I'm 'dog sitting' for the next 4 weeks. This is week 3. We've survived Bonfire Night's 'Invasion of Iraq' style air bombs for around 5 hours on the 5th, and he was pretty good - in fact, there were so many bangs he fell asleep, immune to them. My old dog was not bothered by fireworks in the slightest, but this one's much more nervous. The irony is, he hears a bang outside and starts trembling and hides behind my legs, then when I take him for a walk in the daylight, he's picking up the rocket sticks that have fallen to earth and trotting along his walk with them in his mouth! If only he knew.
It was a little bit restrictive having to be in my windowless lounge for 6 straight hours, but it was good in that it forced me to be away from this PC to stop RSI getting worse, and also I've watched a lot of Nash Bridges and World's Most Amazing Videos - I think I've seen 'em all now! I liked the title of one programme - "When Good Times Go Bad - 2!".
He's the opposite of my old dog in so many ways. He can walk off the lead - my old dog would just run off. He loves having a bath - my old one really hated it. He's very bright though - sometimes quite surprisingly so. Without training, he can fetch a specific toy by name, and also find people in the house by asking for them by name, stay, find a frog, do a wee wee, say if he wants a tripe stick, etc.
Shops have their Christmas decorations up now - wouldn't it be nice if one year we actually had "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and only had the decorations up for the 12 days beforehand? Having them up for so long dilutes their effect. We bought a pre-lit seven foot tree from the garden centre in January for half price, so we've never even seen it yet. I'm not sure where we're going to put it though.
BLOG NEWS: I have received the first comments on this blog for many, many months, which proves that it is read by one person!!! I'm tremendously excited - you should visit her blog at http://windycornerusa.blogspot.com.
(I'd better stop swearing so much!)
Internet Explorer has never crashed so much before I upgraded to IE7. It's poo (note tamer language). I've used Firefox a bit and it's quite good. Opera is nice too - especially the "Speed dial" function - how have we all lived without that for so many years?!?.