Sheer fun

This has been a very difficult year. So many challenges and tough decisions and sad stuff and bad stuff and it’s not over yet. Not only is the year not over but we’re not through with the tough, bad and sad stuff either. 

So we decided – I decided – to add another complication to our lives and get an Airdale puppy😱. 

This decision followed  a brief trip to Holland to see lovely Helen, and having seen three such dogs cavorting on the beach. In fact there were hundreds of dogs at the beach all playing in the sand and scooting about with their upright and oh so healthy looking Dutch owners. Really it could have been an advert for dog food or the benefits of dog ownership or even a mass trespass of dog walkers. There were that many you could not but smile. https://goo.gl/images/Z3XZw2

It was like this times ten. And it made me very happy, which was the point of going. That and cycling and walking many miles jabbering on to my dear friend. 

Anyhoo that’s when I decided. Enough pros and cons. Enough shall we shan’t we? There’s always going to be a reason not to do it. Get the puppy. I rang, we drove to Southampton and paid our money and brought him home. 


 So small and so cute with slightly wistful eyes. This is Douglas. Dougie. We already have Tom so two more and we have a McFly tribute band. Anything is possible. 

Doug the dog has been with us for three and a half weeks. And he had already been worth every penny we paid for him. He is everything a puppy should be. A chewing, racing, chasing, falling over on the bends, poop monster.  

Pardon the pants! He’s not staying small and cute -he’s now leggy and gangly and a complete wrecker. He’s met a number of dogs some of whom made it plain they didn’t care for his full on love assault. Was he abashed or diminished by this? Not in the least. He backs off a little and tries to engage them again, from a different angle. 

It’s hard work and feels like madness at moments but we are laughing aloud every day whilst wiping up his piddle and rescuing books and toys from his clutches

So for once the Thompsons did not overthink and and analyse. We just did it. Watch this space. 

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3 thoughts on “Sheer fun

  1. We also got a puppy this year. I didn’t really want him and the responsibility, but Lou really did. I understand why you leaped. Dogs are such good friends and always the perfect example of living in the moment. They seem to know what’s important: “If I have plenty of food, life must be good. Of course, it can’t hurt to have a little more.”

    Have you been able to do any more hiking?

    Wishing you a good 2017. Love, Aggie

    • Dogs are good friends and while they make the most tremendous mess I do love them. Doug is a galumphing great hound but such a pup. I’ve done more hiking and this year we plan to walk the Pennine Way in May. It is my favourite thing and while this will be a challenge I think we’ll manage it. You have to take these opportunities while you can. All the
      very best in your new venture.

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