Something weird happened the other day??
Postman delivered a package to us??
that’s not weird” I hear you say, “Postman
deliver to people’s houses every day”
that’s quite true. Except when you’re as dysfunctional
as we are then the local postman prefers to deliver to
the cottage next door because they never know what to
except delivering to us – they’re fine with
the dogs – it’s just us!!
yes, that’s THE Cottage) you know, the odd couple
next door with that lunatic mole hunter…..Maurice
the moles nemesis
of these days I’m going to stop that postman and
tell him that they’re delivering the post to a certified
looney………on second thoughts that’s
not a good idea as we’d never get any post at all
and we would then have to collect it
where was I?? Ah yes, the package
it wasn’t addressed to us? It was for Freya……..
handed it over to Freya and she quickly tore it open and
shredded it. Oops
she didn’t, I just made that up!! Silly Banker
it turned out we opened it instead and discovered to our
surprise that it was from her Brother who left us as a
pup and went to join a rather splendid family environment
somewhere in the deepest darkest depths of a remote jungle
region in the South East of England.
remember this time well?
made the new owners collect their new puppy because we
were terrified of going into such a remote region without
back up…..and the hell is going to back us up. We’re
more likely to endanger our back up team than the ‘Locals’
at this point another really weird thing happened? (Oh
they arrived they were just like us, I mean they were
OK stop laughing………I know what you’re
thinking? We’re not ordinary and it was them who
took the enormous responsibility and risk in coming to
us. But they did!!!
spoke our language, and much to the disgust of The Dearest
One they took up 2 of HER Tea Bags. I was disgusted when
they also took biscuits from us. For God’s sake
they were guests and who the hell did they think they
were drinking HER tea and eating OUR biscuits. I can tell
you that this did not go down well.
had driven hundreds of miles then simply walked in and
abused our hospitality. Good grief I’m still shocked
even now. Haven’t these people heard the phrase
“Oh, No Thank you” “We’ve spent
6 hours driving and neither of us are tired and gasping
for a drink of any kind, and no, certainly not we wouldn’t
dream of eating those lovely biscuits”
chose said puppy and after The Dearest One’s 4 hour
lecture on the Do’s and Don’ts of bringing
up the puppy and feeding, vets, exercise and don’t
shout at them and blah blah blah, it took me a minute
to wake them up.
so fully refreshed said pup was off to the jungle………..no,
that’s not right is it?
so fully refreshed the pups new owners, now fully refreshed,
set forth on their short drive back into the jungle.
the Pups name??
is Freya’s Brother and he is today a very loved,
cuddled and all munched up member of their family (It
lives with them in the house (it’s a mud hut with
a straw roof really – it’s a jungle thing,
you wouldn’t understand) he is very well known around
the jungle villages where they live and everyone knows
exactly who Alfie is.
owners have their own business (and no, I’m not
advertising) where Alfie also works now he’s all
cleans and polishes, he makes tea, he is a guard dog (unlike
ours who at the first sign of trouble hide under the table
or push the Dearest One out into the face of danger)
weekends he hoovers the house (mud hut) cleans the car
and polishes the family silver.
Alfie is also a well disciplined and nicely trained companion
for his owner who actually works Alfie for exactly what
he was intended for.
is a gun dog………GASP……..shock
the season he’s out in his tweed jacket, plus fours,
a homemade wool cap and of course the ubiquitous hip flask.
with his owner, Alfie is now an indispensible working
partner. He has built up a good reputation for being a
solid and dependable working dog. And, he loves it.
home he has his own couch in the living room (now where
have I seen that before) and he’s a real favourite
when he’s in the owners business with their customers,
after gathering serious fuss and more cuddles and love
hugs he has been trained to serve them, relieve them of
their money and of course wrap their purchases, if that’s
not all he then runs round and opens the door for them
with a courteous “Thank you, call again soon now
you ‘all” (In a hillbilly kind of way)!!
this is exactly what that package is all about (No no,
not the hillbilly thing – by then of course he was
outside playing dueling banjo’s) – on his
was a letter to Freya about how he’s doing, what
he’s doing and just to let her know that he is loving
life, the universe and everything.
had seen Freya in the press and on our website and felt
it only right that whilst she was out winning shows he
had also found his own winning formula.
after all that I am delighted to be allowed (Thanks Freya)
to let you all into the life and times of Alfie……..in
his words and of course from his letter and photo’s
is Alfie’s own story in my words………!!!!!
we thought it would be nice to let you see how one of
our pups (A proper dog now of course) is getting on and
in contrast to Freya’s life on the hill.
to you Alfie…..
Day Ladies and Gentlemen, fellow Spins and anyone in the
slightest bit interested
name is Alfie Barrington Smythe Spinone (My Eccentric
I respond best to liver cake, digestive biscuits and the
contents of my hip flask.
proud of my sisters success and she looks fit and well
and from what I’ve seen is having a really good
time out in the wilds of Wales…..I noted with interest
her success in the show ring and when I sat back enjoying
a cigar and glass of decent brandy one evening after I’d
been out working with the gun, I got talking to my owners
and they suggested I wrote to her and let her know how
I was doing. And so here it is……..
not doing so bad myself, got a good job, salaries pretty
decent and provides well for me. I can save a bit as well
which is good for a rainy day. Or lots of very rainy days!!!
