Smile!

This Friday, 3rd October, is World Smile Day. The theme is, “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile!”

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That sounds like a lovely idea to me! It would be wonderful if every day could be like that.

It’s something that is easy to get involved in as most of us animals enjoy making people smile. There will be a smile blog hop on Friday, you can find the details on Sugar’s blog.

I thought about what I could do to make all of you smile. I decided that many of my blogging friends have lovely smiles, so I would share a few pictures of them. I’m hoping you’ll smile with them! Enjoy their smiles in the gallery of photos and then I will introduce them to you and tell you where to find them.

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They all have interesting blogs. I’ve kept my introduction to a few sentences each. Just click on the small image at the side to visit them!

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Dakota of Dakota’s Den

Dakota, Sheltie, smiling Dakota is a Sheltie, or Shetland Sheepdog. He finds great books to review. He also gives his opinion on useful items and sometimes gives them away to his readers. He is fearless when it comes to tasting new treats! He has a knack for sniffing out interesting news. And he still finds time to have fun and make us laugh!

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Misaki of The Misadventures of Misaki

Misaki, a Malamute, smiling

I’ve seen Misaki grow from a cute and mischievous pup into a beautiful adult Alaskan Malamute. She entertains us with her adventures and experiences. She still indulges in the occasional spot of mischief! She was feeling a little unwell yesterday, so stop by to cheer her up!

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Love Is Being Owned by a Husky

Husky from owned by a husky There are three Siberian Huskies – Mika, Lexus and Koda. They live with three cats. Visit them to follow their adventures, read product reviews, get general training tips, see beautiful images, handmade jewellery – and all things Husky!

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Emma of My GBGV Life

Emma, Bailie and Katie at the lake, dogs Emma, on the right, and Bailie are French scent hounds (Grand Bassett Griffon Vendéen). Katie is a Kuvasz. They are probably the busiest dogs I know! Sometimes they are cooking treats that make me drool on my keyboard! But you don’t have to worry about them putting on weight – they take lots of exercise and they are often out and about on their adventures.
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Cupcake of Cupcake Speaks

Cupcake, smiling dog Cupcake is a very sweet dog who lives with an author of books for children. She hopes to be the star in a best seller one day and shares her insights into the writing process. Cupcake has a fun job – she visits the library, where children read stories to her. She looks very cute when she dresses up and does tricks.

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Living the Squeak Life

guinea pig close up This is the newest of the blogs I’m bringing to you today, it was started in February. They are very cute guinea pigs. Hop on over to see photographs of them – you’ll also find out what guinea pigs get up to every day and the sort of things they think about!

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Aspen of Tylersat99

Aspen, a Landseer puppy Aspen is the newest member of the family at Tylersat99. He was nine weeks old when this picture was taken. He’s grown a lot since then – he will be five months old tomorrow and weighs more than 70 pounds. He still has some growing to do to catch up with Mica, the adult Newfoundland, who keeps a watchful eye on him. You’ll find lots of great photos on their blog and don’t miss following along on one of the walks – you’ll wish you could be there with them!

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Other News

Savannah’s Paw Tracks

Savannah's Paw Tracks teaser for Oct 1 Today is the big day! Don’t forget to visit Savannah and find out what she is up to!

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“His Name was Ben” by Paulette Mahurin

Cover of His Name Was Ben by Paulette Mahurin “His Name was Ben” by Paulette Mahurin has recently been published. I haven’t read it yet, but the early reviews are fantastic! Clicking on the image at the side will take you to the book on Amazon. Profits from the book will help rescue dogs.

Many of you will remember Paulette from the interview she did with me – Spotlight on Paulette Mahurin.

You can visit her blog – The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap.
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I hope you’re all smiling.

Don’t forget to smile on Friday!

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A flying barge? That can’t be right!

I told you a few weeks ago that I’d heard it through the grapevine that I was going to be having some fun, and maybe some new experiences. I’ve chosen one of them to tell you about today, it’s something that happened when I went for a lovely walk with my bipeds.

It’s surprising, but I had never been to a canal before. It was fun strolling along the towpath together, there were lots of interesting smells. A few times we had to cross a bridge and walk on the other side of the canal.

Then we came to a narrower section with some gates across the canal, which my bipeds said was a lock and they seemed to find it fascinating. I decided I would prefer to sniff the grass than to watch the barge in the lock below us. There were lots of wonderful smells to be savoured, so I was concentrating on those when I was startled to see the top of the boat appearing above the bank!

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It was just like this one!

I hardly had time to get out one “woof” before one of my bipeds said, “Quiet, Clowie! It’s alright, come closer and you will see.”

I went to join them on the edge of the bank, in case they needed my protection. The boat was still rising in a very strange way! My bipeds said that the lock was designed to take boats from one level to another when the land around the canal is not level.

In this sequence of pictures you can see the boat enter and, when the lock is closed, water is allowed in to raise the  level of the boat

In this sequence of pictures you can see the boat enter and, when the lock is closed, water is allowed in to raise the level of the boat

They weren’t the only bipeds standing around watching the level of the water rise. When the water was level with the canal on the upper side, the gate at that end was opened and the boat left. There was a boat on the upper side waiting to enter the lock. As soon as it was inside the lock and the gates were closed, they started letting the water out again for that boat to go to the lower level.

I heard some of the other bipeds say that it was a feat of engineering. I don’t know about that, it’s just like a huge bathtub – you can pour water in and you can let it out again! I returned to sniffing the grass – it was much more interesting!

After a while, we walked on and we found a nice spot for a picnic. I was getting quite hungry, so my bipeds had my full attention as soon as they started to get the food out. They laughed and said that food is obviously a lot more interesting than a lock. Well, of course it is!

