Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Introducing Marty the Brittany Spaniel

I've always thought people fall into two categories - dog people and cat people.

I've always placed myself in the latter category and not just because I spend most of my life putting out fires with gasoline.



Cats are cool and self sufficient. Dogs are yappy and annoying. The last dog foisted on me, Yoda, a neurotic Chihuahua, was a nervous and extremely yappy, snappy man hater who would cozy up to women and go crazy when men entered the room.

I used to have this odd recurring dream that Yoda was a football but best stop before PETA stages a naked protest on the front yard. Yoda died and you can read about his demise if you trawl through the bowels of this blog, not something I'd recommend anyone does lightly.

Now I find myself the partial owner another dog after Marty, a Brittany Spaniel pup was given to us. At least he's from sort of British/French descent which was a plus in my book.

I was rather reticent about the whole spaniel thing, recalling vague memories of a friend who had one that would jump on me and slobber on my pants (as ya do). Indeed the fear of Slobber Dog became so great I gave up visiting. They were also dull friends.

Marty is a bit hyperactive and I recently found myself cursing a lot when I took him for a walk around the reservoir when he kept getting under foot.

But I do find myself thinking he's rather cute, even if he has that unpleasant, nose curling dog smell about him which I'm told is typical of dogs and the once pleasant back garden is now a minefield of puppy poo. He also has a disconcerting knack of delivering dissected slivers of squirrel on the doorstep, testimony to his breed's efficacy for hunting, although I can't believe he has actually killed them himself.

For all his downsides the boy seems to have a rather friendly temperament, shows no sign of being a yappy  man hater and is rather partial to a tummy tickle. Say no more.

16 comments:

  1. Congrats on your new doggie-woggie! (But down with small yappies!) So is he named after Depeche Mode's Martin Gore or ABC's Martin Fry???
    Some Dark Romantic

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    1. Thanx Mina -nothing so exciting but we can try gold pants on him - aunt marsha who gave him as a gift I think.

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  2. Aw, sounds like he has already won you over. He does look like a sweet, friendly fellow. Good luck to you with him. I think I am a cat and dog person. I love them both.

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    1. I know Daisy - maybe getting that way myself, except the cat seems to have vanished.

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  3. "not just because I spend most of my life putting out fires with gasoline."
    Is this some weird American custom? Can't quite see the connection with being a dog or cat lover but it may represent the epitome of the cultural divide which demonstrates just how integrated you've become!

    Cat lover here. If a dog came into my house, Ulysse (my cat) would tear it limb from limb. :)

    How can you be a partial owner? Does the dog have multiple homes like kids of divorced parents?

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    1. not quite Sarah; but it could heat up! nope putting out fires with gasoline isn't some American custom - line from Cat People by David Bowie lol :)

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  4. Look at that face!

    I have two cats (one inherited) and one dog. Yeah, I do have a split personality.

    He sounds and looks adorable.

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    1. you would want to tickly the boy for sure Deborah - until he gets all big and yucky

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  5. I'm not a cat person - they are cute and I do enjoy some pics of them (like Tard the Grumpy Cat). Love doggies though! Glad you have a new one! :)

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    1. Ha thanks JoJo - pain in the backside putting him out in the nite tho :)

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  6. Aww! Congrats on the doggie!

    Pearl

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  7. Oh, he's adorable. I like both cats and dogs, although cats definitely seem better for one's self esteem; my dog needed me, whereas the cat seemed to sort of tolerate me as live-in cook/janitor.

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  8. Oh, and Happy Christmas to you and yours, David!

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  9. I know Li - that's so right. Hope you and yours have a great one too Li

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