Harry is doing well he is looking a lot better
Hi Everybody...we are back!
come on dads hurry we have not had a run for weeks
here we go....
it's a cold foggy day but we don't care
we just love to run
lets go again gang
Ebony is so excited to be out again
Megan has been to the end of the road and back
Niamh had to break the ice to get in the pond
but it wont break for Ebony
Niamh can't work it out...what is that stuff?
Toby waits for us ...as usual
What is that. why is it on the water?
It is all the way up the ditch
Keep moving its to cold to stop
we are ok huddled together
you know Indi it doesn't matter how cold it gets.....
Megan always manages to find a ditch full of water to play in
Move over Meg let me in
Morgan you are as mad as she is.
better to jump it in this weather
Niamh is growing into a beautiful girl
so is Ebony but she doesn't stand still long enough to get a good picture
Morgan is having a great time playing chase
ok you caught me
come on you lot hurry up
wait for me
I got water in my ears
we are all puffing like steam trains
Harry is still at home he had a little walk on his own
we didn't want to bring him out on a long walk just yet
Toby is a big happy boy to be out again
and Megan the 'water rat' is having a ball
we are nearly at the top of the hill
but Megan still hasn't slowed down
yes I have mum
but not for long
here she comes again
come on Niamh we beat you to the top
We better wait for her
you made it then
Sarah helps Toby up the hill
a kiss for dad
Toby is a big old softy...so is his dad!
Here come the girls
Ebony Moon, as happy as can be
come on then turn around lets go home
the fog is all around us
but we don't care
the girls are always together
this way...don't follow Morgan
she always goes the wrong way
always running around leading the pack
but we love her
though Megan is our leader
now what is she chasing
Look out Ebony
Hurry up Morgan I want a drink
there is plenty for everyone here
it is all flooded
come on lets have one more chase
Wait for me
I smell a fox
come on girls hurry up
no you come down
ok what are we looking for
they have gone without us come on
hurry Niamh, we will be left behind
where are they?
this way Morgy
I was hiding down in the field
in you go girls, get washed
not me it's to cold
both of you go and wash your paws
Wait till I break the ice first Indi
thanks Morgan that's better
we won't go without mum
Are you coming mum?
lets go home wolfies
Meet Anna, David and Pauline's dog
Hi Ebony lets run
so is this as fast as you go?
You are very short in the legs
but we like you
come on Anna keep up
Anna is clever she decided to follow me
I am even slower than she is!
she is just perfect for me
we think she is a great little girl
stick with me kid I will look after you
Hey Anna we have been up the hill and back
Don't go in those puddles Anna they are deep
Isn't she just adorable
and game for a laugh
look at Harry he is in love!
I think Anna is too
Ebony is shaping up nicely
come on you lot hurry up
here we come
Niamh and the Rainbow
where has Anna gone?
She is behind you Harry
don't I look handsome?
time to head home
Rainbow is always way ahead of everybody
and the pups have kept up with her this time
Chase me Anna
I can't move that fast Ebony
Can I walk with you Harry Potter
Ebony and Niamh
It's a lovely day for a walk
lots of nice new smells
and me with my dad
and all the girls (except Morgan who is in season)
Megan is here too, her puppies are growing fast
the girls cant wait to get wet, they love the water
especially Ebony our latest 'water baby' and the first wolfhound we have had, who likes swimming.
she is such a lively girl
Niamh is a proper little lady she is far better behaved
when Ebony sees water there is no stopping her
Rainbow, her mum keeps a close eye on her
but Ebony is a great swimmer
Niamh is always pleased to have her back on dry land
She just adores her big sister
now I enjoy my walk and if I wander on without you all it's not because I am senile!
I just didn't realise you had all stopped
I dont play in the water
so I just walked on
while the girls had a great time
I knew they would soon catch me up
if they stopped jumping
and stopping in every bit of water we pass
but soon they get back to serious walking
and overtake the 'older one's'
is there someone missing?
Harry come on we are all waiting on you
We will get him on the way back
just kidding come on we will go back for him
Here he is
He does tend to wander a bit!
He is away on his own again
Harry that's the wrong way
I know I was just looking!
I know the way home
the girls are back in the water again!
having a great time
so I wait with dad
then wander off again
but I wait to get my lead on
well I need to set the girls a good example
we all know that we should be on our leads anywhere near a road
the puppies are just adorable
the little boy
isn't he sweet
do you really want a wolfhound puppy???
while our backs were turned
Niamh and Ebony tore up Toby's bed!
