Wednesday, January 31, 2007
The walk was great! Lots of things to look at and smell.
When My Dad and I visited the V.E.T's. Sarah was there with some really nice pieces of cheese. For some reason she seemed particularly pleased when I ate them! Not sure why!
After that lots of people made a fuss of me including Joe who had an extremely interesting box with lots of nice things in it which he whisked away.
I am looking forward to my next visit!
Luca is still too busy to come out. (Something to do with tourists and film crews?) We will meet on the week-end.
Monday, January 29, 2007
First I went the the V.E.Ts which was not nearly as bad as I expected! There was Joe the vet who made a great fuss of me and said what good condition I am in. (I will go to see him anytime) Then there was Sarah and Vikky who I really liked. Their office was full of interesting smells.
(I have made a date to see Sarah on Wednesday when she will give me a pill)
Then I went to the Legislative Councillors Office where Dad works (very important) and met Claudette and Cherie. Claudette gave me a biscuit and let me check my blog on her computer!
After that I visited the Penguin News where Jenny works. (She is the Editor!)
I was disappointed that Luca was busy and was not able to come to the beach so Auntie Joan came with me. It was full of interesting smells and things, but I need Luca to show me round and help me know what to do. As it was not a very nice day I did not stop long but will come back tomorrow.
I understand that Dad and I have been entered in a relay team for the Stanley Marathon! We must start training now! I will keep you informed how we get on, although I have to say that Dad looks as if I shall have to get him better condition!
Sunday, January 28, 2007
I have also been thinking about my travels since I left home...
I have come so far and seen such interesting things. I have grown into a young dog with 'responsibilities'.
It has come to me that I have not shared with you all my crossing the line certificates while I was a Ships Watchdog:
Don't forget to log in!
Saturday, January 27, 2007
This morning it was wet so I just had to pass the time indoors after my Dad complained about my wet ears on his feet!
He said a very rude word when I slid my ears over his bare feet! (I must remember that trick!)
Claudette says I must visit her (I hope she has a nice biscuit!), and Luca and I are going to meet at Surf Bay!! (Jenny tells me that I have been spelling his name wrongly all this time!!)
I have been told that my blog is getting famous! I was mentioned on BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) yesterday. And today I see that my blog is listed on Google!! (Just enter "General Jackson" "basset hound" blog) It seems as if I becoming a well known Basset thanks to all my friends!!
Thursday, January 25, 2007
The only drawback is I have to see the V.E.T. first!
But sorting out the string was just too much!
What about if I help with the shredding?
On his fourteen days of quarren-teen my Basset managed to chew:
Fourteen Old Newspapers
Thirteen Garden Plants
Twelve Pieces of Charcoal
Eleven Christmas Cards
Ten Egg Boxes
Nine Marigold Heads
Eight Assorted Pencils
Seven Chair Legs
Six Green Olives
FIVE SODS OF PEAT!
Four Puzzle Pieces
Three Odd Slippers
Two Strimmer Strings
THE REMOTE CONTROL FOR THE TV!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Sorted Paicey out (He is no serious match for a Basset!)
Admired our handiwork in mowing the lawn
Mowing is very tiring work!
I made sure that Jenny and Larissa had a good brunch.
(they could have left a little something for a Basset!)
After all that I needed a little sleep
(No sign of Terry and Joan today :-( )
I miss them all but the Falklands are real Basset country! Tealeaf would love it even if he is not a real Basset!
Saturday, January 20, 2007
I noticed right away that Dad still has his delicious shoes to cut more teeth on (I cut some new ones on the boat) and I look forward to many hours with those. I think he has more for Important Meetings where Claudette has biscuits.
We are SO excited, but being British, we did not show it too much. Did I tell you that fortunately they all speak English here?
I have moved down Ross Road a few houses now, and I expect I might be busy with sniffing and organizing things. There is a lot to do.
See you again soon.
Friday, January 19, 2007
I am sorry that I have not posted any news recently but I have been busy and also I have not been able to contact Kerri to help me post my Blog! (I only a little Basset really!) I think Tealeaf and Co have had no lights for two nights after a big wind!
I now have a big garden of my very own, with lots of grass and the most interesting smells! I can practice my Basset sniffing and digging all I like here. While I am outside I can greet all the people who walk past (they all seem very pleased to see me). This morning Auntie Joan stopped by to talk to me as did Larissa my next door neighbour. People are very friendly here, another neighbour gave me a big biscuit!
Besides people, I have seen all sorts of interesting things: big ducks that do not seem to fly, some skinny birds called corm-rants that fish in the sea and today I barked at a big animal swimming in the water, it had caught a fish! (not sure what it was though.) There is so much to see, but I haven't seen a penguin yet.
I have two new beds and if I am very quiet I can climb onto the lovely squishy settee. I can see everything that goes on from there.
I have been very good and not chewed any of Dad's things yet (but I do like the look of his hiking boots!)
I am really looking forward to being out of quarran-teen! I will then be able run on the beaches and to meet Luka and lots of other dogs. I wonder, are there are any SUMDs here?
I'll post more Pictures tomorrow!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
I can now do steps! There are 4 up into the house, and I have been doing a lot of practicing. At first I would walk up sideways, with all of my right legs, then all of my left legs and lever myself up on to the top one with my chin. That was all a bit hard going. Now, if I get 3 lengths of me away from the steps and get speed up I can zoom up them all and do a little extra jump over the top one.
I enjoy having a romp with the big people here, and playing with my toys, but yesterday some little people came to see me. Well, Laura (she is MUCH smaller than me) slept and did not see me at all but Archie (he is almost my size, but standing up) and I had enormous fun chasing about and chewing things.
