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"Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The Advent Calendar

Grandma came to see Red Toes and she bought me a present. Grandma’s friend Immogen makes things for people and she made something for especially for me. Well I am not sure if it is just for me, but I love my present.

Everyday I have to sit underneath the ring and wag my tail. “Guess what?” Everyday I get a treat just for wagging my tail. “How easy is that!”

Red Toes told me that it is a calendar for Christmas. We count down 24 days then Christmas is here. I do not know what Christmas is but I think that it must be very exciting.

Everything is changing in the house. We have a big tree in the living room which is blocking my path to the window. When Red Toes switches the tree on it makes a big whirling sound, I have to cover my ears until it calms down. This takes a few minutes, then the lights start flashing so it is not like the normal trees at all.

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It seems very odd to have a tree in the house. It is very low to the ground so I am not able to cock my leg against this tree. I did try but I have a funny feeling that would have made Red Toes really mad.

 

 

The day that Red Toes put the tree in the room she stood on the big ladder and hung things from the ceiling. At one point I was really worried, she seemed to be dangling from the wooden beams, her legs were knocking on the ladder and she was making some really strange sounds.

Finally her feet touched the ladder and she was back safely on the ground.

Now there are bags under the tree. I gave them all a big sniff and I wagged my tail. It smells so exciting.

“What’s in there?” I asked.

“It must be for me, it smells so good.”

“Can I eat it now? I asked Red Toes.

Red Toes says I am not allowed to touch the bags under the tree until Christmas. “That’s not fair” I said.  “I want them now.”

Umm I know. I will wait until she has gone out and then I will eat everything in the bag. The smell is driving me crazy, I have to sit the otherside of the room to stop myself drooling.

Then next morning I could see Red Toes putting on her coat. “Time to get into the bags” I thought. I could barely sleep thinking about it.

“Oh no, she is moving the bags.”

“Where are you taking them?” I asked.

“Let’s put these safely out of the way Benji, I don’t want you eating everyone’s Christmas presents. You have to wait until Christmas young puppy.”

“I hope Christmas is nearly here. I cannot wait to see what is in those bags!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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Got it cracked!

Last week I was sent away with my naughtiness of chewing carpets, shoes and other household goods and of course making Red Toes very tired with my night time antics.

On the trip to Grandpa’s he stopped at the dog shop. Grandpa got me some special treats. They came out of a crinkly packet and were white not like normal doggy treats. I had one with my lunch and one later at night.  ‘To be honest they didn’t taste great but hey ho its food.’

After having one of my special treats strange things started to happen. My legs found it difficult to walk in a straightline, my eyelids  became so heavy and I started to yawn. I slept and slept. I slept so much Grandpa had to wake me up in the morning.

I had a wonderful holiday,  walking with Grandma leaving little Benji smells for the dogs of Eydon. I waved my tail at everyone I met “Hello, I’m Benji pleased to meet you.”

I wanted to make sure that I got back to Red Toes and my own house as soon as possible, so I was the best behaved puppy you would ever love to meet.

Two great nights sleep and I was feeling totally calm, relaxed and refreshed, finally Red Toes came. “Hello, I love you, I miss you” I said as I licked all over her face. “Please let me come home” I said. She packed my bag and bed into the car and home we went.

I ran round house checking it for smells, it smelled like…”home.”

The first night I slept like an angel, Red Toes was so happy with me, little did she know that I had finally cracked it. Everything had come together after weeks of practice.

The following night at bed time Red Toes left the kitchen door ajar. I fell asleep myself as I waited for Red Toes to sleep.

When I woke it was very dark, so I moved very quiety to the edge of the kitchen, I ran, then I jumped at the handle and I couldn’t believe it, the door swung open first time. I was free at last. I ran round the living room with Dog in my mouth so we could have a proper adventure. I chased a bit of foil that I found. Then I chewed on a stick. I wandered behind the curtains to see who was in the street, it was empty.

“This is not too much of an adventure Dog, what shall we do?”

“I know lets get Red Toes” I said.

