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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today has been a very lazy day. Jay was on an early so he took Dembe out up the common before going to work.
We had lots of cuddles on the sofa and we played find it, with find it bunny.
I caught him looking out the window waiting for his dad to get home at lunch time. As soon as he hears my message ping on my phone to let me know that Jay is on his way home he will get up on the sofa and stand guard. Some days he is up there before I get a message.
As soon as he see’s his dad reverse onto the drive he will either go to the door or he will run to his toy box and get a toy to greet his dad with. The retriever part is strong in him, he loves to walk around with a toy in his mouth. At the moment he likes carrying around his pheasant toy. This changes from day to day which toy he is favouring.
He was full of beans this evening before Jay got in. He waits by the door lying on the sofa arm.
When Jay gets home from work he doesn’t get a toy brought to him as Dembe knows he will be going out for a walk!
Tuesday 4th February
Jay is day off today.
Dembe is really barky and a bit crazy today so I am dreading dog training this evening as if he is barking and naughty at home it usually continues in class the little sod.
Dembe did really well did exceptionally well at obedience class this evening . He got got picked out of the group to show off his recall skills. Martin the trainer took Dembe down the other end of the barn and got Jay to call Dembe back when Dembe wasn’t expecting it. He went off down the barn like a rocket. I don’t think I have ever seen him move so quickly. They then repeated it doing a front present. Dembe veered off course and came over to me so I ignored him, Jay called him again and he shot off back to Jay. He did the front present beautifully.
Wednesday 5th February
Dembe started at 6am to try and get me up but I managed to keep him occupied until 6.50am. Jay got him out at by 7.30am. Jay said he was going crazy on the walk running around like a loon.
Dembe slept quite a bit during the day as he was knackered from his walk and dog training last night. He sprang into action at 5am demanding his toys to be thrown for him.
Thankfully I kept him entertained and managed to wear him out. He did settle down quickly when we went up to bed . Jay took him out around the block when he got in from work and Dembe did lots of big boy wee’s. So proud of him.
Thursday 6th February
Dembe is eating loads at the moment and I am not surprised as it is supposed to be turning colder in the next few days.
We had a slow start to the morning as I had woken up with a migraine and was feeling quite out of it for a while. Dembe was quite happy to lie beside me on the sofa sleeping bless him.
I find it quite crazy when I compare his photos from last year to the ones I have here as he was tiny this time last year and now he looks so grown up. But he will always be our baby,
At 5.30pm I had a doctors appointment so Jay dropped me there and then he and Dembe headed to the beach walking through the town to get there. It was a really good training session for him, by the time he worked out he was going to the beach he was beside himself with excitement. He was desperate to get onto the sand and as Jay took him down the steps he took his lead off. Dembe jumped the last 5 steps straight onto the beach. Not as good as our previous Weimaraner Mollie who Jay let off who then jumped the sea wall dropping at least 8 foot onto the sand below. Thankfully without injury.
Dembe had a whale of a time running around, doing zoomies. He was playing with the other dogs on the beach and he had a swim in the sea. As it was dark he was noticing the waves coming up behind him and got a drenching. He ran himself ragged.
Later that evening I collapsed in severe pain, I was by myself as Dembe was in with Jay. I stumbled towards the bathroom and sat there for a bit wondering if the pain was going to ease up at all. As I made my way back to bed I fell. Dembe came out of the bedroom saw me on the floor and ran straight into Jays room and woke him up by nibbling his hand. I was in so much pain I was unable to speak. Jay helped me get back to bed and Dembe was glued to my side. eventually the pain died down and I managed to get to sleep around midnight. It was only then that Dembe went back in with his dad.
Friday 7th February
Dembe is stuck to me like glue today after me having a migraine and then my bowel adhesion’s playing up last night. We didn’t really do much today as I was feeling so rank. Jay took Dembe out before work so he had a good run and he was mroe than happy just to curl up with me on the sofa.
At 7pm Dembe took himself up to bed which is practically unheard of. I knew he was knackered from being on duty looking after me.
Saturday 8th February
Today is my parents wedding anniversary! Happy anniversary.
This photo of Dembe totally sums how I am feeling today, utterly drained. There is a huge storm tomorrow “Storm Ciara” so I am trying to get all the jobs done that I would do on a Saturday and Sunday with help into one day and it is exhausting when my batteries are already drained!
