7 March 2014

Bodger

Arrf! Arrf! My name's Bodger. Today I went for a nice country walk with my owner Sally. We often venture out on the paths west of Sheffield. Recently it has been quite wet and muddy out there but I don't mind. After all, I don't wear clothes. My shaggy dog coat keeps me nice and warm and if I get too muddy Sally or Bob will give me a nice warm bath and allow me to dry by the fire.

When we are out walking, I cover twice as much ground as Sally. I like to run in the woods. Sometimes I chase rabbits or sniff the backsides of other dogs. I sniffed Polly the Labrador again today. Lovely, ripe aroma but she always plays hard to get. I never have much luck with those pedigree bitches and Sally's always yelping, "Bodger! Bodger! Come here!"

To burn off energy, I like to find sticks. When I was a puppy, Sally or Bob would throw me pathetic little sticks and I'd retrieve them. It was a bit boring really. Nowadays, when I am in the woods, I like to find the biggest bloody branch I can carry. You have to get it balanced and clamp down hard with your teeth. I like to imagine it's the postman's leg.

You can see Sally in the top picture - trailing along behind me as usual. In the little car park off Lodge Moor Lane, a fearsome old bloke in a Hull City shirt was taking off his walking boots as I trotted along. He snapped me once and then damn me - he snapped me again as I trotted back. If I hadn't been carrying my log I'd have barked like hell. Arff! Arrf!

14 comments:

  1. I'd love to see Bodger negotiate an open door... My first dog was daft as a brush and would also try and lug home a chunk of timber and then spend ages guarding it at the kitchen door while he figured out a way to get it into the house!

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    1. I have never had a dog but I hear that they tend to take after their owners - both in appearance and actions.

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  2. Wasn't Bodger one of the dogs from the incredible journey?

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    1. I just checked. Yes, you are right John and the hound I saw today was on his own "incredible journey" from "The Three Merry Lads" on Redmires Road.

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  3. A grand story to wake up to.

    My two are litter collectors, plastic bottles being the refuse of choice.

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    1. Pleased you liked the story Adrian. Thank you.

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  4. Toby tends to go for dead leaves and if they come from a dirty drain, so much the better. Failing that, a stone never fails to give pleasure.

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    1. We can learn so much from dogs Jenny.

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  5. I want to go for a walk! Right now!!! (I promise I won't be walking around with a huge branch in my gob. Not even with a tiny one.)

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    1. Not even an ice lolly stick?

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  6. A Spaniel of some sort? He was certainly keeping his eye on you.

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    1. I'm not sure what breed Bodger is - but yes some sort of spaniel. The only dog I am really fond of is a hot dog with fried onions and a little tomato ketchup.

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  7. Bodger is a fine and honourable name. And that bit of wood is definitely in keeping with the bodger's skills.

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    1. I don't approve of the government's Bodger cull. Perhaps that's why this Bodger had a big branch - he was hoping to clobber an MP!

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