A Man about a Dog (and a Dog with a Mac)

On Saturday as Rudi and I undertook our mince through the mud at dusk we passed a man on the other side of a garden fence.  He was an Irish fella working on a house near where I let Rudi off to run.  He asked me what manner of beast he was and asked if he was for sale.  He also enquired if Rudi could catch a rabbit.  I shared the guilty squirrel secret and went on my way, thinking he might be a bit touched to be truthful.

On the way back the man was waiting for us, on the pavement this time, with his son and his own dog – a Saluki bitch called Abby.  This time he wanted to know if I wanted to race his dog (not me, Rudi!).  As it was near pitch-black and Rudi was a bit tired from chasing a tennis ball I demurred.  We had a bit of a chat and it turned out his bitch was a champion hare-courser (illegal) and he had bought her for thousands.  He asked a lot of questions about Rudi, said he looked big and fit, and seemed pleased enough when he found out he was an Irish lurcher.  Of course I would not sell my dog, but if M25 Man had been on the end of the lead it would have been a different story that day!

It would have been nice to let them run; I would have offered yer man a match bet that Rudi would outpace his!  The only dog that has ever outrun mine was a recently retired male greyhound.  Rudi didn’t know what to do when that happened. 

I reckon he could catch a few rabbits, but I don’t care to find out.  Explaining dead furry things to children is not easy. 

Rudi poses near Roots Hall Stadium

Posted on December 1, 2009, in Biophilia, Dogs, Greyhound racing, Running and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. serious outbreak of exclamations there; face masks readers!

  2. Sophie – you have met him?!

    A gust of wind caught his ear which softened his look I think.

    If they ever change the law – will you have a dowry? 😉

    He ate an advent calendar today, explaining dead advent calendars to kids is harder than squirrels…

  3. * He ate an advent calendar today *

    🙂 He is quality, isn’t he?

    nb: Norwich City All Stars dropping into Roots Hall tonight. Might be a good game, they are ‘playing some football’ at the moment…

  4. He has probably been plotting the heinous crime since he ate two of them last year. Will I never learn.

    Re The Beautiful Game: After living down the road from Highbury for ten years the roar of the Shrimpers is not quite the same. To my shame, I was actually looking forward to the new stadium being built a few miles away, but their financial woes now make that look unlikely. We have already lost the government money for the Pier refurb 😦

    Anyway as you’re an honorary Canary

    Underground, overground signed on a free,
    He’s Dougie Freedman of S.U.F.C.
    Scores goals for fun, he’s blue through and through,
    Better watch out ‘cos he’ll score against you!

    or not (he’s on the bench)

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