Sunday, December 27, 2009

Harry Christmas 2009

Good News! Harry does like his Santa toy this year. It has a tennis ball inside and can be swung round. Lasts Year's toy was a failure.
Harry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Harry and Molly

There are a lot more Border Terriers in Abingdon than when Harry was a puppy (in 2000). Here is Harry with Molly. Molly is just sixteen months old, and can walk about ten miles a day and still want more. Molly is kept more on the lead because she has a tendency to run after rabbits and deer and not come back for ages. Harry was much the same at that age.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Quite a Big Stick

Harry picked up quite a big stick for a small dog and ran with it across the Cricket Field, and might still be carrying it...
but I gave him a more manageable sized stick.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Short Walk

Harry on The Ock Valley River Walk this morning. It was not as long a walk as he would have liked but I had things to do. I turned back at this point and he stood still for a while as if to say "Is That it?"

Friday, December 04, 2009

Harry Like An Express Train

In this video Harry comes towards the camera like an express train. Don't blink or you will miss it.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Harry On The Bus

Harry hops into the car with no worry but does not seem quite so keen on the bus.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sniffed From Both Sides

These two big dogs ran up to Harry and had a sniff from both sides. It was all very friendly, with waggy tales, but Harry looked a bit cornered.

He had rather a boring week. Lots of rain and dark evenings and me very busy with work meant he did not get out much. I don't know if he gets bored. My wife is convinced that he not only gets bored but gets depressed. At such times it would be good to have a companion, like these two have each other.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Did Somebody Blink?

I have one of those clever cameras that will sometimes flash up a warning "Did Somebody Blink?" and put a little orange warning square round the object in question. Often it is wrong, but today it got it right. Harry may even have gone to sleep.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Harry With Antlers

This stick looks like it could be a deer's antlers. Harry often holds a stick by the dangerous end as he runs about.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

./: .dfvvv/;.xc

./: .dfvvv/;.xc

(Harry seemed to want to do the blog without much help today. I'm just waiting util Google come out with a doggy translator so I can tell you what it means. )

Saturday, October 31, 2009

No Silly Costume For Harry This Halloween

Dogs have enough to put up with at this time of year with firework night on November 5th, so there is no need to add to the trauma by forcing them into Halloween Costumes - even for a photo opportunity.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Harry's First Video - Ball Game

Not the best of camera work here but you must remember it is Harry's first video. It was shot on location at my mum's house in the nearby village of Cumnor. Harry pulls up the rug before kicking off to make the tunnel. The Commentator is my mum.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Harry Sleep

I have just been reading about dog sleep and it says there are 4 types of dog sleep...
1. Side and belly Sleep - paws out
2. Back Sleep - paws in air
3. Ball Sleep - curled up napping position
4. Back to Back Sleep - for warmth and bonding

Harry can now add

5. Upside down Sleep - for the dog who knows no fear.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Marathon Dog

Harry did not run The Abingdon Marathon but he did get to watch some of it with some of his people friends.
He even saw the lady who won the ladies event Number 387 doing up her hair while she ran by. She ran the marathon in 02:45:38.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Honey! I Think I shrunk Harry

We are being careful with Harry at present - he seems to have shrunken.
And I am keeping an eye on him when we go on walks so that I don't loose him in the leaves.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Harry is Against ....

Harry has joined the 'Against' Campaign. He is not 100% sure what he is against or for yet but that does not matter to him.

For anybody who would like to know just visit the Against Breast Cancer Web Site
and for more pictures of Abingdon Turned Pink go to This Abingdon.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Harry Gets Blessed

The Church in Abingdon had a special 'St Francis' service today where animals were blessed. Here are some of the dogs, including Harry, waiting outside. Nobody was quite sure whether they were allowed in or whether the blessing would be outside on the grass. At this stage only two rabbits had dared to enter the church.But then we discovered we could all go in, and this is the moment when Father Taffe blessed Harry by flicking him with holy water... We are expecting much improved behaviour from Harry from now.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Harry Dog Log Blog

Rather than doing a Dog Blog today Harry has decided to do a Dog Log Blog. The Logs are mostly willow from near the River Ock.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Harry has Mites

Not a good week for Harry. We took him to the vet and found that he has mites - which means we have to use special shampoo every day. So for a treat today we took him up on White Horse Hill.
Harry has always ignored sheep up to now but today - maybe it was the mites or the effect of the shampoo - Harry barked and tried to run at this sheep. The sheep did stamp at him first so it was not all Harry's fault.
Then a bit later Harry ran up the hill barking to try to get at this Paraglider. He must have thought it was a big bird.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Thats better

Thats better! This is where you belong Harry and not on The Abingdon Blog.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Harry is a Pedigree - No Joke

When I told somebody recently that Harry was a pedigree they laughed as if to say 'you are having me on.'

