Coffee Mornings

New Friends #11

Hello people, Mouse here.

Well, it was time for another Coffee Morning, so we headed over to our usual watering hole at the Lagoon Café. This time, instead of a new doggo, we were honoured to welcome the extremely knowledgeable and interesting Uncle Nev and Aunty Norah Jackson.

Neville Jackson has been a racing greyhound trainer for many, many years (he has achieved the impressive age of 84 and is still training and racing) and a greyhound show judge for nearly 5 decades, and in his own words his doggos are “pets that go to the races”, rather than the canine money-makers they are to many other trainers. We were very happy to listen to him talking about the history of the Beautiful Hound and lending us his advice and expertise. We’d hoped he’d bring one of his doggos with him, but not this time. (He’s hoping to find good homes for two of them, and Mum and Aunty Lyn have posted about them on the Happy Greys FaceBook page to try and spread the word.)Also there were all the Usual Suspects: my beautiful girlfriend Lotti, Miss Tiki, Miss Sunshine and young Tiny, together with our Staffs. Coffee was drunk and there was lots of interesting discussion with Uncle Nev about the care and feeding of Greys.

Young Tiny (who’s been having a bit of painful back trouble) was treated to a quick chiropractic session from Uncle Nev, after which he did seem to be a lot more comfortable! Mum said “his eyebrows looked less anxious” aferwards, whatever that means. Humans say the weirdest stuff… In any case, he seemed to be stepping out a bit more freely, which is good. I suspect there may be other treatments in his future…

And then it was time for the usual Exhibition Stroll. It’s not as if any of us really need the walkies, I’m pretty sure it’s mostly to show off how elegant and beautiful we all are!  We did encounter one enterprising pup known as Buddy. He was seated on his Harley Davidson, waiting for his Staff to climb aboard and roar off. Buddy has a rather super pair of Doggles, although I do feel the addition of a suitable leather jacket would have added to the overall look…

Biker Buddy and his Staff

The Staff felt the need for a further outing after we’d waved goodbye to everyone else, and I was not averse, so we headed out to Far Beach. I do enjoy these beach outings because I get to Run! If it gives you an idea, Dad paced out the distance between my strides, and it was about 2 metres (or 6ft 6″). That’s pawprint to pawprint… yes, I’ve still got it, despite my life of idle ease! I do love a good flat out run on damp sand, takes me back to my glory days of racing. But let’s face it, these days, I have much more important things to do. Like sleeping…

The Mark of the Mouse

And then it was time to head home and do a spot of Advanced Lolling. It takes years of training to Loll properly, you know, and I find a little snackie helps a lot to achieve the correct  posture and impression of having been ironed flat.

Anyway, that’s the lot for this session. The next Coffee Morning will be our Christmas Party, and we’re planning a picnic in the shade near the Café so coffee runs will not be a problem. Dad also thinks we might bring the dog fence so that leads may be discarded for increased doggo comfort. Sounds like a plan to me!

Until next time,

Mouse out 🐾

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17 thoughts on “New Friends #11

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Hi Mouse, I envy you that beach trip. I love a good beach and we have some smashing ones not too far away. But Mum says that it isn’t fair to take Evie there until she can be let off the lead and she isn’t quite good enough at coming back yet. However today we were all working outside and she was free and came back when called so maybe she is learning. Do a zoomie for me mate!

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    • Hi mate! I know I’m very lucky, both to have such amazing beaches on our doorstep, AND to be off-leash when so many greys can’t because their recall is bad. Thing is, I like to do my circuits around the Staff, rather than just hare off (did you see what I did there?!) into the distance, so I never get out of earshot. To be honest, a few figure 8s and I’m content to go back on the lead. Maybe I’m getting old (horrors!)… or maybe I’m just a bit lazy! 🐾

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      • Going Batty in Wales says:

        If it is old age Mouse I have it too! I like to keep the staff where I can see them and know they she is behaving herself. It’s being a responsible human owner I reckon.

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  2. Marty K says:

    What a fun and informative morning! It must have been wonderful to learn about your history and fabulousness from an expert in the breed! Glad you got some off-leash time too — those strides are impressive, as is the sunlight glinting off your beautiful coat. ❤️ Enjoy a good loll and a chickypop (not necessarily in that order!).

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    • Hi Aunty Marty! It seems I am descended from the hunting companion of Kings (or at least Pharoahs), and therefore the respect and admiration I require from the Staff is fully justified. Uncle Nev has an encyclopaedic knowledge, and I must say, he was very impressive when treating Young Tiny – you should have heard the crunches and cracks! I’m glad you approve of the shine on my coat, Mum says she works hard to keep me looking good. Personally, I think it’s all my own work, of course…

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    • He’s the most amazing man, but I’m not sure I’d enjoy the cracking bit myself, Aunty Dale. Poor Young Tiny did squeak a bit at one point, but was clearly much happier afterwards and had a good shake. I don’t think he offers a Staff service, however…

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