Harri Dog Blog 2020
||Well a very Happy
New Year to everyone. Boss Woman has entered us for the
1000 mile viewranger challenge, with any money raised going
to DOTS - Dogs on the Streets. If you would like to sponsor
us, then please do so. Even £1 would be very helpful
for my fellow dogs on the streets.
||I have had quite
an interesting couple of weeks out on my dog walks. Met
cyclists, motorcyclists, cows, sheep, donkeys, canal boats
and a horse! I was scared of the horse though, it was so
massive and it wouldn't keep still when I was looking at
it, so it freaked me out. The cows I tried to get close
to but I was a bit worried about them as well, I mean ..
they are MASSIVE with big googly eyes. A cow actually pushed
my friend Amber out of the way. One of the days we went
over to Greenham Common, which I quite like because there
are some nice clean ponds for me to go swimming in. Anyway,
we met this horrible nasty faced aggressive woman with 2
spaniels. I ran up to the spaniels to say hello and play
with them and the woman got nasty and accused me of trying
to bite them. No ... I don't bite. I sometimes get a bit
mouthy because I am still teething but I never ever bite.
Not ever. She shouted at Boss Woman that if I bit her dogs
then she would kick me. What? Anyway, Boss Woman told her
that she would have to go through her first and that if
she kicked me, then Boss Woman would kick her! Boss Woman
told her that I was just a puppy and not ever aggressive,
but the nasty faced woman shouted that either I had to get
better training or kept on lead. Seriously? Whatever! For
a 7 month old pup, I am quite well trained, thankyou. My
Boss Woman said that the woman was more aggressive than
any dog she had ever met. AND I saw a hot air balloon today.
I wasn't sure what it was floating about in the sky so I
barked really loudly at it to let it know I wasn't scared. The cow butted me with it's head and
tried to knock me down.
I was naughty. In fact today, I was VERY naughty. I kept
wandering off in the in the woods in the search for squrirels,
I absolutely refused to recall to Boss Woman when she shouted
me, in fact I totally ignored her. I went missing in the
woods for 3 minutes where Boss Woman had no idea where I
was and she was extremely worried, I ran up to a little
boy and scared him and THEN I ate something tasty that I
wasn't supposed to. In the end I decided to humour Boss
Woman and went back to her, on the off chance that she would
give me a treat for my one off recall. Well no, she didn't.
She clipped me on lead, told me I was a naughty girl and
made me walk on lead for the rest of the walk back home.
She was muttering something about sending me back to where
I came from and I think she swore. Yes,
typical Harri the Princess. Showing off, being ignorant,
refusing to do as she is told ... She is still annoying
me as well. Tonight I went in her cage for a rest and I
took a toy in with me. Well Princess Harri wanted the toy
and I refused to give it her, so she got hold of the bed
in the cage and pulled it out with her teeth, forcing me
to leave the cage. Naughty is a mild word for her. REALLY
naughty she is. Boss Woman said she is going to get tough
||Well we went into
Pets at Home today. Apparently because I am growing into
a big strong dog, even though I am only 7 months old, I
pull on lead so Boss Woman wanted to get me a Halti. I don't
always have to wear it though. When I walk with Amber well
I always pull then because I want to be in front of Amber
all the time and when Boss Woman does granny duties and
I am walking with the pushchair then I have to walk nicely
and NOT pull, otherwise I could pull the pushchair over,
but sometimes if I see something/someone interesting then
I pull a lot. So, if I wear a Halti then it puts pressure
on my face and deters me from pulling. That is the theory
anyway ... While we were in Pets at Home we walked past
a pen with some small white things that were running around
and squealing. I was scared to death of them, I had never
heard or seen anything like that before. Anyway I barked
at them, LOUDLY to tell them to shut up and stop scaring
me, then I got into trouble by the assistant for barking
at them and scaring them!! Seriously? Actually, THEY scared
ME. Pffft she is SUCH a Princess!
Today I had to go to the vets for
one of my teeth out. Somehow it got broken and it was
all impacted in my gum and infected. Because I am a very
brave stoic dog, then my Boss Woman had no idea there
was anything wrong with me until she saw blood on my bed.
I showed no symptoms and still ate all my food, except
for the hard fish biscuits which I couldn't eat because
they hurt my gums. Now the tooth is out, I feel a lot
better now. I have to eat soft food until it heals up
so for my dinner I am having minced beef and pasta and
||We were going to
have a very nice walk over to Tidmarsh but when we got down
the fields, the whole place was flooded. Me and Amber were
going across this bridge to the fields where we have walked
before and as I stepped off the bridge, crikey!! There was
no ground there, just water but because the water was so
very clear I didn't realise it was water until I went under.
