Cardiff can be quite a shock for us country girls. No wide open spaces, no peace and quiet, just a lot of concrete and noise – cars racing up and down, people shouting into phones, kids bouncing footballs on the pavement. Pearl finds it particularly hard to cope with city life, and usually spends the first day hiding in the bedroom.
The room soon filled up when the rest of the family arrived. They spent most of the time playing with their phones and trying to explain to Annabelle’s mother how they worked. I think this must be some sort of human Christmas ritual, like buying sofas. We dogs prefer bones to phones – though we must admit, sofas have their good points.
We try not to pee on the actual graves, though. Annabelle says that would be disrespectful, because people like to come and put flowers on them.
It’s not a bad place for a walk once you get used to it. There are loads of squirrels to chase, and it isn’t at all spooky. Not many spirits hang around graveyards once they’ve left their bodies. On the other hand, we often find fairies there. They tend to be the bat-winged type who come out at night wearing crows’ feathers and black eye makeup. I spotted one sleeping in a tree hollow.
I alerted Annabelle to its presence so she could take a picture, but it didn’t come out very well. As for the squirrels, they were even more elusive. I tried stalking them with my super-sighthound vision…
…but they were just too quick for us.
Pearl called me a loser and claimed she could have caught one easily, there were that many around. As if! Squirrels would have been the last thing on her mind if Annabelle had let her off the lead – she’d have headed straight back to the safety of Granny’s sofa.
Strange to think all this happened last year; it seems like only yesterday. Apparently it’s a completely new year now, so I’ve made some resolutions.
This year I will:
- Be nicer to Pearl
- Always come when I’m called
- Allow more space on this blog for Annabelle to plug her stories
This year I will not:
- Chase cats
- Bark at Labradors and Spaniels – just because they’re more popular than Lurchers, it doesn’t mean I have to be jealous
- Keep any of these resolutions
I’ve also made some resolutions for Pearl, as she didn’t feel like making her own.
This year Pearl will:
- Give up fox and badger perfume
- Be braver on walks – footballs can’t kill you
- Show Millie more respect
This year Pearl will not:
- Steal Annabelle’s food
- Steal Millie’s chews
- Steal Millie’s boyfriends