No, I am not joking, Harry is a pedigree Border Terrier. And very proud of his ancient lineage - dating back beyond the fake building he is sitting in. It is a folly. Harry is not.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Harry on The Trail

Harry discovered a trail of dead grass across, what is normally, the immaculate grass at Albert Park. He chews on his stick and considers the possibilities: could it be a toxic trail of wee from a very large and incontinent animal, could a football line painter full of grass burner have be stollen and pushed this way...

Has anyone out there got any ideas to help Harry out? As you can guess he hasn't got a clue.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Horse and Hound

It has been said of the Border Terrier that he can run alongside horses without tiring for many miles. I don't think that is true of Harry because at nine years old - after a couple of ligament injuries - he would tire of running alongside the horse after the first hundred yards. He is very well behaved round horses - possibly because he came from a farm. But more likely it is because he only really has concerns for: people, some dogs, all cats, all squirrels and all rabbits.

Other species are off his little radar.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Ball Thrower - just 90p

On our way out for our afternoon walk we met Tiny, and he had just been bought a ball thrower from the 9TP shop for just 90p. Sounded good value to me so in I went and got one for Harry.
Looked fine at first. Harry was very keen, and went scampering across the field to get the ball..
Only problem was he didn't want to give it back. So he only got one throw.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Boxer Dog

Harry is pictured here near the punt roller in the University Parks in Oxford. He looks OK but...

Last week Harry was involved in a rather nasty fight. It happened when my wife was walking him. There was a boxer dog coming his way on a narrow path. Being a terrier, Harry did not give ground when there was a confrontation, and ended up coming off worse with his head stuck in the boxer dog's mouth. My wife was screaming....

They were pulled apart, and except for a cut on his eyelid Harry was fine. But it was a salutary lesson... when it comes to boxer dogs Harry should not lead with the head.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Harry on Blewburton Hill

On this walk Harry seemed haunted by the different smells. There were mutton and rabbit up on Blewburton Hill.

(This weekend's pictures should have been Harry with a low microphone performing at Abingdon's Got talent, but then I went and lost the camera while playing chase the stick in the Abbey Meadows. So if anybody finds a Canon Powershot with a picture of Harry just drop it off at our house. £5 reward.)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Close up

Harry has just been in the water which is why he has a wet muzzle.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

A South Parks Carnival Reject

The security men at the gates of South Parks, in Oxford, would not allow Dogs into The Carnival. This led to many arguments and protests by dog owners who expected it to be a doggy event. Not only were dogs not allowed in, but also some people dressed up like gollys got thrown out by security.

Harry was disappointed at first, but in the end he enjoyed a run round at Warneford Meadow.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Pre Season Rugby Training

It look like Harry is getting in some pre-season Rugby training . He is seen here practising the line out.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Harry and Froo Froo

I sometimes meet another dog who knows Harry's blog and try to get Harry to sit nicely next to the other dog for a photograph. In most cases this fails. This is about the closest these two got.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Caught in The Act

Harry does like his beer. He may well claim to be 63 in doggy years, but that is only 9 in human years. Doggy years won't get him an ID card. No wonder he is looking so guilty!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Looking for somewhere to Go

Harry is looking for some grass so that he can Go, but that grass was not for real.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Harry Likes Butter

He likes bread even more. He eats more of the bread thrown into the river than the ducks.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

London Bus

We are having one of those giddy moments when we are no longer sure where we are and what year it is. We thought this was Abingdon in 2009, but we have just seen a 159 London Bus saying it his headed to Trafalgar Square, outside St Helen's Church.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Ready for a Skirmish

The blue plaque says that on this site there was a civil war skirmish in 1645. Harry is all ready for a skirmish with his stick.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

15 minutes of fame over

Back in January the Harry Dog Blog was featured in the Oxford Mail. The Oxford Mail photographer was there taking pictures of the Euro Bands playing in the park. But this time when Harry got close, the photographer didn't want the dog in the picture.

Looks like Harry's 15 minutes of fame are over.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

See the water fly

Harry needs a jolly good shake when he is back on dry land. Press the image to see a larger image, and watch the water fly.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Harry doing another gun dog impression. The warm weather has arrived and Harry now goes further into the water.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Harry in a Hole

Harry has dropped his ball down the hole and is going after it. I only hope he does not meet Badger down there.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Saturday, April 04, 2009

A Big Yawn

After yawning Harry got up and went to explore a plain patch of grass some way away, turning once or twice as he sniffed about. That done, he came back about the half the distance and lay in the sun again, but far enough away from the camera so it did not bother him again.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Harry - the little monkey

A lady, with a smart looking labrador, seemed to be looking down her nose at Harry. Not only was he very damp and very scruffy, he was also very sooty. First, he went for a swim...
and then, the little monkey, rolled in an old bonfire to get dry.