W/C Monday 31st May 2021

I’m actually going to start on

Sunday 30th May

It was very warm today and we had all the windows of the car open for a few hours before we made our way down to Jays mum’s for the day. Dembe would be meeting up with his puppy pal Darcy and then having a long walk on Dartmoor.

It is safe to say Dembe loves his Nannies garden. Jay and I were inside talking to his mum whilst we could see Dembe so excited that he was doing Zoomies in the garden by himself as he sprinted around the garden! We were laughing at him as he was just so happy. He had a really lovely play with Darcy who has become less bitey as she has got older. After an hour in the garden, Jay put the hose on both the dogs as it was getting warm and then they set off for their walk to the Tor.

We were quite surprised when both dogs were still on the go when they got back from their 6 miles walk. Dembe was fixated on Darcy’s tennis ball and was following that around the garden. They were both really well behaved.

When we got home at around 5pm that evening Dembe came inside the house and jumped up on the sofa. He fell asleep immediately and didn’t move for the next hour he was so tired he didn’t even want his dinner.

Monday 31st May

Today is the Whitsun bankholiday and the last bank holiday before the last one of the year in August. We were having a lazy day after our trip out yesterday. I had quite a nasty migraine overnight, Jay and Dembe were knackered after their long walk.

We measured Dembe today for a new car harness as he has outgrown his old ones. It will be coming tomorrow, the size that is coming is the largest one they do and should be able to be made bigger than what he needs. I like this brand of harness as it is one of the few in the world that has actually been crash tested. It is called the SlowTon Harness and is available from Amazon ( I am not receiving anything for this recommendation it is just the one I found after researching harnesses)https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07DQGFG2C/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 this link will take you to it on UK Amazon. We went for the green tartan version as Dembe has a nice Racing Green leather collar.

Tuesday 1st June

The hot weather is continuing and despite the forecast of rain tomorrow we have got Dembe’s pool out for him so he can have a play.

He was so excited all he wanted to do is eat the water from the hosepipe. We also got out his cool mat so he can chill out – literally.

Dembe’s car harness arrived at 11.30am so we were really pleased it had arrived before Dembe’s next car journey. It needed barely any adjustment and is very easy to get on and off.

Dembe was asleep very early tonight.

Wednesday 2nd June

Today is really weird as Jay is on an early shift and not a late due to the bank holiday, also Sophie from Creature Kind is on Holiday so Dembe has a walk booked this morning with Happy Dogs.

Sadly Dembe was very naughty on his walk today, he decided for the first time ever to run off and disappear. Martin had almost got to the point of having to ring me to tell me Dembe was missing when he emerged from the bushes mouth covered in frothy saliva. I was mortified that he could be so naughty, especially when the boy I know can be a bloody angel. I told Martin that for all future walks Dembe has to be on a long lead. I wouldn’t cope at all if we lost him or if he fell pray to a dognapper. Until he realises he is not in charge on walks he will have to be on the long lead.

For the rest of the day Dembe was rather meek and mild knowing that he had well and truly pushed his luck. Sadly due to the events of the last few months we haven’t been on his training consistently if at all and like a child when the rules aren’t enforced they take full advantage. Things are going to get quite tough for him over the next few days as we revert back to his training and doing it consistently.

I ordered Dembe’s food on Monday and that I arrived today, he is very happy with his Highland Essentials. As the food was being tipped into his food storage bin it dropped on the floor and it was like watching a game of Hungry Hippos! As he is such a fussy eater I was very surprised that he even looked at it.

His stomach has been making some awful noises this afternoon, god knows what he was eating in the bushes when he went on his adventure.

Thursday 3rd June

Well this is really going to throw us all out as Jay is late night, normally that is Wednesday. So on Dembe’s first walk he had a walk around the block and then for his second walk Daddy took him up the common for an hour. They had a fun time although by the time they got back the temperature was really beginning to rise.

I was pretty poorly today so did little more than lie around on the sofa.

Dembe was a good boy for me today and just enjoyed having cuddles on the sofa with me. He was ecstatic that his treat box arrived this week. I get a treat box delivered every month as it provides him with different treats. He has got more adventurous and thinks nothing now of chowing down on a hairy rabbits ear or puffed pigs snout!

Jay popped home at around 5pm and walked Dembe around the block for 30 minutes before returning to work. I managed to convince Dembe that it was time for bed at 18.30 so I could have a good rest upstairs. He is very good in that regard.

Friday 4th June

Dembe has a walk booked with Martin this morning, although he seems pretty chilled and not bursting with energy this morning. I think the heat is getting to him. As agreed Martin had him on a long lead. If you have Facebook you can see the Facebook Live Martin from Happy Dogs recorded

here https://www.facebook.com/415343231815686/videos/2919510708337627 . Martin told me that Dembe was not impressed to be on the lead and was quite sulky as he wasn’t happy that he wasn’t getting to do what he wanted. He carried on that sulk when he came home!

He soon forgave me and gave me a huge cuddle, crawling onto my lap and staying there for 30 minutes or so.

With the heat he was quite tired and spent a lot of the day sleeping. I had implemented the new training regime getting him to sit and stay, to wait before doing things. The duck treats I got as a free gift with his dog food have gone down really well. It seems he will do anything for those.

This evening he lay on the floor to cool down in the evening and used his Carrot as a cushion.

Saturday 5th June

Another warm day and the last day that daddy is working before his weeks holiday and the daddy and Dembe love in can begin.

W/C 1st February 2020

Dad is on holiday this week!

