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Subject:Funa and games
Time:06:38 pm
Current Mood:happyhappy
Well the last few weeks have been different in my house. It all started about three or four weeks ago when my mum started moving things around the house and spending even more time up in her room producing lots of squiggles on paper and then putting that paper inside other pieces of paper. After that my mum and dad went even more bonkers by bringing a tree inside the house. I decided not to make too much of it, as they tend to do strange things every now and then, and I didn't mark it just in case it was a special tree for the pack.

Over the following weeks lots of my friends visited. People who smelt like my mum, extended pack members, we visited people who smelt like my dad, saw emperor and atreic. Oh, and now we have a new friend who is a little frightened of me! This almost never happens as I'm just lovely, but I am being nice and offer her my toys whenever she looks like she needs something to play with.

My mum's paper squiggles seems to have done something as she now seems to go off hunting on her own and comes back smelling very interesting. I'll have to keep a close eye on her and make sure she comes back each evening. It took my dad long enough to make sure she kept staying here and not going off to visit my other pack mates.

It's very complicated in my house these days, but I'm still have a great time and hope my friends keep on visiting. I'm really sleep after they go off again, but it's so much fun!
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Subject:Back to the old den.
Time:05:30 pm
Last weekend my Mum and Dad started to pack up all of my things. Now for any puppy this is stressful, but for me I know it means a trip... a long trip. I had become use to the five day home time and then a long trip to see my mum, but over the past few months all this had stopped and I had been getting into enjoying the long lazy days. However, my M&D did pack my stuff and then we went to the car. This time we went in the red car which is better for me to see out of, but it doesn't seem as stable as my dads car. I did feel a little ill, but not as bad as I had been as a pup. Halfway to my mums old den we stopped and picked up another person. I didn't know her, but I welcomed her as I know I should. Then my mum sat in the back with me and we continued on.

The weekend proved to be so much fun. I saw all my friends and some new ones. I had a brilliant time, but had to have a little kip in the middle of the evening gathering as a puppy has to recharge batteries at some stage. The next morning most of the pack had gone hunting, but my dad took me on a long walk. I saw all my old places, the big green, the hill above all the buildings and the river. It was lots of fun and I hope we will go back again soon, but I wish I didn't have that long trip. We came back to the main den that evening. I like coming back to the den. I know everything here and it's my place. Still, I do like seeing my pack too.

Life is always a little mad for a pup.

Ah well, a puppy has to do these things to keep up with the pack.
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Subject:The "Birthday"
Time:12:12 pm
Current Mood:Confused
Yesterday was the "Birthday". Lots of people said "Happy Birthday" to me, and my Dad gave me a strip of pig's ear, which was nice. And they kept saying that I was a big dog now, which is strange, because I've been a big dog for ages. But I'm Two now, they say, and not a puppy any more, which is strange, too, because I think I'll *always* be a puppy.

I'm not sure I like this "Birthday" thing, anyway. It started raining every time my Dad said we should go for a Walk, which was very frustrating. And then later, my Dad put me in the car and drove me home again, which is no good, because we leave my Mum behind. We'll have to see if the "Birthday" is better next time, I think, before I make my mind up...

Anyway, happy the "Birthday" to any of you, too. I don't know, is that how it works?
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Subject:Hero puppy!
Time:08:34 pm
Current Mood:cheerfulcheerful
I've finally manage to badger my dad into updating my journal and explaining how I earned my Collie stripes.

It was a late winters afternoon. My dad had recovered from work and had taken me down to the Patesians Rugby ground for a bit of an investigate and a run. Now it was a normal late afternoon, the sun was going down and I was having fun checking things out. However, when we reached the bottom of the fields I heard a strange high pitch noise. It kept repeating and was a wrong noise. My dad didn't seem to pick up on it and didn't really make anything of it, but I did. My collie senses were tingling! I went to the far gate of the fields. My dad shouted to stop me and then he called me back. I ignored his request to come back over because this wasn't right. My dad wondered slowly over to me and I kept looking at him and looking at the house over the road. As my dad came to my side he put the lead toward my nose, but then he stopped. He heard the noise, looked at me and then looked at the house I was gesturing at. I told him he wasn't mistaken using the correct, true to form collie wording. 'Bark! Bark!'
The high pitched noise rang out again, two words could just about be made out. 'Hello' and 'Help'. My dad put my lead on for me and walked me over to the house. The hedges in front of the garden were massive, but well tended. My dad called over the hedge and a voice replied. He then took me very quickly into the garden. An old woman sat against the front door of the house. He made me sit at the gate and he went to help the old lady. She had slipped on the slanting wet paving slabs and hadn't been able to get back up. Luckily she wasn't hurt and my dad helped her to her feet and into the house. Once he closed the door he came over and gave me a big hug.

