now………….Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Freya, Happy
Birthday to you
an equally Happy Birthday to all of Freya’s Brothers
all the Spins & Co at Awelymor
here we are – 1 year, 12 months, 52 weeks of Freya’s
Diary and this is the last entry as we close the diary
to allow Freya to move onwards and upwards into adulthood
what a year it’s been for her as well, all that
food and food and food and then she had some more food……
in between bouts of eating food……..she had
some fun. She was shown at the local shows, championship
shows and of course Crufts 2012. She enjoys herself
around the house and then takes up her position on the
couch, bed, someone else’s bed and she has tried
on many an occasion to take even more food from the
has been great fun to have around and she has played
her part as well by giving us many rewards…….some
of which you have seen throughout the diary entries
as you have watched her along with us growing up throughout
her younger development.
a lovely bundle of fun as much as she is a genuine hunt,
point and retrieve dog. Her instincts are phenomenal
and typify her breeding and that of her brothers and
we wanted to do for this ‘Birthday’ entry
was to finish it off with some flair becoming of the
breed and of course the owners!! Oh the poor suffering
the dogs of course it is fun, food, mischief, food,
someone else’s food and then sleep……..
And then more sleep unless said dog recognises the signs
of being out and about – and then chaos resumes.
without further ado, we asked the owners of Freya’s
Brothers and Sisters to allow us the great privilege
of a short insight into their life with their very own
Spin……..and below are their replies in their
all the owners we salute you……..and sympathise
in equal measure!!!!
all your journeys with your Spins continue to be trouble
free…..I doubt it, but it is a nice thought!!!
a BIG thank you to everyone for contributing –
– And the owners said………..
favourite things in my first year of life are: deer
stalking with my dad, food, winding up my Border Terrier
sister, trying to catch the fish in the fish tank by
wiping my mouth all over the glass, pinching mum &
dad’s slippers and shoes, going to work with dad
and greeting all my customers, digging holes, helping
mum clean the plates in the dishwasher, barking, decorating
the walls with Spinone Spit and generally being handsome.
It’s such a hard life!!
The Banker says: Well OK we forgot to
tell you the down side and he was a scrumptious little
thing when you picked him up!! The Deer Stalking worries
me though?? How does he keep the hat in place if he’s
running around the woods? Anyway, my suggestion for
a quieter life with him is to demonstrate that if he
goes in over the top of the fish tank he will have more
success. Oh yes and one more thing – get some
the decorating is an interesting trait, I quite like
that to be honest. Well think about it, you need never
have to spend money on that silly wallpaper or that
Magnolia Emulsion ever again. As a bonus you could stick
pictures to the globules and impress friends and family
with your murals!! Alfie the Artist – you can
use that if you want……send us the piccies
though!! Always looking for an original idea for the
he does sound a bundle of fun………I
think. I can’t promise happier days but who cares?
He’s all yours…….Enjoy!!
Forgot this bit, but – the Border Terrier sister
thing?? Just you remember – you’re either
a Spin or you’re just a dog. Like it or not, one
day you’ll have to tell him that she’s not
really his sister!!!
– And the owners said………….
Charlie is terrific - he's so lovely! He is funny and
friendly and a real ham! He loves being outside, teasing
and tugging with Duke, saying hello and giving kisses
to the neighbourhood horses -and attempting to sit on
our laps whenever possible - I think you warned us about
hobbies that absolutely send us into fits of laughter
- he has learned that his backside is a perfect block
against Duke and even us. When we are playing with him,
he will take a toy in his mouth and turn his butt into
us so we can't get him. He looks back and the tail starts
to wag - it truly is priceless! Then of course you have
his habit of taking us by the hand, elbow, knee, bum...or
any other protruding body part that allows him to get
our attention - it is VERY funny to say the least!
his vet appt just two weeks ago Charlie weighed in at
45kgs! He is a big lad, to say the least - still loves
his food and, if he had his way, would try to convince
anyone who might feed him, that he is a poor starved
waif!!! - such a ham!
love him dearly and are happy to have him in our family
the Banker says: A real ham?? What the
hell have you done to him?? Oh no sorry…..not
that sort of ham. I get it.
Tried to kiss our horse ONCE!! He was the first dog
on the Space station. He doesn’t go in that field
now funnily enough. I put it down to feeling sick being
weightless or Gormless.
– we did warn you about the lap dancing!!
will of course come round and see for myself the reversing
into anything and everything now that sounds a laugh.
But I will of course be wearing a cricket box? Not so
keen on the taking of the protruding body part thing.
Bet he’s fun around town!!!
we are truly delighted he’s loved and hugged and
I’m sure in his own way he is reciprocating. The
food thing – oh yes we got one like that. But
she hasn’t got to 45kgs…..and neither have
the way, friends and family you invite to the house
– do they come back?? Ours don’t
– And the owners said………
Bertie was completely house trained at about 4 months.
