It’s a Dog’s Life

National Dog Day, I’m told. So say hello to Dog and Dog’ predecessors…

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Rusty: I never really knew her (why am I holding matches?) but she gave birth to four pups…

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Punch, Judy and I don’t know… maybe the Archaeologist remembers? We kept Punch. Punch grew…

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and grew… something of a lovable loon, was Punch. He was a curious dog…

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and, boy, was he big. For a boxer he lived until he was about 11 or 12

We never had another dog, not until the Textiliste gave into the pressure and, about 2000, we went to Battersea…


and Blitz came home. Always looking out for squirrels even in the snow…


and he loved ice cream…

Sadly he died in 2009 and we couldn’t face another dog, not for 18 months. Then we gave in and along came Dog

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He loves walking

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… snuggling….

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…and, erm, you know…

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… but he’s never got my jokes

Still we have had a lot of fun…

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Still do

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Thank you, dogs everywhere….

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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38 Responses to It’s a Dog’s Life

  1. gordon759 says:

    I was told you were holding matches because you could never keep your hands still. I am afraid I cannot remember the names of Punch’s siblings.

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  2. Love this! ❀ You changed your banner in honor too, I see.

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  3. jan says:

    How lovely! I had a boxer growing up – a brindle boxer by the name of Bridey Murphy. My mother always claimed she was the reincarnation of an Irish woman!

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  4. Sacha Black says:

    Very sweet. I’m a fan of Staffordshire bull terriers had a couple of them in the family. But grew up with labs and jacks and a border terrier!

    Love that photo of Mylo (is that his name?) giving you the skeptical eye!

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  5. Rachel M says:

    I miss having a dog. Just a like bit. Not ready to get another just yet.

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  6. Meredith says:

    Great blog. The videos are extra special.

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  7. Rachel M says:

    Typo: Just a little bit. Not a like bit. Time to put my phone down πŸ™‚


  8. trifflepudling says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha πŸ˜€!
    And again, Ha ha ha ha ha. Brilliant.
    Happy Dog Day to all! There is a Dog Day Afternoon joke to make I’m sure, but it’s beyond me.

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  9. Yvonne says:

    Happy Dog Day to Dog. And to you. (Though I’m more of a cat person, to be honest.)
    And thanks to your brother for the explanation about the matches. Nice to have that cleared up! πŸ™‚

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  10. willowdot21 says:

    Love dogs, hail to Steve and Rebo both sadly long decreased! xxx


  11. willowdot21 says:

    Not decreased but deceased!

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  12. noelleg44 says:

    This is a ten aaawwww post!

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  13. It’s a good thing we got little Snowy two years ago, or I suspect we would have been dog less after Pippa.

    Don’t remember seeing a photo of Blitz before, he looks gorgeous. And that last video is a cracker πŸ™‚

    A lovely dog tribute post.

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  14. Had no idea it was National Dog Day. Not even Toby seemed to know that. It’s an extra bonio for him today then.

    Great photos Geoff, and a great history of all the dogs you have owned.

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  15. roweeee says:

    I also didn’t know it was National Dog Day but considering that I’m in Australia, that makes sense. Bilbo and Lady hope Dog had a great day! They are feeling quite neglected at the moment as I’ve come down with bronchitis and they haven’t been to the beach in a few days. The kids have also been sick and there have been foghorns sounding all around the house. Shame we’re a few streets back from the beach, or we’d actually be useful.
    I actually wrote a dog story yesterday: “How to Be A Cat” based on our Old English Sheepdog who was quite a nutter. He loved chasing cats and so in the story decides to impersonate a cat to trick the cat next door and exact his revenge. I’m just doing the edits and will post it in a few days. I’m also intending to write the real story of Rufus, which was rather sad. Being a traumatised rescue dog, he wasn’t the easiest dog but he was incredibly loving xx Ro

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    • TanGental says:

      Excellent; love the idea of you and your family standing on the beach with lights flashing on your heads and being human foghorns. You could make it a competitive sport. Hope you’re feeling better; I guess nothing that happens to your lungs is exactly pleasant. And look forward to the read! Best Gx

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      • roweeee says:

        Yes, I’ve gone back to the doc and she’s prescribed two industrial strength antibiotics and have the nebuliser at home. No improvement, I’m off to hospital tomorrow. I am feeling optimistic, though. Meanwhile, while I’m coughing away, our daughter has been called up for an audition for the role of Marta in the Sydney production of the Sound of Music. She still has the vocal nodules, although they’ve improved but she was so determined. I would really love to take her in for it but it could well be my Dad.

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      • TanGental says:

        fingers crossed for you all

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  16. Autism Mom says:

    Sweet Dog! A great companion and lots of fun to play with!

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  17. I love the video of your little dog, he seems so affectionate. The old photos are great too, a box of matches makes a great rattle! πŸ™‚


  18. Charli Mills says:

    Further supports my idea that great dogs are connected to great people! Strange, but I have a similar photo of me around the same age you are holding matches, except I’m holding a pack of cigarettes. Must have been the things we picked up around us…

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