Benny Hound here for a catch up before my next meal/nap is due.
Another Bank Holiday is here. We hope you are all having a good time, whatever you're up to. The servants have been very busy lately and not had time to listen to our stories so I've been directly to Gladstone, our PA. Thanks for noting this down Gladders!
Over May Day Bank Holiday, we were all pleasantly surprised when the servants took us from the wonders of Wolverhampton back to our previous retreat in Worcestershire. It was like we'd never been away. We were welcomed back warmly which we appreciated as although there are three of us, Lucy and Kylie can fold up quite small if need be. I need to stretch out as much as possible but the girls don't mind. We're also very quiet most of the time, although Kylie does like an occasional sing (something in the name?!) and usually likes to pass comment on the ways of the world, often along the lines of 'why have you stopped fussing me, servant?!'.
The weather was cloudier than the first time but we still had nice walks by the river, around fields and parks, along country lanes, past sheep, one of which stuck it's head through the fence right in front of me - I couldn't believe my eyes! A few people came over to meet us as we walked around, which we enjoyed. We also went back to the local watering hole and discovered a new one, which we liked so much, we went there twice.
On our second visit to the new watering hole, we all sat in the garden as it was too full for me to stretch out inside. The sun was out and the grass was cosy, so I settled down for forty winks or so. I was very comfortable. Lucy tells me that while I was snoozing, Kylie made friends with a 2 year old girl. Her family kept bringing her out as each time they took her back in, she was screaming to come back and see Kylie again. Lucy said Kylie was very patient and relaxed and enjoyed the attention. Lucy wasn't sure so she stayed by the female servant while the male servant kept an eye on things. I'm glad all of this didn't wake me up! Apparently the female servant made sure I wasn't disturbed, so well done to her - she can have a biscuit; a human one that is - step away from the Bonios!!
All good things must come to an end and after a couple of days, we found ourselves back at home. We picked up our wee-mails on our walks and everything went back to normal.
The servants seem to have been very busy so no more jollies yet but we have been on more walks around local football pitches and along the canal. I sometimes like a good stretch but after all that holiday walking, I didn't want to overdo it, I AM retired, you know! I don't always like to turn back as I'm a positive, forward-looking kind of hound and the servants can surely find me a short but different route back from anywhere we go. Around a week ago, they failed and a twenty minute walk along the canal took another forty minutes to get back home. I WAS tired later! Better route planning next time, please, servants.
I've now been with Lucy and the servants for seven years - aren't they lucky?! To celebrate this, the female servant made sardine oatcakes for us hounds. They were very nice. You may have another biscuit, female servant...no, NOT the oatcakes! (Honestly, Gladders, we can't get the staff!).. I'm assuming there must be another batch coming soon; seven years is a lot of oatcakes.
I must say I love this retirement thing. I'm a steady kind of chap who loves my comforts and to potter about taking my ease. Even I can't believe I used to race before the servants let me live with them. The servants say I'm quick enough when there's food around, even though I'll be 11 in October.
Anyway friends, as I can't smell my next meal, it must be time for another nap.
Be like me - take it easy!
Love and licks,
Ben, Lucy and Kylie
Hello everyone, cheeky face Lucy here bringing you this week's Hound Chat!
The above picture is one of my favourites of my good self, especially as it was taken on a warm sunny day a little while ago!
This week though, winter really has returned with a vengeance!
Us hounds thought that as it's almost May, that we could put our winter attire away for a good few months. We were looking forward to going out without wearing our fleeces so that we could get some sun on our backs. A bit of vitamin D does us a power of good and helps ensure our skin and fur is nice and glossy.
Unfortunately, we woke up a few days ago and the temperature had dropped by about 10 degrees, snow was falling on the slabs outside and the only thing lacking was a group of carol singers and a showing of 'It's a Wonderful Life' on the television!
It didn't get much better when we went out for our walk. We were all snug and warm in our DECEMBER coats but our paws were cold and so were our noses as we walked round a wintry Wolverhampton :-( We even had a bit of sympathy for the servants this week as they returned home one day looking like they'd taken a wrong turn into a snow machine!
Hopefully we can get some nice weather back soon. Us hounds enjoy walking around a sunny Wolverhampton and we haven't been able to do that at all this week :-(
Until next time, stay warm everybody, hopefully you can put your hot water bottles away again soon!
Lucy Hound x
Hi all! Kylie Hound here!
We hope you all had a nice Easter. Us hounds went on lots of nice walks over the long weekend, including a nice woodland walk surrounded by lovely bluebells :-)
Now once a year, us hounds like to do a little role reversal with the servants and we encourage them to take the weight off their feet for a few days and let us take care of things!
