Tantrums and the “Terrible Twos”………. Malmsey hits adolescence!

Whilst there is no denying that we all love, adore, cherish and completely dote on Malmsey, our 2 year old Boxer, she has recently celebrated her 2nd birthday and has hit adolescence with a whoosh!

She has always been a princess and a diva and completely runs the house and rules our lives, but since reaching two she has turned into an even more demanding diva and I feel like I have a temper tantrum throwing toddler in the house.  She hates being left alone and so we have numerous friendly dog sitters who help on a rota basis so we can actually leave the house now and then and they too all adore her. However getting out of the house is a military operation as she clings onto any piece of clothing, arm, leg or handbag that she can get to grips with, even though she knows she won’t be left alone.

Mostly she is simply adorable, lovely and a poppet, but now and then, she is at times petulant, demanding and if we don’t all jump to her demands, she barks her annoyance at us until we comply… but of course she knows we all adore her and will do exactly as she wishes us too and indulge her every whim.

We walk her for hours a day, often on a couple of walks as she loves being out and about, but we simply cannot allow her to meet any other dogs as she thinks of herself as human and doesn’t like her fellow doggy companions.. thus she never plays with other dogs, only with us… all in all in the 21 months we have had her she has bought us much joy, pleasure and love, but she is the most complex, complicated, stubborn and high maintenance dog we have ever owned and has completely taken over our lives. Who’d have thought a 2 year old Boxer could be so rewarding and so challenging every waking moment of the day!

Till next time

Nx

 

 

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Ooooops another trip to the vets with Marmite Malmsey

Dictated by Malmsey….

As regular readers of my blog will know, I have caused my “human” parents rather a lot of worry in terms of my heath since they had me. I recently turned two and on reflection it has certainly been a bit of a roller coaster in terms of my health in those years. The latest episode, which resulted in a trip to see a specialist vet, who was sooooo lovely, Jane Oatley, an expert Orthopaedic vet, who made me feel much better, was only in the past two weeks, when I hurt my front leg and became very lame- coupled with an already quite lame pair of back legs- I have fluid on my knees, apparently quite common in Boxer dogs; thus the resulting gait was very ungainly and I was very sore.

So I was whisked off to meet Jane and her healing expertise- of course with me it’s never as easy as merely visiting a vet’s practice – I have a phobia of other dogs. No matter what shape, size or make, I simply don’t like them and become very frightened and worried around them, to the extent that I get quite bad tempered, which is a real departure from my usual good naturedness…. Thus with a waiting room full of other dogs and pups it’s all a bit of  a trauma for me and my “human” mummy to take me to the vets. However, eventually I was safely in the treatment room and Jane worked wonders on me. I had X-rays, not sure I like that bit as I had to be made to be sleepy and got all wobbly on my already wobbly legs and then I couldn’t stay in the kennel bit with the other dogs, so I had to be carried to the car to wake up slowly and gently and then I slept all day- blissful!

Two weeks on and I am much, much better. I had to have 10 days of rest which was a trying time as I admit I did get a bit stir crazy and I didn’t like the tablets I had to take, but the creamy cheese they tried to disguise them in was tasty… they think they fooled me but I knew they were in there! This past weekend I was able to go for a walk and it was super-duper to have some freedom again, albeit there were pesky dogs everywhere who wanted to play… they just don’t seem to understand my Garboesque demeanour and simply won’t leave me to play on my own… so I have to tell them off and then my “human” mama has to explain to their owners and they then stand about talking about me for what seems like an age, with their dogs and me at a sensible distance and then at last we can carry on with our walk and I can enjoy being a diva!

Till next time and my next adventures

Mx

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Worrying Disease effecting Dogs in the New Forest

 

Our beloved dog Malmsey is walked on a daily basis in the New Forest which is on our doorstep- we are also fortunate to have the sea at the end of our road too and whilst she enjoys coastal walks, her favourite venue is the forest.

However, at present there is fear and worry in all dog owners’ hearts- since the middle of 2013 and through to date, there have been at least twenty dog deaths due to an unknown disease, although it is suspected to be “Alabama Rot”, which seems to be effecting dogs and causing their untimely deaths. It is a horrible feeling to take your dog for a walk in the forest but not be sure that the area you have chosen is safe… in  fact day by day there seems to be more and more areas that are reporting a problem, so the “safe” areas are slowly shrinking and the choice of walks is diminishing.

But keeping it in perspective, there are hundreds of dogs walked in the forest on  a daily basis and the New Forest is not the only effected area- the disease and its source is being investigated by a fantastic veterinary practice, Anderson Moores who treated Malmsey when she had the problem with her face when she was a pup and I cannot speak highly enough of Davinia, her partners and their team.

Thus we are still walking Malmsey in the forest but are also checking her paws, legs and face on a three times daily basis for any skin lesions, ulcerated areas or general areas of concern just in case… however I’m sure that all dog owner will rest easy when they have found the source, a solution and treatment and no more dogs have to die untimely.