Savannah's Paw Tracks teaser for Oct 1

I’ll be visiting all of you as soon as I can to catch up on all your news. But I’ve already heard a rumour that Savannah is planning something. I sent my cats to see what they could find out. They said that Savannah was very busy and wouldn’t tell them much, but they brought this poster back – so I’ve marked 1st October in my calendar.

See you next Wednesday!

I heard it through the grapevine

I learn a lot of what is going on by listening in to my bipeds’ conversations. I let a lot of it drift over me but my ears tune in when I hear key words, such as walk, food, cheese, car, hike, picnic – and, of course, Clowie.

I expect you’re wondering what I’ve overheard. My bipeds will be on holiday for a few weeks, so I probably won’t get to visit any of my friends’ blogs or be on social media very much. I’m not sure what I shall be doing – I don’t think my bipeds know, but it did sound as though I will be having some fun. I kept hearing good phrases like, “Clowie will enjoy going there with us”.

I also noticed that they got out my rucksack (backpack) and checked it over – that’s a very good sign! I don’t wear it when the weather is hot, but I often carry some water and my collapsible bowl in it on a hike. They usually pack some treats in there as well.

Unfortunately, I also heard them say things like, “Clowie can catsit while we try that restaurant one evening”. The cats are not usually any trouble, they spend most of their time sleeping. I really don’t mind looking after them, but it would be nice to be asked! On the plus side, sometimes they bring home something tasty for me in a doggy bag.

I also heard a mention of, “We’ll need someone to pop in and take Clowie out because that will take a full day”. That doesn’t worry me, they only ever ask someone who I like a lot so it’s fun. It also only ever happens when I’ve had a tiring day the day before and I want to catch up on some napping – it’s almost as though they arrange it that way!

They sometimes say that it would be much easier to arrange a day out if they didn’t have to think about me. I don’t pay much attention to that – they can’t possibly mean it!

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There’s nothing interesting left in here!

One of the things that gives me a clue that they’re going to be out longer than usual is that they empty the kitchen rubbish bin before they go. The cats and I are expected to leave the kitchen bin alone, but the bipeds say that the temptation shouldn’t be too great – they call it setting us up for success. They never put anything that exciting in there anyway, they always take the most interesting things, such as bones from meat, outside to the bin that won’t open.

I hope you’re all having as much fun as I am!

See you soon!

Close Encounters of the Worst Kind

And no, the title doesn’t refer to having my temperature taken by the vet!

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I went to a country fair with my bipeds. There were all kinds of interesting things happening there. I saw some gun dogs in a competition in one ring. In another there were dogs doing agility. There were lots of stalls selling all sorts of fascinating items. The aroma from the ones selling things that bipeds like to eat and drink was wonderful. Some were selling dog collars and leads, while others were selling posts for cats to scratch and I had no idea at all what some things were but it was all very interesting.

It was lots of fun strolling around with my bipeds. There were lots of other dogs happily wandering about with their bipeds. Many bipeds chatted to my bipeds and made a fuss of me. We had just stopped to chat to a biped with a Pyrenean Mountain Dog just like me when the encounter happened.

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A Pyrenean Mountain Dog, or Great Pyrenees

I heard a boy shout, “Look at those huge, white dogs!”

The next I knew a boy of about twelve years old had pushed past my female biped, who was holding my lead, and had thrown himself onto my back. He lifted his feet off the ground and started to bang my ribs hard. I turned my head but stood still. I could see that my male biped was moving to help me. He grabbed the hood of the boy’s jacket and hoisted him off me. A second boy, about ten years old, was about to jump on me when the male biped also caught him by the hood of his jacket.

The male biped said, “Don’t jump on my dog!”

He loosened his grip on the first boy who turned and said, “I’ll jump on that one then!”

The male biped tightened his grip on the boy and said, “No, you won’t!”

The biped with the other Pyrenean Mountain Dog said, “Thank you. I don’t know what my dog would do.”

The boys started wailing and trying to hit and kick me and my biped. He moved a little so that the boys couldn’t reach me and held them out at arm’s length. He told them he would release them when they kept still and agreed not to jump on dogs. The female biped had recovered her balance and she moved closer to me and put a reassuring hand on my shoulder.

A dishevelled woman appeared and shouted, “Let go of my boys!”

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She didn’t need a megaphone!

Several people called out, “No, don’t let them go! Not until they’re under control!”

The woman shouted at my biped again. I hadn’t heard some of the words before! The gist of what she said was that my biped should let her boys go and he shouldn’t have restrained them.

A stall holder nearby called out, “Lady, you should be thanking this man, not hurling abuse at him! Your boys were doing something dangerous. He acted quickly and stopped them in the only way he could. You’re lucky that your boys are unharmed. I have spoken to some show officials who will be here in just a moment to help you get your boys under control.”

The officials arrived and took the boys from my biped, thanking him for his trouble. They ushered the boys towards one of the exits, along with their mother who was still shouting rude words at anyone and everyone.

My bipeds and I went across to thank the stall holder for his help and support. He told us that there were plenty of people who would be thankful to see the back of those boys as they’d been breaking things and causing chaos all day, while their mother had been busy sampling alcoholic beverages in the main refreshment tent. He gave me a treat and told me that I’m lovely!

Quite a few people had gathered to watch what had been happening and a lot of those people wanted to talk to my bipeds and make a fuss of me. My bipeds seemed embarrassed to be the centre of attention but I loved it!

Head of Clowie, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Great Pyrenees

I love being the centre of attention!

See you next Wednesday!