It seems ages ago that I updated these
notes, but I have been reasonably busy!!! Honestly….!!
have been travelling a lot and in between times have been
at home and then off again. But as I’m sure you
would agree that amazingly we are already one third through
2014 and time is simply melting away before us. I seemed
to have gone through Winter, Christmas and the New Year
in a haze similar to time travel, so let’s start
back at the festive season and move on from there.
By the time I settled back to enjoy the festive season
and enter into 2014 I discovered a cunning plan to increase
the breed ratio of breeds at the house?? Then into the
New Year one of our Awelymor ‘pups’ took a
bronze at Crufts this year!! Lord Dawson of Essex, take
in no particular order, here goes:
his popular win as the Best Dressed Pensioner at a Championship
show for the Spins!! Colin’s career blossomed yet
again and he was offered a job as chief washer up and
drier in a nearby kitchen. In the picture below we see
a happy Colin clearly proud of the opportunities that
his new career has given him. As some of you may recall,
Colin was probably the world’s most ineffective
mole catcher. After a spell in a special institution for
retired ineffective mole catchers Colin went on to wash
his car (and the Subaru) and slowly but surely worked
his way back into society where today - we all avoid him!!
the next episode – Colin cuts the grass using a
powered lawn mower, prepares his own porridge for breakfast,
watches back to back episodes of Emmerdale Farm and takes
instructions from his wife (She who must be obeyed) about
his drinking habit……….!!
on the other side of the kitchen I had decided to cut
up chunks of cooked meat. I am not quite sure why I did
this to be honest as Colin was available at the time and
he is used and abused for nearly all the household chores.
But it was at the time a dog free zone!!!!
one alarming thing about both of these pictures is that
‘the women’ are not around and they were probably
in the dining room sipping Sweet Sherry and gossiping
about the state of global affairs…….or whether
to rearrange the flowers in the vase!!
can be seen above, here we see another of Colin’s
fine attributes as chief table layer for a Christmas supper.
Yes OK its April I know that but we did not want to ruin
Colin’s moment. It would have hit him hard as it
took all of about 20 minutes to do this and he is a fragile
old soul and any negative comments and he would have been
reduced to tears……….especially if the
wine bottles were empty!!
suppose equally it would have hit him even harder if he
had missed Emmerdale Farm!!!!!
sometime later I thought I would take the Spins for a
run on the beach and take a dummy with me (no no no not
the Dearest One)
decided to walk and walk despite the weather!!!!!
got a little rough and although I was having fun it seemed
to me that walking miles on a beach in the unfriendly
weather was perhaps a little on the stupid side…….However,
although I felt like I was having a Colin moment of madness
I did note that the Spins couldn’t careless, for
them it was just another day in the life of a Spin on
the beach and having fun.
was cold, wet and wondering why I had decided to undertake
this act of stupidity.
it or not this is a beach in the winter!!! This is me
with the Spins and suitably dressed for the occasion,
with double layers of just about everything (except the
the afternoon wore on I noted that I was losing the light
and with a long trek back to the Subaru I was starting
to get worried…….
what did the Spins want to do? Yes you’ve guessed
it – PLAY
look carefully at this photo??
is a typical cartoon moment as Duncan goes off after the
dummy………..The dummy is above him!!!
of trajectory indicates the dummy will land on Duncan’s
head at his current speed and direction?
continues on his merry way……….the dummy
just about misses him? Duncan continues on his merry way.
Duncan continues on his merry way!!!!! But Mia on full
dummy alert sees the dummy and goes into spot the dummy
mode. But Duncan is now nearly in the next town!!!! So
she has instead opted to point at the real dummy
to the victor…………the spoils. Mia
and dummy ?
somewhere in the next town Duncan is looking for the beach
with his fellow Spins on it and their owner!!! He’s
given up looking for the dummy.
worry he will be back………..it will just
take his brain a little time to reboot and realise he’s
lost the plot again…..and the dummy……and
the Beach……..and the Spins……..and
Kallie has that smug look about her as she retrieves that
damn dummy that I am now fed up with throwing all over
the place and throw it all over the place I did.
then made a minor error in where I threw it!!!!!!
one of you fetch that for me please because I appear to
have let my fedupness get the better of me and thrown
it into someone’s private property!!
fascinated me that someone had their land that covered
a load of rocks and a cliff. How weird is that? Or is
it me that’s weird??
duty calls and I sent the most trusted Spin to dare to
go where no Spin has been before? Mia. On someone else’s
land!! Gosh I’m so daring
we were not, but we were in another sense as you can see
by the stealth mode on retrieval…
(Spins Are Stealth) I couldn’t think of anything
else to be honest
noted earlier time was moving on and it was getting and
darker and scarier!!
think I watch too many movies and with the weather as
it was I started to head for the exit and back to the
car. This would take some explaining getting home late
and in the dark and at the moment with Duncan on the missing
Dogs List. But I knew he would be back – He’s
a Spin and they know where the food is!!!!
it’s Duncan anyway and he’s probably had a
gentle meander around town before heading back to us.
I doubted he had gone out of sight from us and noted he
was down wind and could sniff us out anyway.
ok ok – so I’m trying to boost Duncan’s
image as a bright Spin with all his senses on high alert
and knowing exactly what he’s doing, if you only
is senseless and is about as alert as Colin!!
he is a fantastic dog and great fun to be with………….no
I’m being serious, he’s outstanding in his
own field!!! Literally, some days
getting late, dark and I’m fed up, cold and hungry……..it’s
time to go home
yes – Duncan wasn’t far away and by the time
I got back to the path from the beach leading to the car
he was with us – physically with us, not sure mentally?
now for this?
Dawson of Essex
awards from Crufts 2014 at the NEC continues the successes
of our own two Spins at this highly prestigious event.
We’re very proud of you |Dawson – nice one
here he is himself – proud and elegant and posing
so nicely for this photo
and and……..I note he is also CLEAN!!! So this
is going to be a rare picture knowing the Spins as I do,
who can usually find the best places to ensure maximum
coat coverage of not so clean stuff.
Dawson’s owners I take my hat off to you and say
what a splendid job someone did in preparing him and somehow
keeping him clean for the show……extraordinary!
never been able to do that since we’ve had them!!
be me then
this is the moment then, the moment Dawson’s stardom
went from anonymous to superstar in one point of the judge’s
finger………and in third position
we see a “can’t see what all the fuss was
about” Dawson with our show ring specialist and
smiling pure relief? No pressure there then!!!!!
not sure who’s so pleased or proudest as Samuel
holds up the winners spoils, I’m sure it was Dawson
in the ring though!!
so here they all are together – Dawson and family
they know how the superstars feel being under the spotlight:
The Autograph Hunters
Dawson with the “YEAH” “Where’s
my treat then”?? Isn’t it funny how they look
like that all the time!!
you to Fiona, Neil, Samuel and Dawson for the photo’s
it then and see you all soon with another life in the
day of The Banker
care out there and be safe – your Spin needs you