Thursday, 20 November 2014

Hey! Watcha doing? #wildposse

Hello my friends...I am bringing you news of a special offer for all my friends in the #BTPosse on Twitter...our very old friend Miss Karen (@wildpaw) from PawPrint Pets has kindly agreed to stop by Twitter on Tuesday 2nd December between 8pm and 9pm (UK time) to answer your questions about animal behavioural issues to help you to become  a better doggie or kitten....follow #wildposse

....maybe you chew your humans things a bit too much?....
....Miss Karen (who is @wildpaw n Twitter) is a very old friend of dear old Marley....he used to appear on her podcast as a guest barker from time to time...and she has always been a kind and helpful person to many of our friends...she has even worked with individual members of the posse over the years...

....barking issues?......#wildposse
 ....Miss Karen has worked with dogs and their people for over 20 years. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and an Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) Clinical Animal Behaviourist and is qualified as an instructor (First grade, with Honours) with the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers and a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS). She writes on dog behaviour and training for Dogs Today, the UK’s leading ethical dog magazine, and has written two best-selling books on training and behaviour, published by Hamlyn. She is a guest blog writer for Dr Ian Dunbar’s revolutionary website, Dog Star Daily, and also lectures on behaviour practice, practical training and consultation for Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, U.K.


....brainy lady....#wildposse
...so, if you would like to pop along to our event then join us on Twitter between 8pm and 9pm UK time on 2 December. We will be using the hashtag #wildposse and Miss Karen will do her best to offer some advice for whatever is ailing you...

....separation anxiety?......#wildposse

....uh oh....bladder issues?...#wildposse
....unauthorised nibbling?...#wildposse

.......you can see a little bit more about PawPrint Pets here.......

Pawprintpets-V1 from Jon Buscall on Vimeo.

.....hope you can join us on 2 December....if you want to be sure we address your question then just DM me before the event and I will ask Miss Karen to do some homework....#wildposse

....I ar Marlee..an I haz aproov dis messij....#wildposse

p.s. remember that Miss Karen is doing this out of the goodness of her heart so no pushing, shoving, jostling or heckling from the back....arrive early for a good seat...there may be snacks...#wildposse...oh, and Miss Karen is also a karate instructor...you have been warned...

Clapton.....woof....BT HQ...

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Military Mini-me...

Hello my friends....the other day Peter Tosh and I were at home minding our own business....when....*THUD*.....

...a parcel! Hmmm....I wonder what's inside.....its come all the way from Scotland from our very clever pal @jock_thedog who is the CED (Chief Executive Dog) of Tartan Terrors...

....Peter Tosh and I decided there was only one way to find out...

...I let Peter Tosh do the dangerous scissoring with his big safety paws...

...hmmm...just some terrier-orange packing paper visible on the initial inspection....

....seems to be a big Christmas cracker inside.....PUUUUULLLLLLLLL

....waaaaaaah! Look who it is....!! Do you recognise him?.......

...its a mini Colonel Rocky come to live at BT HQ....*whispers* we did not order the Colonel...we just saw him on Mr Jock's website and could not believe the likeness....

...I immediately took the Colonel to check up on his Twitter friends...i sent a message to @issiebissy so that Colonel Rocky would know that his mini-me had arrived safely at BT HQ...

....in the morning, the Colonel was immediately on duty....we did fox watch for an hour or two....

....he inspected my espresso for the typist....it passed....

.....we checked the bagel I had made for typist before his bike ride...it passed too....I think the Colonel liked the Nutella chocolate spread....

...Miss Lola was inconsolable at being relegated to Third Terrier....

....the Colonel was keen to see that typist was keeping healthy with all this cycling he is doing....vitamins and electrolytes all checked....

...and he was pleased to receive orders and reports from Dogs Trust......

...but , as ever, with the Colonel, he was keen for a mission...and so, after a full survey of local transport maps, he went off to assist the typist with picking up the new family car.....