They are funny, just as well it was the dog room.
Here we go
Rainbow is pleased to see Brian is here with his pack
Niamh loves playing with them all
the ditches are deep be careful
Rainbow doesn't mind
its not deep on her!
Niamh stays back just in case
Ebony is to full of mischief to worry about getting wet!
Quick run she's going to shake!
Look there goes that crazy Deerhound Artney!
You better not chase me Artney or I will tell grandpa Harry on you
I love my grandpa he is my special favourite
now Artney you leave Niamh alone she is a good girl
Jumping the ditch
I will just walk through if you don't mind
careful you nearly ran me down
come on girls let play chase
leave my sister alone Artney
Stay with me Niamh I will sort him out if he bothers you
I will stay with my Grandpa
where did he go?
I am on the top of the hill with Brian
I made it all the way up here
Uncle Brian looked after me
I helped to Grandpa
Ebony and Harry
Niamh ( Little Pickle) and Brian
Rainbow Artney and Ailidh with Marion
Time to move they don't have any biscuits left
Harry and daughter Ailidh
come on mum
Wait for us
Ebony won't go without her mum
I love my walk but can I rest a minute
Harry you are going the wrong way
follow us Harry
we will take you home
hang on I just want to get washed
that's me all clean now
Don't I look pretty
I have to wait for mum Niamh
I won't go without her
leads on everybody
come on little pickle, lead on
that's us ready to go
thanks for a lovely walk folks
Heading out to Banna beach in Southern Ireland
Niamh is not so sure of the sea....for now
but if its good enough for the pack leader
I thought that was dad!
Just kidding mum...we know who the boss is
this is fun
a huge stretch of beach with nobody on it but we stay close to mum
but not for long...surfs up
we had a great time playing in the sea for hours
chasing the waves
Toby discovered the sea is salty and doesn't taste good
ha ha silly boy
the sand was great to play on too
we kept a close eye on the youngsters but they were fine
whoops sorry dad
Rainbow loves to chase sticks
the girls help
Niamh was bowled over by a wave ...and a little help from Ebony
Heading back to our holiday house
We had a great time on the beach
we're nearly there dad
a nice fresh drink of water
ah that's better
where is everybody....Niamh is always wandering off on her own
we will find her mum
have you seen Niamh?
we have Ebony but can't find Niamh
here she comes
silly me I went the wrong way
is it dinner time yet?
trust Toby to go to bed...come on out and play
I am not playing I have my best coat on
Be good puppies and don't dig!
come on out and play Toby
I won't get peace till I do.
Dinner is almost ready
we can have a quick game of football while we wait
fetch the ball Niamh
catch it Ebony
I'll get it
Venture and Phil
Bronja and her dogs
She stands her pointer
look out Bronja here comes trouble
then her Visla
but the monster pups move in
That was funny
the dogs crash out in the sunshine
come on Ebony dinners ready
yum this is good
and they cleaned all their dishes up
at the beach next day we met lots of nice people
Toby gets a special hug
me and my dad
I can see the sea from here
the view is stunning
What a lovely place to be on holiday
when it is not raining!
Here come the girls
it's time for us to go now.... bye
Kate came to visit us from the USA
we all behaved beautifully of course
Well of course Morgan had to say hello
She soon settled down though
Niamh told her off
and mum had a word
baby Niamh hugs
all this way just for a hug from Toby
but it was worth it
I am coming just give me time.
Hi Grandpa we have been up the hill and back
Hurry up will you
one day you lot will be old too!
ok Harry we will wait for you
Now what was I doing again?
we are waiting on Ebony
Ok Grandpa lets go
The girls can charge around I will just take my time.
see they just run off and leave me!
We came back for you
well except Rainbow who is still in the pond!
