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!
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.