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W/C 14th September 2020

Monday 14th September

As usual for a Monday Jay was on an early shift. I had a terrible nights sleep so ended up getting up 3.30am when Jay got up. Dembe was not impressed at all with both of us rising so early. He isn’t a morning dog at all. Jay took him out at 4.30am and Dembe was happy to come back to bed with me and we slept until around 8.30am.

Knackered pup

I had a lazy day with Dembe due to the lack of sleep. I did some crochet, very slowly as since the accident I am having problems with my neck and back.

Yet again when I have gone to take some photos of the work I have done on my crocheted blankets Dembe immediately lies on them!

Tuesday 15th September 2020

We are back to dog training this evening and we can’t wait. It feels like we haven’t been in such a very long time.

It has been a stressful day here and Dembe is picking up on it. The washing machine broke down with Jay’s work uniform inside. Dembe was incredibly well behaved whilst the engineer was here fixing it.

He has had 4 walks today so should be absolutely shattered but is still running around like a hyper lunatic. We did think that he may be a bit naughty tonight as he was so unsettled today, he was ok not brilliant but ok.

He was absolutely shattered after dog training this evening and went to sleep in the back of the car on the way home.

Wednesday 16th September

Dembe slept until 7am this morning…unheard of he must have been tired from last night. However when Jay got up with him he found a pile of sick in the lounge. I got up to help them clear up. Luckily it was on the laminate and not the rug like he usually does.

Dembe does seem a little under the weather today and quite lethargic

He has been eating ok so I am not too concerned. He does seem to throw up every now and again but is always ok the following day. He refused his breakfast but he has eaten sausages, his frozen kong and a denta stick. So he isn’t unwell in the respect that he must see a vet.

Jay took him for a walk around the block before he went to work and he surprised Jay by doing two enormous poo’s. It always amazes me as a dog owner how easily impressed we are when it comes to dogs and their bowels!

Watching the world go by

Martin came and got Dembe around 14.30 and took him out for a nice long walk on the common. He said he wouldn’t have known Dembe had been under the weather this morning as he was running about and having lots of wee’s .

Dembe was ready to settle really early tonight at 6pm so I took full advantage! We had an early night and watched Heartland, which I have started watching from the start again even though I have only just finished the last 13 seasons! A little bit addicted.

Thursday 17th September

Jay was middle shift today which Dembe always struggles with the wait until 6pm for his evening walk even though Jay walks him around the block at lunch time. We had lots of cuddles today and in the afternoon we played find it with his elephant toy which Dembe really enjoyed.

Friday 18th September

Jay was late night tonight, so he got to spend a nice amount of time with Dembe before he went to work at 12pm. Dembe and I played upstairs whilst I attempted to give my bedroom a tidy up. Dembe didn’t hear Martin arrive at 3pm until he rang the door bell. He was a very good boy and waited whilst Martin put the lead on and then ran down the drive and jumped into the back of the van! Makes me laugh how he would insist on being lifted in initially until Martin made it clear that he had to jump in.

As usual Dembe enjoyed himself out of the walk, meeting a lady Labrador and having a good game of Labrador zoomies. He is a ladies man our Dembe!

He was shattered after his walk up the common

We managed to get up to bed reasonably early, before 7pm and had lots of cuddles whilst watching the tv waiting for Daddy to get home at 10pm.

Saturday 19th September

Jay was on another middle shift today. Dembe was full of beans today and playing lots of games of nudge and find it.

He wasn’t very happy when his dad went to work this morning and refused to kiss his dad goodbye like he normally would. As soon as Jay was gone Dembe put himself up to bed and snuggled into Jays dressing gown on the bed.

Jay was late getting home for lunch well past 1pm his usual time. So Dembe stayed at the window looking for him, waiting for him to arrive.

He was very barky this afternoon. I managed to catch this photo of him just before he went to bark whilst waiting for his dad to get home.

He was so crazy with energy after I gave him his dinner at 4.30pm he conked out and went to sleep with his head on my foot. Something he hasn’t done for a long time.

I bought Dembe a new toy and that arrived today. It is a hedgehog and has a squeak in it. Dembe will sit and do the squeak repeatedly until he manages to break the squeak.

Sunday 20th September

Dembe is a happy dog as mum and dad are home together today. He woke up at 5am and had a walk and then he woke me up just before 9am. I can’t believe both of us slept in so late, very unusual but I have had a rubbish week sleep wise this week.

Dembe has spent the day draped over his dad.

We are having a bit of an Indian Summer here the temperatures are well above average for this time of year. Dembe is finding he is getting very hot after his walks so he likes to lay on the patio slabs to cool down.

W/C 7th September 2020

Monday 7th September

Jay is working his usual Monday morning early shift. Dembe is incredibly soppy today, I can’t move without being covered in kisses. When I am sat on the sofa I am being laid on. He demands that either I hold his cows ear whilst he chews it or that he has a cuddle. He also wants to play endless games of nudge.

Tuesday 8th September

Jay is day off today so Dembe was out early for a nice long walk, then back to bed for a few hours. I had a physiotherapy session booked for 11.45am so before we left Jay walked Dembe around the block as with Covid rules he can’t just drop me off , we have to wait in the car for the physiotherapist to come and get me. We were stuck in the car for ages despite leaving late.

When I eventually got called in Jay took Dembe for a long walk on Woodbury common at the Woodbury Castle site. They met lots of dogs who all played with Dembe. By the time we got home at 13.30 Dembe was knackered.

He spent the afternoon asleep, we took him out for a little walk this evening just so he could go to the toilet before bed. He spent most of the day asleep.

