A little poem from Lucy:
The servants rescued me first
And welcomed me to their home
But I’m a sociable little pooch
Didn't like being on my own
So we went back to the kennels
To find a friend for me
And we met a soulful hound
A similar age to me
The humans were besotted
And reserved him there and then
They thought of lots of names
In the end they called him Ben
Ben became my house-mate
And we got on from the start
We formed a special bond
In fact he stole my heart
Ben was full of mischief
And I soon picked up his habits
He had a fondness for wildlife
Squirrels, ducks and rabbits!
(Ed- the above isn't entirely true - Lucy was a little sod before Ben arrived!)
Ben adored his food
It was the highlight of his day
He stared at the servants for hours
Until he got his way
He loved to have a nap
Between meals he'd take his rest
He was happy on his bed
But liked the sofa best
We had a special bond
Us two, and then Kylie
Our home a happy place
Nowhere else we'd rather be
Sadly Ben has left us
But lived to 83 (Ed- in doggy years)
He's crossed the rainbow bridge
And now he's running free
We really miss you Benny
But so happy you're not in pain
Sleep tight our precious brother
Until we meet again.
Lucy, on behalf of Kylie & the servants xx
RIP Ben- 03/10/06- 23/09/18
Morning hoomans! Benny Hound here taking time from his busy schedule to bring you all the latest news.
Thanks to all of you for your good wishes over the past few weeks. I've been struggling quite a bit but I'm much more comfortable now I'm on some medication. Sadly, the vets were unable to determine what the lump on my chest is and the only way to know more is by anaesthetising (are you impressed by my use of big words) me. The hoomans and the vet have agreed that at my tender age of nearly 84 doggy years that such a strategy could be too risky so the aim is to keep me happy, comfortable and content instead. Well, I'm being fed every day so I'm very happy, I have a choice of 6 beds to lie on so I'm comfortable, and I have lots of treats so I'm more than content.
Unfortunately, Kylie Hound has been in the wars too and will be going back to the vets for the second time in 10 days tomorrow as she's bleeding from her nails again. It's not been a great month :-(
Anyway, to cheer me up, the female servant did this lovely drawing of me. Hope you like it, I certainly do! :-)
Until next time, enjoy your week and don't get too blown about in those gales!
Ben (Lucy & Kylie) xx
Hello there! This is Kylie, Ben and Lucy with our latest blog- our first of 2018! We're sorry it's been so long since our last one but we've been extremely busy sleeping, snoozing, dosing off, eating treats and taste-testing the female servant's tuna cakes! All very time consuming and it hasn't left us much time to get on the old lap top to write our blog. We're sorry, we will try harder in future.... probably!
We had a lovely trip to Wales a few weeks ago (picture below) and we met lots of nice people as we were walking along the sea front. We also met a lovely greyhound who'd travelled all the way from Scotland... not by herself....she was with her humans, who presumably drove to Wales rather than walked. The comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was there too. He was supposed to be filming something along the sea front but sadly it got cancelled. The male servant did offer to fill in for him but the production crew couldn't be bothered to answer him let alone tell him to go away. Shame really, because the male servant did do some acting in a school play in the 1980's. The audience were that overcome they all rose to their feet as one....... to walk out.
Sadly, Benny hasn't been very well in recent weeks and was rushed to the vet yesterday :-(
He is nearly 84 in doggy years but it doesn't make it any less upsetting. He has to go back tomorrow for further tests and to have some blood samples taken. In the meantime, we've been enjoying some tuna cake, baked specially by the female servant, to help take our minds off tomorrow. We're a very close pack and we are all concerned for him so please think of him (and us) tomorrow as all good thoughts are welcome.
Yum.... lovely tuna cake........
Greetings from the Hound Bunker! This is Benny Hound here bringing you this week's Hound Chat. Well, I have to say us hounds aren't keen on fireworks! We don't mind the quiet ones, but the loud fireworks really frighten us!
The male servant was telling us a story recently, we tried to keep our eyes closed and pretended we were asleep but he insisted on carrying on to the end! He told us that when he was younger his family used to have a bonfire party every 5th November and the fireworks they used were the ones which didn't make a lot of noise but produced bright colours. The warning label told them to stand 25 metres away 'for safety reasons' so they all used to huddle together in a neighbouring field and watch them through a telescope... maybe their eyesight wasn't good enough to see them otherwise? I never really understood the story but I was too bored to question him further but I think the point he was making was they didn't frighten animals, so that has to be a good thing, right?
Well things seem to have moved on from the 1920s and the fireworks these days seem much more scary and loud. We're often awoken from our sleep and turn into panting, quivering wrecks within a few seconds :-( Thankfully the servants have made us a special 'den' (see above picture), so if we're feeling particularly frightened we can take refuge in there. It does make us feel better although at our ages, 10, 11 & 12, we'll be glad when the noises subside as it isn't nice for us, or most animals for that matter. Must be scary for some people too.
Anyway, we're off for a stroll along the canal now and then we'll be coming back for dinner and sardines and we're hoping to get into a deep sleep so the fireworks aren't too scary for us tonight :-/
Until next time, stay safe this bonfire night and we'll see you next time!
