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

Spud on Sunday Part XX


It has been a hectic and for Mr Uphilldowndale,  an unusual week (not that being hectic is unusual for Mr Uhdd, fast paced and hectic is normal for him, he will be guest posting about his adventure later in the week) Mr Uhdd has been leaving very early in the morning, so Spud has had his morning routine interrupted, no dropping the boys off for the school bus, a walk in the park followed by a visit to the paper shop with Mr Uhdd.

So it has been down to me to exercise Spud along with feeding the hens cats, making packed lunches, boys to the bus etc, etc (you get the idea).

Spud makes it very clear when he feels he is being short changed in the exercise department. He stages a  lie-in  protest.

I've got to go to work now!-1 

You can add a voice over to this image*, it is me saying ‘SPUD, GET UP IV’E GOT TO GO TO WORK NOW!!!!!’ He belly flops in the field and refuse to move, you have to grab him by the collar (obligingly he doesn’t charge off over the fields, one should be grateful for that I suppose)  and haul him into the house, its like trying to shift a dead weight.

* sorry, a blown out photo from my phone, but you get the idea?


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.

9 thoughts on “Spud on Sunday Part XX

  1. Just what you need when the routines broken, you’re run off your feet! Now Spud! If he knew the reasons I’m sure he’d get with the program, but, alas, he knows something’s out of whack, so what else is there to do but …. lie down. Looking forward to knowing what all the disruption is about 🙂

  2. that is so funny! my first dog was a spaniel cross collie who had the same approach to going back from a walk. he loved swimming and i used to take him to the park in my lunch break where there was a big pond. he would dive in and swim up and down but when i called him to come back so i could get back to work he would ignore me and carry on swimming around like his life depended on it. i got a book about dog psychology which said to pretend you were leaving and hide and the dog would then come after you. so i hid behind a tree and peered out to see if he was getting out of the pond. anyone going past must have wondered what manner of weirdness was going on. must be the spaniel gene…

  3. This is truly funny. I wish the Disreputable Duo would stage sit-in demonstrations instead of haring off over the hills.

    So I gather that you’re trying to fit sleep into your schedule somewhere? That’s your mistake.

    • When Spud senses it is time to ‘come in’ he goes and sit in the field, about 15 yards from the house, as you approach him he keels over into the position you see here; he goes completely floppy.

  4. Picture a ten-year old me (so, even smaller than I am now!), trying to drag a full grown spaniel out of a field she had no intention of leaving … I ended up with the beast in a sort-of fireman’s lift.

    You have my greatest sympathy, Uhdd. Next time I took the mutt out, I filled my pockets with her favourite treats and ‘ticed her out of the field with them!

  5. I’ve heard of a “sit-down strike” but a “lie down” strike. I’ve seen 2-year old humans pull this stunt, but this is the first dog. . .

  6. My dog refuses to go out in the morning as I am racing off to work. I have resorted to doorbell ringing to get him outside.

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