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Monday, February 16, 2009

A Hint of Spring

Craggy Island seems to have escaped the worst of the recent snowfall. Friday, I gave the beach a miss and decided to visit the glen. The air was crisp, the sun up, and, other than Jake and myself, there was not a soul in sight. Now the mornings are getting lighter, it sends out a little hope winter may yet be on the turn.

Without my little side-kick in tow, I doubt I'd haul myself out on a daily walk. Certainly if only for that alone, he more than earns his dog-food. Talking of which..



How do you like his new svelte figure? Poor lad sure misses his scraps, but he's under vet's orders to get in shape. Kibble doesn't hold the same allure as his usual egg and bacon breakfast, he's getting a might desperate as of late. We actually caught him digging up his own spuds the other day!






At the river he's too slow to catch any fish, not that it stops him from trying. (Smile.) Down at the beach, he's developed a taste for seaweed needing to be watched like a hawk lest he chokes on the stuff. (Stoopid mutt! )



The poor lad doesn't understand what he's done to deserve all this. We never set out to over-feed him, but with four kids, each one slipping him the odd treat here and there, the calories soon piled on. He is certainly a lot more lively thesedays, almost like a pup again. Hardly surprising, eh? I had a lighter spring to my step too, when I shed over forty pounds.


Aw, cheer up Jake, harsh though it is, it's all for the best!

35 comments:

TheWritersPorch said...

Shrinky........a dog named Jake!
My Jake is a scoundrel too! Have you ever heard the country song,
" Feed Jake"? It says; ' feed Jake, he's been a good ole dog'.
That's where my Jake got his name.
Don't forget to stop by the porch and get your name in the pot for the drawing!
Carol

Fletch said...

Brrrrr ...

Rather him than me. And to think he doesn't even have the 'padding' to ward off the cold.

Poor soul!

Cruella Shrinky!

*Goddess* said...

I'm going through the same thing with my dog and I DON'T give her a lot of treats. I'm convinced additives in the food make them fat...not unlike people.

Guess we'll have to start calling Jake "Shrinky" now:)

Shrinky said...

Blimey, another Carol with a dog called Jake (we ought to start comaparing kids names.. none of yours are a Beccy, Sam, Matt or Abby per chance..?)!!

Cruella Shrinky.. hmmn, I like it (wink)!

Goddess, Jake is (or was) a walking waste-disposal garbage unit all unto himself.. press his paw, his mouth flipped open! To take his mind off things a friend gave me a useful tip, to smear the hollowed out inside portion of a piece of marrow-bone with a little smidge of peanut butter. It keeps him busy for hours, poor sod.

CHEWY said...

How fitting for you to post about Jake. I just finished a Dean Koontz book with a Golden Retriever in it. I hope last Friday's glen visit left you high and dry. (giggle) I know how the dumb mutt* can get stuck in the river.

* said lovingly.

Pat Houseworth said...

We had our hint of Spring last week in Ohio, but back to realitiy this week....just Mother Nature letting us know, we have at least 5 weeks of this stuff to go.

Sandi McBride said...

Yes Jake, and it will add years to your life! And being such a beauty, you'd be missed if you keeled over from clogged arteries...an eggwhite omelete just won't taste the same, but maybe your Mum will make you one with a touch of kibble!
Sandi

QUASAR9 said...

Yeah,
I'm feeling it too

Scott from Oregon said...

There is an old couple down the road with a fat Golden.

I walk up and down the fenceline teasing him, making him run and bark and carry on after me just to get him some exercise.

He has very old masters...

Jay said...

It's so tough putting a dog on a diet, isn't it? Our instinct is to nurture and feed, and just do something nice for them ... but it's true it doesn't do them any favours in the long run.

Good for you for getting Jake's figure back for him. He looks great!!

Shrinky said...

Hi chewy, Dean Kootz, huh? I hope the mutt made it out safe at the end, I know how this guy has a nasty habit of killing off most of his characters! And yeah, my latest trip out spared me a drenching (this time) smile.

I know Pat, she loves to lull us into a false sense of security, doesn't she?

Yes Sandi, I often tell my kids Jake is my fifth and most favoured child! The least we can do is to ensure he lives a long and healthy life. Smile.

Hi Quasar9, how's life over in facebook?

Aw Scott, it's nice you take the effort to try. It's sad when owners outgrow their dogs, can't keep up with giving them the runs they need. I guess he is much loved anyway, and a dear companion in their old age.

Shrinky said...

