THE RAMBLINGS OF A STRUGGLING ARTIST ON LIFE WITH TWO TERRIERS, A PONY WITH ISSUES AND OTHER WILDLIFE AND BIRDS THAT CROSS OUR PATH

1 February 2014

BAD DOG


And so it becomes the cone of destruction. When I took OB to tennis and then a friend's mid morning, I left the dogs in their crates. I returned an hour later to find Jack had removed and rendered the cone completely unusable just after closing time at the vet's. When I opened the crate door, he grabbed it and tore off into the garden, ignoring my reprimands, and started tossing it about. Had the vet's been open tomorrow, he would have been due to have the stitches out, so rather than spend huge amounts of money calling them out of hours for a bit of non-dog-proof bendy plastic, I'm afraid that's it. I'll take the evidence in on Monday and hope he doesn't remove his own stitches in the meantime. Look at his innocent little face:


We woke up to snow this morning which was a bit of a shock:



The ponies were knocking snow off with their hooves to get to the tender new gorse shoots:


Jack was still coned at this point...


Rodent hunting: 


This is a great shot to show how we are above the snow line here. There wasn't a trace of it on the other side of the cattle grid:



Barking at Snippet:


After the cone chewing incident, we went for a quick walk between showers. The snow had completely gone and Jack found a hoof from a cow that had died out on the moor:



The wind was unbelievably strong, blowing puddles into waves:


A long view of Trigger in the madam's field:


Earlier in the week we had mist and grey between showers:



I loved this gnarly, lichen peppered dead gorse clinging to a rock:


Today I got a good sequence of shots of a Dunnock today. I often find, with their brilliant camouflage, the camera, on auto, doesn't like them. These are better.....I think:







It was chaotic at the seed feeder..........



..................with moments of calm:



This next one of the Nuthatch isn't brilliant, but shows the beautiful pattern on its rump/back of the tail feathers:


The car exchange went okay and didn't take too long. I now have a Vauxhall Corsa from the hire company. Never been a fan of the Vauxhall and now I feel vindicated in my prejudice as it's awful. Under-powered with a vulgarly flashy interior and knobs that look they're made of melted down pink national health specs. I miss the Polo. 

I hope you're all having a good weekend and, until next time, here's the Jack before.........


................and after. What a bad dog.


51 comments:

  1. I think Jack is letting you know that he is feeling fine and frisky, as well as tired of the cone. Love the line-up of ponies by the stone wall. I'm having to look up dunnocks as I don't think they are an American bird. I see the name means 'little brown one.'
    I can almost smell the fresh snow and the cold damp air in your photos.

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    1. He's frisky alright. I'm dreading the vet's tomorrow in case I get told off!

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  2. Oh I'm sorry Em, I couldnt' help a little snigger behind my hand. Please tell me I'm not the only one who saw the funny side of the little scamps antics.
    When I first left school I was a vet nurse and before those special collars were invented, we used to have to cut a hole in the bottom of a bucket and attach it to the dogs collar with strips of bandage! Even a cheap plastic mixing bowl might do the trick if you get desperate as long as you can manage to cut a hole. Shame you don live nearer, I have a spare Elizabethan collar in my loft.

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    1. I think he might leave home if I produced a lovely new one Kath but thanks for the offer! Love your bucket story - it must have been awful for them being opaque then, assuming the buckets were......

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  3. I was thinking of you today, out on the moor with the dogs. It's been berluddy freezing!

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  4. Jack Jack Jack...
    hahahahahah, It is very sad when gud dug go bad. And I should know because of thehamish !
    The Dunnock is a beautiful bird that I have never seen before.
    Like the cheeky photo of the Nuthatch.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Do you get Nuthatches down your way? I know they have them further North. Let me know....

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  5. Can't really blame him. I wouldn't want the thing on either. : )

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    1. When I broke my neck, I had to wear one for eight weeks so I have very little sympathy!

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  6. Your pictures as usual are stunning. Nothing dogs do surprises me any more. My two pups were playing "tug of war" with a pair of my daughters white lacy knickers this morning on my bed! They must have got them out the washing basket! Little monkeys!

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    1. Very BIG monkeys by the sound of it

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  7. HI Em Jack certainly is full of life and i cannot blame him for not wanting that collar on. Great shots of the Dunnock and the birds at the feeder. great to see the snow on the Moors. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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    1. Frantic weekend. Why is there never enough time for everything? Hope your's was good too Margaret.

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  8. ;) When Moss had his balls removed (so many years ago), the vet decided at the same time to take off large dew claws on his back legs. So bandaged back legs, and stitches. Three weeks on the lead for a very lively dog, then almost at the end he escaped the back door, all down the garden and leapt a 10 foot wall after a cat - did I curse him..
    Loved the photos, specially the third one, and now know more about dunnocks, except they still look like sparrows to my untutored eye....

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    1. They used to be called Hedge Sparrows; I'm not sure why they changed their name actually. I must look it up. Love your Moss story.