Monday 1st February

I will be honest straight away and let you know my diary keeping fro Dembe has been rubbish this week! We have been busy getting odd jobs done and they’ve left me exhausted. Dembe’s diary simply got forgotten. I did remember to take photos of the boy.

The weather has been very wet this week, so Dembe has finished a lot of his walks pickled in mud. It was no different on Monday. I am so grateful for the fact he will patiently stand in the back garden whilst he is washed with the garden hose.

We have had a few lazy days to let dad unwind before starting the decorating. Dembe has really enjoyed having his dad at home. He is always happiest when his pack are all together. He has also liked having many walks around the block as his daddy spoils him with extra walks. Especially now that Daddy is not allowed to smoke at home.

Tuesday 2nd February

Today Dembe’s natural treats arrived from Broadleaf. Broadleaf Gun Dogs is the Kennel name of the Breeders that he came from from. Today he has had a a lambs trotter and a lambs ear. He has loved both!

We had another muddy walk this afternoon.

Again I am grateful that we have somewhere that we can wash him off and that he doesn’t make a fuss.

This evening it has been all about his carrot

Wednesday 3rd February

This morning I woke up and had no dog with me. I went into Jays room and found them cuddling up together. Dembe was playing with his banana toy which he hasn’t really played with until today. He got bought two for Christmas.

As we knew we would be decorating my room this week I booked Dembe in for a walk with Sophie from Creature Kind today and with Martin from Happy Dogs tomorrow. Whilst Jay was painting Dembe was a really good boy just lying on the bed , watching and sleeping.

Sophie took some cracking photos on the walk.

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

Dembe was a good boy on his walk, so we were pleased. I love the photo above the best out the photos from this week.

Dembe keeps lying with his head on the table, he will do this when Jay is eating as well so his nose is almost touching the plate. It is very funny as our Weimaraner Willow was the only dog that we have owned to do this.

We were all shattered this evening so had an early night.

Thursday 4th February

A second day of decorating. Dembe went out with Martin from Happy Dogs this morning. You can see the video from the walk https://www.facebook.com/happydogs.uk . Dembe won the award for the dog who had the most poo’s at 3!!!

Dembe was a very good boy all day just lying in the hall or on the bed whilst Jay worked.

Friday 5th February

We were all shattered after two full on days. We had a day of lounging about once my bedroom was all put back. I had a terrible headache all day so ended up in and out of bed. Dr Dembe came up with me every time I was in bed and slept right next to me having a cuddle.

Saturday 6th February

I found daddy and Dembe like this today when I woke up. Dembe adores his dad he has loved having him home this week.

We are all really knackered still after those 2.5 full on days of decorating. We had an early night.

Dembe would like to wish Emma a very happy birthday! Her birthday was on Sunday 7th February.

W/C 30th November 2020

I will hold my hands up and just admit that for whatever reason I have just clean forgotten to update Dembe’s diary during this week which is what I use for the blog entries so it is going to be a bit rubbish this week. Sorry!

Monday 30th November

Jay was on an early as usual, so Dembe went out very early this morning. This always means he sleeps for most of Monday morning.

Dembe decided to join me in the shower! Today we had a gas engineer around to service the boiler. Dembe was really good with the help of a jumbone and keeping him on the lead so he couldn’t get in the guys way. He didn’t bark either so he did a good job. We had a lazy day because I had to run around getting up earlier this morning so I would be ready for the boiler service.

We spent the rest of the afternoon just chilling!

Tuesday 1st December

How is it December already? Today we put the Christmas tree up. Dembe was a really good boy and just lay on the sofa and watched as we got the job done. He never bothers with the tree, he gives it a sniff. I say leave and then he just leaves it alone. We have a corner tree so that it is out of the way.

Dembe has his own Christmas decoration as all our dogs do past and present.

We had a lazy afternoon after doing the tree, I managed to finish my huge chunky scarf and managed to get Dembe to model it.

Wednesday 2nd December

I had the hospital this morning so we were all up early. Before we set off Jay gave Dembe a walk around the block. It is amazing the difference with Dembe travelling in the car now. Since starting going out with Dog Walkers he now settles in the car immediately . He gets in, turns around for Jay to attach his seat belt and then he lies down. Before he started going out with the dog walkers he would cry and fuss, never really settling. When we drove on any long car journeys i would take a good 20 minutes before he would stop creating a racket. What a difference with our boy now.

When we got to the hospital Jay walked Dembe around the hospital estate for 15 minutes before coming back to the car and getting my mobility scooter out for me. I was gone for a good hour and they stayed in the car waiting for me.

We were all pretty knackered after our trip out in the morning so just had a very quiet afternoon.

We all went to bed very early!

We had an email today to say that Obedience training would start again next week due to the lock down restrictions due to Covid-19 being eased. We were surprised but clearly they have had the go ahead from the local council.

Thursday 3rd December

There has been a running theme this week of Dembe joining me in the shower! It is strange as he can go months without coming into the shower with me and then all of a sudden he is in every day! Jay is on a late today so Dembe has had two walks before he goes in to work.

Today Dembe is going out earlier with a group of other dogs. Due to this year being so crazy the dog walkers are finding it difficult to accommodate Dembe’s need for a later afternoon walk. So we have agreed that Dembe will go on a lunch time walk and then Jay will pop home on his evening break and take Dembe around the block. Dembe had a lovely time with 3 other dogs on the walk. In the video https://www.facebook.com/watch/happydogs.uk/ Dembe was leading the pack on the walk. I love how his confidence has grown so much over the last year and what a well rounded pup he is.

Dembe slept all afternoon after his walk but did need the walk around the block when Jay popped home just before 5pm. He managed to squeeze out two poops ( Dembe not Jay LOL).

