Saturday, 26 January 2013

Introducing... The Pocket Sized Labrador!

Woofs and Wags Muskehounds!  The mules have taken pity on me as I am house and lead bound after my little accident.... oops.... I am now 3.8 legged and well on the way to recovery.  I have been so bored that those long ears have allowed me to steal a blogging spot!  Maybe this blog should be called Dogtanian and The Three Muskehounds like the original inspiration?  So as I'm the longest standing member of the clan I guess I should introduce myself, I hope you'll forgive the fact that I am not an equine.....

Name: Murph, also known as the Pocket Sized Labrador

Age:  7 1/2 years going on 6 months.....

Breeding: Labrador Retriever of the gun dog type

Size:  Pocket Sized!  I wasn't fed very well as a puppy before I found my mistress so I didn't grow, I am a very petite labrador which means I can comfortably sit on your lap or the sofa, you'll never notice me, honest.

Coat Colour: Black with a few salt and pepper marks to show how distinguished I am, if you'd lived with FH most of your life you'd be grey too... just ask MH, hehe!

How did you come to be a Muleteer Muskehound?  In a galaxy far away (I try not to remember) I was an unwanted labradorian.  My old humans got me as a puppy and kept me locked in a room all day long on my own and then beat me when they came home because I had been bad (I was teething and had to chew something!).  I never walked anywhere and didn't know what the world was except for shouting and the four walls I lived in.  One day when I'd nearly given up a kind man came and carried me away, he looked after me while he set about finding me a new home, would you believe he knew FH!  A very unsuspecting FH got more than she bargained for in her first dog - me!  We had to learn lots together, I had no idea how to travel in a car, how to walk on a lead, how to socialise with humans or dogs, how to wag my tail... you know I don't think I knew how to live.  With time I found my wag and found out life was brilliant, I stopped dipping my head away from hands and started forcing my head in to hands :-)  After a while FH even found me my old friend Indy and MH, it was nice to have some boys around!  I still don't trust many people but those I do trust I love fiercely, although I don't mind sharing the humans with The Muleteers they are not allowed in the house - woof!

Favourite Pastimes: Chasing my ball, giving the 'hungry eyes' to my Granny and sneaking on the sofa with FH when no one's looking ;-)

Favourite Food: Everything! I will eat anything except for polo mints, they are the work of the devil.  I have been known to eat garlic, whole chillies, a whole bag of flour (I turned myself white, the mixture of drool and flour was very sticky...MH was not impressed), the majority of a sack of dog food, FH's coat pockets when she leaves treats in them and anything else that's left in sight.....  I have gotten in to a little bit of trouble with my eating habits in the past, my finest moment (not) was the consumption of enough grapes to kill a St Bernard (I picked them delicately off the vine), two avocados and a kiwi fruit in one sitting, the vets were staggered, I however, was fine :-)

Favourite Drink: River water ingested whilst swimming for my ball. 

Favourite Car: I DO NOT like cars.... when I first arrived with FH many doggy years ago I was very traumatised about life.  One of the worst things for me was going in the car.  I was sick every time, FH had to do months and months of training with me, we ate our dinner in the car, we played in the car, we went to the park in the car, all to no avail...FH needed to take out shares in car upholstery shampoo.  The secret to my tolerance of cars now?  CHEESE!  That's right folks FH used to drive down the road chucking cheese to me in the back of the car to take my mind off feeling sick and trick me in to thinking cars were nice.  Guess it worked ok, I will tolerate cars now and we don't need the upholstery shampoo anymore but my favourite car is one that is not moving!

Favourite Movie: Lassie Come Home - Classic!

Favourite Music: Anything that MH plays, his music taste is more sedate than FH's, hers is too loud, it's no wonder I need flappy ears is it?
GH...supplier of banned substances!
Favourite Book: What's a book? Can I eat it?

Favourite Words:  W.A.L.K.  the humans think I don't know what this means, gosh they're really stupid if they can't spell!

Favourite Person: Granny Human for supplying banned food substances like sausage rolls, bits of her meals and providing ample cuddles and sympathy, Granny also allows me on the sofa, throws my ball and calls me her darling a lot :-)  I do love my FH and MH too but nothing beats the naughtiness of a Granny!

Unique Talent: Wagging so hard that I regularly knock things over including myself.  I can also 'speak' on command and sing.  The humans taught me this to stop me from barking at things... I have simply widened my vocal repertoire :-)

Guilty Pleasure: Lying on the sofa in MH's place when he's not around and placing my head in FH's lap for cuddles and attention.  In our house we all pretend this doesn't happen, dogs don't go on the furniture.... ermmm no one told me.

