HASSLE & RELAXATION
Since another winning tip last Wed night and my bank balance of bonios well up, it was nice to get out to one of my favourite haunts at The Grinkle Park Hotel for a bit of relaxation on Valentine's Day. With the shooting season now finished, there aren't as many gun dogs running around and I have the terrace overlooking the grounds all to myself - and the pheasants and squirrels. Cant' be bothered with the pheasants and can't understand the squirrels who run up trees. Happy to just watch them all.
Unfortunately, relaxation never seems to last long with me. Saturday saw us go to the kennels and Storm was my first walking companion. He was very buzzy and loved being out walking but seemed to have a habit of licking my coat all the time. I warned him a couple of times but then bugger me he stood his ground and gave me a warning ! Well he is a bit of a giant (normally gentle) and it put me on my guard. Do I tell him off fully or would it be prudent for the sake of harmony to let him off this once. Prudence won ! Anyhow he was so full of fun I didn't have the heart. News after we had left the kennels was that Storm had been to visit a cat for testing his reactions close up. I could have told you the result as he is really just one big soft dog - apart from when he has a go at me. Apparently all he wanted to do was lick the cat to death with the cat was hissing away. Hopefully he can now find a home to call his own.
With Storm trotting away back to his kennel, Danni was the next head to appear around the corner. Which Danni would turn up today ? A happy
Danni or one with a bonk on. With Storm's attitude to me I thought I would get the first blow in so went down in semi play mode and invited her to join in. She didn't but just starred at me hollering. I gave up and walked around the field with Danni the perfect walking companion. Not Often the case ! Her coat was silky sheen and deep velvety and she looked a picture of health. Was due to run the following day but isn't being given a serious chance since she won on New Year's Day. She may now be going handicapping.
As we had been at the kennels for almost 2 hours, it would be time to set off so I had a quick word as promised to give Raven some racing advice and then we took Kennel companion Hawk out. She is an impressive looking bitch and one Alan thinks a fair bit about. She hasn't had a lot of luck and had her problems as well, so some good fortune wouldn't go amiss for her on track. However, she certainly wasn't up for listening to my advice because as soon as we were introduced she gave a low deep growl that set me back in my tracks. Carolyn (Yvonne's daughter) then told me off for being aggressive ! Everytime I walked too close to her she again gave that low 'keep away' growl. I did. Good luck to her when she runs on Tuesday without my advice !
Shame I never had chance to take Bluey out as we get on so well with our telepathy towards other dogs that makes a walk quite exciting - at least for ourselves if not for Anne and Alan. Have been promised a new companion to walk out shortly when it comes over. Don't mind bitch or dog - just not a stroppy one, I'm presently into relaxing in this nice warm Spring like weather. Be back on Wed with my latest selection on RPGTV from Sunderland.