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Many people walk their dogs around the heath and pond and we have become friendly with both dogs and owners - especially since Liz has started taking dog biscuits with her!
Liz always checks with owners whether it is OK to give a treat before she does so.

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Binky   Tilly

"Man's best friend" is a common phrase used to describe domestic dogs, referring to their millennia-long history of close relations, loyalty, and companionship with humans.

The first recorded use of a related phrase is by Frederick the Great of Prussia. It was likely popularized by its use in a poem by Ogden Nash and has since become a common colloquialism.
Before the 19th century, breeds of dogs (other than lap dogs) were largely functional.

They performed activities such as hunting, tracking, watching, protecting and guarding; and language describing the dog often reflected these roles.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "In the oldest proverbs and phrases dogs are rarely depicted as faithful or as man’s best friend, but as vicious, ravening, or watchful."

Beginning in the 18th century, multiplying in the 19th and flourishing in the 20th century, language and attitudes towards dogs began to shift. Possibly, this societal shift can be attributed to discovery of the rabies vaccine in 1869.

Jack   Oscar
Mischief   Buster
Masie   Holly
Wilma   Lola
Dino   Sizzle
Fifi   Zeek
Chenda   Darcy I
Monty   Hardy
Darcy II   Oscar and Liz
Pearl   Charlie I
Myrtle   Charlie II


Oscar has spotted Liz!   Lola has also spotted Liz!
Toddy - a Hungarian Puli
The Puli is a small-medium breed of Hungarian herding and livestock guarding dog known for its long, corded coat. The tight curls of the coat appear similar to dreadlocks.

The coat is the result of a controlled matting process. Thin, rope-like corded coats are desired and the grooming should control the coat towards the forming of thinner ropes. The Puli's coat needs considerable grooming to keep its cords clean, neat, and attractive. With age, the coat can become quite long, even reaching the ground. Alternatively, the coat can be trimmed short regularly for easy maintenance although the corded coat is what attracts many people to the breed.

  The breed is intelligent and can do well in obedience training if begun early. Traditionally, the Puli dog breed was used as a herding dog and sometimes even as a livestock guarding dog, as well. They make very good guard dogs, since they are very protective of their masters and territory. The Puli is sensitive, fun-loving, courageous, but also tough and headstrong.

They are loyal to their owners and wary of strangers. They are highly active and keep a playful, puppy-like behavior their entire lives. They need a lot of exercise and free space, preferably outdoors - Pulis are generally not very well suited as city or indoor pets. Wikipedia

Oscar has spotted Liz again!   Mrs Miggins
May 2021: Poor old Jack had a cyst removed and had to wear a plastic collar!   Harvey
Dylan   Jake
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