Ellie is quite unconcerned as is my spaniel Gemma – it’s just poor old Henry who is suffering. He’s not interested in chasing his ball or in trying to catch squirrels.
The other day he made a rather half-hearted attempt at making friends with a female golden retriever that is twice his size and, needless to say, the liaison was not a happy one.
The strong winds haven’t helped with dog walking much either.
Every winter I start out with the best intentions as far as dressing sensibly is concerned and then I get tired of all that extra clothing I have to put on.
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The long johns (which seem rather popular this year) have already been discarded as uncomfortable and time wasting and the thermal socks really don’t help much either.
I purchased a rather fashionable cap but it kept blowing off and the skull cap I bought to replace it makes me look a right plonker according to my grandchildren.
There’s not much left to try really, I’m certainly not going down the balaclava helmet road because I hated them when I was a kid and they really do make you look a plonker.
I lost my gloves last week and resorted to wearing a pair of socks on my hands just like when I was a child. It’s amazing what you can get away with when you get old, people just think that you’re a bit soft in the head.
I witnessed another problem caused by the heavy winds last week.
The guy who keeps the pavements tidy (they used to be called road sweepers but I am sure that is not politically correct these days) is supplied with one of those pincer type things at the end of a long handle to save him from bending down.
The problems he had chasing pieces of paper and other stuff along the road where a sight for sore eyes.
You would have thought that council could have found something else for him to do until the wind died down, but there again I suppose they know that he does spend an awful amount of time sitting on my front wall smoking a ‘fag’.
Must go, I’m off to the shops to buy Gemma a present for Christmas and poor old Henry a cuddly toy that looks like Ellie.