Thursday, 6 December 2018

From Ted


Hello Friends.

It has been a while, I know, but I have been busy with the run up to Christmas, looking after Poppy and guarding my Boy, you know how it is. However, this afternoon I had a spot of spare time so thought I'd drop you all a line.

It is not-quite four o'clock in the afternoon here and it is almost dark. 

This morning, we had a nice scamper through the fields. We got stared at by a load of Curious Cows. 



Poppy didn't like it very much and she woofed at them.


Yesterday, we went out running. The last time I went to the V.E.T (suffering the double indignity of being weighed and of my weight being shouted out right in front of all the other dogs and some cats), the V.E.T told Mum it wasn't good for me to run eight miles over the fields anymore. She intimated that I was too old! I ask you! Mum sensibly told her that whenever I don't want to do something I make it very plain (like sitting down in the road when mum suggests a road run, or giving people my Paddington Stare, or ignoring Dad when he's calling me to come in at night until he goes purple and can't shout any more because his throat hurts), so if I didn't want to run across the fields she was certain I would tell her. The V.E.T looked sceptical at this and repeated that I was too old to go running and it was bad for me, even though in the next breath she told Mum what good shape I was in for my age. Mum and I decided the best thing to do was to ignore her, so yesterday, Poppy and I went for a 7 mile run with Mum and her friend Abi who is a super-speedy runner who also loves dogs. We had great fun running over the fields, along country lanes, through deep, dark woods and chasing pheasants until they exploded into the air, and I wasn't one bit tired when we got home, so the silly V.E.T got it all wrong.



There is a builder upstairs at the moment. He is very nice, he is a Dog Person and he gives me and Pop lots of cuddles, but he has an unfortunate Christmas Music Habit, so I am forced to stare at the back door until Mum realises I can't take it any more and lets me outside.

I was also hoping to find an apple on the lawn.



With enough Determined Staring, Mum eventually got the message and opened the door for me...







No apples (the one I found last night and brought indoors to eat had a slug in it. Mum discovered it making its way very slowly across the sitting room carpet and had to put it out in the garden. She wasn't Very Pleased), but I did find a fat ball that the birds had dropped....

I ate it quickly because Poppy has a special radar for other people's food, which, coupled with her complete lack of manners means she often seizes interesting things that I have found and eats them so fast I can't say or do anything. I hope I don't get indigestion now.





Who's that I can hear?


Too late! After sniffing the crumbs she decided she wanted to be back inside by the radiator so she took herself off....





When I went back indoors and told her about the fat ball, she stuck her tongue out at me. Which is more or less all you need to know about Poppy. She is very rude.


Dad has been away in Paris working this week. I asked him not to take any yellow high vis for when he went running, just in case. As a result, I have had no one to stare at, so when he got home last night, even though it was Very Late Indeed, I got some staring in and so now I am feeling a lot better. I am planning to do some more staring later this evening when he comes home from work.

I bet you haven't got anything quite as exciting as that planned for your evening.

Best regards to all,

Ted.

22 comments:

  1. It's good to hear from you again, Ted. You lead such an interesting life. I might try to chase some squirrels tonight; that's about as exciting as it gets here. Regards, the Mad Wee Dog. Oh, if you don't post again before The Big Day, I wish you and Poppy a cosy and foody Christmas.

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    1. Hello Mad Wee Dog. Chasing squirrels is one of my ABSOLUTE favourite things to do! May I take this opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas season also. Best wishes, Ted.

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  2. It is so lovely to hear from you Teddy and to know that you and Poppy are doing so well. That V.E.T. sounds very silly indeed, I am sure that your Mum knows you very well and as you said you can make your own mind very clear when you need to can't you! How rude of them too to shout your weight out, imagine if someone did that to them, it is a personal matter between you and your Mum isn't it. Keep on running and keep looking after Poppy and your Mum and in case I don't stop by again before Christmas, Happy Christmas to you all and best wishes for a great New Year! Love Aunty Amy xx

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    1. Hello Aunty Amy, how are things with you? Mum said she was thinking about you the other day and wondering how you were. I agree about the weight thing, it was insensitive of them. We all wish you a very happy Christmas too. Love Ted & Poppy xx

