leash, bowls, dog food etc. And then the trouble started. He decided he would be boss and eat everything in sight. Wellington boots, shoes or slippers weren’t good enough they were simply a starter. What he liked was the tough teeth crunching wooden posts, his kennel and finally his coupe de resistance, the electric gate leads.

As everyone knows he obviously survived the electricity but didn’t go back for seconds. The reason being the wires were encased in plastic casing then a metal casing. In fact everything we thought he might eat was encased, or locked away or hidden.

Luckily he mellowed as he settled down though he never lost that heedlessness making teaching him a very big challenge. In the end though I think he has been the teacher.img_0201

Take this idea I had for photos of him and Ellie.

I had everything set up then he decided he wasn’t in the mood for modelling.

On this occasion I didn’t give in.

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It isn’t easy getting the bow in place, getting him to allow it to sit there was the big problem.

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There is that look on his face again, wouldn’t you love to know what he was thinking?

 

A word to the wise from Bob

Good morning everyone. Life is getting better, as the weather gets chillier I feel frisky and extra happy.

However, it is hard to keep track of my female companion and last night I found the perfect way to keep her in one place, see what you think. (And no I wasn’t cruel

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, I was merely resting my foot.)

Maria’s Stuff: The evolution of Diets……

Since my previous post I have been thinking about diets and the word – diet – such a lot that I wondered about the evolution of diets and the high commercial value that has been created around that one word: Diet.

When you look it up on line this is one of the meanings you will find, A regulated selection of foods, as for medical reasons or cosmetic weight loss. The interesting word in that sentence, (for me) is cosmetic. Which indicates to me, we have become a highly visual and judgemental society.

I also learnt: The word “diet” comes from the Greek root word “diaita”, which means  “to live one’s life,” and from the Latin base word, “diaeta,” meaning  “manner of living”.  So for me, the original word was more an indicator of how you lived your life. Yes, no?

The only remaining question I would have to ask is if the slimming industry is such a huge money maker, do any of the commercial companies really want everyone to be slim? Which also leads to the question – what additives do they put in our food?

Food for thought, yes or no?

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As an aside I would like to point out that my superhero pal Bob has been on a diet for the last few months and the improvement is evident in the way he is moving better and how alert he is, (though mostly at times of his own choosing). What have I done? Introduced some natural food (veggies and meat/fish) while I reduced the amount of kibble I give him.