Ralf Is Settling In…Too Well?

It’s great to have a dog in the house again – makes you realise what you’ve missed and Ralf has wiggled his skinny way into our hearts.  We are finding ourselves going, as a family, for long walks to exercise him and we’re talking more as a couple than we have done in a long time.  Happy days.

Well…more or less.

Shaz is feeling sorry for him.  Yes, we have a nice kennel which is more than big enough for him but she thinks that Ralf would like to have a bit more open space to move about it.  Hasn’t she noticed that he lays in his cozy kennel until we come in from work and then goes out into the run?  That’s besides the point.  So I came in one day and found an email – it looks like we are soon to be a proud owner of an even larger dog run!

Shaz ordered some galvanised panels.  You bolt them together making a dog run (you can see the type of panels here) so Ralf now has more room to move about in that I do!  Not that I begrude him, of course – we chose to have him so it’s our responsibility to keep him as happy as possible.

I’m looking forward to the 2nd weekend in January – we’ve booked a pet friendly room in a bed and breakfast and all 3 of us are going to spend all the time walking along the Norfolk coast.  It’ll be a long journey for Ralf (do they make doggy-toilets for cars?) but with enough stops, I’m sure he’ll be fine and when we get there, he’ll love running along the beach.  I’m not sure if I’m up to the exercise but we shall soon find out.  Monday might see me longing to get back to work for a rest!



Let’s All Welcome Ralf To His New Home

Well, it’s been longer coming than I thought but the day is here. Ralf has arrived at his new home and he’s loving it.

Who is Ralf?

Ralf the beagleHe’s the newest member of our family and a good looking beagle!

A friend of ours have had him for about 3 years but was recently offered a job in the city which really was too good to pass on. But it meant not being about to take Ralf with him and I must say that seeing them part with a loved part of their life was heart breaking and Ralf is missing them but we are doing our best to help him settle in his new home. He’s getting used to things.

More about the little guy. He’s 3 1/2 (give or take) and a purebred beagle. He’s very well behaved and while not completely trained (he still jumps up a bit more than I would like), I’m sure we can persuade him to be a little less rough. He’s enjoying all the attention he’s getting – we are taking him on long family walks all the time as he has so much energy. It’s great to see.

When everyone is out of the house, he can be a bit rough on the furniture. We were told about this before we got him so decided to get a nice sized dog kennel (we got it from here) so when we’re out, he’s got a dry place to be until we return – which normally isn’t long so he doesn’t get lonely. I was concerned about him barking while being in his new dog house but that’s not been the case – we’ve had chats with the neighbours who say that he’s well behaved when we’re not around.

It really is exciting to have a new guy in the house. Yes, he’s being spoilt (to a certain extent – we don’t want to make things tough on ourselves for the future). We are going to be soon taking him to obedience classes – a well trained dog is not only happy but so is the rest of the family (who isn’t being dragged down the road!).

What do you think of him? I’ve attached a picture of him and I’m sure you’ll agree that he’s one extrement handsome guy. He must take after me 🙂

Hello From Me – Toby Fieldgood

toby-jugHello – my name is Toby and welcome to my first blog post.

I’m not sure if a Toby jug is an English thing or whether it’s all over the world but it’s sort of my signature but I promise…it’ll be the last picture of one!

Anyway, I’m English and live in Kent with my lovely lady wife Shaz.  I work in Hastings and training to be an accountant – hopefully will pass my exams soon and become fully qualified.  While I love my job, would be nice to have a bit more money coming in and when I pass, I can get a raise.

We just moved into a nice house which is a couple of miles away from the sea – we love walking along the coast and getting some fresh air.  We can spend whole days at the coast enjoying being out.

Anyway, we have some good news coming up but I’ve been instructed not to mention it.  So I won’t.  But I’m excited and want the whole world to know.

Back soon.