It wasn’t my fault. We were all enjoying a picnic at mistress’s favourite spot overlooking Lathkill Dale (a short walk from our cottages – click here). Amazingly master had even remembered to bring something along for us. So there I was just sitting enjoying the evening sun when all of a sudden a big balloon and a hang glider appeared over us. Smudge and I had already chase one balloon off but when a second appeared and then a hang glider I wasn’t sticking around to find out what might happen next. OK I should have told master that I was off but come on – I was scared. They are pretty scary things balloons and hang gliders. Anyway I ran for cover which meant running back down into the dale. After a while I felt I was far enough away so stopped running. Now this is were the problem started. I didn’t know where I was. Anyhow it didn’t seem important at the time as there was lots to do and see so I sauntered about checking out this and that.
After a while I heard masters whistle so I thought I had better try and find a way back. Unfortunately this wasn’t as easy as it sounds. I ran here and there trying to find a way but couldn’t. Meanwhile masters whistle was becoming more frantic and more annoyed so I knew I was going to be in trouble. In the end it dawned on me that if I took the same route as we had used to get to the picnic spot I couldn’t go wrong. So along to the road I went, up to the corner where we cross to go up the field. Up the field and across to where I knew we had been sitting. All the time I could hear master getting more and more annoyed although the whistle did sound to be from farther away. In the end I found my way back to be greeted by mistress and a big hug. She was nearly in tears as she thought I had got lost. Master was no where to be seen (thank goodness). Then mistress started waving her arms and I noticed master was a little dot down in the dale. Luckily he was so exhausted when he got back up the hill that he couldn’t even yell at me. He just looked a bit red in the face and puffing a lot. Anyway we walked back to the car via the Lathkil Hotel as master felt he deserved a drink after climbing up and down the dale 3 times. It wasn’t till we got home that I was told I had been issued with an ASBO. Now I am not too sure what they are but I am sure it is not good because I know mistress gives them to the cows when they misbehave. Maybe I will have to go without food for a day or be grounded or not be allowed in the car or get the cold look every time I walk into the room. As it turns out everyone was so happy to have me back safe and sound they seem to have forgotten and life goes on as normal. It looks like I got away with it.
I did a bit of a stupid thing today. We all went off to Cheadle so mistress could look round the Church which was designed by Pugin (apparently he is the bloke who designed the Houses of Parliament). Well of course dogs aren’t allowed in churches so master stayed outside with us. He found a comfortable spot to sit down so I decided I would join him. What he hadn’t told me was that there was a 10-15ft drop the other side of the wall and it was a very thin wall. So instead of jumping onto it I jumped OVER it. Well you can imagine my surprise (and masters). Of course I was on a lead so it wasn’t as though I could land properly. The lead held me by my neck. Luckily master was quick enough to release it so I wasn’t dangling but even so I took a bit of a fall. Smudge of course didn’t even notice what was going on. I was a bit shaken but luckily unhurt. I would hate to think what would have happened if master had had to take me to the vets. He hates the thought of paying vets (I think it’s his Yorkshire breading). That along with my ASBO and I would have been in serious trouble.