Monday, 21 December 2009

Christmas party


Thomas and Amy were off to a Christmas party tonight - Marley got ready but they wouldn't take him.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Where's Bob?


Poor old Bob spent the day at the vets - ended up having 19 teeth removed. Marley didn't really settle all day

Friday, 6 November 2009



Marley likes having his picture taken. Since he was a puppy he has always been in front of the camera - he is a natural model but I can't get him to smile.

Thursday, 16 July 2009


Marley passed his Bronze Award at Dog Club tonight. I have to say that he did really well with his one minute sit - stay and his heel work was great. I was concerned though because barking at the Boxer and trying to hump the Golden Retiever probably didn't score us many points.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

1st Birthday


So Marley has made it to his first Birthday. Amazing how many stories I have to tell from such a short period of time. Marley spent most of today in the garden chewing on a massive bone. I spent the day patching up after him!! The pond had to be emptied to recover all the things he's dropped in - he had even managed to pull out the fountain pump and chew that. Let's hope the next twelve months are as entertaining as the this space.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Lunch time

Another entertaining dog walk. A couple were sat on a bench enjoying their lunch when Marley bounded up to them. I noticed that they had sandwiches in their hands and shouted to watch out. The young lady stood up but the man just held his arm out in front of him - no problem for a highly trained waste disposal system - with a single jump the sandwich was removed from the hand.

The chap wasn't overly impressed and said lots of nasty things. 

I paid the nice man for his ruined lunch and hope he has a safe journey back to his cave.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Snooze control

In the past I've moaned about Marley for his antics. Today however, he was a real star - he didn't wake this morning until 10:00am which was a real treat. This probably means it will be 05:00am tomorrow!!

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Flying lessons

Easter Sunday started off much like any other morning with the ritual dog walk. On arrival at the recreation ground I did my normal visual checks to ensure there were no little dogs around for Marley to terrorise or children with footballs.

 In the distance I could see some 'friendly' dog owners so I let the dogs off lead. Marley headed across the field to meet his chums but quickly changed course and headed for the pavilion, I noticed with dismay someone sat on the steps repairing a remote control helicopter. Marley saw someone new to play with!! It was only a matter of seconds before he had got hold of the helicopter's battery pack and was bounding around encouraging the owner to take chase.

I ran across the field and was advised to recover said object from dogs mouth. I politely explained that although this seemed a good idea in reality it was not that easy. I did manage to recover the battery pack but not in time to save it. This little incident cost me £50.....

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Seeing Red

Regular visitors here will remember that I have an assistant who does my shredding. It appears he has learnt a new trick, after completing the morning's paperwork he ate my glasses.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Dog School

It is interesting where this project takes you. At the start I thought it would be much more a diary of my daily life but it quickly became much more photography, rather than subject based. I would never have believed that I would be spending so much of my free time taking pictures on inanimate objects. So much, that when I post a picture like today's I almost feel like I have let myself down - which is clearly stupid. I think part of this has come from joining the Flickr groups where we wax lyrical over out of focus pictures of bananas. I have learned a lot from some fantastic photographers but need a bit of a reality check!
Anyway, enough waffle. Today's picture was taken at Dog obedience classes and features my daughter Hannah and Marley, who collectively are very much stars of the show.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Crime scene


Sadly no time for anything creative or artistic today. I did however get the opportunity for some crime scene photography - there is little doubt who is guilty although the evidence is circumstantial. Ironically, tonight was the dogs first visit to obedience classes - we did sit, stay etc. but didn't learn the, 'don't dig the plants up!' command. Oh well there's always next week....

Monday, 12 January 2009



Paperwork is not one of my strong points.Anything online I am fine with but if it involves pieces of paper, stamps etc. it gets put it off to the last minute. I was however fairly proud of myself for preparing my latest travel claim, all the necessary receipts in order and in the special envelope ready to post. Now if I'd been super organised I would have photocopied everything ... but I didn't. I left the dogs for minutes - returning to find my carefully prepared returns shredded. I recovered what I could but suspect many VAT numbers are on their way to being digested. The next hour was spent with a reel of sellotape trying to piece together the puzzle. Another argument for the paperless office... or dog less house!!

Friday, 9 January 2009


Apart from normal work Marley had to go to the vets - nothing serious, just to get his nails cut. As the nice vet lady went to grab him I noticed what looked like poo sticking out of his rear end. It was one of those awkward moments where you either pretend not to notice - risking more embarrassment or just say something. So I pointed it out and she politely explained that it goes with job - but then she started to pull on the foreign object. "Has he been eating grass?", well not actually grass but he does like reeds from the pond - about 30 inches of reed actually. Anyway the tenuous connection is obviously, reed, pond, Goldfish. I will try much harder tomorrow - could do with some people pictures.

Saturday, 3 January 2009


The weather was great today which meant we could take the dogs to the beach. We drove to Kingsdown and had a nice walk. Marley went and introduced himself to a some fisherman then stole some of their bait - raw squid. I went and apologised but they weren't too bothered - in fact they told me they didn't expect to catch anything anyway. I managed a reasonable picture of Bob but next time I will take my light stand and umbrella.