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  3. Hello Ted! What a lovely post, full of interesting news. Silly, old V.E.T., what do they know? You're obviously in fine shape. Well done on snaffling that fat ball. It's a shame that the apples have all gone now - I'm very partial to them too, but my human says that they upset my tummy, so I'm only allowed some occasionally. I have been known to rescue apple cores from the bin though! Enjoy your evening of staring. I'm hoping for an ear rub in front of the stove after supper. Love Hamish xx

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    1. Hamish! How are you? Mum said the same thing to me about apples and tummies. I have only just discovered that I like them, after nine whole years and a bit! We have one or two left in the garden so they won't last much longer. I hope you get one for Christmas. Hope you got your ear rub. Love Ted xx

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  4. Thank You, I am so happy to see a post from you. I have missed you so much so I was happy to hear what you have been doing.
    You look beautiful not at all old !

    cheers, parsnip and badger

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    1. Thank you Parsnip. Dad likes to tease me about looking like a sausage, but we all know that isn't true. Sausages can't run for eight miles without stopping. Bests wishes to you and iwinston (and Truffles and Agatha).

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  5. Dear Ted <3!
    I loooove hearing from you and you're quite right...you should make the most of life and don't let anyone tell you you're too old!
    My 13-year old sadly got worse and had to go to the VET. She told us that he's got arthritis in his whole body and wasn't doing too well. He's now on medication and is feeling a little bit better but we live life one day at a time right now...
    So live life to the full every day and enjoy your running for as long as you can...and continue to work on those STARES <3!
    Lots of love from all of us in Sweden and hope you're all enjoying the Christmas season!

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    1. We're all very sorry to hear the arthritis news, Annie, and hope the medicines help. Wishing you all a happy snowy Christmas in lovely Sweden. Best regards, Ted xx

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  6. Oh Ted...a fat ball...I ate 6 of them once and pebble dashed the entire conservatory to the height of about 12”....not very pleasant at all...hope the same doesn’t happen to you old chap. Heidi x

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    1. Hello Heidi. SIX fat balls! No wonder your tummy exploded. I once got pancreatitis from eating half a coconut stuffed with fat and mealy worms. I'm not allowed anywhere near them now :o(. Best wishes, Ted x

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  7. Glad to hear you are well Ted, it's always hard having to share your space with a dog like Poppy. My name is Purdy cat and I share my space with snooty Grace, she is always pushing in front of me, as she is the oldest cat, but I chase her when mum is not looking.

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    1. Well done, Purdy, that's the spirit! Best wishes, Ted.

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  8. In my opinion V.E.T.s know nothing. I didn't even get a snack last time I went. Used to get one every time when I was a small puppy, but they've gone right off the boil lately and there's been a lot of squeezing me as well which I DO NOT LIKE. Love the idea of making your Dad go purple, I am trying that one. It's just me here, so I get to eat ALL the interesting things that drop into the garden. There are still figs if you look carefully. They are all nice and green and furry now. It has been a dramatic month for me, they sliced me open to get something out of my tummy, so I was on bed rest for ages. Back to pounding the pavement now, but a whole week until I'm off lead again. Sigh. Watch me when I'm allowed to run free though! Good luck with that fat ball, hope it doesn't give you any grief on the way through. Bert xx

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    1. Goodness Bert! Squeezing is no way at all to treat a fellow. And opening your tummy too! I should change V.E.T.s if I were you. Having solo Hunter Gatherer rights in your garden sounds like the way forward. Pop and I send commiserations regarding the lead restriction, we know what that's like. Hopefully it won't be long before you're running wild again. Ted and Poppy xx

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  9. Dear Ted,
    You are just too funny.
    I love your time spent at the Vet. How do they know how we feel inside :)
    I ate a fat ball once, never again. It made me feel dreadful.
    Anyway must go for a nap, these grey days make me so tired.
    Nella.

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    1. Oh dear Nella, I'm sorry to hear fatballs don't agree with you. Possibly, your experience was a little like mine and licking Toads. They make me sick and foam at the mouth but I can't resist them. Very best wishes to you, Ted.

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  10. Welcome back Ted, long time no hear. Good to see you are keeping busy and enjoying life. You look well and so does Poppy and her tongue!!!
    Enjoy your Christmas.
    Love xx

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    1. Hello Sally! How are you all? Mine and Poppy's very best wishes to your four-legged crew. Happy Christmas to you all, Ted x

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