I didn't half panic, I tell you. I was splashing about like
mad until I remembered that I could swim and then I swam
to the side as fast as I could. Boss Woman looked suitably
worried. Anyway, I shook myself off and we turned round
and went back the other way, seeing as our path was completely
blocked by water.
||What a lovely day
we had today. For the first time EVER I caught a train.
We walked from Kintbury to Hungerford and then caught the
train back to where we left the car. It was so exciting
and I wasn't even scared of the fast trains that went past
us at the station at high speed and I wasn't scared when
I got on the train either. The step up to the train was
a bit high but Boss Woman tugged my lead and told me to
JUMP so I did. ALSO today, I got a
new BIG girl collar and lead. No more puppy stuff for me
now. it is a beautiful pink one, quite suitable for a Princess. Well I have been on many trains before!
we had a lovely walk in the fields and up to the woods today.
Met a few other doggy friends and had a run about/jump about
with them. As we were walking up to the Cross Tracks in
the fields, there was a tall man jogging towards us with
his little black dog that looked a bit scared. Anyway, as
he ran past us, I started running with him and then I got
silly and excited and I started jumping up at him. Normally
Boss Woman recalls me and I run back to her straight away
when she sees the potential for me jumping BUT because this
jogger ran up behind us so quietly and so quick, Boss Woman
didn't realise until it was too late. Just as she was calling
me back, the jogger bent down, brought his arm right back
with his fist clenched and was just about to hit me hard,
straight in the face but then he slipped in the mud and
fell back. Boss Woman told him it served him right and when
she told Big Guy, Big Guy reckoned the man was a mentally
retarded cowardly psycho who wouldn't have dared do that
if Big Guy had been there! What a weirdo he was. I mean
.. I WAS a bit naughty but I am only 7 months old and still
learning manners. I bet when the psycho was young and learning
manners that he annoyed people intensely. I wonder if he
got punched in the face?
today when Big Guy was feeding the ducks, I snuck in with
them into their pen. They were quacking at me and because
I couldn't understand what they were saying, I barked LOUDLY
at them back. Then, I got into trouble from Big Guy for
upsetting them! Life is so unfair. I always get the blame
for everything. Serves her right,
she is always being naughty.
I had a lovely time on my walk today and me and Boss
Woman had great fun with a pine cone. Every time I took
it back to Boss Woman, then she threw it again for me,
that is until I eventually killed it dead.
All exciting things happening here now. I am off for my
rabies jab on Thursday to the vets, so I can get my pets
passport and go to France for my holidays. Also, Boss
Woman has arranged for an underwater photoshoot for me
in April, so I get to have my picture taken while I am
underwater. ALSO Boss Woman is arranging for me to do
some training called Mantrailing, where I get to sniff
out human scent. How exciting is that?
I pull on lead and it makes it difficult to walk me, especially
when Boss Woman is on granny duty and has to push a pushchair
with the little human in as well. I normally wear a halti
lead but the woman at dog training recommended I wear a
full choke chain. The woman at dog training did some walking
about with me with the choke chain on and I was SCARED to
death. I really did not like walking on the choke chain,
especially when she pulled it, it made me jump and frightened
me. Anyway, Boss Woman put the choke chain on me today for
our walk and I was so scared of it that I didn't pull or
anything and walked very nicely so Boss Woman didn't have
to do anything, not even pull on it. Phew! Anyway, Boss Woman didn't like me wearing the choke chain, whatever the trainer said, so now I wear a head collar thing instead.
||GOOD NEWS. I have
my pets passport now. How exciting!!
Bad News is, I am now in the 3rd week of being in season
and having to walk on lead. I keep wanting to chase after
the male dogs and they want to come and be friends with
me, but Boss Woman is having none of it. She is keeping
me firmly on a short lead so I can't get up to mischief
and so the male dogs can't get too near me either. Boss
Woman said I am definitely NOT going to have any puppies
and that I am to be spayed in a few months time. She said
that the world is not big enough or ready enough for more
than ONE Princess Harri. Whatever .... There
was a Golden Retriever that was VERY interested in Harri
today on our walk and Boss Woman got annoyed and would not
let it get near Harri.
a very lovely walk on the Ridgeway at Chinnor. We heard
woodpeckers and all sorts of other noises. There was a lot
of nice smells and some nice bird poo and horse poo to eat.
