Food, Glorious Food

Or not, as the case may be. It was, if I'm honest, a point of pride that Jasper had not been introduced to human food. It meant, in practice, that he could soon be let out from behind the Baby-Gate-of-Despair whilst we ate our meals, either on the settee (bad!) or at the dining table. [...]

Puppy Class III: The Nightmare Continues

Week Three in Puppy Class and you're glad you weren't there. After my frustrations last week, Andrew was placed - by force - in the hotseat this week, dancing about the floor and doing the awkward interactions with the other idiots that paid fifty quid for this ritual humiliation. Despite the respite I sat on [...]

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

That's right, a trifecta of Jasper developments... Now in which order to put them... I'll begin with the negatives and end on the positive, I think. To offer... Hope. And a degree of redemption. So, the Bad... Having been let out in the garden, unsupervised for all of five minutes, Jasper managed to completely empty [...]

The Long Weekend

Longer for some than others, it should be said. This was the weekend of my birthday, for which we had, pre-Jasper, planned an overnight in the Lake District. In the event of Jasper's arrival, we looked to the grandparents so as not to have to alter the plans and they were only too happy to [...]

Puppy Class II

This week it was decided - only by Andrew - that I would be holding the lead. Which was a bad idea all round. I, feeling self-conscious, fumbled and tripped my way around the room to the horsey woman's commands, completely unable to catch or keep Jasper's attention away from pretty much anything, really; the [...]