Our sincerest wishes to those who have lost their beloved dogs- our hearts go out to you all.

Till next time

Nx and Mx

 

 

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“Marmite” Malmsey comments on the TV show, Dogs – their secret lives

Dictated by Malmsey

Firstly Happy New Year to all my doggy (and cat) friends and followers and to their owners too. I hope you all had a good NY celebrations; mine was interesting….. because I am unable to be left “home alone”, I get very stressed and so prefer being with my “human” family, so they planned to take me with them to their NY celebrations which were at Hotel TerraVina, the hotel they own.

Well all in all it wasn’t a great success as the private dining room we would normally eat in was booked for a party, the hotel was full and there was nowhere to settle me… they did try the car- as if I wanted to stay in there! However cosy and comfy it was with my bed and blankets, I’m hardly a car sort of dog! Thus I was “smuggled” into the hotel and my human “mama” looked after me rather than sit with guests at the table… to be honest I had quite a nice evening, albeit I was a little stroppy with everyone, but I would have preferred to be at home, cosy on the sofa…. I’ve added a photo of me on the sofa to prove the point that it’s very comfy!

Anyhow, my point being about the story of NY eve is that I HATE being left at home alone and on the rare occasion they have left me (for only ½ hour to an hour maximum) and only on x3 occasions in nearly 2 years, I have ensured they won’t leave me again by chewing door mats, eating shoes, chewing the chairs and all sorts… they realised I don’t like being left and now I’m never left… I’m either with my “mama or papa” or my “nana and grandad” or Jim and Gwen, my friends  (and the humans lovely friends) or a dog sitter… Lovely!

Last night I caught a TV show on Channel 4, Dogs their secret lives, (I quite like watching TV sometimes) http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dogs-their-secret-lives/episode-guide  and it was fascinating. Mark Evans the vet and presenter obviously loves dogs and seems a very nice chap. The doctors from Bristol Uni were lovely and the dogs featured seemed a nice bunch… as you know I’m not keen on dogs, but it was sad to see so many of them getting stressed at being left at home……. thus a plea from one special, pampered dog to any owners reading this, please try not to leave us home alone and if you do have to, please make sure it’s not for very long and we aren’t stressed about it- you can train us to cope better with it if you really have to leave us!

In the meantime I do hope Mark Evans makes more TV shows about dogs as it was fascinating.

Till next week

Mx

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Marmite Malmsey marvels at Christmas preparations and enjoys all the fuss and frolics…..

Dictated by Malmsey

Last Christmas I was already living with the Basset family but I wasn’t very old and frankly much of the excitement passed me by as I was very poorly with my various ailments, (all now thankfully much better)….. however, wowee, this year I am having soooooo much fun!

My “human mama” and Romané decorated an enormous tree on Sunday- it’s in the middle of the lounge, close to my bed and when no one is looking and if I stretch, I can nibble at the bottom branches, but oh what fun I had on Sunday, getting under everyone’s feet and generally causing mayhem- I pulled the branches one way and then the other in a tug of tree game, then when the baubles started to be hung I kept stealing them and playing with them all around the house and the long strands of tinsel stuff is great fun to run away with!

BUT! Even more special and so much more mischievous is attacking the presents. They are all beautifully wrapped and under the tree in whicker baskets, (which are also very nice to chew!) and when no one is looking I have been stealing the presents one by one to have a little chew- ohhhhhh it’s just too tempting not to rip the paper off and I just can’t resist, even though I do get told off, but they should know by now that NO just doesn’t have much effect and I know they will forgive me all my naughtiness because they love me so much.

According to my “mama” my presents are all hidden as I cannot be trusted not to attack them and open them all before Xmas day- I am so excited at the thought of so many new toys and chews that Xmas cannot come quick enough and as a special treat my breakfast on the 25th will be scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, my absolute favourite meal…… with exception of rice, pasta and boiled eggs and soldiers, or toast and Marmite  of course!

Well lots to do and still more presents to attack and “helpfully” unwrap…. To all my Malmsey friends, thanking you for reading my blog and adding your photos and comments and I do hope you all have a very waggy, happy and woofingly good Christmas and I will write again in the New Year.

Until 2014

Mx

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What’s all that noise??? Malmsey’s not keen on the Big Bang!

Dictated by Malmsey

This is directed at all my fellow canine friends and all other animals that don’t like this current time of year when there are constant bangs and beams of light streaking across the sky- fireworks are over rated in m y view.

Last night, 5th November, I was fast asleep, all curled up cosily on the sofa when BANG! I awoke with a start and did my duty running around the house growling and barking at the top of my voice to scare away the unwelcome.. what? Actually there was no one there and it was actually the noise of the fireworks outside that had woken me up. Well not to be outdone, I thus decided to sit and howl to try to match the crescendo of noise that was being made… I would have carried on for hours if it had not been form the humans telling me off for making such a noise- honestly what about the even louder noise outside?

