Monday, 11 February 2008

Meeting Fergus and Bridie

We couldn't decide which of us should tell you about our fun day yesterday, so we're sharing the blogging. I rather think you'll be able to tell who is typing when!

Yesterday was a simply fabulous day! For starters we have had mild sunny weather here all weekend which always makes on feel happy don't you think? Secondly we got to go on a drive in the car! I love travelling in the car, especially on a lovely sunny day when you can open the window and feel the breeze through your beard! And for those of you who are safty minded, I am strapped in I assure you.

Here you can see me cruising along keeping a look out for any pretty fillies that might have been out for a Sunday stroll.

Me no be able to reach out of window so me be bit sulky. Me likes to sit in J's car seat so me be bit higher, but daddy had putted it in the boot, boo. Me got my car seat belt on like good girly though, and me only asked "do we be there yet?" every 5 minutes so me not be too annoying tee hee.

After about an hour's drive, we pulled up outside this stunning house. That bird on the roof is made out of thatch as is the roof. Isn't it a quaint cottage? This is your typical English country cottage!

And look who was in the garden waiting for us! This is Fergus, and he is dear Oscar's litter brother. Can you see any similarity? Ma and pa don't think they looked too alike, and ma is quite glad in a way as it's not so upsetting as it might have been if they'd been like two peas in a pod. He's a very sweet boy like Oscar was though.

Fergus came to say hi hi to me! He be lovely boy and me go waggy waggy tail.

Fergus wanted to play!

We were both very pleased to meet him. I think you may be able to tell from the blurred photo that there was lots of tail wagging going on in all quarters! Don't I look giant compared to him, and he's not a particularly small boy. A lot of it is fluffiness not podginess I assure you (though that counter surfing sessionthe other day may have added a pound or two!).

Mummy said "smile for camera", but me and Fergus no wanted picture taken so we did co-ordinated look away, tee hee! You may see that Fergus got bandage on back paw. He had cutted it a few days before and it was all wrapped up.

It no stopped us having a play. Mummy be bit worried about my leggy, but me beed careful (kind of!)

And look who else we meeted! She be little bit camera shy.

Yes, this lovely lady is Bridie, Fergus' sister. She's 13, and guess what? She's one of my relatives! Gosh, isn't it a small world! The ma's thought we looked a little alike and it turns out we're both Loudwell Airedales! She must have been from the litter before me! Ma has a copy of Bridie's pedigree now so she's going to dig mine out to see how closely related we are!

Anyway, she's a sweet old girl, bit achy round the joints but still full of fun. We had a good amble about and a chat about the woes of having a younger sibling while the whippersnappers raced about like loonies.

After the mummies and daddies had had cup of tea and done lots of talking, we all getted in cars, Me was bit sad cos we had only beed there little while and me no wanted to go home yet, but daddy said we be going to the New Forest for walkies with Bridie and Fergus, whee!

Look how nice and sunny it be! Does you see how long my legs getted? Mummy calls me "Bambi!". Me did my best woe is me face cos me wanted to go off lead. Me promised me wouldn't do crazy zoomies.

Daddy said OK, whee! But me beed good girly, no jumping about or doing fast turns. Look at my scary shadow, eek!

I was allowed off lead too as I am getting more and more reliable off lead now.

I did find however that I tended to blend rather well into the undergrowth!

What do you think of my camouflage techniques?

I think I could be part of a crack commando squad hiding out in the forest!

One thing about the New Forest is that there are lots of ancient rights granted to those who live within the forest boundary. One of these is that "commoners" are allowed to graze their ponies, cattle and pigs here, and there were ponies EVERYWHERE!

I was utterly transfixed by the ponies. I had never seen any before, never mind ones wandering about right by me. I did lots of playbowing at them, but none of them seemed interested in playing with me. They did produce some lovely tasty treats though, so all was not lost!

Can you see me through the rays of sunshine? Me went to say hello to pony. He be very nice. Me be big brave girl cos he be very BIG. Me no getted too close cos he might kick me and me no wants to go back to vets for looooooooooooooong time!

There also be lots of water places in forest. Me no has seen water like this before so me be very interested.

But it be quite icky and brown so me decided not to go in for splishy splash.

Before we went back to Fergus and Bridie's house we posed for some photos. It's not an easy task to get 4 Airedales to look at the camera at once I can tell you, but I think we all look rather lovely nonetheless! From left to right it's Fergus, Bridie, Cassidy and myself.

Me be tired after walkie, but it be so much fun! New Forest be very pretty, and me enjoyed meeting ponies.

When we getted back to Fergus and Bridie's house the mummies and daddies had lunch. Harry and Bridie had a relax while me and Fergus played lots of bitey face. Me did little bit of gardening for Fergus' mummy and daddy too, tee hee!

