Sunday, March 1, 2009

Van Gogh's Ear, Rugby and Spring

I’ve been given an award by Detroit Dog who I admire because they’re really into animal rights and welfare and actually do stuff to help as opposed to merely talking a good talk. I think it’s a bit bizarre being given an ear as an award when I’m usually given ears as a chewy treat (no, this one isn’t edible, I tried), but then again you can’t get much more bizarre than a blogging dog n’est-ce pas?

The Van Gogh's Ear Award is for blogs that are making a difference in the blogosphere," its creator said, "We are all artists in our own way, be it art, photography, writing, philosophy, comedy, or blogging, and we all go a little crazy sometimes.... Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else."

I can’t believe that my blog actually makes a difference, all I do is tell you stuff about my day or my mum’s day, and sometimes I don’t do it that often – you’re right Braja I’ve been a slack bastard for not posting since Thursday but I blame that on Rugby and Spring. More later.

Anyway, I want to say thanks for the award, it makes me feel all humble and shy when I get awards because I honestly don’t feel worthy. I certainly don’t feel like an artist. I can’t paint or draw for toffee and I certainly wouldn’t inflict my poetry on you.

However, blogging has enriched my life. Well, I mean other folks’ blogs have made my life richer. I’ve learned so much whilst I’ve been blogging. My knowledge really has expanded. I still wouldn’t be able to develop a cure for cancer or create anything worthwhile but I reckon I’d get a few more questions right on “Who wants to be a millionaire”. And I’ve made so many friends. I feel as if I’m part of a community. I was a bit isolated before when it was just mum, Uncle Hugh and me.

Right, on with the game. Ha! No pun intended. I mean, I did mention Rugby above. Well, Rugby and Spring are the reasons I’ve not blogged since Thursday. More about Spring in a sec. I’ve been watching the Six Nations with mum and Uncle Hugh. Rugby Union is the only sport they like to watch. I’ve tried to ‘get’ it, but I don’t. What is the point of thirty guys running around on a field, getting progressively more muddy, throwing and kicking an odd shaped ball around and beating each other up in the process? I ask you? What IS the point? Between you and me, I reckon mum watches it because she likes the guys. She pretends she’s interested in the actual game, and she’ll talk a technical talk, then suddenly she’ll say something like “Wow, look at those thighs…” and Uncle Hugh’ll give her a sidelong glance and we’ll give each other a knowing wink.

Another thing, Spring really has sprung here. Look:

So mum’s been taking me on lots of walks. We’ve walked and walked because the weather has been so lovely. Yesterday it was too hot. YES – too hot. For me and my shaggy coat anyroad. I actually flung myself down on the ground in a bit of shade and gave mum my “I’ve had enough” look, so she had to ring Uncle Hugh and he picked us up in the car and drove us back. It happens when I’ve got too much hair and the sun’s shining. I’m only little, so I get overheated really easily, which is why I need clipping. Mum felt guilty, I could tell. AND SO SHE SHOULD. She’s a terrible mum sometimes.

Well, we got back and when I’d cooled down mum and Uncle Hugh stood in the garden drinking their grape juice whilst the sun when down and I had a mosey round. Here are a few photos of me moseying.

Below are a couple of video clips of me on my walk – mum says I’m full of testosterone at the mo. I don’t know what that is but she says it’s what’s making me kick my back legs when I’ve peed. I only do it in the spring, apparently. They’re only short clips Lee. Seconds, literally. Have a lovely Sunday everyone. I think we might be having a Rugby free day today. Thank goodness!


♥ Braja said...

I'm still reading; I just wanted to be up front of the loooong line of loving deserve an award or 50...

♥ Braja said...

...and you look SO adorable from behind, moseying :) Cuddle-able...

Love to Mum :)

Blu said...

Good Morning and Bonjour Henry, did you learn any new words on your holiday?

Love the ear, try not to chew it 2 munch!
Perhaps Mum better take you to the mountains for a cool down!

Lee said...

Well, congratulations, you international dog of fame!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on that ear - in one and out the other, right?

I always say - Give blood, play rugby! But their legs look good...

Spring has sprung has it? Lucky you? We woke up to minus 13 C here and glorious sunshine. Oscar ran around on the lake cooling himself down by eating up big mouthfuls of cold snow!

Chairman Bill said...

Bloody hell! A talking dog! Can I buy you?

Got some news for you though mate - those people you think are your mum and dad are not really your mem and dad. You're a dog, and therefore your parents were also dogs. Hope it ain't too much of a shock.

Henry the Dog said...

Braja - you are too sweet, and too generous. Yeah, I agree, my behind is dead cute xxxx

Blu - Roger was english and spoke no French and I simply didn't trust the other bitches I mingled with after my last experience when I thought they were teaching me nice words, but it turned out they rude:):) PS: I think we might be going to the mountains this week for a few days before mum goes back to the UK.

