W/C 10th May 2021

Monday 10th May

Dembe is booked in with Martin for a walk this morning as Jay is on an early shift.

It is a bit of a nightmare here as we have builders working directly opposite us, Dembe has decided that any noise that they make has to be immediately countered with barking and the occasional howling. He has really decided he hates them. Which would be fine if they were doing a quick job but the flats opposite have subsidence so the job is going to probably take a few weeks. Deep bloody joy.

He had a lovely walk with Martin If you have Facebook you can see the video from Happy Dogs here https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/367733448015612

Dembe was deciding that recall was optional.

The last photo captures him perfectly! Barking because there had been a noise outside. Being on guard all the time had worn him out come 6pm tonight and he was keen for an early night.

Tuesday 11th May

Today Jay is getting his second covid jab and he is day off. Dembe was not impressed when Jay left the house without him and spent much of the time his dad was gone looking out the window for him.

We had a very lazy day as Jay was really knackered after his jab, which is a known side effect.

It was the usual Daddy and Dembe love in today.

We were all in bed by 18.30, Dembe didn’t mind that at all and is more than happy to have an early night as it means cuddles on mums bed!

Wednesday 12th May

As Jay was late night today, Dembe has a walk booked with Sophie from Creature Kind. Dembe has sussed out the Wednesday routine, as soon as his dad goes to work he starts checking at the window every ten minutes or so to see if Sophie has arrived yet. When he isn’t checking at the window he is on the sofa nearest the front door.

We did manage some lovely cuddles before Sophie arrived.

He is loving the carrot I made him. I did have to sew the side shut again after the little demon managed to rip the seam. But he is carrying it around like the old one so that’s good.

Dembe was very pleased to see Sophie’s van pull up outside and he was also keen to see Beth who works with Sophie now. Dembe’s best mate Polo wasn’t there this week as he is recovering from being neutered. The boys will be back together soon though.

Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo credit Sophie Start Creature Kind

When Sophie brought Dembe back she said he had been really manic in a fun way, not a naughty way on the walk. We both put that down to Polo not being there. However it became clear that something wasn’t quite right as he kept scrapping at the floor like he was scent marking after he had done a poo ( only he hadn’t). He would stop for a few minutes and then start again. I ended up washing his feet off and checking them all over to see if he had something on his paws and he was trying to get it off. I ended up taking him up to bed early and getting him to go to sleep.

Thursday 13th May

Thankfully whatever was bothering Dembe last night has gone today. There has been no foot scraping at all. When Martin dropped him back from his walk I asked him about it. I had googled it last night and all it said was it can be a sign of anxiety, which ok Polo wasn’t there but he isn’t a very anxious dog. Martin suggested maybe he had come into contact with something that was like catnip but for dogs. I said how was he on the walk and he said if I hadn’t have said anything he wouldn’t have known anything was wrong.

If you have Facebook you can see Dembe out on his walk with Martin from Happy Dogs here https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/135592375177927

Today we have the double whammy of building works. We have the subsidence works across the road and then next door to them we have engineers out installing gas to the flats that have never had gas until now. It means we have had pneumatic drills going as the pavement is cut into, countless vans coming and going. Just constant bloody noise. Dembe has been going mad barking at the window which makes it even more stressful.

I have been trying to distract him with games and cuddles so that he doesn’t feel the need to shout at all the workmen.

Friday 14th May

Today would have been Jay’s dad’s 69th birthday. Dembe is picking up on the change of mood and is very protective towards Jay. It has been a tough week for Jay and his family as Rogers ashes came home this week. Jay has been worried about his mum and as a consequence Dembe has been Jay’s shadow all week.

Dembe had a walk booked with Martin from Happy Dogs this morning as Jay was on an early shift. If you have facebook you can see Dembe’s walk here https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/1442519762766593

I knew when Martin put his mask on when he got out of the car that Dembe had been a sod on the walk. Lately Martin has been letting Dembe run from the van straight into the house and as he has been at the end of the drive he doesn’t need to wear a mask. As I suspected Dembe had decided half way through the walk to turn into a demon. Martin described him as nonchalant, arrogant and stubborn, which had me in stitches. He basically decided he wasn’t going to do as he was told, so Martin put him on the lead and he had to walk to heel for the rest of the walk. He was very meek when he got in. Clearly wanting to make amends with Martin he brought him his dinosaur as a gift to look at!

Dembe was knackered after being made to walk to heel and concentrate through the second half of his walk.

He went straight to sleep! Despite all the rain we have had this week he wasn’t too wet.

We had lots of cuddles in the afternoon.

Unfortunately Dembe has decided the last two days he is going to be a sod with his food. The last two meals he has turned his nose up at unless they have had fish added to them. We haven’t had this spoilt brat behaviour in ages. This time though instead of worrying Dembe’s meals get picked up and put in the fridge if he doesn’t eat them within 20 minutes of them going down. We no longer pander to him. If he is hungry he will eat. If he doesn’t eat his meals but will eat treats there is nothing wrong with him!

Saturday 15th May

We didn’t wake up until 8.30am this morning, Dembe was hungry so I got kissed until I was awake. However when he got given his breakfast he turned his nose up at it again, so after 20 minutes it got picked up and put in the fridge.

The barking hasn’t been too bad so far today as the builders aren’t around and there haven’t been a lot of cars going past the house. He tends to bark now when I am not in the room so he knows I can’t tell him off immediately.