So, last Saturday, Ben, Lucy & I got up really early and spent a good hour preparing breakfast for the servants. Lucy cooked the servants a feast consisting of tomatoes, lightly fried bread, mushrooms, eggs and hash browns, I made them a pot of tea and Ben picked some fresh fruit and berries from a nearby orchard.
After breakfast we took the servants for a lovely long stroll and were very patient with them. We didn't tell them off if they stood still for too long or spent too much time sniffing things, although we did threaten to put a muzzle on the servants if they didn't stop eating the grass, our patience really did run thin when they kept eating grass :-/
When we got back from the walk we made them comfortable in their favourite chairs and found them something interesting to watch on television (an achievement in itself). We then prepared their lunch; fresh fish, rocket salad and new potatoes. After dinner, Ben did all the washing up while Lucy did the drying up and I put all the plates and cutlery back in their rightful place.
We then had a very quick snack ourselves so we didn't burn out and we then cleaned the house from top to bottom, Ben took care of the bedrooms, Lucy cleaned all the surfaces and I vacuumed the downstairs rooms.
We then spent an hour cleaning the Hound Mobile inside and out and shortly after that we tackled all the weeds in the garden and planted a few new shrubs.
We were just about to tackle dinner but thankfully before that happened I woke up from the horrendous dream I was having to find the male servants toe almost lodged up my nose! It must have been the smell of his feet which caused me to have such a bad dream, a nightmare even. Luckily, none of the above actually happened (except for lines one to three). Under no circumstances do we do role reversal in this house, the servants already have a great life living with us, they don't need it any easier or there'd be no point in them even being servants!
Until next week, I think I need a session of therapy after that, apologies if I've scared any children during this week's blog!
An exhausted, Kylie, Ben & Lucy x
Hello all! Benny Hound here! As you can see, I'm trying to have a kip as I only got 21 hours sleep yesterday but I've been rudely awoken by Lucy and Kylie, anxious to tell me that it's my turn to write the blog this week as I haven't done it for a while!
Well, the most exciting thing to happen this past week, other than the male servant colliding with the ceiling light while trying to brush our teeth, was a mysterious package dropping through the letter box a few days ago. I was hoping it would be something edible, with it being nearly Easter and all (although not chocolate of course as that is very bad for us dogs), but unfortunately it wasn't something we could feast upon. It was in fact the arrival of our new house collars and mine is proudly on display in the picture opposite. You'll no doubt see Kylie & Lucy's new collars in future blogs! We all like our new 'garments' although we hope the servants haven't spent money on those and left insufficient funds for excess treats over the bank holiday weekend! I'm sure they wouldn't do that but we'll continue to be concerned until we see what they bring back from the supermarket later! Until next week, have a happy Easter, we're hoping to go on some new walks and maybe even have a ride in the Hound Mobile over the long weekend!
Benny Hound x
Good day to you all! This is Lucy Hound here bringing you the latest edition of Hound Chat!
This Hound Chat is more about the servants than me. They celebrated a special anniversary this week: on 2nd April 2017 they clocked up 7 WHOLE YEARS of being my servants!
Looking back over the past 7 years I think they have done a good job overall, but I think there are also a few areas they could improve on. After all, no-one is perfect so I think it's only fair I give constructive criticism as well as praise.
The positive things they've done is to feed me good food regularly, give me treats on a consistent basis, provide me with a bed to sleep on, take me on a lot of nice walks, take me on holiday and make me special cakes for birthdays and at holiday times.
There are however areas in which there is room for improvement. For example, it is often frustrating to have to wait until half time during football matches (take note male servant) or to have to wait until Autumn Watch has finished (take note female servant) before I can get a treat. Us hounds are far more important than sport and T.V. programmes and we shouldn't be inconvenienced because of them. In terms of having a bed to sleep on, I do also like to curl up in an armchair or sprawl on the sofa. Unfortunately, the armchairs are sometimes occupied by the servants and the sofa is often occupied by Ben and / or Kylie. In such a situation, it would be appreciated if the servants could vacate the armchairs so I can have the pick of one of them. If they really need somewhere else to sit when all other duties have been carried out, my bed (located on the floor) is more than adequate and once I've chosen my favourite armchair, the other one is of course free too (supposing Ben or Kylie haven't taken it by then).
The servants do take us on nice walks but there are times when I'm not ready to go home and they always complain that they have things to do. Surely an extra 30 minutes of walking on top of the hour I've already had isn't asking too much?
Finally, the treats the servants make for me are nice but I would appreciate them more often, maybe every other day as a minimum?
