Thursday, 10 January 2019

The 24th blog of Augustus Lazarus Cooke (Gus)

The 24th blog of Augustus Lazarus Cooke, (Gus) aged 9.

Hello everybody? Anybody? Is there anyone out there?

I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone had abandoned this blog, just like Mrs H seems to have done! She thinks she’s the only one who’s got lots to do. It’s not even as if Frankie takes up a lot of time now because he’s at school. Humans! They should try being dogs. We have to be alert all the time, guarding the house and barking at the television. We like Kitty Croquettes so we clear up after the cats, too, but the Humans don’t like us doing that and pull faces and tell us to go away. That’s not a nice thing to do to loyal Labradors, or any other faithful dog, for that matter. I suppose they have their reasons.

Talking of devoted dogs (and we all are) Mrs H saw a photograph of Buddy Liver Spots on her Facelook feed the other day. What? Facelook! What’s wrong with that? Oh, Jenna’s just told me it’s FaceBOOK. Well, I didn’t know . . . Anyway, it was a lovely photo. I remember Buddy, and Dominie, but the Dalmatian I remember best is Frodo the Faller. 

(If you want to know why he was called Frodo the Faller you’ll have to read about him here and here and here and here . . . and so on.)

I loved Frodo. I really admired him and wanted to grow up to be as big and strong as him.  I didn’t grow as tall but I’m sure I’m just as strong as he was and quite broad, too.  We all missed Frodo when he travelled on but we had each other and then Roxy came to live with us and she’s a lot of fun. Well, the other day, in the Dreaded Woods, we met a Dalmatian and Bertie and Roxy and I really enjoyed playing with her. I felt as though I was a puppy again. Jenna was very friendly to the Dalmatian, too, but she’s thirteen and doesn’t charge around any more. She prefers to stay close to the Humans because they’re carrying the biscuits and she loves biscuits.

I had to go to the Vet before Christmas because I had a lump on my leg. My Humans thought it was a cyst but it was a tumour and it was benign. Well, the Vets carried out more tests and discovered that it is malignant but very slow-growing. It doesn’t matter to me. It doesn’t hurt. I don’t feel as bad about going to the Vet now as I’ve been quite a lot recently. I met some nice children there the last time I went.

I had to keep going to the Vet because my bandage kept falling down. First I had a lovely, Christmassy red one, then a blue one, then a green one. I was very pleased when I didn’t have to wear a bandage any more because then I could go out for walks again. I can tell you, it’s not much fun being stuck in the house when the others go out.
It was lovely to go out again and it's always fun when Frankie comes with us.

On Christmas Day a heron visited us. The Humans think it was trying to find a way to reach the fish in the pond. It stayed for quite a while.

What else has happened? Oh, yes, there has been a new baby. He’s called Jack and he arrived on Marnie’s birthday. She’s twenty-five and he’s nought! So, Mrs Human went to stay with Bethan for a few days to help with Jack’s big brother, Charlie.
Jack, a few hours old
Gillian and Paul and Callum and Kat came to see us after Christmas. They didn’t bring their dogs, though, so we were a bit disappointed about that.  Roxy was ever so pleased ‘cos she really likes Callum.

I don’t think there’s anything else to report. 

Be good.

Hwyl fawr am nawr! (That’s Welsh for ‘Goodbye for now!’)


  1. Good to hear from you Gus, sorry about your leg, but at least it isn't too bad and you can still run through the woods. Jack looks like a lovely baby. One of my friends has a baby named Jack, he is almost one year old now. Say Hi to your human mum for me.

    1. Gus passed on your message, River, so, Hi and Happy New Year.

  2. Sorry to hear about your leg Gus. Hope it doesn't slow you down too much.

  3. Happy New Year! Gus says, 'Thank you and no, it's not slowing me down.@

  4. Hi Gus - obviously the leg didn't and doesn't slow you down at all - the wordsmith in you is still there, and that leg is a dog-leg once again ... I'm glad it's healed up.

    Good to catch up with the news ... and how lovely to have another little buddy to play with in a year or two - young Jack ...

    Delightful summary of the news down Jabblog way ... cheers and Happy New Year ... probably Sunday is a good day to look in on the blog - as you can read, I'm sure you'll follow 'orders' - well done Gus - good luck to one and all - cheers and enjoy those walks - Hilary

  5. Happy New Year, Hilary!

    I gather you're back in UK (saw it briefly in passing)

    Welcome home!

  6. Wow, Frankie has become a big boy !! and congratulations to a new grand child ! Poor Gus, hope your paw heals quickly !

  7. Gus says 'thank you' and to tell you he's almost forgotten about it now!


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