It's been a long time since I last wrote: I hope you are all well and keeping safe during these strange times.
Things are not so different for me really, I still go out with Brian and Roo, although I don't get to see as many of my doggy pals as usual. I'm currently staying at my Baker's Bottom residence, with my best (human) friend and secretary, Julie. I'm glad she is finally taking dictation because she's been a bit remiss of late, and I need to talk to my friends, as I've pointed out to her on numerous occasions.
It was my birthday in April. I didn't get a cake (something else I've made a note of). I am now 11. I know, you can't believe that such a handsome chap could be that old, but it's true. I think that deserves a cake, don't you?
Because of the lockdown, I haven't seen my mummy for a long time now, and I miss her. She calls me, and it's good to hear her voice. I'll be happy when I can see her again. Maybe she'll have a cake for me?
I'm not sure if you've noticed, but the local wildlife seems to be more abundant than usual. My Baker's Bottom resdence is close to a little wooded area, and the South Downs are just at the top of the hill. Now it's quieter than usual there are a lot more foxes about, and they are really bold. They seem to appear out of nowhere and surprise me. When I go for my nighttime walk, they walk down the street with us, jump in the bins and the other day we saw one resting on the grass in the moonlight like he was sunbathing. I bark to tell them to stay away, but Julie tells me that I must be kind to Mr Foxy because they have a hard life. I'm rather glad I'm not a fox: I like living in a house, having a warm bed and lots of tasty treats.
It turns out I have an allergy. I got excited because I thought the vet said I had an 'ology' which meant I was clever, but sadly I just have sore paws. I'm now on a special diet, so hopefully, I will be better soon. I know it won't make me smarter, but as Julie always says, what I lack in brains, I make up for in heart, and I do have a very big heart.
Me in 'lockdown'
One good thing that happened this year was that my beautiful (human) sister got married in March.
The wedding was in Australia, so I couldn't go, which was a shame because I would have liked to have been there. I love, love, love, love, love my sister!
As you can see, she looked even more beautiful than usual (if that were possible). And the really great news is I now have a brother. I've always wanted a brother.
Every Thursday, like millions of other people and dogs around the UK, Julie and I stand in the doorway of our house, and while all the humans in the street clap for the NHS workers, carers, other frontline and key workers, I bark for them and, of course, all the vets and veterinary nurses.
The other dogs in the street now join in with me, and we all bark together to say 'Thank you!'. Tell your dog, and they can join in with the Big Thursday Bark Up. It's lots of fun!
A KISSER, NOT A BITER
Go on, let me give you a kiss!
As as staffie, some people make a judgement about me before getting to know me, and that makes my big old heart very sad. I've heard that happens to some humans too. I was out and about in Kemptown today and I saw a man sitting with a sign that said "I just need someone to care..." and it got me thinking. So, I thought I would share this:
A little more kindness and a little less greed;
A little more giving and a little less need;
A little more smile and a little less frown,
A little less kicking a man (or dog) when he's down;
A little more "we" and a little less 'I',
A little more laughs and a little less cry;
A little more flowers on the pathway of life;
And fewer on graves at the end of the strife.
First, my beautiful sister, Gina, came to visit me. She came with her boyfriend all the way from Australia. AND while they were here, they got engaged. I am so excited as I'm going to have a human brother - yay!
Then it was something called Brighton Pride. There was a big parade that went by at the end of the street where I live with Mummy. I looked my best that day, and a lot of people asked to have their photo taken with me. I think I was a bit of a hit.
My friend Iain (looking cool in those sunglasses), who is a coach at the Brighton Table Tennis Club, drove the Club's van which had a rainbow coloured table tennis table on the back. He had a great time; people were coming up to him, giving him high fives all along the route - he loved it. He was in the van with one of the players - his name is Chris too.
I'm sad the summer is over, but it means I get to snuggle on the sofa and I can lie in front of the fire too because after such a hectic summer I need a bit of a rest.
My friend Brian (Adventure Pack Leader) has just come back from his holidays in Australia. While he was away we didn't go on our daily adventures, but I did get to walk with the lovely Roo, she's Brian's doggy friend. I sometimes get a bit jealous if another dog comes for a walk with Julie and me, but I was very good, and I kept my barks in - well almost.
I got a new orange football too this summer, although I have managed to puncture it already as I got a bit too eager and kept biting it.
And Julie needed to have a photo taken for work, so I decided to join in too. I was trying to lick her nose - I thought it was very funny!
Why not write and tell me what you've been doing over your summer, I would love to hear from you.
Lots of love, licks and paw four
Your doggy pal
“Money can buy you a fine dog,
but only love can make him wag his tail."
Hello, my name is Rex, but you can call me Rexy. I'm a Staffie. I am eight years old, although I don't think I look it, and I've been told I'm a rather handsome boy.
I used to live in London, but earlier this year me and my lovely human Mum moved to Brighton (well Hove, actually). Since then, I've made lots of lovely new friends.
I LOVE it here!
I'm a very busy boy. In the morning I'm collected for my daily adventure with Brian and the gang. I like to keep fit and make sure I'm beach ready at all times. Big bark up and a paw four to Brain and my pals.
After the gang and I have romped around and had lots of fun, I get dropped for my afternoon snooze at my second home, and then my human friend Julie takes me home.
We sometimes take the bus, which I really like because I get to say 'Hello' to so many people, it's such fun. I like to look out of the window too and watch the world go by.
I want the world to see that Staffies are good. We have BIG hearts and we just want to love you and be loved back.
I get very sad when people look frightened of me. I know I bark sometimes, but it's only because I'm excited. I try really, really hard not to, but they just sort of slip out.
If you see me out and about come and say 'Hello', I'd be very pleased to meet you.
I have many doggy heroes, and as I get better at typing I will share stories about them with you.
If you have a dog hero story or just want to share photos and stories of your pawfect doggy pals, I would love to hear from you.
Woofs, licks and paw four
Kemp Town, Brighton, Brighton, The City Of Brighton And Hove, England, United Kingdom Ton