On the whole though, a good effort and I'll award them a solid 8 out of 10 for their efforts. If they follow the suggestions above they might reach a 9 or maybe even better next year! :-)
Right, have a nice weekend everyone, I'll let you know if the servants have heeded my advice in next week's blog!
Evening all, Kylie Hound here with your weekly update!
Firstly, can I apologise for the absence of Hound Blog last week? I was sat in a sunny beer garden in Worcestershire, as you can see from the picture and it completely slipped my mind. Lucy and Ben said they did remember but were too happy snoozing to remind me to write it and even if they had reminded me I was too distracted by the beer, as I'm sure you can tell!
Ben, Lucy and myself had a lovely time catching a few rays of sunshine and meeting lots of new people. I was hoping the servants would give me a sip of their beer but selfishly they kept it all to themselves! Anyway, to make up for it they took us on lots of nice walks and we visited lots of new places which we all really enjoyed.
Unfortunately, the good work of the servants was undone the following Wednesday. We all got excited at the prospect of another car ride and dutifully jumped into the Pet Minicab wondering where we were off to next. Well, you can imagine the rush of disappointment and dread when 20 minutes later the servant pulled up outside a v....... I can't bring myself to say it. I'll spell it instead: V.E.T.E.R.I.N.A.R.Y. P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E. I think that's how you spell it, not bad for a dog of nearly 12 eh?! Well anyway, that's where we spent the next hour. On the plus side the V.E.T that we saw was really nice and she was very gentle giving us our booster injections and she even gave us a treat afterwards. We were then all weighed and unsurprisingly I'm the lightest and Big Belly Ben is the heaviest. I was also told I'm the cutest out of the three of us and am also very good at spelling so on the whole not a bad experience although I'm in no hurry to go back- Lucy is still quivering, she hates going to the V.E.T.S too!
Right, if you'll excuse me I'm off to complete the teatime crossword and read a dictionary.
Until next week!
Good evening fans! Lucy Hound here! I've woken up specially to tell you that spring is definitely in the air!
Us hounds love it when the weather starts improving because it means we get to explore areas that aren't as accessible during the winter months. We're not big fans of winter because it's cold, dark, wet and muddy and we always end up with soggy paws!
Last Sunday we suggested to the servants that it would be a good idea to have a walk along the canal. What we meant by this is that we insisted on having a walk along the canal and we pointed our noses in the direction in which we wanted to go, and refused to move until they walked in that direction! Always works a treat, never fails!
We love walking along the canal, well alongside the canal we mean, not actually in the canal although I must admit I have fallen in on one occasion and Ben has had a few near misses! When we walk along the canal towpaths we get to explore all sorts of different sights, sounds and smells, while the female servant looks for different species of birds and the male servant can get away with singing because no one can hear his appallingly out of tune voice (except us unfortunately).
Anyway, last Sunday's walk was most enjoyable and we were out for a good two hours. It should have been less than that but at one point we passed a herd of pigs and Ben is absolutely fascinated by pigs. He just stands there looking at them with his big ears on end. The male servant initially stands there and waits for Ben to move, then after about 5 minutes he says 'come on now Ben, let's go', which Ben ignores. Then after about another 10 minutes he says the same thing again only more sternly, which Ben ignores. Then after another 10 minutes he may even use the odd naughty word to try to get Ben to move but one thing is certain, Ben won't move until he's ready to! We're there that long the servants are thinking of taking a picnic next week!
Anyway, let's hope for more nice weather so that all doggies can get to explore and see new sights and sounds as summer is approaching.
Take care until next time.
Lucy, Ben & Kylie.
Good evening dear readers. This is Lucy Hound here. Ben, Kylie & myself hope you are okay and have enjoyed fun-filled weeks!
Us hounds have had a fairly steady week: we did a little work then had a little kip, did a little work then had a little food, did a little work then had a little walk (okay the work bit isn't true but you get the gist).
Anyway, it had been a normal week for us hounds, then yesterday, something truly amazing happened. We were minding our own business having a well earned rest, when suddenly we were awoken by a strange bright light outside. We thought about it for a while and had a little tete a tete with each other but still couldn't figure it out. Anyway, we went back to sleep as it was clearly beyond our comprehension and we decided it wasn't worth wasting valuable resting time thinking about it any further.
However, the mystery all became clear about 5 hours later when we were woken by the servants for our walk. The male servant announced with real joy in his voice that we wouldn't be needing our outdoor coats today as the "SUN IS SHINING!!! "
At that point it all became clear, we knew we'd seen it before but not for at least 5 months! It was the SUN that had appeared and this had caused the light to shine and this had woken us up that morning!
