The life and times of an English Airedale Terrier puppy

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Rainy Days & Monday

Hello all, hope you're OK. I am fine if a little soggy. Some houses a few streets away were flooded over the weekend but we are dry so far, though our patio was more like a paddling pool for a while over the weekend. Lots of places around are suffering badly, it's so sad to hear about all the people who have had flood damage to their homes. My pal Blue who cam to see me on Saturday has flooding very close by, so I have paws firmly crossed that it does not reach her house. You can read more about the floods and see photos here.

My super cute wirey friend
Asta Up Over awarded my the Rockin Dog Blogger award, thank you Asta!

Well, we had a dry day on Sunday, so I made sure I got outside to make the most of it. I decided dad needed some exercise, so I persuaded him to play one of my favourite games with me. He pretends to be a big scawie monster and chases me around. it's so much fun, and a very good cardiac workout (maybe more for me than him if you see how tired I am by the end of the video!).

As mum and I were heading off to grooming class, I gave dad some jobs to do to make sure he didn't get bored. He finished off painting the new fence. I kept an eye on him before I left to make sure the work was up to my high standards...hey dad, you missed a bit at the end here!

Before he painted the fence he got out the scawie grass eating monster! Now I used to be a teensy bit scared of this when I was a littler pup, as seen here:

But now that I am a mature boy of nearly 14 months I am not so bothered by it. I still wouldn't say I liked it - it does eat the grass and I'm quite partial to doing that myself thank you! I will however tolerate it now.

Anyhow, so we left dad working hard (though I think he actually crept off to watch something called the Grand Prix once we'd gone, hehehe) and mum and I drove to grooming class. Mum got help getting my neck and chest hair shorter, though I still have some left to poke out of my cowboy waistcoat in a manly fashion.

We didn't take any photos of boring grooming, only of the best part about the classes - getting to play with other Dales! My buddies Ralf, Molly, Rupert, Archie or Milo weren't there today, but I'm a friendly boy so I soon made new pals!

Here I am getting acquainted with the laydees! Beside me is little Ruby who I met at the first grooming class I went to. She's almost 1 now. She recently got badly attacked by another doggy who ripped all her side and underneath open. She is healing well now thank doG, and apart from being a little nervous, doesn't seem to have suffered any lasting effect. Little Willow - who's not actually so little anymore at 6 months old - is at the bottom of the photo. Poor Indie was trying to have a poop in peace and got caught on camera, sorry Indie!

Once Ruby realised I'm a gentle boy her tail came up and she was happy to have a good old game of bitey face, yeah!

Willow really wanted to play, but she just wasn't quite brave enough to join in properly, preferring to trot around and watch us. I guess as she gets older she'll get braver. She's also very dainty, so maybe that's why she isn't too keen on running around with us bigger dogs.

As you can see, Willow is still stood by my mum on the step while we all play. I'm now playing with Indie (he finished his poop) while Ruby cheers me on and tries to get Willow to come and join in!

Indie had a word in my ear to ask if I thought he should ask Ruby if she'd be his girlfriend. I told him to go for it. Lovely as she is, I am faithful to my Airegirl Faya.

We discovered there were lots of sticks on the floor and had great fun running around with them playing "chase me". At one point 3 of us had one stick in our mouths, running around in a row, but mum just couldn't get a good photo.

As you'll see on the video, even Willow couldn't resist coming to chomp a few stickies! I am the big fuzzy one!

Yay, Willow is out playing and her little tail is up. I guess she realised how much fun we all are! Grooming class is great for socialisation as well as the horrid hair pulling. Can you see Indie's ears? They're all sticky uppy the whole time and very cute. That's my big fuzzy butt in the background!

Ahh, nothing like a communal butt sniff! The paler guy sniffing my butt is Russell, and he belongs to one of the ladies who runs the class.

So all in all, grooming class was great fun, not the stoopid standing on tables bit so much, but the play time in between rocked!


Oscar x


Jessie and Jake said...

Wow - we hope you can swim - floods sound dangerous!

We the gate - it is a pretty colour and we love the pics of everyone smelling eachothers bumbums. That is really the only way to get to know another doggie!

Quinvale AstaLaVista Baby said...

Wow, sooo many tewwiers! You really do rock, Oscar!

xxx Asta down under

fee said...

o me o my... mom and i sat stunned with our mouths opened for a moment when we saw the video of you and that grass eating monster. that monster is why i ran into the glass door if you remember my misadventure a while back! it was making so much noise and i thought i would dash out to the garden and give it a fright; unfortunately the glass door was shut and i didn't see it...

i think we should all just stay away from noisy monsters; they're never good news. much better fun to play with other furkids! i'm envious of your whole gang of beautiful airedales!


Amber-Mae said...

Hehehe, you're sooo funny in the first video. You're like my sista Faith, always running away from mommy when she chases her. LOL! The scawie monster sure looks scawie & noisy to me & but these kind of monsters I'm not scared of... I'm not scared of vacuum cleaners too. I just think they're damn noisy & sometimes disturbs my beauty sleep. And wow! Sooo many Airedale friends! That's sooo cool!!! Hope you guys had a good time together...

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Johann The Dog said...

Wow that game of chase sounds fun, and (we're proud of you) look at that agility equipment, you rock!!!!

Thank you ever so much for voting for me, Gracie and I really appreciate it....shhhhh, she doesn't know about this yet, BOL!!

Luckie Girl said...

Hey Oscar,
You have so many friends and I almost couldn't recognise which was you!! :)

Sir Chance-Lot said...
Yeah I heard about all the flooding over there. In Mammas country / has rained all summer too!
Hope you are well Oscar :O))

Agatha and Archie said...