Me meeting Archie
Me Chasing Archie:
I have a bed my dad bought me, and it is SOoooooo squishy, and if you leap on it, it sort of goes boing-boing and throws you up in the air. After the visitors left, I made time for a sleep and to dream of my dad arriving TODAY, at two ten in the afternoon (Falkland Island time). That is what the Ar A Ef said on the Information Line number anyway. They organize the big 'planes to come up and down over the ocean that my ship came on.
I just can't wait. I am beside myself with an-tis-erpation.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
After my bath this morning, and my getting dried with a Liverpool Supporter's towel (I like Liverpool , I think I will become a supporter and get a scarf in red and white with a cockerel on it) I asked Aunty Joan about getting a tattoo. She was not very impressed and said that it would hurt like blazes and would mark my skin for-ever. She said I could ask my Dad when he arrives, but did not hold out much hope. I had a little practice on the ship, with some white paint on my ear, just to see what the effect would be.
I am in a thing called Quarren- teen, but I am not sure what it is. Perhaps it is what they call a house in the Falklands . It all seems pretty ordinary to me. Anyway, I hear that all visitors to the Falklands go to see the penguins, but because of the quarren-teen I cannot do that for a bit.
I have been out in the garden watching the Robins They are whacking big birds with bright red aprons on, and they make a heck of a din. Not like English Robins at all.
The house here in Stanley is right by the sea - I can just spy it if I stretch up high and look out of the conservatory. It is not going past, and the floor is not moving, so I think we must be at a dock
Must sign off now, as I am helping Uncle Terry fix a door and we have to keep too-ing and fro-ing to the workshop.
Love you all lots and can't wait till my dad comes tomorrow.
Monday, January 15, 2007
I had a lot of baggage and had all the dog food that I left England with! Ships food was much more interesting than dog kibble!
Adam even arranged for a Royal Marine escort into Stanley! His name is Steve and he was very kind to me. (I think he is quite important, people salute him!)
I slept most of the time driving in to Stanley but the Falklands is full of new and interesting smells and I look forward to investigating them with Luka.
In Stanley I met Jenny (Lukas Mum), Auntie Joan and Uncle Terry and I had a great run round the garden.
Jenny (She knows how to cuddle a chap!)
Auntie Joan (Joan and Terry have a really nice house with soft carpets!)
I understand that there are people coming round to meet me so I must log off and be on my best behaviour!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Number of paws: 4 (extra large)
Number of remote controls chewed: 3
Number of slippers stolen: 1 (that we know of)
Number of miles travelled: about 8,500
Number of pictures taken so far: 5,533
Number of blog 'Page Views': 10,960
Number of blog Visitors: 226
Amount of poop scooped: some things are better left uncounted.
Number of laughs given: oodles
Number of hearts stolen: growing daily.
Today is the day I arrive in the Falkland Islands! (I think that I can smell land already!) They have huge birds here in the South Atlantic, I saw one this morning and I think that Alex said it was called Albert Ross?
The skipper tells me that I cannot be signed off from my watch dog duties until tomorrow as there is a lot of work to be done and he can't spare me. So Adam will be collecting me in the afternoon. (I understand that he will be bringing along a V.E.T. to check me over! Not another chip?)
I can’t wait to feel land under my paws again. I wonder if they have grass in the Falklands.
It is going to be so exciting and busy I think that I should say all my thankyou's before we touch land.
I have made so many friends in the few months since I was born and it is difficult for a basset to remember all their names.
First there is my real mum Lucy and my eight brothers and sisters (I wonder where they all are now?)
Liz and Shaun who brought me up until I was old enough to leave on my adventures.
My very special foster Mum and Dad; Kerri (Kerrio) and Brian (Kubrin Kaos) who fed me, played with me and made me a very happy and contented Basset. I was very sad to leave them although I shall see them again when they visit the Falklands!!
All the SUMDs (they are not half bad for a bunch of rescue dogs) who succumbed to my Basset charms: Meggie, Boots, KuBrin, Tealeaf (my best playmate) and of course Cleo (who would never ever admit that she really loved me! -I think she is shy)
Then there is Mark (my Stunt Foster Daddy) and Anthea and their rescue dogs Poppy and Lester who used to pop in to see me and play with me if I was lonely. (actually I think that they only wanted to see me really)
My Babes, Karen and Belinda who used to help me mop the floor on Wednesdays.
And everybody else that I met, especially the nice lady (Lesley) in the pet shop who gave me things to eat! (I still have some of the chews left).
Hils, who found the Hartland Point to take me to the Falklands. Hi Hils!!
And then there are all my best friends on the Hartland Point: Skipper Dave, Chief Mate Raj, Paul the second Mate, and of course my fellow watch keeper and Third Mate Alex. Gary who looks after me, the chief cook who did not seem to need my help very much but has a lovely place to work, engineer Kit and all my shipmates. Thanks for looking after me and I am sorry about the shoes and Christmas decorations and.. and................ everything else!
Hello King Neptune.
It has been great knowing you all and being able to help you all find your 'inner basset'
Hello to Sam and Jan Guy, Mary Ann, Em and all the family members of my shipmates!
Also I must thank everybody from around the world who have visited my Blog and everybody who posted comments and encouragement. (I wonder if Paragon has her baby yet? )
Hi to all the Story Hour Children in Stayner, Ontario, and of course the Story Hour Angel! My adventures will continue.
Thanks everybody and remember, keep in touch with your inner Basset.
‘May all your ears Grow long!’