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Post by Maywalk on Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:05 am

I decided that it was time "Prince" had a bath and the only place that I could think of where he would not be able to jump down from was in the old kitchen copper. There were no washing machines in 1951.
Oh Boy! What a ta-ta that was trying to make "Prince" look like a prince.
He thought we were going to drown him and I was trying to wash him while Cliff held the copper lid partly over the copper so that the dog would not try to jump out. It was a struggle but we did it and what a difference it made to "Prince" he looked absolutely gorgeous.
He was all white and fluffy and I gave hubby orders to walk him up and down in the sunshine to dry him off while I got myself and my son ready to go out. We were taking "Prince" out with us for a long walk as it was such a lovely summer's day.
"Prince" was not too happy at not being able to roll in the muck but we managed to keep him clean until we started out. He dug his heels in as we were about to go out of the gate.
No way was he going anywhere until he had his brick firmly in his mouth. By the time we met Amy, my sister, to start out on our walk by the canal he had acquired a red beard.
He resembled a reversed Santa Claus. With a white coat and red beard.
When we got to the canal we let "Prince" off his lead and as he had never been near a stretch of water like that in his life he decided to go right up to the water's edge. So consequently he is looking at another dog with a brick in its mouth (his reflection) and he promptly decided to jump in to get aquainted.
Fortunately hubby managed to step in the water to fish him out before he got carried away with any undercurrent's and by the time the dog had rolled in the shale that made the path was strewn with he was a green, grey and black dog with a red beard. Just like something out of a horror film.
Hubby's feet and trousers bottoms were soaking wet and he was squelching around trying to look dignified. It was SO funny and once again I started laughing. My sister and myself were doubled up with laughter while hubby was trying to put the dog back on the lead. Even then the little devil would not shift until hubby had found him another brick for him to carry because he had lost his original one when he (dropped in) to see his double. "Prince" looked a proper grot-bag and I wanted to get him home as quickly as I could.
He was always getting into situations that brought much laughter to us especially when the next bonfire night came round again.
We made sure that he was down stairs this time but I was not reckoning on "Prince" making for the big cellar that we had running the whole length of the house. This was where the coal man put the coal when he made a delivery. A big grating used to be outside the front window that was lifted up for the coal to be thrown down the hole. No such thing a central heating in those far off days.
I had been watching the fireworks going off with Barry in the garden and I had not realised that hubby had left the cellar door open. "Prince" had made his way down the cellar for safety and no amount of coaxing would make him come up the steps from the cellar.
When the fireworks finished he decided to come up and when we looked at him I went into fits of laughter. All that was white on him was his ruddy eyes. He must have tried to bury himself in the slack from the coal. Al Jolson would have been jealous if he could have seen him.
We were up till two o'clock in the morning washing him and getting him dry.
He was a great character and even though it is over sixty odd years since he died from cancer I still have to smile at his antics.
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Post by Tan on Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:44 am

Such lovely times you all had together, and how you have written these events I have also burst out laughing, such lovely memories for you and what a character Prince was for sure.
I pictured him digging his paws in and basically saying 'I am 'not' going anywhere' Pep did that and even if dad tried to outbeat him and pick him up, Pep would go like a dead weight and no way could dad carry him..
It's lovely that even to this day he is so fresh in your mind, and I'm sure brings many laughs to you when looking back...
Thankyou Maywalk, it was lovely to read.

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Post by Maywalk on Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:03 pm

Bless you Tanooma.
Glad you enjoyed that tale of "Prince".
I have one more of him with his petpals that I will put on tomorrow.

I wont be here for a few days next week because with a bit of luck and IF the weather is good we will be going to Heacham for a few days.
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Post by Tan on Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:15 pm

That will be lovely to read Maywalk, and I really like how you write your memories, so much feeling and description too, makes for an enjoyable read for sure, as if the story really comes to life in mind.

Have a lovely few days there, so hope the weather is nice for you. "Prince" and his reflection.  4180588441

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Post by Maywalk on Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:52 am

Many thanks for the kind words Tanooma about my writing. SO glad that you are enjoying the tales of long ago.
I wont be going away until Tuesday but its only for a couple of days. Its just to give us a change of air and scenery. Smile

I will get the other tale up about "Prince" and I hope you enjoy that too.
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Post by Joelle on Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:09 am

What lovely memories you have of all your pets Maywalk. Prince sounds to have been a real lovable rogue. I do enjoy these stories
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