Right girls that's enough now I want to go home
come on mum I need to rest now
but I did enjoy my walk
can we go to the pond Harry?
you missed a bit Grandma
look all clean again
one last quick run up the hill
My family have been off to Blackpool dog show, missing the devastation caused by the strong winds, we are thinking of those who were caught in the mayhem and hope you are all home safe and sound
They met up with the Welsh team
First in puppy was Raven with Steve
Then in Junior with Ben
Our judge was Ellis Hulme
Ben is a lovely boy and took a well deserved first
Toby was in next with dad
he did his best
mum and Indi watched him
he ran well
and was third in his class
next in was mum and Indi
he was first in his class and took the reserve cc
well done Indi
Ebony was up next and was 2nd in her class
Wendy and Mattie next they also took first
hold on tight Steve
Steve showed Rainbow again
and she stood beautifully for him
where's my mum?
she moved like a dream
We won Uncle Steve
they got the reserve CC as well ....thanks Steve
and not forgetting wonderful Alfie who won the dog CC and best of breed.
Uncle Brian came to check up on me
yes I am taking my meds and resting
Give me a big hug!
I love you too Uncle Brian
I love getting fussed over too!
Go away Artney I saw him first
spoiled or what!
Can we get Tara back Harry we need to go home now
ok see you all soon
Harry saw the vet again today, he gave him 3 months at the most, we decided not to send him to hospital, we will be with him till the end. He seems to be fine though his heart rate is all over the place and he sleeps more, but otherwise he is ok.
Another wolfhound?....not Harry he is so special and wonderful, all we can do is make sure he has as happy an ending as he has had in his life. We will keep you informed.
still enjoying life to the full!
The girls can't believe that I can run so fast
see I told you there was nothing wrong with me
I am still a handsome happy Harry
and I intend to be around for a long time yet.
besides I have the girls to look after
Niamh is happy having her little run around
I show them all the best places to sniff
That's enough walking for tonight!
Hey you two little monsters, stop tying me up!
Harry has not been keeping well lately, we are waiting to hear the results from the vet and will post here as soon as we can. He is happy and although he sleeps a lot, seems fairly well enough so maybe things are not too bad. He has slowed down a lot after two strange episodes of high temperatures (107) and nothing to show for it, we are all very confused as to what maybe wrong.
When he visited the vets this morning he met lots of other dogs and cats and he spoke to them all in his usual gentle manner. He sat on a chair making everyone laugh and kissed everyone who ruffled his fur. He is a gentleman and a great boy, we will keep you all informed because we know everybody loves Harry as much as we do.....
Fran and Bill
Harry now has been diagnosed with DCM though he doesn't seem
to be so bad, time will tell.
He started taking epileptic fits at around 4 years old, he was otherwise fit and healthy. His fits were grand mal and lasted around 2 minutes. He was given epiphen and bromide however he had no quality of life, living in a dream world and so we stopped his meds. In March he took the first episode of a high temperature, returning to normal the next day. (That was the day we decided no more meds)
On Friday his temp went back up and the vet did blood tests X-rays and today an ecg. The results showed an atrial fibrillation
Harry is a very quiet unassuming boy, he never gets stressed or agitated nor does he believe in over exercising so hopefully we can all cope and keep him going as long as we can and as long as he has a decent quality of life.
Come on Harry we want to run
Run Morgan as fast as you can
Why what's the hurry
I just love to run Harry you know me.
and playing in the mud Megan!
ok I will trot a wee bit!
me too Megan you wear everybody out
I don't want to run
that's my girl
no chance Harry I love my run too
Well ok for a minute that's all
here we come
that was great fun
come on Harry you are so slow
He's old Megan
now what is he doing?
well we won't
run all you like
woo hoo thiss is freeeeezing
so it is lovely and cold
tastes great too
hurry Morgan more running to do
chase me Harry
here I come
whoops sorry Harry.
it's ok I am fine.
I get tired just watching Megan she never stops!
Where is Harry?
Where are you going?
Home come on.
A swim that's' what we need
That was fun, come on in Harry
I can't, I have my new collar on!
It is really cool in here Harry you don't know what you're missing
The cool breeze out here is fine thanks, I don't do wet!
We are nearly dry
Muddy but drying!
Nell has come to visit with Chris and Susan
Hi Ebony how are you?
Hey that's my daddy
Neil and Helen are here too with Paddy and Mia
The girls are pleased to see him
Niamh loves Chris....or is it his steak?
Nell will help you eat your steak Susan!
She is another lovely puppy from Rainbow and Alfie
She had a great time playing with Ebony and Niamh
Niamh got lots of cuddles from Helen
and she shared all her kisses
Put her down Helen she is staying here!
Louie came out to meet everyone
and thought she would be best to stay with her dad
Give us a bit dad
Niamh is a very special little girl
Ralph was here too he had a great time and he got his hair done!