Then it be time to put car harness back on and say bye bye. Me be sulky cos me no wanted to go home so me no looked at camera. Me be having lots of fun, whee! Mummy and daddy said we can come back soon though!

Here's handsome Fergus saying toodle pip. I know we'll meet up soon and I'm jolly glad.

Thanks ma and pa for a fantastic day out. We're both going to sleep well!

Harry and Cassidy x


Lacy said...

woofies Cassidy and Harry, good job cassidy on gittin u leggy betters and not takin a chance wiff hurtin it again....wowzers watt a fun time u boff had wiff fergus and birdie...dat wuz a lots of fun and pawsome picturs...anddd Ms cassidy u gots to go off lead...verwy good job....

b safe,

Ferndoggle said...

Wow! That is some adventure you guys had. I've never seen a pony! I think I'd pee all over myself.


Peanut said...

Look at those ponies. How cool you got to meet them. What a fun time you both had.

Noah the Airedale said...

What a great day out you had meeting up with Fergus and Bridie. You two are both so well behaved. We can be a bit naughty so pinkies need to keep an eye on us.
Those ponies look like interesting creatures. Lucy would probably get kicked in the head if she went near one lol. Know where I can get a pony from heee heee...
Thanks for sharing those great piccies Harry & Cassidy.

Hugs and tail wags

Lorenza said...

Hi, Cassidy and Harry!
Looks like you two had a great day with Fergus and Bridie!
Those ponies are beautiful and Cassidy is very brave getting that close!
Kisses and hugs

Luckie Girl said...

What a fun day hiking and exploring all those cool places!! No wonder both of you were so tired on your way back home.

Gus said...

My what a lovely day, with lovely friends with whom we play. Warming sun and big tall trees, go off lead and meet ponies.
Sleepy dogs with long ride home, dream about their time to roam.


Faya said...

Quel superbe dimanche à la campagne ! Et vos amis sont super. Cassidy tu as beaucoup de courage moi j'ai peur des chevaux, vaches...enfin des grands animaux. Je suis très heureuse de voire que tu vas beaucoup mieux. Gros bisous à tous, Faya

Amber-Mae said...

Oh, Fergus looks exactly like Oscar! I bet he misses Oscar. You guys had great fun together! I love to stick my head out of the window too. And I mean, all the way out! My hoomans get very worried when I do that coz they're scared that I might get beheaded by an oncoming bus or something, keke!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Girl Girl Hamster said...

That sure is a pawsome day out! Harry really enjoy the wind blowing at the car window. And you sure had fun meeting Fergus & Bridie. :)

~ Girl girl

Katherine and Pippa, said...

Ponies are nice aren't they. I had a nice day out too but it wasn't as much fun. I will get mistress to write it up.


Mango said...

Wow! What an action packed day. Hope Harry left lots of nice nose prints on the window of your ride.

Bet those horsies produced some nice treats. I have rabbits in my yard that leave behind the most yummiest treats for Mango.

You leggie looks great. Consider your day of fun physical therapy.


Maggie & Mitch said...

What a great day you all had! Mom is still loving that English cottage with the thatched roof. What a sweet house!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch


Hi Guys,
Looks like you had a fantastic day. So many great things packed into one day- car ride, breeze in your beard, meeting and playing with friends, walking off leash and being with your family - what more could a dog ask for? Well maybe a treat! We enjoyed reading about your fun day out.
Jazz and Dixie

Patience-please said...

Oh, oh, oh, oh! Believe it or not, our servant, from way over here in Western Kentucky, was in the New Forest just two years ago!!! She brought us lots of pictures of the ponies.

wags from the whippets

Scruffy & Lacie said...

Oh Harry and big ur growing, Cassidy!!! I'm sure it is frustrating when you can't see out of the car seat! Babystan said to tell you if you need to see something while at Mt. Hairy lodge with him as an escort, that he will be glad to fetch you a ladder or you could stand on Scruffy to see better. He hasn't mentioned this to Scruffy.

Harry, how cool to see a relative of yours! Are ya bringing her to the Valentine's Day pawty or have you someone else in mind???

Ponies were amazing...I bet we woulda gotten kicked!

Terrier barkies....Lacie

Sophie Brador said...

What a lovely cottage!


Tofu Burger said...

oooooo Cassidy you are such a brave little girl, getting that close to a horse!!! Yikes! I've never seen a real horse before... Lucky dogs!


Jackson said...

Hey pals, what a beautiful cottage your friends live in! When we went to the New Forest a couple of years ago I barked and barked at every single pony I saw. It was hard work, cos there were so many of them! J x

Penny & Poppy said...

What an awsome adventure! Thanks for sharing all the videos and photos! Fergus looks somewhat like Oscar, but then don't we all? Harry, you look super cool with your snooter catching the wind! And Miss Cassidy, your long leggies do kind of resemble
Bambi. Don't will grow into them soon enough! See you on Mount Hairy!

