After a long absence, I'm back.
I just checked and the last time I posted anything on here was back in May. That's not good when you're blogging. People want to see up-to-date, current stuff. I've been busy over the Summer period with my wedding work but really need to get back to regularly posting doggie pics. Nothing's changed, I still walk Barney most days. He's five now and finally starting to look a little 'healthier'. He's filled out a little - he was always a skinny chap. It's probably the Weetabix we now give him for breakfast. I still see lots of familiar faces and all manner of dogs, so hopefully I'll be putting a few up here soon.
And what a dog I have to come back with! This is Marley a four year old Cocker Spaniel, that I met this morning on my walk after the night of the big storm.
I'd never come across Marley before but the owner told me that they had only been in the Southborough Common area for a few months. When I get fully back into the swing of things, I'll start taking my notebook out again, so I can jot down some of the information that the owner's give me. I'm really out of practice! We chatted about Marley's condition and what they'd all gone through.
Anyway, the gist of it is that Marley developed a prolapsed disc in his spine which meant he needed an operation to save him. This came at great financial cost and was only partly paid for by the insurance company. But, as we all know, these gorgeous dogs of ours are basically members of the family and we'll do anything to have them around and give them a good life.
I'm told that Marley is doing well and they are hoping that he will be able to walk in some capacity again in the future. His little legs are doing the walking motion at the back as he moves along but obviously holding himself up and having the strength and balance to do so will take some time.
I must say though (and sadly my photos don't show it), that Marley seemed like such a happy dog. He did have a smile on his face most of the time - honestly, he did! But I do like the picture above - it has the 'ahhh' factor.
Marley isn't the only dog I've come across in a walking frame/wheelchair. There was Bert the Daschund (below) that I photographed in the Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells about a year ago.
You can view and buy these images if you follow the link to my Out and About Blogged Dogs gallery.