The life and times of an English Airedale Terrier puppy

Monday, January 22, 2007

A Busy Weekend

Hello everyone,

Phew! I've had such a busy weekend. On Saturday dad got me into my car harness, popped me in the car & off we went. We didn't go any of our usual routes for walks or puppy class so I was very intrigued. As I peered out of the window I could see lots of cars, buses, people & buildings.

We parked with lots of other cars & dad put some pennies in a machine. Dad got me out of the car & it was sensory overload. There were loads of people & so many new sights & smells everywhere. Mum explained that her & dad had to do some shopping so they had decided it would do me good to experience the town centre for the first time! It was really exciting. There were loads of pigeons to chase, people to be admired by, bit of food to snaffle off the floor, & best of all we bumped into another Airedale, a 2 year old boy! It was so exciting, and his owners made a real fuss of me & said how handsome I was (I know it already!) with my proper Airedale hair do (their doggie was REALLY wild & wooly).

Later we met an Italian Spinone puppy almost exactly the same age as me! She looked like the picture below and was very eager to play with me, but all the hoomans said that the middle of town on a Saturday morning wasn't the best place, so we just had a little bit of a wrestle while the hoomans nattered! I was well behaved whilst waiting outside shops. I either stayed with mum or dad while the other went in, and lots of people stopped to admire me & ask what kind of dog I was. One person thought my Halti lead was a muzzle, so mum soon put them straight!

Cute Spinone doggy

We stopped at a place called MacDonald's on the way home & dad asked a funny machine for some stuff, them we drove up to a window & picked up some yummy smelling food! I sat really nicely while they muched & my patience was rewarded with a bit of Chicken Nugget. Yummy!

When we got home I was so tired from all the new sights & smells that I slept for the whole afternoon & most of the evening!


Sunday was another beautiful sunny day, though still freezing cold I have to say. Yet again dad put my stoopid car harness on, grabbed my lead & some poopy bags & off we set. We only drove about 10 minutes away then parked up on a country lane. We were off on a 3 mile walk round Stanton Park & the Great Wood.

Mum found the walk on a really cool website called Tara's Trails
It's written by a local doggie & has loads of great walks around our town. Mum says we can try new ones out at the weekends, which is great as I simply adore going out & exploring new places.

As soon as we got going I tried to find the best stick I could for mum & dad to throw & me to chew on - sticks make such a tasty snack don't you think? No? Hmm, maybe just me then. After careful inspection, I decided this one wasn't quite perfect.

The first part of the track was REALLY muddy due to the amount of rain we have had recently. Dad was sinking but mum thought it was more important to take photos of his predicament than help him! Good job mum bought him new wellies this week!

I had such a great time running through the mud, across the fields & in the woods. There was a field with some horses in with some really tasty food that I enjoyed eating (mum: it was horse poop!). We also saw some sheep & some deer, but I was a good boy & ignored them.

There were lots of men sitting by the edge of the lake. Dad said they were fishing. They had buckets with worms in which I was keen to eat, so dad had to put me back on my lead until we got past them. Boring!

I enjoyed watching this water flowing really fast out of the lake. It was quite noisy all crashing down on the rocks.

There were lots of trees that had fallen over because of the gale force winds we had last week, though none were as impressive as Miss Sunshade's big tree that toppled over.

I finally found the perfect stick. I think I look a bit like a martial arts dog with a Kendo stick! I had to leave it behind as it was kind of difficult to navigate through the trees with it!

There were loads of crystal clear streams & ponds in the wood, and dad FINALLY managed to persuade me to take a dip. Brr, it was fr-fr-freezing, but it was actually fun, and I did have a little swim. Mum was really excited, cheering & saying "good boy, good boy". Thank Dog there was no-one nearby as she was embarrasing! I will try it again when the weather is a bit warmer.

This was the result of walking through all that mud & having a dip in the pond. Check out the state of my feet - excellent!

I did fear that mud in that extreme could only lead to one thing & yep, I was right. Dad took his t-shirt off, picked me up (no mean feat as I'm getting pretty big), carried me upstairs & unceremoniously dumped me in the bath. You guys, why did you have to spoil such a good day? I had a wash in the pond & it's only a little bit of dirt for pete's sake!