....he arrived exactly two minutes before the train...a soldier is NEVER late....

...leaving just enough time to inspect local terriers....HUP, two, three, four...keep up at the back!

...he commandeered the pilot's seat nearest the exit and kept an eye on the carriage.....

...he had a vantage point from which to view the terrain.....

...Bookham: secured......

....hmmm...he was worried we might have been spotted.....so..

...he insisted on changing trains at Guilford to throw any enemy troops off their scent....

...and entered Hampshire under cover of morning fog...very cunning....

...and like every good commanding officer he made sure that supplies were reaching the front line....

....MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!....
...we are very excited to have the Colonel at BT HQ and say a big thank you to Mr Jock and his team at Tartan terrors...woof

Private Clapton....

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

To the Tower With Him....

Hello my friends....I am sorry we have not blogged in a while....we have been busy with other things I am afraid...but I am happy to be able to catch up with you now....

....as many of you know, its the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War this year and all over the world people have been commemorating and remembering...here in London there has been a special display of poppies at the Tower Of London....the poppy is the symbol we use to remember the fallen of the Great War....

.....I am wearing my poppy in honour os the typist's grandad who fought for four years on the Western Front in the 12th Heavy Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery...he was there on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and at Passchendaele....but we are happy to report that he survived the war and returned home to England...and if you notice, I am at a train station on my way to London with typist to visit the Tower...
....this is the view from his office....as you can see, the weather looked reasonably good for our visit.....
....at lunchtime we went down into the tube system to catch a train to Tower Hill....we thought we could sneak away from work for an hour or so...
.....I think we can catch this one.....
....gosh, these trains are wobbly if you are standing up....
....so I made sure I was safe and secure in a seat of my own....making sure my poppy was on display....the train was full of visitors on their way to Tower Hill to see the poppies with us....
.....here I am at the Tower of London....can you see the enormous crowds?.....it's quite windy at the Tower too as we are down by the River Thames....my fur is a bit windswept...I was smartly groomed when we left home this morning as a mark of respect to the brave boys and girls who went off to serve their country...

......look at all the poppies down in the moat of the Tower.....I don't know if you can see but just above my left ear is the river of poppies flowing out of the tower through a window in the wall....it was a little gloomy at lunchtime but I shall try and use some camera trickery to brighten up the rest of our photos....
....the poppies flow in an uninterrupted river round the side of the Tower heading for the river.....we viewed them from the open public spaces but its possible to queue up to get a walking tour a little bit closer to the moat....and also to go into the Tower itself to see all the historic exhibits, including the Crown Jewels...
.....the poppies are all made of porcelain and I believe that each one of the millions that are there have been bought by members of the public for delivery when the display comes to an end shortly....the display is actually an "evolving installation" called  Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.... created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies will progressively fill the Tower’s famous moat....I think its full now....you can read all about it at the Tower's website HERE...
...the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been to visit....(photo courtesy of the Evening Standard)
.....people have been adding their own small tributes to their relatives who served in the War to the railings....
....the Tower is open to visitors as usual during the display...but we did not have time to take a full tour...and I did not want to run the risk of the typist being recognised and escorted to a cell...
...you can see the river of poppies better from here....(photo courtesy of the Evening Standard)...can you see them pouring over the wall into the moat at the front of the Tower?...

....here they are doing just that.....
....aren't they beautiful?.....
....and although we did not have much time to spare we did manage to see Tower Bridge.....
...and the Shard, Europe's tallest building, as they were right on the doorstep.....
 
...you can read more about the display and see lots more professional photos of the poppies HERE....there is growing pressure to extend the life of the display.....and I am posting a video here about the making of the poppies themselves...



I hope many of you will have a chance to visit the Tower of London to see the poppies or to enjoy the millions of pictures of them on the web....and that all of you can spare a moment on 11th November to remember the fallen....

Clapton, London Correspondent for the Border terrier Posse....