We will be having a quiet weekend as Jay has had a full on week at work. As you can see from the photo his carrot toy goes everywhere with him!

Sunday 16th May

The weather has been shocking the last few days. Despite the fact he was already soaked he couldn’t resist having a swim.

We have never been so grateful for his Ruff & Tumble drying coat.

W/C 3rd May 2021

Photo Credit J Collins

On Sunday 2nd May we travelled down to see Dembe’s Nanny Morris for the first time. This was the first time she had met him properly. Dembe also met his cousin Darcy who is a 12 week old Labrador. They played for quite a bit and Dembe was thoroughly exhausted after being chased around the garden by Darcy.

Monday 3rd May 2021

Today is a bank holiday so Dembe is thrilled as his dad is home again today! So it was a full on Daddy and Dembe love in. He spent the majority of the day on the sofa curled up next to Jay.

The liveliest he got all day was when I had a cheese sandwich for lunch!

Tuesday 4th May

Jay was day off today so Dembe took full advantage of having his dad at home and ensured he had lots of cuddles. We cooked up all of Dembe’s meals for the month, he is really enjoying his new food Highland Essentials and we don’t seem to be having the smelly windy pops that we were experiencing from him on the previous food. So I would say his tummy is more settled on it.

I had to go and have my second covid jab today which was down at the vaccination hub. Dembe decided for the first time ever that he was going to bark at anyone who got near the car. He was very impatient even though I was in and out. He had assumed when we all got into the car he was off out for a walk up the common, which he had as soon as Jay had dropped me home.

He had a huge dinner this evening as he had all the scraps that were left over from batch cooking his meals.

He crashed very early this evening he was still getting over meeting Darcy!

Wednesday 5th May

Daddy is back to work today after a three day break which Dembe has enjoyed every minute of. Jay walked Dembe 3 times before he went to work. As Jay had been home for three days Dembe’s routine was all out. So he was happily curled up on the sofa asleep before Sophie arrived.

He recognised the sound of Sophie’s van and was barking to let me know she was outside. He was mad keen to get out for a nice walk with his friends. Polo was there as well, so he was very happy! Dembe was picked up around 13.20 today, it was Sophie and Beth today. He was being a right floozy with Sophie getting lots of cuddles from her before getting in the van.

Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Polo and Dembe . Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind

As is usual when Dembe has an afternoon walk with Sophie he came home and almost immediately started to demand his dinner. He does this by sitting in front of the fridge, as his batch cooked meals are defrosted in the fridge for him. He had an enormous dinner and then went to sleep, he didnt have the manic hour after eating, just straight to sleep.

Thursday 6th May

We have reduced down the number of walks Dembe has each week as we know that he needs them more on Jays 7-4’s and late nights than he does on Jays middle shifts. So we are going to see how he adapts to not having a walk on the 9-6 and go from there.

He was walked twice before Jay went to work and again at lunch time when Jay popped back for a bite to eat. He has been very good all day with not having the walk and has settled really well. Sleeping a lot of the time today.

His natural treat subscription box arrived today and he was very enthusiastic when I brought it into the house. I have given him a rabbits ear to have a munch on.

He is always very keen for me to get involved when he is chewing on something. I am so lucky that he gets me to hold whatever revolting thing he is chewing and he pays me in saliva as it trickles down my hand and arm…..YUCK!

Dembe was really good until about 5pm and then he was unsettled as he wanted to go out which he would have been even if he had a walk in the morning. He was really good and was patient until his dad got home and gave him a nice run up on Woodbury Common.

He was knackered again this evening and was crashed out on the sofa ages before we went to bed.

Friday 7th May

Today Dembe had his first walk with Martin from Happy Dogs, he was very pleased to see Martin and insisted on having a fuss made of him before he would jump in the van.

If you have Facebook you can see the Facebook Live Martin took on the walk. https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/174377927908704

Dembe found a very big, very muddy puddle and part way through the video emerges into the shot wearing what looks like very thick brown leggings! I laughed my head off when I saw it. He has just decided that all puddles and bogs need to be explored. Up until now we have always been very lucky in the fact that he didnt like to get dirty. That all changed about 2 weeks ago and he decided he was a proper Labrador!

When Martin arrived back he asked me “are you ready?” to which I replied “no you can keep him a bit longer” as I had no idea what state Dembe was going to arrive back at. Thankfully he was just very wet. Martin had got him to go into a stream and have a swim and he had also rinsed him 3 times with his Mud Daddy. I was relieved!

As soon as he got in he jumped on his favourite sofa and lay on his towel whilst he dried out.

During the afternoon I gave Dembe another chew to keep him occupied.

He really enjoyed this chew, I have no idea what it was, they all smell revolting to me!

Saturday 8th May

I woke up at 6am with a migraine so took some medication and went back to sleep. Dembe was sleeping right beside me when I finally woke up at 8.30am. He always knows when I am not well and wont make a fuss for his breakfast when I am poorly. He was starving when I got downstairs and got his breakfast.

We are having a quiet day today due to my migraine which he seems quite happy about.

Daddy popped home at lunchtime to walk him around the block, when his dad left for work, Dembe just went straight back to sleep.

The sofa by the front door is his favourite spot to nap whilst he waits for Daddy to come home!

W/C 26th April 2021

Yet again I will start with the apologies…. I haven’t kept Dembe’s diary up to date. So I am remembering this as I go!