Dembe had to be persuaded with a cocktail sausage to go upstairs to bed! He is so easy. He has been spending most nights fast asleep on my bed as the temperature is dropping overnight.

Next week we will be back at obedience training, we missed the last one due to the car accident so it feels like it has been ages since we have been at class.

Wednesday 9th September

Dembe is still knackered after his mega walk yesterday on top of his usual walks.

This morning I found him on his dads bed. He loves lying on his bed and sleeping there if I am busy in the morning. He reminds me of Mollie who was Jays dog. She passed away on 5th January 2019 and is very much missed by the both of us. It is lovely that Dembe is both our dogs especially since he started attending the obedience training sessions with Jay.

Dembe was very excited when Jay popped home for lunch , he brought him two dinosaurs in succession as he couldn’t work out in his excitement what to parade in front of his dad! Jay took him out for a walk around the block. Apparently the builders on the next street over stop and say hello to Dembe on every lunch time walk.

Today on his walk Dembe came across a lady carrying her child on her shoulders something Dembe hasn’t seen before so he barked the place down. Thankfully the lady and her child laughed. All Dembe’s hair went up.

Thursday 10th September

No idea what has got into Dembe this week but he is extraordinarily soppy this week. Whilst I was having my morning cuppa he plonked himself on my lap and sat there for ages.

Whilst I got on with my day Dembe made himself comfortable on the small sofa.

He will quite often sleep on his back in the sun on the sofa.

His new ID tag arrived today as we will be switching him over to his winter collar shortly. I wanted him to have a nice new ID tag so I didn’t have to lose my nails taking his current one off his summer collar.

We got this one from Sweet William Designs and it came very quickly. All the legal stuff that we need on an ID tag in the UK is on the back.

Friday 11th September

Jay is on his third early of the week today. As we had already cancelled one walk this week, we didn’t want to mess the dog walker around by cancelling another, so we kept his walk for this afternoon. Jay popped home at lunch time to give Dembe a quick walk around the block so he wasn’t desperate to go out.

I have been working on a crochet blanket and Dembe always loves lying on my crocheted blankets

I always laugh and call him the crochet inspector.

Dembe has become obsessed with his carrot again the last few days and this is now what he is greeting Jay with.

Martin arrived just before 3pm for Dembe. Dembe was keen to go as soon as he realised it was Martin at the door. He never gives me a backwards glance which has really put my mind at rest. Initially I was really scared about letting Dembe go with someone else out of my site, none of my other dogs have done this. So it was a HUGE deal for Jay and I. However Dembe was like a coiled spring when Jay was on a late night and with him refusing to have a poo in the garden ( Dembe not Jay) it made it a necessity that he was taken out for a walk. Dembe adores Martin, although when they get back Dembe can’t wait to get back in the house!

Dembe was still full of beans when Martin dropped him off which is unusual as normally he would flake out either on the cold stones of the patio or on the floor. He was bouncing around all over the place. 15 minutes after he got home, Jay walked through the door, so we went straight up to my parents van as they were staying at their caravan. It is only the second time we have been there this year, Dembe loves going there as there are lots of new smells and he gets to play with Maggie my parents Jack Russell. He was shattered by the time he got home.

Saturday 12th September

Jay is on a late night today which is a pain in the bum as we dont have a dog walker booked for Dembe. So this morning Dembe has had two huge walks on the common and I just hope we aren’t creating a fit idiot. He was pretty settled for me all day bless him.

I managed to finish my blanket and I whipped it outside to take some photos. Dembe was fast asleep on the sofa. As soon as the blanket touched the floor he was lying on it! He loves it for some reason. Possibly because it will smell of me due to me handling the yarn. It has been popped in the wash now to reduce the Dembe hair being gifted with it!

Dembe is still a very cuddly boy and spent ages with his head on my lap this afternoon.

Sunday 13th September

Dembe had a lie on this morning not waking up until 5.40am, I woke up when they came back from the walk as his feet were wet and cold from the dew on the grass up the common. He settled down quickly and went back to sleep. When I woke up after 8am he was in with his dad. As soon as he heard me stir he came in and gave me a cuddle.

He is being a bit of a sod with his eating again. Quite often he is only having one meal a day in the evening as he just turns his nose up at his breakfast. We are holding fast and if he doesn’t eat his breakfast he gets it for his dinner. Ive never known such a pain in the bum. If it is anything he shouldn’t eat or shouldn’t eat a lot of he is all over it! He turned his nose up yesterday at cocktail sausages as his dad had given him ham from the fridge earlier in the day and suddenly cocktail sausages weren’t good enough.

Dembe is a happy soul today as his dad is home all day with him. He got quite upset when his dad went outside to clean the car with out him. He really dies love us being all together on Jays days off.

W/C 24th August 2020

Monday 24th August

Jay is on his usual early shift today, so Dembe and I are keeping each other company. Since the car crash on 11th August he has been exceptionally clingy and barky. I am sure he is picking up on the stress in the household as he is constantly on guard at the window reacting to every single noise.

He is obsessed with carrying his bone cushion that he got from Alison and Mike at Christmas. It goes everywhere with him, out in the garden , up stairs where ever he can take it.

I received this gorgeous necklace in the post on Monday morning from a friend. I had no idea about it so was really taken a back when I opened it. It has all of the Weimaraners names on it Travis, Mollie, Willow and Frankie. I have been looking at getting something like this for a while, I will treasure it always.

Tuesday 25th August

We were up early this morning as Jay is picking up the car today from a garage near Yeovil which is about an hours drive from where we are. He got Dembe out early and then took him around the block again before Paul got here just before 10.30am.