I crept quietly down the stairs towards the bedrooms. Yippee Red Toes’ door was open enough for me to wiggle through. I jumped quietly onto the box that holds jumpers and waited.

Red Toes moved around in a circle to face the other direction. The room was very quiet.  I balanced carefully on the box my paw hovering over the gap. If I land too heavily I will wake Red Toes. I had to get the landing perfect. I waited a minute, I stretched and gently landed on the giant bed.

I curled up in ball on the edge of the bed and slept for a while, when I realised in all the excitement I was finding it difficult to hold it in. I needed to do ‘my business’ there was nothing for it but to wake Red Toes.

“Surprise Red Toes” I said, as I jumped on her chest. “Its me Benji” I wagged.

“How on earth did you get here Benji?” She said

If only puppies could talk, I could tell you all about it.

 

 

The Home for Naughty Dogs

It has all gone wrong! I have been sent away to the home for naughty dogs, namely Grandpa’s for some “discipline“.  I am not sure how long I have to stay?

‘I didn’t mean it.’ I whimpered as I got in the back of the car.

I think I told you last week that I spent a lot of time driving Red Toes crazy. Over the last week I have continued my quest to get her attention 100% of the time and that it is all about what Benji wants.

It all started with a pair of boots 2 weeks ago. Red Toes has started to decorate the spare room, this means we are in a bit of disarray and things are not quite in the place that they should be.

While Red Toes was in the bath, I found a pair of boots, they had a lovey black covering on the heel. I discovered that if I used my teeth I could tear at the material. It was such a fun game, I managed to get all the material off the boots ‘Success’ I thought and stood back smiling at my handiwork. Red Toes was not smiling at me when she got out of the bath, I got sent to my bed in the kitchen.

The following day, while Red Toes was busy working at the computer I found a smell that was very interesting in the carpet. It smelt like chicken. It was so delicious I decided to use my teeth to lift a piece of the carpet. Before I knew it I was right through to the back of the carpet, so I adjusted my position and ate some more. Red Toes was not smiling at me when she saw what I was doing, I got sent to my bed in the kitchen.

I also managed to chew in the last week

  • A Roller for painting the walls
  • A Curtain Ring
  • A Paint brush
  • A glass case
  • A bow off a bra (even through this was up high, my jumping is getting very good)
  • I created a hole in some underwear (jumping skills again)
  • A second hole in the carpet

Of course I have a lot of toys but they are just not as much fun when it comes to chewing.

Yesterday, we had a lovely day playing together until Red Toes jumped on the computer to quickly catch up with some emails. During this short time I found a glorious, sleek grey pointed kitten heel shoe. It was brand, spanking new, barely worn. Red Toes screamed when she saw what I had done, I raced up the stairs to my bed in the kitchen without being prompted. I knew this is where I belonged.

Red Toes was so upset, I could hear her crying. I felt so bad, I didn’t know what to do. When she came in to make a cup of tea, I slowly approached and wagged my tail hard and gave my best smile ‘I’m sorry Red Toes’I said. This only made her cry even more.

Finally she picked me up and gave me a cuddle.

I think I would have probably have got away with chewing the shoe, if I hadn’t thrown a tantrum in the middle of the night for 2 hours. I think that this was the last straw!

‘I am sorry Red Toes, please take me back!’

 

 

The Giant Bed

I seem to be driving Red Toes crazy lately, my frst tactic to drive her crazy was throwing my best temper tantrums to get my own way.

It all started about 2 weeks ago. I don’t know why but I don’t like to sleep in my bed anymore. As you may recall me-dogI have always slept in my bed with Dog in the kitchen ever since I came to live with Red Toes.

To be honest I just want to sleep on the giant bed with Red Toes, I don’t like it when we are apart.

So one night I devised a plan. If I make as much noise as possible in the kitchen Red Toes will come and get me and I will get to sleep in the giant bed.

So after Red Toes put me to bed, I wait a short while and then I ran.

I ran at the cupboards, I ran at the door, I ran across the floor. I started to tell her “Red Toes come get me.” After about 20 mins I was exhausted so I curled up on my bed and went to sleep.

