Saturday, 8 March 2008


Well hello there! Remember us? Yes, we have finally got our new wireless broadband super duper Internet up and running, hooray! We have missed you all and have lots of new to tell you so we'll have a busy week catching up.

Anyway, just before it all went pear shaped on the old Internet front, behaviour like this made ma and pa realise that maybe I was getting a bit too hairy. Yes, every evening I would sleep right by the front door in a vain effort to keep cool and get a bit of a breeze.

Yes, yes I know I do look exceeding cute with lots of fur, but it was getting so thick and heavy and making me feel like an old man. Well yes, I am aware that I AM an old man, but I don't have to feel like one do I?

Even Cassidy had a quiet word in my ear to let me know I was looking a bit, ahem, scruffy!

So ma made the call to the groomer and got me booked in. The night before pa gave me a really good going over with the brush so the grooming lady didn't have even more of a mammoth job on her hands (no comments about me looking like a hairy mammoth either thank you!).

Now you may remember that when I came to live with ma and pa, I had certain issues with having my legs and feet touched. Well I am happy to report that that is now a thing of the past.

See how relaxed I am about being groomed now. I have realised it is actually a rather nice experience and a good way to have lots of attention (and treats!).

Here pa is brushing my sensitive leg, but I couldn't care in the slightest.

And after I had been thoroughly brushed, it was time for my teeth to be done. Again, I really wasn't keen on this when I came to live here, but now when I see ma or pa with the toothbrush, I sit ready and waiting, tail wagging like mad. I admit that's mostly because the toothpaste tastes delicious, but I obviously do like having cleaner teeth too!

Once I was all done, it was time for a well deserved snuggle with pa. I love him so, so much and I don't care if that's not manly.

So the next day we headed off to Hair of the Dog, the grooming salon. Pa explained to Elaine the groomer that I can be wary of having my legs/feet and around my private bits handled but to be fair but firm with me. She was fine and said she's used to dogs who hate being groomed so not to worry. Ma gave her some instructions on how she wanted me cut and they were off. I realised I was going to like Elaine when she offered me one of her sweets, but ma said I wasn't to have them, boo.

Anyway, I was bathed, blow dried, clippered, bathed, dried again and preened to perfection. It took about 3 1/2 hours in all! Elaine gave ma a call and she came back to get me along with Cassidy who was going to have her nails clipped. Ma was very pleased with how I looked, and Elaine said I had one little grumble when she was brushing me near my private parts, so gold star for me!

Cassidy was a very good girl about having her nails done and home we headed. Once we got home, Cassidy insisted on having a good old sniff at me and declared that I smelled like a girl, charming!

So what do you think? Don't I look younger? And slimmer? Ma and pa are happy with my Airecut apart from my thighs/back legs where Elaine needed to take my coat shorter, but it's fine and we'll just make sure we explain next time.

Look, I have a neck again! Pa had to make my collar a lot smaller. Ma and pa were both surprised at how black my saddle actually is under all the fuzz.

Pretty handsome, eh? I certainly don't think I look a week off being 11. I have been feeling so much livelier since my Airecut, playing a lot more with Cassidy and generally seeming much perkier.

After all that grooming I was ready for a little nap though.

Cassidy wanted me to include a photo of her. She still looks like a scruffy puppy! She'll be 6 months old tomorrow. Gosh, doesn't time fly!

Well, we still have lots to tell you about - Cassidy's got an award from class, she's heard from another sibling, I have been doing lots of playing off lead during walks, and we have been tagged a few times too. We'll catch up on all this soon.

Toodle pip

Harry x


Maggie & Mitch said...

You look SOOOOOOO handsome *swoon swoon* Know what? We both have a sensitive leg! Mine is a front leg instead of a back one!
Mitch and I both suddenly develop more energy after we're groomed but me especially!
BTW, who are they calling OLD!

Love ya lots,

Faya said...

Harry mon ami tu es MA-GNI-FI-QUE !! Waouw je n'en reviens pas. C'est comme découvrir un trésor caché sous tous ces poils. J'adore ta photo sur le canapé avec Martin. Vous avez l'air tellement heureux ! C'est beau la vie non ?
Bisous, ton amie Faya
PS: bisous à Cassidy et amitié à la famille...