Dembe was really excited at seeing his uncle Paul. Paul is the only person Dembe goes mental about being here. He literally can’t contain his excitement. His bum looks like it will fall off as his tail wags so fast when his uncle Paul is here. Paul is the person Dembe see’s the most out of our friend group and he is more like family really.

Poor Dembe isn’t coping at all at the moment when Jay leaves the house be it for work or anything else. He has always been unhappy when his dad leaves the house not in his work gear but now he gets upset when he leaves for work and takes ages to settle down. I hope with time Dembe gets over the stress of the accident, it is sad to see him affected by it mentally.

When Jay left to go and collect our new car with Paul, Dembe camped out in the lounge by the front door so he could watch through the glass to see when his dad came back.

In all the time we have had Dembe I have never seen him wait like this for his dad to return. It is breaking my heart because his dad will be gone for hours.

When his dad got home at around 2pm he was so excited he could barely contain himself! Jay took him straight out for a walk around the block as we needed to sort some stuff out in the new car before we could go out for a drive in it with Dembe.

Wednesday 26th August

I had a dreadful nights sleep and ended up going downstairs at 2.30am. Of course I was accompanied by my shadow who since the accident wont let me out of his sight.

I went out with Jay and Dembe at 5.30am in the new car, it was lovely!

Jay was on a late night today so Dembe had a quick walk around the block at 11.30am and then he was out with Martin from Happy Dogs. Dembe practically dragged Martin down the drive in his haste to get into the back of the van and out for a walk. I am so happy that he loves going out with Martin so much as it means he gets a good run around on the days when Jay doesn’t finish until 10pm.

It also means he is really chilled out in the evening and doesn’t need entertaining whilst we wait for Jay to get home.

Thursday 27th August

Jay is on a 9-6 today, so he got him out at the usual time and then went back to bed for an hour or so.

Dembe seems much more settled today than he has been since the accident on the 11th which is a relief. He has been barking less and isn’t reacting to every outside noise. Whilst I did a few little jobs around the house Dembe felt relaxed enough to take himself upstairs and go to sleep on my bed. Which he hasn’t done since the car crash. I am sure some of this is because he can now feel Jay and I are relaxing a little.

Dembe was crazy this afternoon getting all his toys out of the box, running around doing zoomies. He messed about so much that he wore himself out! He ended up napping on the floor with his football.

Friday 28th August

We had a lazy day today as we both seemed to be shattered after all the stress of the last few weeks.

Dembe has been obsessed with playing nudge this week at every opportunity. He nudges a ball towards you with his nose and you have to push it back to him with your hand or foot. Whatever you can get to the ball. He will play this for hours!

His favourite balls to play nudge with are this green ball which glows in the dark ( which Harry and Bev got hims when he was a tiny pup) and his football.

Saturday 29th August

Dembe still hasn’t worked out the sound of his dads car pulling up on the drive so today we were out in the garden when Jay got home for lunch. Dembe was barking like mad when he heard the front door go.

In the afternoon we snuggled up on the sofa together

We also played nudge for 90 minutes

By 15.30 Dembe knew that his dad would be coming home soon, so started his usual vigil by the window

This evening we went up to my parents caravan which was the first time this year. Dembe loves it up there as he can play on the grass and see my parents dog Maggie who will chase him. By the time we came home Dembe was shattered. It was so nice to see him playing up at the van again.

In the evening Dembe got on the big sofa and hid amongst the cushions but I could see him spying on me which made me laugh.

Sunday 30th August

Dembe was up early at 5am getting Jay up for a walk. He then went straight back to bed. When I woke up at 8.15am he came straight downstairs with me and begged for his breakfast which is unusual for him as some days he doesn’t want to eat until gone 10am.

This morning we had to go and see Uncle Paul as he has hurt his back. I was going to give him an session on my ultrasound machine to see if that helped at all as he was in so much pain. Whilst I started that Jay took Dembe for a walk around the block to try and ensure Dembe wasn’t a crazy loon when he came into Pauls house. It didn’t work he loves Paul so much he just goes bloody crazy. Jay managed to keep him under control but it is very funny as Dembe behaves like it is his house following anyone who leaves the room.

When we got home Dembe was absolutely flaked out as normally he would sleep a lot of the morning but today as we had been to Paul’s he hadn’t.

As this weekend is a bank holiday in England Dembe will be spoiled with having his daddy home until Wednesday at 12pm!

W/C 17th August 2020

Monday 17th August

Every since last weeks car accident Dembe has been very clingy. He has always been really good when Jay leaves the house in his uniform and it has never bothered him. Now regardless of what Jay is wearing he cries and is really unsettled for a few hours. It is draining as I just don’t seem to be able to reassure him, despite playing with him and giving him lots of cuddles. I think that he is just picking up on the high amounts of cortisol being pumped out by myself and Jay, due to the level of stress we are under since 11th August.

I can’t even go to the bathroom alone at the moment without him lying at my feet

From Sunday evening but accurately portrays the energy level in the house at the moment

It was raining really heavily on and off today but it was still reasonably warm, for a little while Dembe and I went out on the patio under the gazebo and listened to the rain. Dembe is happy at the moment as long as he is stuck to me like glue!

Jay is on an early today so finished at 4pm. The traffic is horrendous as they have shut the B3180 over the common, which is one of two main routes out of the town. It is taking up to an hour to get onto the common, so after work we opted to take Dembe down the beach. We forgot to check the tide time table though and the tide was in and only a small area that Dembe could run around on. So I suggested that Jay took Dembe onto the Maeer, which is a sandy / grass area behind the seafront. Dembe loved it, lots of dogs to play with. I have never seen him pant so hard after a run around. Jay said he was a lunatic and just didn’t stop.

