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Sleeping Monkey Boy!

Jester the Labrador sleeping soundly in the cottage without a worry in the world!
Jester the Labrador sleeping soundly in the cottage without a worry in the world!

I wonder if Jester the Labrador is allowed to visit the cottage again with his new carers?  He is extremely well behaved when invited to come in and usually ends up sleeping on a foot or up against a leg or any other body part he can manage to get close to!  We miss this monkey boy!

The Lovable Jester the Labrador
The Lovable Jester the Labrador

 

Jenny Kirwan (me) with Jester and Indi on the back terrace at Haughurst House, Hampshire, England.
Jenny Kirwan (me) with Jester and Indi on the back terrace at Haughurst House, Hampshire, England.

Steve, the Chainsaw Woodman!

Steve's impressive wall of wood will keep us warm this winter!
Steve's impressive wall of wood will keep us warm this winter!

We will have no worries about our wood supply for this winter as Steve has bought an electric chainsaw.  This amazing piece of equipment has taken the hard labour away from the method of handsawing which Steve was doing last winter, where he injured his arm and shoulder.  This wall of wood took four hours to saw and more is on the way! with another two walls taking shape!

No more complaints from my Australian bones this winter as the wood shed is growing each day with Steve's chainsaw handywork!
No more complaints from my Australian bones this winter as the wood shed is growing each day with Steve's chainsaw handywork.
Steve and Jester the Labrador take a well earned break together.
Steve and Jester the Labrador take a well earned break together.

Jester the Labrador has is own Cottage Doggy Pillow!

Jester in the cottage sleeping soundly with his new doggy pillow.
Jester in the cottage sleeping soundly with his new doggy pillow.

We invited Jester into the cottage again tonight as his owners are away sailing again and Steve thought he would like a pillow to be more comfortable!  Like?  he took to this pillow like a duck does to water and it stayed attached to his head for a few hours!!  from now on this will be Jester’s ‘Cottage Doggy Pillow’, something for a treat for him when he spends the evenings with us while his owners are away…and this is a great deal these days!

Life's tough when you're a posh dog!!
Life's tough when you're a posh dog!!

Magnificent, Early Dewy Morning

What a magnificent morning that greeted the two dogs and I as we ventured out this morning at 7am.  Dewy, very fresh and sunny with not a breath of any breeze in the air.  Just gorgeous and an indication that the summer here in England is changing….can’t be for the worse, mind you!.

A pleasure to be up early to walk "My two dogs!"
A pleasure to be up early to walk "My two dogs!"

As soon as we left the formal big garden and before I could shut the gate into the first field, Indi and Jester were off like rockets, picking up every animal scent in the grassy, meadow field before them.  “Come on Jenny! Catch up” said Jester.  “Okay, okay!  I’m coming” I answered, a little distracted by the horses in the next field.  By the time I caught up to Jester he was already in the wooded area of the garden sussing out where and what Indi was up to.

"Where are you Indi?" says Jester the labrador.
"Where are you Indi?" says Jester the Labrador.

I no time Indi appeared after  rumerging around in the woods….”I’m thirsty, let’s go to the pond.” he said lazily.  With those instructions, Jester followed Indi over to the pond and sunken garden for an early morning drink!

"Is that Mr. Jeremy Fisher?" says Indi to Jester.
"Is that Mr. Jeremy Fisher?" says Indi to Jester.

Well, another great start to the day…….if only the sun would shine more often in this country!

Indi Boy, the Swimming Golden Labrador

Indi the Labrador loves nothing better than to swim a few laps of the large pool!
Indi the Labrador loves nothing better than to swim a few laps of the large pool!

The last two days have produced some lovely sunny weather and Indi the Labrador has taken full advantage of this.  It’s not unusual for him to make his own way down to the pool and swim a lap or just linger around in the shallow end.  Jester is not as keen but enjoys watching the older Labrador.

Jester the Labrador prefers to keep an eye on what's happening from the sidelines.
Jester the Labrador prefers to keep an eye on what's happening from the sidelines.

Jester the Labrador……spoilt, spoilt, spoilt!!!!

