Hello one and all! Ben, Lucy & Kylie and servants here sending you Christmas greetings!
It's been a very busy 2016 for all of us here at Care & Walk Pet Services The servants have walked many miles with many dogs but we're happy to report that they always, without fail, ensure we are as well looked after as ever and have our quality walks too.
Next year promises to be busier still as Care & Walk Pet Services will be licenced to offer home boarding from January 2017 so we'll be welcoming other four legged friends into our home and sharing it with them while their owners are away.
The highlight of Ben's year has been reaching the grand old age of 10 in October. He's now 70 in doggy years which means he can use the Pet Minicab for free whenever he wants to (a sort of bus pass for OAP's only in this case it's for dogs over 10!)
The highlight of Lucy's year has been the trips she's had, in particular to the seaside. Lucy loves being near the sea and doesn't need much of an excuse to jump in the back of the pet minicab for a day out!
The highlight of Kylie's year has been getting first refusal whenever any home baking is happening in the house (like right now!) Kylie's nose is shaped in such a way that it always ends up first in the queue even if she is standing behind Ben and Lucy!
We're looking forward to a Merry Christmas involving lots of nice treats off the servants, and our 'granny', who always spoils us at this time of year. There will be more home made biscuits coming as well so it's really important we get plenty of walks over Christmas so that we don't pile on the pounds!
This is our last blog of 2016 and Gladstone, our new PA will be glad to have a few weeks off as he's worked very hard since joining us in November.
We hope you all have a very happy Christmas! If you have pets, give them an extra hug from us. We look forward to chatting with you all in 2017!
Best wishes, Ben, Lucy, Kylie and servants Andy & Justine.
Happy Saturday everybody! I've just been woken rather abruptly by Kylie and Ben to remind me that it's my turn to write Hound Chat this week. The picture opposite was taken while I was still fast asleep so I'm not happy with them for ruining my slumber.
.....well, it's been a fairly standard week for us hounds..... hang on, there's something happening in the kitchen .......... back soon.............
(3 hours later)
Sorry about that, I've been sat outside the kitchen door for the past few hours with my ears pricked. The female servant is busy making some oatcakes :-))))) She says she's baking them for other doggies as a Christmas present but if we're good we can have some too. Well we are good; we never misbehave and we always do exactly as we're told. Well, that will be the case while we're waiting to sample some cookies anyway, even if we do have to wait a few more hours before she'll let us have any.
Our week has been fairly standard: lots of rest, a few leisurely walks along the canal and surrounding areas and a nice warm sofa to return to afterwards. What more could three greyhound pensioners want (we don't quaify for a bus pass sadly but we'd have one if we could).
The servants on the other hand have been very busy this week. They've been working hard over the last few months preparing to offer a home boarding service and they've been putting the finishing touches to their plans this week. If they do go ahead with taking other doggies in while their owners are away we'll be sure to give them a very warm welcome and may even allow them to taste our nice homemade biscuits. It will be nice to have other doggies joining us on our walks from time to time as I get very bored staring at the back of Ben and expecially his bum during every single walk. It doesn't help that after he's been to the toilet he tries to kick mud and grass in my face. He finds it highly amusing but I end up looking like Worzel Gummidge, especially in the summer when the grass starts turning to hay :-( We need a few boarding dogs who can do the same to him so that we can have a laugh at his expense for a change!
Right, until next week, I'm off for another lie down. This blogging takes it out of you, you know.
Lucy was in conversation with Gladstone, Care and Walk's all singing and all dancing PA (that's him below)
"Hello friends, Kylie here :-)
Last week, the female servant was posting updates on Facebook and I was having a sneaky look over her shoulder. Well okay, what I was actually doing was waiting for her to vacate the armchair so that I could park my bottom there but while I was patiently waiting for the chair to be free (38 minutes and 28 seconds to be precise) I couldn't help notice that she was sharing a picture of a very sweet looking hound. I quickly realised the hound in question was yours truly :-)
The first picture she posted was taken just days after I arrived here (see below)
For anyone who doesn't know my story, I lived happily with my previous human for NINE whole years. While the other hounds in the household spent time at the track racing, I spent most of my time by his side as I wasn't quick enough to race :-(
My human sadly died in late 2014 and me and my fellow housemates, Ash, Louis, Emmy and Isla were placed in a rehoming kennels in Birmingham. I was really scared as I'd never been in kennels before and I did a lot of crying during the 24 hours I was there :-(
Thankfully, Ben and Lucy persuaded my new humans to take me in and I joined them in November 2014. My other housemates all went to new homes too but they have all sadly passed over The Rainbow Bridge since being rehomed and I really miss them. I know they've gone to a good place though and are still with me each day in spirit. When I joined mynew humans I had quite a lot of redness around my muzzle caused by gum disease and my nails weren't great either. I also struggled to adjust to a different food but my humans were very patient with me and I soon got better. I've had a lot of love and support from my new family and the above photo was taken just a few weeks ago. My muzzle is much cleaner now and my nails have improved, although the male servant still insists on filing one of my problem nails most nights as it's growing in an abnormal way :-(
I'm much more confident now and although I've spent my entire life around greyhounds, I am getting better around other breeds as long as they're patient with me.
I'm nearly 11 and a half and am in the prime of my life. I often go galloping in and out of the house, particularly when I know there are treats available! I have my own exclusive armchair and access to the sofa and beds on the floor. Ben and Lucy are great company and my humans can't do enough for me so it's not a bad old life at all :-)
Hope you've enjoyed reading a snapshot of my life. Please keep liking my photos on Facebook! See you all soon :-)
Love, Kylie xx"
Kylie was in conversation with Gladstone, Care & Walk's brand new PA (pic below)
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.