Off we went for our stroll and it's true to say we had a lovely walk and it was great to get some sunshine on our backs- a bit of vitamin D does our natural coats the world of good and it puts the servants in a good mood too- although we could have done without the male servant singing 'Sunshine on my shoulders' by John Denver for half of the walk. Nothing is ever perfect sadly.
Anyway, we made the most of our walk yesterday as the sun disappeared again today and we had to go out in our rain coats, as per usual :-(
Until next week, here's hoping for more nice weather. If you spot any do let us know so we can come to wherever you are for our walks!
Lucy, Ben & Kylie x
Good afternoon one and all! Ben, Kylie and Lucy here bringing you our weekly update!
As you know, we love answering your questions but this week we have had to deal with a complaint - from the servants would you believe?!
The issue they've raised occurred last Wednesday. We were working hard having a quick snooze when we were rudely awoken by the sound of talking. We listened in to the conversation for a few minutes and overheard the servants complaining that they never have anywhere to sit in their own house.
Can you believe it? 'How ungrateful!' we hear you say and we couldn't agree more!
Well, as you know, us hounds take all feedback and / or complaints (we don't get many complaints thankfully, why would we)? very seriously and have thought long and hard about the servants' concerns (about 30 seconds) and asked Gladstone our PA to send them the following response:
Thank you for waking us up so abruptly last week. We know you didn't intend to interrupt our sleeping but, well, you did. Can we suggest in future that if you choose to have a conversation that you do it whilst we're awake, i.e. during meal times or when we're out on our walks?
We understand that you are unhappy that you apparently had nowhere to sit on Wednesday 1st March 2017, at approximately 6pm?
We have done a thorough investigation into your concerns and can confirm that you are talking rubbish.
Although we were occupying the sofa and armchairs, we can confirm that there are many alternatives available if you wish to sit down. When we are sat / lying on the furniture, you are most welcome to sit on our beds, which are located on the floor. They are very comfortable and have hardly been used. If you'd prefer not to sit on the floor you could always locate the deckchairs and use those instead. If it's a nice day why not sit in the garden for a couple of hours or even if it's not a nice day you could still sit in the garden if you wish (but if you talk please keep the noise to a dull roar). If neither of the first two options appeals to you and you'd prefer not to sit on the floor or sit outside you could always spend a couple of hours in the car. In fact, if you sit in the car and close the doors and keep the windows up you could talk quite loudly and it wouldn't bother us at all!
We hope our suggestions will provide a satisfactory remedy to your concerns.
If you have any further questions please don't take them up with us as the matter is now closed.
Kylie, Ben and Lucy.'
We sent the above response to the servants yesterday and it seems to have done the trick!
Right, until next week we're off to fetch the servants from the car as our feeding time is 10 minutes overdue- we should make a complaint about them!
Until next week, take care and always give seating priority to your pets!
Kylie, Ben and Lucy x
Hello everyone! Ben, Lucy & Kylie here bringing you another of our thrilling blogs- this week it's been jointly written by Lucy & Kylie (and proof read by Gladstone, the hounds' PA).
We've received more questions from our fans this week and the one we've pulled out of the post sack is from Alan in Aldersley. Alan would like to know what our FAVOURITE food is and what our LEAST FAVOURITE food is.
Well Alan, thank you for your question, we have mulled it over for about 8 seconds and our answers are as follows:
Ben says his favourite food is 'everything going'. Lucy and I have never heard of this food. It must be something Ben's discovered which we knew nothing about. We'll have to ask him to tell us more about 'everything going' as we may like it too!
Ben says his least favourite food is 'not applicable'. Again, we've never heard of this either, but it doesn't sound very appetising in any case so we think we would give it a miss even if it was on offer.
Lucy's says her favourite food is anything which contains fish: pilchards, sardines, tuna and mackerel to name but a few,
Lucy's says her least favourite food is doggy toothpaste. I (Kylie) have tried to tell her it's not actually a food but she says she hates it all the same, especially as the servants insist on brushing her teeth on a daily basis.
Kylie says doesn't really have a favourite food, she prefers fuss. However, when pushed for an answer she said she's partial to a bit of tuna.
Kylie's says her least favourite food is finding out that the Bonios box is nearly empty (no we didn't understand that answer either!)
Right, thank you for your questions- please keep them coming. We're off to see if we can find out more about 'everything going'. If Ben will tell us about it, it sounds amazing!
Kylie, Ben & Lucy.
Kylie, Ben & Lucy
We are three occasionally lively greyhounds who live with two human servants. We are the brains behind Care & Walk Pet Services. It was all our idea but do we get any thanks? No, we don't! At least we can now talk to our fans every week via our blog!