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

Hair of the Dog


My feet have barely touched the ground this week.  I’ve a stockpile of blog posts in my head, but no time to  capture them,  I’ve things to show and tell; all you ever wanted to know about pig nuts, but were afraid to ask,  about the making of hay in the meadow, a post about the dearth of foxgloves this summer and the falling water levels in the reservoirs, to name a few. 

But today I’ve managed to achieve 3 items off my ‘to-do list’, Spud has had his coat clipped and the boys have had their hair cut, the 3 of them now look more streamlined and easy to maintain.

Of late Tom has been coaching Spud, on the finer points of retrieving balls from the pond, this has resulted in the kitchen now smelling of pond weed rather than damp dog (this eau de pond weed is in addition  to the permeating odour  and taste of ancient plaster dust that is a result of the ongoing  building work.)

So for light relief, till I get a grip of my world, here is Spud, taking a dip

Water dog-2

And afterwards, Winding up for a BIG shake

Demon dog-2

And a top to tail shake

wet dog-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.

10 thoughts on “Hair of the Dog

  1. hi mrs uhdd – love the pics of spud the dog taking a dip. i am glad your working on your ‘to do list’ keep up the good work. sara.

  2. Great shake! I’d save a lot on laundry (towels, in particular) if people could do that to dry off. 😉

    Having experienced the scent of eau de pond weed on a regular basis, I know just what you mean.

    Hope you find time for some of those blog posts you mentioned. I don’t know a thing about pig nuts so that would be interesting…

  3. Brillinat pictures Uphill. badger catches me all the time when he shakes.

  4. I love that last photo! Watching a dog wind-up then shake head to tail always fascinates me, and I learnt the hard way to stand well clear at the front or back! xx

  5. You nailed the Dog Shake! Every dog owner all over the world can appreciate this sequence. In fact, most of us jumped back from the screen, knocking over our desk chairs and earning a scornful look from the cat. Oh, wait, that last part might just be me.

  6. There is something amazing about watching the dog swim or go in the water. Or in a boat. Great photos of spud. You managed haircuts? What is your secret??

    • Spud was hesitant about going in water, but there is no holding him back now!! I think we may have to get him a life jacket for Salcombe.
      Re the boys and hair cuts, I wore them down with my chant of ‘go and wash it again, you’ve not shampooed it properly’ that along with the expectation that school would haul them up for the length, before the end of term was enough to get them to comply.
      I used to be thankful I had boys and didn’t have to do the fiddly hair stuff every morning that seems essential for girls hair. But I can see now the roles reverse in the teens, I bet you don’t have a problem getting Vera to ‘do something with your hair’ unlike Dave and Chuck 🙂

  7. I think we may have to get him a life jacket for Salcombe.

    Always makes me laugh seeing dogs in LJ’s, but we are also thinking of it after last years performance in the harbour!

  8. It is as much about having a handle to grab hold of and haul him back in, if he goes in over the side. You do read of tragedies where people have got into difficulty trying to rescue their dog, often the dog survives, the owner doesn’t.

  9. Fantastic picture of Spud shaking himself dry. Great camera to pick up all those droplets so well. We’ve not thought of getting a life jacket for our dog but my son has insisted she learns to swim. You can’t avoid the canals where we live and he says it’s only a matter of time… So he’s taught her to swim in the bath. She’s still pint-sized so it is still possible for her to be out of her depth!

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