Thursday, 8 February 2018

A Post From Ted


Dear friends,

I'm not very happy. I expect most of you know by now that I have been afflicted with a Split Claw and a Nasty Infection which is necessitating Staying Indoors. I am not too happy about this. It means Poppy gets to go out and Have Fun while I remain at home, doing what is, of course, the more important job of Guarding The House (and my boy, when he is here), but nevertheless I feel I have been given the rum end of the deal.

I have various ways of making sure my feelings are known.



As my friend, young iwinston would say woe is me. 

I have found the way that is most immediately effective is to lie in the middle of places my people urgently want to go.


They can't ignore me when they have to step over/ around me. Mum in particular notices and pats me on the head when she goes by, but Dad just shouts: For Heaven's Sake Ted! get out of the way. He does this particularly loudly if he is carrying large armfuls of wood and I am sitting in the middle of the doorway.

Another trick I have up my sleeve to let me people know I am not feeling chuffed is to put my ears down and stare hard at them.





Unless I'm concentrating Very Hard, one ear occasionally creeps up a little, but if I work hard I can keep the no-ears-staring up all evening. It works well on Mum who always asks me what's wrong, Teddy? But Dad just says: where have your ears gone, Ted? And, after about ten minutes: that's enough staring now, Teddy.

Poppy, meanwhile, has been no help at all. She got back from her walk this morning, gave me a brief hello sniff, then went straight to curl up in a ball on her bed and has been asleep ever since.


But this is because she doesn't have to put up with an infected paw. 


Would you like to see it? Here are three paws. Can you tell which one is the poorly one? (incidentally, although they don't look like they all belong to me, I assure you they are all mine, I didn't rope a random passing Westie in to be a paw model).


Is it this one? (and it is a paw, not the tip of a tail, despite what you might think. It's just been a while since I went to see Mrs D for a hair cut and I've turned niveous (go and look that one up, it's my new word for the day ;o) ).



No, it wasn't that one.

This one, perhaps?


Nope. 

So it must be.....



Yes. It's this red, angry and sore-looking one. To make matters worse, I had to suffer the indignity of having it SHAVED, so now I have three very woolly feet and one bald pink one. It's a good job I'm not allowed out really. 

Still, the antibiotics are working and it's not bothering me as much now. The V.E.T told mum cheese wasn't the best thing to give pills in because it's fattening. I didn't altogether like the way she looked at me when she said that. For heaven's sake! I thought I'm a Running Dog! I do ten miles across the Chalk without breaking a sweat! It's not fat, woman, it's muscle! I tried to convey that to the V.E.T just by looking, also that I didn't think she could run ten miles across the Chalk aged eight (obviously doing the calculation that allows for human/ dog year differences). I don't think it worked, she just stared at me.

So I hold her responsible for mum suggesting this as an initial opener in our what shall we give Ted his pill in negotiations...


A raspberry! Ridiculous! I know Poppy likes them, but she eats Dad's hair when Mum's given him a hair cut for heaven's sake, so she's really no judge of fine cuisine. I countered with this...


But Mum wasn't having any of it, so in the end we agreed on this...


See the word 'palatable' in the photo below? I ask you! Clearly someone with a sense of humour was involved in designing the packaging. Either that or they never actually tried one themselves.


Anyway, I'm off to guard Poppy while she sleeps....another of my jobs.


And then I think I shall do some more Sitting In The Middle Of Important Places. Maybe if I do it enough, Mum will come round to the burgers, what do you think?



