Monday, 19 June 2017

Hot Dog


I like it hot but not this hot.  The thermometer is showing 35 degrees but there is a strong wind so it feels much hotter.  We have slunk indoors this afternoon to keep cool.

We were up early today, just after six.  We took Rick for his morning walk through the woods and then we left him at home and set off for a 45 minute cycle ride.  This was the first time we had left him for any length of time so it was a bit of a test.  When we returned he was stretched out by the door and seemed perfectly happy.  No barking or whining.  So I’ve had my fair share of exercise today – walking, cycling.  Just need to have a swim this afternoon and that would make my triathlon complete!  Or I could just stay slumped on the sofa and write my blog!

Rick loves his tennis ball

I noticed this morning that ‘Appy, Mr Escalier’s dog, has been shorn of his shaggy coat.  I’ve been concerned that Rick will become too warm in this heat with his long coat but I don’t want to send him off to the groomers until we know him better.  However, since doing some research I feel a lot happier about leaving him shaggy for the time being.  Apparently their long coats give them insulation against the heat and sun.  I just need to groom him regularly to keep his coat fluffy.

Rick doesn’t jump up on the furniture but somehow he managed to get himself onto Paul’s lap this afternoon.  He starts off with one paw, then two paws, and gradually creeps forward until he’s completely up. Not a great way to stay cool!






22 comments:

  1. He's definitely making himself at home, he looks so happy.

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    1. He's only been here for two days and seems perfectly relaxed and content.

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  2. It is a mystery, at the moment at least, as to why someone had to give him to the refuge. He doesn't look like a problem dog.

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    1. It's hard to understand how or why anyone would want to abandon him, so far he has been an absolute delight.

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  3. He really does look the sweetest dog and appears to have settled in so well.

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    1. We are so lucky, couldn't wish for a nicer dog.

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  4. The next thing you know is he'll be watching Sky Sports, sitting on Paul's lap, and barking for his favourite team! Just hope he supports the same side !
    We were told not to cut our Spaniel's long coat the in hot weather.

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    1. He adores Paul. That's reassuring to hear about the coat.

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  5. He feels safe and protected by you.

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  6. What a lovely picture to finish with. Man and man's best friend. So far Rick's transition seems to have gone perfectly.

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    1. He's on his best behaviour, he'll probably turn into a juvenile delinquent in a week or so.

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    2. Are you referring to Rick or to Paul?

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  7. Love all the pics of Rick! He looks like he's adjusting beautifully. It's great that he already feels comfortable climbing into laps😆

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  8. Even at dawn , it was too hot for winnie...she peed in the garden

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    1. Poor Winnie, I'm sure she finds it hard to keep cool. I recommend frozen lobster!

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  9. Looks like you've got yourselves a good'un. We were always told that when you return home to your dog; not to make a fuss of him. We followed that advice, but goodness knows why!

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    1. Yes, I read that somewhere. It's hard not to though.

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  10. Bet Paul didn't need any encouragement to let Rick do that!

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