diary this week is given over to ‘Spinone Rehome’
and in particular the fantastic work that Humphrey Spinone
and his owner Pip do in raising money for such a worthwhile
a recent walk in Pembrey Park the Dearest One took a photo
of Freya that caught the imagination of quite a few people
and one of those was Pip.
photo the Dearest One took is this one.
speaking this is my favourite Spin photo out of all of
them that we have in our ‘library’. It captures
the imagination perfectly………well it
does mine anyway.
will of course have your own favourites of your own dogs
and all for the right reasons set amongst many memories
and moments spent with them.
this photo has now been adopted by Humphrey and Pip and
it will appear in the 2012 Rehome Calendar, we are proud
to say that Freya is ‘Miss November’.
there is a limited print run on this calendar of 500 and
I expect everyone out there to buy at least 2 each or
maybe 3……..one for each room.
all for a wonderful cause and I personally feel it is
in all our interests to ensure we support this and not
just with the calendar either………….
• Car Stickers
• Mugs & Coasters
these items can be bought at a very economical price,
great value and surely would make ideal stocking fillers.
can access Humphrey’s site by either:
Clicking on the link for Italian Spinone Gifts on our
work that the Rehome Team do and the consistency and reliability
to support our breed should be held up in the highest
esteem – not everyone can do it and not everyone
wants to!!! Think about that.
through no fault of their own or their owners, circumstances
change for our Spinone. Their owners can go through a
marriage break up, become ill or have to move away because
of work commitments and they feel that they can’t
give their Spinone the life it deserves. Spinone Rehome
help with all this, they don't judge, they are only there
to help and support owners who can't cope. If the worst
comes to the worst, they can rehome, but this isn't always
the first solution. Rehome will work with the owners to
try and keep the dogs with them, sometimes Rehome can
help sort the problem without having to rehome the Spinone.
is times like this that I feel it most appropriate to
remind everyone that Rehome are there, they have a very
difficult job to do and I for one certainly couldn’t
do it…….so the Dearest One and I have decided
to give over this week’s Diary in support of the
Rehome Team and all its team members and supporters out
there……you are doing us and the breed a great
THANK YOU ALL………….
known as Freya, the one featured in this events diary
is maturing rapidly and learning equally as quickly. It
never fails to amaze me just how quickly they grow up!!!
(Oh bless- they’re just like kids aren’t they)
require our attention nearly all the time, need to be
taught lessons, have play time and toys to play with,
and of course she needs feeding.
Freya does NOT need an X-Box, Wi or a Nintendo Gameboy…………
given her maturity, we have sensibly decided to make the
diary a fortnightly feature. Personally, I did not want
to duplicate and because in the early days there was always
something going on, today of course she is much more aligned
and intelligent and therefore a weekly write up would
never do her justice as the key learning process is virtually
over. The new learning’s of course are leveling
to her life and maturity. So I now believe we can make
her diary more interesting this way and I hope you agree.
alert to new fashion trends Freya has been out recently
sporting her new collar!!!
The 18ct Gold collar blends nicely with the hand crafted
Italian leather neck piece, the tags are of course platinum
and etched with her name, address and chip number along
with her breeding lineage. On the reverse is her dietary
requirements and feeding times. There is also a small
summary piece on her thoughts for the future and where
she sees herself (this will be removed later on of course
and replaced with her CV)
can see in the picture below just how well Freya models
her new collar. As well she might at the price of the
thing!!! Well, you have to ensure nowadays that you’re
kids keep up with ‘them’ down the road.
cost, the cost – how much did it cost”? I
hear you all asking
in mind it’s not off E-bay and is a bit of a one
off, I will tell you that it cost the Dearest One, £12.90
No expense was spared and the Dearest One sacrificed her
chippy for that……….
now sporting the new collar it was off to the park, she
was there with about 30 million other dogs at an event
called “Dogs Day Out” walkies thing at a park
– er………a very big park!!!!
the picture below you see the Dogs World Record attempt
at trying to get all the humans to stand up at the same
time and hold that position for 5 seconds.
This below was I suspect the practice before the whistle
went for the real record attempt………and
did the dogs succeed in getting all the humans to stand
up at the same time??
have you ever succeeded in getting your dog to sit at
the first attempt??
there you go then…….you have your answer!!!!!!
yes and the collar?
one took a blind bit of notice of it!!!!
– so the dogs failed to get the humans to stand
up all at once and you can’t get your dog to sit
at the first command.
have a look at the next picture??
Viv Steere – yes you VS……….is
b) Trying to steal the semi fabulous collar
c) In the Dogs Guinness book of records attempt or
d) Trying to get Freya into a show stand?
answer is of course B…………
no, sorry D……..always get those 2 mixed up.
was trying to get Freya into a show stand……..and
2 weeks later she still is!!!!!!