The next night I decided to try again. After Red Toes left me in bed, I ran at the cupboards, I ran at the door, I ran across the floor. Still she didn’t come. So I started to howl and I ran again at the cupboard and the door and right across the floor. This time she came.

“Yeah, take me to the giant bed” I said. Red Toes cuddled me in her arms and gently rocked me. It made me so tired I fell alseep. I woke up to find I was still in my own bed. “Well that didn’t quite go to plan” I told Red Toes when she came for me in the morning.

The next night I tried again nothing happened. No Red Toes to the rescue. I tried again the following night and the following night to no avail.

“I need to up my game” I said to myself. That day I made sure I got some extra sleep in the day so that I could put my plan into action. When Red Toes put me to bed and stroked my head, I smiled and said “night night see you soon Red Toes.”

I ran at the cupboards, I ran at the door, I ran across the floor, then again and again. Now I stopped and waited for Red Toes to fall asleep then when the clock struck 1:00 am I ran at the cupboards, I ran at the door, I ran across the floor. I howled, I cried. I ran across the floor, then again.

The door open a crack and I ran at Red Toes howling as I went. She scooped me up in her arms and gave me a big cuddle “Oh my Benji whats the problem” she said. I buried my head in her hair.

“Everything is okay now” I said, smiling as I curled up on the giant bed beside Red Toes.

 

The Sleepless Night

It was around the time of Halloween, we kept getting strange visitors at the door. They came as bats, mummies, vampires but always with fangs. I was very scared of them and gave them a good barking at, before licking them and wagging my tail.

It was a bit of an eerie night and when I went to bed. Red Toes forgot to close one of the kitchen blinds, light beamed across the kitchen flooding it with shadows.

I closed my eyes as tight as I possibly could but I couldn’t sleep. I turned myself around and around and then around again to avoid the light but it still pierced through my eyelids.

Up I got to look at the light thinking “boy the moon is bright tonight.” When I realised that the moon was not the problem. Red Toes had fixed the lights in the porch. First one lamp was not working, then they both didn’t work. Now I had both lamps beaming fully across my bed through the open blind.

“How will I sleep?” I said to myself. Angry with Red Toes for leaving me in this predicament I pounced on my bed and it moved slightly across the floor. “Aah that’s it I said.

I pulled and tugged at the bed until it moved across the floor. “That’s better, now for a good nights sleep.” I curled myself up into a ball. I closed my eyes tightly and tried to relax.  I turned myself around and around and then around again to avoid the light but it still pierced through my eyelids. It was no use! The light was still beaming across my bed.

I pounced and pulled and tugged at my bed until it was as far away from the light as possible. I curled myself up into a ball. I put my paws over my eyes and tried to relax.  I turned myself around and around and then around again to avoid the light but it really was no use.

I started to pace the floor hoping that Red Toes would hear that I was awake. Should I bark? I thought. Then she will definitely come and get me. Perhaps I can get to sleep on the giant bed instead?  I did a little growl to test the water…nothing.  I think I’m on my own on this one.

I looked at my bed then it struck me. If I put the cushion over my head it just might shield me from the light. I used my teeth to pull out the cushion, one, two, three and it was out.

Now how do I get this over my head? I crawled as low as I could to the ground and tried to burrow my nose under the cushion. All that happened was I shoved the cushion towards the bed.

Next I tried to flip the pillow in the air by sliding my paws underneath it and one, two three lift, then shoved my head under a quickly as possible. It worked but it was not quite good enough.

Let’s go again I thought. One, two, Three. I lifted the cushion as high as possible, while burrowing and crawling forward as fast as I could. I couldn’t believe it, it had worked, I actually had the cushion fully over my head.

Worried that the cushion would fall I slowed walked towards my bed and lowered my tired and weary body to the ground. I closed my eyes and started to relax.

Next thing I know Red Toes said “Morning my Benji, what you doing over there?” If only, I could tell her!

 

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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.

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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.

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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.”

 

 

 

The Big Boy Bark

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