Thursday, 7 December 2017

A Victorian Christmas

 The other day my peeps went to visit Harewood House which is dog friendly but dogs are not allowed inside the house - not all doggies are as well behaved as me I guess BOL. So when Judith and Leigh heard the house was decorated for Christmas they decided to go without us to have a good look round and take some photos to share. Harewood House was used in the TV series about the life of Queen Victoria and the rooms are decorated in the fashion of those times. It is very beautiful.

This is the Christmas tree in the entrance hall with all the fine presents underneath.

The rooms were all set out as though the family had been there just a little while before so there was a good fire burning in the hearth and there were Christmas cards and children's toys scattered around.

There were lots of dolls and doll houses and even a model school room with a doggy which had a bit of a schnauzery look to me!

The dining room was very grand with beautiful glasses and the remains of a meal.

Then it was through to the long gallery with a high ceiling, lots of paintings and three Christmas trees as well as a lovely Nativity scene. The Christmas trees were set on pedestals which was traditional in large Victorian houses. The peeps thought that sounded like a good idea to keep the tree decorations out of reach of little dogs and cats!

Then it was downstairs to where all the real work of the house went on.

Through a little drawing room

And into the kitchen.

The trestle tables were all laid out with food for a banquet.

There was a fine range for cooking with copper pans.

And a second cooking range too:

And even a little child's version of the cooking range!

There were baskets of fresh fruit and vegetables.

And through the kitchen back outside to the gardens.

The garden bushes were decorated with lights and baubles.

And there were stars in the trees.

It was a wonderful place to visit for the peeps to get into the Christmas spirit. Now I am looking forward to our own tree and decorations here at home only maybe not quite so grand!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Magic Finds Some Snow

We still haven't had any snow here in our part of Yorkshire but my schnauzer sister, Magic, managed to find some when she travelled to Brimham Rocks near Harrogate, for some parkour training. It was very cold and she needed to be wrapped up well and have a secure harness to keep her safe.

Here she is balancing on the wall.

There were some other dogs training too.

One of the big dogs decided not to bother with the wall balancing BOL

Magic enjoyed herself but she was very tired when she got home.

Brimham Rocks is a great place to explore but I think I will wait until summer!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

When Danny met Dani

This is my brother Danny looking rather pensive. He overdid all the running and jumping at the Affenpinscher Walk last weekend and the muscles in his back were hurting. Magic and Crybbe already visit the K9 Chiro for a bit of TLC every so often so Judith and Leigh decided to take Danny along to meet Dani, the K9 Chiro.

Here is Danny having his back massaged.

And here he is having some laser therapy. He was not too sure what was going on at first!

But then he started to enjoy it.

Oh, that is so-o good.

And even time for a little cuddle as well :-)

And a little head massage too!

Danny felt so much better after that little session of manipulation and laser therapy and enjoyed a bit of sunbathing from the table. Although it is very cold outside, the sun through the window is wonderful! I think Danny might like to go back to see Dani again - especially as he told me treats were on offer too. 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Frosty Nights


The cold nights and frosty mornings have come to Yorkshire and I am now sleeping with my fleecy nightshirt on to keep me warm and snug. I don't want to take it off when I get up either as the garden is freezing!

Pip likes to keep her warm winter woolly on too!

These are the ice patterns on the roof of the conservatory.

And the leaves are all frosted and white.

This poor little white flower is frozen!

Pip can't believe how the garden has changed overnight.

I have to keep lifting up my paw to keep it from freezing on the crunchy cold grass.

I think I am going to need my fleecy nightshirt for quite a long time to come!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The First Yorkshire Affenpinscher Walk

There have been lots of schnauzer walks all over the UK for many years now when families with schnauzers get together for a country stroll with their dogs. My peeps thought that it was about time we had some affenpinscher walks too. So they have set up a group to plan walks in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire for other peeps and their affens. The only problem is that there are thousands of schnauzers around but very few affenpinschers. The UK Kennel Club registers about six thousand miniature schnauzer puppies every year and fewer than a hundred affenpinscher pups. But, on Saturday, two more affenpinscher families joined my peeps and me, Danny, Crybbe and Frida for a walk at Temple Newsam, near Leeds.

There are plenty of places for us dogs to run off lead and we had great fun! This is me and the next photo is Frida setting off along the path after the others.

One of the other affens who joined us was Libby - here she is with Crybbe investigating the smells.

And you can just see her in this next photo behind Danny.

One of the other affenpinscher girls who joined our walk was Sadie who was the youngest:

And she loved running and exploring in the woods with Danny.

Crybbe had to wear a warm jacket as he is getting older now and feels the cold more as he prefers to potter and enjoy the scents rather than run around like us young ones.

There were lots of different things to walk on - pavement paths, leaves, grass...and MUD

None of us liked the mud one bit and we tried to go carefully through it.

We were glad when we got back on the grass and Danny was happy to pose.

Here I am looking for a treat for getting through the mud.

And  here I am running along the path to catch up with the others.
After the walk we had a rest in the cafe and the peeps had some coffee.
This is Frida on Judith's lap. She looks as tired as we all felt!

But the first Affenpinscher walk was great fun and everyone enjoyed themselves. I am looking forward to the next one and maybe meeting a few more new affenpinschers too.