He went to sleep on his bed with his face squished up against my chest of drawers! He was fast asleep when Jay arrived home just after 10pm.

Friday 4th December

Guess what? He joined me in the shower again this morning.

We had a cuddly day. Leanne popped over in the afternoon and gave her cuddles too.

Saturday 5th December

Neither Dembe or I could be arsed to do much today. I wasn’t feeling very well, so decided I would work on some applique / crochet.

He got very excited at 12.45pm as he knew that his dad would be home for lunch soon and got his carrot ready to greet him!

He was my little crochet inspector in the afternoon. I was working on my Christmas blanket but I kept having to stop as Dembe decided that he simply had to lie across my lap and have me hold his cows ear whilst he chewed it!

He was highly entertaining this evening. Every night at some point he removes all the cushions from his bed and then lies on the very thin orthopaedic mattress that was supplied with the wicker dog basket. Where as the Weimaraners when they were with us loves as many cushions as possible Dembe is the polar opposite. After months of trying to get him to accept the cushions last night we gave up as it was clear he would much rather not have them!

Sunday 6th December

Today we got the last of the decorations up and Dembe was a good boy just lying on the sofa watching us again.

W/C Monday 23rd November

Monday 23rd November

Shock horror Jay is on an early, Dembe came straight back to bed when he got back from his very early morning walk. His legs were wet and his nose very cold but I love an early morning snuggle with with my boy.

Dembe as usual didn’t want to get up when I did so he stayed in bed for a further 45 minutes.

Dembe is obsessed with standing out in the garden at the moment. He keeps sniffing around the bench box I think there are mice in there but nothing seen as yet!

He has been crazy with energy this morning. I have been trying to get some Christmas presents made but he is demanding my attention constantly bless him. He does make me laugh. From 12.30pm he stands at the window in the lounge waiting for his dad to come home at lunch time.

When his dad arrives home at lunch time Dembe always brings him a toy. As he was ready with a carrot I thought he would give his dad this when he got in. However he was so excited when his dad arrived he ran around in a circle and then gave him his sprout much to our amusement.

At around 6pm Dembe was sick, no warning which is common with him. Where as the Weimaraners we would get a minute or so of warning drooling or retching before they would be sick. Dembe just hurls mid stride and carries on. We will keep an eye on him and see how he is overnight.

Tuesday 24th November

It was a bad night, Dembe was sick several times more. I got up a little after midnight and found him downstairs surrounded by several pools of sick. He had managed to do it all over the rug at the front door, which has now had to be binned as I couldn’t get the sick stains out. Im glad it was there and not anywhere where we couldn’t just chuck it away!

I gave him some tummy meds, most of which I think were shaken through the lounge as he shook his head as soon as I gave it to him. There were pink dollops everywhere that were still being cleaned up a few days later. Whatever he managed to keep down seemed to do the trick as he wasn’t sick again.

Dembe slept a lot today but did eat and drink ok. He wasn’t sick again after his bout during the night. so we just had a quiet day altogether as Jay was day off.

Wednesday 25th November

Jay is on a late night today so Dembe has had his usual two walks before daddy went to work. He has still been quite sleepy today and not his usual bouncy self so I have been keeping an eye on him, whilst I continued with some jobs I needed to get done.

I was so busy that when Martin arrived to pick Dembe up that I didn’t hear him knock on the door. The first I knew was when I heard him shout “hello, hello”. As I walked into the lounge he was clipping Dembe onto a lead. That was a bit embarrassing.

He had a fab walk on the common, he played hide and seek with Martin. He was also much better behaved when he was getting cleaned off by Martin at the end of the walk

Dembe has been crying a lot the last few days, we have no idea why he is doing it other than for attention which he gets bloody loads of anyway! He made such a fuss between 4pm and 5pm that in the end I called Jay and got him to come home and walk him around the block , in case he was crying because he needed a poo. He didn’t but lots of wee’s. He kept up with the crying until he went to sleep just before 7pm.

Thursday 26th November

OMG we ran out of cocktail sausages first thing this morning. Dembe was not a happy bunny!Jay didn’t see the message I sent him last night. I did give him a cheese triangle and that seemed to pacify him.

This morning Dembe decided to join me in the shower! what fun. He got soaked but seemed to enjoy it more than his shower last week!

When Jay came home for lunch he brought home some cocktail sausages. Dembe was beside himself with excitement and couldn’t eat the sausage fast enough. He had a few sausages one after another to make up for lost time!

Jay was on a 9-6 shift today which Dembe hates,

To keep him amused I ended up playing nudge with him for hours. He loves this game but he cheats, if the ball doesn’t go right back to him, even if it is just 1cm away from his nose he will refuse to nudge the ball back to you. So you have to tap it again right back to him. He also picks the ball up and throws it back at you rather than nudging it back.

Friday 27th November

I was so poorly today that Dembe and I crawled back up to bed at 9am and stayed there until gone 12pm. I am having a lot of problems with my neck and Dembe has been very in tune with the fact I haven’t been right and modifies his behaviour accordingly. He was such a good boy, I rarely go back to bed like that unless I am rank. He just followed me up the stairs settled down beside me and slept next to me.

He spent much of Friday on my lap having a cuddle.

Saturday 28th November

Jay was on an early so Dembe once again came straight back to bed as soon as he got back from that walk. At about 7.30am I heard him get off my bed and go into Jay’s room. I then could hear him scraping up the pillows and knocking them off the bed onto the floor. That made me chuckle. When I woke up again an hour later he came down with me. He was obviously very hungry so I gave him his breakfast which he polished off without stopping.