Monday 26th April

As Dembe’s dad was on an early shift, I had booked Dembe in for a walk with Martin from Happy dogs. I knew that he would be arriving at some point in the morning. Which was good as I was getting my hair cut today for the first time since just before Christmas.

Good news to share that Dembe’s limp has gone, he is back to himself although now he wont eat ham slices when I give them to him. I made the mistake of giving him the joint supplement on them last Saturday and now he refuses them! I wish I could be the same with some foods.

Dembe was very good when Rachel arrived to do my hair. He ran straight into the kitchen and sat down in front of me waiting for his jumbone to keep him occupied whilst Rachel sorted herself out. Unfortunately his natural treat box (subscription) that we get him has run out and I am delighted to report that there was nothing contained within it that he didn’t like! Otherwise I would have given him one of his natural treats. I really need to check to see when his next one is due as he really does love it! The smellier his treats the better!

Dembe got picked up quite late today at around 12.30pm. He was very pleased to see Martin. If you have a Facebook account you can watch Dembe and Blue on their walk with Martin https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/130866262389973

Martin took some great photos of their walk

Photo Credit Martin Pashley Happy Dogs
Photo credit Martin Pashley Happy Dogs
Photo Credit Martin Pashley Happy Dogs
Photo Credit Martin Pashley Happy Dogs
Photo Credit Martin Pashley Happy Dogs
Photo Credit Martin Pashley Happy Dogs

When Dembe got back he was shattered after not sleeping all morning due to Rachel being here and then having a nice long walk with Martin.

He was knackered all afternoon and was very pleased when we decided we could all do with an early night!

Tuesday 27th April

As is usual in the Dembe household Jay was day off today, we are constantly exhausted all the time at the moment. Which is to be expected with all the stress we were under for several months and then suffering a bereavement. Dembe is happy as long as we are all together. He doesn’t care what we are doing as long as we are all with him!

Dembe really loves lying on the artificial grass. We managed to get another piece as we noticed in a neighbours skip they had a small roll of it. So we asked if we could have it and they said yes. Dembe loves lying on it in all weathers but particularly if it is sunny as on the patio he is in the shade ( until July / August ) and he can keep cool on it.

Dembe was fizzing with energy today, we ended up taking him for his afternoon walk at 1pm, we normally do it at 2pm but he wanted out and was being vocal about it. He had been walked three times already, his first morning walk which is around 30 minutes, his after breakfast walk 10-15 minutes, his midday walk 10-15 mins. So it wasn’t like he hadn’t been out. He was quite insistent that he needed out.

Even after his long walk he was full of beans, he has been enjoying the new TV. This afternoon he was interested in the Snooker being played.

Whenever the RSPCA advert is on with lots of dogs on it he rushes up to the screen with a toy wagging his tail.

As is usual for the boys on daddys day off they were having a massive play session on the floor. Then daddy took Dembe’s Cleo The Caterpillar up on to my bed and was playing with it. Dembe was very intrigued with Cleo once she had been moved and was busy playing with her.

We had to persuade Dembe that chewing Cleo’s antenna was not on! He then turned to her legs which was fine as they are thicker. I know he gets very funny about things sticking off toys like labels etc so he see’s them as fair game to chew!

Wednesday 28th April

Dembe was a tired pup today!

As it is Wednesday it means Dembe has an afternoon walk with Sophie and his mates from Creature Kind. He loves his walks with Sophie as he gets to catch up with his mate Polo, a very pale Labrador and a around 6 months younger than Dembe. so full of bounce!

Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind

When Sophie brought him home she said he had got himself absolutely filthy on his walk and she had managed to get most of it off by ensuring he had a swim and got him dried off in the van. She said he was an absolute angel which is always lovely to hear.

When Dembe was home he noticed I had put some Scottish Tablet on the table ( it is a bit like Fudge but harder but not as hard as toffee). I had been sent 10 bags of Tablet by some really lovely friends in Scotland and to stop me eating it all in one go I put it in the freezer. Just taking it out as I fancied it. The only problem is Dembe goes crazy for Tablet. He is such a fussy eater he normally hates sweet stuff but he goes nuts when their is Tablet. The first photo is when he noticed the tablet on the table. Notice how he is sitting really lovely but staring at me!

Because I didnt take his subtle hint that he knew I had Tablet, he then decided to drop a less than subtle hint and start nudging the packet with his nose!

When he gets Tablet he is given a little tiny sliver off the block as I dread to think how bouncy he would be if he had the whole thing to himself. He would be like a kid strung out on sugar at a birthday party!

He makes me laugh so much with his antics! He also love pizza and curry both of those he only gets small amounts of and only once or twice a month.

Thursday 29th April

Today Dembe has a walk with Martin from Happy Dogs booked. He loves his walk with Martin. When Martin arrives now he gets out and opens the back of the van. I then let Dembe go, he greets Martin, depending on if he needs a wee or not he waters the hedge and then jumps into the back of the van. He knows he can’t con Martin into lifting him up as if he tries it on Martin just says “in” and he miraculously manages to jump in! He can be a sod and waits for you to lift his bum up. He even does it with Sophie even though he can get into the van without issue.

If you have a Facebook account you can find a video of Dembe’s walk here https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/132921855519120

Dembe always likes to have a cuddle after having a walk, quite often he will crawl up onto my lap and lie across it. I have to tell him what a good boy he is whilst his tail thumps against the sofa and he gives me very wet kisses.

