Friday, May 20, 2005

14kg and still growing...


Isn't he a serious-looking little chap? He's very big on this sitting down and analysing stuff carefully business - right before he attacks whatever it is he has been analysing. Seeing him next to Benson now I realise (a) how much he has grown in the last week - looking like a real dog now, and (b) how much he is going to look like Benson. Note the spiffy little bone-shaped ID tags which were a small gift from a very thoughtful client (who always makes a huge fuss of Benson whenever he comes over) on learning that we had acquired a puppy. Thanks Paul.

It has been a big couple of weeks for Harry - sorry I haven't been keeping you updated on a daily basis. He went for his second set of vaccinations, of course, and once we passed the two week mark we started to take him on proper walks with Benson. Totally unimpressed with that - clealry the whole walk thing was just a huge chore to be got out of the way in order to get back home and continue to wreak havoc. The idea was that a big walk every day would tire him out - I have yet to see any evidence of that! We also thought he would be off after Benson making his life a misery throughout the walk, but he tends to stick by us for most of it, and is getting very good at coming when he is called and walking to heel on the leash (he is off the leash for the majority of the walk, since only a small part of it is along a road). All in all, great progress.

Another huge leap for Harry was his first market and restaurant trip. We are determined that Harry is going to be a Proper French Dog, inasmuch as he will accompany us regularly to restaurants and any other activites where he can socialise with other dogs and people. For those of you not up on the French way of things, dogs are welcomed in all but the poshest restaurants in France - as are children, since French children are infinitely better behaved than their British counterparts, who are looked on with disgust and disdain by the rest of Europe as they hurtle noisly around restaurants with their parents blissfully unaware that they are ruining the meal for everyone else in the place. Of course, the French are not yet that big on the Non-Smoking section in restaurants, but you can't have everything....

So, last week we took him to Sommieres market, a very busy little market with lots of interesting food stalls, and a nice square where you can purchase fresh oysters from one stall, cheese from another, and then take your makeshift picnic to a bar where you can sit at their table and eat whilst you partake of their excellent wine. So civilised! Any other week there would be a gaggle of our friends there for Harry to fuss over, but not one in sight this week. Shame. So we move on to the restaurant, where we spend a very nervous hour or two watching him like a hawk in case he lets us down by peeing or, worse, pooing, inside. We needn't have worried - he behaves impeccably, as befits his status as a Proper French Dog.
He is tired on the trip back, and spends the entire journey asleep on the parcel shelf of the car! Won't be long before he is too big for that, methinks.

His other big event was meeting Max, the huge Beauceron owned by our great friends Jan & Alex. We were a little worried that Max, at 40kg (although only just a year old) would squash Harry (a mere 14kg), but we needn't have worried. They played together non-stop for about 5 hours, running round and round the garden and wrestling - often with Harry coming out on top (Max was being uncharecteristically gentle - he is normally the biggest klutz around!). More than once we turned to see Max flat on his back with Harry straddling him, his jaws round Max's throat!. He is going to be a right little bruiser, that one, I can see.

At least he slept all the way home, and all night afterwards, too - really must get him and Max together more often. And I cannot sign off without mention of the fantastic meal prepared by Jan (as usual!). Poached salmon and fresh asparagus with hollandaise sauce, followed by souris of marinated lamb and vegetables, and a spiffy zabaglione with Drambuie. Myam myam!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like a bit of a thug actually.........

And, in fact, I know he is...

marie said...

Hi Bob&Lynne, A NEW DOG ? A new friend for Benson ? Is he like Max ??? :-)
xxx Marie