He spent another afternoon on my lap having cuddles. Jay finished at 4pm so he didn’t have long to wait for his evening walk after having a stroll around the block at lunch time. It was still light when they went out this evening but by the time they got back to the car it was rapidly getting darker.

Sunday 29th November

As usual we are having a quiet family day together. Dembe rarely barks when Jay is home during the day so it is clear he see’s his job is to guard me when Jay is out of the house.

So far today he has barely left the sofa and is currently snoring his head off.

W/C 16th November 2020

Monday 16th November

Happy Birthday Dembe! 2 years old today. How on earth are you two? It only seems like yesterday we were bringing you home in the car.

Daddy was on an early as usual, so we had to wait to give Dembe his presents until Jay popped home for his lunch. Dembe was getting very fed up with me singing Happy Birthday to him.

When Daddy came home Dembe got to open his presents. We had bought him a new lead, a new glow in the dark collar, a Kong squeaky ring ( we call it the doughnut) and a Kong American Football.

Sam’s mum Sarah dropped by in the afternoon with a present and card for Dembe. They got him a new bunny toy and 2 tins of sardines which is Dembe’s favourite.

Dembe had lots of birthday cuddles with me, he has been on my lap a lot this week.

Jay made Dembe’s birthday tea which was corned beef, cheese triangles, sardines and kibble.

Tuesday 17th November

Jay was day off today, so Dembe spent much of the day sprawled over him.

Jay shot a quick video of Dembe wearing his glow in the dark collar on his walk this morning

Dembe spent the whole day switching between the sofas having cuddles with both of us.

Wednesday 18th November

Jay was on a late night today so Dembe had two good walks before he went into work today. We were watching ITV’s This Morning when they played a video that was for dogs and invited viewers to record what their dogs did whilst the video was on. To be honest Dembe has more of a reaction when nature programmes are on.

Whilst I did a bit of sewing this afternoon in the kitchen, Dembe slept in the doorway of the kitchen / lounge so he could keep an eye on me.

Martin from Happy Dogs came and picked Dembe up just after 2pm. When Dembe arrived home just before 4pm he looked like a chocolate lab. Martin had already given him a quick hose down with the mud daddy he keeps in his van but Dembe was still pickled. I tried to hose him off outside but it just wasn’t coming off. So he had to go into the shower and have a proper shampoo off. Dembe was not a happy bunny that he had to go in the shower

As he was soaking wet he had to spend a couple of hours in his drying coat.

He was full of beans this evening and was getting so many different toys out. He was into getting his chews out. He was having a good go on his antler.

Thursday 19th November

Dembe woke me up at 3am by licking my face, I was a little annoyed and confused to begin with until I realised that I was starting with a migraine and he had woken me up so I could take my meds. When you have a migraine you have a big drop in blood sugar. Clearly Dembe could smell the change in my body odour and woke me up. Once I had taken my medications and went back to sleep, Dembe settled on the left side of my face and slept like that until I got up a few hours later.

Dembe stuck to me like glue for the rest of the day.

He has been obsessed with being on my lap when I am sat on the sofa or if I am having a lie down on the sofa he lies on me.

Friday 20th November

I haven’t been very well the last few days, Dembe has been my little ray of sunshine. I am so grateful that I have him.

I spent a lot of the afternoon lying on the sofa, Dembe came on the sofa and lied on me.

Saturday 21st November

Was pretty much the same as Friday, a lot of time spent lying on the sofa

Sunday 22nd November

We are having a snuggly day today.

W/C 2nd November

Monday 2nd November

It is Dembe’s dad’s birthday today. For part of Jays birthday I got him this personalised print

If you can’t read the writing underneath it says wet kisser, body wagger, toy bringer. Jay was thrilled with it. For those of you in the UK it was purchased from Not on the high street and the frame came from Amazon.

We had a visit from Leanne, Liam and Imogen today. Liam was full of beans and Dembe and him played together for several hours. It is brilliant how well Liam and Dembe get on.

By the evening Dembe was shattered as we both were.

We had some fireworks go off this evening but Dembe wasn’t bothered by them at all.

Tuesday 3rd November

We were supposed to be starting obedience training again this evening but alas due to Covid the course has been postponed whilst lock down is on.

Dembe got a bit muddy on his afternoon walk so he had a wash off outside and was put in his drying coat for a bit. He really likes his drying coat and it is so much easier to deal with than trying to dry a wet dog who thinks this is a crazy game!

This evening ( as there is most evenings) there was some crazy daddy and Dembe play time! They had lots of fun on the floor being silly.

Dembe again was really good with the fireworks going off and was very happy to have an early night with me.

Wednesday 4th November

Dembe’s dad went down to Plymouth this morning to see his family before the lock down resumes on Thursday. Dembe was not a happy bunny that his dad had left in his civvies without him. He sulked all morning. He kept going half way up the stairs and sitting looking through the banisters.

He was very happy when his dad got home!

Thursday 5th November

Back to lock down yet again. Apparently it is 4 weeks only. It means getting parked up on Woodbury common is going to be a bloody nightmare again as people that never go there at any other time decide to go for a walk. I am hoping it rains a lot as they don’t seem to want to walk then.

Friday 6th November

We have had a really lazy week and with Jay being on holiday I have been really slack at doing Dembe’s diary this week.

