Sunday, 13 January 2008

Meeting Ralf & Molly

We had a lazy lie-in this morning. Well, isn't that what Sundays are for? After we'd had breakfast and let our tummies settle, ma and pa asked if we'd like to go out for a walk with Ralf and Molly? I said "really?"

Cassidy said "me wants to meet Ralf and Molly, whee"!

So we both sat nicely for ma! Ralf and Molly are two of Oscar's Airedale pals who live a few miles from us. Oscar used to meet them regularly for walks, and see them at grooming class. I met them when I first came to live here, but Cassidy hadn't met them yet.

Cassidy was a tad annoying on the journey asking "do we be there yet" every 5 minutes.

We soon arrived and waited for Ralf and Molly in the car park. Cassidy bumped into Kody the Spaniel and Betty the Bassett from her puppy class so they all had a silly 5 minutes rolling around in the mud. Tsk, children!

Ralf and Molly soon arrived so after some communal bottom sniffing we set off into the woods. Despite it being wet and rainy, there were some other brave souls about, including this pretty girl who was called Angel. I had a sniff and a polite, while Molly tried to "Airedale" her (aka barging at full velocity!).

Here's Ralf with his pa, Cassidy in the centre and Molly at the front of the photo. Ralf can be a bit of a grump with other dogs, but he was fine with Cassidy and I. Must be an Airedale thing! He has a "sheep coat" like Sunshade and Noah, that's why he is a lot paler than the rest of us.

Here they are again. Ma was holding my lead. We all stayed on lead today as four Airedales running amok could be fun! Too many nice smells to chase! We all had our flexi leads so got to have a jolly nice run around nonetheless.

Cassidy is a stick monster in training and was letting Ralf know that the one by her front paws was hers! Honestly, that sister of mine has no fear of anything!

Ralf and I went ahead to have a chat about the "delights" of having sisters. Molly is a real bossy boots towards poor Ralf, and I fear I know who's going to be doing the same to me in no time at all. We boys have got to stick together.

As you can perhaps see from the photos, it was very wet and muddy and we all had delightfully muddy paws from walking through squishy mud. Pa unceremoniously dunked my feet in a cleanish puddle as we got back towards the car in an effort to clean me off a little. Luckily we also had our towels in the car and a seat cover on the back seats.

Here's a video of us all wandering along. We got lots of people admiring us. I suppose it is quite a site to see four Airedales together, especially as we aren't very common dogs. Of course people who live near Noah and his sisters and the Thuglets are used to it!

When we got home it was time for a nice big drink of water. Can you see Cassidy clambering up ma's leg at the side of the photo, little minx. She knew ma had treats in her pocket.

Cassidy had the remains of the water I had stuck my muddy, drooly beard in, she's not fussy!

Then it was time for a nice snooze while ma and pa cook the Sunday roast. I'm hopeful we'll both have a share.

I like the little hidey hole under the stairs. I feel all safe and cosy, but I can keep an eye on things too.

Right, must dash. I'm refreshed from my walk and off to see what's left of that turkey!

Toodle pip,

Harry x


Ruby Bleu said...

Oh Harry...
What fun!!! Weather is just the same here too! What a nice way to spend a sunday tho'!!!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Maggie & Mitch said...

You're so lucky that you got to meet up with other Airedales for walkies! I wish we could!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Peanut said...

What a lovely day you had Harry. Hope you got some turkey

Anonymous said...

I just love walking in the rain and through the mud too - looks like you all had a great day!


Sophie Brador said...

I love your hidey hole under the stairs. That's exactly the kind of spot I would scope out too. But then, I love my box. I've had it since I was a wee pup and my mom kennel trained me. I will never, ever give it up. It's my favourite place to be.


Katherine and Pippa, said...

We had no lie-in today. I got master up at six as usual. Hehe.

I like your understairs den. It looks very nice and safe.


Asta said...

What a gweat way to spend a sunday!!
Who cawes if it's wet..It's an outing with fwiends!!!I'm glad you got to meet up with youw fwiends
smoochie kisses

Noah the Airedale said...

G'day Harry ol' mate,
Sounds like you & Cassidy had a good day out with Ralf and Molly, despite the weather.
Next time you see Ralf let him know I sympathise with him having a bossy sister......sigh.
How did you go with that Turkey????

Hugs and tail wags

Molly and Taffy said...

Good to see you can have a chat with a fellow male about the delights/traumas of sisters!


Kirby said...

WOW, what a day! A walkie with other Airedales, muddy trails and a turkey!! That's like my dream day! I sure hopw you got some of that turkey. You deserved it after all that walking.

Your pal,

Lorenza said...

Hi, Harry!
Looks like you had a muddy and happy day!
I guess Cassidy knows no fear!
Did you say turkey?? Yummy! I hope you two had some!
Have a good night

Huskee Boy said...

Looks like you two had a pawfect Sunday.. nice walkie.. meeting with friends..and last but not least, yummy food.. *bliss*

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

You two looked like you had an awesome time!!! Harry, I like your little nook under the stairs!! It looks cozy.


