The happy farmer has issues.
Trouble arrived in the form of a flat coated retriever pup, a quite demanding little bundle; she strutted into the farmhouse on Monday night and instantly began to lay down her ground rules, which seem to differ ever so slightly from our ground rules so battle has begun. After several sleepless nights listening to her demanding company throughout the night, yes none of this whimpering and whining, more of a full on constant yap of a bark, her sleeping quarters have been moved, she now resides in the nearly completed farmhouse extension during the twilight hours. The sitting room rug has become a playground, coal and pieces of wood have been retrieved from the log pile at the fireside, to be chewed and strewn across the floor. Boots, shoes and slippers are no longer safe, and the pile of school bags that habitually get dumped at the front door are now in imminent danger, as are all of the pieces of clothing lying strewn across teenage bedroom floors, just as soon as she can manage to tackle climbing the ever so large and challenging staircase.
The cats’ noses are out of joint, they have made it quite clear that in no uncertain terms are they wishing to entertain a small puppy and now glower from high places as the pup wriggles around like a little eel, chomping and chewing at anything that crosses her path. Just when the feline members of the clan thought it couldn’t get any worse, the happy farmer took it upon himself to invest in a large sack of economy cat food. It really is proving economic as the cats hover around their dishes turning their noses up at the happy farmer’s offerings.
Several days on and the pup has made her presence known and she is a very welcome new addition to the family, everyone remembers our last flat coat, who sadly dies a few years back at a very good age. It took a few evenings to come up with a name for the pup, and after much discussion may I introduce Miss Ruby Maisie Milly Molly Irn Bru Cocoa cola Shadow Sparky Black Bottle Josie Marjorie, Jetta, Dusty, Vali Smuts….known for short as Ruby…
Until next time….