Dembe was so excited he didn’t go for a poo so Jay had to put him on his lead and keep saying busy busy to get him to go to the toilet. If Dembe is really enjoying himself playing with other dogs sometimes he will just rather play than go to the toilet.

He was so shattered when he got back from the Maer he had a huge drink and then laid on the cold stones outside on the patio.

Tuesday 18th August

Jay was day off today but was in and out all day long due to having to sort stuff out from the car accident. He had to go to the police station and fill in some paperwork, due to the road closures and road works it took him nearly 3 hours. Dembe was really upset the whole time he was gone. He kept looking out of the window and crying for his dad. It breaks my heart that he has become so unsettled and insecure after the accident.

He has also become a lot more barky, he is on his guard constantly and any strange noise outside and he runs to the window and barks the place down. He is clearly shaken up after the accident.

Jay took him down the Maer again this afternoon for a run around.

He had a wonderful time again, loving playing around and chasing / being chased by other dogs. Again he came home had a drink and then flopped onto the floor.

Wednesday 19th August

Today and tomorrow Jay is on a late night at work so Martin, our dog walker will be coming and getting Dembe for a nice walk on the common.

Jay took Dembe out early, the weather was absolutely dreadful and they both came home drenched. Jay used three towels on Dembe drying him off before he broke free and came upstairs. He jumped onto the bed with his pheasant toy in his mouth and curled up next to me ( to avoid any confusion I am talking about Dembe). As he leaned against the left side of me I got soaked as his fur was still wet from his earlier walk. Jay said he thought it was the wettest they had ever got.

Dembe and I slept curled up together until 8.20am. Dembe is still being really whingey at the moment and incredibly clingy. I find it distressing as I don’t know how to make things better for him so that he knows that he can relax and doesn’t have to be on guard all the time.

Dembe always knows when it is a dog walking day and from about 2.15pm – 2.30pm he will stand by the window watching for Martins arrival. He has learned the sound of the van and will watch as Martin takes it to the top of the cul-de-sac and then brings it back down outside the house. I have finally managed to capture Dembe watching him.

You can see the sheer concentration on his face as he is working out if that is the van. When he starts barking that is Martin pulling up outside.

Today Dembe had company with two other dogs on the walk, the weather was still grim really heavy mist and a bit of drizzle. He loves having the other dogs on the walk and even though they were older dogs they still had a bit of a play with him. When he got home I gave him a little hose off in the back garden and a dry.

With him going out in the afternoon he now settles down in the evening really well for me.

Thursday 20th August

Jay took Dembe out at around 6am and then they both came back to bed. Me and Dembe woke up at around 8am. At 8.20am we had the phone call we had been waiting for from the insurance company to say our car was a write off. Jay managed to get another 200 quid out of them to out towards our new car. We spent the morning drawing up a short list of cars to see tomorrow.

As Jay was late night he took Dembe out around the block again at 11.30am so he could have a sniff and go to the toilet which he did. Jay said he did an elephant size poo! He said he nearly needed a fork lift truck to carry it to the poo bin LOL

Today Martin and Dembe were on their own for their walk. Martin took Dembe to the Reservoir on the common which I have to admit is somewhere Jay and I have never managed to explore properly, although I really would love to. He couldn’t wait to go off with Martin and practically dragged him off down the drive and jumped into the van with out so much as a backwards glance. I have to say all my concerns and fears are gone now with him going out with Martin. There is now way he would take himself off down the drive like that if he didn’t enjoy getting out or being with Martin.

Before Martin came and got Dembe he had been a bit crazy for a couple of hours so he was having a nap just before Martin arrived. He was still full of beans for a while when he got home and was standing out in the garden barking at me!

Friday 21st August

Jay had to take today off work as we needed to go and look at cars now that the insurance have said it is a write off. We will only have 7 days with the hire car now before the insurance company give it back to the hire company. We are having to have a bit of a road trip as we haven’t found any cars locally that are any good for us. We need a big car even though there is only the two of us as I need to have a mobility scooter in the boot / trunk and have Dembe on the back seats in a car harness. So there is a minimum width requirement for the boot / trunk so that my scooter is able to fit. This is limiting us a great deal. If we could do without my mobility scooter we would have bags of room! We would also be able to get something smaller and newer. However we do have a short list and they are all 90 minute drive away in Somerset the next county over. I am just a bit concerned with how Dembe will cope with the car journey as we have done so few long journeys and with the car crash just over a week ago he is still a little stressed about going into the car.

We needn’t have worried as within 20 minutes he settled and was quite happy just watching the world go by out of his window. He reminds me so much of Frankie when he does that, Frankie loved sitting looking directly out of the window. Although Frankie would bark at everything that came near the car Dembe doesn’t do that and I will be honest sometimes we forget he is there because he never makes a sound! Unless he is particularly excited to be going to dog training or up the common.

I made sure to pack some chews for him, a nylabone and an antler chew. Previously on car journeys longer than 10 minutes he would like to lie down and have a chew of his antler or nylabone. This time he wasn’t interested. He just wanted to see what the world outside was doing. Whilst his dad was paying for the car in the garage office we went back and sat in the hire car, the photo above is him sat waiting. He has got incredibly clingy towards Jay since the accident.

On the way home Dembe was an absolute angle no crying or fussing he actually lay down and went to sleep sprawled across the seats.

We did have a chuckle as every so often we would hear hims snoring or changing position. He would have been exhausted as normally he would sleep for a few hours in the morning, he had been on the go since 6am this morning so he just was out like a light all the way home. The only time he woke up was as we hit Woodbury Common, he obviously recognised the smell and knew we were nearly home.

