Even after all this dry weather I can manage to find Mud! Mistress is not sure how or why I do but we walk along fields that are cracking and I find a muddy bit which I obviously have to walk in and it is normally up to my knees which usually means it gets on my tummy! I love to do it as it always causes mistress to laugh at me.

I was not laughing the other day as master was tickling my bum, mistress asked what was on my ear? master couldn’t  see anything but mistress insisted there was something and then she headed in to the kitchen with ‘purpose’! I did go to help and she was in my cupboard so I thought Oh Goody biscuits! but no she got a plastic packet out and told me to come back outside….she told master to hold my head and then she messed around with my ears, I was not good at standing but she eventually told me I was a good girl and gave me a treat…she had removed a tick form my ear! It must have been from all the long grass I have been running through, I don’t want to get another one as they are not nice and they drink my blood! Still I did get a treat out of it so all is good in the end.

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I have had some lovely walks in the last couple of days. Yesterday I went through lots and lots of long grass which was full of their seeds. As I ran through the grasses I set off a cloud of seeds and managed to get them everywhere ! Mistress was worried that I may get them in my ears but all master said was ‘ well it can’t hurt as it is all empty in there!’ how rude is he?

Today I went up to the tower and we had a wonderful walk, they also kindly put out a bowl of water so I managed a lot of slurps. Mistress did tell me off on the way home as she was busy photographing and showing other people the wild orchids and my big feet seemed to tread very near them! well I wanted to know what all the fuss was about as they were not paying attention to me! luckily I just missed stepping directly on the flowers.


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Hare and Hounds

I want to go to the Hare and Hounds hotel in Tetbury !

We had 2 Australian ladies staying ( they were fun and laughed a lot!) and they were surprised at how many dogs were allowed in pubs and restaurants over here,(don’t they that dog is man’s best friend?) any way one of the ladies was saying how in the Hare and Hounds  they had a special dog menu! She showed it to mistress who told me all about it and I think I would order the baked fish, potatoes and peas followed by the braised venison with rice and carrots mmmmmm that sounds good. Mind you I do not eat too badly here at Windrush only yesterday I had smoked salmon and this morning sausage and bacon! well we hate waste here!

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Afternoon tea

Once again I have been busy busy, because of the good weather I have been entertaining/welcoming the guests while they have been having afternoon tea in the garden. I do like to give a warm welcome in hope that I will be rewarded with a crumb or two! I did push my luck the other day when they guests were not big dog lovers so to my embarrassment I had to be taken inside! I do so love and afternoon tea as you never know if it will be home made, lemon drizzle, victoria sponge or even a shortbread…I am not fussy!

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Bath time again

It was bath time again last week, they come around so quickly, my last one was in July last year. I do hate having a bath it means I do not smell of being ‘ME’, I end up smelling of head and shoulders, ugh! The weather was so hot mistress thought I would be able to dry out before bed time, she even aired my bed so I would not smell of ‘ME’ the following day. We have not had many long walks lately as it has been so hot but because it is hot I get to spend lots of time out in the garden doing my checking of my grounds.

We have had some of my favourite guests here this week, they come all the way from Belgium to see me, I get so many tummy tickles and they even make sure they leave a bit of sausage for me!

The blue bells are out and smell lovely at the moment but mistress is always telling me not to tread on them, well I forget as some rabbit scent hits me, I just go!

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You will all be pleased to know that my broken wag has now mended, thank you for all the speedy recovers you sent me! I have been working hard again with lots of guest relation activities with guests from various places in the world, one thing is for sure there are a lot of dog lovers out there and in lots of countries.I see lots of photos of other dogs that people have left behind at home. The weather has been awful and lots of my walks have been in the rain but yesterday we had hail, 2 torrential downpours and blue skies with sun all within the 1.5 hours we were walking, I did get wet! I am so happy that my wag has mended as it means I can greet people with lots of tail wagging as they would expect!

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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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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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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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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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