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

Top Dog


Spud is getting ideas above his station. His bed is supposed to be the crate underneath this basket where I caught him napping.

spud in a basket 1-2

The basket was supposed to be for newspapers, but he’d shredded those earlier in the day, and had a chew on the basket. It is getting difficult to keep things out of his reach now that his nose can appear over the edge of the work top: he’s not eaten anything of great value yet, but we can’t help but feel it is only a matter of time (like young Dave who is a master at munching valuable items.)

spud in a basket 2-2

We now need to be vigilant at all times!

Spud was so excited when Joe’s friend came to visit yesterday that he just jumped onto the kitchen table in one bound. But can we convince him to jump in the back of the car? No.


Here is Spud with  a comb over

spud comb over-2


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.

19 thoughts on “Top Dog

  1. I do like the innocent ‘Who me!’ look in his eyes! xx

  2. To get our youngster to jump in the car, we started to feed him in the there (when it was not raining, obviously). Only a few days until you just had to open the tailgate to find him sitting in there, looking expectant.

    Chewing is a different matter – it took us a while to find he had chewed the carved knobble off the leg of a balloon backed dining chair. Not a popular move, young man.

  3. Puppies are great, but a hand full. Soon Spud will be a civilized obedient dog, with only memories of the cute badness still lingering.

  4. But he looks so sweet – aaaaaw.

    Our first kitten had a nasty habit of running up curtains – until he tried it on the shower curtain and the whole thing, rail and all, came crashing down upon him. Never climbed another curtain.

  5. Aw, bless.

    Throwing a treat or a favourite toy into the car usually works to get them in.

    The chewing? Patience and being resigned to sacrificing various items seems to be the only way. Our Flatcoat managed to see off £100 worth of gear in one go.

    They’re worth all the aggravation though.

  6. Spud, what are you doing? But look at that look on his face! How can you not love him?

  7. first thing badger chewed was a cupboard door. ooooppps.

    Aww spud looks like he’s gonna be a great dog

  8. Those ears look like some crazy hair-do. Do you remember Crystal Tips and Alistair? Spud looks like Crystal Tips with those ears! He looks like he knows exactly what he is doing!

  9. I find young Spud completely irresistible. I also found Miss Sadie irresistible, even when she sent me a message by chewing up FOUR pairs of my shoes in one memorable afternoon. Tiny pieces of shoe, spread from front door to kitchen. Unrepentant dog, looking mulish. Weeks and weeks of incarceration in the crate whenever I left the house.

  10. That combover is hilarious 🙂

    When our dog Kulik was a puppy he would steal things off the kitchen counter: a pound of butter, a brick of cheese. I wouldn’t suspect him at first. Did I really buy butter today? We certainly wolfed that cheese down quickly! But the richness of the foods would prove indigestible and the foil would soon be coughed up, revealing that I wasn’t losing my mind after all.

  11. In our conservatory I’ve had to put throws over all the chairs to stop the cockatiels chewing them. Now I have found the puppy chewing the table as well! She’s also had her teeth into the newspapers we are reading, the clothes we are wearing and the flesh we are. House plants and garden plants too. Anything living. It’s scary!

    • We’ve concluded it is only scary if you can’t stick your hand into dogs mouth to retrieve said items, for fear of amputation. With Moss our previous dog, she wouldn’t let go of anything and guarded it ferociously, with Spud it is easy to remove things from his mouth but you have to catch him first, it is (he thinks) such a good game.

  12. oh spud – you have mastered the art of the hairdo! young dave has perfected the ‘bad toupee’ look with his ears. i myself have trouble with this as my ears are more sensible…

  13. Just catching up here and enjoying, as usual, all your photos. I am commenting on this particular post as it strucke me that Spud, in that picture of him in the basket, bears a striking resemblance to Marisa Berenson as she appeared in the 1970s. What do you think?

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