I have been really impressed with how well Dembe has coped with all the fireworks that have been going off as soon as it gets dark each night. He has a few barks at them, as soon as we make a fuss with him and play a few games he just then ignores them. There is no fear which is fantastic after living for 15 years with dogs that were terrified of fireworks through no fault of their own. It makes the dark evenings so less stressful. Poor Frankie would start getting stressed as soon as the dark evenings started even if there were no fireworks. Mollie would hide in the bathrooms shower cubicle and stay there all night. Willow’s teeth would chatter. They wouldn’t eat or drink. Weirdly if they were outside the house on a walk the noise wouldn’t bother them but if they were at home they were terrified. I always worried that one of them would have a heart attack through the fear. I loathe fireworks due to this. People that have never experienced a stressed animal due to fireworks are dreadfully unsympathetic.

Saturday 7th November

Jay has been surprised all week by how much Dembe has been glued to my side every morning until I am up and dressed. We have our own little routine and he will stay with me until it is time to go downstairs. Plus I haven’t been that well all week with crippling headaches coming from my neck due to the muscles being in spasm.

He wasn’t very happy when I photographed my crochet today. Normally he will dive on top of it.

We were laughing our heads off seeing Dembe like this today. We thought he maybe stuck as he was making no effort to move. We picked his green ball up ( his favourite toy) and he moved straight away. He will contort himself into the weirdest postions.

Sunday 8th November

The last day of Jays holiday and my dad’s 70th birthday. Due to lock down we can’t see my dad which is a shame but we have spoken to him today.

We are all having a lazy day catching up on a few jobs. Dembe is enjoying lots of cuddles.

W/C 13th July 2020

Monday 13th July

We had a quiet day as Jay was on an early shift and Dembe is not an early morning dog. The fact he isn’t a morning dog is quite strange for us having had the three Weimaraners who would be bugging us to get up anywhere from 1.30am so they could be taken out. Dembe likes going out for a walk at 5.30am but then he goes back to bed and sleeps. Sometimes he even refuses to get up at 4am when Jays alarm sounds for his early shift.

It was dark for their walk this morning for the first time in months, so Jay had to use a torch. Thankfully walks in the dark no longer bother Dembe like they did when he was a puppy.

Jay popped home for his lunch and as ever Dembe was very excited to see him. He loves his walk around the block at lunch time. Sometimes he even does a deposit for the bank of poo!

He was really fed up waiting for his dad to finish at 4pm

Monday evening he was all over his dad, as he always is whenever his dad is home! We walked back into the lounge after being in the kitchen to find him sprawled out on the sofa, lying on his dads dressing gown.

Tuesday 14th July

Today Dembe’s new grumpy cat toy arrived, within ten minutes he had killed the squeak which now seems to be his favourite thing to do with squeaky toys. He keeps chomping on them until they stop squeaking!

He carried grumpy cat around the house all day looking incredibly sweet.

We had dog training this evening and even if I do say it myself Dembe was the best behaved dog there tonight even if I do say so myself. There are only 4 dogs in the class, many haven’t returned due to Covid.

Tonight we worked on heel work, stay and recall. Dembe aced all of them, the only barking we had was when he felt he was being ignored by Jay. Part of one of the exercises was for Jay to put Dembe into a stay and then pull out his phone and look at that, keeping Dembe in his peripheral vision. Dembe didn’t like that at all and barked! It was hilarious watching him have a little hissy fit!

One of the trainers on the course said you could turn Dembe on a sixpence, she was very impressed with how he was doing. We have had two really excellent lessons now where he hasn’t barked the place down.

He was absolutely shattered again after the class

Wednesday 15th July

Jay was on a late finish today so Dembe had two walks this morning before he left for work. One at around 5.30am and another at 11.30am, so that he didn’t have to wait too long to go to the toilet, as he now refuses to go in the back garden.

He is still carrying his new grumpy cat toy everywhere he goes.

Dembe was a bit of a barky boy today. He is now looking out the window from about 2.30pm waiting for Martin to arrive to take him out for a walk. Unfortunately that means everyone who drives or walks past gets a gobful from him. Martin arrived at 3pm, Dembe let me know LOL! I now have to hold his collar when Martin arrives and I open the door to prevent him from making a break for the van he is so keen to get out. I feel an awful lot happier now that Dembe is so keen to go. I felt like the worst mum in the world the first few times he left with Martin, when I had to almost physically remove him from the house.

He trotted off happily down the drive and jumped into Martins van and off they went for an hour. Martin did us another video which I immediately share with jay so he can see that his baby boy is ok. Dembe is so precious to us after losing so many dogs he really is treated like a prince.

He was very tired and hot after his walk so I waited a while before I gave him his dinner. We are trying him on some new kibble as he seems to not enjoy the raw food. I am chucking away more than he is eaing. So we are now back to cooking dinners for him and adding in some Kibble. We are now trying Wolfworthy. He is becoming a real brat now with his eating.

This is a mixture of raw, Scoobies stew and Wolfworthy.

He had a nap and then we had a game of nudge

As we were both shattered we were in bed by 18.30. We spent the eving having cuddles and watching the Canadian Drama series Heartland.

Thursday 16th July

Dembe woke me up just before 5am, I tried to keep him occupied but he heard Jay stirring and raced in to see him. Ensuring he got up by bringing Jay a toy as he always does. He likes to bring you a gift when he wakes you up!

They had a lovely walk on the common, Jay said it was already ridiculously warm.

Dembe has been barky again today and watching me like a hawk. Im not feeling that great at the moment. Can’t put my finger on what it is. This afternoon we had a nap on the bed for an hour

Tonight he finally laid on his bed in the front room for the first time since it has been here, which is around 6 weeks!

Friday 17th July

Uncle Paul came over this morning and Dembe got very excited. We stayed out in the garden to comply with social distancing. Dembe had Paul throwing the ball and he was jumping all over the garden and playing nudge with his ball.