In the afternoon he flaked out on the sofa next to his dad

As we were chatting yesterday afternoon we realised that this hire car was now the third car that Dembe had been in with us and our car which we are getting Tuesday will be the third car we have owned since he came to live with us in January 2019. He is a very upwardly mobile doggy.

Saturday 22nd August

Dembe didn’t wake up until around 6am this morning so Jay took him out for a good run. Jay is on a 9-6 today. Dembe and I went back up to bed for an hour or so at 6.50am and Dembe slept cuddled up under my left arm with his head on my shoulder. Since the accident he is sleeping like this a lot. Previously he would only do it few times a week. Now it is every day. We are thinking about booking in a one to one session with Martin and seeing what we can do to help ease his insecurities that he has developed before we get any long term behaviour issues with him. I want him to be happy and confident and not permanently exhausted because he has been looking after me or Jay.

As I was writing up this week’s diary entries he was squidged right up beside me.

chewing a cows ear

Jay was on a 9-6 today so by 4pm this afternoon ( despite being walked at lunch time)he was bouncing off the walls. Barking, climbing onto my lap and demanding that I hold the dried cows ear whilst he chewed it! I was covered in blonde fur!

Dembe was playing with me lying on the floor, I love the cheeky look of his face in this one.

Sunday 23rd August

Jay came down at 7am this morning to find a pile of puke by the front door. Dembe was ok in himself but weirdly had slept in until 6.45 which is unheard of. I heard Dembe downstairs at 5am as I went to the toilet but ever since he was a puppy he has taken himself downstairs during the night if he is too hot upstairs. So I wasn’t concerned.

Dembe is fine in himself, so as a precaution we gave him a much smaller breakfast later in the morning to ensure it stayed down. Thankfully it has and he seems fine.

Hopefully that is the end of it if not I have some medicine in the kitchen I can give him that is good for settling upset doggy tummies.

W/C August 10th 2020

It has been a bit of a shitty week here as we were all involved in an RTC on Tuesday. So keeping Dembe’s diary this week has gone to pot. I have taken photos of the boy. Thankfully he wasn’t hurt and has been ok about going in the car since. Unfortunately we missed his graduation on Tuesday from his Advanced training course, due to not having a car. But hey ho at least we are all alive to tell the tale and it is in the hands of the insurance company now.

I took this one last Sunday afternoon he looked so cute with his bunny
Monday morning Dembe dived in the shower with me
Monday evening Dembe had a walk with the dog walker
Tuesday morning about 6 hours before the shit show started
Wednesday afternoon
Thursday afternoon
Thursday afternoon
Friday afternoon HEATWAVE
Saturday morning
Saturday evening!
Not bothered about his certificate

Many thanks to Paul and Leanne who ferried me to and from hospital(s) on Tuesday after the accident.

W/C 3rd August 2020

Monday 3rd August

I have to share this video from Sunday afternoon when Dembe went crazy whilst waiting to go out fr his walk

Jay was back to work today after his week off. However to confuse us all he was late night which is rare on a Monday. Dembe was booked in with Martin at Happy Dogs for a walk later on in the afternoon.

Dembe went out just before 3pm, for a long walk up the common. He was shattered when he came home and wanted cuddles. I had come down with a migraine in the hour before he left so spent the time lying on the sofa. I was only too happy for Dembe cuddles when he got home.

Dembe coped well with Jay going back to work and was a good boy for me.

Tuesday 4th August

I was still feeling really rough after the migraine so we had a quiet day altogether. I was feeling so awful by the time dog training came along, that I didn’t attend. Happy dogs very kindly shot dome video so I could see how well my boys were doing. If you are on Facebook you can find the video on their page https://www.facebook.com/happydogs.uk/

You can also see videos of Dembe’s walks following that link if you use Facebook. I can’t share the videos on my blog as the copyright doesn’t belong to me.

Wednesday 5th August

We all had to get up early today as we had an electrician coming over to fit an outside socket for us. Dembe hasn’t been great with strange people coming into the house lately, since lock down he hasn’t seen that many people and now barks like mad when someone he doesn’t know comes in.

I kept Dembe on the lead for the whole time the Electrician was here to ensure he didn’t get in the way. He was very good on the lead, we practiced focus work and calm giving. Both these techniques we learned at dog training and this can bring a very excited dog that is bouncing off the ceiling back down to earth and responsive to your commands.

He was knackered when the electrician left and slept for the rest of the morning.

We had a lazy day as I was knackered .

Thursday 6th August

Ever since Dembe was a tiny pup when I get ready in the morning , Dembe settles on my bed and goes to sleep. Probably as it takes me so long he has decided that he will use this time constructively!

From around 3pm ( despite the fact his dad was home for lunch) Dembe was looking out of the window for his dad. It was a bit of a nightmare as Jay was on a 9-6 so I had to try to keep Dembe occupied .

Dembe is still getting annoyed at the statue!

Friday 7th August

Jay is on an early today and tomorrow, so he took Dembe out at the crack of dawn for a nice long walk. The temperature is supposed to be increasing over the next few days.

Dembe was already finding it hot today

Thankfully today when he started looking out of the window for his dad I knew his dad would be home within the hour.

Saturday 8th August

OMG it is hot. At 4pm we saw the temperature was 32 degree’s. Dembe and I spent the majority of the day hidden in the house.

At around 12.30pm I gave his paddling pool a quick clean and refilled it. Dembe loves his paddling pool. Unfortunately his solar fountain broke – the pump got jammed. I have ordered him another one as he does enjoy playing in the spray.

