Stan the dog

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Wagging tails and barks

Stan wants everyone to do a course in the language of dogs…..

He wishes peeps could understand that barking and growling are the only ways he can talk to us making sounds and just because he makes a sound it does not mean he is cross, aggressive or is about to bite us.Β  It can mean he is very happy or excited.Β  When people come into the house Stan always barks at them and often this is a warning for them to go away as he doe not like to have space invaded but also it can just be him saying hello.

On this outing Stan was doing lots of barking but this was not because he was going to attack Tommy - he was shouting in excitment at the game of chase which he very much enjoyed.

On this outing Stan was doing lots of barking but this was not because he was going to attack Tommy – he was shouting in excitement at the game of chase which he very much enjoyed.

This was a very happy day for Stan and when he saw there were dog biscuits in the picnic he barked from sheer pleasure - at no point did the bark mean he was going to attack the picninc basket - he was saying thankyou for making sure I got some nice goodies.

This was a very happy day for Stan and when he saw there were dog biscuits in the picnic he barked from sheer pleasure – at no point did the bark mean he was going to attack the picnic basket – he was saying thankyou for making sure I got some nice goodies.

Wagging tails are also the cause of confusion for many people – they think a wagging tail = a happy dog…. no …. it means they are excited….

The wagging tails here were on two very excited dogs.... perhaps they were also happy... they were wagging their tails cause they had found fox poop and were about to roll in it! Yuck!

The wagging tails here were on two very excited dogs…. perhaps they were also happy… they were wagging their tails cause they had found fox poop and were about to roll in it! Yuck!

Some people have found to their cost the wagging tail can also signal the excitement a dog may feel – or the stress – just before a bite….. don’t assume you can speak dog and be guided by the owner.Β  I have had people continue to try to pat Stan when he is trying to avoid them saying “he is wagging this tail – he likes me” – he will be growling at the same time and I will be asking them to back off but you do meet people who think they know better…..

 

 

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Happy Birthday Steven

It is a special day today – my baby boy has turned 16.Β  He is my youngest and it is a bit of a shock when I look at him and see stubble – he is meant to be a sweet little baby, not a man….. still I am very proud of the way he is growing up πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday son – I love you. xx

This is him this morning tucking into bacon butties before school!

This is him this morning tucking into bacon butties before school!

Even though he is almost a man he still wanted a toy as a gift - this is a rifle that holds a wii remote - he is going to play bowling with it!

Even though he is almost a man he still wanted a toy as a gift – this is a rifle that holds a wii remote – he is going to play bowling with it!

He asked for an "EPIC" cake and this is what Tanya made for him - it tasted amazing and was enjoyed by his visitors over the weekend prior to his special day - we will be eating more tonight when his siblings all visit him.

He asked for an “EPIC” cake and this is what Tanya made for him – it tasted amazing and was enjoyed by his visitors over the weekend prior to his special day – we will be eating more tonight when his siblings all visit him.

Tanya makes cakes to order so get in touch if you are impressed by this amazing one - she does lots of very articitc ones but Steven was keen to stress he wanted quantity not quality!

Tanya makes cakes to order so get in touch if you are impressed by this amazing one – she does lots of very artistic ones but Steven was keen to stress he wanted quantity not quality!Β  The bourbon cream was very good!

 

 

 

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Today’s walkies

We escaped today and went on a lovely walk instead of doing the ironing!Β  It was great and now we are going to pile on the sofa and eat biscuits!

We had a long walk around Caulk Abbey.

We had a long walk around Caulk Abbey.

With the sky like this it felt like summer still :)

With the sky like this it felt like summer still πŸ™‚

The boys had a great time and we all came home muddy, tired and happy.

The boys had a great time and we all came home muddy, tired and happy.

 

 

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Boy and his dog

The relationship between a teenager and his dog is very special – this is how Tommy greets Steven every morning when he gets up and when he comes home. They often curl up together and it is hard to tell where boy ends and dog begins.Β 

Steven and Tommy

Steven and Tommy

So many people now think they can’t have a dog and a child at the same time – I grew up with a dog – Pooch – who was a tri colour border collie, and to me she was family.Β  She was almost the same age as me and she taught me to love and respect dogs, we had a lot of fun together.Β  I think children in dog free homes miss so much – evenΒ  more so if there is no pet at all.