This is him lying on my lap on Thursday after his walk!

As he was pretty shattered after his walk I managed to get some sewing done. Whilst I was in the kitchen doing that he was in the lounge giving himself an airing whilst snoring his head off.

I have attempted to preserve his modesty!

Friday 30th April

Dembe has another walk booked with Martin from Happy dogs today. If you have a Facebook account you can see his walk here https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/1562402723959209

Martin picked Dembe up really early today 8.45am. I was still in my PJs and having a cup of tea, when Dembe started barking and wagging his tail whilst looking out of the window. When he is barking at something that he things is an intruder his tail doesn’t wag it goes up in the air very stiff and the hair along his spine goes up. When it is Martin, Sophie or Max ( his walkers ) he barks and wags his tail like mad.

Dembe was very pleased to see Martin and go for a nice walk.

As is usual after a walk Dembe had a nice long snooze!

As Dembe’s favourite toy Carrot is needing replaced and unfortunately Pets At Home no longer sell them, I have bought some orange fleece and decided to make him a new one.

As you can see he is thrilled with his new carrot. I also managed to salvage the squeaker that was still working and the stuffing from his old carrot.

Saturday 1st May

Dembe’s dad was on an early shift today, so he went out for a walk very early this morning. I woke up at 7am and Dembe was in his dads room. I got into Jays bed to give Dembe a cuddle and fell asleep, I didn’t wake up until 9am and even then Dembe wasn’t too fussed about getting up.

He has been very vocal and bouncy this morning. There are builders working across the road and Dembe has been making sure that they know a big tough carrot wielding dog lives across the road and that they better not try anything!

When Jay got home for lunch he was very excited and brought him his duck! It is always funny to see what Toy he brings Jay as it can change daily or be the same every day for a week.

This afternoon he has finally crashed.

Tomorrow we have a trip to Grannys house for the very first time. Dembe has never been to Jays mums house before. We are keeping everything crossed that the weather is nice and that he can play out in the garden. He will also be meeting Darcy , Jay’s brothers new puppy so that will be absolute bedlam no doubt! I am packing like we are going away for a week when it will just be a few hours LOL

W/C 19th April 2021

I will be honest and say straight off the bat that yet again I have failed to keep Dembe’s diary up to date. It has been a hard week and I have been poorly for a lot of it. I will however get his dairy out and put in front of me every day to ensure it’s completion. I will add in anything that I might remember from a particular day!

Monday 19th April

This week starts Dembe’s mammoth week of walks due to Daddy’s shifts this week. In total Dembe is booked in for 6 walks.

Dembe’s first walk of the week is with Martin from Happy dogs. If you have a Facebook account you can see the Facebook Live video by clicking on this link https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/750403032287107

Dembe was out with his favourite older woman Shadow! He adores Shadow and you would never believe by the way she runs around that she will be 13 soon!

Dembe came back suitably knackered so that allowed me to get some sewing done. He decided to guilt trip me for not having 100% of my attention on him by going out in the garden and looking back at me.

If I am sewing he will either take himself off upstairs or he will lie in the garden looking back at me.

He was knackered after his walk and went to sleep relatively early. He made me laugh when I got up for a wee as he was fast asleep with his head on his dinosaur all 4 legs up in the air. Unfortunately as soon as I moved he rolled onto his side but it is still a funny photo.

Tuesday 20th April

Dembe is happy because his dad is home today, I am not sure how he is going to take Jay doing a night-shift tonight.

As Jay needed to get a nap in this afternoon so that he would be able to stay awake during his shift we took Dembe out earlier than usual for his afternoon walk. This was fine as Jay would be walking him several times in the evening to ensure he would be ok whilst he was working. The plan is for Jay to come home at 5am tomorrow morning and walk Dembe. His last walk this evening will be 10pm. So he will have actually had more walks out of it.

When Jay went to bed I fully expected Dembe to go up to bed with him like Frankie, Mollie and Willow our Weimaraners had done when they were alive. Dembe decided to stay downstairs with me. I was doing a little bit of sewing. Dembe went out into the garden and sat in his favourite chair. He looks huge in it this year!

He really does love his garden chairs bless him!

Dembe spent most of the evening downstairs with his dad unsure as to why he was refusing to come up to bed like normal. It really threw him. When Jay went to work Dembe went in and slept on his dad’s bed. He was obviously missing him loads. Normally when it is just me and the boy he sleeps in with me. When we are both home he will move between the bedrooms sleeping in the room where he feels he is needed most.

Wednesday 21st April

Jay popped home at 5am to give Dembe a walk around the block, before he came home at 9am. Dembe decided after his walk at 5am to sleep downstairs on his dad’s dressing gown. He really didn’t like his dad not being here overnight.

Today Dembe has two walks booked today, one in the morning with Martin from Happy Dogs and one with Sophie from Creature Kind. If you have a Facebook account you can see Dembe’s walk by clicking on this link https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/170439948286425

He was pretty tired after his first walk of the day and went to sleep pretty quickly after coming home which I was happy about as it meant he wouldn’t wake his dad up.

I think Dembe forgot his dad was home as at 1pm he went to the window and saw his dad’s car on the drive and started barking like mad. I had to quickly get him to be quiet so he didn’t wake Jay. I didn’t want him to get up without having a reasonable amount of sleep. When Jay came downstairs at 2pm Dembe was beside himself with excitement that his dad was home.