And of course I can pay my way with my rent and bills…..especially
the mobile phone. And that reminds me, must pay that bill
on the way to work tomorrow (texting is a bit slow though
because of the claws)
be amazed but I can get a good signal here even from a
mud hut in the middle of… where ever we are!!!
here’s a little insight into my life in and around
I’m constantly in between the couch and in front
of the fire when I’m at home and always alert to
the slightest of things………
I really can’t be bothered with the a lert thing
today, and anyway, who needs lerts’?
But to be fair it is nice and cosy and I have to say all
very homely even when the humans are about. Like all good
Spins – and I’m a good Spin (it also says
here) I know who the boss is and indeed let him know that
although he’s the boss I can usually wrap him round
my little pad at any time. He’s a good boy too………he’s
good, but when we’re out on the hunt – I’m
of being outside, if I’m in the garden having a
quiet private moment I like to watch the birds on the
feeders and I like the way they fly off or come to the
ground to pick up the pieces from the feeders. But I don’t
go near them or scare them off?? Just not my thing…….
listen to the jungle gossip from the other dogs in the
area and have to have my say at times. Not really a gun
dog thing but you know at times I have my points I want
to raise……especially if it makes them jealous!!
you wanna know something odd?? (Oh yes Alfie please enlighten
like the wind blowing the leaves around, I could chase
them all day………(He should be in the
cottage with those other loonies|)
back inside the hut…sorry, house, here we are enjoying
the idiot box together and this is an excellent photo
of his lord and master – ME – being given
the coochy coo treatment by the not so lord and master
– I think he’s called Baldrick!!! Although
I’m not sure actually if that’s right but
that’s what it translates to in Italian……honest
come here then my handsome young man’ mmmmmm kissy
I know, but it keeps him fed and watered!!
lead 3 lives to be honest
2. At work in our business (note: it’s our business
3. Out on the hunt (my favourite)
covered a little bit about my home life above but I want
to mention someone very very special to me. My bosses
who must be obeyed’
mentioned that she also has one of these in her house
and I note she is also special, and why is this you might
she feeds me…….say no more
I go out and about a lot in the woods and across fields,
not just for the serious stuff but also to have a play
and a run around.
really enjoy these little outings as there is always something
going on and you never know what you might end up doing
on a minute, finders keepers’ ‘Smine I tell
you, s’all mine’
the week as I have noted for you at the start of this
I am also a full time shareholder in the family business!!
of the work is good with all the customers who simply
adore me – of course they do.
gorgeous eyes and an expression of ‘you can stroke
me if you like and make a massive fuss of me’ works
every time – they’re so weak and always fall
for it – big sigh.
I’ll tell you this, all that fussing and being treated
like the celebrity I am, it is very tiring. It wears you
down during the day having to strike a pose each time
and be nice to all those lovely customers. But someone
has to do it and they sure ain’t going to make as
much fuss of the boss are they??
there’s work to be done and it’s not easy
you know. I’m not a fan of stock taking because
it’s tiring on the brain. And it’s not easy
on the feet either especially the claws as I keep pressing
the wrong numbers on the calculator. According to my calculations
we’ve either got 32 million of something or just
Who cares……….it’s only money!!
this Alfie, count that Alfie……’ ‘Well
I’m fed up now, count it yourself’ ‘and
anyway, I can’t reach the stuff on the top shelves’
dog of my caliber laboring like this is ridiculous……..I
should be out front meeting my fans’
– and out front……………….
‘Oh yea, very funny’ ‘And just how the
hell am I supposed to hang them on there’?
‘So embarrassing if someone comes in now and sees
me like this’
thinking required ‘Oh this, I’m just getting
ready for the Spinoni 8th Rifles Division reunion’
(as you do)
back to the tale………..or tail!! Your
have, as you might have guessed created a bit of a fan
club in the shop and I’m on ‘Barker’
which is a sort of twitter for dogs and I’m also
on ‘dogbook’ – a face book for us canines.
And you can also contact me on my own website at love
me fuss me.com
have signed up already!! And one of them is Freya………don’t
mock……from little acorns do big trees grow!!
(Wow, an intellectual moment)
time is also taken up with hunting. That’s what
my breed is specialised in and it’s something that
I love doing.
have a natural switch for this element of my life that
tells me when to stop and stay behind the gun and when
to go and do my thing. And go I do as well……….in
fact I note with interest that you lot only having two
legs is a bit of a burden, and me with four leg drive
can go anywhere and not get stuck.
this is serious stuff and all my natural instincts along
with patient training has seen me progress into a fine
companion. I point, but prefer to scent out and let my
body language do the talking, and I rarely get it wrong.
am well rewarded for my work as well and this helps with
the motivation levels. For me it is the most natural thing
in the world to do and I feel I contribute with my part
in it all. I know it’s not for everyone and that’s
understandable, but we’re a proud breed and proud
of our heritage also.
And then it snowed……….
this was fun and I’m so special that they even dragged
a photographer to capture these superb shots of a superb
that’s about it really and hope this little insight
into my life has broadened your horizons as to how some
of us Spins spend our time. Some of us are pets and companions
most of all, others like me work, rest and play, some,
like my sister do the shows.
you do and what you’re owner has for you…..do
what I do. Enjoy
Freya, that’s it for now
lee love….AKA Alfie
know I know?? Quite stunning………Dog World
- Page 3 beckons, then who knows!!
might be offered a film part?
for now, it’s Carry on Alfie!!