Posting days: Sunday and Wednesday and, sometimes, maybe, extra ‘news flashes’!
Wednesday September 7th 2016
September. The Doodles, Rufus and Nancy, have returned from their holidays and need to reclaim their park. Nancy takes the initiative.
We all gather together at the top of the slope which goes down to the bowling green. Dogs everywhere. R. gets out her treats. Rumps drop smartly to the tarmac. Surreptitious shuffles from Nancy. Gentle jostling from Rufus. Gilbert dances joyfully. Brother George nudges R. meaningfully. Kasey is the tallest and his gravy bone is delivered first. Off he goes. One by one, the other dogs claim their treats and meander off to see to their doggy affairs.
Then, from quite low down, there’s a brief but determined “Waff!” R. and I look down.
Someone has been forgotten.
It’s Isis. She stands on the path, muzzle lifted up towards R., nose twitching. She’s the smallest of the group and she’s not confident enough to jostle her way to the front. But she knows that there are gravy bones and she knows that she hasn’t had one. R. apologises to her and gives her two.
Isis came from the Aeza cat and dog rescue and adoption centre in Aljezur, Portugal. For information about adopting an animal from the centre, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or www.dogwatchuk.co.uk