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

Spud on a Sunday, part IV


Spud makes me smile; he makes me laugh out loud. I don’t for a moment think he realises the chuckle value he has.

Here he is in his favourite bush, regular readers might remember, he’s been here before.

Spud bush 3-1

He has with him an apple, a cooking apple, a windfall from the garden, he’s very fond of them. He charges around the field with them in his mouth, as other dogs might with a ball: he brings at least one a day into the house and continues munching on them. The remains are usually left as a sticky mush under the kitchen table.

It takes a certain ritual to settle down in  your favourite bush.

Leap in

Spud bush 1-1

Thrash around a bit

Spud bush 4-1

And then settle down for a good old munch.

Spud bush 2-1

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.

11 thoughts on “Spud on a Sunday, part IV

  1. Great photos 🙂

    My Labrador does that with the windfall apples as well, except she eats all her finds long before she gets anywhere near the house.

  2. I’m growing very homesick for Miss Sadie and the Cowboy, who are also richly endowed with chuckle value. Pats to Spud. Hope he enjoyed the apple.

  3. What a personality! I’m glad you started doing “Spud on Sunday.”

  4. Spud looks like he’s having fun. It also looks like you have some snow! Interesting that he likes apples…

  5. What a delight he is! Thanks for sharing his apple antics 🙂

  6. Not content with windfalls, the other day I found Spud standing on his hind legs to help himself to apples that were still on the tree! Much crisper.

  7. It can be rewarding to observe the personality of one’s non-human companions. You soon discover that they are individuals much as humans are. Freya could not be more different from my old cat or from other cats that I know.

    Freya is not keen on apples but she does enjoy a little light wood carving. The bedroom furniture is deeply gouged as a result of her artistic leanings.

  8. Fantastic pictures – he’s some lad, is Spud. Our neighbours’ Staffie bolted out of the door in a flying leap earlier, and realised to his utter (very amusing) consternation that the snow is now level with his shoulders.

  9. Wonderful post and photos, he sure does make us all chuckle! xx

  10. Yep, same here. Mine loves apples too. But there are no windfalls lying round here: they are all stowed safely in the freezer.

  11. Pingback: The Further Adventures of Spud the Dog, October13th 2013 | Uphilldowndale

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