At around 3.30pm Sophie from Creature Kind came in to pick him up. He was very pleased to see her as he knows his Wednesday walk means he will get to see his partner in kind Polo the Labrador. As always Sophie has taken some brilliant photos of him and his friends. The first photo we got from Sophie was sent whilst he was out on the walk.

Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind

Dembe was pretty tired after two walks today, which suited us fine as we were both knackered as well! Sophie said that Dembe was an absolute angel. Twice she had to recall him from an enjoyable past time such as playing chase with another dog and he came straight back to her, She was very proud of him.

Thursday 22nd April

Today I had to get up early as we were expecting the delivery of our new TV ( our old one had developed green lines through the centre of the screen on Tuesday morning). I had a text last night that I happened to spot when I went to the loo, that delivery would be between 8-12. Dembe also has a dog walk booked today as Jay is on an early shift. He was not at all impressed at the fact my alarm went off at 7am and I got up.

He really isn’t a morning dog and he doesn’t like early starts at the best of times!

We came downstairs to find that daddy had been messing around with Dembe’s toys whilst we were asleep. It made me laugh but Dembe doesn’t like things being out of place and started barking at the toys until I removed the hats. Once the hats were off he was fine! Weird dog! He once went crazy because I had dropped my comb on his bed and it shouldn’t be there.

When the TV got delivered Dembe took a real dislike to the delivery driver. I have never seen him so wound up about anyone. He was barking like crazy all his back hair was stood up on end. It didn’t matter what I said he was having none of it. I was really glad when the delivery was over as that was when he stopped making a fuss.

Dembe had another walk booked with Martin from Happy Dogs today if you have a Facebook account you can see it by clicking on this link https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/290886989327518.

He had a really lovely time and was really well behaved.

This was both mine and Dembe’s activity levels on Thursday. I was really bad with a gastritis flare up so I spent the day on the sofa.

Friday 23rd April

For some strange reason I woke up at silly o clock this morning. Dembe was not impressed with having two early morning starts on the bounce.

He has a walk booked with Martin from Happy Dogs again today due to the timing of Jays shift. If you have a Facebook account you can see his walk here by clicking on this link https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/1117470382092828

When Jay finished his shift this afternoon we took Dembe out. When Jay got back to the car he asked me if I had noticed Dembe limping at all during the afternoon, which I hadn’t. He hadn’t walked back to the house from Martin’s van limping either. As it wasn’t too bad we have decided to rest him over the weekend with just short lead walks, as he wont go to the toilet in the garden. I also got some joint stuff off Amazon for him which will be coming tomorrow.

He is limping on and off this evening. He is managing the stairs and jumping on and off furniture so I am not overly concerned but will be keeping an eye on him.

Saturday 24th April

I woke up with a horrendous migraine at 6am, Dembe was sleeping beside me with his head on my face as he always does when I have a migraine. I took my migraine cocktail and went to sleep for a few hours. I came downstairs at around 8am when Dembe was having his breakfast.

Dembe is definitely walking better this morning and his limp is much less. I ended up going back to bed at 9am as I was feeling so awful. Dembe came up with me and slept all morning.

I had to come downstairs at 11am as Jay was going to work for a late shift. We had booked Max to take him out today but I had to cancel as I didn’t think it was in Dembe’s best interests to have a long walk on a sore leg. So I just have to hope that he settles and isn’t too manic today due to not having a long afternoon walk.

So far today he has been very good. We have had a few incidents of barking and being a pain but they have stopped after a few minutes and he has gone back to sleep.

W/C 12th April 2021

My apologies again for not keeping Dembe’s dairy updated properly over the last couple of weeks. As you can imagine things have been all up in the air here after the sad passing of Jay’s dad. Some days it has even been difficult to remember to take photos of the Prince ( Dembe )

Monday 12th April

Dembe did have a walk booked with Martin from Happy Dogs today as Jay was back to work today after his bereavement leave. If you have Facebook you will be able to see them all out for their walk.https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/878620252870580

Tuesday 13th April

Jay was day off today so Dembe enjoyed two common walks and then countless walks around the block.

Wednesday 14th April

Jay was on his usual late night shift, so we had booked Sophie from Creature Kind to take him out for a walk with his mates including Nellie and Polo. As usual Sophie has taken some wonderful photos of D Dog as she calls him.

Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
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Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind

When Dembe got back he wanted to go out into the garden and lie on the patio to cool off.

Thursday 15th April

Dembe had a walk booked with Happy Dogs in the morning which he thoroughly enjoyed. Apparently he managed to slobber all over Monty the Chocolate Labrador again. You may have noticed from photos when Dembe gets excited and plays with other dogs he gets a really foamy slobbery mouth. He likes to share that with as many people as possible and other dogs. Jays jackets are forever getting slimed.

Unfortunately where they were on the common they couldn’t get a signal so there was no video.

By 4pm we were pooped, so Dembe and I had a 30 minute lie down upstairs just to keep ourselves going.

Friday 16th April

Jay is home today as part of his bereavement leave following his fathers funeral. It is a weird day. Dembe is gravitating towards Jay and giving him lots of attention.

Today Dembe had his vaccinations, as Covid protocols are still in place Dembe had to go into the vets alone, so Jay had to walk behind pretending he was going in as well. John the vet said Dembe is in excellent condition, he has lost a kilo in weight since he was last weighed so that is good as well as he is under 35kg. It is probably all the exercise he gets with his dog walkers and the fact he is such a fussy eater.

