Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Slugs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tales


Time I think for an update on Spud the puppy.

Spud close up 1-2

He’s had all his inoculations and has been micro chipped, and gained one and a half kilos in two weeks (he likes his food, a lot; which is a bit of a surprise to us as our two previous border collies were indifferent about food, unless with Moss you tried to take it from her, or it was the compost heap, which she considered to be hers and would guard with ferocity, just one of the many problems we faced.) Spud will be going out for walks in the big wide world any day now. Apart from the rather distasteful habit of carrying slugs around in his mouth and snacking on chicken poo, he is a bit of a sweetie.

He’s been pottering around on the trampoline since he was the smallest of pups, before he came here even.

Spud -2

Not that Tom and Joe would risk falling on him,

Joe and Spud-2

they just mess about till they become weary of Spud’s obsession with toes.

Joe and Spud 1-2

Spud spent a gratfying time this morning barking at feather on the kitchen floor, he barked at it, it moved (blown around by doggy breath) result, repeat till exhausted, sleep; it’s a dogs life.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

12 thoughts on “Slugs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tales

  1. How absolutely adorable Spud is ! Beautiful pictures.

  2. He is so cute. It must be so much fun to have this little puppy dog. (We cant have any because of allergy.) The first photo is lovely.

  3. My dog also chewed on slugs as a pup, but luckily he gave up that nasty habit very soon after it started.

  4. Ahh, to be a puppy. Although the slug thing is a bit yucky! Maybe he likes his tongue being numb, well at least thats what I heard slugs do when you lick them….. never tried that one myself.

  5. O he is gorgeous… if you ever, ever need a dogsitter.. can I volunteer.. please…lol

  6. I love the first photo! He sure looks, and sounds, happy as you must all be with him. xx

  7. Slugs, toes and feathers … such innocent preoccupations!

  8. Glorious….gorgeous pictures of (I’m sure) a gorgeous puppy.

  9. arh, hes just sooooo darn cute! sara. xxx 🙂

  10. Awwwww!!!!! I want one!! (The dog I mean not the child!)

  11. What a cute puppy!

  12. So many tasks! Slug removal, chicken poo cleanup, toe washing, securing the perimeter against rampaging feathers–and all of this while maintaining the cuteness factor in case of papparazzi. No wonder the poor pup is exhausted at the end of the morning.

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