Friday, 31 October 2014

Our three boys.



Bok is almost 4. OK, he may have orange eyes, and small evil looking teeth, but he's a sweetie. 

His brother, our Lab' Monty, is a bit of an oaf by comparison. He's gorgeous of course, but he's self-centred, scheming, and always hungry.... a kind of canine narcissistic gourmand.

If I'm in the woods, Bok will be permanently by my side; Monty will be gawd-knows-where searching for some stinking dead animal carcass to eat. If he finds one, that'll be the last I see of him for several hours.

Bok, thy name is affection; whereas Monty just tolerates us, as long as he's fed promptly.

That's right Monty, you just sleep until supper time (He's dreaming of food; I can tell, he's smiling).


Feline Fred barely tolerates them. He's snooty, indifferent, and (as the original 4-legger in the house) sees them as infiltrators. Sitting on the roof, looking down disdainfully at them, is one of his better moments.


We can't really imagine life without them any more. As I'm writing, the two bigger ones are pestering me to take them for a walk..... I'd better go. I'm putty in their paws.


32 comments:

  1. Oh what beautiful and somewhat talented boys !
    We all are putty in their paws.

    cheers, parsnip

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  2. Bok knows that other homes are not as perfect, and as filled with love,as the one he has with you and Lady M. Monty is oblivious to that, has only ever known your love and attention, therefore it is his due. Three lovely boys.

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    1. I suspect that you're right. I did suggest to Lady M last night that Bok may have 'low self esteem' as a result of his earlier life. But I'm not sure if that is attributable to dogs.

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  3. Our three rescue are far more loving than the Devil dog we've had from pup. Rescues know what side their breads buttered for sure x

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    1. Both of ours were rescue-ish, and cat-face came from my son. As Elaine suggested above, Monty has only known us, whereas we are Bok's third home.

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  4. Oh, how nostalgic I read about your four-legged children only hours before I'm due to leave our many [eleven] boys and girls. But I'll be back! I loved this post, Cro. I'm intrigued by Bok's name; in South Africa it's Afrikaans for deer/antelope and I've heard Afrikaans couples use this an endearment for each other. Have a wonderful weekend. Jo

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    1. Bok was named by some girls who had him prior to us. We later discovered that his name was in fact 'Pok', but we preferred Bok. I have no idea why he was called 'Pok'.

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  5. I met a friend as I was out walking yesterday she had her new dog with her - he is only two and already had four owners. Passed on apparently because he was too lively - poor dog - since when is being full of joie de vivre seen as a bad thing. Luckily he has found a permanent home with her.

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    1. I really don't know what people expect of their dogs. If they want something docile, obedient, and untroublesome, they'd be better off with a stuffed doll.

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  6. Iam always inspired by your posts and your way of looking apoun life.

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  7. I looked again at Bok's face. He is so human.

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    1. That's how he always looks up at me. It's very touching.

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  8. Bok's love and loyalty shines out of those slightly weird orange eyes.

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  9. Like you, my animals have made my life so much happier.

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  10. All lovely, unique little creatures. I do expect Bok knows that he really won the lottery when he came to live with you and your wife. Bless him for being so smart. I understand how Fred feels. They aren't much use to him, are they? Give them all a pat for me. Deb

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  11. I've never seen a dog whose eye whites were orange...is this because of the camera flash or is it indicative of some health issue?

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    1. Neither; he simply has orange eyes.

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  12. Bok has lovely eyes! We have a cat with orange eyes and he is stunning too.

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  13. I remember Bok seeking you out and moving in. He must have felt the requirement to offset Monty.

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  14. I can't either imagine my life without Mickey. There has always, and I really mean always been a dog in our house. When me and my twin brother were born we had two dogs and when they died we got another dog. When that one died we got Mickey. Our family just can't live without a dog!

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    1. Quite right, Anne-Mari. They make a family complete.

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  15. I once dated a man with Bok's eyes. He was kind and good but often played hi guitar naked when my little sisters would visit. (I was 19 and lived in a trailer) so my mother said he goes or else the sisters cannot visit. I'll admit it. I missed those sisters!

    Love your dog stories. Yes I do

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    1. Shouldn't you have your nose in a text book?

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  16. Labs are the garbage disposals of the canine world, they will always have that hunger. They also are the friendliest and big hearted dogs. We have always had multiple dogs, never a one dog household and always a couple of rescues thrown in the mix. I find that dogs like Bok and our Sophie who have been moved from home to home before coming to their forever home show great attachment and loyalty.

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  17. "Putty in their paws." Indeed. And that's exactly as it should be. Ask 'em. They'll tell you...

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  18. 4 legged friends are the best!

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  19. Your furry family is lovely! Bok's eyes are very striking.

    Julius, our oldest cat, was an only child for about three weeks. He has never forgiven us for his step-siblings.

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