This evening Dembe managed to con me into giving him more dog treats. We have a routine in the evening where when we go to bed I take 2 or 3 Markies up to bed and Dembe chomps into those as I get ready for bed. Jay had gone up before me and I wasn’t paying attention to what he said as I was busy doing something. About 5 mins after going up to bed, Dembe came back down and started crying at me. I thought to myself silly daddy didnt get him any treats. So I got him some treats and took them upstairs. Jay then says “have you just given him more Markies?” So I said yes 4 ( I was feeling generous) . Jay replied ” Conning bastard has now had 7 markies off us this evening!” Whoops. Dembe enjoyed it.

Saturday 17th April

It is so hard to even remember what day of the week it is at the moment. Dembe is all over the place too with Jay being home a lot more than usual.

When Jay finished work he took Dembe up the common for a walk. The sun was out and the birds were singing away so I took this photo of the Hawthorne bushes in blossom as they looked so pretty.

Dembe was knackered really early this evening.

I am hoping to get back to some sort of normality next week. We shall see how it goes!

W/C Monday 5th April 2021

As you can imagine we are still reeling from the death of Jays father last week. I haven’t kept a diary for Dembe. I have taken photos which I will share with you.

Monday 5th April

Tuesday 6th April

Dembe had a walk in the morning with Happy Dogs whilst Jay was away visiting his mum and sorting out the necessary bits and pieces following his fathers death.

Thursday 8th April

Friday 9th April

Saturday 10th April

Dembe was throwing crocodile around the bedroom and managed to throw him right into my bedroom bin!

Sunday 11th April

Today was #Nationalpetsday2021 so there was no way I wasn’t going to take photos of Dembe and his beloved carrot!

W/C 29th March 2021

This week we suffered a family bereavement that has rocked our world. I don’t have the energy or concentration levels to write my usual diary entries for Dembe’s week. I have taken photos as has Sophie from Creature kind.

Monday 29th

Tuesday 30th March

Wednesday 31st March

Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Creature Kind Sophie Start

Thursday 1st April

Friday 2nd April, Good Friday

Saturday 3rd April

W/C 22nd March 2021

Monday 22nd March

Well this week Dembe is going to be a thoroughly spoiled pupster as he has five walks booked. His little legs are going to be worn down to stumps! Today walk is with Martin from Happy Dogs. This week he has walks booked with Max and Sophie.

As is usual when Jay is on an early shift Dembe is a very tired pud. He really doesn’t like an early start. Now with the mornings getting lighter he is coming in and waking me earlier deep bloody joy!

If you have Facebook you can watch a video of Dembe’s walk by clicking on this link https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/257006056096220

Dembe was out with a Spaniel named Blue, and they got on very well. Dembe found a ball and he likes carrying balls around rather than chasing after them. Where as Blue who is a spaniel likes chasing balls. They still had a good time. Dembe’s habit of finding tennis balls reminds us so much of his Auntie Mollie, our Weimaraner who was Frankie and Willows mum. Mollie liked to find tennis balls and carry them around on the walk and then sit and destroy them by taking the “skin” of them off.

Photo Credit Martin Pashley from Happy Dogs
Photo credit Martin Pashley Happy Dogs

Dembe had a right strop on this afternoon as I wouldn’t get his dinner for him at 3pm and he has started asking for his dinner earlier and earlier. He then barked because I said no, so he got told to stop. I think his face says it all!

I really can’t get over how well he is eating at the moment, he is demanding his breakfast and his dinner a situation we haven’t had since he was a tiny pup.

Tuesday 23rd March

Today was the usual Daddy and Dembe love in whilst we caught up on some TV shows that we had recorded last night. Dembe had lots of walks around the block and two on the common.

Wednesday 24th March

Dembe has his second walk of the week booked today with Sophie from Creature Kind. Jay is on a late night so Dembe has had three walks before Jay left for work at midday. One on the common and two around the block.

He was following me around the house all day.

When Sophie turned up Dembe was very pleased to see her. He was so excited because he could see his mate Polo in the back of the van already so he was trying to do play bows whilst attempting to get to the van as quickly as possible.

Photo Credit Sophie Start from Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Creature Kind Sophie Start
Photo credit Sophie Start Creature Kind

Dembe had a lovely time out on his walk playing with his friends. Sophie said he was a very good boy, which is always nice to hear. He is always shattered after a walk so quite often will sleep on my lap or on the sofa. Then he wakes up starving and demanding his dinner.

Thursday 25th March 2021

Jay is on a 9-6 shift today and Dembe is stuck to me like glue because he knows that I am not very well. I have really bad vertigo that is making me feel very tired and the room keeps spinning. A few times during the morning it gets so bad I think I will have to call Jay home from work.

Dembe has a walk booked with Martin from Happy dogs today and I am glad because I don’t want him to be worrying about me all day as he needs some time off form constantly looking after me.

If you have Facebook you can see the video from Dembe’s walk by clicking on this link https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/128153799254791 He was with his mate Blue again so he had a good time. Martin said Dembe had cloth ears today on his walk and was pretending he couldn’t hear when Martin shouted for him to come back. He likes to do that from time just to try it on as well as deliberately taking the wrong path on a walk when he knows it is coming to an end.

