Wednesday 1st June 2016 – When Shadow was 10 months old

Alfie and Bella

We couldn’t leave Shadow out of the looking back. She was 10 months old in December 2009, so I had a look back for what was going on then.

I'd forgotten how Shadow used to insist on getting into bed with me.
I’d forgotten how Shadow used to insist on getting into bed with me.

‘You can never be certain of those around you. Mind you, I got a clear picture of that the other day when Shadow bit Brian the postman. Now Brian is one of my best friends and he brings us biscuits every single day that he is doing our round. Even when my Mistress is out, he puts the biscuits through the letter box to us. I am positively ashamed of Shadow, she jumped up to grab his sleeve, which she shouldn’t have been doing in the first place and instead of his sleeve she got his arm. I was beside myself and I might say not at all impressed with Shadow. I’ve told Shadow that she really has to learn some manners else no one will want to be nice to her. I offered Brian some Germoline but he said he was all right. I think he was a bit shaken to be honest.

Shadow has also been trying to tunnel under the fence again. When I say ‘again’ I don’t mean that she has ever succeeded, I just mean that she has tried before and we now have a rather nice row of rockery stones covering up the holes. I’m not sure whether my Mistress is going to have to buy some more stones or whether we will move in time for it not to be a problem.’

Now on balance, I don’t think Shadow comes out of the comparison of all of us very well. Thankfully she grew out of digging up the garden and Brian forgave her, so my biscuit supply didn’t dry up. I did realise I probably didn’t used to write so much about Shadow so maybe I should make up for it now and write some nice things about her, but I’ll leave that for another day.

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