It has been a weird day and Dembe has picked up on this. My dad was in hospital for keyhole gallbladder surgery. It was supposed to be a day case but things didn’t go as planned. Dad came around to be told they couldn’t get his gallbladder out and had only removed half of it. He still has a stone wedged and it was full of infection. He should have been heading home at 2pm but the news we got was he was going to be in hospital for at least three days.

Dembe has been following me everywhere to the point I am tripping over him! Lots of cuddles.

It is so bloody hot today we are both hating it.

Saturday 18th July

Another quite day today. Jay is on his second early on the bounce. Dembe did not want to get up this morning and I had to persuade him to go downstairs and see his dad rather than continue to lie on top of me!

We had lots of cuddles today

We had some good news this afternoon, dad is coming home from hospital. I managed to speak to him when he had got home.

Dembe had lots of cuddles with his dad.

Sunday 19th July

We are having a restful day today as the last few days have been so bloody stressful.

As Dembe is going back to how he was eating before the failed raw experiment, we needed to cook him some meals. Today we have made meatloaf for him. I bet Jay he wouldn’t eat raw beef mince – seeing though he wont eat any of his raw meals or when he does it is just a few times a week. Dembe then decided he would eat the beef mince just to prove us wrong! He then looked for more.

Meat loaf is one of his favourite meals and he always hangs around in the kitchen when it is being prepared. He ate his breakfast with no issues again this morning he had Scoobys stew with Wolf worthy Kibble. That’s the first time his whole meal has just been wolfworthy and not mixed with his old Arden Grange.

It will be a quiet day today.

Next week he will have two walks with Martin due to Jays hours.

I forgot to mention one night last week I kept waking up as something kept tickling my nose whilst I slept…that something was Dembe’s tail lol!

W/C 8th June 2020

Monday 8th June

Dembe is sulking as Jay is back to work today after his holiday and the minute Jay went to work Dembe took himself upstairs to bed. It reminded me so much of Mollie who was Jays dog and would sulk something terrible every time her dad left the house without her. I basically wouldn’t see her all day as she would hide upstairs in his bedroom.

Jay is late night tonight and today is Dembe’s first walk with Martin from Happy Dogs. Both Jay and I have been really anxious about it as Dembe has never been away from us previously, he has never been walked by someone else or been in someone else’s care for more than 30 minutes ( and that was just once).

When Dembe left the house with Martin he really wasn’t sure, his body language was showing he was not feeling good, body low to the floor head down, ears down etc. I felt like a terrible mother. Thankfully when he got in the van there was no howling which was what I was expecting. About 30 minutes later Martin did a Facebook live so I could see Dembe being walked and that he was ok. This helped ease my anxiety greatly.

I had thrown myself into a project on the sewing machine and normally I never hear a car pull up outside but today I heard when Martin pulled up. Dembe couldn’t wait to get back to me it was obvious he was shattered.

As it was the first walk it was early and Jay and I had prepared for that. I should have been clearer on Jays working hours so his next walks will be done later in the afternoon . Jay popped home at 5pm to take Dembe out for a quick walk around the block and then headed back to work.

waiting by the window for his dad

I had a very quiet afternoon as Dembe was shattered and in the evening he settled very quickly for me.

Tuesday 9th June

Dembe decided that 4.39am was the perfect time to go out for a walk this morning, so I range Jays phone to wake him up and let him know his baby wanted out. I must have gone straight back to sleep as I didn’t hear them go or come back. The next thing I knew it was 8am and Dembe was fast asleep beside me on the bed.

At 9am I went in to wake up Jay and we ended up all having a cuddle on his bed

As usual Dembe was all over his daddy today because he was at home. He is always glued to Jays side when he is on a day off. However if I am sick ( sicker than normal) or when Jay isn’t here he is all over me.

Dembe still seems pretty shattered after his walk with Martin yesterday.

June 10th June

Jay is on another late shift today so Dembe is booked in with Happy Dogs again for a walk this afternoon. Both of us are feeling much happier about it,

Dembe woke up at 4.30am this morning, I rolled over and ignored him as it is taking the piss, give it a few weeks and he will be wanting out at 2am! Jay woke up just before 5am and got him out. Thankfully Dembe is very good and will go back to bed and settle for a few hours once he has been out for a walk. I woke up at 8.30am and Dembe was on the bed with me.

Over the last few weeks Dembe has started stealing my slippers whenever I am on the sewing machine. I have to sew in my stocking feet so I take my slippers off and keep them beside me. The other day I found one slipper in the garden and another in the bathroom. I have ordered myself some new slippers as Dembe has torn the inside of them trying to remove the labels from inside them. He is label obsessed and we have to take them off his toys or he will destroy the toy chewing the label.

Dembe was picked up for his walk around 4pm which was the perfect time as he was just starting to become restless and wanting out. He recognised Martin but put the breaks on, I had to put the lead onto his collar and Martin had to pull him out of the house. Once over the threshold he would walk but again looked very submissive. He was the same as a tiny pup when he was first starting to go for a walk, Jay always had to lift him over the threshold. Once outside he would be fine but he always had an issue with leaving the house. I think he may have been worse today as I had been feeling rotten all day and he was perhaps concerned about leaving me… or maybe it is just going to take him a bit of time to get used to leaving the house without us. In a way I’m happy that he won’t just leave with someone as my biggest fear has always been that he would get stolen as he is such a good looking chap.

Dembe was exhausted after his walk. Martin did another video for us to see him walking and Dembe looked very happy pootling along in front of Martin on the Flexi Max lead ( we have the same lead ).