The only lapse since was when he peed on a visitor’s
leg when they arrived. Must be a doggy greeting.
has a very kind nature and is excellent with small children;
he even watches them on the TV. He’s also very
good with other dogs, but my friends’ female Spinone
hides when he visits, as he wears her out, and she’s
used to a quiet life. He’s used to the sheep we
often have, without any problems, and spends a lot of
time barking at the cobs next door, who seem to be amused
at his antics. He spends most of the daylight hours
in the garden, and although he hasn’t had much
success digging out the rabbits and mice, he did manage
to dig up the heating oil pipe in the middle of the
lawn and some rocks. He also pulled down part of a stone
wall. Ditches are his specialty.
I caught him eating one of our pond fish, but he didn’t
catch it – we’d had a mink attack. He pinches
any food that he can- when he was quite small Chris
thought she’d left a box of profiteroles in the
shop, we later found it hidden in his toy box. Later
that day half a pound of cheese went the same way.
the naughtiest dog we’ve had in 45 years, but
he can be very obedient when he wants, and learns quickly
.I think he is going to turn out really well, we wouldn’t
be without him-and doesn’t he know it!
The Banker says: Fantastic, marvelous
and amazing. Call us we need meet?? We’ve had
Spins for years and despite intensive training and food
treats we cannot get any of them house trained. They
won’t vacuum, dust, polish, put the cushions straight
nor tidy up their toys after spreading the whole basketful
all over the place. Don’t know how you did it,
but we need to talk. Humbled we are…..
worry about Bertie peeing on a visitor’s leg,
I do that if I don’t like them or they haven’t
brought me a treat. I can understand that in him so
don’t be alarmed.
love the excellent with small children thing, we have
some of those that visit us as well and I have to say
they are good with them. They sit on them near to suffocation,
knock them over in the garden and run off with various
clothing parts. Other than that they’re great
(No small children were peed on during those moments
is it with Spins and Horses? Won’t they ever learn?
I will get JJ to have a chat with Bertie – JJ
doesn’t like horses too much after his journey
the TV thing………ours do that as well,
but have you tried getting the remote off them when
Cesar Milan is on…..!!
food thing!! Oh did we forget to tell you about that??
to say this – the mink attack. I’m shocked
he has not caught or picked up the trail of them and
tried to follow it?? The digging et al?? me thinks it
ain’t Wabbits he’s after!! Food for thought
– now where are those profiteroles?
– And the owners said………
Cirra has started to be a bit of an escape artist and
has managed to scramble into next doors garden twice
now. I thought I had lost her as she had gone missing
for half an hour. I called and called but nothing. Eventually
I saw her scrambling back with a dirty nose and paws
and just thought OMG! So I went round to the neighbours
and told them to be on Cirra alert! I was dreading what
she had done in their garden but luckily it wasn’t
that bad. They had planted some fresh grass seed and
she had had a good old scratch at that. The neighbours
were very good though and have now barricaded the fence
up higher. However, a few weeks on there was a knock
on my door and the neighbour was there with Cirra! Still
haven’t worked out where she got in.
has chewed up 2 of her beds; she was just sat there
surrounded by green balls....very funny!
is fascinated with swans and on a local walk where there
are about 10 swans on a regular basis, she decided one
day to chase them and seemed to vanish into the horizon,
all I could see was a little fluffy dot! No amount of
whistling was going to bring her back until she was
ready. She came back eventually probably having realised
that there was no chance of getting one. But I have
never seen her run so far into the distance. She was
on a real mission!
than all this she is a great little dog, lovely natured
and very laid back, we can’t imagine life without
her...nor hyper Brokk!!
the Banker says: Now this is interesting
behaviour?? Why is that you may well ask – well,
I shall tell you. Because we have would be escape artists
as well and it is down to their instinct to track and
trace. The point and hunt bit of the HPR. This instinct
is very strong and you should count yourselves lucky??
Because if that instinct was mixed with Charlie’s
then when Cirra got out she might return with a neighbour
or part of!!
for the grass seed, me thinks this is because she thinks
she is vegetarian – don’t worry it will
pass, and Cirra will soon be eating your meals.
would suggest for the fencing motion sensors, they won’t
work but it will impress the neighbours believing you
are at least trying.
chasing is standard stuff as ours chase ducks, which
are like swans only smaller. And not white.
chewing…..not seen this before. Change the colour
of them if they’re white. She could be dreaming
they were swans.
finally, you can’t imagine life without her………..now
that made me laugh. We’ve got 7 of them and if
it wasn’t for my therapist – you can guess
the way? They calm down a bit after 5 years!!!!
will pass on the details of the therapist for you –
just in case!
– And the owners said.....