Poppy & Penny

Momo & Pinot said...

Wow, Harry and Cassidy!!

What a passome time you guys shared with Oscar's brother and your relative at such a bootiful place. Seems like it was a pawfect sunny day. We can tell all of you (including hooomans) had big smiles!

We've had grey, very wet & freezing weather in Toronto. It's really nice to see sunlight on your video!

Momo & Pinot

Gus and Louie said...

From to pictures it looks like you did have an awesome time.. You think they would let Louie and I herd those ponies? Mom thinks we would be great herders since it is in our blood...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus and Louie

Joe Stains said...

Don't worry Cassidy, you will be able to see out the car window very soon. It was a very nice day for both you and Harry from the looks of it. It was especially nice that it was so sunny. Harry, you are very brave for approaching those ponies.

William Tell said...

What a gorgeous place to have an outing. And ponies, too! Hope you get to go back and visit real soon. Sounds like so much fun.

William Tell

Agatha and Archie said...

What a lovely day!! And a lovely house!! And LOVELY WEATHER!!!!!!! Love A+A

Boo said...

silly me don't know what lis fillies. horsie ah!

harry i think you blend in well with those dry grass. you look like a lion in disguise!

wet wet licks


Pacco de Mongrel said...

wat a great adventure...

that cottage looks cosy n comfy....the ideal place to rest n relax...

plus the livestock to keep my mind occupied....that's wat we call heaven place...

Jessie and Jake said...

What a beautiful day! We are soo jelous and wish we could have shared it with you - Mama loves where you live - she says it is paradise!

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

What a lovely day - and beautiful photos!

Huskee Boy said...

Hi Cassidy and Harry,
Happy Valentine's Day to the 2 of you.
Thank you for your kind words about Baby.. I am paw-sitive she will come home soon *crosses paws*

Simba said...

Happy valentines day.

Lots of love Simba x

Mango said...

Harry -
I heard that in the UK they don't go in for all that cropping and docking stuff but like to show their doggies in their natural state. If that's true, the UK rocks. Wish you could send some of your weather my way.


Snowball said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Harry and Cassidy!


Balboa & Mommy said...

WOW, Reading all about yoru adventure, I felt as if I was right there with you.....

Frenchie Valentine Snorts

P.S. Harry won the caption game, can mommy and I email you your award??? Our email address is

Anonymous said...

Harry & Cassidy

Happy Valentine's Day to you both.

Tell your momma that Airedaleheaven made me just like Oscar

See you at the pawty



Lesley Rigby said...

I love the New Forest and how wonderful it must have been for all of you with such wonderful weather. I was very envious of you!
You will have to get the ferry to the Isle of White sometime. That will blow your curls straight......perhaps you had better not!
Lots and Lots of Love.

Gus and Louie said...

Happy Valentine's Day..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus and Louie

Johann The Dog said...

Very cool! Looks like you had an amazing day...I love days like that visiting friends and walks...

So glad you are better and that you are free - take it slow though, K?

Woofs, Johann

Frasier said...

Hi pupsters
We love that English cottage,its beautiful!

T-man said...

What a lovely peaceful place in the country!! Can mom, CC-man and I move in that cute cottage with Fergus & Bridie's family? We won't take up much room (except for CC-man's screaming)!

Happy Valentine's Day!! Harry, I know you have a special Valentine. Cassidy, you're still too young, but maybe you will next year :)

Asta said...

Harry and Cassidy
What a pawfect Day!! That cottage is like some faiwytale place and you got fabulous weathew and meeting Fewgus and Biwdie, and just the wight age fow couldnt be bettew!! I can't believe how much you've gwown Cassidy..I bet you'we way biggew than me now..I'm glad you wewwe caweful with youw leggie..Tell Mummy that i will make suwe you don't do anything silly at the ski pawty
smoochie kisses

4xBs said...

wowee, you really got to have a great day. and how cool is that that Harry and Birdie are related!

our mom says that all poodles are related - some just more distant than others. we wonder if we are related to you too. hee hee.


B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Wat a grayte post! I luvd yor videos!

Weer trying to deside whare to go at Eester, an Mummy sed sheed like to go to Norfolk agen but I sed The New Forest! I like the idea ov all those trees!

I like the sunny foto ov Cass an the pony. That wud be a good poster!


Mango said...

Hey you guys. Check out this movie of a sheepherding Airedale!

Bogart said...

Fantastic day out - love all of the photos!!!!


Kimi Wagner said...

Hi Cassidy,

I like tasting horse poopie treats as well when we go on hikes, these giant puddles of horsey poopy treats lying all over the place is a waste, so I put my tasting buds to practice sometimes.

He he