Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Life's lessons - #1 and #2.






It rains all day. The gale that brought down the gutters also moved some of the roof tiles. We only discover this when a small torrent of water bursts through the ceiling . Lesson #1 in life : You can never have enough buckets. The PON's think this is great fun.

The angelic duo celebrate the arrival of wet weather by rearranging the garden. They chew bamboo, laurel bushes and bay trees. They also continue to excavate the hole where Sophie found the irrigation pipe.

Despite the rain ( and their owners calls to come indoors )  Bob and Sophie settle down in the orchard for a post lunch nap. There is no word in the English ( or any other ) language to describe how wet they become. The washer and drier run 24/7. Lesson #2 in life : You can never have enough dog towels.

The ladies of the Village Fleuri Committee have readied the war memorial for the July 14th celebrations. This year there is a red, white and blue theme to the plantings.

19 comments:

  1. It would be good idea for descriptions of dog breeds to say how water absorbent the coat is. Hamish's was like a sponge; Bertie's wiry furs are much more water repellent.Perhaps the rock 'wettability' factor used in the oil industry could be adapted for dogs?
    Cheers! Gail.

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    1. Gail and Angus,

      Mud "stickability" and D.O. (lingering doggie odour from the wet) are two other factors to consider.

      With an equal number of towels in the French summer two drenched PON's should still dry faster than two wet and muddy Golden Retrievers here in the NZ winter or a WFT on a hot Scottish summer day!

      BTW don't let them chew too much laurel as it can be poisonous to some dogs (see the ASPCA website http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/laurel or check with your local vet for his or her opinion of plants to avoid).

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    3. Aberdeen summer temperatures seem similar to Auckland winter temperatures (i.e.no warm air drying outside), however the two "POuriNg" PONs of France can still probably hold more water in their fur!

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  2. Bet dey got real wet wif all dat pretty fluffy furs!

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  3. I am still searching in vain for PON wellingtons.
    x

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  4. Miss Diva Sophie striking a pose in the towel....made me laugh out loud.
    Hope you get the roof fixed soon.

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  5. Time to get on the German thinking cap to deal with this word problem and create a new word describing the extreme wetness of a wetter-than-wet PON. Or possibly a language that uses agglutinations.
    Your dogs are lucky to live with such a devoted family.

    Vancouver Barbara

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    1. The word 'sponge' would need to figure in there somewhere.

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  6. Hi Angus, We are just happy to have found your blog and meet Bob and Sophie. We hope it's ok to add you to our blog roll so we can keep posted of your adventures. We have not been blogging much but we do try to catch up as much as we can.

    Love,
    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

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    1. Good to see you again. I remember you from Wilf days.

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  7. We have many more dog towels than people towels here!

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  8. One whole shelf in our hall cupboard belongs for dog towels!

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  9. So far, we've escaped the need for lesson #1, but we learned lesson #2 several dogs ago.

    XXXOOO Bella Roxy & Dui

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  10. We also have more dog towels than people towels. Many of the dog towels have holes chewed in them...hm wonder who did that? Beside English, what other language was used to entice the PONs to come in out of the rain? The terror--oops terrier usually responds to: 'let's go for a walk' or 'let's go for a ride', or maybe it's just let's go !!

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  11. My Stella refuses to go outdoors even if she just THINKS it might be going to rain. If I go with her she will go and then makes a speedy run for the door. I think it has to do with the summer she ran off and was on her own for a couple of months before the dogcatcher caught up with her.
    Jo

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