"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Paddy's walk

Today is one of those days when you just know you are going to have to get out the gloves and scarves very soon and argue with Keith about when to put the heating on. He likes it on sooner rather than later, whilst I benefit from my own personal 'central heating.' Paddy was in one of his 'pulling on the lead' moods, which necessitates frequent stops in an effort to get him to walk at my pace by my side, which, as he should know by now, is what all good, sensible dogs do. When he pulled madly to reach a couple of dogs ahead, he retaliated to being stopped by barking and whining, so all in all, I was quite glad to get home.
Generally, when we get home he gets a small treat. Today, I didn't think he deserved it but I got out his usual dental minty chew stick and he sat there expectantly.
"This is not a treat, Paddy," I explained, "You haven't been good enough today, so this is purely for your dental hygiene."
"Yes, I think he understood that," said Keith.


Yorkshire Pudding said...

Your own personal central heating? You mean you go out wearing a girdle of hot water bottles? Or in cold weather you fill your belly with fiery chillis? I often think that when the winter approaches we should simply put on more warm clothing.

Shooting Parrots said...

Look on the bright side. Once the snow and ice comes, you'll have your own personal husky. Just dangle a minty chew stick in front of Paddy and away you go.

Sage said...

The Pond Boys always look for a treat when we go out.. and get them occasionally it is a dental stick but more often a gravy bone or milk bone - wouldn't be without them xx

Jennyta said...

YP, ask Shirley - she'll explain it all to you. ;)
SP, excellent idea, especially if I also wear skis.
Sage, the chew sticks are favourite because Keith is always complaining that Paddy's breath smells. :)

John Gray said...

winter has arrived me thinks.. hat. coats and scarfs

Jennyta said...

Yes, John, not nice.


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