I saw some sheep and I had to bark loads of times at them
to tell them to shut up their noise but they just stared
at me menacingly through the fence.
Harri is such a wuss. She was scared of the sheep and kept
hiding behind Boss Woman.
||Well it is Boss
Woman's birthday today and she was going to take me and
my friend Amber out for lunch to the Rowbarge and share
her ham, eggs and chips, and then go for a walk on the Kennet
and Avon canal. Unfortunately with all this Coronavirus
stuff, she didn't take us so we shared her egg and cress
sandwich instead while we were walking by the canal. Well
the egg and cress sandwich was better than nothing.
||So, all I did was
to go in the cow field to have a look. I didn't chase them,
I just wanted to go and have a sniff and a little look (and
maybe eat a bit of cow poo). Crikey. As soon as the cows
spotted me, they chased me out of the field. I had to run
for my life!! Not sure I will want to go and have a look
at them again, they scared me to death. Might be safer just
to look from the safe side of the fence next time.
| 10th June
|| Aha, my birthday today, 1 year old I am. Me and my friend Amber had steak for tea and very nice it was too!
| 26th June
|| I got stung by a bee. I didn't do anything to it, I only chased it around the window trying to catch it and then it STUNG me. Owww it really hurt. Big Guy pulled out the stinger and now it is swollen. I also got a tick on me and Big Guy pulled that out as well.
||Had a nice walk in the woods and weather not too hot. Found some wild raspberries, so me, my grumpy old sister Amber and Boss Woman picked them and had a feast (sort of ..). I can even pick my own now, I am so clever. I also pick my own apples AND hazelnuts from the trees in our garden, although I do get into trouble sometimes when Boss Woman sees me do it. At least I won't starve if Boss Women ever forgets to feed me!
|| So there I was, minding my own business walking on the Thames path, when I huge GIANT woman came striding towards me, her rain cape flapping about like a giant pair of wings and carrying a very giant umbrella. Well of course I was scared, I thought it was the very angel of death come to get me!! I jumped up and down, I jumped sideways and sideways again and I barked at her. She told Boss Woman she was scared of me. She was scared of me? You have to be kidding. I was terrified of her. Crikey. I was very good though. I didn't growl or jump up at her and I did recall (eventually) to Boss Woman. Phew. I reckon I had a lucky escape there ...
| 12th July
|| Well a lot of excitement in the garden today. I could smell something I was not familiar with and I didn't like the smell so I started barking like mad. Big Guy went to find out what I was barking at, and it was a MASSIVE grass snake, a female about 1 metre long. No kidding. When Boss Woman went to take a photo of it, it arched it's neck ready to strike her. Anyway she stepped back in time because even though they are not poisonous snakes, it could have stuck it's fangs in her I reckon. Ha Ha, Boss Woman was a BIT scared.
|| So this evening I went to Mantrailing (sniffer training). I tell you, I was good ! Very good in fact. I sniffed an item on the floor belonging to the person and then I sniffed and sniffed and picked up and followed their trail, right to exactly where they were hiding. I loved it AND I got to wear my lovely new pink training harness.
||Very exciting day today. Lucy, of Starfish Underwater Photography, took some photos of me swimming underwater. I worked very hard, jumping in the pool and retrieving the ball so Lucy could take photos of me doing it. Lucy said she will contact the Press Agencies and tell them all about how very clever I am!
| 5th August
|| My birthday today. 13 years old. Steak for tea, followed by banana dessert and a fish biscuit for afters. Very nice it was too.
| 10th August
|| Today was another 33 deg. VERY hot day. My friend Amber stayed at home while me and Boss Woman went for a walk. It was just too hot for poor old Amber. Anyway, we stayed in the shade of the woods and met my friend Monica, who then hid for me so I could practise my sniffer training. I found her of course!
| 11th August
|| Well 35 deg it is today so unfortunately my mantrailing session is cancelled because it is too hot for us dogs to work. I am sorely disappointed, I really like going to sniffer training.
|| Sniffer training again tonight. I aced it, of course ! Well almost. First run I cheated a bit because I could see the 'runner' clearly from where I was so I didn't need to sniff him out but the second run, which was a decoy one, I totally ignored the decoy and sniffed out the proper runner. When I did it on Saturday, I could even sniff the runner from across the lake where they were hiding. I never saw them at all but I could sniff them across the water. Superstar they called me.
| 21st August
|| We went over near Henley today, to help look for Lola the missing dog. I trailed everywhere looking for her, up and down, round and round, absolutely loads of trails to follow but I couldn't find her becuase I was getting very tired so Boss Woman said we had to stop. Pity we didn't find her though because I bet she is weak and scared now, being out in the open for so long. That is, unless someone has found her and kept her!