Lee - thanks mate:)

Lady Fi - that's funny about the rugby. I can't believe it's still that cold where you live. It was 19 degrees here yesterday but we did have a frost early in the morning. I don't think the cold weather has finished with us yet though. I won't get complacent!

Chairman Bill - thanks for dropping by. Yes, I'm a talking dog. Good eh? Also, I know that my biological mum was a dog, so no that's not a shock. I'm quite a clever chap. Most dogs are, that's why most of us have a wonderful life being provided for, loved, pampered, played with, walked etc whilst you humans have to go out and work for your living:)
PS: I'm not for sale, sorry mate.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Leave no trace that you were ever there, Henry son - That's the trick to being an undercover spy dog... Cover your scent!

...Oh, but there's your blog and since your mum got that fab camera there's even photographic evidence of you - Crap - The secret mission's over, lad!

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Oh, and many congrats on the well-deserved award! Ear! Ear! x

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your award. The ear is... unique, but good for you! In my very humble opinion, you write well. I never have trouble following your thoughts and sticking with a long post. Unbelievable talent... for a dog.

I'm glad your mum has learned so much from the blogging community. I feel the same. I think she should continue reading her Science Digest magazine though. It's so impressive, even if she only looks at the pictures.

Congratulations again, and you have a very handsome kick. Mary's watching...

Stubby said...

Congrats on the award Henry! I love a good ear to chew on too, but Mom says that the ears don't look very good when they come out of me. I think that's a nice way of saying no more ears :(

Mom says you look very cute when you mosey. We are good at moseying, aren't we? I spent quite a bit of time in the yard moseying yesterday despite the freezing cold temps. Spring has not sprung yet, but I keep hoping.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Congratulations to you Henry. I agree with the other followers. You do deserve it. I like DetroitDog blog, myself. This isn't as big and exciting as your award, "butt" I have a bit of news. Tomorrow my mom and dad are taking me for another purchase of food for the animal shelter. I am still keeping my New Year's Resolution, you see. This time I am going to remind them to take the camera. I will post a pic of the purchase and donation. You and I may be small, however we are making a difference in this world. Congrats again. Licks & Wags.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Congratulations to you Henry. I agree with the other followers. You do deserve it. I like DetroitDog blog, myself. This isn't as big and exciting as your award, "butt" I have a bit of news. Tomorrow my mom and dad are taking me for another purchase of food for the animal shelter. I am still keeping my New Year's Resolution, you see. This time I am going to remind them to take the camera. I will post a pic of the purchase and donation. You and I may be small, however we are making a difference in this world. Congrats again. Licks & Wags.

amuse me said...

Yay to you Henry - congratulations on getting "the ear." You've had my ears and eyes for some time. And, my lady agrees, there's so much to learn on the blogosphere. I think in some ways it has even made her a better writer, what with writing and reading more.

Glad spring is tickling your ear. We need some here.

La Belette Rouge said...

OMG!! Henry, those pictures of your butt are soooo cute. I get that grooming and clipping might make you cooler but you are sooooo cute with all that fluff.

Enjoy the first signs of Spring and all the lovely weather.

Unknown said...

Henry, how lovely to have you back with us. Glad you enjoyed your hols and made new friends.

Please pass a message to your Mum. I have a solution to the tangled necklace problem. Please see the comments on my blog against "green necklace" post. xx

Dumdad said...

Congrats on the award, Henry. (Scabby the cat is jealous although she denies it).

Jennysmith said...

Wow! Henry you are so photogenic! Not only amazingly intelligent but criminally handsome too! Its not fair!

please don't talk to me about rugby. that bloody game. for a start i can't remotely understand the rules and this weekend i had to stocktake at the rugby stadium. so i spit on the game. Husband however loves it so much - its the Welsh in him.

love xxxx

Juliet Colors said...

Ah, Spring! My favorite time of the year.

Thanks for the cute pictures and congrats on your award! :-)

Irish Gumbo said...

I'm a bit late, Henry, but loved the post.

Spring! yes, I am ready for spring. I need the good thoughts, as it's about to snow a LOT here tonight. Sigh.

well, you keep moseying, Henry. I'll be doing the same, once the weather clears.

And you bet your blog makes a difference! Also see my post "Tidbits:Lessons in humility" from today (sunday). I believe i may have mentioned you...:)

lady jicky said...

Hi Henry ! I would love to chew on your ear and go for a run with you in that forest!
Hey, its PUPPY SCHOOL tonight mate, and I love it!
I get to play with 8 other doggies.
Mind you - tonight they talk about Puppy chewing - rats, I love to chew!
See Ya , Oh talented EAR one!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

What? Not Van Gogh's dog's nose?

