A tale in several parts and
starring in dyslexic alphabetical order……..
carbon life forms of a human nature
quadrupeds – Max and Max, The Viz, and the Horse…..Foxy
Lady (A Jimi Hendrix Song)
Guest appearance by The Landy
effects by morning noon and night
Camera – The Dearest One
Sound – What sound
– The Banker
– The Charity shop
Toys - By the Dozen
special thanks to:
– The home of this bunch of reprobates
The Beach – Supplied by Ceredigion County Council
Food supplied by – Anyone and anything of everywhere
Sponsor – Don’t even go there .Co. Ltd
by the Team at Awelymor
Directed by – The Dearest One (who else)
team would like to acknowledge the assistance of………er…………urm………….hmmmm
are the stories of the rest of them??
the story so far has been about Freya, Kallie and the
pups, JJ has written his own pieces, Duncan had his own
tale to tell, but apart from Savanna there is little else
known about our other Spins.
with a little help from ‘the rest of them’
we felt it only right that they too should share a little
of the limelight and perhaps somewhere in this it might
raise a smile or two as you recognise those traits that
only The Spin seems to produce
has taken us several months of patience and perseverance
along with a lot of food treats (The Dearest One burnt
out the motor in the liquidizer cooking up hundreds of
kilos of Liver cake)
To get the Spins to sit down and complete a questionnaire
along with an interview that was then turned in to what
you are about to read……effectively we would
take them one at a time and sit them on the couch (where
else) where they would sit for about 11 seconds before
falling asleep. Hence the motivational Liver cake to keep
them alert whilst they completed the forms and writing
up their own pieces for this spectacular set of notes!!!
We included living with us humans, the other Spins and
the other dogs, where they live and then of course the
runnies out and about, well, you get the picture
without further ado our Italian bred Girl!!!
want to say at the beginning of this that Uni is easily
one of my favourites apart from JJ. Unica is a fabulous
Spin and one of the sweetest and loveliest dogs I have
ever known. She’s a real Sweetie…………However,
if I had more time, Uni is the one I would train for field
work (Freya would be brilliant for the gun) It is exceptionally
rare to have such a phenomenal instinct that is so natural
in a gundog. Yes OK so all gun dogs have this instinct??
Er……..no they don’t. It’s whether
they want to use it or not and some don’t like water
or thick brush and of course even the crack of the gun
going off. And last but not least – the dog has
to want to do it, and in my experience not all of them
want it enough to go on and take up the training.
Uni is quite simply phenomenal……..
so, without further babbling from me…….over
to you Uni
everyone I’m Unica – born and bred in Italy
to a family of gun dogs that are primarily used for purpose.
Dearest One came to us in Italy during a show where I
was living with the family and she had come down with
some friends in the Landy to take a look around the place
and go to our local show. I was of course a pup at that
time and after being introduced to the Landy and after
a little drive across Southern France, I spent some time
in Toulouse at a nice ladies house under what you call
quarantine. When my time was up I was then taken to join
the Spin family in Wales with the Dearest One where I
quickly settled and became part of the family.
a great place for someone like me because they have lots
of land for me to run around in. They also have lots of
food and toys and we have a real laugh sometimes playing
and generally causing havoc.
I have a couple of issues?
struggle with the English Language and I appear to ignore
instructions!!! I have to be sweet because I sense an
element of minor frustration with those humanoids because
like all us Spins I tend to have selective hearing, especially
if I’m on the scent of something…….
get so focused on track and trace I tend to forget what
it was I was supposed to do and continue to track and
trace – but also tend to drift away from the others.
We’re all lucky I suppose that we have our woodland
to run around in and that has some great places for me
to track down the local game.
the local game are not so keen on the idea and tend to
play hide and seek. They hide and I seek.
also have excellent 20:20 vision and I love to look for
the birds in the hedges, but the ground is always leaving
evidence of rabbit or fox and with all this scent and
sight going on it is hard for me to come back when called.
Don’t get me wrong, I do come back……………but
when I want to and the English doesn’t help!!! OK,
so that’s utter llubtish. I just love the tracking
and the thrill of the chase and it seems the natural thing
for me to do…….so I do!!
good news though is that when I do decide to go back I
always get a treat and I think they know I won’t
go too far away from the treats that I know she carries
with her. But a scent is a scent and a treat can wait!!!!!
other Spins are great fun and I love the chase when one
of them has a toy and I also want it, Duncan is good fun
with that and we make a real game of it. I’m not
really a retrieve specialist and unlike JJ for example,
who is, I can’t see the point. It’s easier
and more fun just to beat up Duncan and get the toy off
him, only for him to do the same back.
is the Grand Mother of our pack and moans and groans her
way through the day, I ignore her mostly, but respect
the elder…………sort of!!!!!!!
is my best mate along with Savvy, we get taken into the
woods on our own and that’s great fun, especially
this time of year when everything is growing and the game
is getting out and about. We’re back to hide and
seek……..and if one of us has a scent then
we all do. How odd!!
fed well and have my own bed which I share when I’m
in the mood…..or I just share someone else’s.
