November 23, 2010


Taking Lulu for a walk in autumn often means a grooming session when she gets home.

Her curly coat picks up lots of seeds and she has to be brushed to get them out of her fur, especially on her legs and ears.

Actually, if the truth be known, they get everywhere.
She's not too fond of being brushed and wriggles a lot.

We have to be very careful not to catch her sensitive skin and hurt her.

In fact we all have to be contortionists to be able to brush her at all.

October 31, 2010


We have bought a new rug for our newly decorated living room.
Lulu volunteered to test it for us.
Within moments of us laying it on our newly varnished floor, she was there, just trying it out.
Thank you Lulu, always such a big help.

October 3, 2010


The weather has been so miserable here for the last few days that Lulu has hardly wanted to step outside. It is only just 4 weeks since we took this photo of her playing in our garden in Le Grand-Pressigny. It's good to be reminded that it actually doesn't rain all the time.

September 13, 2010


When Lulu got up this morning, she looked like she had come second in a boxing match.

This is a regular occurrence. Every so often she gets patches on her body that look swollen and red. Almost as if there is blood under the skin. Sometimes it will be a slight red patch in her groin, the size of a sixpence. Other times it will be a large swelling on her leg or, like this, above her eye. Twenty four hours later it is gone.

Several of the vets at our practice have seen it and come to the conclusion that it is an allergy. We have no idea what she could be allergic to. We can't relate it to a particular food, to a plant that she has come into contact with, or anything. It seems to occur in a completely random fashion.

It obviously itches furiously for the time that she has it and she scratches and shakes a lot. We have tried giving her antihistamine tablets or steroid tablets prescribed by the vet. I'm not sure they make any difference as it barely lasts long enough to tell.

One vet suggested taking a blood sample. We decided against this as the last time she had a blood test, for her pet passport, she had to be sedated heavily as she would not let the vet come anywhere near her with the needle.

Poor Lulu.


As usual, when Lulu got up this morning (24 hours later), the swelling was completely gone and she looked just as beautiful as she normally does.

September 7, 2010


This just happens to be Lulu's favourite supper.
Anything we eat is her favourite.

July 19, 2010


Lulu is two years old today. This is how she looks today, on her birthday.

This is Lulu when we got her at 8 weeks old. Her pedigree name is "Little Lady Madonna". We considered calling her Madonna or Maddie for short, but somehow shouting "Madonna" across the field when she was about to chase a rabbit or roll in fox poo didn't appeal. Lulu suits her very well, I think.

We will be going for a nice long walk, no rushing back to do anything much as it's Lulu's special day. And mine, too. What better excuse not to do the housework than "but it was Lulu's birthday !!"

I haven't made a cake but there will be a special breakfast and a some extra nice treats later on, including a sausage roll from the butcher.

June 28, 2010


From left to right, Gordy, Duchess and Georgie.

A big thank you to Martina who sent me this photo of her two poodles, Georgie and Gordy, plus their friend, Duchess, who came to stay and livened things up a bit.
It's funny but, looking at this picture of Duchess, I don't find that hard to believe. She definitely has a look of mischief about her !!

June 24, 2010


Lulu doesn't steal from the table.
Well, not so far as I know, anyway.

June 15, 2010


A few years ago, I was doing my nails whilst Dusty was watching me. I thought " I wonder if...."
She sat patiently whilst I did her nails too. I have carried on the tradition with Lulu, although it's a bit more tricky with her as she wriggles a lot. She doesn't seem to mind, though, and it gets her a lot of admiring glances.
Sad, I know.

May 28, 2010


Technically this is not my finest photo of Lulu, but I like it as a portrait of her.

This is where she sleeps sometimes, on the landing. I caught her just as she was waking up and still sleepy enough for me to get a photo before she started jumping around, wanting a walk.

May 20, 2010




These are before and after photos taken this week - when Lulu went for a hairdo.

She's quite the young lady now. The ladies that do the clipping (and believe me, it takes two to do it. She is not a pushover like Dusty was) have allowed the fur on her ears to grow longer and that makes her look less like a puppy. She's definitely not a baby any more.

May 11, 2010


This morning, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, the bluebells were out in the woods, the dandelions were glorious in the meadows so Lulu and I went for a nice long walk.

Lulu bumped into some friends, Jack the collie and Henry the labrador. I don't know the names of all the owners, just the dogs !

After an hour of running around full of the joys of spring we went back home for a spot of breakfast and a lie-down. It has clouded over now and looks like it might rain. Good job we did our long walk this morning.

April 18, 2010


A couple of days after we arrived in France for our Easter holiday, Lulu cut a pad on her foot. It didn't seem to bother her at all but there was a huge amount of blood everywhere. I was worried that it might get infected so I put a plaster on, then a bandage held in place with the only thing we had strong enough for the job, red plastic tape.

