dogs and more dogs and horses on sick leave

by Sharon Santoni
Have you noticed how sometimes life is going along swimmingly, at a good steady rhythm, without too many hitches or surprises, until one incy wincy detail throws it all haywire.
That’s what happened this morning, to my regular, and very civilised Wednesday morning walk.
Come winter, come summer, rain or shine, I walk in the forest each Wednesday morning with my good and patient friend J, and her lovely black lab Rupert.  We stride through the forest at reasonably high speed, chatting and laughing, not noticing the time go by – only pausing now and again to yell after a dog (invariably mine!) gone AWOL.
These walks are one of the small and simple highlights of my week.
This morning, of course, we had young Ghetto in tow, and then another good friend turned up with a certain Elliott.[blank]
Suddenly we had 4 dogs![blank]
Where shall I start?!
It was  a mess!
Ghetto, by way the smallest, could think of nothing else than getting on top of Elliott (I swear that pup will have certain small parts of him missing by the end of the summer!)
Gibson kept running away, and poor Elliott was rather traumatised by Ghetto’s amorous intentions and wouldn’t get out from under our feet.
Thank goodness that Rupert was there to raise the tone of the whole event.
Even Iris was amazed to see us walk past the field with so many dogs in tow!

Which reminds me: Quick had a visit from the vet yesterday and it is ALL GOOD NEWS!!  The bone is mending beautifully, the swelling is well reduced and we’ll be starting some gentle walking on a lead rein before the end of the  month!  YAY!



Rama's Mama July 11, 2012 - 5:00 pm

Looks like a heavenly place to walk! Poor pup, he will have to get used to how the walk is properly executed! LOL

French Girl in Seattle July 11, 2012 - 5:17 pm

I laughed when I read this. Walking with a pack of four dogs is no easy feat. Ghetto is just being a rambunctious Jack Russel 🙂 Sounds like he needs to get back on the leash for the next walk. Maybe he will learn his lesson then, le petit Rascal! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat July 11, 2012 - 5:38 pm

Lovely photos and such a fun adventure. Glad to hear Quick is realy on the mend. x

Beth Molle't July 11, 2012 - 5:38 pm

Too funny- we live with 4 dogs every single day- and to say it is quite the adventure? Well… Maybe on certain days it is- two German Shepherd 8 mos old pups, one rescue pup that looks to be 1/2 of something and another 1/2 of a party, then we have our rescue Jack Russel named Zip who is a grouchy little creature, but loved beyond measure. Also our chickens that we have named after my Grandmother's sisters (:-)

Delaine July 11, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Don't animals make our lives fun and…very interesting! Love it!

I Dream Of July 11, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Your tale of summer walk gone to the dogs made me laugh out loud. I could just picture the calm French countryside erupting into chaos – and leave it to the terrier to being in the center of all the confusion! So happy to hear the lovely Quick is on the mend! XO

helen tilston July 11, 2012 - 5:57 pm

Hello Sharon
What a treat your weekly outing is.

So much fun and Ghetto is adorable.

Thanks for the good news about your horse. Continued joy as you go through your day


Our French Inspired Home July 11, 2012 - 6:00 pm

Sounds like an exciting morning. Same walk and company next week?

Anonymous July 11, 2012 - 6:20 pm

O Sharon it sounds like quite the morning! I guess it's a good thing that they are all so cute. I am glad to hear Quick is doing well. I hope the rest of your day goes well. Janet

wendi yates July 11, 2012 - 6:25 pm

Hahahahaha! Merci beaucoup for this morning chuckle! Love the look on Iris' face – perhaps a bit concerned that Ghetto would find her of interest too??? Too funny!