Congratulations, you little testosterone crazed darling!

Henry the Dog said...

Woman of NI - you know what? My mum read that it was us dogs way of covering our tracks but she's not bought into that one because I also do it whenever I meet this gorgeous little lady Shih Tzu who lives up the road from us. I can't help myself - I find myself strutting around with my chest stuck out like a prize boxer and I start kicking like mad, and I've not even peed. It's her scent, it makes loads of stuff happen to me and I can't stop it. Sometimes I growl when I kick too. It gets mum in stitches.

CSquared - I honestly believe that we've learned something new each day, even if it's been a small something. Say hello to Mary and kiss your lovely young pups for

Stubby - must visit your blog today. I don't get ears very often. A BIG treat from time to time but I have to be careful due to my sensitive tum. And spring WILL arrive eventually, I can guarantee that. It wasn't so good here yesterday but I preferred it. My coat is MUCH too woolly.

Frankie - you are doing so well. I really admire you. I must visit your blog today. I feel as if I've been neglecting my blogging since mum got back. She was so busy getting stuff unpacked, washed, ironed (boring boring) and then we walked loads because the weather was so good and she's having to hog the computer a lot preparing for her going to the UK to work:(

KC - I must say that I learn so much from your Landlord's site. It's the one I visit every day to learn stuff because every post has something new for my little brain to store xx

La Belette - I know I'm cute all fluffy. Mum loves me this way too but it's not fun when I'm walking. It's so dense close to my skin, then the woolly stuff on top. I get so overheated. And thanks, I think I've got a great butt too xxx

Chellebab - we're on our way over to your site, mum will be jumping with joy if you have a solution. It's been a 'bug-bear' of hers for many years. xxx

Dumdad - Scabby jealous? Nah. Impossible. She's too cool. All cats are, aren't they???

Jennysmith (Henry blushing furiously) my my. Such compliments. My head is positively throbbing with inflated ego. Why thank you. I know, I know. I've probably broken a few hearts in my time..... Anyway, as for rugby, I don't think mum understands the rules really. She just likes to look at all the muscly legs and pert bums:):)

Juliet - 'tis mum's favourite season, and mine too, although autumn comes close xx

Irish - wow, I am touched and honoured. Have just popped over to yours. Not left a commment yet, wanted to pop straight back here and say thank you. I've not been around all the blogsites for a while. See my comment to Frankie. Hope to get back into the swing of things this week xxx

Kenzo - have a great time at Puppy Class. Tell your mum to send my mum some photos xxx

J Cosmo - a nose would have been very fitting, for a dog anyway:)

Lee said...

Too cute, Henry. Shouldn't be allowed.

Mickle in NZ said...

Hi Henry, congrats on the award, you look jusy so lovable in the pics that I would never dare to pat you on the head.

My non-sporting sports brain is baffled. Here in Wellington the NZ cricket blokes played cricket with India on Friday, then the Welly region rugby blokes played rugby on the same field the next day. Soon wil be more cricket no doubt.

Marking out and remarking the ground must drive the staff batty.

I stick to watching rugby 7s once a year, and only coz the blokes have such great bodies - excellent legs and butts - almost as good as yours Henry. Zeb does the slender shapely leg set off by the big rotund tum (he is truely pear shaped).

Have a happy week with Mum there and heaps of walks. Promise I'll be funny again soonish,

love and huggles from Mickle (Zeb is sleeping - he's getting old, guestimated now 11)

Clive said...

Well done on your award, Henry. We've just chanced upon your blog and really enjoyed it!

Great excitment in our house on Saturday when Ireland won - a certain person didn't get home until the very early hours of the following morning - couldn't find his way home from the stadium apparently!!

Great photos by the way also!

French Fancy... said...

Sorry to be so late - it's all this award giving and drinking wine. I loved the clips and I must take some shots of the girls on their walks or plays.

You're a very handsome dog, Henry - quite adorable - and I bet your mum is just as lovely - but with just two legs ...and no tail or wet nose

Henry the Dog said...

Lee - I know. Too cute, absolutely. How do I get away with it?

Mickle - had a visit over to yours this aft. I do hope you're feeling better soon xxx

Blogdog - it's been a pleasure to discover you too. My mum absolutely adores you. You're her 'type', but to be honest, most dogs are:) Please keep dropping by from time to time. Mum & Uncle Hugh love rugby and have no real favourites (although I think this time they're gunning for France), I don't yet get it

FFancy - Happy birthday - again! I love my mum, I think she's adorable, I wish she did. I hope you've had a LOVELY day. Keep drinking the grape juice, 'tis good for you xxxxxxxx