Saturday, April 20, 2013

No medicine cures what happiness cannot .






A smiling Monsieur Bongo and his team of drainage ' technicians ' arrive early. '' Bonjour M'Ongoose. A tiny change of plan. We're going to have to knock a hole in the side of the downstairs wall. Don't worry. The house won't fall down. Your walls are at least a metre thick ".  Until this moment the idea of the house falling down had never entered M'Ongoose's mind . Bob is greatly taken with the odours emanating from Monsieur Bongo's overalls.

After three days of drilling, banging and sawing  both Bob and Sophie are happily stir crazy. Puppies on steroids. Their sleep patterns disturbed . With the workmen finally gone it's time to calm down. A day for dozing outside in the sun, chasing blackbirds and chewing irises.  Who knows ? We might even try getting to grips with ' stay ' and ' stop ' .

17 comments:

  1. Are you still getting up at 3am for the trip outside?

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    1. No. The great news is that they sleep solidly from ten thru til six thirty. The house training completed and understood. Nothing beats a good nights sleep . Now all we have to deal with is the nipping problem when the two of them get hyper . There is also Sophies unmentionable habit.

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    2. I was once told by Riley's breeder that a little pineapple or cooked pumpkin (added to the dog's kibble) alters the taste of the resulting product - making it unpalatable. How his breeder knows about the flavor change I'll never know, but if adding vegetables or some fruit stops Sophie's habit it may be worth a try.

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  2. What IS under that little wall??
    Are there chipmunks in France?

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  3. That's quite a hole, Sophie! Have you been watching the workmen?

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  4. I hope you are not paying The Bongo's to dig when Sophie could do it for you for the price of dog food. That girl has a future as an excavator! Enjoying the growth spurt very much. Karen and Kelly Rathje

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  5. Sophie is really a natural when it comes to digging, you can see her contentment and enjoyment at the whole process--Unlike Todd who is on a mission when he digs!



    PS: In your reply above I read that you are still working on 'Sophie's unmentionable habit.' You may know about a supplement you can give both Bob and Sophie that will make their 'end products' taste very unappealing--If you're not able to find them there, and would like to try them, I'd be happy to get it and send it to you, just let me know.

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    1. Thanks. It's a beavioural trait she's picked up in the kennels. It upsets Bob no end . We've bought some water pistols this morning at the local toy store and will try the 'drenching out of nowhere ' routine first. Hopefully, knowing a PON's loathing of water, this will do the rick. If not I'll let you know. Thanks again.

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  6. Despite him seeming more laid back, I thought Bob may be top dog, but now it seems to my eye that Sophie's body language is changing and she's becoming more confident than Bob. Certainly confident in her digging skills!
    Kisses for those little noses.
    x

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  7. A pinch of herbal Yucca a day will help.

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  8. Oh Angus, please don't let Sophie chew on the irises anymore, they're toxic for both dogs and cats.
    Maybe the water squirting will work well to keep Sophie away from chewing on the irises...let's hope.
    Both she and Bob are growing in leaps and bounds right before our very eyes..
    Glad to hear that Mr.Bongo and crew have taken care of the plumbing problem finally.

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  9. I do find the tricolor hem on M. Bongo's coveralls quite patriotic. Ah the digging stage of puppy developmen. Funny, we bought water pistols yesterday for the same reason!

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  10. Charming stone farmhouse with shutters, roses, daisies, pink tongues and fluffy puppies! It is all so picturesque. Seems to me that blocked drains and broken walls would be but a small bother withBob and Sophie providing such delightful moments, although that is very easy for me to say!

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  11. We'd like to borrow Sophie to help with the digging up of our side yard please! She's quite the proficient digger, what a lovely girl! Those two are the most beautiful pups!

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  12. Angus, I'd love to tell readers on my own blog about Bob & Sophie and your lovely farmhouse. Would you mind if I use the last image above (credited to you/your blog) in conjunction with my post?

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    1. Bob and Sophie are happy to share themselves with everyone - attributed or not !

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    2. The blog post is up! Thank you so much for sharing your home, your dogs and your French adventure! http://lifeinpointsoflight.tumblr.com/post/52302740197/those-of-you-who-were-with-me-through-my

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