|| So there I was, happy sniffing around, enjoying my walk in the woods, when suddenly round the corner, through some trees and very unexpectedly came some old people walking a very unhappy looking rescue dog from Romania. The poor dog was not used to being on lead, neither was it used to meeting loads of dogs, neither was it used to walking slowly with old people. It should have been walked in the open space, away from any other dogs and in a place where they could see other dogs approaching. Anyway, I went running up to it to say hello and welcome, just as Boss Woman spotted them and shouted out "Is it okay with other dogs". The old woman shouted back and shaking her hand, "Well it has had a couple of do's already". Boss Woman called me back immediately, but it was too late. The poor sad dog took exception to my greeting and attacked me. So of course, I attacked it back. The silly old people made no effort to pull their dog off me, in fact the stupid old man was behind and stood there like a lump of clotted cream. Boss Woman tried to grab hold of me but the old woman was in the way and the sad dog was attacking me and Boss Woman was not wanting it to bite her. Anyway, I was uncremoniously pulled away and put on lead. Boss Woman was very annoyed that they were walking the poor dog in such a thickly wooded area, where many dogs walk offlead, they had no control over it and were completely at a loss what to do when it did attack me. Boss Woman felt very sorry for the poor dog, being owned by such irresponsible clueless dim witted people. Of course, guess what happened? They are now telling people it is all MY fault. Well actually, it was THEIR fault entirely. Well I can be grumpy to other dogs that run up to me but I NEVER attack them, I do tell them off though. Sometimes a whole pack of dogs that the dog walkers take in the woods come up to me to sniff my bum and annoy me. It's what sociable dogs do, especially young ones, they meet and greet each other. Boss Woman suspects it is more to do with the fact that we are Staffies, than any other reason.
||So now I have been accepted and registered in the SAR Dog Lost Rescue. Even though I am still a raw trainee, I am now officially a search and rescue dog. Clever or what??
|| Lovely walk down to the river. I had the best time ever. Boss Woman took a ball and I spent ages jumping in the river and bringing it back. I am so brave now that I just launch myself at full speed, straight into the water. The weather was a bit too warm for me, so we had to walk very slowly, but I still enjoyed the walk and the river was nice and cool on my tummy.
| 18th September
|| I have to walk on lead now for the next week or 2. Actually I am walked on a head collar because Boss Woman said I pull like a train when I am on lead. I am in season and all the males are interested in me and I am also very interested in them. I met my friend a lovely blue Amstaff type, one that we normally have a rough play together, well his owner asked Boss Woman if I could be mated with it. Boss Woman said absolutely definitely NOT. Apparently when I have finished my 2nd 'season' then I am going to be spayed, whatever that means.
|| Went over to Dedham Vale and Flatford in Essex/Suffolk yesterday. We did a very lovely 6.9 mile walk around Flatford and Flatford mill, in the footsteps of John Constable (the famous painter). Me and Amber had the lovely River Stour to go paddling and swimming in, which we were glad of seeing as it was a very hot day. I met a lovely friendly Staffie X called Maisie and had a play with her for a while. I did very well walking all that way but I was a bit stiff in my legs when we had finished. I did enjoy the nice walking though and the river was lovely and cooling on my legs and tummy. I was well tired when we got home and slept like a log, with a bit of snoring.
| 2nd October
|| Bit of a wet windy walk in the woods today, so typically all the fairweather walkers were lurking at home in the warmth. Didn't get too wet though and the wind made me a bit giddy. I was chasing about all over, chasing leaves and all sorts. As we were nearly home, I flushed a bird out of the bushes, which it turned out was a Cockatiel thing. It made a bit of a racket with it high pitched squeaking noise. The last we saw of it, it flew into the top of a big tree.
| 6th October
|| Had a good day today. Started off this morning with my usual fresh egg from our hens (Big Guy gives me a fresh egg every morning), went for a lovely walk in the woods and had fun sniffing out my friend Monica, had a really good rough play with my Ridgeback x Staffie friend Patch and then had a few cross words with a little poodle thing, although it WAS my fault because I tried to pinch her stick. Went mantrailing this evening. I had to follow 2 different scents at the same time. I found the first runner and she ignored me even though I asked her for a treat so then I realised I had to follow the second scent and I found the runner and got my treat (fresh ham) after all. ACED it.