Jester the Labrador......he just loves to be as close as possible!  Quite often he sits on our feet or lies down half on a leg or foot or any other body part he can get away with!
Jester the Labrador......he just loves to be as close as possible! Quite often he sits on our feet or lies down half on a leg or foot or any other body part he can get away with!

We have full care of Jester and Indi the Labradors at the moment as their owners are away sailing for two weeks again.  How lucky are these dogs?  Extremely fortunate as we tend to spoil them a bit too much.  Jester loves to come in to the Cottage with us of an evening to chew on a stick or a bone and lap up all the attention until he becomes so tired he ends up lying flat out on the rug, fast asleep.  What a mess he leaves though!  Indi is happy with his own company and likes to stay in his cosy bed in the dog’s room.  Just as well as there wouldn’t be much room for him as well as Jester in our tiny Cottage!

Go Mr. Jeremy Fisher, you can make it! Beatrix Potter would be pleased!

The owners of the big house are away for a while sailing  and as I was down by their lovely pool, checking on the water level, I noticed a frog that was in an awkward situation!  He was perched on one of the floating chlorine indicators (not sure if that is the correct term)  At closer inspection, I realised it was Mr. Jeremy Fisher!  One of  Beatrix Potter’s wonderful characters.

“Oh Mr. Fisher!!  Welcome to our pool!  Stay calm!” I said gently.  Just as well  young Jester, the naughty Labrador wasn’t by my side as his inquisitive nature would have summed up the situation straight away and he would be leaning over the edge, trying to get to Mr. Fisher for his afternoon snack!

Mr. Jeremy Fisher trying desperately to climb on to the floating chlorine gage in the big swimming pool.
Mr. Jeremy Fisher trying desperately to climb on to the floating chlorine gage in the big swimming pool.

Steve appeared, summed up the picture and dealt with the situation beautifully……Jester by his side too!!  As the water level was a little low, I don’t think Mr. Fisher could get out of the pool very easily.  Steve gently scooped him out from the water, and after giving Jester strict instructions to “STAY” he placed Mr. Fisher in a damp, leafy part of the garden.

“Whew!!”  Mr. Jeremy Fisher exclaimed.  “Thank you Steve, good job!” he said.  “No worries.” Steve replied, “Just be a bit more careful next time Mr. Fisher as these two Labradors may have you for lunch next time!” Steve concluded.  Those last words were enough to send Mr. Jeremy Fisher leaping like he’d never done before.  He bounded away to a safe place, and hopefully his life expectancy will continue……to be a lengthy one.  I hope to see him again.  I’m certain of this!

Indi the Labrador Gun Dog is still Top Dog!

Indi the Labrador is still top dog!
Indi the Labrador is still top dog!

Indi, the older of the two Labradors I look after, is still pretty impressive for his nine or so years on this earth.  He can still haul his body over the odd fence on this big estate we live on and he keeps himself very trim with a number of sports he takes part in.

"Anyone for tennis?" says Indi.
"Anyone for tennis?" says Indi.

He is one of the best gun dogs around who also has a great love of tennis which heis not supposed to play!  He’s a great swimmer and especially loves to swim in the river and streams down in the woods and water meadows.  You will often see him taking a dip in the large swimmingpool during the summer months on the estate and always leaves the pool in a gentlemanly manner! unlike his mate Jester who bounds out of the water as quick as he can, shaking himself off carelessly.

Indi the grand old Labrador leaving the pool in a gentlemanly fashion!
Indi the grand old Labrador leaving the pool in a gentlemanly fashion!

Indi also is a great wrestler and usually wins his daily bouts with the young Jester.  Jester occassionally squeels like a baby when things get too rough but loves the game all the same.

Indi and Jester the Labradors during one of their wrestling matches.
Indi and Jester the Labradors during one of their wrestling matches.

The two dogs have a great life here in Hampshire and are lucky to have each other’s company.  Steve and I are just back from taking them for a walk in the woods this morning and as I peeked through the door to the dogs room just a while ago, the two of them were sleeping like babies.  We’ll take them out for a run this afternoon through the fields while we check on the sheep, so they’ll have another lovely day of exercise.  Happy, healthy dogs!

I’m not too old……..

