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I love and miss you so much Merlin and I always will

March 20th 2014 12:22 am
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Good morning my boy, have you been having lots and lots of fun with your buddies?

Its quite a nice day today, bright and sunny, no cloud, no wind but quite cool. It would make a really nice run and play day for you. I let the pack out and immediately ran to the fence bordering the road and started barking, surprisingly I called them away and the they did as they were told, even Spud and Bella. Molly came running up to me sat down expecting a treat, closely followed by Spud, which of course I gave them.

It was so funny the other day, Mia my granddaughter must have surprised Spud, he barked loudly and ran off, Mia's eyes opened like organ stops and she said “oooooooooooh,” your mum, Melissa and I thought it was extremely funny. Mia was in no danger of being bitten as Spud is extremely careful around Mia, even if she does surprise him. Spud is one heck of an enigma, at times he is a really sweet boy, other times he can be a pain in the neck, as you found out for yourself.

Melissa my daughter is really doing well with her little sandwich shop, she is moving to bigger premises sometime in May which will give her a far bigger customer base and there are far less beggars and there is a security guard office right next door, so she is going to be a lot safer then she is at the moment. She has had beggars come into her little shop demanding cups of coffee and getting agitated when she refuses. Luckily other shop keepers comes to her aid and gets rid of the beggars.

I am really looking forward to getting my new car, but I doubt if I would be able to buy for at least another 3 months. I've waited this long ,so another 3 months is not such a train smash. I'm also looking forward to taking a trip to the Addo elephant reserve about 800 kilometres from here, it should be a really nice drive in the SUV I am thinking about buying.

Well my boy I suppose its time that you went and played some more with your buddies. God willing I'll talk to you some more tomorrow.

Please remember just how much I love and miss you my sweet boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

I love and miss you so much Merlin and I always will

March 19th 2014 12:09 am
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Good morning my precious boy, I hope that you are having lots and lots of fun with your buddies running and chasing and jumping and generally having a great time.

Its a very dull and overcast day today, slightly chilly but not too bad. It would make an excellent run and play day for you as you could chase Spud all that you liked over the property without getting too hot.

I think that I have finally decided what new car I want to buy. I just hope that I can get a good deal, if I cannot, then I will perhaps rethink my choice or go to another dealer of the same brand. I really want to go to the ADDO elephant reserve, its my favourite place in all of South Africa. I just love watching and photographing herds of elephants and the antics of the babies. Really wonderful to watch. The car I have in mind even your mum likes it, and she is very hard to please when it comes to motor cars, actually it was her who suggested looking at the car in the first place. When I took it for a test drive she came with me and she nodded her approval. High praise indeed. I know for a fact that when I get my new car I am going to look for excuses to drive it, going into town to buy bread or milk or something, no doubt the novelty will wear off after a while

Lately my sugar level has been quite high, so your mum got me diabetic hard boiled sweets, sugar free soda drink and sweeteners to go into my tea instead of sugar, which has help enormously to bring my sugar level down to a safe level. My blood pressure has dropped by quite a bit and is in the “safe zone” at last. I check my sugar levels and blood pressure almost every day and adjust my medication accordingly. I must admit I am a lot healthier then I was three years ago.

Well I guess its time for you to go play and have some more fun with your buddies.

Never forget Merlin, I love you and I miss you so much.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

Good morning my sweet and wonderful big boy.

March 18th 2014 1:34 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its another really nice day today, its nice and bright and sunny and nice and warm, not the awful hot weather we had a few weeks ago. The nights are drawing in and getting longer and getting colder, winter is almost here. It would make a good run and play day for you my boy, you could chase Spud as much as you liked, even though you could never catch him. I'm sorry Merlin but what was really funny was when Spud pulled your tail, the look on your face was a picture, In fact I wish I had a camera handy. You looked so indignant and began to chase him and what made you even more annoyed you couldn't catch him. I still sit, think and laugh about that. Even when you were annoyed you managed to make me laugh. How I miss those days, those wonderful days we shared together.

Last evening before dinner Mia was in a remarkable good mood, laughing and running, so I said, “Mia give Granddad a cuddle.” She ran up to me and threw her arms around my neck giving me a really nice hug. It was so lovely Merlin, then after dinner I was sat at the table and asked her again to give me a cuddle and again she threw her arms around my neck. I know she can be a pain in the neck at times with her crying to get her own way, but that more then made up for it. When Mia is sweet she's very sweet, but when she's a pain she is a massive pain. For all her naughtiness I love her so much.

Well I guess its time that you went and played with your buddies.

Have a good day having fun my boy and remember just how much I love and miss you.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN.