He told me I had earned my collie stripes and said something about Lassie. I think I did what I was supposed to do, but I like having hugs. We then finished the walk, which is always a good thing.
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Subject:Well, that was very strange...
Time:09:47 pm
Current Mood:a little confused
This morning I got my Mum and Dad up as usual, except that they decided to bundle me into the car and take me to a very strange place indeed. There was this big place with a slippy floor and lots of things going on, smells and noises and things.

I just wanted to make squeeky noises because I wasn't at all sure of myself, and my Dad kept trying to keep me quiet. Eventually I started to relax and look around, and there were lots of dogs just like me! Well, some more like me than others, but I've never seen so many dogs like me before.

Some of them made friends with me, but one of them crinkled his nose at me, which I didn't like very much. And a few people came and made a fuss of me. And over in one end of the place, dogs stood in line and trotted around in circles, and no one really explained to me what that was about, and I didn't do it myself, so I never go to find out.

All very strange, don't you think?

Anyway, then we went for a walk along a river and I kept being stopped from chasing geese, which was mean of my Dad, I think. And then we got back in the car and went back to the Cambridge house where I didn't upset either of the small black and white things. And people were shouting at the shiny box in the corner. People are odd.

My mum says there are some photos of the place with all the dogs, if you're interested.

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Subject:Christmas, and things that go *beep*
Time:05:30 pm
Current Mood:all pupped out
It's been the thing the people call the 'Christmas' again. I sort of remember this from last year. For the 'Christmas' my Mum and Dad bring a tree into the house. I tried to explain that it was a tree, and it was *inside*, whereas any pup knows that trees live *outside*, but no one listened. They just put twinkly things in it and then behaved as if there was nothing peculiar about it at all. All very strange. A tree! Inside! I do worry about this pack sometimes...

But then there have been good food smells, though not much of it came my way (meanies!), and new toys, and walks, and treats, and lots of visitors, and then since the 'Christmas' my Mum has had a new black thing that goes *beep* and she keeps pointing it at me. She says it's a new camera and that she's taken some nice photos, like my new userpic, and that I should show them to you.

So here they are.

Happy the 'New Year' to you all. It went *bang* a lot, whatever it was. So I barked at it.
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Subject:Places and things!
Time:08:11 pm
Current Mood:tiredtired
It's been a busy time since I wrote anything, so I suppose I ought to let you all know what's been going on!

I've been in Cambridge this week with the alternative pack, which seems to have meant a lot of time lying down watching my Mum and Dad drink tall glasses of brown water. Not quite sure what that's about. Still, lots of people have made fusses of me at the same time, so it's good for a pup! And, my Dad's taken me on lots of long walks, including up a smallish green hill-thingy where the wind blows harder than it usually does.

And then today, we went walking with my Mum and found a big pile of leaves to play in, and my Mum took some photos of me, and if you don't mind me saying so, I look rather maginficent in them!

Pics of me, of course!Collapse )

While we're doing photos, my Dad took one of me when he went to drink brown water out of a tall glass by the river on a walk earlier this week. And it's rather lovely, so here it is:

Me, with the sun setting in my face...Collapse )
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Subject:New job
Time:10:05 am
Current Mood:Confident
I've found a new and worth while job. Each morning I go up stairs and wake my dad. He seems to use a small box that makes noise at regular times, but sometimes he can sleep through it. I have found that I can nip up three minutes before this box and wake him with ease. All I need to do is walk up stairs, stand by the bed and pant by his ear. He usually moves in a few seconds and I get a big hug for my trouble. Yesterday however, he wouldn't move so I waited another fifteen minutes by the bed and then got up and made little barks. This worked nicely. He even referred to it as my 'snooze function'. Not sure what that means, but as long as it gets me a hug.
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Subject:Observations and duties
Time:11:59 am
Current Mood:happyhappy
This time of year is much nicer for a puppy. The heat of the day isn't too harsh and you can lie outside and watch the world go by in comfort. Mornings can be a little strange as each day I wake up at the same time but time it seems a little bit darker. However, my internal clock must be right because within five minutes I'm up stairs and my dad is getting up. My mum still has a problem with mornings, but if she stays asleep too long I have a duty to put my front paws on the bed an yip until she moves.

I have lots of duties in the house, but waking mum is one of the best.
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Subject:My Dad is very silly
Time:03:02 pm
Current Mood:amusedamused
Today we seem to have had the rain everyone in Cambridge had yesterday. We went for a walk and all was well until we reached the far side of the fields. My dad was having a walk while I investigated, but then I heard thunder. My dad didn't seem to react to I carried on with my important job. Five minutes later the first drop of rain hit my nose. By the time we reached the top of the fields the rain was starting to bug me and I bit a few drops to put it in its place. As we left the fields the rain got heavy and even started to get through my coat. My dad still ambled along without a sense of impending wetness. Two minutes later we were sheltering under a large bush and my dad was laughing to himself. I continued to try and teach the rain respect.

In the end we ran the last 1/4 mile home. Once we were in the house we had a good towel fight and since then I've been checking at the back door, but it's still raining. Maybe next time my dad will take an umbrella or maybe even a coat.

He is silly sometimes. :)
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