Hmm, is all that mud really coming from me? OK, maybe I did need a teeny rinse.

When I got out of the bath my "Aire Dry" was interrupted by grandma & grandad coming over, so there was more excitement. I hope they didn't mind getting sprayed with the remains of my bath water as I ran round them like a crazy!
It was still a really good day despite the bath, & yet again I certainly had an excellent snooze later on!
Oscar x


Buster the Wired Fox Terror said...

Wow that sounds like the best week end EVER!

Bussie Kissies

Loui said...

Oscar my mum loves the Taras trails website and said that there are lots of new places to be tried one weekend! I'll let you know if we venture that far!

Loui xx

Oscar Airedale said...

Buster - It was a cool, cool weekend

Loui - That would be so great if you ventured out this way sometime! I bet you could teach me to swim really well!

Boo said...

wow oscar, you did quite a lot over the weekend. i wish my weekend was as eventful as yours. mom sent me to the groomer. :-(

one of these days you and simba should really meet up and go for the boat ride. don't worry of drowning - simba has a red hangbag that can save life!

wet wet licks


Toby said...

Hmmm, I do see a bit of mud rinsing off of you.... But in my opinion, a bath was unnecesary. Then again, I never think a bath is necessary!!!

Looks like you had a blast over the weekend.


Faya said...

Waouh quel week-end. Normalement les humains devraient se reposer mais on dirait que chez toi c'est le contraire. J'aime bien aussi aller en ville mais pas trop souvent à cause des odeurs de pots d'échappement. Beurk... Bisous mon Oscar, Ta Faya

Sunshade said...

OMG... I'm so so so so so sos osos osososososoosos ososoososo envious of the sinking mud you got to run around.. Lovely feet, very attractive, one suggestion tho, next time, try to make all the tan parts of your body the same colour as your saddle. I have perfected that, you should too.

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Oscar,
That sure sounds like the bestest weekend! And Snickers really digs that stick you have. She LOVES to chew on sticks outside. She says you can chew sticks with her anytime, hehehehe!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers
PS All of our sticks are buried right now with this stinkin snow stuff, darn.

Maggie said...

What a great weekend you had Oscar! Now about that Chicken Nugget from MacDonald's! I'm going to have to ask mom if we can go there too. I've never had one! boohoo!

Love ya lots,

Chelsea said...

You certainly had a scenic weekend. What a lovely way to spend the day!

You bring new meaning to the phrase lucky dog.


Tom said...

you had an AWESOME weekend! mine was not nearly as exciting! I LOVE mcdonalds french fries...yummm

Joe Stains said...

Oh nooooes, that was Me, not TOM, that is my dad and he left himself signed in!

Fu Fu said...

Hey Oscar, your weekend sounds great. Of course people stop to admire you. You're a good lookin doggie. :)

~ fufu

Simba said...

Why do they do that, A beatiful mud bath washed away by smelly shampoo.

Simba xx

Oscar Airedale said...

Boo - It would be cool if me, Simba & Loui went sailing. I'm not sure the handbag could save us all though!

Tobes - My weekend was great. I was still pretty tired yesterday!

Faya - Les humains ne peuvent pas se reposer avec un airedale chez eux!

Sunshade - I did have mud up my legs until I had a dip in the pond. That cleaned me up good enough I thought. Obv not in the parents eyes...

Butchy & Snickers - We are going to see grandma tomorrow & apparently she has some snow!!!

Maggie - But you have banana, yummy!

Chelsea - The scenery wasn't as pretty as you

Joe - Right, I'm trying fries next time

FuFu - Thanks little guy, you're very handsome too

Simba - I know!!! Tsk, some people

Rachael said...

Sounds like a great day, except for the bath part! Yuck! nose bonks from Moxie (whose mom keep looking towards the bathtub with that look in her eyes..uh oh)

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

It seems that you had a very good weekend... And the chicken nuggets..hmmmm. We love the nuggets from MacDonalds.

Boy n Baby

Oscar Airedale said...

Ooh Moxie, hope you haven't been dunked in the bath yet!

Super Boy & Baby-licious - You wouldn't believe the teeny bit of nugget I got!

Oscar x