Entry number 1507

22nd February 2019

Benji (with little paws being guided by Liz Storrie)

Subject: Our News

Hi everybody,

Eilidh and I are sorry that we haven't updated you all before about my visit to the Daktari! I wasn't too happy when Mum took me back in on the 7th, especially as I had to go for 'walkies' at SEVEN A.M., then off in the car at 8 a.m. - without any breakfast I may add. The vet man put me to sleep, then he cleaned all of my teeth and kept three of them - blooming cheek!

When I woke up I felt really weird and my legs didn't work too well. By 3.30 I was all tucked up in the car and heading home. I was getting small meals often for the first two days, with painkillers twice a day for 4 days. I was a bit under the weather that first night but, luckily for me, Mum is usually up a couple of times to go to the loo, so I was able to get out into the garden. I'm back to normal now. Because we've been having really good weather here we are walking a wee bit further, much to my delight. I love walking down past the new houses which are being built. If we meet any workmen there are always claps to be had.

I am also working very hard to stop barking at dogs while we are out. Mum says I am doing very well. I'm happy now to sit quietly beside most dogs while Mum chats to their humans. I don't think I will ever like Tara, the Saint Bernard though. She is HUGE, and her bark is deafening!

Now that I have my paws firmly under the table, I thought I would have a bit of fun last night. I settled down on the couch when Mum and Eilidh went to bed. Mum always reads for a while and I tried so hard to wait until she put the light out. I kept looking at the empty Malteser box lying on the coffee table, just the right height for a wee Cairn to lift. After ten minutes I couldn't help myself. I grabbed it and raced into the bedroom and straight under the bed with it. I waited for the telling off but it didn't come. I ripped it up a bit - still nothing. Anyway, I gave up then and jumped on the bed and settled down. Mum had the last laugh though - she pinched the box back this morning and threw it out. Ah well, maybe next time!

She's beginning to realize that I can be very mischievous sometimes. All part of my charm though.

Eilidh is pleased that we are getting our biscuits again. She was getting fed up with the soft treats.

Paddy, please tell Mitzi to keep persevering with going out in a harness - it is so much fun exploring and sniffing around.

Wow, this computer stuff is tiring.

Love and kisses to all (chirps from our birdies)XXXXX


Entry number 1506

1st February 2019 (received 31st January)

Mitzi (with little paws being guided by Barbara Tribe)

Subject: Our News

Hallo everybody,

We have all our paws crossed for good results when you have another test, Holly. We enjoyed looking at the photos of Mac and Bessie - what lovely doggies and Mum says the scenery looks so beautiful too.

I am being very brave using the computer as Paddy says he can do it so I must do it too! I was also very brave the other day, too - I get in a panic when Mum tries to put the lead on me so for a long time I have been learning to play with it and now I sit and watch Paddy having his lead put on. Then, a big step forward, I let Mum fix the lead on my harness and, although I didn't panic, I found my legs wouldn't work so I just stood there. Mum fed me some of my favourite sprats and I managed about FOUR steps then I got in one of my panics so Mum took it off and said that we will leave it for a while and then have another try when I feel brave again. Paddy keeps boasting he does power walking with Mum now her leg is better.

Me in ‘panic mode’

Paddy says we may have lots of snow today and it's great fun to play in it. We had just a little snow over the top of the ice yesterday and I found it made my feet too cold and I was glad to get back indoors!

I think I've had enough at the computer now.

Barks from Mitzi and Paddy and purrs from Archie