We think she did it running about in the fields behind the château where there are lots of bits of flint lying around. We kept a bandage on for a few days until the bleeding had more or less stopped. She ran around on it as normal. It got her a lot of sympathy, anyway.

March 29, 2010


We are off on our holidays soon and Lulu comes with us all the way to France. She travels really well. The process of getting her back into the country involves a visit to the vet in France at the right time and checking her in separately at Eurotunnel before we get on the train.
This sounds like a lot of trouble but is really straightforward. People put me off it for years, saying it was such a pallaver but in fact it's a lot easier and cheaper than organising to put a dog in kennels. And better for all of us, too - we have so much fun together in France.
I usually let Nick sit in the front of the car, though.

March 21, 2010


Lulu is well over her little operation. The stitches were removed easily. I got her to do the sit, lie down, roll over trick we have taught her. Then, with Lulu on her back and a vet nurse holding one leg in mid-air (it was rather an un-ladylike pose I must say) and me feeding little chunks of cheese at the sharp end to distract her, the vet picked all the stitches out and it was done in two minutes.

Now she is completely back to normal, full of energy and wearing us out. Thank goodness.


March 8, 2010


Lulu is feeling much better now. In fact she's back to normal, apart from having eight stitches in her tummy.

We had a lovely walk in Clumber Park yesterday and she was running about and enjoying herself as usual.

This photo is of her finding something very interesting to sniff. Two seconds later she was lining herself up to dive into it. Fox poo !! The same thing happened last time we visited Clumber. Fortunately this time our shouting stopped her. Phew.

It's a beautiful place for a walk. You can't tell from this picture but it was heaving with visitors.

There were scores of other dogs there. Some were enjoying a dip in the lake, notably the labradors and the spaniels. Not Lulu. In fact none of my poodles have shown any inclination for swimming. Except the one occasion when Dusty ended up in the lake at Clumber by mistake. She was chasing a moorhen and followed it into the water. I don't know who was the most surprised, us, her, or the moorhen. I will never forget the expression on her face as she re-emerged above the surface. She never did it again.

I am not looking forward to Wednesday (8th March). That is when Lulu gets her stitches removed. I have been playing at tugging at them a bit to get her used to the idea. She not too fond of the vet and I think it might be a struggle for all of us.

March 2, 2010


Lulu is fine after her little operation. We struggled getting her in and out of the car and eventually resorted to using the ramp that we bought for Dusty when she could no longer jump in and out.

She ate a little bit of chicken yesterday evening and had porridge for breakfast this morning.
Now she's just convalescing, poor thing. I feel as though I am too.

March 1, 2010


Lulu is having her operation today. She's going to be spayed.
I feel nervous for her but I know she'll be ok.

February 13, 2010


Looking at Lulu now, it's hard to believe she was ever this tiny.
This was the first Sunday that she had with us.
She was 8 weeks old.

February 4, 2010


Just to remind myself that winter won't really last for ever, I was looking through some summery photos and found these from 20th September last year.

One of the joys of owning a dog is that you have to take it for a walk. This is one of the walks we do fairly regularly in Derbyshire. Lulu loves it. So do we.

There are all sorts of places to explore.

There are lots of different sights to see.

There is usually someone new to have a play with - in this case a Staffordshire bull terrier, who had no idea poodles could be so fast.

There are lovely views and endless tracks to walk.

More strange things to see - this is the first time any of us had seen one of these, well, one with a bag over its head anyway.

Tired, moi ?? Never !!

January 28, 2010


Lulu was just one when I took this picture in August 2009.

January 22, 2010


Out for a walk on a frosty day, Lulu just stopped and listened for a moment. I wonder what she thought she could hear.

January 21, 2010


There's something about the sight of a poodle in full flight......

January 12, 2010


This was when Lulu was 7 months old.

January 6, 2010


When Lulu was a baby, Jack was fascinated by her. As she was growing up, he definitely showed signs of being in love. Now that she's a big bossy girl he's not quite so besotted. But they always have fun together in the fields around our home.
In this picture Lulu is 18 months old and Jack is nearly 3 years.

January 4, 2010


This fox poo was different - it was French - and Lulu managed to get an awful lot of it smeared over all the right places for maximum pong. Clicking on the photo will reveal the full extent of coverage !

Why do female dogs love to roll in fox poo ?
Or badger poo or rotting fish or anything that is extremely smelly ?

Neither of our male poodles did it.

Dusty did it whenever we weren't looking and now Lulu does it just the same. She likes to get it in her ears, on her neck, on her chest. We can spot the motion as she lines herself up to dive into it but there's no amount of shouting that will stop her.


Every girl knows there's nothing quite like a good dab of your favourite French perfume behind the ears.