Sunday, 26 August 2018

LRSE&C Dogs Party

Only 4 weeks to go!

This year's Dogs Party will be Sunday 23rd September and it will be Ziggy's first time.

It's always a great day out and lovely to see many of the rescued Labrador's and their humans.  In previous years Wiggle always had a fabbie time and I think he went every year that he was with me.

The Dogs Party is open to everyone and has lots of fun games and stalls to raise money for our wonderful charity that supports Ziggy and many more special Labradors.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Ziggy's new look

Ziggy loves his Grandyma, even when Grandyma got him a towelling cape from the charity shop.  We mentioned we could use some more towels and Ziggy ended up with this style statement:

Little Miss Sofy has been a bit poorly recently but a trip to the vets and some medication, she is doing much better.

She's 13 in a few weeks and often prefers to stay home but she felt perky enough to me out with Ziggy and in the week.

Ziggy and I went for a walk along the old railway track, which starts at the Halt: 

After sitting for a photo, it was time to walk, which we did, enjoying the morning and the path to ourselves:

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Ziggy's First Gotcha Day


On this Sunday last year, LRSE&C south east Co-Ordinator Derek drove Ziggy all the way from Kent to bring a foster dog to me who needed a place to stay where he could be cared for and get treatment for his skin problems.

When he arrived, Ziggy came in, pee'd in the kitchen, met Sofy and had a mooch around before getting on a dog bed and tending to his itchy bits.

Before long, he had had the snip, started to settle in and start seeing the vet to get treatment started on his skin problems.

In the early days, there were subtle clues that he was going to a little, erm, special...

But he was always happy and enjoyed all the new things he did and places we went.

He met Lilly, who he wishes would be his girlfriend.  She's playing hard to get.

He's had special baths, as often as every 3 days and every time. he hops into the tub and lets me rub in his special shampoo

Ziggy LOVES soft toys, in fact, all toys.  And luckily for him, his Grandyma loves him and gets him charity shop bargains that he can love before he rips their faces out and shreds them.

He's followed in Wiggle's foot steps and been the 'The Halt'

Wet weather meant clothing, but he tried not to look to unhappy about it.

His toy collection has grown:

During his treatment, poor Ziggy has got a bit better, then suffered bacterial skin infections.

As his first year has carried on, I've grown to love him even more:

Lilly has warmed up to him a little and played tuggy games with Ziggy when he has come to work:

Ziggy got to spend time with our very special friend, LucytheLab's mom Jana who visit this year 

We took Jana to the seaside and Ziggy enjoyed splashing around.

Lilly came to stay but Sofy was playing Gooseberry

As we've reached this first Gotcha Day, Ziggy's skin problems are under control and he is being treated for his allergies.  Slowly, there is some patchy new fur starting to grow.

Most of all, he is happy:

He is settled:

And he is loved:

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Birthdays, Kong's & Weather Disruption

 Today should have been a blog entry about our day at Hever Castle but sadly the hot weather spoilt our plans.  The temperatures in Kent have been over 30 DegC and we took the advice of the local LRSE&C co-ordinator's who knew the venue and said it would just be too hot.  Added to that, it would have been over 2.5hrs each way without any delays. Any other time, I'm happy to drive that distance or more but the M25 so often has delays the last thing I wanted to risk was getting stuck and Ziggy suffering as a result.

With no let up in the warm weather, daytime walks have been few and far between although we did get a couple of evenings with lovely cooling breezes so we took ourselves off to the fields next to us:

After the straw had been harvested, it was looking very bare in our fields:

Ziggy didn't care and was enjoying searching for interesting sniffs:

Evening sunshine: 

On Wednesday Ziggy celebrated his 7th birthday which meant some new toys for stuffing, which he loves:

Each day Ziggy and Sofy have a stuffed Kong when I go to work so with more, I can freeze them as well and keep them cool.

Ziggy wasted no time chewing on his Kong Wubba and soon got the squeaky ball out:

Sofy likes the new Cow-Wow and spends ages rolling it around to get the kibble out:

When Ziggy goes near, she make's sure he can't get it:

Yesterday, as Ziggy didn't get his day at the Castle, we went into town for breakfast at the cafe by the river.  Ziggy got to splash around and catch treats: 

Ziggy will only paddle still but throwing little biscuits for him encourages him to splash around in the water:

Today Ziggy and Sofy have been taking it easy, enjoying frozen yogurt cubes and lounging around.  The best way to spend a hot Sunday!