This is mainly because Viv can’t stand up now as
her back has frozen in that position.
the Dogs Day Out and the show standing and the pressure
of having to wear that semi fabulous collar Freya went
on the search…………..FOOD. She raided
Viv’s van in the hunt for anything edible……….
Viv could do nothing about it due to a back problem!!
Freya was free to take what she wanted. Or not………
got in the wrong side and the food is on the other side
of those bars……DURRRRRRRR
for this week, we would like to send huge congratulations
to Anne and Cirra (Freya’s litter sister) for passing
her Puppy Training Award
folks, that’s it for this week, take care out there.
over the past couple of weeks Freya has been a busy girl
going from long walks in the park to hosting her litter
sister at home and I suppose gossiping about the owners
(as you do) then going to a show to have a look see and
generally get the feel of what goes on at these events
in preparation for her first actual event coming up in
November Freya will be eligible to enter shows in the
puppy class as she turns six months old. And yes –
would you believe how time has flown fast from the early
days of when she was a mere baby………..aaahhhhh………..(Oh
god I’m going to be sick)
Freya’s litter sister brought her owner up to the
house as they live reasonably close to us. Well close
ish…….the two sisters spent their time running
around the place and having a real old chinwag about life
so far and exchanging the usual moans and groans about
life with their owners.
course the visit had a purpose?? Apparently Cirra’s
owner wanted the Dearest One to show her how to hand strip
if I heard someone say they wanted to know how to hand
strip my head I would do one of two things:
Kill them before they even got close
2. Weigh up in a split second if they could catch me if
I did a runner
potentially there is a third option:
being reasonably smart I enquired about the aforementioned
head stripping and boringly it turned out to be no more
than a haircut. BORRRING………
if it’s just a hair cut, then why call it head stripping??
Sometimes Dear, just sometimes!!!
so, after the head trimming and the running about like
they were just released from the compound they did next
what all Spins are famous for?
SHOW TIME FOLKS………….
where’s that damned puppy??
the Dearest One does not do things in half measures –
oh no………trust me, I know…….
Almighty One decided to take Freya to a dog show (Savanna
was to be shown) and this was where Freya would get an
introduction into the show world.
object of the exercise was to see how she reacted under
the lights, so to speak. Well of course she could not
be shown as noted earlier in this diary as she is too
young. But the walkabout would do her good and of course
meet some of the other show dogs. Oh yes and of course
am delighted to report that Freya passed with flying colours
and was completely un-phased by the whole affair and even
took time out to pose for photographers outside with her
half sister Asca.
is seen here in her Brown figure hugging Gucci Frock specially
designed for the show day…..
you should note if you would please that the pair you’re
supposed to be looking at are in the foreground of the
above photo. Do NOT get confused with Cinderella’s
ugly sisters behind them. I know it’s a distraction,
but pay attention to Freya and Asca……a much
more pleasing site
photo below is a typical scene that Freya will now get
familiar with and don’t worry??
I will be reporting on her progress for you all!!!!! Banker
first show is in November….watch this space
I could have a field day with the below photo but English
law restricts me somewhat!!!! So we’ll leave it
at that……………but the two
legged Dog at the rear of the queue waiting to be ‘handled’
by the judge?? I really think was in the wrong class??
and that reminds me?? Is there a class for two legged
how many Spins do you know play basketball and five-a-side??
alright then……forget it and I’ll move
I did say at the start of this that the Dearest One did
not do things by halves and taking Freya to her first
show was to be a special occasion, make her feel really
special and make her feel she was a celebrity even before
they arrived. Clearly a Land rover was not going to have
the same effect as a…………STRETCHED
I couldn’t believe it either………
which is not applicable:
Waste of money
You wouldn’t want to clean the inside after a long
trip after she’d been fed and watered (Freya that
Binning Cinderella and taking the ugly sisters and a dog
out for the day, is way OTT!!
If that thing was a no smoking environment then I wouldn’t
want to have been the driver
Doesn’t look very environmentally friendly does
it?? What do you reckon…….bottle of wine every
I want to meet the Fairy God Mother that turned a Pumpkin
into that thing!! She’s either a recovering alcoholic,
on drugs or has delusions of grandeur for a fairy tale…..even
a 21st century style fairy tale…………I
bet Walt Disney would turn in his grave
so to the park for a serious walkabout where there’s
a nice big pond to frolic about in if you’re in
the mood……….however there is of course
the water lilies to check out and of course learn from
the others already in there how to go about investigating
what the hell would you investigate them for in the first
place………..you can’t help but feel
looking at the photo below that Freya’s nerve has
deserted her as she ‘ponders’ her next move
in following Savanna into the abyss.
it made me think as to what it was Savanna had found so
interesting? Unless it was just a ploy to get Freya in
there as well.
don’t think the naturalized pond life were too impressed
with the invasion into their territory though.