It’s odd really because even though I have my own
place – and so do the others, no one ever keeps
to it. I don’t think we were ever designed to be
organised!! Disorganised yes.
runnies we go out for in the Landy are brilliant, beach
normally which is really good for a run out and I’m
normally exhausted by the time we get back. The Dearest
One only takes maybe me and a couple of the others out,
but over the week we’ve all been at some point.
The birds, the climbing and the sea make for a great time.
We’re in the rock pools and a river nearby is a
real hoot to mess about in……..all in all I
have to say it’s really good living with this lot.
one that started it all
laid back, been there and nothing to prove!!
the elder Stateswoman of this little lot I see my role
nowadays as keeping them all in line and conforming. I
of course fail on a daily basis and no matter how much
I moan and groan they just ignore me…….so
I give in and let them do their own thing. But if they
do get out of hand then I step in – and they still
I want a toy then I want the toy and once I’ve got
it, its game over. Now this really annoys them but whilst
the others try to take it off me I simply ignore them
and once they get bored they get another toy and I want
that one as well. And so it goes on……but we
do get to go into the woods and I like that, so many distractions
and we have free reign to go and do what we like –
and Uni are inseparable and they just do their own thing
and most the time I’ve no idea where they are, I
do, but I just don’t let them know!!
Dearest One is nice and I respect her because she has
a lot to put up with, I of course am fine and very good!!
But the others?
am proud of myself because I started off this Spinone
thing at Awelymor and I guess that makes me unique. I’m
not so sure the humans see it that way but we do. I say
we because when its quiet and we sit round chatting (as
you do) we all agree this place is a haven of fun and
food, but not necessarily in that order. I tried the show
thing early on but it’s not my thing and I’m
proud that a couple of the others have done so well and
they’re good with it because they don’t brag
about it. But in the end we’re all winners.
like going out in the Landy because we all know it’s
going to be a few hours of fun – although we also
know it could be show time………..or the
vet – which we are not so keen on.
boys don’t mess with me anymore mainly because I
am so well respected and considered the leader of the
gang. Or the eldest and therefore respected.
Or it’s simply because I don’t tolerate them
and they need to be intact!!
have my place on the couch in the living room, and if
I don’t then I simply throw one of the others off
and take over anyway – Because I can……
to be honest there are times when I stay in the conservatory
with the others for a gossiping session, it’s a
woman thing – only half of you reading this would
do I spend my days?
well that’s easy, mornings is taken up with a light
breakfast, then its outside for our morning constitutional,
sniff around and mess about for a while then back inside
for a rest. Zzzzzzzzzzzz
If the weathers good we’ll stay out in the garden
or the ménage and come and go as we please. Some
of us you see can be trusted not to clear off for hours
on end…….although to be fair those that choose
to abuse the privilege are only in the woods anyway. I’ve
gone past all that stuff of course, which is complete
rubbish because I do have my moments you know, and when
called upon can put in my fair share of speed and stamina
– especially on the beach. I Love that place.
different from the others!
we’re all different aren’t we? You lot most
certainly are and we’re the same in our way.
took over the show thing when Kallie went all motherly
and had the pups. Fine, no issues from me and of course
the shows were better than I expected food, fuss and a
whole lot more. Now it never bothered me that Kallie was
a success in the show ring and I guess that sums up how
I am. A bit of loner and yet a team player, I play around
with the others but like to do my own thing. Freya’s
a mate, but then she’s popular anyway and strangely
enough isn’t too dissimilar to me because she likes
to roam around and go on the scent of anything that resembles
we are in the Ménage together I hang around with
Uni because we like to patrol the perimeter of that area
and keep an eye out for any of the locals coming up the
lane to us. We act as an early warning system to all the
others, or so we like to think. But in reality they ignore
us preferring instead to do their own thing, usually involving
the toys we have down there. If one of the humans is with
us, which is a lot of the time then I do on occasions
like to play, although it’s not my main area of
expertise. I explore and enjoy the woods and beach which
I guess we’re lucky with.
I like food!! And I do not share it, regardless of those
who finish theirs before me and come on the scrounge for
more – which is of course fine. But it’s not
going to be from my bowl!!
not a couch slouch and never have been and it doesn’t
bother me when some of the others go and watch TV with
the Dearest One, I’ve got my own special place which
I love and day to day none of the others really bother
not had much to do with the Springers and the Viz, it’s
not that we don’t get on it’s just that we’re
Spins and they’re not, so we respect each other’s
have my own personality and keep myself to myself most
the time. The show ring has given me an opportunity and
most of the time it’s good I’m led to believe
I’ve not done too badly either. To an extent I like
the shows because it gets me out, I don’t have to
work too hard and I always look good and of course get
the treats. Win or lose it matters not. I just strut my
stuff and take it all in my stride…….well,
you have to don’t you? And The Dearest One’s
happy with me, so I do my best for her.