kabayoz July 11, 2012 - 6:49 pm

I am laughing as I read your account of the Wednesday walk gone haywire. My dogs, Stella and Dante, and my neighbor's German Shepherd can be fine together until my other friend's Chihuahua join the others. She's is a little firecracker, and has no fear of being swallowed by the big dogs. She'll yep non-stop until Dante growls at her and walk off. Dear Gibson decided to go AWOL, can't blame him at all. And Iris was probably happy not being a part of the walking party. Soon it will be independent day for Quick, out of the stable and starts exercising again. Happy for Quick and for you too Sharon.


donna baker July 11, 2012 - 6:54 pm

I have been feeding the neighbors horse for two years, as they don't. I recently purchased it, built a stall and fenced five acres, brought her home, and she is lungeing, pushy and bit the fire out of me. Do you have any good sources of info about her behavior? and what to do about it? I am trying to find a trainer but so far no luck.

Amber July 11, 2012 - 6:56 pm

I bet you were ready for a nap after that! I'm convinced… a Jack Russell will be the perfect addition to our crazy family!

pve design July 11, 2012 - 8:26 pm

Sounds like a fun walk! I did a little illustration of your home and would love for you to see it when you have a moment.
I posted it on my blog yesterday~

Pamela RG July 11, 2012 - 9:47 pm

Looks like you had a fun and memorable walk with the dogs…Thank God, Quick is recovering very well. I hope he recovers fully soon.

Pat @ Pat's Pink Apron July 11, 2012 - 10:52 pm

Love hearing about your walk with the dogs.
I'm glad Quick is doing well. Beautiful horses and dogs.

Anonymous July 11, 2012 - 11:39 pm

I just discovered your blog. What a wonderful person you must be to love dogs, horses and the forest! I know we would be fast friends.

kabayoz July 11, 2012 - 11:46 pm

By the way Sharon…forgot to mention, I really like the black and white photos, unless all of a sudden I became color blind…:)

Splenderosa July 12, 2012 - 12:30 am

Yes, this is life, but you got a good laugh out of it, a great blog post, and some funny memories too. Keep track of those doggie parts!! Too too cute.

Renée Finberg July 12, 2012 - 12:33 am

your horses are gorgeous.i will return soon.


Mizeltoh July 12, 2012 - 1:17 am

Sounds like dog heaven! Really pleased that Quick is on the mend, and will be out and about again soon.

carolyn bradford July 12, 2012 - 2:16 am

What an exciting morning! I would love to have friends like that to walk with! We used to do that and then life got busy so it's just me on my treadmill…which is fine because I get a lot of thinking done but there's nothing like walking with friends…AND Dogs! What an adventure! All of the dogs are so precious and glad to here that Quick is mending as well! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Denise July 12, 2012 - 3:13 am

What an adventure! With Dogs! I have two dogs and always enjoy walking with them. Thank you for sharing this great post

Magnolia Verandah July 12, 2012 - 3:13 am

Dogs are such characters arn't they – the main thing is they all get along (well sort of)! Good fun though and a lovely walk.

notchke July 12, 2012 - 4:00 am

Wonderful story of your adventure! I can't help but noticing that Gibson was the muddiest! Our goldens always found the deepest puddle. So glad to hear about Quick. Thanks for keeping us updated.

Kris July 12, 2012 - 5:01 am

HA! Anytime you take more than one dog on a walk it can turn into a fiasco! I love how they raise their noses up in the air and sniff. It seems they can smell anything and of course they can always find a puddle or two to get into (I've had my share of muddy paws!).

So glad to hear that Quick is mending and will soon be able to take on some easy walking! 🙂

Lesli at My Old Country House July 12, 2012 - 1:13 pm

I just LOVE this post! So happy the Horse is healing!!!

peggy braswell July 12, 2012 - 6:37 pm

Have had terriers, high spirited little creatures + loved the post. Thankful that your house is on the mend.

Pamela Terry and Edward July 12, 2012 - 11:15 pm

Smiles all round!

Vicki July 13, 2012 - 10:55 am

I've missed something along the way, and that's how does it come to be that Ghetto comes in and then goes out of your life?


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