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  9. I guess he told you how he felt about his crate!

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    1. Amazingly, they seem to really like their crates; their own space where they feel secure I guess. They NEVER bark at noises when they're in there and even wait by the doors when they know I'm going out. I would never have believed it.

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  10. Howled over the cone of destruction. Reminds me of what Little Thing did to hers.

    Beautiful photos of the moor and of the snow! Loved the one showing the snow line. Also the long distance shot of Trigger in the Madam's field.

    Never seen a Dunnock before, they are pretty birds. Loved the underside of the Nuthatch. They are similar to ours.

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    1. I nearly made one out of cardboard just to get him back but it wouldn't have ended well...

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  11. I'm only surprised it took him that long Em! Surely it must be OK by now, if the stitches are due out tomorrow?
    Lovely Dunnock shots- well done you. I find them so hard to take good pics of because they are always flicking about the place!
    No snow here... xx

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    1. That's so true about the flitting - I just got lucky. I'm struggling with flitting Blue Tits myself! x

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  12. My cats are giving Jack the thumbs up !
    Jane x

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  13. Very wintry scenes - looks jolly cold too.

    I think there is a bubble coming out of that dog's head saying "I'm sorry but enough is enough!"
    Hope the stitches stay intact until Monday.

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    1. They're still holding tonight and he hasn't nibbled them either!

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  14. Great to see your pictures. The dunnock is fabulous! I shall be on the moor next weekend. Hope there won't be snow. Life is complicated enough without it, beautiful thought it is.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I hope you have a lovely time up here!

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  15. Hello Em! After a week of internet problems, it's good to be back and catch up on your blog. As always, I loved your photos, but had to grin at Jack romping with the cone on and finally having enough of it--I hope he's left hit stitches alone, and you are enjoying your day!!

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    1. Thanks Kim - we had a lovely day, or OB and I did with friends. Poor M had to satay at home to deal with the damp problems!

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  16. What a bad dog especially as he waited until the vet had shut before removing the cone! I hope he has left his stitches alone. The snow looks lovely amazing how the fields in the distance weren't affected. Sarah x

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  17. Hi! New to your blog and LOVE this post. Hope you don't mind another following along. The white pony is sure a beauty. Take care -

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    1. Lovely to have you following Casey. Love the look of your dog poking his head into the shot!

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  18. Now, I am grateful that I wasn't born a pony on Dartmoor - what tough hardy little ponies they are. I could feel the cold coming off the computer screen as I looked at the first images. Jack, what a naughty adorable boy he is.

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    1. I often think the same about being a pony here Rosemary. I've never seen one shivering though.....unlike Trigger!

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  19. Oops - and Jack looks as though butter wouldn't melt in his mouth in that first photo :) I do hope stitches remain intact until you get to the vet!

    Great Dunnock photos and I love the first snow photo. We did have a brief snow shower here one day last week but it didn't settle.

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    1. He managed to get at one stitch but the other two were intact. I didn't get told off by the vet thank goodness!

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  20. I imagine Jack was really pleased with himself for defeating the cone! Glad everything went well at the vets and he can get back to normal now. I can feel the chill of that snow, too, from your photos, but having a snow line is fascinating with two different weather systems in such a small area.

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    1. It turns from rain to snow as you cross the cattle grid onto the moor when conditions are right. Very odd.

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  21. You have had snow! We have a very cold east/south easterly wind but I wonder if there will be a scattering here by morning?

    I hope Jack doesn`t find his stitches before the vet does.....

    I love the dunnock photos and I don`t think I have ever seen the underside of a nuthatches` tail in so much detail!

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    1. I hadn't either and had NO idea about the velvety spots. They're always moving so fast and I don't usually get decent shots of the peanut feeder in deep shade. Just lucky that day.

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  22. Hahaha ... the Cone of Shame never lasts too long with them. I had to buy a clothe one eventually for Bandit last year. Poor dears run into everything, such a pain for all concerned *smile* x

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    1. I'm so pleased it's over. He's sitting in front of the fire at the moment akmost with his nose against the glass!

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  23. Naughty boy-I'm amazed it lasted that long as he has such a cheeky look! Love the undertail of the Nuthatch-never seen that side before. I love the song of the Dunnock and they are very pretty close up. At least the snow is gone for now-but it does look lovely. Hope the Polo comes back soon.

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    1. I hope so too......don't get me started on the Vauxhall gears!

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  24. Ah and he looks like such an angel. A brilliant selection of photos today Em.

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    1. Thanks Denise. An angel he is definitely not!

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  25. Ooops, someone reached their 'cone limit'! Milo did exactly the same to his, thankfully the stitches should have had long enough to heal so that he can't do too much damage.....

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    1. He's completely healed and going crazy!

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  26. What a winter it is proving to be: I can't get over the amount of snow you have had, Em. I've seen precisely five flakes so far ... but our tides have been high and parts of the coast (particularly a bit further south, into Essex) have seen a lot of damage. So glad Jack is feeling on top of the world again.

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