Dembe gets over excited easily with the paddling pool. When his dad got in at around 1pm he was bouncing off the walls. Jay decided to check the tarmac temperature and then take him out for a walk around the block as he had wound himself up to a frenzy. Thank goodness he did as Jay said he did an elephant sized poo!

Dembe spent the afternoon lying on the floor between the sofa and the coffee table. I showered him off ever couple of hours during the day to keep him cool.

This evening whilst we were watching the TV Dembe walked up to the washing ( clean) that was waiting to be taken upstairs rifled through it and then helped himself to a pair of his dads socks. We were in hysterics as he has never done that before. Unfortunately the image isn’t that great

Sunday 9th August

It is still very hot here today. Unfortunately I have come down with a migraine again – this time I woke up with it. We are having a lazy day.

W/C 20th July 2020

Monday 20th July

A busy day today for us. Jay was on an early so Dembe had an early trip up the common before he left for work at 6am. Today we had a steady stream of visitors to the house – the first since lock down started in March. The first visitor was my hairdresser, who Dembe was glued to the hwol time sniffing her as now she has her own Labrador called Loki. Due to lock down they haven’t met so he was very curious what this new smell was.

He was incredibly well behaved throughout my hair cut and didn’t try to eat the hair as he has done previously!

Then uncle Paul popped over for a coffee as he was dropping over the Gazebo for us to have. Dembe got a little excited to see him. He seems to go from 0-60 on the excitement scale quicker than you can flip a switch.

Paul had only been gone 10 minutes when his dad came back for lunch and then 15 minutes after the the plumber came to fix our sink which was leaking ( only discovered Sunday evening). The plumber was terrified of Dembe – which sadly I did find hilarious as a softer, dafter dog you couldn’t find and he isnt that big. He would have shit himself meeting Frankie. The silly bloke kept whipping his arms away from Dembe which then just signals a game. So I ended up having to hold Dembe’s collar to keep him away from the plumber.

After the plumber went I started having a migraine so Dembe and I went to bed and we were both asleep when daddy came home.

Resting after seeing Paul!

Tuesday 21st July

Jay is working today , another early so that will throw both me and Dembe out all day! He had another early walk up the common this morning before daddy left for work at 6am.

I noticed that Dembe has snapped the nail on his dew claw quite close to the nail bed. None of us know when he did it. He never cried or yelped on a walk or at home. When Jay came home at lunchtime we trimmed off the ragged part of the nail that he had snapped and also trimmed his other nail on his dew claw.

Before we trimmed it

We had a good session at Obedience training although Dembe was a bit barky. We were expecting it as normally Dembe would have had two longs walks during the day before training and of course he had only had one walk. So was full of energy! Considering that though he did do very well.

Wednesday 22nd July

Jay was on a late night today so Dembe laid across his dad most of the morning. It really makes my heart swell with love when I see my boys together. Dembe is utterly devoted to his dad and whenever he is home you can find Dembe with him.

Dembe with two dinosaurs in his mouth!
having a cuddle on my lap on Wednesday morning

So today was a dog walk with Martin from Happy Dogs. Dembe now knows that if Dad is on a late night he will get a walk with Martin. He waits at the window for him and his tail goes nuts when Martins van pulls up outside. Martin did a video from the common to show us how Dembe was getting on. I have now worries now about Dembe being out without is as he leaves the house without a backwards glance. When he gets home he races down the drive to get back home with me.

Whilst Dembe was out on his walk I gave his paddling pool a quick clean and then refilled it. Doing it with Dembe around can be a nightmare.

Knackered after his walk on the common

Thursday 23rd July

Would you believe it I had another migraine which means it has been 2 this week.

Dembe hates it when his dad is on a 9-6. From 16.30 on-wards he stands at the window barking at everything that passes by. He then lies on the sofa by the front door making huge sighing sounds so I know that he is fed up with waiting.

He was a good boy all day and the migraine didn’t strike until 5pm great timing the hours before Jay got home.

Friday 24th July

Jay was on another late shift today so he took Dembe out first thing and then went back to bed for a few hours. Dembe is very good at going back to bed in the mornings now. When Jay got up Dembe was refusing to leave the bed. He sent me these photos

Dembe went out late with Martin today as he couldn’t fit him in until 5pm which was fine with us as that is the normal time for Dembe’s walk most of the time. Unfortunately yet again I came down with a migraine at around 3pm. I was very grateful for a quiet hour to lie on the sofa as Dembe had been very keen to have his walk and his barks were going straight through me.

I had a chat with Martin when he came back, he said Dembe had done an enormous poo. It must have been big for him to remark about it. He had been a bit soft on Wednesday and I am guessing that was down to the changing over of his food to Wolfworthy which he is really enjoying now. Jay said himself that his poos are elephant like now in their size! ha ha ha the things us dog owners discuss with abandon.

We had an early night and Dembe settled down really well for me.

Saturday 25th July

Dembe is a happy boy as his dad is day off today. It also marks the first day of his holiday, Jay is off for the next 10 days together.

I was exhausted all day due to three migraines in a week and then waking up at 2.30am this morning and not being able to get back to sleep. We had a very quiet day.

Sunday 26th July

Dembe is eating so well now when he has his food. After all the stress of trying to get him to eat for the last few months it is good that he eats without issue.

Dembe is now back to sulking when his dad leaves the house without him. Jay had to go to the shop before Paul came over to help us put up a gazebo. Dembe immediately started sulking.

Dembe is being a good boy and keeping out of the way whilst Jay and Paul put the Gazebo together.

Can’t wait to spend the next week together as a family.