Dembe came to life later that evening! He was having a mad hour or so after his dinner whilst waiting for Jay to get home.
Sunday 9th February
My god it is windy. We woke up at 6am to find one of the fence panels flapping in the wind. It is only a yellow warning currently and that increases to an amber warning at 8am. We managed to get outside at around 7.30am to fix the fence panel. The wind was so strong I nearly got blown off my feet and I am no shrinking violet. Dembe isn’t keen on the wind and keeps barking at it.
So far so good we still have power but the next postcode are over from us has lost power. I have candles and a gas stove should that happen here. I am racing to get Dembe’s blog completed and set up ready to publish in case of loss of power.
Dog Agility training got cancelled at around 10.30am due to the weather.
The amber warning will be in place until 9pm this evening so I am signing off early. Stay safe.
Dembe is shattered after the fun of agility training yesterday. Jay took Dembe out early, he is much happier about going out in the dark these days. Unlike when he was a pup and he would refuse to get out of the back of the car.
We had a lazy day together snuggled on the sofa. He was very pleased when Jay popped home for lunch . He brought a selection of toys into the kitchen for Jay to attempt to get off him. He likes greeting Jay with a toy in his mouth. If Jay comes in and he doesn’t have a toy, Dembe will run off and get one to show to his daddy. It is so very sweet.
He had a good walk when Jay finished work.
Tuesday 21st January
Jay is day off today and took Dembe for a quick walk up the common, quite early. He will be having a longer walk this afternoon whilst I am at Physiotherapy.
Jay went to Old Common whilst I was in my physio session. Dembe met lots of dogs and had several games of chase. He still isn’t keen on leaving me anywhere, he can get quite stressed out. By the time I got out of physio he was shattered.
I took this photo about 10 minutes after we got in. He was so shattered but he was determined to attempt to keep an eye on me.
We had dog training this evening – it was bloody freezing! I had so many layers on I could barely walk. Tights on under my jeans and 4 layers on my top half. Dembe had an excellent training session, he was the best in the class this evening even if I do say it myself. Unfortunately Max the GSD seems to have taken a dislike to Dembe and was growling at him. He decided last Sunday that Dembe was in his crosshairs and he seems to have continued this week. Thankfully there is plenty of space between them so Max can grumble all he likes.
Wednesday 23rd Janaury
We had a quiet day as Dembe and I were both pretty shattered after the dog training session last night ( plus I also had physio ) . He slept the majority of the day. He only came to life when Jay came home for lunch and again when he finished work.
Dembe started throwing his toys around the front room at about 5pm and kept that up until Jay arrived home just after 6pm.
He is eating really well at the moment and seems to be really enjoying his food.
Thursday 23rd January
I woke up with a migraine at 2.30am, so I got my soft collar on and dosed myself up with pain meds. Dembe was in with Jay so it didn’t wake him. I have to sleep sitting up when wearing the collar so I was propped up in bed when Dembe came in at 5.30am and started barking because he didn’t know who it was in the bed! Idiot. I calmed him down , he then jumped on the bed and covered me in kisses. I could feel that all his back hair was up. He settled down beside me and I stayed in bed for as long as I could. We managed to sleep until 8am which is unheard of. Jay took Dembe out at 6.30am but I slept through that.
We had a very low key day due to me struggling with the migraine all day.
Friday 24th January
I had a funny turn today where I came over like I was going to faint ( it happens quite a lot but usually I can just sit there and be ok) . My eyes started rolling in my head so I had to slip down off the sofa, get on the floor and raise my legs up. As I got down on the floor I was fully expecting Dembe to go mental as me lying on the floor is normally the signal for a mummy pile on and play time.
I was so shocked when Dembe quietly got off the sofa and curled right up beside me, resting his face against my face. Normally I would have been trodden on and toys dropped on my head. It was really out of character for him. When he wasn’t lying face to face with me, he was lying on my arm so I couldn’t get up. We stayed on the floor for 30 minutes before he moved and brought me a tennis ball. How did he know that was just what I needed? I sat on the floor for a bit ensuring I was ok to get up and then we both headed upstairs and lay down on my bed for a few hours.
As you can see from the photo’s I took at the time he was stuck to me like glue. He hasn’t been trained to do this, he picked up that something was wrong and then stayed on the floor with me until I was well enough to move. I am so very proud of my little pudding. He is my hero.
