Monday, 26 November 2012

Runner up!


Thanks everyone who downloaded my Colonel book and thanks to those who bought the short story book too.

A while back I put a link on here to win a Kindle with Animed (where I buy a lot of Indy’s meds, syringes etc). It was a caption competition and I was so chuffed to be one of the 50 runners up.

The prize arrived and it was a pack of dog treats, which judging by the ingredients will be fine for Indy, plus a game for him. It’s like one of those little square things with all the tiny squares that you have to move to make up a picture, except this one has 9 big squares with little wells beneath each one.



He already has a treat ball which he loves to play with. But he keeps leaving it in the garden and last time he brought it in, a slug fell out! Because it’s got so wet inside, I can’t put food in there any more, so this new toy arriving was timely.



I put some of his food in the wells and slid the covers over to hide it. It took him all of one and a half seconds to figure out how to move the covers using his paw or his nose. I can arrange it so it’s more complicated, but it’s definitely a hit.



He’s always been very clever when it comes to things like that, but leave a door ajar and him on the other side and he is completely lost. Tilly used to open doors for him – either by pushing them or by pulling them open with her paw.

This picture makes me smile. It is so typical. Indy so spotless and Tilly… well it’s a good job she used to love her baths! 



And funnily enough, a new lady has moved into our close and she has cats – and one of them looks very much like Sammy. It feel so strange – and so nice – to see a ginger cat around again.

This was Sammy when he was 10 – a few years before all his health problems started.



And here’s a picture I found of The Incredible Threesome (one of the stories in You Can’t Love a Stranger & Other Stories) – plus one! Sweep on the left, Tilly at the front, Indy on the right and my daughter’s dog Oakley (who has also appeared in lots of my stories) at the back. Sweep was 12 in this picture, the same age as Indy is now – and the other three were about a year old.



Why were they all sitting so nicely and looking so serious and attentive? They were waiting for their dinner which was up on the side! 


24 comments:

  1. Great to see the pictures from the past and get to meet some of the wonderful characters who inspired your writing.

    I love the doggy game, just glad I don't have to hunt for my dinner, Indy. :-)

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    1. Indy says to tell you he had to explain to a human how to use the game earlier today :-) x

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  2. Fantastic pictures, Teresa. I love Indy's new game and I'm sure he loves it too.
    I especially like the picture of the two running along, one clean and one muddy. Lots of very happy memories for you here. x

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    1. Thank you, Joanna. I must admit I've been focusing very much on the happy memories than the sad ones over the past few days x

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  3. Well done on the prize, Teresa, which looks a huge hit with Indy! Love all the photos.

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    1. Thanks, Rosemary. It occurred to me that it's the first time I've ever come anywhere in a (sort of) writing contest :-) x

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  4. I think, like Indy, Bonnie would sus out the treat game very quickly. she also manages to eat most toys we give her! Her favourite game at the moment is staring at shadows!!

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    1. I think so too, Wendy - Bonnie looks like a very bright girl x

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  5. Lovely pictures and memories Teresa.

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  6. Brilliant idea! I wonder whether they do them for horses? Lovely pics, too.

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    1. If they don't they should, Frances :-) x

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  7. Oh those pictures would win prizes Teresa. They've won my heart straight away. Beautiful creatures.xx

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    1. They were and are lovely, Sue. Sweep was my first springer and the reason I fell in love with spaniels. He used to particularly love old ladies, cats and small boys (and eating awful things he found out on walks, dead crabs, horse poo, you name it - he once swallowed a rat!) x

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  8. That dog game looks like loads of fun! I'd be tempted to feed him every meal, one biscuit at a time, using it.

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    1. I bet I'd get fed up before he did, Patsy :-) x

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  9. Those pet photos make me smile. They are really cute!

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  10. Well done on your win :0)

    Gorgeous, gorgeous photos. I especially like the one where everyone's waiting for dinner :0)

    xxx

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    1. Thank you, Suz :-) Yes that is a favourite photo of mine, all my lovelies together xx

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  11. I love seeing all your photos Teresa - Sammy looks to be very much in charge in this one! Sounds like a great prize too - well done! :-)

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  12. Well done! I wish I could write captions but I will never win a caption contest in a million years. My mind just goes blank.
    What an ingenious dog toy. Never seen anything like it!

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    1. I'm not usually very good at them, Jenny. I was very surprised to be a runner up. I only entered the competition because entering gave you a discount and I order a lot of stuff from them :-)
      It is a great toy isn't it :-) x

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