Gus said...

wonderful Sunday. Harry, you had best get some good rest now, because Cassidy is gonna be a real handful! And I know a handful when I see one!


Agatha and Archie said...

WHat a fun day! Agatha LOVES your spot under the stairs!! and wishes she had that instead of her bomb shelter! Love A+A

Stanley said...

Harry Boy!

I might just like to join that club with you and Ralf. We could come up with ways to tame our sissies (they sure are bossy).

I SO wanted to join you all on your walk. I love to hang with other dales (or dale lookalikes like Stella). Did you at least get to stomp in a little mud??

You look very cozy under the stairs. Looks like an ideal hideout.

Goober love & smooches,

Luckie Girl said...

Must have been fun walking in the wet, mushy muddy ground! :) So did you manage to get some sunday roast?

Stella said...

Hi, Big Mr. Harry!

You and my other fren Cassie Girl had a great day with your new friends. Sounds like you love the rain & mud like I and my hairy Stanley do. Why didn't you roll and roach in the mud? (I know you prolly wanted to).

Your hidey hole is neato in the extreme! I love hidey holes, and hide myself under my girl's chair when I want time to myself. But, I peek out from under the chair cover to keep an eye on things. You and I are more alike than I thought.

Hope you got roast or turkey!

Goobery love & respectful kissies,
Ms. Stella Bean Latifah

Snowball said...

What a nice walkie! I love the snooozing part too!


Patience-please said...

What a lovely Sunday you had, even without the sun! We're glad for you. We love your hidey hole too.

happy wags from the whippet waggle

4xBs said...

what a nice walk you had with your airedale friends. walking in the mud probably feels good when it is squishing between your toes. we like it too. little Cassidy looks like she's doing really well and you are a good mentor for her, Mr. Harry.


Girl Girl Hamster said...

It sure looks very fun to go out walkies with friends. :)

~ Girl girl

Amber-Mae said...

What a great time you had with your terrier friends!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Penny & Poppy said...

We love your hide out under the stairs! It's the perfect place to rest while still being on guard duty! There's nothing better than a good old muddy walk!

Poppy & Penny

jaffeboy said...

Wow, it is sooooo nice to have a play date!

Cassidy is such a puppy. Cute!

Finni said...

I hope you got some of that turkey Harry. I think you all deserved it as you've been very good on that walk. That looks a cozy den you sleep in.
Finni xx

Faya said...

Quelle belle promenade...avec tous vos amis. Quel importance si il pleut quand on peut être avec eux non ? C'est vrai que c'est rare de croiser autant d'airedale d'un coup... on se sent fier non ?
Bisous à tous, Faya

Caz said...

It sounds like the walk was fun. Cassidy has realy grown. He reminds me of ludo when he was a pup.
I hope you had lots of yummy turkey after your nap.

Thanks for your kin words on my blog we really did appreciate them.

Caz and Ludo

Gus and Louie said...

That sister of your sounds just like Louie, not wanting to share and always playing in the water...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus and Louie

Lacy said...

woofies Cassidy and Harry, watt funs u 2 haded wiff ur fends...walkies makie me tireded too, sooo me gots to rest...luv u spot under da stairs...and yummmmmies fur good foods.

b safe,

Frasier said...

Squishing around in the much fun!!

Anonymous said...

What a day!!!

Scruffy & Lacie said...

Hello Harry!

Oh, I would have given a lot to be walking with you chaps and of course Miss Cassidy! Mumsie kept playin' the video over so she could hear your ma's voice, but Scruffy kept barkin' every time it came on...she'll wait till he's elsewhere! Love ur hideyhole...I REALLY need somewhere to get away from...Lacie. She is inexhaustible. Bros are soooo much easier. And if I just give her a little love nibble, she squeals like she's been eaten and guess who is in trouble...!!

Harry, I realize Cassidy is very young, but I wondered if I could escort her to the Valentine's Day pawty at Koobie's ski resort...I will be 9 mos. old by then, and shall behave as is appropriate for a young gentleman. I will take the utmost care of the young Miss and will dutifully return her to the care of the chaperones at her curfew. I would NOT allow Lacie to puppysit that's her First Barkday that week and she has PLANS...look out Harry and any other Male doggie...

Your time in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Very truly yours,

Simba said...

Even more rain here today. Its not the rain that bothers me, its the paw wash I get when I go home.

Simba x

PerfectTosca said...

How cool you met Beloved Oscar's friends! They will grow to love you just like they loved Oscar. you two boys make your mom and dad so happy and I am so glad because losing Oscar was a travesty. But Dog opened another door for you guys and your people.

Listen, Harry baby, you gotta be patient with Cassidy. He's just a young dood. He will get better in the car, I promise.

See ya later, good ole boy!

Marvin Braveheart Hound said...

We loved the video of you all walking, lovely! We see an Airedale like you occasionally in the High Street here. Jeannie always stops for a chat with his owner and a pat for his dog.

I loved the last photo of you, that looks a snug place you've got there under the stairs.

love and licks, Marvin xxxxx