W/C 26th April 2021

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

Monday 26th April

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

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

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

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

Martin took some great photos of their walk

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

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

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

Tuesday 27th April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 28th April

Dembe was a tired pup today!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 29th April

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

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

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

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

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

I have attempted to preserve his modesty!

Friday 30th April

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 1st May

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

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

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

This afternoon he has finally crashed.

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

W/C Monday 5th April 2021

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

Monday 5th April

Tuesday 6th April

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

Thursday 8th April

Friday 9th April

Saturday 10th April

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

Sunday 11th April

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

W/C 22nd March 2021

Monday 22nd March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 23rd March

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

Wednesday 24th March

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

He was following me around the house all day.

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

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

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

Thursday 25th March 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 26th March

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 27th March

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

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

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

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

Sunday 28th March

We are going to have a quiet day today.

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

W/C 15th March 2021

Monday 15th March

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 16th March

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 17th March

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 18th March

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

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

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

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

Friday 19th March

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

I had another bloody migraine.

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

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

Saturday 20th March

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

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

Sunday 21st March

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

W/C 8th March 2021

Monday 8th March

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 9th March

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

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

Wednesday 10th March

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 11th March

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 12th March

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

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

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

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

Saturday 13th March

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

Dembe was a very snory boy this morning.

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

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

Mothers Day 14th March

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

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

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

W/C 8th February 2021

Monday 8th February

Jay went back to work today and poor Dembe really missed his daddy being at home. He was really out if sorts.

He was alternating between snuggling up with me and then going to the sofa by the front door.

It was just as well that we had a surprise toy turn up for Dembe today. He was very curious about the contents of the box.

He was such a cuddly pup today

He is really into lying on top of me at the moment.

He was on Dad watch from 15.30 and kept going to the window.

Jay had made me promise that I wouldn’t open the surprise for Dembe without him. So when we got back from Dembe’s walk Jay opened it up.

I don’t know who was more excited, Jay or Dembe. Cleo the Caterpillar was a hit.

Happy 48th Wedding anniversary to Dembe’s human Grandma and Grandad.

Tuesday 9th February

Dembe woke me up at 7.15am for his breakfast. The cheeky monkey this is the dog that regualrly turns his nose up at his food particularly breakfast. The weather is bitterly cold and we have had snow blowing through the wind on and off. Dembe is very cuddly today. He brought me Cleo first thing this morning.

He has been playing with Cleo the caterpillar, Hedgehog and his carrot toys today. He hasn’t played with his hedgehog for ages. He also was given a lambs tail today and he really enjoyed that.

His game today seemed to be to jump up at me( when I was sat down) and push me over. He then likes to smother me with kisses. Which is ok but when you are trying to do something can be a nightmare.

Jay has been suffering from a lot of nightmares so Dembe has switched to sleeping in with Jay at the moment to keep an eye on his dad. It feels very strange not to have him in my room but I know he is looking after his dad.

Dembe decided to photo-bomb as I tried to take a photo of a unit I had been decorating to show a friend!

Wednesday 10th February

Jay is on a late shift today. The temperature outside is Baltic, it is windy and that is making it feel even worse. It was minus 2 when Dembe went out for his first walk with Jay at around 5am. Dembe went out at 9am and then again at 11.30am. Bitterly cold on every occasion not that Dembe minded.

Dembe woke me up again at 7.15am for his breakfast! Obviously the cold weather is making him hungry.

Dembe was out with Sophie from Creature Kind today and her crew. Dembe adores his Wednesday afternoon walks with her. He runs towards her van and doesn’t give me a backwards glance!

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

Dembe had a wonderful time on his walk, Sophie said he was a really good boy, coming back when called even when he was involved in a game of chase. This was great news that he was behaving himself. They bumped into a Lurcher cross on the walk who was only too happy to indulge Dembe’s love of chase. So much so that Sophie gave them an extra 30 minutes as they were all enjoying themselves so much.

He was knackered when he got in and starving hungry. After his dinner he went straight to sleep.

He went straight to sleep when we went up to bed and didnt even have nay sexy time with his bed or crocodile. When his dad got in just after 10pm he was too exhausted to even go downstairs. He got his blue dinosaur and stood on the bed wagging his tail waiting for Jay to come up. Normally he shoots downstairs like a rocket.

Thursday 11th February

This morning we woke up to a dusting of snow. It is the first time Dembe has seen it, he didn’t seem that bothered by it. I got up at 5.30am so was downstairs when Dembe got back from his walk. He was so excited to see me that he brought his carrot into the kitchen.

As you can see just a dusting

Today Dembe has a walk with Martin from Happy Dogs, again I am ( and so is Dembe) so lucky that he has a wonderful time whenever he goes out with his dog walker. He is always so good as he waits for Martin to clip him on the lead and then he makes his way ( straining at the leash) to the van and can’t wait to jump in. When I think back to last year when he had his first walk and when Martin turned up, he ran up the stairs and hid. I had to coax him down. Now he stands at the window waiting for Martin to arrive. You can see a video from Dembe’s walk on Happy Dogs Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/happydogs.uk/videos/?ref=page_internal

Today Dembe decided to be a naughty boy which is very unusual when he is with Martin . He decided to employ selective hearing so not coming back when called. He also tried to make the walk longer by running off. It is so embarrassing when he is a bugger. So we have started doing some back to basic training with him as we haven’t been doing it consistently recently.

I got some of his favourite venison sausage cut up and started to get him to do recall in the house. As lately he has been refusing to come to me in the house when I shout. So with high value rewards I hope to persuade him it is worthwhile!

He was a tired pud this afternoon.

Friday 12th February

Dembe really didn’t want to get up this morning. He really doesn’t like his dads early shifts as it means he has to go out to the common really early. He isn’t an early morning dog.

He seemed really pooped after his two big social walks this week. When I was doing some exercise he climbed up onto Jays bed and lay down. I could hear him snoring on and off.

We both had a bit of a surprise when Jay walked through the door just after 12pm. Jay was upset as his dad had a bad fall. His dad has motor neurone disease, he had taken a tumble on the stairs and broken multiple ribs. He was in hospital, due to the Covid lockdown Jay cant go and see him, with Jays job it is more than likely he could have been exposed to Covid and he doesn’t want to give it to his parents.

Dembe recognised Jays distress and flopped over his legs and lay there like a giant lap dog. He was all over his dad for the rest of the day.

We were exhausted from the stress of the day so we went to bed early. Dembe was up for that as well.

Saturday 13th February

Dembe woke us up very early, 4.30am, the earliest he has woken us up in a while. He wanted out so Jay took him for a walk up the common. Jay said as soon as he got home he ran upstairs and went back to sleep on my bed.

When I got up I threw the duvet off and it covered Dembe. He didn’t move so I grabbed my phone and snapped this one of him.

The post arrived early this morning and we had a lovely gift from Anne-Marie and Eddie.

A cushion cover with Dembe’s photo on it! We love it.

Dembe was a very cuddly boy today, constantly climbing up on me wanting to be a Labrador shaped hot water bottle.

Sunday 14th February

Today is mine and Jays anniversary of our first date back in 1997. I got Jay a valentines card from Dembe.

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