Monday, 15 August 2022

Roger

 


Six months old and with the typical calm, watching nature of a Welsh Terrier. I picked Roger up today from Nottingham as if I’ve known him for years.
Not a silly puppy anymore , he is a careful old soul who has walked into a household complicated by a bulldog’s Diva baggage, Mary’s squeaky duck and his very first cat. 
So far so good . 
Albert received some half arsed woofs then faced him off on the bottom stair, forcing Roger to back off after looking at the other dogs for their "surprising" non reaction.
Now, only an hour later, they are passing each other in the kitchen doorway like regular commuters going to work.
Dorothy staked her claim immediately and lay on the couch with her head on my knee and growled half heartedly when Roger ambled by busy at sniffing the carpet. 
Mary ignored him after their initial interaction but is watching him at all times through the corner of her eye. 

I pretended not to watch
And let out a large held breath


It’s caught me a little by surprise 
But he looks the spitting image of Old William 
I wonder if he will gleefully chase bees around the garden?

Asleep at 20.30

I’m holding my breath again 
Roger now on my knee next to a sleeping Dorothy 
20.49 pm
Jesus! 



118 comments:

  1. Oh Roger! All he needs is four wheels and a handle!
    Just gorgeous! X

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    1. I had a push-along dog as a kid that looked just like that :)

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    2. We all did , if we are of a certain age

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  2. He looks like a sweet little soul. I hope that he soon settles in with the family. x

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  3. How lovely, I hope he soon feels at home (can't help myself from singing The Artful Dodger from Oliver!.... 'consider yourself one of the family ') 😀

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  4. He's adorable John x

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  5. Barbara Anne4:45 pm

    What a cutie and he's lucky to be part of the your family! It sounds like so far, so good or so good, so far!
    I look forward to new Roger stories and continued store
    ies about Dorothy, Mary, and Albert!

    Hugs!

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    1. Oh I’m sure he will star in a few dramas

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  6. Anonymous4:56 pm

    He looks to be a thinker, smart and cautious. And way too cute! Congrats from Dee.

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  7. The pecking order is being established. Give him a welcome to the family cuddle from me. xx

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    1. Will do , the breeders loved my story of naming him after Gerald Durrell’s dog

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  8. What a cutie , looking forward to reading about his adventures.

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  9. He is just lovely and I am jealous.

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  10. Welcome home Roger!

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  11. Anonymous5:10 pm

    Well he is GORGEOUS x I am glad to know that Albert was confident to explain the house rules to him xx

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    1. Albert has dealt now with 6 terriers and 4 bulldogs

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  12. Adorable ! What new stories will be told about the new adventures.

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  13. John, I'm in love again....isn't he the sweetest little guy? It does touch one's heart when they realize their latest puppy/kitten may very well be their last. Went through that w/ my last two little ones...& now we're all "seniors" together. What interesting little tales you will have now with your pets headlining! Hugs from the base of the mini-mountain in Maine.

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  14. Anonymous5:15 pm

    Wonderful to see him at last, you must be so pleased John. I would like to whisper in his ear that he is very lucky that you chose him and that he will be very much loved.
    Wendy (Wales)

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    1. I had the choice of two Wendy ..the other dog was more demonstrative , but I liked roger’s stillness

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  15. Just a wonderful little chap. Was he returned to the breeder? or something else? I'm curious about him being 6 monthes old. Tell me to P.O. and M.M.O B., but l'd love to know his back story. Glad he has found his way into a loving caring household now. He is safe and will be loved now with my friend (never met) John ,sent by Tess xx

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    1. No my breeder keeps most of her puppies for months before selling. She has a good idea of their temperament and personalities so will match a dog to an owner. She is notorious for not letting her dogs go to a customer if she doesn’t think the fit is right

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  16. He looks a real cutie and I am sure he will soon settle in.

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  17. Albert is actually the boss of everyone ... he only allows the girls and John and, now, Roger to even enter into the Cat's Domain!
    Roger is adorable and looks like he will fit into the group quite nicely as long as Albert says it's OK. 🐱

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    1. I loved the initial stand off in the kitchen.
      And how Roger immediately looked at the other dogs for their reactions to this black new creature

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  18. Sounds promising so far! Roger is very cute!

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  19. Welcome Roger..he looks quite a sensible youngster!

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  20. Anonymous5:57 pm

    He's adorable and appears pretty tranquil, I hope his transition is as smooth as can be. . If you give him a middle name make it Lucky, he's lucky to be with you.

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    1. In my experience , he’s incredibly sanguine for a young dog .so young he’s still squatting not cocking

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  21. Congratulations, he's a lucky boy to be part of your family X

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  22. I thought he was Sir Roger of Alfreton, not Sir Roger of Nottingham. Anyway he looks like a fine young lad. Hopefully, a great addition to your family.

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    1. Yes he is from Alfreton …I had a lovely drive back, I turned off sat nav and drive home via Chatsworth , Eyam, calver etc

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    2. Being rather lowbrow I immediately thought of Sir Roger de Lodgerly from Carry on Henry. Joking aside what a lovely dog - he looks very wise.

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  23. Such a gorgeous boy. Lucky you, I loved it when we had three dogs. Now down to two sadly. Love Janx

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    1. Yes, three dogs feels a good number , it always have . I must admit four would be too much

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  24. Sweet Roger is adorable and he's made an excellent entry to his new home. He's one lucky boy. He is in his forever loving home.

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    1. I hope so . I’m still worried about Dorothy , she remains unpredictable and jealous

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  25. Anonymous6:30 pm

    What a cutie!

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    1. He sits on your lap like a baby. It’s a trait of all male welsh terriers

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  26. Roger is going to fit in well, what a lovely boy.

