The dogs have just been groomed .
They line up on the kitchen sofa with that sad air of resignation of men awaiting a firing squad, and stand with a certain amount of shame on the fold-a-way table as Jackie, the ever cheerful groomer does her thing.
Welsh terriers should ideally be hand stripped, but it is a procedure that can irritate dogs with sensitive skin. It is also a bit of a dying art and is more expensive than clipping, especially when there is more than one dog involved.
The large bag of unwanted dog hair , I recycle on the field.
A while back one of the farmers told me to place it in gaps in the hedges where foxes might venture through, so if you look carefully at the field borders, you can make out vague clumps of ginger fur dotted here and there amongst the hawthorn.
I don't know if it actually deters foxes.
But it can't hurt
When I walked the dogs down the lane this morning ,I noticed several members of a troupe of field sparrows sitting on the barbed wire fencing with ginger hair in their beaks.....recycling again, I thought,......it's almost nesting time.