Saturday 25th January
I am feeling a lot better today thank goodness, as Jay is late night so I will be on my own from just after 12pm until 10pm. Jay took Dembe out for a nice long walk to ensure he didn’t go too mental later with not having a second walk.
As expected Dembe got all his toys out of his box on Saturday evening
Crocodile was being thrown around the lounge along with tennis balls as he attempted to entertain himself. In the end I gave him a bulls tail chew to occupy him and bring the energy levels down. That worked and around an hour later we toddled up to bed where he settled down beside me immediately.
Sunday 26th January
Dembe is full of beans this morning, despite having a lovely long walk with Jay first thing. I had to take my slippers off which is a rare occurrence as my feet were too hot. Dembe deciding that we weren’t paying him enough attention then stole them and sat chewing the labels out of them. He also seemed to spend a very long time just bathing in the smell of my feet, strange animal.
We had lesson 4 of Dembe’s agility training course today. He mastered the weave poles and the long jumps. He was the first dog to manage 4 jumps today.
Dembe has been asleep ever since we have been back.
I forgot to share, Dembe now knows that we don’t react to his barking and we have been teaching him the command speak and then cease – it’s been a bit hit and miss. So now as barking no longer works he has started howling. Little bugger.
Just to give you all a heads up the blog aka me will be taking a break over the Christmas and New year period, so this will be the last blog post of 2019. We obviously have Christmas and then we will have the first anniversaries of Frankie 29th December and then Mollie 5th January, passing and to be fair I just want to spend time with Jay and Dembe quietly remembering them both. It is difficult as well with them both being on a Sunday which is the day I normally type up the blog from the hard copy I have kept during the week. So the blog will be back up and running on Monday 13th January 2020. I will do a round up of Christmas and New year in that post and of course there will be lots of photos.
If you are missing Dembe you can keep up to date with him on his Facebook page The Dembe Diaries, where odd bits and pieces will be posted during this period.
Dembe was out early for a walk today as Jay was on his usual silly o’clock start time today. Dembe then came straight back to bed and we slept until after 7am. Nearly a lie on!
I did some sewing today well embroidery really. Dembe amused himself whilst I was at the machine. He was incredibly excited when his dried cows ears arrived today. I got him a bag of 50! That should keep him chewing for a while.
I found out this evening that I have won a doggy treat hamper ( contents worth £80 ) . The competition was a quiz that was being run to celebrate being in business for 15 years. Happy dogs made the announcement via their Facebook page.
I was so surprised and very chuffed as it took me ages to find all the answers to the quiz.
Tuesday 17th December
Busy day here as today is Jays last day off before Christmas, which seems crazy but yes Christmas is next week. He has lots of jobs to do one of them being picking up the hamper from Happy Dogs!
Mike and Alison popped over at 10.15am with a card and a present for Dembe. He is such a spoiled boy. I am so grateful to all the people who buy him things. We all can’t thank you enough.
He was walking around carrying this doing the typical Labrador whole body wag. Every time anyone looked like they might try to take it off him he put his head down and turned away. He did keep going up on the sofa trying to give Alison a kiss.
Jay brought back the hamper which was enormous
It was filled with lots of brilliant things. There is a new lead which will be fab for agility training. There is a high viz vest for Dembe to wear when it is dark on his early morning or evening walks. Lots of toys, a tugger, some balls, treat dispenser and Dembe’s absolute favourite a dinky duck, for my dinky dot.
He also really likes the tub of dried meaty treats, full of gorgeous sounding things like Tripe sticks and Beef Trachea. Stinky as hell but he absolutely loves it. There were so many lovely things in the hamper it was brilliant and a wonderful surprise.
Wednesday 18th December
Uncle Paul popped over very early this morning, thankfully after Dembe had his walk. I gave Dembe a cows ear to chomp on and get him to calm down as he tends to get very over excited with Paul. Probably because he visits us the most and we don’t tend to get many visitors. Paul said how much calmer he was so hopefully that’s a tool in our arsenal.
Jay is on a late night tonight so Dembe hasn’t slept much this morning as when his pack is all together he likes to get as much attention from them as possible.
I managed to get some machine embroidery done in the afternoon as Dembe conked out, As soon as I finished and sat on the sofa he jumped on me and grabbed my thumb.
He has done this since he was a tiny pup, he just sits there holding it in his mouth. He is such a quirky little thing.