March 17th 2014 1:39 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant. Its quite a nice day again today, nice and bright and sunny and not too hot, there is a very breeze rustling the leaves in the tree's, I think it would make a nice run and play day for you my boy. Yesterday morning your mum and I were talking about you, remarking how majestic you looked sitting on the little hill by the fence, it looked like you were commanding all that you surveyed. People passing certainly took notice of you my boy. I'd call your name and you would come running with such a happy look on your face as if to say “Yes Daddy?” I cannot tell you how much I miss you Merlin, there are not enough words in any language to tell you exactly what I feel. I just hope that you know what I mean and what I feel.

Some very nice families on Dogster have given you beautiful presents as well as warm congratulations on your Dog of the Day honour. You are such a lucky boy and I am so proud of you.

I'm waiting on two of my pensions to come through, although the third pension still needs sorting out. Why they make everything so complicated I'll never know. Once everything is sorted out I can begin to make my mind up as to what new car I want to buy. As I have mentioned before, I hate buying new cars, I always feel like that I should have bought something else. This time though I am doing a lot more research so I can make an educated choice.

Mike my son has at last found a job, he starts today on a weeks trial. Its not the best job in the world but it will do until he finds something better, at least he will be getting a pay packet each week.

Anyway my boy its time that you went and played with your buddies.

I love and miss you so much Merlin.

Your ever loving Daddy

 

MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN.

March 16th 2014 6:05 am
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Good afternoon my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Sorry that I am late today as I went shopping with your mum, we stopped off and had lunch, I wish we hadn't as now I feel rather bloated but I've brought home a doggy bag for the pack with fat and meat from the steak I had for lunch. I did send one steak back, it was awful, it was very chewy and they must have covered in some kind of seasoning. It was nasty, I reckon they were using the rubbish steak they had left over, anyway after complaining they changed it for a much better piece of meat.

Its a very hot day today and like a idiot I left my hat at home, my head was getting burned in the sun. I don't think this would make a good run and play day for you my boy, its far too hot and you could end up with heat exhaustion. Not good.

I went looking at more cars this morning, seeing what else is available to the ones I am considering. I really hate buying a new car as I usually regret buying what I had bought and then wish I had bought something else. Oh well lets wait and see.

Well my boy I guess its time that you went and had some more fun with your buddies.

I love you so much my boy and I miss you too, but you know that already.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN.

March 15th 2014 12:40 am
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Good morning Merlin my ever so sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

OH WOW MERLIN, YOU HAVE BEEN MADE DOG OF THE DAY. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU MY BOY, SO VERY PROUD.

Its another really nice day, nice and bright and sunny, a very gentle breeze and not too hot, just nice and warm. It would make a really good run and play day for you my boy. The nights are a bit on the chilly side, but not too bad yet, Molly is now getting up and laying beside me most nights, I suppose its too cold for her on the floor. I don't mind because we keep each other nice and warm and she hardly moves during the night.

Mia's dad is here again, so far he is behaving himself, he had better keep behaving as you know what I will tell him to do if he doesn't. I'm sorry, but I really don't like the man and I think he knows it. Your mum cooks him nice meals when he's here and he doesn't eat them. If I were her I wouldn't bother to be honest, I'd let him buy a burger and chips or a pizza.

I'm down to my last few dry roasted peanuts, I'm savouring them and making them last as long as possible. Its a great pity that we cannot get them here as they are one of my favourite snacks, if not the favourite of them all. There is a company in UK that sends all manner of snacks around the world in bulk, so I might buy quite a few bulk packs so that they last me a few months and then re-order just before they run out.

Well I guess its time for you to go play and have some more fun with your buddies.

I love and miss you so much my boy, I often sit and talk to you, I hope you can hear me Merlin.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

Good morning my sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin.

March 14th 2014 12:57 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its another very pleasant day, nice and bright and sunny but not baking hot, there is a slight breeze which is a bonus. It would make a really nice run and play day for you my boy. The nights are getting longer, the sun coming up in the mornings is getting later and later. A sure sign that winter is almost here.

Molly and the gang are outside at the moment, I'm expecting Bella to start barking any minute to be let inside, she wont stop until I do let her in. Just as I thought, Bella has just started barking, I don't know why she doesn't chill outside, its not as if it is cold outside. Hobo chills outside all day and sometimes all night, unless its raining then he barks to come indoors. I opened the front door, Bella, Molly and Spud trooped indoors, and there's Hobo chilled out on the drive. He's a funny little dog. Its highly funny when Mia my Granddaughter goes up to Hobo and says “Hellooooo boooooy,” and tries to give him a cuddle, Hobo looks at her as if to say, “What is she going to do???” then looks relieved when she tries to cuddle Molly or Spud. Spud runs away but Molly lets her cuddle her. Molly is so good with Mia, Mia even sits on her and Molly just lays there. Molly is a very good little girl most of the time. Molly has just come into my study and laying beside me. Molly has always got to be around people, unless she's outside playing with Spud, in the evenings she is either laying beside your mum or me and when we get up to go to bed she troops into the bedroom and lays down. I'm very pleased with Molly, she has got typical GSD traits.

