Humphrey gets an ear infection!

27th July 2011

Oh what an exciting day! The previous night I had a problem with my left ear and I kept shaking my head.  I also spent a lot of the evening scratching it and I couldn’t get rid of the irritation. So in the morning Daddy phoned Ardene and we went out in the afternoon for another appointment. When we were waiting a lady and her son came out of the surgery with two black Russian terriers. One of them, called Neo, was three months old and was already twice my size but the other dog, was eight years old and looked the size of a Shetland pony- he was enormous! We had a good sniff of each other and if there had been time I’m sure we would have got on fine and you know this- I wasn’t scared at all.

When it was my turn, I was taken in to see Anne who had a good look at my ear with one these funny torch implements with a search light on the end. She looked into my ear and said “oh yes, I can see that it is inflamed”. So she went and gave me some special drops and I was very brave- wasn’t nervous at all.

Bulldog ear check up
Looking in my ears...
Bull dog ear check up
Being a brave dog

After we got back home Daddy told Mummy about how many drops I have to get but he also said, “Humphrey needs a bath”. That evening, we went up to the bathroom and I patiently sat outside the bath while it was filling up with lukewarm water and then I was lifted in.

Bulldog bathtime
Time for a bath!

Daddy soaked me with the hand spray and soaped me all over with a special shampoo and I was absolutely fine.  My predecessor, Ollie, was apparently terrified of going into the bath and had to be physically held down and fed with treats every couple of minutes because he was apparently a very, very strong dog. I believe I’m probably just as strong but I am much calmer. When I was in the bath Mummy offered me treats but I couldn’t concentrate on eating them while I was being soaped up with the sweet smelling shampoo.

Bulldog in bath
Squeaky clean!

After my bath I was taken out and wrapped up in lovely pink towels that had been warmed on the radiators for me. After I was all dried I was offered treats again but now I could concentrate on enjoying them.

All wrapped up
Nice and dry now

On Wednesday we went out to Inchmarlo and walked all over Westfield and then down the Little Walk to see Phyllis in the Sales Office.  While Daddy was discussing new brochures with her a long-time Home Owner, Mrs M, who has lived in lived in Pinefield for many years, came in and said to Daddy, “I see you’ve got your guard dog with you”.  I was very flattered to think that a Home Owner thought that I could guard Daddy like a Police dog. 

Later on we walked to Queen Victoria Park and Daddy went to visit a new Home Owner who has come from the Doncaster are to live at Inchmarlo.  Daddy was looking to see if it was possible for her to change the back boiler in the living room to a balance flue boiler in the cupboard off the kitchen.  Daddy introduced me to Mrs L and said he could leave me out in the hall with my lead wrapped around the staircase but Mrs L kindly said, “no, no bring Humphrey in”.  We went in and I did my share of the inspection of the kitchen – I didn’t smell any food anywhere so I didn’t salivate.  We then went back outside and had another look and then back inside again to confirm what Mrs L’s plumber could do.  

After we came out her neighbour, Mr M, saw us and said, “Oh, here’s Humphrey, how are you?”  We went over and he was very nice to me, patting me all over and of course, as I usually do, I went round and through his legs, completely tying him up in knots and the lead had to be unravelled.  Mr M said that Mrs M would love to see me and Mrs M came out and we had a very nice chat.  When we left I was thanked for coming in to see them. 

By the time I got home I was absolutely exhausted having walked at least over a third of the 100 acres.

Humphrey’s holiday!

8th July 2011

Well you haven’t heard from me for a while because while Daddy and Mummy have been cruising round the Mediterranean I’ve been having my holiday as well.  Instead of the very hot Mediterranean weather, which I think would be far too hot for me, I have been staying with Jennifer, Graeme, Hamish and Cameron in Edinburgh.  I had an absolutely first class time and we all got on very well except for the first day when Jennifer forgot to put me out at 10 o’clock in the morning and I went and left a big message on her living room carpet. Oh dear – I wasn’t very popular as you can understand but I behaved myself very well for the next two weeks. 

On Sunday afternoon Mummy, Daddy and I went out to Inchmarlo.  After they had lunch in the bar one of the Home Owners asked Daddy how I was and he said that I was sitting in the back of the car so when Mrs T finished her lunch Daddy went out and opened the boot so she could speak to me and she said what a handsome young man I was getting.  Oh well, they all say that.  Mrs T had just had a very long walk so Daddy asked if she would like a lift up to her home so we gave her a lift and we said goodbye.

After lunch we had a walk all round the Estate and it was looking absolutely super. One of the Home Owners, Dr and Mrs L had lost their doggie a year or so ago but have now got a new Schnauzer puppy called Dougal.  We met in the walled garden and he really was a charming young chap and we had a good sniff at each other.  I certainly hope to meet him again in the future so we could maybe run about on the lawns.

Then we walked round the new rainbow garden within the keyhole garden. I was, to use a Scottish expression, “fair forfoonered”, and I went and had a rest in the shade behind the bench.

When I had recovered we walked round the Courtyard where we met Mr and Mrs C’s family and their two grandchildren called Evie and Maggie. I was so hot that I was lying in the shade of a shrub. They were a bit nervous about coming and speaking to me but when they did we had a nice little chat but I was so exhausted I couldn’t get up to give them a paw or even sniff them.

Humphrey resting in the shade
Humphrey resting in the shade


Bulldog and children in shade
Maggie and Evie come to say hello!

Back to the Vet

I was back out at Ardene again, this time to get my weight checked and I am now 22.8kgs. Brenda told Daddy that I had put on more weight since my last visit and that Mummy has to reduce the amount of food I’m eating.  I’m now off puppy food and on to adult food and maybe that is having an effect so it looks as though I’m going to be fed less.

Humphrey Bulldog Ardene Vets
Getting weighed
Humphrey Bulldog Ardene Vets
Checking my ears

One of the partners came out, asked me how I was keeping and said to me that I must be the most famous dog in Aberdeenshire.  I think this is because he saw the wonderful photograph of me and Mr Albert looking at each other in the Press and Journal a little while ago. That particular photograph in the paper resulted than no fewer than 2291? hits on to my blog.  A number of people have come up to Daddy and Mummy and said just how handsome we were both looking in the photograph.

Humphrey the Bulldog in “Hello” Magazine

The 5th July publication of Hello magazine had a very interesting article in it featuring an extremely beautiful person.  Mummy showed it to me and I agreed entirely that Humphrey, a white bulldog puppy is absolutely gorgeous and his owner Samantha Womack isn’t bad looking either!  I don’t know how old this Humphrey is because Hello didn’t tell you.  Samantha, his owner, was quoted as saying that “he was born with an eye problem which meant no-one else would take him” – how sad is that, as though an eye problem would stop him being able to give tremendous love and companionship to any owner.

Anyway I don’t know whether Hello sold additional copies because of Humphrey being featured in it, but it would not surprise me as, other than Samantha, he was the best looking in the magazine!