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

Spud, a Dog for all Seasons, is One Today.


Spud the dog, is one year old today.

spud u like-2

Puppy 1

Puppy love 5-2



Joe and Spud-2

spud in a basket 2-2

Table manners-2

Spud, stick and rainbow-2


 Dog in bush 1-2 Snow Spud-2

Spud chasing a butterfly-2

wet dog-2

Spud and his watering can 2-2


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.

24 thoughts on “Spud, a Dog for all Seasons, is One Today.

  1. Happy Birthday, Spud!

    I love this photo record of Spud throughout the seasons in his first year. The one with the rainbow behind him is amazing.

  2. Happy Birthday, Spud! Little rascal, you landed in clover, didn’t you!

    In honor of your special day, Miss Sadie and the Cowboy are going to go take a nice long walk on the beach. Miss Puss is going to stay at home on the deck in peace, and she thanks you for that.

  3. Did he blow out the candle?

    • He’s still waiting for me to bake a cake, he did steal one of Tom’s chocolate spread sandwiches, I think both Tom and Spud are going through a growing spurt!!
      They are eating us out of house and home.

  4. Happy Birthday, beautiful Spud ! A happy bark from Nino and an invitation to run around mountain pastures.

  5. All wonderful photos, I really like the one before the rainbow one where he’s looking rather pensive!
    I’m glad that he’s proved to be such a delightful, and photogenic, companion for you all! xx

  6. Happy Birthday Spud!!

    Love the pictures, he is a beautiful dog.

  7. I can spot a trampoline in one of those photos!

    What a lovely dog, we so hope to meet him sometime soon, I know someone similar who will absolutely fall in love with him.

    They really are another reason to live. Have you considered him as a pat dog?

  8. Some classic spaniel poses there – especially the ‘I’m running so fast my ears are standing on end’ and the ‘yes, of *course* I am supposed to be up here!’

    Happy birthday Spud!

  9. Happy Birthday, Spud! What a beautiful dog and gorgeous pictures! I love the one of him playing in the sprinkler. Looks like it’s good to be Spud!

  10. Good dog

  11. Precious photos of Spud. He is adorable! My pup will be 3 months Friday. How quickly they grow…

  12. So fun to see Spud’s puppy pictures with his newer ones. He certainly has grown into a fine dog. And so cute! The photo in the snow is most wonderful.

    Dogs are so much a part of the family, it seems he fits right in to yours.

  13. What a handsome pup!

  14. Belated birthday greetings Spud! It’s been wonderful to watch him grow this year…..long may that continue.

  15. Love..love this series of images and watching him grow. Happy Birthday Spud!!!

  16. Happy 1st birthday Spud! hope have u a lvly day with lots treats and cake!!!! xxxx

  17. happy birthday spud – from owen and dave especially !

  18. Happy belated birthday, Spud! What a lovely look at a year of growth! Best wishes for many more birthdays to come 🙂

  19. Great photos! The third with his ears up and the ones with the rainbow and watering can are my favourites 🙂 I wish you many, many happy healthy years of play Spud!

  20. He is absolutely gorgeous and I hope he had a very happy birthday with lots of extra treats!

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