Love, Ted x

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  1. Definitely burgers Ted considering all you’ve been through. Keep sitting in the middle of walk ways too, SO important to get noticed. I’m wondering what you were up to to get a poorly paw in the first place, maybe I shouldn’t ask ;). Hope the delicious pills work their magic very soon and you are back to your perky usual self. B x p.s. I’m off to find a dictionary. P.ps Ebbie and Wizard say miaow.x

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    1. It was chasing a pigeon that did it :o( Or possibly a squirrel x

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  2. I think a slice of ham might be nice to hide your palatable tablets. Poor thing, you do need a bit of pampering I think. My people have put the cat food high up so I can't reach anymore with my short Jack Russell legs and as a consequence am only a shadow of my former self. I am indignant. I did manage to snatch a biscuit out of a child's hand though, it was very satisfying indeed. I hope your paw is better soon, it does look sore. Love from Jack, the Jack Russell (you would have thought they'd be a bit more imaginative with names, wouldn't you!) x

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    1. Poppy understands the short-leg problem, Jack as she's a JR too. Well done on your biscuit stealing x

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  3. Oh Teddy! I didn't know you were having a hard time of things my furry fellow. I am immediately sending you a great big dose of love across the airwaves and a great big hug too. Make sure that you ask Mum to catch the love and the hug and pass them on to you from me. Hope that you are more yourself soon and that you can get back to running again like the super running doggy that you are. Lots of love Aunty Amy xx

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    1. Thank you, Aunty Amy, I am feeling a bit better now. x

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  4. ted gud dug what a footie ochie you have sorry sorry you feelin bad bad is not gud
    iwinstonis wantin' to play with you or helpin' you with sittin' in the way iwinston is gud at that iwinston be sittin' in theway all the time my nice tall person who feeds me is always be sayin' please movemovemove move
    iwinston has a gud one you not knowin' walkin' backwards in front of your nice person who is runnin' it drive them crazy you try that soon
    bad vet person should be knowin' mucle from fat bad bad bad vetbad person
    tedted ted you get better fast so you can run run like the wind and have gud sniffs
    wurfs iwinston

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    1. iwinston, I have another trick which is to stop dead in front of my Dad when he's running so he has to jump over me, I will also try the walking backwards thing. Ted x

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  5. Years ago I had a dog and I had put some meat which was in plastic bag in the fridge but didn't close the door properly . . . You can guess what happened. Even ate the bag!
    I hope the law is better soon.

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    1. Give us an inch, Gwil, and we'll often take a mile. Something similar happened here once with a cat and a Christmas turkey :o)

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  6. Ben sends his love and hopes that you are all better soon. He says that you must run and walk as much as you can once you are allowed to, it will help make up the lost time.

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    1. Thank you, Pam. Please pass on my very best to Ben. Ted x

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  7. Oh, Ted! You poor thing. Not being able to go outside - how horrible for you. Your Hard Stare looks very effective. I must give it a try. Regards, Mad Wee Dog

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    1. Good luck with the staring, Mad Wee Dog. It does often work. Ted x

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  8. The ways of our dogs--and cats--are entirely too knowing! Unless we are heartless, they get the better of us. Hope that nasty looking paw heals well.

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  9. Dear Ted,
    I'm so sorry for all that you are going through right now; I really feel for you <3! But you've certainly mastered The Stare and it sounds like you're doing the best of your situation. Hopefully you can get the Humans to give you some extra treats <3! Over here we deliver nasty tasting medicine wrapped in delicious liver paté; maybe you can get your Humans to do that too:) Hope you feel better soon!
    With LOVE from Sweden <3

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    1. Dear Annie, thank you all for your good wishes. Hope all is well with you in Sweden. Pate is a good idea. Love Ted x

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  10. So sorry about the paw Ted - keep up the staring, it usually works in the end. Love Tessx

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  11. Oh Ted...you poor little chap...you must take those tables...whether in cheese or burgers...or maybe a sausage...perhaps your human could spare you a sausage...considering you're having such a rough time if it...keep that little paw clean and you'll soon be running over the fields again xx

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    1. A sausage is a cracking idea. I shall suggest it at once! Ted x

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  12. Ooh that looks sore. Great stary face Ted! x

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  13. Oh poor Ted I hope the pain is easing! I'm sorry but I did have to smile as I recognise all of those Westie characteristics, especially that staring trick! Sarah x

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    1. Dad thought it was just me, Sarah. I have tried to explain the nature of the Westie Tribe to him, without success. Love to Tavi x