I don’t like? Now that’s a tricky question
because there isn’t much I dislike…….she
changes our food sometimes and we either get more or less
or I don’t like something and won’t eat it,
but at times like that none of us do.
gets the message and next day it’s changed for the
better. Love the liver cake though and can never get enough
of that. If only we could make it!! But the ingredients
wouldn’t make it into the bowl and that would ruin
the point of the exercise wouldn’t it?
I disciplined? No – next question
OK, so that’s a bit harsh…..yes I am to a
degree. If you discount the show ring then I can honestly
say I have my moments. I’m an HPR after all, and
once on the scent then I’m afraid that’s it
really, a Spins got to do what a Spins got to do.
my defense though I don’t reckon I’m any better
or any worse than the others. Yea so I ignore the first
couple of recalls….then I ignore another couple
and then when it gets serious? I still ignore it. Not
good I admit, but not bad for me either!!
do eventually come back, but what she doesn’t realise
is that I have not gone far. And yes I know? That’s
beside the point…..
there you have it from me. I know this is different from
what the others have put but its honest and to be fair,
I don’t want to be like the others, otherwise we
would all be the same!!
that out if you can!!
winner and Mum (But not both at the same time)
difficult to say much about myself really because I’m
known from my showing days and of course Mother to Freya
and the other’s that you may have seen in Freya’s
diary – the last Week 52 entry where they all are.
love it here, although nowadays I’ve mentally gone
into retirement of sorts. I am quite the opposite to the
others in many ways?
am not as active as they are and tend to loiter around
the house and the garden. I stay out of the ‘beat
the Spin to the toy’ syndrome and generally just
do my own thing – quietly and slowly.
I have all the typical traits of the others, the scenting
and the chase thing I tend to ignore it and prefer the
company of the couch, the kitchen and my bed. I like my
food, so I guess in that respect I’m no different
to the others, but having said that I even take that slowly,
the others don’t!!
Landy trips I’ve always enjoyed and the shows were
a great place and until I had my pups I really enjoyed
them. I am led to believe I was quite successful although
it’s lovely to see one of my daughters take over
and go on to do so well.
have been regularly updated on my other babies as well
and there again it is great to see they have lovely owners
and great homes. I am especially proud of one of my boys,
who is doing exactly what we are all about and is turning
into a well respected gun dog.
I officially retired? Well no not really, I have been
back in the show ring since but I’ve got a little
more work to do to get my figure back!! Won’t take
long but will require a little more activity from myself!!
The Dearest One’s patient enough and it remains
work in slow progress. But watch out? I might surprise
you one day…………
I get on with the others? Oh yes, always have done and
that won’t change, the boys can be a nuisance sometimes,
but boys will be boys and from time to time they have
hormonal troubles, but who am I to talk………….
Springers and the Viz I don’t bother with much and
they don’t bother me either so I can’t comment
on them. I have noticed recently a new addition to the
pack but not taken too much notice to be honest. Odd looking
thing he is as well – be interesting to see how
he grows up, Freya likes him though, so he can’t
be that bad can he? But he is a really smart little pup
and I can see already potential for him to lead the others
into bad ways…..like we need that much encouragement!!
But I know from what I’ve heard that he will be
attending regular gun dog training classes so I guess
he’s going to be disciplined and used as such. Good
for him as well………maybe some of that
will rub off on us. No, forget that, it ain’t gonna
been good to me so far (Cue for a song) and don’t
have much more to add really. I’m tired now and
going to rest. My brain has been active for far too long……..but
I’ll have a piece of liver cake first before I settle
Footnote from the Banker
you’ve got one dog the usual quote is that it follows
its owners personalities and traits, some say the dog
even looks like them!! When you’ve got more than
one dog then you notice their traits as they grow up and
develop their own personalities. Now where have you heard
been interesting to look at our Spins as individuals rather
than as a group. When you look at them and see them as
we do then you realise that each of them is an individual.
They have developed their own idiosyncrasies, their own
ways and means. You only have to go through the above
to see that, and that is what makes them unique, not unique
as a dog or as a companion but unique in the way they
have developed either skills as they were meant to be
or as a friend and companion that will reliably and loyally
stay by your side, as a buddy or as a guard dog. It matters
not, whether they work with you as they were bred for
and you take the satisfaction and the thrill of seeing
them work or purely as a big bundle of fun curled up on
your couch, who cares? They are after all, man’s
way, they will always be there, always with you and most
of all make you realise that this breed is quite extraordinarily
– a human dog……………
And on that rather poignant note – that’s
it for these notes………see you all soon
and take care