"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)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Newbie

Hi everyone, Paddy here, although I"m so exhausted, I don't know how I'm managing to string two sentences together. The reason? Well, Jenny and Keith decided that I was missing Jake (I was) and so I could do with a new friend and, guess what? Before you could say Jack Robinson, they went out yesterday morning and came back with...

He's another Bichon Frise and only three and a half months old. Now as I am well in my eighties, in human terms, you can imagine that I have a little trouble matching his energy levels, but so far, we've been getting on pretty well. He's OK for a youngster and mostly does as he's told. I think he needs to work on his toilet training a bit more though. He's had a couple of accidents and when we go outside, he is so busy watching what I'm doing that he forgets to do the necessary himself!
I'm keeping him in order and reminding him who's boss, though. For a start, I'm making a point of sleeping in his bed and playing with his toys. Yes, I know I never play with toys and, no, I haven't ever heard the story of the dog in the manger. You trying to tell me something?
He's keeping on the right side of the humans so far, but I don't think Keith will be too pleased when he finds out that his shoe is being chewed...
Watch this space, folks, watch this space.


  1. I'm sure that once the excitement of being in a new home wears off a bit he'll settle down, and appreciate being with his new family. xx

    1. Let's hope so, Flighty! Paddy can't stand the pace - neither can Keith, come to think of it. ;)

  2. We recently minded our daughter's 8 month old Border Collie. By the second day we realised it was about 30 years since we had a puppy and then it was an outside dog at that!! Phew, they have a lot of energy !
    Creep into your heart quickly don't they??

  3. What a cute little fellow Toby is! Much better-looking than you are Paddy! Are you sure Toby is a real dog and not one of those that has Duracel batteries within the belly zone? Better check him out more carefully when Jenny is slaving away in the kitchen preparing Keith's tea and Keith is having his pre-dinner nap!

    1. I didn't let Paddy read your harsh comment, YP. I don't want his self-esteem lowered any further!

  4. Paddy, you are being magnanimous. It's a very big word, but, I think your person, Jennyta, will be able to sort out what it means and find a way to explain it to you.

  5. Toby, you look like a pair of kittens recently arrived here with some relatives in the far north. The kittens have come from North Wales. One arrived about 2 months ago and the other one about three weeks ago. The question is, are you, or, are they, what you all seem?



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