Hi Jay, your comment must have crossed just as I posted! Yeah, it's hard not to feel mean depriving him of his scraps. The little tyke turned into a thief last night, I'd ordered pizza as a treat for the kids and their mates. I turned my back for a minute and he had made away with the box and what was left inside it! Hmph.. back to the drawing board then.

TheWritersPorch said...

YOU WON SHRINK........2nd PLACE !
Send me a e-mail and I'll reply back.........

Shrinky said...

Oh Carol, how exciting!! Wheeeeeee.. running over to give you a hug))

Suldog said...

Ah, I need to go on Jake's diet maybe. I have no motivation lately, and eat all sorts of junk without any exercise. Can you come across the pond and whip me into shape?

Shrinky said...

Hnmm, (tapping foot, considering) thing is Jim, I can be a VERY hard task-master.. (sigh) I'm not just quite sure you would be up for it (wink).

The Vengeance said...

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I love your super hero from just a post ago. You're such a clever writer. It was witty and funny! I enjoyed it.
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Shrinky said...

Hey there, The Vengance - welcome aboard hon - lovely to see you here. Thank you for the kind words, I rather enjoyed your blog too.. I hope we will share many more visits to come. (Smile)

perfecthindsight said...

Hi Shrinky .... what lovely photographs, you do have a talent there, maybe a career if you wanted one! Your slice of Craggy island looks adorable, a wave of fresh air & sunshine compared with London (Ugh - I have to be here cos of work).
I think that cats are fine at looking after themselves, but dogs (dur!) they need a bit of help - so it's best that someone is looking after his shape, even if the rest of you guys over-indulge him.
But oh dear, digging up spuds ... what does your husband think of that??
Keep writing & shooting (photographs that is). Helen.

Shrinky said...

Hi there Helen. Oh, um well yeah, the spuds.. see, thing is, the back garden is meant to be out of bounds to Jake, he has his own fenced off patch to romp in. Hubby and Jake have an ongoing battle over this, Jake digs holes everywhere and pees on hubby's prisine lawns.

When hubs is in London, I let Jake out from his patch for a treat, I just tell hubs it must be the moles back again. So far no one has told him we don't actually have any moles on the island.. wink.

perfecthindsight said...

Hi ... it's me again (haven't I got anything better to do at work this morning?). Had to show your photos of Jake to my girlfriend, as she has a Retriever (not as shaggy as your's!). She told me that dog pee is stronger than weedkiller (sorry, all you non-dog owners reading). You'd better place a garden gnome over any of Jake's 'indiscretions' or your husband is bound to find out )(eek)! Helen

Shrinky said...

Laughing.. she's not wrong there! I swear he does it on purpose though, kinda' reclaiming it back from his da, "See? It's mine really.." (Little minx.)

~Babs said...

Oh!
One of my favorite dogs,,,they are SO loving! Hope the book Chewy read is "Watchers". Absolutely THE best book!

Jake is a beauty,and they always love us, even if he feels a bit deprived.

Shrinky said...

Babs, loving he is, a guard dog he ain't! He doesn't even bark when the doorbell rings, greets any stranger with a waggy tail, and lets the kids use him as a beanbag as they lie on his belly to watch TV. Ah well, he'll do, we love him anyway (smile).

CHEWY said...

SUPER POOPER!

CHEWY said...

With the POOPER SCOOPER!

Berthddu Suit said...

What lovely pics, I especially like the one of him gazing into the water. What a handsome chap he is.

Poutalicious said...

He looks very slim and trim but the poor boy misses his eggs and bacon. I can't say that I blame him one bit. Oh well, Mum knows best.

Alex L said...

Our old kitty used to pile it on at the start of winter, made it a chore to carry him... not that I stopped. But he does look very svelt indeed, maybe you should enter him in a show... I'm sure we'd all get a good laugh out of that.

david mcmahon said...

He's a handsome fella

Shrinky said...

Oiy The Chewster, I'll have you know our Jake is trained to only poo on his patch, so there!

Cheers Berthduu, that pic is one of my fave's too (smile)

Ah Pouty, the problem I now have is I can't bear to throw out the scraps.. I'm gonna' have to be watching MY tummy soon..

Oh Alex, you little sweetie you, I think I feel a post coming on (x)!

We thinks so, David (smile).

skywind said...

Oh, you have a very special dog, I feel very good.

Shrinky said...

He is that, skywind (grin).

Cath said...

Awwww - Jake is so cute! He certainly looks very handsome. Gorgeous figure!

hkki said...

beuatiful photos