W/C 13th July 2020

Monday 13th July

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 14th July

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

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

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

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

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

He was absolutely shattered again after the class

Wednesday 15th July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 16th July

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

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

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

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

Friday 17th July

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

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

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

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

Saturday 18th July

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

We had lots of cuddles today

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

Dembe had lots of cuddles with his dad.

Sunday 19th July

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

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

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

It will be a quiet day today.

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

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

W/C 6th July 2020

Monday 6th July

I spent much of yesterday in bed and Dembe was by my side for the majority of it. Whilst I was watching a show on Netflix Heartlands , Dembe was fascinated by the horses

Ignore the state of my room I had been too unwell to tidy it up

He goes crazy every time there are horses on the television. Which as Heatland is all about a horse ranch in Canada – is quite a bit.

We had a very lazy day on Monday , I lay on the sofa a lot and Dembe shared it with me

Dembe also likes lying my chest, he weighs about the same as our Weimaraner Willow who passed away in December 2017. But I would never have managed her lying on my chest. His weight is distributed differently and he seems longer in the body than she was. He is ok until he moves and digs me with his bony elbows.

I’ve taken this photo from later in the week.

As I spent a lot of Monday lying down Dembe kept bringing me toys to see if they would make me feel better. He even brought me his favourite ball.

Tuesday 7th July

Dembe was the life and soul of the party all day

We were a bit concerned that due to the fact he had slept most of the day he was going to be a live wire at dog training this evening. Jay and I were really looking forward to getting back to training and some kind of normality.

I had to spend most of the day flat due to my CSF leak cropping up again, which meant a lot of the time sharing a sofa with Dembe.

Tonight’s dog training session would be the first time since before the lock-down we had been to class. Our last class had been 17th March. I was wondering how much of his training Dembe would remember. I needn’t have worried as Dembe and Jay had a cracking session.

Jay was singled out towards the end of the session to say how well he and Dembe were doing and that now they both needed to be working to a much more advanced level.

Due to Covid-19 each person and dog had a set area in the barn to work in, marked out with tape on the floor. On attending we had to wait outside – socially distanced and then wait to be called in. We then had to sanitise our hands and confirm that we were not suffering any covid-19 symptoms. We also had to confirm all our details were correct and up to date.

Dembe’s mate Rufus was there so they spent ages looking at each other. At one point Dembe was losing focus so Jay brought out his training toy the purple Rhino that Kate from the vets had bought him when we first got him. I will never forget that day. We were both really stressed as it had just been over a week since Mollie had passed away there and two weeks since Frankie. So the place was filled with very unhappy memories for us both. Plus we were worried people were judging us for getting another dog so soon. Kate came out from behind the desk and gave us a hug ( back in the days when you could do that) she had a card welcoming Dembe to his new home and had bought him a toy his purple rhino. We use it as his training toy so it only comes out at the barn. All the other dogs were so jealous of Dembe’s toy that they started barking at him so everyone else had to get a toy out for their dogs.

Dembe did so well at training, he was shattered when he got home and went straight out into the garden and lay down

Wednesday 8th July

Dembe didn’t wake up until gone 5.30am . We were both expecting it to be earlier as he drank so much during dog training last night. He spent the night snuggled up to me as I came down with a migraine at 11pm last night.

He has been very barky today so I have implemented a new noise to put him off. So far so good.

Jay came home for lunch so I managed to get some fab photos

He is being a real fussy bugger with his food. It is looking like we won’t bother with raw food again, most of the time I have to sit there with him whilst he is eating it. The only flavour he really liked was duck and it looks like he is allergic to duck as his ears all became inflamed. Even if he is looking really interested as you prepare the raw food the minute it is put in his bowl he doesn’t want it.

Thursday 9th July

Jay has been doing a lot of 9-6 shifts lately and both Dembe and I hate them. The morning goes quickly and then he is home for lunch and then the afternoon really drags.

Dembe waits for Jay from 4pm some days, either standing at the window barking at everyone who dares pass by or by lying on the sofa by the front door looking thoroughly pissed off.

Friday 10th July

Dembe has a walk with Martin from Happy Dogs later on today as Jay is on a late night today.

Jay has him out nice and early this morning for a long walk. They say Pluto the Great Dane in The distance but didnt manage to catch up with him. Dembe was on the go all morning.

As Jay was on a late night he took Dembe for a spin around the block before going to work. Dembe likes his lead walks at midday / lunch time. He has them when Jay comes home at lunch time and looks forward to them. The walk now will tide him over until he goes out with Martin later on this afternoon.

Dembe is being a right barky little sod at the moment. I have no idea why he has suddenly decided this week that every noise needs a response. He is also barking at me when I refuse to play a game with him because I am busy doing other things. It is ridiculous.

He worked out that it was a Martin / Happy dogs walk today so was waiting by the window for him to arrive.

He had a wonderful time on his walk. If you are on Facebook you can use this link to see him out on his walk and lots of other videos from Happy dogs https://www.facebook.com/happydogs.uk/.

It has made such a difference Dembe having a long walk on the days when Jay is working a late night. He settles so much quicker and is happier for having been out properly rather than a quick walk around the block when Jay gets in late.

Saturday 11th July

I managed to have a nasty fall in the garden today. I have hurt all my left side. As soon as I fell Dembe came rushing out to check how I am and kissed me. He wouldn’t let me get up until he felt it was safe for me to do so. This isn’t something we have trained him to do but something he just does.

As I had fallen and was sore I spent a lot of the day on the sofa

He decided the best place to keep an eye on me was under my elevated leg!

His new toy arrived this afternoon – Grumpy Cat

He seems very taken with it as he took it outside and tore the labels off!

Sunday 12th July

He seems to be loving his new toy Grumpy cat.

