Room with a view

Okay, I have to admit that things were getting a bit crowded in the Summer House with Chloe collecting and bringing home efurry little critter she could lay her little paw on.

Grabby          Nipper & Bitey          Squashy

Some of Chloe’s critters – Grabber, Nipper & Bitey, and Squashy

It was bad enough when she broke into the #manshed and commandeered the beer fridge for her deceased zoological specimens, callously throwing our #baconbeer into the warmth of the day to die. That hurt. But things came to a head when she left the big crab “Grabber” (eggcitedly acquired that day) in the toilet bowl overnight … the horrified shriek that I let out at 2 o’clock the next morning echoed around the water closet and neighbourhood and brought the household running. But it pales in comparison to the humiliation of Grabber hanging from my tail, his big claw snapping perilously close to my doghood *blushes at the memory*. That hurt even more.

So, council permit and bandaged tail in paw, I rallied the building team from the sunpuddles they were relaxing in their various energetic and impawtant activities, and we set about making renovations to the Summer House to accommodate Chloe’s expanding critter fambly.

"The Handydog Hotties" Ruger, Thomas, Pantie & Alfie

“The Handydogs” Ruger, Thomas, Pantie, Alfie

The ladies had some definite ideas …

Discussing the extension plans

Calmly discussing the extension plans

… but we blokes knew eggsactly how to proceed with this job!

Sorting priorities

Sorting priorities

Despite regular interruptions from the meddling ladies of the house, we were soon hard at work building Chloe’s new bedroom with it’s attached dressing room and ensuite.

Chloe Car Bed2

We also built a whole new room especially designed to house Chloe’s growing collection of critters. No more dog-eating crabs lurking in the toilet bowl!


The renovations were finally finished, and as we packed up we were delighted to see Jessie coming down the road with all the makings of a magnificent barbecue.

meat cart

Efurrybuddy is welcome to join us for BBQ noms but until Grabber is relocated to his new tank, please use the Port-a-Loo in the back yard!

Grabber in toilet


Winnie’s #BigSkool Update #5

Thomas wanders down the hot dusty path from the summerhouse to the mailbox. He’s not expecting anything other than the usual bills and flyers but he finds a blue envelope with the address written by a familiar fair paw … an update from Winnie!

He rushes back to the summerhouse, rips open the envelope & hollers for Chloe and Jessie. The fambly excitedly gather round and listen while Tom reads:
Winnie GD training with Mark 2 (RealJoannek met them) 29 April 2013Dearest Mama & Papa, Nanny and lickle Chloe
This is just a quick update to let you know that I have nearly finished my time here in basic training. My trainer thinks that I am good enough to move on to my Advanced Training and in a couple of weeks I will move to Nottingham to work with a new trainer and do even harder lessons.
And guess what? I had such a big surprise yesterday, we were out training in Wigan and we bumped into Ted & Issac’s Mum @RealJoanneK. She came to talk to me and Maik my trainer and I gave her a big face lick after she patted me! It was so exciting to meet her and she had a lovely chat with Maik.
Maik thinks I must be a very popular pup with lots of pals, what with @alfms huMum knowing me too *giggles* Little does he know!
 I have also met one of my brothers again here at #BigSkool. Last time I saw Blake we were 7 weeks old so we had lots to catch up on. He looks just like me and he loves his food too. Speaking of which, do you think you could send me another one of those sossidge pies before I head off to Nottingham? I would like to give it to Maik as a thank you gift BOL.
After I have settled in with my new trainer at Nottingham she will ring MIL with an update on my progress and then, when I am nearly ready to go live with the person I will be guiding, MIL will be invited to visit me. What a reunion that will be!!

Winnie GD training with Mark 1 (RealJoannek met them) 29 April 2013

Well, I have to go now as the dinner bell is ringing and if we don’t get there on time we don’t get fed. Also, I have some homework to catch up on; I have to work on my bird distraction issues. I blame papa and the seagull chasing episodes for that.
 I hope you are all well and that my Twitter pals have not forgotten me. I miss you all very much
With love and hugs from Winnie xxxx’
Guide Dog in Training