Saturday, 22 November 2014

Squeezing Rubber Chickens

Yesterday was a bit of a dogfest as I had booked George and Meg in for a full grooming. I use a well known pet store chain as they are convenient but when I took them in , I put the groomers all in a tizz by not having William with me as some new teenage receptionist had booked him in for a groom instead of George.
" we were hoping to use William as a training test for one of the new staff" the head groomer moaned. " he's our best model"
I understood exactly why they wanted William for the newbee to practice on.... for William is the Welsh terrier version of David Niven. He's a gentle, polite little soul who won't move a muscle when instructed to " do as he's told" by the groomer
The other dogs are good natured certainly, but all have their own edge. Meg is a feisty bitch at times who is quick to spark. George is a loud comic who has a dislike for collies and strangers and Winnie, well Winnie was last seen quietly trying to pull bags of doggie treats from the bottom shelves of the grooming parlor's front desk.
No out of them all William remains the most laid back and when we are out, the most popular with strangers, for he is a dog that smiles gently with his eyes.
William calm and mindful this morning

Ever mindful of a sudden discount, I agreed to let them use William as a model and went to collect him from the car, only stopping at the toy section so Winnie could give the rubber chickens an excited squeeze which bordered in the end, on quiet hysteria
Dogs...they are as diverse and as fickle as children


See what I mean?



34 comments:

  1. Thanks. A fine chuckle and now, at 0959, I almost feel I might manage to get out of bed and face the day :)

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  2. Dear William....how is our Meg doing now?

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    1. I've not seen any more fits D
      Fingers crossed x

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  3. LOL! You should have taken a pic of Winnie squeezing the chickens!
    Have a lovely weekend! xx

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  4. Elsie's rubber chicken lasted 4 minutes.
    She hates the groomers. I have to drag her in while she stiffens all legs and digs her claws into the floor.
    William likened to David Niven was wonderful. Made me smile.

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  5. I really did laugh after the serious read at the last photo.

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    1. It caught me in a chuckle too andrew

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  6. Please confirm that the last pic is photo-shopped 'cos if it actually happened as shown I'm going to be appalled and go into depression. Poor, poor Winnie!

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    1. Heat...don't worry it's not Winnie but a bulldog from New York who loves swinging
      Bulldogs are a strange breed they delight in being in odd situations

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  7. Phew! That was a close call. Feeling much better now. Actually, I only had to look a few cms to the right to see a photo of Winnie's face to know that it wasn't her. I'll put it down to the initial shock.

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  8. So bulldogs are swingers are they? I guess they take after their owners. I suppose therefore that they are also heavily into scotch eggs and dogging.

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  9. I want to see Winnie in that swing!

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  10. Rubber chickens? We have 2 - ours are call NRC - Naked Rubber Chicken.

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  11. You came close to 'strangling the chicken' with that title.

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  12. My little Sam is much loved by all the girls at our vets....they swoon over him and giggle and love on him. All the time Sam is shaking like a leaf and staring at me bugged eyed.

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  13. a great start to my saturday, john; thanks!

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  14. Oh well done to Winnie for having 'quiet hysteria' over the rubber chicken. So ladylike don't you think! Much better than going into a slobbering frenzy, even though I suspect that there was a certain amount of drool around, but in moderation.

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  15. Oh William, you are so handsome.
    Such a gud dug !
    You remind me of my Watson.
    The last photo just made me giggle.

    cheers, parsnip

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  16. Why would they keep the treats on the bottom shelf??

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  17. Cats seem much easier.

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  18. Glad to hear that Meg is doing okay.

    All or dogs love shopping in Pets at Home (it's the only shop they ever get to go in). Three of them like the bone and rubber toy section, although I wouldn't dare buy them a rubber chicken it would be in pieces before it got home, but Rosy likes the live rabbits at the back ..... she thinks she's there to choose her supper!!

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  19. William is a fine looking fellow with wise eyes. Please give him an extra scritch for me.

    I had to laugh at the line about Winne and her quiet hysteria!

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  20. how did they find out the dog in the swing liked it in the first place?

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  21. I can see William as the canine David Niven, all class.

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  22. Very glad to hear that Meg is doing better. Another smile to add to a smile filled post. Thank you.

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  23. So when are you going to build a swing for Winnie? Or one of those bouncy kiddie harnesses that suspend from the ceiling...

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  24. That dog may like swinging, but that photo was a bit disturbing.
    Glad to hear that everything worked out at the pet store!

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  25. William is my kind of guy.

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    1. I haven't got any industrial strength rope

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  27. Love that last photo

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  28. So did William enjoy his brief modeling career? I hope he was comped well for his ability to stay still on command. I imagine having one's fur coat coiffed as a test of a new employees skill could prove nerve racking. & give even a confident dog the shakes. I Know I once went to a beauty school out of of desperation & the resulting doo was one my friends still refer to as my Moe (as in Larry, Moe & Curley of 3 Stooges fame) bowl cut. It took 6 months to grow out the damage that newbe did with her shears & I shake every time I drive past the place. I think even dogs can sense when they get a bad shearing at the groomers. They may not be as vain as humans are, but they can tell when people are laughing at them rather than with them. What, no photo of all 3 nicely groomed dogs?
    Swinging may be fun for a few bulldogs, but it sure doesn't look right to see a bulldog sitting in a swing. I don't know if that is a good idea given the position of the poor dogs spine. They aren't built to sit like a human. Besides. first it's a swing they ask for & next thing you know, those bulldogs are demanding monkey bars and a merry-go-round. There is no end to their obsession for playground equipment.

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  29. Well done, William. I think Franklin is the Jimmy Stewart of dogs.

    Love,
    Janie

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