Broken Wag

Hi everyone, I have just come back from the vets and I have broken wag again! I used my tail so much over the week-end I have pulled a muscle, the vet said that ‘working dogs’ suffer from it and I was waiting for mistress to say ‘but Phoenix is a working dog!’ but she didn’t she just laughed! how rude. I was looked after by my foster parent this week-end and I went on 2 really nice walks and then I was swimming and that is where the damage was done and with all the excitement of seeing everyone and welcoming master and mistress home I hurt my tail. The good news is that I have lost weight which mistress has been trying to get me to loose since the autumn. We have had some wonderful weather so I have been outside busy helping in the garden and helping build a shed, so less sleeping time, might have helped with loosing weight.

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friends!

Hope you all had a good Easter. I did I had so many friends to talk to. The stream train came to Broadway for the first time in 58 years. Mistress took me for a walk and I stood ever so still for 5 minutes waiting for the first one to leave the station. As it passed I wagged my tail really hard (instead of waving!) since then I have seen it a number of times and it does not worry me a bit but what does worry me is mistress waving at every train she sees!We had some lovely guests staying all week-end long and I made new friends who have even mentioned me in their reviews! (extra chockie drops for me!) Some old friends visited and brought me a new toy which is now my current favourite. Then we had a couple of my Belgium family staying with us and I had such fun having tummy tickles as the young mistress was missing her dog! Now I need a little rest.

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Spring

Sorry I have not had time to write lately, I have been busy doing my guests relations with the guests over the Cheltenham Gold cup week, oh they all love me! and then this week-end we have been full with more lovely guests so I have had to entertain them with my ever expanding tummy ! still I don’t think they notice as my legs are too busy waving in the air that they probably don’t notice I have put on weight.

Spring is now here and that means I get out in the garden helping whoever is out there. We have had lots of visitors, pheasants, pigeons, Squirrel, lots of small birds and we even had a stoat….well I did not notice it (I was busy) but mistress said it crossed the garden. Spring is fun as we have many hours outside gardening and lots of mud!

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Snow

We have had lots of snow, again. I am really enjoying this winter as I get to play and jump in the lovely snow. I am lucky though as I don’t have to worry about falling as I am not very high off the ground so it does not hurt much if I do, and I have 4 paws to keep me upright, not 2 robinnixiefeet like humans. I do get a little cold and wet but I get dried off when I get home and a towel is laid on my bed so that it will absorb the wet before I sleep on the sofa! Master took this rather fun photo of me jumping in the snow last week, I think it is my best side, don’t you?

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Treats

Most Saturdays mistress does a walk that means she can come back via Station garage here in Broadway in order to purchase a newspaper. I like it when we stop there as the very nice blond lady who is always smiling and happy, always manages to find some treats for me! I like treats! A couple of week-ends ago it was a Smako, yum one of my favourites. Last Saturday she apologized to mistress that she only had a box of Bakers complete….why did she apologize? I had never had them before but they are normally put in a meal bowl as they are small biscuits with some juicy chunks, mistress said that I only need a couple but this lady insisted that I had a handful…..mistress likened me to a hoover as they seem to be be  inhaled in no time at all! I like treats.

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‘The Hounds’

Well I have had lots of lovely walks in the spring weather, they have also been very muddy walks, mistress cannot understand how I get mud in my ears! I will keep that secret to myself as it means extra attention when getting it out! The other day I did have a shock, you know that I do not get on with other dogs, and mistress tries her hardest to avoid other dogs….well we were walking along the other day, along the snowshill road and suddenly there were loads of dogs arriving….mistress said it was ‘The Hounds’ as if I knew what that meant! Well we went to the side and I sat tight and this one obviously thought I looked nice so came charging along to see me but luckily the people with ‘The Hounds’ shouted and this dog was so good it immediately returned to its place in the pack. The dogs all ran past me and I was fine, well I got a couple of biscuits for being so good so that was fine!Hounds

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Cold

It has gone cold again, my poor feet get so cold.

Mistress went away for a couple of days so I had a week-end with master. The week-end went Ok, I was fed on time and had a walk each day but I did feel that I could have had more tummy tickles and I did not want to watch ALL the Rugby matches on the TV! I think over time I could train him up to be a really good master with more attention on me!nix4feb

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More mud

There has been so much more mud this year, with all the rain. Mistress has tried her best at taking me for nice walks but it is difficult as everywhere has more mud! The other day I was walking down a steep hill and mistress yelled out so I stopped still, she had fallen flat on her back and had let go of my lead so I duly went back to check she was OK, there was mud all over her back and it even ended up on my head! After that I went steady but the grass is very slippery so even I slip. What I hate most is getting home and having to be toweled dry and then sit on a towel on my bed until I am really dry, the only upside is once I am dry I get brushed and then get a treat!

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Birthday celebrations

I have been having great birthday celebrations, well not my birthday obviously, but I have helped mistress with her birthday celebrations. Firstly I helped open all the presents and cards, boy was the kitchen floor a mess but I had so much fun, and as we all know nixbdayit is all about me! Then to celebrate mistress took me for a walk up to the tower, it was pretty misty but I did see several pheasants and almost pulled mistress over several times! Then I had a small snooze while drying off before being fed my dinner, what a great day it has been. I like birthday celebrations, anyone else got one coming up who needs me to help with it?

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Nurse Nixie

Belated happy Christmas everyone. I have been so busy looking after master and mistress and being nurse Nixie. The unfortunate thing was as neither owner wanted to eat…I had very few scraps of extra food, I would have thought as a thank you for being a caring nurse Nixie I would have been showered with more food as a thank you. I was however spoilt rotten with new toys, Oh so many and all such fun.

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