Sunday, 16 May 2010

Steve McQueen

So there I was, on a usually quiet Sunday afternoon in the garden, when I realise that the dogs are unusually quite. So I stick my head around the side of the shed, and, much to my suprise, see two of the chickens (The Burfords - A cotswold rare breed) outside the coup, merrily nibbling away at the grass. "That's funny how did they get out"? I ponder, a quick walk around one side of the pen doesn't highlight anything untoward. The Buff Orpingtons are there, merrily scratching over yesterday's grass clippings, alongside "the Assylum Seekers"(ex battery hens, that we rescued last year), so I decide to look around the other side of the coup, which runs alongside a conifer hedge.

Unfortunately, as is often the case this time of year in the countryside, Mr. Rat and his family have moved into the vicinity, and there under the hedge was the answer. The back end of one of the Jack Russell Terrorists was just about visible about four foot underground, in a newly dug tunnel, behind which was a hole under the fence, big enough for Orson Wells to limbo under! Steve McQueen and his comrades would have been proud of such a tunnel.

So I drag the culprit out, who is far more interested in the scent of a certain long tailed rodent, and proceed to fill the hole with rubble, soil and then fox proof the run, again.

But how could I be cross with such a funny looking dog? Clearly in her element, I don't think she'd had such fun in ages. A picture paints, (or pants?), a thousand words.

I had the last laugh when the dog shampoo came out, as I popped her into the Belfast sink. "Thank heavens I haven't got a Great Dane", I think, as she does a great mid-air doggie paddle impression, before landing in "her bath". Only another two to do, before the dog shampoo gets put away!


  1. This is priceless!!
    Just trying to imagine somebody trying to wrestle a Great Dane in a Belfast sink.

  2. They do so enjoy having a go at old Mr Rat it sometimes seems such a shame to spoil their fun!

  3. No way could you be cross with her. She looks as if she's just had a high old time. Rodents Beware!

  4. Aw bless . . . no I doubt I would have been cross either.

  5. Oh what fun! I think it is called 'helping', whether one wants it or not! What a poppet.
    We have a wolfhound .... no sink baths I just turn the garden hose on her. Thugh having got wise to the fact that I can't hold her and the hose so she runs away, I now have to tie her up first - so not a happy girl! But then I tell her if she goes in the mill pond (mud pond) then she must have a shower before coming ack it. It hasn't got through to her though *sighs*!

  6. Complete scallywag !!
    Doing what terriers do best though try to catch rats x
    i was in ledbury a few weeks ago delivering something to a really nice shop.

  7. Little tinkers.
    Just look at that face!