I had a very quiet evening with Dembe out for the count from 6pm, he was snoring his head off. I was happy as I knew that he had been properly exercised and wasn’t like a coiled spring because Jay was on a late night.

Thursday 11th June

I had a very tired little boy on Thursday which suited me fine as I haven’t been feeling right all week. We spent most of the day cuddled up together on the sofa watching films. Normally I am trying to do stuff around the house as I have never really come to terms with my disability. I push myself very hard because I don’t want to be accused of being lazy. This week I have had to dial everything back as I am just so shattered.

This afternoon we had a thunder storm, I am so proud of Dembe he didn’t bat an eyelid. He wanted to go outside and play in the rain

I kept having to call him inside as he kept going out and doing zoomies in the garden, nutcase!

My new slippers have arrived so now when I sew I leave the old ones beside me for him to steal and put the new ones on the work surface so that he can’t get them! I did exactly the same when he was a puppy!

Friday 12th June

Awful weather today so Dem’s spent the majority of the day asleep on the sofa beside me. I managed to capture one of the crazy heavy showers

Dembe saw his mate Rufus the Great Dane on his walk this morning. Rufus’s brother a chocolate Labrador also tried to play for a few minutes but he is a bit chunky and elderly so he struggles to keep up with the youngsters. Apparently every day when Rufus goes for his walk he waits in the area where he would bump into Dembe, he gets very disappointed when Dembe doesn’t join them on a walk. Jay likes to take Dembe to different places for his walks rather than just do the same walk every day. So they only see each other a couple of times a week.

waiting for his dad to get home

Saturday 13th June

Oh my goodness what a cuddly boy I have today! He is just so affectionate. I love the way he puts his paws on my shoulders and then licks my face, it is almost as if he is trying to give me a hug back. Such a soppy boy he really is the most loving dog ( and all our dogs have been affectionate in their way) we have owned.

Dembe watching his dad in the kitchen on Saturday evening

We spent another day on the sofa watching films and having cuddles. Dembe was my crochet inspector this evening.

Sunday 14th June

Dembe started squeaking at 4am wanting to go out. I told him to be quiet and went back to sleep for an hour. At 5am Jay got up and took Dembe out for a walk. I went back to sleep but woke up at 6.30am. Dembe came down with me and slept on the sofa.

There used to be a programme on one of the USA satellite channels called Cheaters, we sing the theme tune whenever one of us catches Dembe in bed with the other!

W/C 6th April 2020

Monday 6th April 2020

Sunday night we had some fun in the garden with his blue dinosaur. I managed to capture some lovely photos.

Dembe was ridiculously cuddly on Monday morning. He spent the first couple of hours that we were up snuggled up next to me.

He is slowly getting used to having his daddy home 24/7 and the clock change thank goodness. It was killing me him waking me up at 5am!

Dembe is loving the weather change and is spending lots of time outside in his chair.

Jay went out shopping today for the first time since lock down began Dembe got very upset crying and howling. Jay was gone for over two hours due to them limiting how many can go in and out of the store at any one time.

When Jay got back Dembe was beside himself with excitement and would leave him alone for the rest of the day.

Tuesday 7th April

Dembe had a nice afternoon walk with his dad and had the added bonus of being chased by a Westie which is his favourite thing ever…chase! It was the first dog he has met on his walk for quite some time due to the lock down.

Jay cooked Dembe some meals, he did a huge batch of Scoobies Stew which is one of Dembe’s favourites.

Crazy sleeping positions today


Wednesday 8th April

Dembe is moulting like crazy at the moment. Everything is covered in hair and the vacuum cleaner is full of it!

It is a 2 man job grooming him now as he rolls onto his back so you can’t brush him. Jay had to hold him whilst I gave him a quick brush. I got this glare for a few hours afterwards.

I made it up to him by playing a long game of find it bunny and putting it in harder and harder locations. I am also able to start directing the areas Dembe will search in by moving my hand and asking him to search. He really is very focused when he plays this game and it wears him out quite quickly. He doesn’t give up as easily now when he can’t locate the item.

Thursday 9th April

Jay and I have been upcycling furniture whilst he is off and Dembe has been such a good boy. He just goes onto his garden chair or onto the sofa and sleeps whilst we work.

On Thursday night at 8pm Dembe came outside with us when we clapped for the NHS. Someone let off fireworks . He was so good, it did make him jump but we made a real fuss of him and turned it into a bit of a game and he just lapped up all the attention. He played with Ben next door again – and he went into their house the nosey bugger. Ben was throwing Dembe a ball up the road when a miserable git of a neighbour came out and had a go at Ben telling him to watch his car. Ben wasn’t anywhere near the car but the neighbour is a bit mental these days and to keep the peace we took Dembe inside.


Dembe flaked out as soon as he came inside after his running around the street with Ben.

Friday 10th April

Today on Dembe’s walk he decided to pee on the molehills that he came across. Not on the side of them but right in the middle of the mole hills so the moles knew he had left his calling card! He has also started chasing birds now which is a fun game.

Today we cooked up Dembe’s other favourite his meat loaf recipe. We made loads and were able to top up his meals so that we won’t need to worry about them for a little while again now.

Jay and I did more painting outside so Dembe entertained himself.

After his walk in the afternoon due to the heat we gave him a hose down in the back garden which he liked. He was throwing his broccoli around in the garden.

Saturday 11th April

We painted the TV unit today so Dembe got lots of attention during the breaks. When we were painting he would sit on his garden chair and watch us. He has been so good at entertaining himself.

