Mummy do, doggy follow

Hubby and I had put Zack and Maddi in kennels over Christmas because we had to help care for my mother, who suffers from severe Alzheimer’s Disease. The lady who owns the kennels is also the same lady who delivered both dogs to us as rescue pets, so they know her well. This is the reason we keep returning them to the same kennels although it is located somewhat out of our way.

Both dogs entered kennels with tinsel and cards on each door. I commented to Hubby that the dogs would probably not appreciate all that effort, even though some owners might. Nonetheless, Christmas decorations or no, we felt sorry that we had to leave them in kennels.

Of course both dogs were overjoyed to see us again when we picked them up on 27th December. They seem to appreciate us more than ever, and even Maddi, which can be rather aloof, comes up to get patted. Zack, my shadow, will not leave me alone. He watches me like a hawk. If I start to put my work away at my desk, he will immediately rise and block the exit so that I will have no choice but to have him accompany me wherever I go.

It is now a case of Mummy do, doggy follow. Thankfully, it is not quite doggies follow, although Maddi legged it up the stairs after Hubby even though she is arthritic and cannot walk well. I was at the computer when she did that and was thinking to myself that I ought to go and help her walk downstairs when I heard her making her way down herself. This was unusual – but her breakfast was calling!

Both Zack and Maddi are re-settling into life at home again, and Zack, in particular, is taking pride in guarding his ‘flock’ ie his family and home. Maddi is happy to laze by the wood-burning stove to which she became a little to well acquainted with yesterday, when she lay too close to it and came away accompanied by the pungent aroma of roasted eau de cheveux. Thankfully she has such thick luxuriant hair and was not hurt!

The weather continues mild in Bowness-on-Windermere, if a little bit wet. We have had a couple of mizzles today – not quite drizzles – although the day does look rather grey. Perhaps it will brighten up within the next three days when we see in the New Year. I hope so, because it would be so nice for our guests to enjoy those spectacular Lake and fell views from their bedrooms that can be seen from our guest house, Blenheim Lodge.

Enjoy a seat by the window with a tea tray.

What our Bed and Breakfast encapsulates: take time for yourself, and enjoy views of Lake Windermere through our huge triple floor to ceiling bay windows in our lounge whilst having a welcome sup of tea and biscuits.

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