Something he loves to do when it is just me and him at home on an evening is to emoty his toy box out completely and scatter his toys all over the lounge floor.
As it was just me and the boy we went up to bed early. The weather is absolutely rotten and as if by magic the wind really started up making lots of noise and causing the loft hatch to bang and the letter box to rattle. This upset Dembe and he started to bark and then run down stairs and bark. He wasn’t frightened he was guarding me bless him and he takes that job very seriously. Eventually he settled back down and went to sleep on my lap.
Thursday 19th December
This bloody rain it never seems to stop. I have decided to ask Santa for a dinghy or a small sail boat as driving anywhere will be impossible if this continues. Jay braved it and took Dembe out for an early walk as he is on a 6am start again. Dembe came back to bed after being dried off and stayed with me until gone 7am.
Dembe has been knackered today and slept much of the day which has been great for me as I have been able to crack on with my embroidery machine quilt.
Jay is out to the cinema this evening and it has left Dembe very unsettled. He has cried for Jay He really does love having his pack together. Eventually he settled down and went to sleep Velcro’d to my side. He raced downstairs when Jay got in at 11pm, thankfully he didn’t bark.
Friday 20th December
As you all know form reading previous posts, Dembe has a thing about his vegetable toys. At the moment he is mad keen on his sprout again. As we know he loves this toy we couldn’t resist buying this sprout Christmas decoration for him when we saw it a few weeks ago.
I spent a bit of time today finishing up sewing jobs ready for Christmas . So Dembe had to entertain himself. He was in a playful mood so in the evening we had a long game of find it as Jay was on his second late night of the week. By the time we toddled off to bed Dembe was shattered.
Saturday 21st December
Jay was on an early today so he took Dembe out for a quick walk up the common in the dark. Dembe has got used to going out at night / in darkness, so isn’t as bothered as he used to be and will leave the car. When he was smaller he would refuse to leave the house before 7am! I won a high viz vest in the Hamper so we have been using that as well as his bicycle light and it makes it much easier for Jay to see him.
We had a cuddly afternoon
Dembe went to sleep on the coats at 4,30pm desperately wanting his dad to come home so he could have a walk.
Sunday 22nd December
Its been a busy day today with Christmas right around the corner. We had friends come over. Liam who is 6 played football with Dembe using his sprout toy as the ball. By the time Liam left Dembe was shattered he had a wonderful time.
I just want to say to everyone thank you for the reading Dembe’s blog, thank you for the likes and comments. Merry Christmas and Happy new year. See you all in January 2020.
Jay was in uber early this morning so with Dembe having disturbed sleep we managed a little lie on until 7.30am. Very decadent.
I thought he maybe hungry after not eating his dinner last night but he ate less than a 3rd of his breakfast and it was painfully slow. The stupid thing is if I add a raw egg or a tin of fish he scoffs the lot. I decided to leave his food down all day to see if maybe he is more of a grazer but that didn’t work either. By dinner time there was still loads left in his bowl. I gave up and added a tin of mackerel to his meal and he scoffed the lot.
Jay weighed him this evening as we really didn’t know what his weight was doing as every time we have thought he had lost weight he had gained weight. However you can see the bottom rib and feel his rib cage much more along with his spine. The last time we weighed him he came in at a whopping 33.1kg. The good news is that he weighs 30.8kg so he has lost 2.3kg. It is the lowest weight he has been for some time. He is now pretty close to the weight the vet wanted which was 30kg. I would like him under 30kg but I am thrilled that we have got his weight down.
Dembe waiting for his dad to come home on Monday afternoon.
Tuesday 10th December
Jay is day off today. Last night like the night before Dembe started the evening in Jays room. Jay got woken up by a blood curdling howl. I have been telling Jay for months that Dembe barks and howls in his sleep but as he has never heard it I don’t think he has ever quite believed me. At 11.30pm Dembe moved into his bed and at 2.30am he moved from his bed onto my bed where he spent the rest of the night / morning until we got up. The temperature really dropped overnight.
Jay and I wrapped all the Christmas presents this morning. Dembe was very good and didn’t attempt to insert himself into the proceedings. He also managed to resist the urge to shred any paper he came across on the floor. Paper / card shredding is one of his most favourite things to do. When you are a sewist that’s not good as it means if I drop a paper pattern I have to rescue it immediately! He did get a bit stroppy that no one would throw his ball for him.
