Tuesday 17th August 2010

Have I washed behind my ears, indeed! What does my Mistress think of me? I always wash behind my ears and I’d given everywhere a special lick ready for Megan’s arrival without having to be asked. I’m as excited about this as she is. Anyway, I have done a tour of the estate to make sure everything is in place ready. Most of it is not exactly in place. Megan’s bed for example is not yet on the floor because my Mistress doesn’t want Shadow getting in it and trying to claim it as her own. Apparently, Megan may recognise my smell as we sent her a soft toy that I had slept with for a few days first, but she hasn’t yet had anything with Shadow’s scent on so that will be more of a surprise. I’m worrying about what I should say to her when she first arrives. Instinct would tell me to go for the normal doggy approach, sniff her bottom, let her sniff mine and then go out for a game of rough and tumble, but I’m thinking my Mistress is expecting something a bit more dignified. It’s not every puppy that gets to go to Swiss finishing school before joining their new family and I really don’t know what lessons she will have been taught. I wonder if they still do that thing where they walk with a pile of books on their head to make them walk tall and straight. ‘Deportment’ I think it’s called, although that may be where you’re taken back to your own country, I’m not sure.

Shadow is sulking because she had to go for her kennel cough vaccination and that is never pleasant as they stick that one up your nose. She thought she was being punished for something but I explained we had to have it to be allowed to stay in kennels. She was somewhat placated by that, but I’m not sure she’s convinced.