Look what he did to my ear. Well of course you can’t see what he did, because he covered it up with a bandage. Dog cruelty I call it. There I was just hanging around, when all of a sudden the scissors appeared from nowhere, and the next thing I knew he had taken a notch out of my ear. Mistress was livid and I wasn’t too pleased either. Although it didn’t really hurt, there were a few drops of blood on the floor and I wasn’t allowed in the lounge for a few hours in case I bleed on the carpet (it was hardly my fault was it). The bandage did make me look a bit odd for a few days. How would you like to walk around with a bandage on your ear? You feel all lopsided. Why we have to have our fur cut every now and then I don’t know. I was quite happy with the ‘shaggy’ look. I thought it showed a level of style. Anyhow my ear is fine again now with just a bit of a scab. Smudge found the whole thing hilarious, so that is the last time I share a biscuit with him.
Anyhow, on to better things. Last week we were taken to see the Battle of Briton memorial flight coming over Derwent Dam (well that was the original plan). We set off at an amazingly early time (for Mistress) of 9:00AM from Bolehill cottages (click here) and got to the Dam area by about 9:30. The road to the main Dam car park was still open so we managed to park only 1 mile away from Derwent Dam itself. As we had got there so early it was decided that we would do one of our standard walks. Along Derwent reservoir till we nearly get to Howden Dam then up through the woods to the moor above. We would then walk along the top, to get to our chosen spot overlooking Derwent Dam before the flypast at 13:00. It was very busy at the start of the walk with TV camera vans etc all over the place so we weren’t allowed of our leads until we had walked some distance from the dam. When we got up onto the moors (overlooking Howden Dam) we all decided that as it would be far quieter here, than at Derwent Dam (there were only about 10 people), we would stay and have lunch and await the flypast. So we all settled down to first await lunch and then the Flypast. Lunch was as expected. Loads of sandwiches for them and a few bits of crust of us and a bowl of water – great! Then the fun started. At first we managed to chase away a couple of helicopters that started to annoy us. Then the aeroplanes appeared. I didn’t mind the the big plane and the little one but the jets really got on our nerves. So we chased them off. They did come back a couple of times but in the end they got the message that they weren’t welcome and went away.
After all the excitement we had a very pleasant walk across the moors back to Derwent Dam were most of the crowds had dispersed and mistress could have an ice-cream before we headed back to the car.
I am very famous now, the picture Master made of me ‘watching the plane go by’ has been seen by nearly six thousand people – just call me Facebook Dog.