Chilli the Dog said...

Wow! are looking spiffy after your haircut! 3 1/2 hours of grooming! must be a very patient gentleman. I can imagine staying in one place for more than 3 mins :)

Cassidy is such a cute and scuffy pup! Happy 6th month old! Congrats on getting the award! You are one smart puppy!

Anonymous said...

You looks so handsomest with your Aires cut, you really can't be 11 use looks a lot youngest. Could you ask Katie to post a pictoore of the felty Oscar, I reallys would love to meets him.
Smoochies to sweet Cassidy
Opal & Nanny

Asta said...

I missed you!!
Harry , my dogness you'we a handsome chap, and I woyuldn't out you at mowe than a teenagew,cewtainly not old!! You look gweat and kudos fow youw behaviow too!!

I hope little Cassidy has a gweat six momf birfday tomowwow!!! Many many mowe!!!
I just got a parcel back that I sent you in November, probably puppy stuff fow Cassidy, sheesh it's so long we do't even wemembew..can you please send me youw pee mail?? to I need to ask you stuff
thank you
smochie kisses

Stanley said...

Harry Boy!

You look Mahhh-velous, dah-ling! You don't look a day over 6, I'd say.

I see that Maggsie Girl is pleased with your Airecut! My girl just gave me a good washing today, and was reminded how black my saddle is too... when it's clean.

Wish you could teach me about enjoying grooming. We're working on that, but it's a slow process.

Goober love & smooches,

Mango said...

Wow, Harry, that aire-cut makes you look positively youthful! Despite what the humans might think, us guys know when we look good and it makes us feel better.

Your special pappa cuddle time looks like fun. Its nice to have guy time.


Molly and Taffy said...


Nice to see you back. So now you are wireless and "aireless!!

You are looking very handsome and extremely youthful.

Molly and Taffy

Lorenza said...

Hi, Harry!
You look very handsome... and young.... and slim.... and.... well you know you look great!
Cassidy is 6 months old now?? Yes, time flies!
Have a great weekend

Gus said...

Glad to have you both back. Harry, muzzer says to tell you you look quite handsome and not a day over 6, and we thing your groomer did a good job. Maybe your mom could mail instructions to us so we can 'splain the routine to our groomer, and I don't come out looking like a bichon next time. Hello sweet Cassidy, you and Koobie are two of the cutest puppies around! Your puppy cuts look great on you.


Lacy said...

woofies Harry and Cassidy....u lookies verwy handsome after ur airecut, Harrwy... and Cassidy is growin soooo missed u 2, and sooo glad u back...harrwy, u lookies sooo happy layin on dat couch wiff u pa...

b safe,

Penny & Poppy said...

Happy 6 month birthday, Miss Cassidy! Harry, you look very handsome with your new Aire-cut! It must be the time of the year for Aire-cuts...Penny got her's on Tuesday and I,Poppy got mine last Sunday. Pockets didn't need an Aire-cut, but he got a b-a-t-h, yesterday. He sure smells better! Too bad it didn't settle him down any!

Poppy, Penny & Pockets

Gus and Louie said...

Wow what a change a good grooming makes. We sure are glad that blue heelers don't need any clipping. I don't think we would last 3 hours. Mom says we are way to hyper for that. I told her "Mom it's in our blood line, dah herder's"

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus and Louie

Amber-Mae said...

Wow Harry, you look 5 years younger! I can't even tell you're 10 after you're all groomed & neatened up! I'm impressed with your groomer's work!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

4xBs said...

hi Harry, yes, you do look much more handsome after your airecut. isn't it wonderful what a nice good haircut does for your mood? we like the picture of you cuddling with your head on you dad's lap. we do that too with our mom and we think it's just fine to have cuddle love. we're so glad that you are so happy in your home and we know you are going to have many happy years there. little Cassidy isn't so little more, is she? what a cutie!


Noah the Airedale said...

