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
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.