"My teeth are fine!" says Indi chewing a stick
"My teeth are fine!" says Indi chewing a stick

Jester has spent this entire week ribbing Indi about how slow he is and how he is too old to do anything anymore.  Indi has taken it all in his stride, just like the great old Labrador gun dog that he is. 

 ” I could teach you a thing or two, no doubt about that!” Indi replied to Jester yesterday.  “In your dreams old boy!  Your teeth are even failing you these days.”  Jester said disrespectfully.  “You take so long to eat your food of an evening……. I’m already tucked up in my bed after my meal while your still licking your bowl clean.  You have trouble chewing sticks now too…..”  Jester continued.  That last comment was not taken well by Indi and much to Jester’s surprise, he grabbed the stick from under the young upstarts paw and played and chewed on it to his hearts content.  There’s nothing wrong with my teeth, thought Indi.   Before long, Jester was muscling in on Indi again, pulling and tugging in all directions.  Poor old Indi.

Jester and Indi playing tug of war
Jester and Indi playing tug of war

Thank goodness for Jenny and Steve!

“Oh, thank goodness….here they are!!,”Jester said to Indi as he pressed his nose up against the glass of the dog’s room.

It was approaching 1:30pm and the dogs of course were ready and waiting for their daily walk.  As I opened the door to their room Jester was more than ready to be released out into the open air, looking up at me and waiting for my next instructions. Indi began dancing around in excitement as per usual (if only my husband was this excited when I came into a room!! I thought to myself…how nice would my life be!)

“Gee, you both are excited and waiting eagerly today,” I said.  “Oh Jenny, can we skip the chat today, I’m dying to pee,” Jester burst out.  Before I could say wait! to make him sit and wait until I was out the door first, Jester the beautiful Labrador bounded out the door like he was escaping a house on fire!

“Well, that lesson to wait at the door worked well today!” I said to Indi with exasperation.  “Jenny, he’s a monkey of a dog and in my opinion will continue to be so for quite some time…..lets get a move on now shall we….so unnecessary to waste our walking time with discussions about that unruly animal that disrespects me.” he concluded

Poor Indi has to put up with so much with Jester……but he takes it all in his grand old stride and I know Indi loves Jester very much.  Since he arrived on the scene, Indi has gained a new lease of life and become more playful for such an older dog.

So, another wonderful walk today through the woods and fields for the dogs.  Jester found part of a dead animal again and crunched up the bones before we had a chance to examine what he was getting into.  He did manage to tease Indi with his find before he demolished every ounce saying, “Na, nah nah nah nah, found a dead bird again…..it’s all mine and you’re not getting any of it!”   Indi took one look at his beaming face and thought what an insolent rude boy he was..no chance in hell of him trying to confiscate that dead matter from his mouth!

But Indi was very well behaved today and didn’t run off, although oblivious at times to his name.  Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you call him as often there is zero response and as I tucked them back into their beds and topped up their water bowls, I could feel their gratitude in the way they looked at me….”Thank goodness for Jenny and Steve!”

Treats are working a real treat for Jester!

Walking just Jester again today as Indi boy is still in the West Country shooting with his master.

Still a great deal of snow covers the landscape and once Jester the young Labrador touches the ground, he’s off……….. Something about the snow makes him seem wild, running through the large garden with all the free spirit he can muster.

When he realises Steve has some treats with him, he then starts to behave, sitting to command and walking at heal beautifully.  What a smart dog….misbehaves so much but when he knows treats are involved, he is the perfect student.

We take him down the lane and into the snowy woods out into the big open field that he loves.  He usually likes chasing pheasants here but we have tried to stop him doing this favourite past time of his, as gun dogs in training aren’t supposed to chase! pheasants…or tennis balls!  So a keen eye is kept on him here.

The walk, although very cold, icy and damp was quite reviving and all three of us arrived home very satisfied.  I put Jester back in his bed, topped his water bowl up and patted him goodbye.  “Goodbye little monkey, you be good…see you tomorrow.” I said.   Jester looked at me kindly and said, “Don’t go Jenny, can’t you stay and play for a while?”  ” No little boy,” I said.”See you tomorrow, I have to go now.”

So, I left him and went back into our cottage and put another lovely log on our woodburner and began the task or removing my boots and gaiters………