Dearest One has completely lost the plot on the retrieve
have got training dummies for them to track and retrieve
but this really has gone too far in my view. I only said
to her that the training should be more realistic……the
game should not be easy to find or retrieve.
I never imagined that the day would come when Freya and
Unica would have to fight with Kung Fu bear, and bring
him back together to the Dearest One.
mentioned it to her as well that a rabbit blends in with
the background, a fox is cunning and very clever at evasion,
pigeon and crows are difficult to retrieve through woodland.
So against all instincts Kung Fu bear is neither leaving
a scent nor a sound.
a bright red tunic over yellow skin!!!!!
Ninja stuff is it? Black…………
Mr. Fu was never really going to have much of a chance
was he? I do wonder as to how a real retrieve will get
on with those two Spins thinking they’re all like
the next couple of weeks Freya will be getting prepared
for her first show. Probably be late for it as well if
she follows the normal ladies preparation for going out
on that rather controversial note………it’s
goodbye from me and see you in a couple of weeks. Take
care out there and watch out for the ugly sisters in that
are only a few weeks away from Freya’s first major
show. The excitement mounts, the anticipation is growing
and that show comes shortly after her becoming 6 months
Good grief………6 months, where has the
time gone? During that period let’s review what
she has learned?
I’m sure you’ll agree for a 6 month old that’s
thought it sensible!! to write this element of the diary
in order that budding puppy owners can compare your puppy
to how Freya is doing. A sort of Benchmarking exercise
if you like, set a standard you can follow!!!!
course as with the Bankers Notes these invaluable guides
are there for all to use to ensure the Spinone brings
the best out in you as an owner……..or should
that read the other way round? I’m never quite sure………
let’s have a look shall we at the Freya today at
6 months old (nearly 6 months old)
at that face, look at that ‘thing’ in her
mouth and what does it tell you??
My couch and my chew or
2. My chew and if you come near it I’ll chew your
head off or
3. I’m going to get comfortable on here with this
chew……OK – you get the message?
after an hour or two?? The couch becomes her toy storage
unit as well………
can clearly see in this photo the Spinone’s night
vision eyes, which in Freya’s case is being used
to locate her toys and bring them to the sanctuary of
‘her’ couch. Note in the background behind
her head on the couch cover the subtle use of slobber
to scent the couch so the others know that this one is
hers. (Nowadays we try and get comfortable on the floor)
next piccie shows the difference between a 6 month old
and a fully grown Spin, in this case Savanna and nicely
caught with them both watching, Emmerdale Dog, Spinenders
or Spinone Street or whatever is on the TV at that time.
let Freya stop up to watch TV for a while before her evening
feed and bed……..
hell we do!!!!
trust me good citizens we don’t have any say in
the matter and if there’s a late night film like
Wuthering Spins or Gone with the Spin or even more modern
tales like Star Spin (to boldly go where no spin has gone
before – it’s 5 hour mission to frustrate
and test the most patient of humans) – “It’s
life Jim, but not as we know it”…………
boys, JJ and Duncan like the thrillers and more serious
matters……..CSI Spinone, The Hound of the Baskerspins
and of course who could forget the timeless Waking the
Spin………?? Waking the Dead is just about
right for them!!!
usual with my rhetoric the plot and I have parted company……..
after a while even for a fit and healthy 6 month old watching
the TV all night begins to take its toll and for Freya
the thought of staying up any longer is losing impetus
and slowly she is drifting into a trance…………..and
within a short space of time will have slumped lifeless
to the floor in a deep sleep – oh please go into
a deep sleep so we can all rest………!!!!
when she does go outside we then have the task of getting
her back in again. If I’m out there working or pottering
around – “I potter, therefore I am”
most of the dogs stay out with me and to be fair stay
in or around me, they never wander off……….their
favourite place with me is in our woods when I’m
working in there collecting logs or replanting trees…..and
yes we have replanted the trees. Removing the overgrown
areas allowing more light in and sensibly replacing with
genuine deciduous trees……oaks, beech, elm
and silver birch.
is no way I’m coming in, this place is fantastic
and wild dogs wouldn’t get me inside, not when there
is so much to explore and investigate”
he’s out then I’m out with him”
his personal guard dog”!!!!!!
is outside the house where Freya avoids the Dearest One’s
calls for her to come in as is clearly demonstrated below
finally if all else fails? Do a runner………if
you can get up that bank
in the end sense prevails and the Dearest One wins and
Freya concedes defeat and comes in.
At that point the Dearest One has rattled their biscuit
tin (our biscuit tin is empty because of, ‘THEM’)
and if there’s just ONE thing Freya has learned…………..
that’s it again for this update, so see you shortly
for the next episode of “Freya and the Deathly Hallows”
- a full length feature starring JJ Potter and Duncan
God I need a cup of tea and my pills………..