The weekend was very hectic, as per usual, but this one required to the minute timing to get it done which is why early doors by torchlight (don't ask.....the lights in the kitchen went BANG and more on this saga later) the pups were bathed (read scraped clean)
While they were drying off yours truly got on with the chores outside and pondered the merits of looking for the pot of gold at the end of this one
and instead wondered how a horse had managed to crap on Stan's windscreen.
Talking equine mid morning was spent catching the beasts and helping them have a manicure.
Naturally where ever there are animals food is involved so the donkeys had to be kept occupied with tasty treats while the horses had their feet done.
This little horror is Misty although its hard to tell
as she has been stood at the feed ring under Pronto so his messy eating habits have
done wonders for her hairdo.
Will.I.Am was next and looked pretty magnificent while performing his balancing act.
Back indoors the pups were ready for their parade.
First off Alexandra went to Mark and Carrie in Cornwall.
An hour later Freya and Beau took Thor to north Wales.
A slight paws...get it?
Aphrodite here went to Leeds with Chris, Stephanie and Layla but in all the tooing and froing yours truly forgot to take their pic.
But fear not she left the building in good company.
Leaving Sally to bond with Persia
which left us only the task of entertaining the electrician who came to fix the lights and then the Hi Fi repairman called to sort out the record deck. By early evening all we could do was muster the energy to watch strictly.
This lovely dog is Dotty or most commonly called WooZah and just 48 hours after her brother died she took a dramatic turn for the worst.
Something was clearly wrong and the new meds were not working.
By Friday afternoon she couldn't stand and was crying in pain if you tried to move her so we had to make that horrible decision again and get the Vet to send her on her way to join the rest of the clan waiting over the rainbow bridge.
It was all very quick and peaceful and unbelievably sad.
As a puppy she was pretty wild, and an unusual shade of black, different from her litter mates.
She grew into a magnificent Berner but her hips and elbows were not good enough to breed so she never made a mum.
Now she has gone she joins the rest of this group, top left her mum Reba, then Dotty and Aunt Montana, front row left Spotty, Bliss and her dad Rocky. Only Mr Bear is missing from this group, he was still living in Ireland at the time of this pic. Lovely dogs, short lives, well lived.
Every once in a while we get to play at being grown ups and go out.
So here we both are at our first heavy metal gig since the children were born waiting to see two bands
one of which I have been waiting since 1980 to see, clue is in the picture,
whos hit single "I want you to want me" was blasted out of the Police training school jukebox every night along with the better B side "Clock strikes 10!"
I bought the 3 million copy selling bootleg album Live at the Budokan which catapulted them to stardom in 1978. I got quite emotional listening to the classics as they belted out one after the other.
Its the original line up save for the drummer so considering each band member is pushing or over 70 they
rocked the place
and he still plays the worlds only 5 headed guitar.
headlining were Def Leppard with Hysteria 2018, the album Hystria was released in 1987 and I saw them that year at the NEC and they were less than good. But for old times sake I decided to tag along to this gig and as the album is a classic and they were playing it all it sounded promising.
It was to say the least
astounding. The band played such a tight set and it was devastatingly loud, enough to mush your internal organs. Amazing night out and even when we were trapped in a NCP car park because the barrier would not lift and stayed there until someone more impatient than me smashed the barrier off (people still then put their tickets in the machine....why?) it did nothing to spoil the evening.
Mr Bear has been in a poor way for weeks now. A very brave and stoic Berner he has managed with only 3 fully functioning legs for a long time, completing his circuits of the Bonsai Mountain in his own time. But more and more he has taken to lying in one place and yelping in pain when he moved.
His hips were arthritic and he was going downhill fast.
It was a sad but true fact that it was time we let this brave dog join his mum and dad and litter mates across the rainbow bridge.
Saying goodbye was a heart breaking moment as the apprentice is old enough to more or less understand the process although his logical question if he's being put to sleep cant we wake him when hes better did take some explaining.
After a very tearful goodbye
I held Mr Bear, like his brothers and sisters, for the last time as he took his last breath. A very peaceful painless end for a wonderful dog. Shane the nice man who gifted him back 7 years ago was contacted and we had a virtual toast to our K9 friend.
His sister Dotty doesnt look too well, Paul the vet thinks her time is limited and has prescribed better pain killers.