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Walkies :)

The sun has come back out so we ar off on walkies with big smiles….

Walkies in sunshine is so much nocer - even if it is chilly :)

Walkies in sunshine is so much nicer – even if it is chilly πŸ™‚

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Tommy is still my baby….

Tommy knew I wasn’t feeling great yesterday and spent much of the day sat by my side with his head on my knee – anyone who does not own a dog misses out so much …… they have a huge power to make you feel so much better and they are great at giving hugs πŸ™‚

Today Tommy wants to rest in his bed :) He loves his bed very much and can often be found curled up with a toy or an item of my clothing just dozing the day away - it's a dog's life....

Today Tommy wants to rest in his bed πŸ™‚ He loves his bed very much and can often be found curled up with a toy or an item of my clothing just dozing the day away – it’s a dog’s life….

Stan saw me photograph Tommy in his bed and rushed to his own bed to pose so I thought I had better take a snap. Stan, unlike Tommy, is usually a very busy boy, checking things, guarding things and, at the moment, sitting by the incubator watching the baby chicks – but he does love to have his picture taken!

Stan posing as he always does whenh the camera is out!

Stan posing as he always does when the camera is out!

 

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Babies have started to arrive!

We have baby quail – the first one – known as Alpha hatched just before I went to bed last night.

This is Alpha just after hatching last night.

This is Alpha just after hatching last night.

Little Alpha was left overnight in the incubator with his /her siblings…..

Alpha the tiny quail

Alpha the tiny quail

Morning came and little Alpha was still alone in the incubator so I gave him/her a cuddle….

Alpha had a cuddle in my hand and also snuggled down in my pocket to keep warm while I checked the other eggs.

Alpha had a cuddle in my hand and also snuggled down in my pocket to keep warm while I checked the other eggs.

Just before we went out this morning a second chick fought it’s way out of the egg-shell….

Meet Bravo.

Meet Bravo.

Then when we got home in the afternoon we were able to watch this happening….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsztY_azbfA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUspqQJ0MmpOXE_oA-ttJy3A

Now there are three chicks and Stan is standing guard to watch for more πŸ™‚

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Today could be the day…..

I keep peeking into the incubators today could be the day – tomorrow is more likely but it is so exciting I can’t help checking!Β  I will blog photos as soon as I can after the happy event!

Soon to be eggs no more..... :)

Soon to be eggs no more….. πŸ™‚

I have already started to plan what will be popped into the incubator next…. would like some blue egg laying hens…. or some more Bantams as they are so cute….. πŸ™‚

 

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Cats we love

I went to visit my son to take some of our lovely garden fresh eggs and the bonus is I get to see his cats…..

Millie is the grand old lady of the house - very much in charge :)

Millie is the grand old lady of the house – very much in charge πŸ™‚

Chip used to be the baby of the family but is now a big grown up cat.

Chip used to be the baby of the family but is now a big grown up cat.

This is the new baby of the house - recently rescued Cloud - gotta love him :)

This is the new baby of the house – recently rescued Cloud – gotta love him πŸ™‚

All three get lots of love and attention as my son works from home and runs a successful IT company called Mulgrew Enterprises – have a look at their facebook page to see more pics of the Cats – and serious IT stuff (!!!) If you click “like” on the page you will be entered into a free prize draw.

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Chicks

We are expecting an exciting event by the weekend – we have 12 quail eggs in the incubator.

We have four ladies living with their "husband" Geoff

We have four ladies living with their “husband” Geoff

Recently we raised 4 Pekin bantam chicks from a day old and they are doing well – now around 8 weeks old and up to all sorts of mischief….

Our little group of chicks see the outside world for the first time.

Our little group of chicks see the outside world for the first time.

The quail are great fun to watch and I wanted to increase the numbers and, as we have a breeding group, we went out and bought an incubator….. I want to breed them for meat as I aim to reduce our food miles and I like to know that my meat has lived well before it makes it’s way to my plate.

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