Well I suppose its time for you to go play and have some more fun.

I do love and miss you so much my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My Boy Merlin

March 13th 2014 1:02 am
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Good morning Merlin my ever so sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its a really lovely day today, nice and bright and nice and warm, instead of being baking hot. There's no breeze whatsoever, but its still a very nice day. It would make a very good run and play day for you my boy. Yesterday when I let the dogs out Spud was going banana's barking his head off for no reason so I chased him away. This morning he was quite a bit subdued, I told him “I am warning you Spud, behave,” he looked at me then ran off to explore without barking. Spud can be a lovely boy, but when he barks and barks and barks it does get very annoying. I wish you were here to teach him a few manners. Last night was quite chilly in the bed room, Molly jumped up on my bed, I suspect it was too cold for her on the floor. I don't mind her jumping up as long as she doesn't lay across my legs.

I am still eating the dry roasted peanuts that Mike my son sent me, but sadly they will soon be gone. I've already told Mike that when he comes here on holiday to leave his clothes behind and fill his luggage with dry roasted, I wish they would import them into South Africa, they are so nice.

I love strawberry jam on toast, but, being diabetic my sugar level spikes all too easily. I couldn't resist temptation so yesterday I had two slices of toast with strawberry jam. When I checked my sugar level last night it had spiked to 16.1, opppps, So I took another tablet that brings down my sugar level. This morning when I checked my sugar level had dropped by half. I need to find sugar free jam somewhere.

I suppose its time for you to go play some more with your buddies.

I love you my boy and I miss you so much.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

I love and miss you so much Merlin and I always will

March 12th 2014 12:55 am
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Good morning Merlin my ever so sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its quite a nice day today like yesterday, some cloud but nice and bright, no wind but not too hot, its a nice warm day. It would make a nice run and play day for you my boy, you could run and play and jump all that you wanted to. Last night was a bit chilly so Molly decided to jump up and laid with her back to mine, she was so nice and warm, she laid there all night until this morning. Molly is outside at the moment barking at one of the dogs across the road, she can be very stroppy at times. Although I am very glad that she doesn't join Bella and Hobo fighting every morning with the dogs next door. Both Bella and Hobo have got hurt fighting with them, yet they never learn. Mind you, you use to argue with them and I had to chase you away. Remember???? That was the only really naughty thing you use to do, apart from that you were without fault and perfect in every way.

Last night I was teasing Mia, she would point at me and stamp her foot, I copied her while laughing, she got annoyed but didn't cry. She pointed at me and said to her mum “Granddad is naughty.” Highly amusing, but in the end I gave her a little cuddle and said “Granddad loves his little Mia.” She can be such a sweet little girl, but sometimes when gets gets in one of her moods, she can get a bit too much.

Anyway my boy I guess its time for you to go play some more with your buddies.

I love and miss you so much my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

March 11th 2014 12:37 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and wonderful gentle giant.

Its another nice bright day, not a cloud in the sky, not too hot and a nice gentle breeze, not the usual gale force winds we get here. I had a really good night last night, for a change, I slept right through. Today would be a good run and play day for you my boy, you could chase Spud all that you wanted to.

Mike my son sent me a couple packets of dry roasted peanuts for my birthday which sadly we cannot get here. That's one thing I miss about England, I do love dry roasted, its a pity that we can't get them here. When he comes over here on holiday I am going to suggest that he leaves all his clothes at home and fill his luggage with dry roasted, he's got more then enough clothes that he left here to wear while he's here. I'm eating dry roasted as I type this, I'm going to make a pig of myself. Last night I dropped a dry roasted and whoosh Bella was there and picked it up and ate it, she must like them too, because she never left my side while I was eating them!

Molly, Spud, Bella and Hobo barked to go outside, I let them out and five minutes later they barked to come inside. Molly and Spud sat down for a treat that they know I always carry in my pocket, then Bella and Hobo came running up wanting a treat. They all know what a soft touch I am.

I had to tell Molly off this morning, Mia was eating a breakfast muffin when Molly took it out of her hand, oh boy, Mia certainly let everyone know about it.

Well my boy I suppose its time for you to go play and have some more fun with your buddies.

I do love and miss you so much Merlin, please never forget that.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 
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