It was raining this afternoon when Jay took Dembe out for his walk. We had to hose him off in the back garden as Dembe’s legs were covered in mud / grit from the common. He has got an awful lot better with being dried with the hairdryer.
I added an egg to his dinner and it was hoovered up. So for the next few days I will try adding an egg to his meals whilst reducing his kibble slightly.
Tonight is his last obedience training session, we have signed up to the course being run after Christmas along with agility.
We were the only ones at dog training tonight as the other lady that attends with us was poorly. We had the entire hour as a one to one, which was fantastic and a great way to end the term. Dembe managed to embarrass us by having a wee on the floor. He has started scent marking, we always walk him before a training session so that he doesn’t need the toilet whilst there. I wanted the floor to open up as he has never done that. Martin explained that sometimes they get confused and see the barn as outdoors. I hope so as I dont need this issue.
We got our certificate for passing level 2
Wednesday 11th December
I got Dembe to eat his breakfast today with zero issues thanks to the edition of an egg. No constant encouragement or cheer-leading needed whilst he ate his breakfast which meant it was much less stressful.
Dembe was a very cuddly boy all day and just wanted to be beside me on the sofa all day.
I have been having a break from sewing so have been doing crochet instead. He has been glued to my side.
We did some find it and leave/take exercises this afternoon when he had a bit of energy to burn off. He really loves playing this game in the evenings with us or just me.
Can’t believe how much better he is eating now that we have added the egg to his meals.
Dembe has a really weird way of sleeping in his bed. When he gets into it at night he clears all the blankets / cushions out of it and sleeps on the base which is the thickness of a sheet and uses the blanket and cushion as a pillow.
Thursday 12th December
Jay is on a late night tonight so Dembe had a really long walk up the common this morning. As it was raining we put his blue coat on him. He came back with his legs and belly all covered in mud and had to be hosed off outside again!
I have been really tired all week due to not sleeping, my disturbed sleep has also impacted Dembe so he has been really sleepy during the day.
We had a game of find it this evening as he got a bit of an energy rush and I wanted to clam him down before bed. He loves playing find it so that’s what we did. He is so good at stay when in the house with me. I can leave the room and he doesn’t move. He isn’t always great at finding stuff but he does love to give it a good go.
When we did go to bed Dembe was obsessed with my feet. He wouldn’t stop licking them and nibbling my toes which would have been fine should I not hate having my feet touched by anyone. I really loathe it. In the end I had to shove them under the duvet to get him to leave them alone.
I tried to do some crochet in bed but he was having none of it and kept climbing on my lap.
Eventually he did go to sleep and I managed to get this photo of him
Friday 13th December
I managed to not sleep a wink last night and as a result feel dreadful today. All I am doing is lying on the sofa.
Saturday 14th December
I managed to sleep last night but as a result I now feel worse than ever.
Paul popped over at 9.30am and I was still in my pj’s waiting to wake up a bit. Thankfully Dembe was nice and calm and managed to behave rather than bouncing off the walls like he normally would.
Jay got this brilliant photo of him at lunchtime
Dembe was very excited when Paul popped back in the afternoon and was just desperate for us to play but we were trying to sort out Paul’s new computer. He wasn’t the worst he has ever been but it was clear Dembe was really looking forward to having a walk when his dad got home.
Sunday 15th December
Today marks the 2 year anniversary of our Weimaraner Willow passing away. It is a sad day.
We had to pop down to our relatives today, who live an hours drive away, to take all the Christmas presents to them. I stayed with my parents and their dog Maggie with Dembe whilst Jay went to visit his parents. Dembe was just manic and managed to embarrass himself by having a wee on the floor – scenting again. I wouldn’t have minded but he had a long walk this morning, he was walked around the block before we set off so he could go to the toilet. He was then walked again when we arrived at my parents house so that he could go to the toilet and not do this……..and he bloody did.
When he did it on Tuesday Martin said it was about scenting not actually going to the toilet. I was mortified then and even more so at my parents house today. He is a year old and shouldn’t be doing this. Especially with so many trips out to ensure that he had a wee.
This maybe something we need to talk to him about when we go back to class in 2020 – which seems like a year away but is only actually just a few weeks.
Since we got back home Dembe has slept. I am pretty shattered as I just haven’t been right at all this week.