Dembe was later going out this morning so when Martin brought him back home Jay was back for his lunch. It was hilarious as Dembe didn’t know what to do as this had never happened before. He greeted Jy and then pushed past him to greet me. He was beside himself with excitement.

I felt so awful in the afternoon that Dembe and I went to bed. He was more than happy to oblige and we stayed there for a few hours.

When I got out of bed late in the afternoon Dembe was insistent that I played a game of nudge with him!

Friday 26th March

I woke up this morning dog less, as he heard me stir he came into my bedroom bearing gifts, a blue dinosaur. Which is his favourite gift to bring us when he is upstairs and was the first toy that we ever bought him.

I gave him a huge breakfast this morning which was demolished without looking up. He definitely likes the Highland Essentials food we have been trying him on along with the home made grub we make.

Dembe has another walked booked today, with Martin from Happy Dogs. If you want to see the video from Dembe’s walk and you have Facebook then please click this link https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/241740144329717

Dembe was a sleepy cuddly boy today after his walk with Martin. He was very happy to lie on the sofa in the sun as I got on with some jobs I needed to get done.

Jay came back from lunch at around 1pm and Dembe was so excited to see him. He went outside and brought his football in for Jay. Before he left to go back to work Jay had to return it outside as it is too big to be thrown around the house which he would want to do if it was left inside.

This evening Dembe decided to evict Cleo the caterpillar from her bed and play with her, his carrot , the duck and his green ball. That’s a sentence I never thought I would write.

Saturday 27th March

I had an early start as a crying dog woke me up at 6.43am, it is getting much lighter in the mornings. Dembe wouldn’t stop fussing until I got up and then when I got up and went downstairs, he went into his dads room and fell asleep. Jay was woken at 7.30am by a phone call from his mum to say his dad is in hospital again. I think Dembe is picking up on the stress in the house as he is being very quiet and cuddly.

Today Dembe has a walk with Max from It’s a Dog’s life. The one I thought I booked 4 weeks ago but actually managed to book it for today. Just as well because Jay is late night. He will love a nice walk with Max and her Springer’s this afternoon.

Max arrived at 2.30pm and Dembe was very keen to get into the van and get out for a walk. Due to a family crisis Jay had to go and see them. So Dembe was picking up on the stress and knew that something was bothering us so wouldn’t settle in the time before Max came for him.

Dembe was very spoilt as Max took him down to the beach, he hasn’t been to the beach in a while. She took him through some fields which had gates on them. Poor Dembe didn’t have a clue what to do as he hadn’t seen these before, so Max had to coax him through. Once down on the beach he had a fantastic time swimming and exploring the rock pools. When he got home he was all sandy and needed a quick wash off in the garden.

Sunday 28th March

We are going to have a quiet day today.

Dembe resting with his head on his own cushion on the floor!

W/C 15th March 2021

Monday 15th March

Our baby is not a morning dog. He really dislikes his dad doing an early shift as it means he has to go out earlier than he would like. Today was no different. He really didnt want to get up when I got up even when I mentioned the words breakfast!

He was very thrilled though with his special delivery. Last week I had ordered him a Broadleaf treat box so that he could try out all the different types of treats they offer. I let him have a puffed pigs snout first ( as grim as it sounds ) and that was hungrily devoured.

He also tried the Lamb Spaghetti and he had a quick chomp on an airdried turkey neck.

Dembe isn’t booked in for a walk today as Jay is going down to Plymouth tomorrow, so he will go out with Martin from Happy Dogs then. In future though we will book in a Monday walk even if he is having a Tuesday walk as by this evening Dembe was like a coiled spring and going crazy in the lounge throwing his toys around!

It is very clear that he needs the walk on a Monday to burn off some energy. This evening his sprout and crocodile have been thrown around the lounge!

Tuesday 16th March

Dembe has a walk booked with Martin from Happy Dogs today as Jay is going down to visit his dad who has Motor Neurone Disease. Jay tried to get down and see him every fortnight now as his dad isn’t doing very well. After Jay left Dembe was a little unsettled for a while. He always struggles to cope when Jay leaves the house in his civvies without him. Leaving with his work uniform on he understands.

If you have Facebook you can see the video of Dembe’s walk by clicking on this link https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/275695530778592

Dembe managed to share his drool around with all the other dogs on his walk. I have never known a dog who drools as much as Dembe does. Out on a walk when he gets excited he gets really foamy around his mouth which he loves to smear all over everyone humans and dogs alike!

Dembe was very pleased to see his dad when he came home and he brought him Cleo

Today I gave Dembe a pigs ear from his Broadleaf treat box. It was bloody enormous!

In the afternoon I managed to finish off a shawl I had been crocheting. When I took it outside to photograph Dembe came with me and ensure he did his job of Crochet Inspector.

Wednesday 17th March

Dembe woke up at 5am to go out for a wee, I woke up as well and realised I was well into a migraine. I took my meds and went straight back to sleep. At 9am Jay came into my bedroom to check on me and found Dembe and I fast asleep. Dembe was curled up beside me with his face resting against my face. He refused to leave my side and wouldn’t go and have his breakfast unless I came downstairs with him. This was very strange as Dembe has been waking me up for weeks now between 7am and 8am demanding to be fed, so for him to just lie beside me when breakfast was overdue was out of character.

Dembe is booked for a walk with Sophie today, so he will be seeing his mate Polo who he adores.

Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo Credit Sophie Start Creature Kind

Dembe was starving hungry when he got back from his walk with Sophie and the crew. He always is hungry! I let his tummy settle for a bit and then got him his dinner as he was sitting in front of the Fridge all the time demanding to be fed. He really isn’t subtle when he is hungry.

We had an early night as after my migraine I was knackered.

Thursday 18th March

Dembe had a walk booked in with Martin from Happy Dogs this morning. Whilst I was sorting myself out for the day I decided to book Dembe in for a walk on Friday this week and the Friday of the following week.

Unfortunately Martin didn’t manage to get a video of the walk but he said that Dembe was a very good boy on the walk which is always nice to hear.

Dembe was knackered after his walk and quite happily slept on the lounge floor for a bit.

He spent the afternoon pottering around in the garden with his toy of the moment, his Toucan that was given to him by his friend Sam.

Friday 19th March

Jay was on an early shift today and clearly has way too much time on his hands before his shift!

I had another bloody migraine.

Dembe was booked in with Martin for a walk, which was handy as it gave me some time to let the medication to do its work before he got home.

His walk can be seen if you have Facebook by clicking on the link https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/137858688181018

Saturday 20th March

I was really tired today so just pottered around. Dembe was quite happy to just follow me around or go in and out of the house and play in the garden.

We had a lie down upstairs for a bit in the afternoon which Dembe was more than happy to join me.

Sunday 21st March

We are having a quiet day as I am still feeling under the weather.

W/C 8th March 2021

Monday 8th March

Dembe was a very sleepy boy today. It was quite amusing as the night before I had been convinced that Dembe didn’t have a walk booked for today. I had to check my emails and see that Jay was indeed right that I had booked a walk for today! When Martin arrived Dembe was fast asleep on my bed and I had to wake him up to get him to go downstairs.

If you have facebook you can see Dembe’s walk here https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/2502822750025297

We had a cosy day on the sofa as I haven’t been feeling great the last few days.

Dembe was pretty shattered after his walk and curled up beside me on the sofa.

Tuesday 9th March

Jay was day off so Dembe was ensuring he was getting in as much Daddy and Dembe time as possible.

Daddy and I spent the day cooking up all of Dembe’s meals for the next month. We made meatloaf, Scooby’s stew and Wonderful one pot. By the time we were finished 50 meals had been made.

Wednesday 10th March

Dembe has a walk with Martin from Happy Dogs today. When she picks him up he is so excited as he gets to see his mate Polo the Labrador and they can have Labrador crazy time together. I am glad that he is going out today and getting a break from me as he has been stuck to my side ensuring I am ok.

As I was doing some paper work Dembe climbed up on the sofa and got as close to me as he could and slept beside me.

Photo credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo credit Sophie Start Creature Kind
Photo credit Sophie Start Creature Kind

Dembe had a really lovely time on his walk with Polo and Cali.

As soon as he got home he was going into the kitchen and sitting in front of the fridge begging for his dinner. We have gone from a dog who couldn’t be bothered to eat to a dog that is now trying on for an hour before his dinner is due!

We had an early night, Dembe was so knackered when Jay got home he was too tired to go downstairs and see him.

Thursday 11th March

Today Dembe had a walk with Martin from Happy Dogs and Alan the German Sheppard. If you have Facebook you can see his walk here https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/490541478623616

The weather was atrocious, rain, high winds, hail and freezing cold. I was fully expecting Dembe to arrive home looking like a chocolate Labrador! He really wasn’t too bad at all. Martin said he had been a really good boy and had stood still for him whilst he washed him off with the Mud daddy. Dembe has always been a bit of a bugger for not standing still when Martin tries to clean him off.

As you can see I was ready for the mess with towels everywhere.

Jay is on a 9-6 today so when Dembe went into the kitchen at 4pm he could have his dinner as there was enough time between having it and going out for a walk.The new food Highland Essentials is going down really well.

At around 5.15pm Dembe started fussing to go out for a walk. He kept going to the window looking for his daddy out of the window.

Friday 12th March

Baby and I didn’t wake up until 8am. Dembe had been out with Jay before he went to work.

Poor little sausage has another ear infection. I noticed the last few days he has been shaking his head more than he normally would. Only talking about twice a day. I checked his ear, it is always his left ear, it was inflamed and had some brown wax in there so I gave it a quick clean. Dembe loathes having his ears cleaned so as soon as I stopped he ran up the stairs with his toy Mr Fox.

I rang up the vets and got him an appointment for 3.45pm. He has been fine in himself just very cuddly. This afternoon between the showers he went outside and sat in his favourite chair.

Dembe was a very good boy at the vets, he had to go in by himself due to the Covid regulations. As soon as he came out of the vets he made a break for it down the car park. Poor pud has a bad ear infection again.

Saturday 13th March

Dembe and I woke up and when we came downstairs and found daddy had been messing around with Dembe’s toys.

Dembe was a very snory boy this morning.

He was a very good boy when I put his ear drops in and didn’t run away from me!

He was very keen for his dad to get home in the evening.

Mothers Day 14th March

Well clearly Dembe didn’t get the memo about mothers day as he woke me up just after 7am as he was hungry. However he redeemed himself with the card and box of chocolates he bought me.

Dembe wasn’t impressed that I was writing up his blog this morning. I normally do it on a Saturday afternoon.

I kept being brought Aubergine, one of his many toys that he was given by a friend.