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    1. I’m hoping his calmness will offset the ladies

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  27. Anonymous6:43 pm

    What a calm , stoical little lad he looks - he's going to be loads of fun x
    Alison in Wales x

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    1. It’s early days but he’s seems very serious .and has no clue about walking to lead

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  28. Anonymous6:49 pm

    What a stupid statement he looks like William
    Of course he will do he is a pure bred welsh terrier , JUST like Willliam

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    1. Dogs arnt clones… they do have different faces
      Obviously you have never owned more than one dog

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    2. Spoken like someone without the ability to perceive individuals' differences. How sad for you.

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    3. Or just an arsehole Jenny

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  29. He is one hell of a Welsh Terrier John and I am sure he will fit in perfectly - it's not as though you haven't had one before is it? I am sitting here quietly weeping and missing Tess my Border. Wish I could have another.

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    1. I’m sorry pat, I know you miss her dreadfully.
      Perhaps one day I can drop him off to you for a cuddle

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  30. He is lovely and I'm sure will be well loved. Jxx

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    1. I had the choice of two …I am sure I picked the right boy

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  31. He is sweet - enjoy the new addition to the utmost :)

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  32. What a handsome big guy! Either he is large or Dorothy is much smaller than I imagined her. Good age too, prob is potty trained . Soon he and Mary will be baby making tho! [is she too old for a first litter?]

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    1. Hummm not THAT potty trained ! But I’m pretty good at training…he’s all hair too

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  33. It seems you have chosen well John-Though mine I believe may be the same breed he can be disruptive - when he came home my lily and teddy were used to my previous scruffy who as a patterdale was too-So he fitted in just fine -To interest I added a larger one 2 years later which did push it a bit - But I am a bit crazy some may say x

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    1. You are crazy flis xx

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    2. I did my very best to hide it until 3 years ago - ish - Now I'm Much happier x

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  34. Congrats on the new dog, John! He's lucky to join your happy family. Enjoy!

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    1. I will , I was in two minds last night , but I’m glad now

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  35. He looks a sweetie and looks like a calm dog... and I agree with you very like William. New pups can sometimes charge around all excitable but Roger looks quite thoughtful. It's all so wonderful I am happy for you. Here's hoping Dorothy gets over the hump.

    Jo in Auckland

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  36. Aw hello Roger, you are a sweetie. Looking forward to hearing about his adventures as he settles in x

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  37. It’s 9.30 and he’s on my knee , for the third time , keeps getting down to patrol the cottage

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  38. Oh, he's a lovely dog! A sweet addition to your family.

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  39. "I carried him home in triumph and christened him Roger and he turned out to be one of the most intelligent, brave and lovely dogs that I have ever had." ~Gerry Durrell.
    He's grand John, and fitting right it....
    ~Jo

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    1. I had forgotten that quote dear jo and it’s moved me greatly

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  40. Just seen your update. Roger is quickly finding his feet and has already made his mark on your little family and wormed his way into your heart! xx

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  41. DELIGHTED for you. Roger seems like one of the family already - William reincarnated perhaps . . .

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    1. It’s ten pm and he and Mary are racing around the cottage

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  42. I needed the smile, glad to see everyone is getting to know one another.

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  43. Well, hello Roger.....welcome to the family

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  44. Sue P9:32 pm

    Welcome to your new home Roger! He is just gorgeous John x

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  45. Anonymous9:36 pm

    I remember sitting in your kitchen with Mary on my knee… Roger is joining a loving home xx

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  46. Anonymous9:37 pm

    That anonymous is me …Libs xx

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  47. Jennifer Barlow10:32 pm

    Welcome Roger! Such a beautiful boy!

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  48. Anonymous10:35 pm

    Congrats on your new baby! There is nothing to beat being at home with your furrballs. I wonder if animals re-incarnate. It's a nice thought. Welcome home Roger! Jen

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  49. Congrats!!! He's adorable and cuddly and just an all around handsome fella!!

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  50. I am sure there will be glitches but it does seem like day 1 went awfully well. I love his face.

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  51. Lovely to meet Roger. And it sounds promising. What a lovely dog Roger seems. Older than his 6 months! I swear Kiwa (a Goldie) was still a complete nitwit at 6 months! What a super, caring Breeder you have bought from.

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  52. Anonymous1:20 am

    Roger is lovely. So thrilled for you! I trust there will be adjustments in the pecking order.......but all done in fine form, I believe. SO happy for you
    Susan M

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  53. Anonymous1:50 am

    He’s so beautiful! I wish you an ongoing peaceful adjustment. Jennie🐾🐾🐾

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  54. What a lovely addition to your entourage. They were always my mother's dog of choice. I can see why.

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  55. What a treasure! - a jewel among jewels, each vying to be THE best. Looks like he's wasted no time to become 'family', and good that the others have accepted him as such. Long may peace reign!

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  56. He is simply gorgeous. Hope they all settle quickly and have lots of fun and cuddles with you.

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  57. What a lovely creature Roger is, finding his place amongst the other three. Whoever rules the roost, good wishes and happiness to all. x

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  58. he's lovely, i look forward to watching him grow xx

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  59. Next to a sleeping Dorothy so soon. This warms my heart. It must have melted yours.

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  60. "Now, only an hour later, they are passing each other in the kitchen doorway like regular commuters going to work." Delightful description--made me guffaw. Hope the adjustment period continues to be an easy one.

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  61. Roger is so handsome. Young as he is, I think he already has a calm look of wisdom on his face.
    Our new Pomeranian Pup does not have any look of wisdom in her eyes yet. She still has the look of "What can I get into next?" look of mischief in her shiny bright eyes.

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  62. Roger, that! ❤️

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  63. Awwww I love Roger.

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