Category Archives: Golden retrievers

‘Mr Dick sets us all right’

Today is the tenth birthday of our dear friend and biggest brother, Newman Noggs, so just this once – instead of speaking about him – I shall let him speak for himself, on this most auspicious day: I am not … Continue reading

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Solomon in all his glory

Yesterday, as we put on our winter woollies for another outing, we heard that the west of England was bathed in sumptuous sunshine. Well, we weren’t up here! Winter, or at least a kind of winter, had returned, with strong … Continue reading

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Pictures of Lily

The Dickens Dogs know that we are very lucky to be loved so much. No matter what befalls – as with my big op last week – we are always taken care of and a way through found. When Barnaby’s … Continue reading

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Away with the fairies

‘Has Newman had his pill?’ This question, asked morning and evening, is one to which Uncle NuNu himself now greatly looks forward (if he hasn’t yet shouldered his way into position before it’s even asked) when he hears the words, … Continue reading

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Wilkins Micawber

Wilkins Micawber, known as Willie, was the second of the Dickens Dogs. Willie was wonderful: big-boned, furry, gentle, sweet-natured and enormous fun. Uncle Johnny told me that when he was just a little puppy on holiday up here in Northumberland … Continue reading

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Come unto these yellow sands

Yesterday was, for us up here in the extreme north east of England, the first really lovely day of early summer. After a few weeks in which winter’s temperatures returned with a vengeance and, whatever else was happening with that … Continue reading

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Too clever by half

Some scientific half-wit, we hear, has come to the conclusion that hugging dogs makes them feel threatened.  I shall simply pause now to allow those of you who did not hear this latest research when it was reported on the … Continue reading

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Notes from the underground

Since we all returned from Crufts we’ve been under the weather and no mistake. Speaking for my own medical case, I know this is not a good look, but at least I’ve been spared what Barnaby calls ‘the cone of … Continue reading

Posted in Cocker Spaniels, Crufts, Dickens Dogs, Dogs, Dogs and people, Golden retrievers, Gundogs, Hammy Bumble, Routines, Seasons, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Things dying, things newborn

The house fell silent yesterday after our friend, Busy Biscuit, left for home. What larks we all had when we were together during his stay: what barkings, what humpings, what games of chase and fetch and come and go! The … Continue reading

Posted in Big days, Busy Biscuit, Dogs and people, Golden retrievers, Hamsters, Jo the hamster, Who do you think you are? | 4 Comments

Metamorphosis or Spring is in the air

Things are looking up! After a couple of weeks of really ghastly wet and windy weather, everything has settled down wonderfully and, for the last ten days or so, up here in the north east we have seen calm and … Continue reading

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