Today is going to be a lazy Sunday as I am aching head to toe after my fall yesterday.

Another battle getting him to eat his breakfast today. However as soon as I changed it over to one of our pasta bowls he ate no problem. So now I am left wondering is it the bowl and not the food that is the issue. I will now feed from the pasta bowl to see if that helps at meal times.

W/C 29th June 2020

Monday 29th June

I had a migraine ( again today ) so we had a quiet day.

Poor old carrot has seen better days. I have had to remove the carrot top green rope as every time I fixed it he would take great pleasure in ripping it out again!

He constantly came over to the sofa to check that I was ok bless him.

His dapper paisley collar

On Monday night I was struggling to get to sleep and I looked over and he was lying with his red dinosaur.

When I see him like this my heart just melts.

Tuesday 30th June

Jay was day off today so Dembe was all over his dad. It is almost like he crams in 5 days worth of cuddles on the 2 days a week that jay is home. He absolutely adores his daddy. Their relationship has really grown close since Jay has been doing the dog training.

Dembe woke up at 5.30am so Jay took him out. They went up to the airfield but alas the Great Dane called Pluto and his older Chocolate Labrador brother wasn’t there.

Both Dembe’s ears are looking inflamed and waxy. I did a quick check online ( as he has already seen the vet) and came across a blog run by a vet who uses natural treatments rather than antibiotics and is a raw food advocate. So I have ordered some organic apple cider vinegar ( with mother) and some Garlic oil. We already have Olive oil here.

I think his ears are possibly an allergy, he has had Turkey and Duck for the first time this week. He has never had any issues with food before ( causing issues other than his puppy food which used to give him awful wind and very smelly poo). Other than the Turkey and duck there are no new foods in his diet that would cause a reaction like that.

He is really starting to enjoy his raw food and I only put a very small amount of his old food on it. I am also managing to get it to a more raw state with him rather than having to flash fry it.

Wednesday 1st July

How did we get to July already???

Dembe woke up at 5am, Jay took him out at around 5.30am. Dembe then woke me up at 7am. I had a migraine so I sorted myself out ( I am just so lucky to have two within 3 days). He waited very patiently whilst I sorted myself out before coming downstairs and sorting out his breakfast.

I tried him on Rabbit again which was what I tried him on last week to see if he would eat it now that he was used to raw but he wouldn’t go near it. I ended up binning it and then giving him duck instead which seems to be his favourite.

Jay is working a late night so before he went to work he took him on a quick walk around the block. This afternoon he is going to be out with Martin from Happy dogs. At 3.30pm Martin arrived. Dembe was stood at the window barking and then when I opened the door instead of staying on the sofa like he normally would he leapt off and made a break for it down the drive taking me completely by surprise! Once Martin got the lead on him he trotted off to the van without a backward glance. That has reassured me no end as I was worried that he was finding it very stressful being away from me when he was out for a walk. How wrong I was and I am so pleased that he enjoys his walks with Martin.

shattered after his walk

I started treating his ears with the apple cider vinegar / olive oil and garlic oil. Oh my god the house stinks, just bloody stinks. Can’t get rid of the smell of garlic. Dembe wasn’t happy at all!

Managed to capture Dembe doing his sock trick tonight

Thursday 2nd July

Oh god the house still stinks of garlic oil and Dembe is running away when I try to treat his ears. I have had to get Jay to empty the bin and we have been burning incense sticks all day to get rid of the smell. This confirms my belief that he is allergic to duck as he ate it yesterday and now his ears have flared up.

I have cleaned his ears again twice, once in the morning and once in the evening. He squeaked this evening when I did it so I am going to leave him alone for a few days as when I go near his ears now he runs away from me and that is upsetting.

Keeping an eye on me whilst I do some sewing.

He is enjoying the raw food still and cleans his bowl

Friday 3rd July

I have had a busy day trying to get some projects completed and off my work bench. I hate having stuff half completed just lying around. Dembe has been a very good boy either sleeping in the lounge or in the kitchen behind my chair.

Unfortunately it looks like my slow puncture ( my CSF leak) has picked up the pace and I have started getting bad headaches again that only resolve when lying flat. Dembe is very aware that I am not right and I am falling over him as he tries to ensure that I am ok all the time bless his heart.

Due to the amount of caffeine I am trying to consume to trigger CSf production I am struggling to get to sleep. I looked over this evening and found Dembe lying like this next to me

Saturday 4th July

It is all confirmed we are back at dog training next Tuesday evening. I will be wearing a mask, at least it is in a barn and not a confined area. Course fees are paid and I am sure Dembe will be thrilled that he is back with his mates.

Dembe came in and crashed after his breakfast. He really loves the Beef and Chicken flavour, it was head down tail up. Then back to me to sleep it off!

Here he is waiting for me to get ready for the day. He always waits on the bed for me whilst Jay helps me get dressed.

I did a little bit on my sewing machine but I am exceptionally tired today and when I am tired I make mistakes. Dembe kept an eye on me from the garden

He has also spent quite a bit of the morning barking out of the front window at the neighbours across the road. I am guessing the guy that lives in the flat is moving out as a self hire van has been parked outside and people have been loading stuff on the back. Dembe has to let them know that it is his house and street! Yet when the front door goes he never seems to bark!

His replacement Crocodile arrived this afternoon, I just tried to get a photo of him with the new crocodile and he has run upstairs with it thinking I am going to take it from him. Daft bugger

His other two crocodiles are looking worse for wear ( they are the ones that get thrown around the lounge!) one has lost its squeak and I have had to do repeated surgeries on them to keep them together!

Sunday 5th July 2020

I am feeling really rough today so will end this weeks blog here.