Least Favourite Thing: The V.E.T. or the car... I'm also a little uncertain about new people I don't know.

Favourite Vice: FOOD!  I'm an eating machine, well I am a labrador?

Favourite Clothing: My Argentinian Polo dog collar, I show that Dragon mule who has the nicest bridle leather in this house.  Apart from that I need no clothes I am invincible!

Favourite Possession: Doris Donkey my favourite toy.  Doris needs to be paraded and presented to the humans when they return from work, she is my very favourite toy at the moment, I show her this by carrying her around and drooling on her.

Alternative Career:  Chief Crunchy Biscuit Tester

Describe Yourself in Three Words: Loyal, Starving, Obsessive

Favourite Quote:
This would make the world a better place :-)

In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human.  The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.
Edward Hoagland

Your Perfect Day: 
Wake up slowly, no need to tax yourself too much...

Eat breakfast and then become turbo charged

Hopefully it will be a Granny Day, I know Granny's car when she arrives and cry and woof until she hurries up and brings me chews and strokes!

Time for walk number one, this must include ample time with my ball, 

I would like to swim after it..

And then I can soak the humans and hear them laugh!

Then it's time for a little rest and some crunchy biscuits

Next W.A.L.K number two, this should involve some Moorland exploration with the humans

Time for a snooze now...

Finally after some dinner it's time for evening funny five minutes with Doris Donkey

Night night must be time for sleep now, I am an eating and sleeping machine :-)

Wags and woofs to you all, thank you for letting me get my paws on a blog post :-)


  1. I think you deserve your own blog Murph! Glad you have such a wonderful home now.

    1. Woof, I agree! William the Lurcher's blog is wonderful... I am trying to persuade FH that I need one too :-) I may have to make do with stealing the limelight on here a little to start with.... woofs and wags xx

  2. It is lovely to be introduced to you properly, Murph. I have a soft-spot for labradors and I can see that you are a particularly lovely boy. I hope to hear from you again.
    Cuddles and strokes to you and Doris Donkey from Judy in Cambridge

    1. Woofs, wags and brays (Doris even brays!) it is so nice to male your acquaintance too! I have been desperate to get my paws on a blog post, FH says she will sneak me the laptop when the mules aren't looking. xx

  3. Finally, finally!. I am so glad to make your acquaintance, beautiful Murph. Glad to read you are nearing the four-leg status. You are definitively a super Muskehound blogger and beg to hear frequently from you, too!.

    I read your story in tears and am very happy that you became part of this lovely, so special and loving family. The pictures are adorable!. And, oh, how magnífico is it that you wear an Argentinian Polo dog collar --it makes you a perfect polo handicap 10, like Facundo Pieres, salud!.

    1. Dearest Carmen, my human is convinced that I should also be allowed to blog occasionally especially if the muleteers friends agree! My magnifica polo collar is my favourite thing, it is lots of lovely colours and never seems to mind when I wear it swimming or when rolling in the mud, it is perfecto! Woofs, wags and bows to you xx

  4. Mmm.. Well how nice to meet you Murph. You seem to be better behaved than those two yellowy looking murph lookalikes that live with me. I'm so happy that you found a lovely home after your rather sad start to life. The two yellow things bark at me , but I soon put them in their place, cos I'm not scared ( well if my mum is there to hide behind ) I must say Doris the donkey is quite a babe, you are so lucky to have her .. I'm going online later to see if I can buy one just like her , I'm sure she would love to see my field apartment. Hope your leg gets better soon. Woody x

    1. My dear Woody, I am not really that well behaved but ssshhh don't tell the humans, they are convinced I am an angel... except when my hunger gets the better of me, oops! I am glad that I ended up here too, the inhabitants of my home are all a little odd but maybe that's why I fit right in?
      You long ears are good at putting us canines in our place, I stay at a safe distance from the long eared ones both at home and at FH's work, I've had a few near misses! Doris is definitely a babe, she is the best toy I've ever had, hope you get one too :-)

  5. You are one lucky dog to have found such a great home.

  6. Can you come out to play with me? Morris. We could have fun chasing balls. My favorite toy is Hedgehog grunt toys. I carry them around to say hello to people.
    I like sleeping on the couch and playing with puppies.

    I really like cars, I started riding in them when I was 5 weeks old and will get into anyone's car at once.

    Mom lets me blog too.
    I have a FB page too.

    I love to ride mules. I like treats and did I mention my floppy frisbee?
    I like to play with the grand kids, they are MY kids anyway.

    I am a good protector, and I stand behind mom and bark when she parks in the wrong spot.

    Nice to meet you.
    Please feel much better.
    Your friend from across the big water,