Ben, Lucy & Kylie
Hello one & all! Kylie Hound here! As you can see from the picture, I've been in the wars again this week and had to go to the vets on Tuesday & Wednesday :-( Unfortunately, my nails aren't very good as I suffer from Lupus and they are quite brittle as a result. I'm on medication for the condition but I still struggle from time to time. On Monday night at 10 pm one of my nails decided to split and I started bleeding. The servants patched me up but I had to go to the vets to get the nail properly looked at on Tuesday morning. The nice vet numbed the area and removed the nail and then put a nice green bandage on my leg as a present! On Wednesday I had to go back for a check up and the vet gave me a clean bill of health so the bandage could come off. I was quite relieved as I was finding it hard to walk with the bandage on and couldn't go out on walks with Ben & Lucy as I wasn't able to walk very far :-( Anyway, normal order has now been resumed and we all went out for a really good long walk this morning which I really enjoyed, so much so that my teeth were chattering with excitement as we left the house!
Another tale of woe this week was the female servant deciding to give us all our worming treatments! I did my best to keep spitting the tablets out but the servant insisted I took them, which I reluctantly did. I know the servants have out best interests at heart but I really don't like worming tablets and would much rather eat pilchards instead. Maybe the manufacturers could start making the tablets out of fish , then the servants could give us as many as they like!
Anyway, until next time, stay dry everyone and keep safe in the stormy weather!
Love to you all,
Kylie (Ben & Lucy)
Hello to you all! Lucy here! (pictured above with Kylie). Kylie has wandered off to get some fuss from the servants and Ben's followed in case there's food in it for him! I'm happy as I am so I thought I'd say hello!
It's been a funny old week weather wise and we've had a couple of soakings but as we had our raincoats on we were largely okay. That said, we've also managed to see some beautiful sunlight too. I love being out on a sunny autumn day: it's so nice to feel the warmth on your back while nosing around in the fallen leaves and then crunching your paws through them. And of course, so much easier to see the squirrels. Sooo many out there hiding their nuts and much easier to spot them when they're in the trees. I like nosing through the fallen nuts too but the female servant says I mustn't eat them- but I do sneak the odd one!
The other thing I like is snuggling under my blanket at night and wherever possible in the evening getting into an armchair, flipping over and putting my paws up. The servants laugh at me, but they should try it, it's very comfy!
So far, the horrible bath hasn't happened, the weather has been too wet, and apparently we may just have to have a good brush instead, as our flea and worming treatments are due. I must remember to view all foodstuffs with extra suspicion now in case the servants try to catch me out with the horrible worming tablets. On the plus side, Ben will be 11 soon which I've heard means we're expecting another tuna cake! I do love my fishes. One of the reasons I dislike cats is because they'd probably try to pinch fishes from me given half a chance!!!
Anyway, I'm off to see if there are any treats or fishes going!
Love and licks,
Lucy (and Ben & Kylie)
Hello one and all! Ben here as Kylie and Lucy have gone off for a girly chat somewhere!
Well, I hope you are all enjoying the weather we've had over the past week. I can honestly say I'm not! I absolutely hate getting my paws wet! Now I'm retired all I want is a soft, warm, dry bed- and food of course- and this walking in the rain is horrible!! The male servant gets annoyed with me at times when I refuse to walk but he doesn't seem to appreciate that I'm trying to keep him dry too- so ungrateful! Still, I know where I'm well where I am so I forgive him- silly human!
Mind you, I did get some shorter walks this week as I trod on a bramble thorn and had a sore pad for a couple of days. I'm feeling better now but today it rained when we went out and we'd all had enough so we just did a short walk round the canal. This rain does have a plus point though. Apparently the servants have now bought a new bottle of dog shampoo which puts us in real danger of having our baths! We always get bathed in the back garden in the sun so as long as it rains we're safe! The servants don't know this but Kylie's actually causing it to rain when she keeps whining! She's very good!
Anyway folks, I've been awake for far too long! Where's that nice, warm, dry sofa!
Time for a doze or twelve.
Until next time.
Wags and licks,
Benny Hound x
Hello to you all! We've taken a break from Hound Chat while we recharged our batteries over the summer. As you can see from the picture below, we're now fully rested and raring to go.... well to some extent! Ben is missing from the photograph, presumably he's scavenging food somewhere!
Hope you've enjoyed the long, summer days and the beautiful weather (no we didn't spot summer either!) We have, however, managed to enjoy some pleasant walks along the canals. We were hoping for a day at the seaside but we're still waiting- come on servants- we do like to be beside the seaside!
We've had a couple of birthdays among us since we last wrote. Kylie turned 12 in July and Lucy turned 10 in August. As they were double digit birthdays we insisted on a cake and got the female servant to make a tuna cake for us all to share. We await another in October when Ben turns 11. WE LOVE CAKE!! We do have to smack the male servant's paws though as he also keeps pinching our goodies. We can pinch yours, servants, but NOT the other way round!!
We also had an injury amongst us :-( Kylie can't do anything steadily and managed to rip her leg trying to barge past the kitchen gate to get outside- must have been desperate for a wee! Anyway off she went to the vets which she hates- and came back with a very fetching (and expensive) pink bandage which she had to wear for a few days. The wound had to be stapled but a few days later the bandage came off and a week or so later, the staples came out. Kylie has healed very well and is now nice and calm and genteel (when she's asleep!)
We're slightly concerned as we keep hearing mention of 'dog shampoo' and apparently our yearly baths are 'due'. We're safe at the moment as the servants need to buy the shampoo. We're doing everything we can to keep them too busy to get around to buying it!
Anyway, nice to chat with you all. We hope to write sooner next time!
Wags and sniffs,
Gladsone, on behalf of Kylie, Ben & Lucy.
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
Kylie & Lucy
We are occasionally lively greyhounds who live with two human servants. Sadly our house- mate Ben crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 23/09/18, just a few hours after writing his final blog. We miss him so much but we know he's running free and no longer in pain.