You're a stud matie. Just look at you...what an look years younger. It does feel good getting all those locks off though doesn't it??? I hate feeling weighed down with all that hair.

Hugs and tail wags

Kirby said...

Hi Harry,

Your are looking great pal! Your saddle is super black. It's amazing how faded our saddles get when we are scruffy. I'm so happy your feeling so spry since your grooming. I'm the same way. I got de-scruffed and all cleaned up on Thursday and I'm feeling super good! Here's to great looking male 'dales!

Your pal,

Girl Girl Hamster said...

You sure look very handsome now Harry. That grooming session is pawsome. Can't wait to hear about Cassidy

~ Girl girl

Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

You two are SUCH good looking pups!

We hate having our feet touched, too.

Hammer said...

Hi Harry and Cassidy
I've missed you !!!

Harry, I think you look extra handsome since your grooming and you do look years younger. I haven't been able to keep Rose away from the compooter coz she is drooling over you. Rose is 9 so she is around your age. When she first came to mum she was real scared of having her feet touched, her nails trimmed and even being brushed, so she understands how you felt. It's great you are so happy in your furever home now and your Dad sure loves you heaps too, and of course your mum, but you look so happy on the couch with your Dad.

Wow, Cassidy is sure growing up fast. She looks like a cheeky little girl. Is she ?

Can't wait to see more photos of you both.

Love from Hammer

Joe Stains said...

you look super fancy after that grooming session. 3.5 hours of grooming sounds pretty terrible, but in the end I guess it was worth it. I can't believe Cassidy is 6 months old already!

Jessie and Jake said...

Wow you both look stunning - mommy was oohin and awing at you both. So pretty and you must smell nice too. Yes wow Cassidy is 6 months old - unbelievable!

Asta said...

Hi Handsome Harry! and sweet Cassidy
I'm glad you liked my video, I was a little cheeky, hehehe
did you get my message about youw pawcel that was wetuwned to me??can you send me a pee mail pleez?
smoochie kisses,Asta

Peanut said...

so glad you are back online. Your new do is very nice. I bet you feel lots better without all that hair. I couldn't imagine having all that on me.
Cassy is as cute as ever.

Caz said...

You do look very smart and handsome Harry and you look a lot younger and thinner hehehehehhehe.
Will Katy be hand stripping cassidy or will she be going to the groomers too. Glad that you have got used to your feet and legs being touched you must be so relaxed and chilled out with your new parents that you trust them now.

Ludo the cool dude

Agatha and Archie said...

We missed you guys!! Ohhhhhhhhh Harry,YOU LOOK FABULOUS!!!!! You are now Mr Handsome!!( that is what PL1 calls Archie after he grooms him!!) You look like you are ready for a night out on the town!!! And Casidy 6 months already??Geesh!!! Love A+A

Pacco de Mongrel said...

all the heavy coat must be hard to bear with...

after the airecut u definately looks younger n d tail wags even harder...

i might consider getting a cut too...maybe i can 'jump' higher!!..

but 3 1/2 hrs sounds like and entire lifetime for me...


me be so glad Harry, that you and Cassidy are has missed ya. look great with your Aircute and you are very handsome Harry.

Love ya......Mona

T-man said...

Harry you look SO handsome!! I'm sure the grooming experience was worth it, right? :) Anyway, welcome back to our blogging world..we're glad to have you back!!

Simba said...

You are very good letting them brush your teeth.

Simba x

Snowball said...

Harry, you look so handsome in your new hair cut. You look so young and not a bit close to 11 year old.

I think you are one of the most lucky dog I have known cos you are able to find such a loving home when you are already more than 10.

I think your current home is much better than your previous one.


Patience-please said...

Oh, Cassidy is so grown up, and Harry, you look humongously handsome!
wags from the always nekkid whippets

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

Oh Harry.... you are such a handsome chap!!! And Cassidy.. just stunning!!! You are getting to be such a big girl!!!

Mojo said...

Harry, you look absolutely spiffing with your new airecut! It's amazing how much colour you have in your saddle, too.

And Cassidy's fuzz-face is the sweetest!