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 Here is my ninth weekly blog post to share with you all.

 Arik Ninth blog

I think it's safe to say that Autumn is upon us and the sharp bite of Winter is just around the corner. It's certainly cold enough for me to wear my blue indoor fleece jacket that we affectionately call my Blue Pyjamas. It's not quite cold enough for Mummy and Nanny to put the central heating on, but being a sensitive greyhound, I'm feeling the chill in the air and need a bit extra during the afternoons and evenings.

I'm sure you know what I mean Cherry.

Arik Ninth blog

Colder nights also mean I snuggle up to Mummy on the sofa for cuddles. She shares her favourite fleecy blanket with me. I don't join Mummy on the sofa in the summer because I just get too hot. It's a shame because I love her cuddles, so I make sure I make it up to her when the weather is colder.

Now I don't know if you have the same wildlife activity in your garden at night Cherry, or if you are even bothered about hunting wildlife like I am, but there are so many interesting noises outside at the moment.

The trouble is, these interesting noises only happen at night. I can hear them, but Mummy can't, so I pace around the house and cry at the back door to let her know to let me out so I can investigate. I think I got Mummy up about four times the other night.

There was something shuffling about in one of the hedges and it was driving me nuts! Mummy tried calling me inside but I have to confess I ignored her I was so intrigued by whatever it was in the hedge. In the end Mummy came outside too and clapped her hands at me. I thought she was applauding me and wanted to play so I started to do really fast zoomie laps of the garden. For some strange reason she wasn't impressed. She managed to get hold of my collar when I stopped zooming and she ushered me back inside.

We went up to bed but about an hour later I heard the noises again.

I got up and went downstairs, calling to Mummy to let me out but she stayed in bed this time, so I kept calling. Do you know what she did next Cherry? She called down to me "Arik for goodness sake, just shut-up and come back to bed!" I mean, how rude! Shut-up? Me? I was only trying to save Mummy from the wild things and she tells me to shut-up! I had to give up in the end because Mummy wasn't going to. She can be very determined when she wants to be.

Anyway, I went back up to her room and curled up next to her on the bed. She cuddled up to me then, put her arms around me, kissed my head and told me I was a "Good boy". I had to admit that Mummy's cuddles were a much better way to pass the night than investigating the wild things in the garden, so I've not got up in the middle of the night since.

Well, I'll be signing off now Cherry. Time for snoozes.

Love & Licks
Arik xxx

Arik ninth post


Meet The Author...
Sara Mortimer
Who Am I?

Born and raised in Guernsey, Channel Islands, my first job when I left school was a Veterinary Nurse. However after 5 years of unsociable hours and being on emergency call, I moved into office work.

I was a Legal Secretary for the most part, but also enjoyed being a PA to the Chief Officer and Minister for Health & Social Services. I now live on the Isle of Wight where I work in a supermarket.

From early childhood I have always had pets. Over the years have been blessed to love two budgerigars, a hamster, a rabbit and eight cats (not all at once). Arik is my first dog and the bond we have is stronger than anything I have ever known.

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