Do you think Ralph looks like me?
Come on pups follow great grandpa Harry
help the ducks will get me!
Don't be silly Nell they wont touch you
hey what's dad doing?
a bit for me dad!
Have you left anything for me?
Quick it's our turn
Careful girls its still hot
What do you mean its all finished!
Maybe we should check Harry
Can somebody help me get up on the bed please?
Sorry Niamh we are busy
At least I don't need help to get a drink
Where is dad going?
Susan thinks I am the best boy in the world....after Ralph
We all had a great time see you all soon
You stay close to mum for now Ebony
not yet young lady just slow down
not with the two water babies free
we can't have you falling in there
look at that Ebony it is water and it's deep
Keep a tight hold of her mum
I don't want to go in there anyway!
This is close enough for me
Can we have a run mum?
Look Rainbow I can fly
ok you won
come on Megan hurry up
hang on be there in a tick
Where are we going now?
this way silly
hope mum can jump this
if I can, anybody can!
come on young lady I will wait for you
it's ok great grandpa I am fine
Why does everyone fuss me?
because we all adore you little one
you are a very special girl
we 'all' are very special
why is that grandma?
those youngsters always ask so many questions!
ok we will wait while you have a good itch!
and they never stop, always on the go.
slow down Ebony
I love all my girls
I might be old but I won't let them come to any harm
now where have they gone?
we are behind you great grandpa Harry
can I have a pair of glasses mum!
best get her lead back on mum
or she will be over there in a flash!
time to head home girls
Megan and mud go well together!
you are teaching your daughter bad habits Rainbow
and who taught me then mum?
it wasn't Harry anyway he hates water.
well I love it
especially blowing bubbles in it that is fun
I think Harry has lost us again
where are those girls now?
going for a drink Harry
come on then leads on
Hurry up Harry we are all in the van!
now mum will have to come and get me
where have you been?
bye bye see you all soon
Hi Everybody I am much better now and thanks for all the lovely emails
Come on Harry chase us
Not yet wait till I get Ebony on the path
are you ready now?
See told you I was better
There's no stopping me now
This is fun
Slow down Harry you are getting to old
drop in for a drink with me
Rainbow the water feature!
Oh no not you too Ebony
3 generations of wolfhound girls
That will teach them to leave me behind! (we don't know what it was but he was back to normal next day.)
Raven and the famous 5 are out in the garden
Hi Lewis, why are you sitting there?
I dropped my biscuit and I am waiting on it jumping into my mouth
oh we will help you with that!
Hoi that's not fair get lost you greedy lot.
Hey Digger look what I found
It wasn't lost Harley.
Donald and co are used to the puppies now.
Harley and Raven
Harley in front then Lewis, Digger and Raven
This is our blanket it smells fresh and clean
with 4 boys here that won't last long
Hey look Great grandpa Harry has come out to play
Here pup chase my tail
I love you great grandpa Harry
One two thee four five!
Is that not enough little monsters running around?
My puppies are not little monsters Harry Potter
well maybe a little....play-time!
I like this little house out you go Ebony I will have this for my afternoon nap.
How did I get a Rainbow on my head?
Mum the man's here to put lights in the dogbus
Harley and Digger sometimes behave!!
but not for long...where are you going Harley?
To play with my cousin Lewis
It's all quiet in the house this morning
We have all had breakfast and most of us are asleep again
The fastest gets the best bed
The slowest has to find a space on the floor
We are not big enough to get on the bed yet
Some of us can sleep through anything
Even a noisy game of tug doesn't disturb the sleeping beauty
He loves his new bed
Little miss trouble ( Rosie) will give up eventually and fall asleep too
amidst the torn papers and shredded toys they eventually collapse into a peaceful sleep
No matter how often we wash down the room it is impossible to stop the mess
Even the walls are dirty it is not easy looking after a litter of puppies and we are constantly on our feet
While they sleep there is lots more work to be done
and don't expect any help from anybody
Especially a male...while Stuart relaxes with Harry
Louie feeds the kittens
she is a perfect little mother
meanwhile the ducks need to be let out
They love swimming in their pond
Even in a gale force wind!
Just the Bengals to feed then its time to clean the house
You can't make our bed yet mum go away
I would help but I have things to do too!
That wont last long.....
Time to go.....
Harry's diary from 2007