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I’m a Dog not a Rabbit!

On Saturday afternoons we always walk down the hill to the big field called Bliss Mill. I love this field as I always meet lots of dogs and we can go in different directions to get back home.  Red Toes always keeps me guessing as to which direction we are going so it is always fun.

Last Saturday I was skipping along between different hummocks of grass, sniffing away to see which dogs have been to the field. I had run quite some distance in front of Red Toes because she walks so slowly and I can go very fast when I am off the lead.

All of a sudden Red Toes started to shout ” Benji come, come now, come on boy.”  I looked up from the mound of mud that I was sniffing to check what an earth was going on. She was running towards me.

“This is strange” I said. “Is this a new game of chase?”

She was still shouting and running when I noticed a large dark shadow moving towards me in the distance.

“Ooh what is that” I said. I turned my head and see the shadow is getting closer. Red Toes is now screaming at me “Come Benji, quickly now.”

I start to run as fast as I can, I don’t know what the shadow is but it is coming closer very quickly and I can tell by Red Toes voice that the shadow is bad.

“I’m coming, what is it , what is it?” I start to run as fast as I can back to Red Toes. I can see the shadow getting closer. I’m now really scared.

Red Toes is running, I am running.

“Red Toes help” I shout. The shadow is nearly reaching me.

I run harder, I am almost at Red Toes. She bends down with the lead in her hand and clips me right in just as this enormous bird flies right over our heads.

“What was that” I whimper, I’m shaking all over. She picks me up in her arms and I know that I am now safe.

“Oh my god Benji that was too close.” she says.

Once I stop shaking she explains “It looks like a Red Kite, they normally eat mice and moles. He must of thought that you were a nice fluffy rabbit.”

“A Rabbit, I’m not a Rabbit. I’m a dog!”

“Unfortunately they can pick up small dogs by mistake and fly off with them. We need to be more careful in the fields.”

“You saved me Red Toes” I said giving her a big lick.

I stayed on the lead for the rest of the way home just in case anyone else thought I was a fluffy rabbit.

benji-on-table
Just to prove I’m a dog not a Rabbit!

 

 

Crispy Grass

What is this?

I ran back indoors “There is something wrong with the grass” I told Red Toes. Please come and see.

“It is cold and crispy” I said.

“How can I do my business on crispy grass?”

I grabbed Red Toes trouser leg and pulled her towards the door. “It’s too cold for me Benji, go do your business on your own” she said.

I looked at her, really not sure about this. “Can I do it on crispy grass, is it okay?”

“Go on young man, off you go” she said.

I tip toed across the decking and peered my head around the corner. Everything was white. I gently placed my paw down on the grass. “Brrgh, this is really very cold” I said. “Let’s be brave then” I said as I skipped across to the stone circle in the middle.

Once I got to the middle I could see that my paw prints had melted the ice on the grass. “Ooh If I am really clever I can make a pattern of paw prints on the grass” I said.

So I skipped, jumped and padded in a big circle, much to Red Toes amusement who was watching me from the window.

crispy-grass

As we set off for my walk I raced down the hill “Woah…oh my.” My legs were sliding in different directions. I couldn’t control them. I ended up on my bottom sliding down the hill.

All I could hear was Red Toes laughing as I tried to stand up. Luckily I was on the lead otherwise I could have ended up all the way to the bottom of the hill and into the sorting office.

 

Once I regained my composure I walked a bit more tentatively. Everywhere was white frost even though the sun was shining. No wonder Red Toes had her big coat, boots and a hat on her head. “I wish I was wearing a coat” I thought.

As we got to the churchyard Red Toes let me off the lead, so I ran. I like the frost, it makes the ground hard and it is really easy to run and run. If I run in circles while I am waiting for Red Toes to catch up with me I will get really warm and I won’t need a coat.

We walked all the way up the hill to Over Norton and long the fields. None of the holes in the road has water in them only ice. I met a border collie and we played chase while the humans talked. “Boy I’m glad I don’t have a coat now” I said.

Even as we finished our walk back towards our house the ground was still very cold, white and frosty. Red Toes told me winter is here. This is my first winter and I like it very much but it would be nice if I had a coat so I didn’t have to run so hard to get warm.

crispy-field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Aunties

This summer has been really amazing. I have met so many people across the UK, I thought I would give a big shout to all my new aunties that helped me have adventures over the last 6 months.

Aunt Julie – who lives next door. She feeds me on a Wednesday when Red Toes is at work. I get to play with Dora the Rabbit, Bailey and the slow shell when I visit their house. She feeds me lots of treats.