| 7th October
||Apparently the dog that attacked me the other week, and also had a couple of 'do's' before it attacked me, has also recently attacked another dog and they are now blaming the other dog, just as they blamed me. The owners are still walking it where loads of other dogs walk/run offlead. Of all the places nearby they could take it, do they really have to take it to the local woods where offlead dogs are always running??? Me and my friends like to meet and greet in the woods and some of us have rough (or not so rough) play and it is a place where many of us enjoy a really good run about. It is most inconsiderate of a them to take their extremely scared / reactive dog into such a mix, epecially when there are plenty of other places they could go where it is open space and fewer dogs are present. They are setting their poor dog up to fail in socialising by putting it into a situation with so many dogs present. The poor dog deserves better treatment than it currently is getting. Apparently the woman told someone that she is considering giving the dog back to the rescue. At the top of the road as we were coming home, there was a dodgy looking bloke in a pale grey/silvery type transit van driving down the road, very very slowly and totally staring at Boss Woman and me and Harri. Then, just around the corner, like he was waiting for someone was another dodgy looking guy with 2 gold necklaces on and with a rucksack on the floor, hanging about, leaning against the lamp post
||So, we all went down to the seaside at West Wittering today. I have never been to the seaside before so Boss Woman thought it was time that I went to have a look. While Big Guy was getting the picnic stuff out, Boss Woman took me and Amber on to the beach. It was VERY overwhelming. I took one look at the sea and the huge expanse of beach, and then I turned and legged it at high speed, straight back to the car where Big Guy was. Boss Woman was really cross with me becuase she said I could have got run over. Anyway, we ate our lunch and then went back to the beach. Boss Woman took me in the water but I was not impressed in the slightest AND when I had a drink of the water, it tasted disgusting and I spat it out. We did have a very nice 4 mile walk down the beach though and Big Guy had a play with his new drone he got.
| 17th October
||Sniffer training today. I had to follow an aged trail, basically a trail that had been laid 30 minutes previously. Of course I ACED IT !! I got 3 mini pork sausages as a reward when I found the 'runner', which was a great incentive to search and find.
||Well despite the rain, we had a good walk in the woods. LOADS of squirrels to chase and puddles to go in. A lot of little tiny people in the woods today, as there was yesterday. They all seem to want to come and say hello to me and Amber and stroke us, which I don't mind at all, even if sometimes they do pull my tail or my fur. Someone told Boss Woman that little people like me and Amber because we seem to have a friendly face with a big smiley mouth. They seemed quite impressed by the fact I could do a 'high five'
||After I ate my lunch of minced beef, tomatoes and green beans then Boss Woman sat me down in front of her and we had a little chat. Well in fact, she spoke and I listened. She told me that I was maturing into a well behaved lovely dog, maturing nicely, and that my recall was excellent (most of the time), I had stopped jumping up at people (most of the time) and that I was VERY gentle with the little tiny young humans (ALL of the time) and got on well and played nicely with other dogs (unless they were aggressive in which case I reacted aggressively back at them, some of the time) and that I am a very clever girl with being so good at sniffer training. I think overall that she was very happy with my progress from being a cute but naughty puppy to a very nice maturing juvenile. I do try and be a good girl mostly but being a dog and all that ... I do have a little blip occasionally. So, Boss Woman is very pleased with me. Of course.
||Well today we went for a walk in the local woods, even though it was raining hard and blowing a gale. I was concentrating so hard on chasing squirrels that I lost sight of Boss Woman. She was shouting and shouting for me but I never heard her for ages. I was running up and down and round and round in a right panic. There was a nice woman with a Boston Terrier and a nice man called Scott, they were helping look for me. Phew! What a palaver. I sniffed Boss Woman out in the end and found her quite a way from where I lost sight of her.
||Half a mile into our walk in the woods, and we reached the 1000 mile target for our Viewranger 1000 mile challenge. Not sure how much we have raised for DOTS (Dogs on the Streets) probably not a lot, but certainly every little bit helps. I was running about chasing squirrels and a man thought I was lost and running away and his 2 little boys were shouting to Boss Woman "She is over there ... I can see her ....). Boss Woman told them that I wasn't lost, but thankyou and not to worry. It was very kind of them to worry about me like that though. On our walks we meet all sorts of people, some nasty horrible ones and some downright weirdos, but most of the time we meet very nice people and occasionally we meet some extremely interesting people. We even met a very nice interesting actor the other day and me made a right fuss of me. Some bad news though. Unfortunately my sniffer training is not going ahead during November because of the lockdown, although Boss Woman is letting me practise on people we know in the meantime.