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Happy New Year to all my readers!

Sorry I haven’t written anything lately. I’ve been too busy enjoying myself over Christmas and New Year.  Hope you had a good Crimble. Jenny and John took me to Watergate Bay near Newquay. They stayed in the Watergate Bay Hotel and I stayed with Paula, of Paula’s Pet Care in Newquay. Highly recommend it.  Lots of good walks, good company. there’s a parrot to talk to and a pet hedgehog – now that’s really different.

Anyway it’s back to news giving. We’re doing self catering at Portland House this year.

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Didn’t we do well! We have our guests to thank for this. And this we do………. with considerable gratitude. Going to watch the tennis now.

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Wow – did they have a ball!. Well the humans did – I wasn’t there – I’ve got form for barking too much when horses are around. Anyway the humans in Symonds Yat, Ganarew and Whitchurch had a race night last Friday for fund raising purposes towards the Diamond Jubilee. It was evidently a great night and they raised over £2600. Great result. The Queen and the corgis would approve cos they like horse racing. Brilliant time was had by all with an amazing atmosphere and plenty to eat and drink as well as place your bets please! You can keep up to date with us on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Symonds-Yat-Whitchurch-Ganarew-Diamond-Jubilee-Celebrations/267498809984307

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Oh I’m beyond heartbroken (that’s the new phrase to use by us celebrities you know). I’m in love. And the focus of my deep ardour is called Uggie. He’s the Jack Wooffie star of the film The Artist. We could have made beautiful pups together  if my bits hadn’t been take away. But he won’t be interested in me now I have nothing to offer him, I’m devastated. I’ve waited six years to find the right one and for nothing. I’ll have to wear my heart on my collar. Where’s a bone I can chew to manage my frustration. Strong request to J and J (it’s their fault I lost my bits) – I want the DVD when it comes out so I can curl up in my bed and watch it every day. I hope he gets an Oscar http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16469815

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Dog tired or Cow eyed – which is it ? Both I think. We’ve just come back from a long and brilliantly exciting walk. Jenny and me  with my sister Saffy and her ‘Mummy Anne’ to King Arthur’s Caves on the Doward Hill from my house, Portland Guest House. The weather was beautiful and the carpet of leaves stupendous. Then all of a sudden – wham bam there’s ‘Matilda and her friends’ straight ahead.  Jenny and Anne  had to get a stick each and cry ‘mush mush move’!!  And Saffy and me had to be picked up – the indigity of it. A herd of Fresians as well, not even Herefords for goodness sake. Who let these cows in?  Border controls lacking here again I see.  Happening all over the place these days. Anyway mustn’t milk this story any longer. But now you know what you are missing by not visiting South Herefordshire at the moment

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I’ve been away myself last week.  I went on a mercy mission to cheer up someone I’m very fond of who was very sad. But I’m back this week to a full house and we been given a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor. So the human beings are very chuffed with themselves. I keep on about this but when are wooffies going to get excellence awards for hospitality? – I get barking mad about this at times, I work very hard around here. I’m the star of the show according to Trip Advisor – go and read it if you don’t believe me! And another thing when am I going to get my hair cut? I look more like a sheepdog than a Jack Russell at the moment. Have a good bank holiday.

Long haired me!

I need a haircut please

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Jess and Albert

Jack Woffies at play

Another new Woffie friend and playmate who came to stay for 3 days. His name is Albert and we had good fun in the garden. He was very polite he didn’t dig up any of my bones. He couldn’t run as fast as me either. I should have been a greyhound really and thereby hangs a tail! Well not from me – mine was cropped, Albert had a smart one though.

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this is what you get for being naughty

Jenny and I went to the woods this afternoon with my sister Saffy and her Mummy. Guess who went tearing off for over an hour and half. I caused mayhem evidently. All I did was find some playmates who live on  Little Doward and I went home with them. Fortunately I have a collar and disc so the kind man who owns my playmates phoned home. Course now everyone is saying how well behaved Saffy is – I hate my sister, woofy goody two-shoes that she is. But I’m not very popular at home this evening. I was going to keep my head down – and not down a rabbit hole either – just under my blanket I thought for the evening,  but I was made to do the washing instead

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Thankfully it’s a lot cooler this week, but it was very hot last week and the forecast is for more hot weather. And it’s the weather I’m worried about. It’s not good for wooffies to be out in the sun and there were too many of them looking really miserable around here last weekend while the humans sat around talking and drinking. The scenery is  lovely for humans but please think about your best friend in hot weather – stay in the cool and the shade there’s plenty with all the trees we have. I stay in the cool, Portland Hosue has got nice cool rooms and floors. Please remember us wooffies would rather be at home watching a CD like 101 Dalmations that being miserably hot and being growled at by another stressed up wooffie.

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I’ve  had a great week thanks to guests Alan and Anne. They took me out 3 times. One day I was out for nearly 5  hours!  We did some  good bits of the Wye Valley Walk near Whitchurch. Perhaps I should be advertised as one of the services of the house – walking the dog through the Wye Valley! Of course there are lots of walks to enjoy but on our first day  we began from Portland House at Whitchurch on foot and walked to the River Wye at Symonds Yat East (that’s jsut over 5 mins)  then along the river which is where the old rail track was between Monmouth adn Ross on Wyeand passed the Ferry Inn and then carrying on down to the swing bridge at the Biblins. Which we crossed over and then walked up the other side to Symonds Yat West where me and the humans partook of some liquid refreshment at the Saracen’s Head and watched the ferryman  take people and other dogs across the river  to walk back down to Whitchurch probably. Instead we walked up to the viewpoint at Symonds Yat Rock, a bit of a climb throught the woodland so you need to be fit enough to cope (otherwise go back home and get the car!). But the climb is worth it as this view point is spectacular, 600ft above sea level, and world famous for the peregrine falcons that nest in the rocks. After another liquid refreshment at the picnic area we left via the steep steps down to the footpath  and then joined up with the forestry track leading back down to the river and back over via the ferry to Whitchurch. It’s always easier going back down than climbing up!  I’ll talk about another walk next time.

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