"Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


January 2017

I’m a Dog not a Rabbit!

On Saturday afternoons we always walk down the hill to the big field called Bliss Mill. I love this field as I always meet lots of dogs and we can go in different directions to get back home.  Red Toes always keeps me guessing as to which direction we are going so it is always fun.

Last Saturday I was skipping along between different hummocks of grass, sniffing away to see which dogs have been to the field. I had run quite some distance in front of Red Toes because she walks so slowly and I can go very fast when I am off the lead.

All of a sudden Red Toes started to shout ” Benji come, come now, come on boy.”  I looked up from the mound of mud that I was sniffing to check what an earth was going on. She was running towards me.

“This is strange” I said. “Is this a new game of chase?”

She was still shouting and running when I noticed a large dark shadow moving towards me in the distance.

“Ooh what is that” I said. I turned my head and see the shadow is getting closer. Red Toes is now screaming at me “Come Benji, quickly now.”

I start to run as fast as I can, I don’t know what the shadow is but it is coming closer very quickly and I can tell by Red Toes voice that the shadow is bad.

“I’m coming, what is it , what is it?” I start to run as fast as I can back to Red Toes. I can see the shadow getting closer. I’m now really scared.

Red Toes is running, I am running.

“Red Toes help” I shout. The shadow is nearly reaching me.

I run harder, I am almost at Red Toes. She bends down with the lead in her hand and clips me right in just as this enormous bird flies right over our heads.

“What was that” I whimper, I’m shaking all over. She picks me up in her arms and I know that I am now safe.

“Oh my god Benji that was too close.” she says.

Once I stop shaking she explains “It looks like a Red Kite, they normally eat mice and moles. He must of thought that you were a nice fluffy rabbit.”

“A Rabbit, I’m not a Rabbit. I’m a dog!”

“Unfortunately they can pick up small dogs by mistake and fly off with them. We need to be more careful in the fields.”

“You saved me Red Toes” I said giving her a big lick.

I stayed on the lead for the rest of the way home just in case anyone else thought I was a fluffy rabbit.

Just to prove I’m a dog not a Rabbit!



Balls, Balls Balls

Did I tell you that I got some new balls for Christmas?

It appears that Red Toes also has a ball.

For the last few weeks both of us have been playing with our new balls.

I like my small ball, I can carry it in my mouth. Red Toes sits on the sofa and throws the ball across the hallway. I run as fast as I can to get the ball as it bounces off the door, onto the floor. I have to reach it before it rolls down the stairs.

Sometimes I get a head start and jump in the air to catch the ball with my mouth. I am getting very good at this.

Once I catch the ball I run back to Red Toes and wag “Ready again” I say.

The problem with my small ball is that once I put it down it starts to roll. I have discovered that the living room is slanted so the ball rolls under the sofa.

This does not make Red Toes happy as she has to move the sofa to get my ball. “Jees Benji, how many times a day do I have to move the sofa” she says.

My next ball is red with white spots. It is a bit bigger than my green ball and cannot roll under the sofa. Red Toes likes this ball a lot.

This ball is big and soft. I can carry it in my mouth but it is a lot harder to catch when Red Toes throws it. I just can’t seem to get my mouth open wide enough.

This ball is great for football. Red Toes and I play this in the kitchen while we are waiting for the dinner to cook.”Benji in goal” she says. I wag my tail when I am ready, the she kicks the ball across the kitchen. I have to jump on the ball before it hits the side. I’m a good little goalie.

Our newest ball has always been there in the corner of the bedroom. It’s normally covered by clothes and not really used.

Lately Red Toes is getting up in the morning and doing things with her ball while I wait on the giant bed. This morning I decided to help Red Toes play with her ball, just like she does when I want to play.

When she was doing push ups on the ball, I placed my paws on her head and licked her face. She must of liked it as she started to giggle.

When she was doing sit ups on the floor with her feet on the ball, I laid down on her tummy. I licked her chin. She must of liked it as she started to giggle.

When she was doing jack knifes, I ran underneath her and tickled her with my tail. She must of liked it as she started to giggle.

I am so glad that I can help Red Toes play with her ball.







Another new Fad?

Before Christmas Red Toes decided to complete 100 days of no bread in an effort to lose some pounds. She definitely achieved her target of no bread. That said and I can’t speak for Red Toes but I am sure that I put on extra pounds on account of over eating cake and biscuits. I am glad that Fad is over.

Red Toes now has a watch that tracks her every move. So every hour on the hour she gets up from the computer and walks up the stairs, round the living room, round the kitchen, round the living room and back down the stairs. She squeal with delight when her tracker buzzes on her wrist.

I on the other hand am left wondering what an earth this new fad is all about and how it is going to impact me?

The good news is that she has been taking me out on really long walks. I am meeting so many new friends in the big field at the bottom of the hill.  This morning we went down the hill and I met Poppy a 2 year old Lab. I chased and chased in big circles. Eventually I wore her down and caught her. I was very happy with myself.

I showed Red Toes a new route that I found with Grandpa, so we went up the field with lots of tufty grass so I could jump and jump through the hills of grass. So much fun. I love crispy grass now it is so much nicer than wet grass.

The bad news and to be honest all these long walks are wearing me out. I am thoroughly exhausted and have to take big naps in the afternoon. If only Red Toes would let me!

I was just drifting off to sleep when I heard the watch buzz this afternoon. Keep your eyes closed I told myself, don’t move, perhaps she will forget that you are here.

No it was too late. ‘Come on Benji the watch says we need to go on a walk.’ she tells me.

‘No Red Toe’s you go on your own, I’m too tired go on another walk.’ I wimper.

‘The watch says you have to walk, not me’ I puffed.

Before I knew it, I had my harness on and we are at the front door ready to go out into the cold again. I am not sure how long this fad is going to be for but I am not sure I like everything about it.

Red Toes has now started talking about New Years Resolutions. Instead of 100 days of no bread she is announced yesterday 100 days of no biscuits, sweets and cake.

‘How about that Benji? 100 Days of no biscuits.’ she said.

‘Does that mean no biscuits to dip in our tea?’ I quizzed.

‘Yes correct, no biscuits at break time.’

‘Does that apply to Digestives?’

‘Does that apply to Ginger Nuts?’

‘They are both biscuits, so no Digestives or Ginger Nuts’ she said.

‘But I love Ginger Nuts’ I said as I walked off in a huff to my mat. ‘I don’t want to give them up.’

‘It sounds like a really bad idea to me.’ I barked.

I don’t like the sound of this at all. So if you see me walking down the street, please bring me a Ginger Nut as Red Toes is having another funny fad.



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