Sunday 12th April

We are all having a lazy day today as I managed to take my evening tablets first thing this morning. I have felt like I have had 8 pints of beer due to this. Not good. Jay went back to bed and whilst I watched a Tv show Dembe slept on Jays dressing gown with his blue dinosaur.

W/C 16th March 2020

Monday 16th March 2020

Morning nap

I have to be honest we have had a very lazy day today. Cuddles on the sofa and snoozing.

Dembe was determined when his dad came home for lunch that he was going to take his sprout toy into the back garden with him.

He is loving his home cooked meals

Tuesday 17th March

Day off with Jay today. It is hilarious when Jay is day off mummy gets completely ignored. He has draped himself all over Jay today.

No visitors today as we are limiting our exposure to the outside world as both me and Jay are more at risk of a severe outcome if we come into contact with Covid-19. We are just attending dog training this evening and only that because it is in a huge barn and we can employ social distancing. We will be having a break after this term ends purely as we will be limiting social exposure.

Tonight at training we learned about canine enrichment and games to play with Dembe if we end up in a lock down situation. It was really good fun and Dembe really enjoyed himself. At one point Dembe managed to slip his lead and he did a a run around the whole of the barn, he looked like a streaker the way he kept looking over his shoulder. He went straight over to his mate Rufus who he adores and all he wants to do is have a play with him! Rufus’ owner was laughing her head off at Dembes antics. He gets so excited when he gets to play games at the training centre.

Dembe was so exhuasted after training he just went to sleep as soon as we got home.

Wednesday 18th March 2020

Well I was expecting Dembe to be like this all morning after last nights escapades

But his actual dosing lasted a very short time indeed. I ended up playing Find it with him for close to 40 minutes . After which I don’t know who was most knackered him or me!

Today was quite a huge day really as I finally bit the bullet and decided to enquire with our dog trainer about dog walking. This is for when Jay is working on a late night as Dembe simply refuses to use the backgarden to go to the toilet. Even having a wee now seems to be out of the question. Jay has started to take him out twice on a day when he is working late before he goes to work. But even then I am left weith Dembe crying on and off from around 5pm until Jay gets in at 9 / 10 pm. It simply isn’t fair on Dembe and it isn’t fair on me as it means my evenings are spent continually getting Dembe out in the back garden to go for a pee which he now flatly refuses to do.

I am also going to get Jay to speak to his friend at work whose wife runs a dog walking service and ask if she can pick up Saturday afternoon walks with Dembe as she could do with an extra client. She has had so many cancellations with people either being made unemployed or now working from home her business is being impacted badly. It will only be about once a month that Jay gets a late night Saturday but it will help Dembe and me and in turn our friend.

waiting for his dad

In the evening the dog walker come over and met Dembe . Dembe went absolutely crazy! Initially he was barking loads and then he went to his toy box and brought Phil his sprout. Just as Phil was leaving Dembe decided without warning to puke all over the lounge rug so that wasn’t at all mortifying.

He is absolutely fine in himself however I am concerned about his left eye. He seems to be blinking it more and it looks red. There has also been a bit of gunk coming from it. So a trip to the vets tomorrow for him.

Thursday 19th March

Poor Dembe has a corneal abrasion. Initially I had though he may have conjuctivitis but Jay took him to the vets at 10.15am and they could see a scratch on his eye. He has had an injection and eye drops put in.

He really isn’t happy about the eyedrops. I put the first lot in at 12.30pm and he ran up the stairs straight after and stayed on the stairs glaring at me through the banisters for 15 minutes.

He then came down the stairs and went onto the small sofa, huffing and puffing the whole time whilst flatly refusing to look at me.

I have booked Dembe in for some dog walks next week and one the week after. This is a huge step for Jay and I, turning Dembe over to someone else for at least an hour. But it will do Dembe good.

Friday 20th March

Dembe’s eye is still a little swollen and red but it is looking a whole lot better than it did. He was bouncing off the walls today . I have never known him so full of energy. Obviously the pain relief he was given at the vets yesterday knocked him bandy.

I did manage to get a little sewing done today at least whilst he had a nap upstairs.

He was walked early and again before Jay went to work, as he is late night today. But he is still bouncing off the walls. I thank my lucky stars this is the last late night I will have to endure with a whinning dog that keeps running to teh front door despite having a garden he can use to relieve himself.

Saturday 21st March

Dembe’s eye is now back to normal, no swelling and all the redness has gone.

Again he was absolutely mental this morning for about an hour after his long walk with Jay before he finally conked out.

He has been incredibly vocal today, barking and howling at everyone who dares walk past our house. It is a bit of a nightmare when all he wants to do is talk!

As soon as the clock strikes one Dembe assumes his position at the window waiting for his dad to come home for his lunch. As soon as his dad arrives Dembe then goes to his toy box and presents it to his dad. It is very sweet and you never know from one day to the next what toy Jay will be given.

Sunday 22nd March

Jay left the house before 8.30am this morning so that he could go and get shopping for both sets of parents. Both are self isolating due to this fucking virus and need bits and pieces from the supermarket to get them through. As Jay wasn’t in his work uniform Dembe kicked off from the moment he left. Howling and barking at the front door and lounge window. Hoping that his dad could hear him and that he would hurry home. I hate it when Dembe is like this as there is nothing you can do to console him apart from just getting him chewy treats as he can’t chew and make noise at the same time.

He did settle eventually and I managed to get a small amount of sewing done before Jay got home.

As soon as Jay sat down Dembe draped himself all over Jay to make up for lost time. He loves his dad.

Stay safe everyone xxx