It was very difficult to choose a single photo of Kizzy
but I think that the attached one is a favourite - taken
last October in the garden - she took advantage of the
chair I had been sitting on to drink my cup of tea in
the sunshine. It made a useful launch pad to get to
the table top where she sat for quite some time!
particularly enjoys, when indoors, coming up to us and
leaning on us so that her body is across our legs -
in a prime position for having her tummy rubbed!
also very adept at hooking her paw around our feet in
a rugby tackle which means walking with a kind of soft-shoe
shuffle so we don't fall over completely.
particularly loves blackbirds!
the Banker Says: I have no doubt that
the photo shown above is after she has consumed the
contents of the table top and now can’t move.
I note your cup of tea is also missing!!
here is another amazing coincidence? Kizzy leans on
you, puts her body across your legs and is in a prime
position to have her tummy rubbed. I do that with the
Dearest One so it’s probably my fault Kizzy does
the same thing. Must have been watching!!
tackles is common, very common in fact? We have 7 of
them all playing at scrum half and all very adept at
the infamous rugby tackle. My advice is to move the
treats either into a bag or an upper pocket. If you
have them in a trouser pocket or around that area then
indeed, you will surely be bought down to the ground.
The soft shoe shuffle won’t fool them either!!
swans and now Blackbirds……..I see a trend
here. They’re both birds aren’t they? Yes
– thought so. Although there have been black swans
and white blackbirds and now I need my therapist again……
– the best is yet to come!!
– And the owners said.....
Hasn't the year flown by, it doesn't seem possible she
is a year old already. In many ways it's sad to see
the end of the puppy days. All the fun memories will
be treasured and I'm doing my best to let the nightmares
just fade away. Like the morning she went on a hunt
for the neighbours free range chicken at 6.30am, in
the pitch black. At the best of times Florence isn't
known for a good recall but when on the scent of a chicken
I stood no chance. Somehow I extricated her from the
garden without waking the neighbours only to find when
I got her in the house, she had a mouth full of feathers.
That meant at the very least, an injured chicken somewhere
in the garden. Not able to raise the neighbours by the
time I left for work, I had to leave the confession
to Tom! It seems we have very understanding neighbours,
who promptly apologised for forgetting to shut their
chickens in the previous night and continued to say
what a lovely dog she was and not to worry about it!
This wasn't Florence's only escapade with the chickens
and I'm embarrassed to say there are now only 2 instead
of 4 but apparently one made a nice supper!
garden now is like Fort Knox with a sturdy stock fence
the whole way around thankfully the temporary electric
fence has now been removed. To occupy herself, I thought
Florence had turned into a keen gardener by digging
holes anyway and everywhere. However I think that she
may still have the chickens on her mind and is digging
a series of underground escape tunnels into next door.
Thankfully it's some distance so she hasn't achieved
it yet but she is determined and our garden will never
be the same.
try and make up for her little misdemeanors, she has
signed up for some charity work by doing a sponsored
walk for the Guide Dogs in the autumn, hence her modelling
a Guide Dogs bandeau in the picture attached. Doesn’t
she look cute!
her being very wilful and determined to do her own thing,
she is also very affectionate and we love her dearly
(especially when she's asleep). She can also be very
gentle and share her sofa with the cat!
The Banker says: Well, well, well, another
chicken chaser, been there, done that and enjoyed the
roast!! And I might add we also share good neighbours,
and although our neighbours are farmers they have an
understanding of our quaint little doggies and their
habits. Its instinct you know!! Point, hunt and retrieve
- so in the collection to swans and blackbirds we can
add chickens. At least they're edible.
we do have one huge difference here and that's the cat.
We have farm cats, and ALL the dogs avoid them, and
I mean if the cats are about the dogs aren't. Come near
me dog and the head comes off - get it!! And trust me.....they
get it. So seeing Florence on the couch (no surprises
there then) and with the cat is a massive surprise.
You had better pray that the cat never goes cockle doodle
I do empathise with the fencing, if you only knew what
I've done around the place and then some. We've got
towers every twenty metres, motion sensors, arc lights
and alarm pads buried along the perimeter - it’s
fantastic except when a fox gets IN!!! Within minutes
it’s like a scene from a world war one movie.....
charity work and especially that charity is terrific
and we salute you. However, cute?? She digs for the
Digging Olympic Team, you live in Fort Knox, have a
regular supply of chicken and still think she's cute!!
My suggestion is that you read all the owners notes
over a cup of tea and feel better for knowing you're
not on your own.....oh and one more thing? Invest in
a remote controlled chicken
We're delighted and so pleased that Florence has made
your lives so.....er......well, you know, added to the
joys of life!!!
Enjoy - go on, you know you do really
that’s it really.
is little else to add is there?? Of course Freya will
be appearing in the Bankers Notes and beyond along with
her show results………and I’ve
no doubt food will be involved.
hope you’ve enjoyed the past 12 months of watching
Freya grow up and mature into a fine dog. Personally
it’s been fun for me putting the entries together
and giving you the opportunity to follow her progress.
care and carry on enjoying life with your Spin……..we