Aunt Diana – who lives next door too. She feeds me on a Thursday when Red Toes is at work. I get to go on long walks with Diana. I always have a good sleep on a Thursday as I am exhausted.

Aunt Judy – who lives across the street. She makes clothes out of wool. I get to chew the wool before it gets made into a jumper, so everyone has a bit of Benji with them.

Aunt Lucy – she keeps me looking fabulous by giving me a hair cut every couple of weeks. Without Lucy I would not be able to see.

Aunt Rachel – I went on holiday to stay with Aunt Rachel and Red Toes. I had so much fun chasing Max and Shelby.  One day Shelby walked beside me to protect me from Max as he was trying to jump on me when I was doing my morning “business”. Then he started to shout at me so Shelby picked me up by the neck and moved me out of the way. I love Shelby.  I also met a small human called Benjamin, he has the same name as me but not quite. Perhaps he is named after me?

Benjamin took me on my very first train ride. I was a bit scared as Red Toes wasn’t there to help me. Luckily I managed to get a seat all of my own.

train-ride2

Aunt Leigh – She took me to the pub with Red Toes and Aunt Rachel. At first I didn’t understand Aunt Leigh, she has a strange accent. She lives all the way in Australia. She give me lots of cuddles and every time I wagged my tail she gave me another treat. As you can imagine I wagged my tail a lot. She looked after me when Red Toes was at work. She helped us get onto the train and navigate through all those people.

Aunt Debbie – She lives very far, it took us ages to get there.

benji-finleyThis was my longest trip in the car. I met Finley who was a bit grumpy that my bed was next to his. I tried to get up the stairs to Red Toes but she built a barrier of cushions so I couldn’t climb any higher.

When Red Toes and Aunt Debbie went zipping I stayed with Uncle Pip.

He took me on the longest walk ever..I chased and chased Finley and Jake….I was really exhausted. I slept all the way home.

Of course I must not forget Grandma who chases me round the table and walks me every time I visit.

I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone?  Thank you to all my Aunties for helping me have an amazing first summer full of fun, cuddles and lots of treats.

I truly am a very lucky boy!

Where’s your Red Toes?

I always know when it is a Sunday. We go for a really long walk over the fields and I get to get absolutely filthy and splash around in the stream. Boy I love Sundays.

This Sunday was very unusual. Red Toes and I took a different route. We walked all the way past the Vets right to the edge of town. Right beside the petrol station – that’s how far. Just as we couldn’t go any further we found a a gap in the wall with a kissing gate.

Once inside it was a big forest. Red Toes took my lead off so I could explore. There I was head down sniffing in the under growth when I smelt something in the air. Another dog. He was sat there just looking at me with his head cocked and a puzzled expression.

“Hello, what’s your name?” I said.

harry
Not the actual puppy – too clean

“It’s Harry, what are you doing in my forest?” he said.

“My Red Toes has brought me here to explore” I said. “Can I play chase with you?”

We chased and chased all the time following Red Toes along the edge of the field. Harry and I had a great game. We are the same age. When we got to the edge of the field Red Toes said “go home puppy you cannot come with us!”

 

Still Harry followed us so I asked him “Where is your Red Toes?”

“What is a Red Toes?” Harry asked.

I had to take a minute to think how to explain as it was a difficult question to answer. “Red Toes is my human, she looks after me and gives me food, treats and lots of cuddles, if I didn’t have my Red Toes I would not be a happy puppy.”

Harry looked quite sad “Oh that sounds lovely, I which I had a Red Toes.”

Red Toes now has a bit of a frown on her face, she walks back across the field to a wooden house in the woods. “Go home puppy you cannot come with us!”

There was no one in at the wooden house. So we turned around and went right back across the field. Still Harry followed us. When we came across a track by a cottage Red Toes told Harry “Go home puppy you cannot come with us!”

As we went up into the next field still Harry followed us. What happened next was unbelievable Red Toes is trying to give my treats to Harry! I wagged my tail at Red Toes and got a treat “Okay now you can give one to Harry” I said.

Harry would not take a treat from Red Toes. “I think I like your Red Toes” he said. “Do you think she will keep me?”

Now Red Toes is actually asking Harry to follow us. I walked closer to Red Toes what if Red Toes likes Harry more than me? Will she swap me for Harry? Will Harry come and stay at my house? We only have 1 big boy bed!

We finally arrive at the vets. I am worried. “I will be a good boy. I will play nicely. I will cross the road correctly. I will never eat poo again!” I tell her.

Red Toes asks the vet to take Harry to see if they can locate his owner. I told Harry as the vet took him in “Good Luck. I hope you get a new Red Toes, but this is my Red Toes and she is all mine.”

 

 

 

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