You may remember the incident with our Pyrenean puppy and the large, pointy stone. Our vet, not having the technology to miniaturise herself and travel through Asta’s intestines in a nano-vehicle (carrying nano-picks and a nano-wheel-barrow), had to operate.
But was this going to be the first of many such operations? Could we stop Asta eating large pointy stones?
An intimation that this might be difficult came within two weeks of the operation. We were at the front gate having a conversation about Asta’s eating habits with a neighbour when Asta decided that re-enactment was worth a thousand words. And picked up a large pointy stone right in front of everybody. Luckily Asta is the kind of dog who doesn’t mind if people leap on him, open his jaws, stick their hands in his mouth and root about a bit looking for treasure.
Neighbours, not so much.
They tend to view the whole event as … troubling. And when they’re not that sure what we’d been talking about anyway as our French isn’t that good… They see it as yet more evidence of the strangeness of the English. They buy large dogs and fight with them over food.
Anyway, back to the large pointy stone problem. How were we going to cure Asta of this habit. One theory went: He does it because he’s bored. Therefore find him a companion to play with.
Shelagh liked this idea. I saw a flaw. What if Asta teaches the other dog the delights of large pointy stones? We’d have double the vet bill!
The debate raged. And in the meantime Asta had to wear a muzzle in the garden. Which worried the neighbours even more. They’d walk by and see Asta sat on the lawn looking like a furry Hannibal Lecter.
So yesterday we got a puppy. Shelagh was only supposed to look at the puppy – it was only 6 weeks old – and put down a deposit. She came back with both – a puppy and several deposits.
So what kind of breed is he? Well, he’s a Griffador or maybe a Labrafon. That’s a cross between a Labrador and a Griffon. That’s the canine Griffon, not the eagle/lion cross. Thank God. Canine Griffon info can be seen here
So far the cats gave staged a walk out and Asta has taken it all pretty well. He’s tried to play with the puppy but Asta’s a million times larger and his idea of playing is bouncing all over the puppy, licking his eyeballs, and coating him in slobber. The puppy – as yet unnamed – has taken most of it in his stride and has even started yipping and biting back.
Chris Dolley is an English author living in France with a frightening number of animals. More information about his other work can be found on his BVC bookshelf .
An Unsafe Pair of Hands – a quirky murder mystery set in rural England charting the descent and rise of a detective on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Which will break first? The case, or DCI Shand?
Medium Dead – a fun urban fantasy chronicling the crime fighting adventures of Brenda – a reluctant medium – and Brian – a Vigilante Demon with an impish sense of humour. Think Stephanie Plum with magic and a dash of Carl Hiaasen.
What Ho, Automaton! – Wodehouse Steampunk. Follow the adventures of Reggie Worcester, consulting detective, and his gentleman’s personal gentle-automaton, Reeves. It’s set in an alternative 1903 where an augmented Queen Victoria is still on the throne and automata are a common sight below stairs. Humour, Mystery, Aunts and Zeppelins!
French Fried - true crime, animals behaving badly and other people’s misfortunes. Imagine A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.
International Kittens of Mystery. If you like a laugh and looking at cute kitten pictures this is the book for you. It’s a glance inside the International Kittens of Mystery – the only organisation on the planet with a plan to deal with a giant ball of wool on a collision course with Earth.