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  14. Ted me old bean, you poor poor love. If we were there we would sit with you in the middle of the floor just to make life even more difficult for those humans.
    Mum said she met you and Poppy on her last trip to UK and she thought you were both lovely, but now she is saying (because of your foot, I guess ) that you were her favourite. Fickle are humans aren't they?
    Get well soon and the 'palatable' (most likely revolting) tablets will make you better faster.
    Thinking of you - Ed & Murray x

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    1. We wish you were here, Ed and Murray (although when I'm better so we could all run around together). I knew your mother was a woman of refined and perceptive tastes :o) Love Ted x

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  15. Ted, poor you, this is bad news indeed, I am very sorry to see such a sad paw. Well done on holding out for the cheese. The woman at the V.E.T. is clearly not a dog person. I have tablets shaped like a bone, but honestly, who do they think they are fooling? Nothing like a bone. I refuse to touch them until they are completely covered in cheese. Stand firm my friend, we deserve the cheese. Top job in the lying out as well by the way, as well as strategic ear positioning and staring, I am taking notes. I didn't get a lunchtime walk, so I pulled ALL the stuffing out of my bed in 3 minutes flat while mum did the washing up. Got a good walk this evening so I think I drove the message home. Wishing you paw health soon, Bert xx

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    1. Well done, young Bert, with the stuffing removal. We are very pleased to see you are keeping up the dog standards down there in Glos. Bone shaped things indeed. Honestly. Humans have no idea, do they? Love, Ted x

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  16. Oh Teddy, your poor paw does look sore! I'm sure the antibiotics will make it better very soon and the fur will quickly grow back. I must say, I'm very impressed with your disappearing ears trick - that's quite a party piece! You and Hamish must have been comparing notes - he too is a master in the art of being underfoot. I love the word of the day (Yes, I had to look it up!); what an erudite little dog you are. Get well soon, Darling Teddy. xx

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    1. Thank you, VM. Hamish is a fine fellow, I have seen his picture on your blog, and although I usually chase wild rabbits I'm sure I wouldn't chase Hamish. My mum, for one, would never forgive me. She is rather in love with him! Ted x

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  17. Poor Ted no one wants to be inside all the time. I have a 'cat'Grace who is the same as Ted, sits in the way often, will sit and stare at me for ages, she does not stare at hubby, it does not work on him. Hope you are better soon Ted. PS a bit of Cheese now and then would be OK?

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    1. I keep on trying with the staring at Dad- it sounds like Grace uses her time more wisely. Cheese twice a day at the moment. Apparently it stops on Monday :o( Love, Ted x

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  18. Poot Ted, my spaniel has the same problem, hate to say it but you can buy shoes for poorly dog's feet.

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    1. Oh my Lord! Can you imagine Poppy’s face if I were to step out wearing shoes! She’s die laughing. Let’s hope the antibiotics work 😆 x

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  19. Dear Ted, delighted that you have mastered the art of making your humans feel guilty. I find that a hard stare melting into puppy dog/I'm starved/nobody loves me look works very well if I require a smackeral of something tasty. It works very well on the V.E.T nurses but less so on the V.E.T however on my human and her parents it works a treat :-) I've trained them to give me a treat the moment i step in the door. Quite pleased with that one. Look forward to meeting to compare notes soon, Inky. P.S. the human has new walking boots so perhaps there is mud in our future. Quite fond of a bit of mud myself. Plus when I roll-over to get my tummy cleaned I get a treat. Sounds like win-win to me :-)

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    1. Hello Inks, lovely to hear from you. Mum says most definitely re the walk as soon as my paw is better. It sounds like you have trained your mum and her parents extremely well. Perhaps you could give me some more tips for Dad? (Mum is a walk over). See you soon, love Ted x

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  20. Oh Ted, I'd be fussing you like mad, you'd be getting burger for your tea, let along hiding a nasty V. E. T. Tablet in it. But if you take your medicine you'll get better quickly. And it's not very warm outside right now, so you hop up on the couch with me and we will snuggle and watch a film!

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    1. That sounds lovely, Rachel. I’m not allowed on the sofa at home (apart from the occasion treat). Mum has moved off cheese onto pate, which is half-way to burger. Hi to Freddie. Love,Ted x

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