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Sunday, 20 October 2019

My Birthday Gift(s)

Since my retirement 3 years ago (doesn't time fly) I've been hankering after a dog.  We had a family pet  up until 17 years ago, a Jack Russell called Harry.  He passed away aged 16.5 years leaving a huge hole in our hearts.  We've always made excuses for not getting another and we certainly couldn't have handled one during the renovations. But over the last 6 months we have spoken at length about the commitment of having an animal.  We even spent 3 months looking at rescue homes but very few non shedding dogs came up.  I have  asthma which I didn't have until we got a dog. I have a few triggers, cat hair being the worst as it also makes my eyes swell, so we had to choose carefully. We finally agreed that if hubby chose the breed using the criteria laid down, I could choose the name. 

On Sunday 13th we headed 193 miles north to have a look at a litter of Welsh Terrier puppies.  They are considered a rare breed as the numbers have dwindled to an all time low and hubby has always wanted one.  We had to wait for the 'birth information' via the KC club who are keeping tabs on the number of breeders and subsequent litters. He becomes our fur baby on my birthday 23rd. 

I  know a puppy is hard work and extra expense but when the rental property sells we will be able to make some serious decisions about our retirement. Hopefully hubby will agree to give up work. We will travel a lot more as so many hotels, cottages and B&B's take pets now, Bertie will travel everywhere with us, even abroad. When he can't come, my eldest daughter has agreed to look after him. 

Another early gift, was from my  friend who kindly gave me some tickets to a comedian at a theatre in Ipswich.  His name is Jonathan Pie and he is currently touring the UK. He pretends to be a political correspondent and his current tour is called 'Fake News'.  We went for a meal and then on to the show which we thoroughly enjoyed despite the swearing which was necessary and in the right context. He is a very clever man, well educated and extremely knowledgeable about politics, tv coverage, social media  and the press. We were still giggling in the car on the way home, which is always a good sign. Bye for now. Tx


31 comments:

  1. How lovely for you, have fun with Bertie, he will bring you much joy and he couldn't have ended up in a nicer home. xx

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  2. Happy Birthday, both are lovely gifts and I hope Bertie brings you a lot of joy.

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  3. How lovely is Bertie! !! What fun you're going to have.

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  4. I can't wait to take him with me on my walks.

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    1. We sat on the beach in Cornwall last month near a couple with a welsh terrier. He was a rescued one and was 6 - such a lovely boy - his name was Dougie. He did some funny things - his mum even took him on her paddle board. I didn't have the heart to tell them he'd cocked his leg up on their picnic bag behind the wind break 😂😂

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    2. I hope Bertie has lots of character but good manners too😂. My hubby is already talking about getting him a life jacket so he can come in the kayak.

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  5. Aaaahhh, a dog! Please don't tempt me. I thought I might get one when I retired but realize I want to be out and about so much more (at the moment at least). But I think it will be a wonderful addition to your family - think of all that exercise and all that chatting that goes with dogs and babies! And happy (upcoming) birthday! I can't believe you've been retired 3 years already!

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    1. I've had 3 years of retirement so it seems right. I have to say when hubby returned from his 2 week stay with THEM in Spain he honestly thought he'd be coming home to a puppy. He was disappointed.

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  6. Happy birthday
    We have 2 dogs enjoy your lovely puppy xxx

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  7. What a 4 legged bundle of joy you have got! Happy Birthday!

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    1. Thank you Janice. I gave no illusions about the peeing, pooping and chewing but I know the loyalty and love they bring is unmeasurable.

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  8. Congratulation on the new puppy! That's so exciting. Lula loves to travel. It's fun when you can take them with you. Happy Birthday, too.

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    1. That's what I really want, for Bertie to come everywhere with us.

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  9. What a little cutie. Enjoy your new little puppy.

    God bless.

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  10. Bertie looks gorgeous and will give you so much love and fun.
    xx

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    1. I know how heart broken I was when Our previous dog died. But I also remember how loving and loyal he was.

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  11. All the best to you for your puppy adventures. Great that you have puppy-sitters on hand for when you are away at places not pet-friendly.

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    1. Thank you Margaret, my daughters boys are desperate for a dog but she doesn't think it's the right time at the moment. So to have a guest every now and then, is a great compromise.

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  12. What a lovely birthday present and what a fab name. Bertie sounds regal but rascally both at the same time. xx

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    1. I love it, he will be my own Burlington Bertie.

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  13. I love that you've thought everything through before getting your fur-baby. Bertie is a brilliant name. I foresee many happy doggy adventures coming up. A non-shedding dog sounds brilliant, sometimes when my son visits ... who wears mostly black ... I see just how much Suky sheds. He goes home wearing what looks like half a dog on the front of his t-shirt, and the lovely thing is he's sees it as a badge of how much she loves him, not a hairy nuisance :-)

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    1. Apparently Welsh Terriers have 2 coats. They need the inner coat stripping do it doesn't matt. Hubby is busy watching YouTube to see how this is done. For years after our Jack Russell died I was still finding hair! But I wouldn't have changed a thing as he was a wonderful dog.

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  14. Oh how lovely a dog!. Enjoy. I can have no animal for now. Retire 6th January. Bring it on saving every penny. Kefalonia and turtles 6 th June. If i can save enough 3 months in Athens first.xKirrie x

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  15. I'm sure you will Kirrie, you have an amazing time.
    So close to retirement now, I'm so excited for you.

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  16. My, Bertie is adorable! Happy Birthday for yesterday! Looking forward to seeing lots of Bertie pics:)

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    1. Thank you. Bertie is adorable but it's like bringing a baby home.

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  17. Belated birthday wishes. Bertie is a little cracker, look forward to seeing pictures of your lives together.

    I can imagine the show to be hilarious, I love watching Johnathan Pie online - he's not going to be short of material any time soon is he!

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