Thus I have to confide in you all and categorically state that the noise doesn’t frighten me… who me be a baby! But it does annoy me when I’m awoken with a jump and then can’t get back to my sweet dreams so roll on next week when hopefully all the firework displays etc will be long gone and peace will reign once more.

Till next week

Mx

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Another tiring day at the “office”

 

Dictated by Malmsey

It’s very tiring having to be a clever dog and write a blog each week… as you can see from a recent photo of me taken after another tiring day at the “office”. It was nearly midnight and I was worn out from dictating my blog.

My week has been as fun filled as usual with plenty of muddy walks in the forest which is looking so lovely at the mo… I love the mud and the water but can’t see the problem of getting really dirty and then sitting on the sofa! My human “mama” doesn’t agree though!

I have been “Queen of the house” this week rather than merely the princess as Romané and my human “papa” have both been away on trips and I have been in charge of all the chairs, the sofa and if I can get away with it any spare beds too!

I’m looking forward to having them all home and so until then I will keep their chairs warm for them and ensure I am kept in chewies and treats by looking very sad and downhearted because they are not home with me and I am missing them both.

Till next week

Mx

 

 

 

 

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The highs and lows of being a “Princess” by Marmite Malmsey

Dictated by Malmsey

I am having to rest as I have hurt my hind leg…. I was running in the forest chasing a stick when I felt something wasn’t quite right and then I had to limp the rest of the way, BUT every cloud has a silver lining and it meant I have had to see my favourite vet, Edward and he has been looking after me. I love seeing him, although I don’t like meeting other dogs in his surgery and I admit I did behave rather badly and barked and growled at them all, so much so I was put into a separate room as I was being too naughty to stay in the main waiting room, but I’m sure Edward forgave me!

Thus I had to stay off my leg for a few days and rest…. Now I quite enjoyed that for all of a few hours but it’s so unexciting not going for a walk and having new scents to explore so I must admit I did get a little “stir crazy” which convinced “the humans” to take me out for a gentle stroll and that was lovely. The legs getting better albeit a bit stiff now and then but don’t tell anyone as I’m loving all the fuss and attention and the lifts up into the car and out again, the cuddles and the fuss- being a “princess” is really rather fun.

Till next week

Mx

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Dog Blogs and Useful sites for Doggy “parents”

This week in the main hotel blog I have written about other people’s blogs and sites and I thought I would carry on the theme here this week too.

As the proud owner of an adorable Boxer dog… Malmsey prior to purchasing her I read as many books and websites as possible on the subject of Boxer dogs. We had had a dog previously, a lovely Boxer cross, Merlot, we are still unsure to this day what she was crossed with, possibly a Rhodesian Ridgeback, but we know for sure her mother was a Boxer as we met her. Thus I thought we knew what we were letting ourselves in for with a Boxer “proper”….. however, little did we know.

Alarm bells should have rung when every time I mentioned we were choosing a Boxer dog, people asked if we’d ever had a Boxer before as they are very particular. The breeder asked the very same question and told us in no uncertain terms that we had to read up about Boxers as much as possible and so it was that I registered with a site called, http://www.bedogsavvy.com/ and then within the site there is a list of many, many breeds and I click on the Boxer Savvy one regularly. Needless to say that over the 18 months that we have had Malmsey their advice ad information has proved to be very useful.

So too has the website of http://www.doglaw.co.uk/ which tells you all about the legal side of being a responsible dog owner. Another great site and great organization is Dogs Trust http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/ and worth knowing that if you become a member of Dogs Trust you automatically become entitled to 3rd party insurance for your pet which is peace of mind if they cause an accident or injure someone.

All in all there are sites out there for every possible doggy question, query and thought. I’ve swapped browsing fashion sites for pet sites and they are a great source of useful hints, tips and info.

On the subject of Malmsey… it was an emergency dash to Edward, the lovely vet this morning as she has injured her leg whilst running in the forest – thus it’s now bed rest and pain killers and hopefully this will alleviate the problem and not make sedation and further exploration necessary…. Dear me there’s always something to worry about with a beloved pet!

Till next week

Mx and Nx

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New Forest Adventures…

Dictated by Malmsey

I love where I live. In fact I think I’m a very lucky dog. I have lovely owners (my “human” owner added that bit in), I am very pampered and I live in a very beautiful part of the country.

I travel lots with he family and they tale me to all sorts of places in the car and then on exciting walks but my absolute favourite walking spots are those closest to home, in the forest or along the clifftops.

My “human mummy” keeps on mentioning the beautiful Autumn colours every time we walk in the forest. Honestly! Surely one leaf colour is the same as another. I’m interested in the smells, the textures underfoot and the river! At the moment there are lots of new scents for me to explore- akin to mushrooms, earthy, damp, rich smells and the texture under my paws is softer, more springy and often soggy. I come back filthy from jumping in all the muddiest bits and all damp from paddling in the river looking for sticks which as the current swirls faster paced around me get swept away down stream.

One of the nicest bits of these Autumn walks is coming home to a warm and cosy house and a very soft and welcoming sofa to curl up on and dream of chasing bunnies!

Till next week

Mx

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