Oscar we ahve been worried about you as we have been seeing on TV all the flooding in England.I think if we saw that that grass eating monster we would NOT LIKE IT AT ALL!! Your grooming looks like fun,I wish we could go there! PL 1 does ours( hee hee or should I say tries to!! ) Love, Agatha + Archie

Tadpole said...

Oscar I love reading your blog! You always have so much fun!

That game with your dad looks like the BEST GAME EVER!!! Much better than that hair-pulling "grooming" game, it seems like....

Simba said...

Looks like speed dating at its best. I can't believe your Dad missed a bit of the fence, its so hard to get good staff.

Simba xx

Maggie said...

What fun to be able to play with all Airedales! Poor Ruby! We were crushed to hear about her accident! We're so glad to hear that she's okay and isn't scarred for life!

Love ya lots,

Faya said...

J'espère que la pluie va s'arrêter bientôt....c'est pas bon pour le moral. Toi aussi tu aime ton jardin ! J'aime bien aussi aider dans le jardin...à ma façon. Quelle chance tu as t'avoir tant d'amis Airedale ..... c'est magnifique ! Bisous, Ta Faya

Balboa & Mommy said...

Man, you are are a lot braver than me, I still am terrified of the vaccuum, i swear its gonna eat me.

Oh poor Ruby, I am glad you showed her that you are a kind doggy and played with her. Great job,

Frenchie Snorts

Peanut said...

I am so glad you have not floated away.

Tofu Burger said...

Ahhh Oscar, I love a post about a good poop and good butt sniffing indeed! hee hee hee


Asta said...

I was laughing soo hawd watching your Daddy playing big scawy monster with you, that looked the funnest! I'm vewy sowwy to hear about all the flooding,but so happy you're OK!
Ifeel the same way about the sucking diwt monster in our house as you do about the gwass cutting monster..eeek.
That gwooming class looks a many lovely have the cutest bum of all'smoochie kisses

Marvin The Dog said...

You always look like you are having such a fun time Oscar!

I am pleased to hear you are ok with the terrible floods.

We have our paws crossed for dear Blue....

love and licks Marv xxxx

wally said...

Hello Oscar!

Quite glad you are staying dry. It looks like you did a marvelous job of supervising the humans and giving them some exercise.

Poor Ruby. Nice to see she can overcome her nervousness, though.


Bogart said...

Stay dry Oscar!!!!

Lots of Aire-fun photos there...


coco said...

what a beautiful group of doggins you are!!! my dogness!

maybe your mum can get you a raincoat if the weather stays soggy!

here's to sun-shiny days ahead! coco

The Airechicks said...

Oscar -

Your a social butterfly....

Looked like a very nice get together....

Don't put you raincoat up yet...

Faya's not worried....your just friendly.....

Chelsea said...

Please keep safe as possible. It sounds horrible where you are with all that flooding.

You and your buddies are all so cute I can't decide who I like best...but, since I am T-Man's lady...I won't make a decision


Lorenza said...

Hi, Oscar.
Looks like you had real fun with your dad! I like that game!
You are so nice and friendly with all those new friends!
Poor Ruby! Glad she is doing well!
Have a good night

The Lone Beader said...

I used to have an Airedale named Tawny once.... :)

Boo said...

hey oscar, i love your back yard. i wish i have a yard like yours but unfortunately every bit of the space here are used for the house. :(

anyway, i like your wooden fence. is that hand made by your dad or you bought it? mom saw this small little fence but she hesitate whether to buy or not coz i might still able to jump over.

i like your buddies. you are a mature boy to resist ruby's love huh. i'm sure faya is so proud of ya!

wet wet licks


Rachael said...

Can I take a moment to say how delightful your tail is! Its so cute and fuzzy and perfect. They dock dale tails over here, so you are the first dale I've seen with his whole tail. I love it!

Nugget said...

Hi Oscar,
Glad to hear that you're not under water! Looks like you had a lot of fun with your dad and friends!

Nugget & the boys

Ferndoggle said...

I'll bet you could play that game with your Dad all day long!! You both look like you're having so much fun!

I don't really like grass cutters either. Too noisy.


Bruin said...

I was wondering if you were flooded at all! I'm a little worried about letting mom go over there in a couple weeks...what if she drowns???

Momo :) said...

Oscar, you had a fun day with your dad and your friends! nice! :)

Momo xoxo

ROSSI said...

Hi Oscar.. sorry for dropping by late.. yeah.. been raining here everyday since last week now!!..

I love seeing so many Airedale frens running around with u ... looks like so much fun and cute.. like a quartet Airedale!!..

ToFFee said...

That's soo many Airdales there! I wish I ould see many Shih Tzu's here.. I'm not really quite socialized yet... I'm very much fearful of other doggies...

Maybe your dad went to sneak for a snackie!


Stanley said...

Oscar Boy!!

We could totally have an afternoon of chasin' and wrasslin' and playing bitey face! You are a madman in that backyard! Too bad we live so far apart.

Your dad, by the way, is pretty stinkin' scawie... it's scawie to think he thinks he's going to get any cardio out of that game with you. You do all the work, man!

Your grooming class is cleverly disguised as a complete & total Aire Heaven!! (Sorry about the hair pulling. My girl has opted for the clippers only).

You and Ruby were so sweet to Willow Girl, being extra gentle and encouraging her to play! I hope she's healing okay.

That's a funny shot of you & Indie. My girl has almost the same shot of me and ZZ - it looks like I'm totally telling him a secret. Is that an Airedale thing or a dog thing?

Thanks for sharing. I think the photo of the communal butt sniff is my fave.

Your goober bud,

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