Giggle blog, April.

Time for giggle blog, and this month the giggle is on me. You may remember, that I had a major surprise on the go for someone special who was having a big birthday, that isn’t for a few weeks yet? Well, it’s tricky keeping secrets when normally you tell each other everything, and I’m told, I whisper louder than I talk.

So, the surprise was underway, all the family agreed, it was a good idea, all going to share in the present, and that person in question would absolutely love it. Well, yesterday, I went on a mission, zipping along the motorway, in the red dragon, (son’s car). Hubby was out at work in our car, and I didn’t want to arouse suspicion. So off I went, not zipping, more tootling around the lanes of Leicestershire, noticing how the hedgerows were beginning to look lush, and how green and yellow finches were nestling on the hedgerows. I told our son, ‘don’t worry, I won’t drive fast in your car.’ He replied, ‘that’s the trouble, you drive too slow!’ I got lost along the way, but eventually found my destination.

I was in springer spaniel heaven. Black and white dogs to the right in a pen, lots of them. As the lady greeted me, she shouted, that brown and white one is puppy’s mum. She was gorgeous, with that look, ‘what have you brought me, anything, surely, something?’ Then going through the gate, was the one that was booked for the surprise present. He was too cute for words. He was cuddly, and decided my jumper was tasty, and my necklaces were quite good to chew on as well. She asked what we were going to call him. We’d all agreed that as he was to be hubby’s pressie, he could name him. I’d call him Bramble, or Sweep. His dad’s name is Bentley, and his mum is called malteser. ‘He’s ready to go at the weekend,’ she told me. Now it’s a bit early, but he’s the one we/I wanted.

So, being that the puppy needed to be named by the weekend, for his papers, I decided now was a good time to reveal the big birthday surprise, I couldn’t keep quiet any longer. Now, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an adverse reaction to a surprise pressie.

‘We can’t afford a dog!’ was the first statement, and then ‘I’m getting more hours at work now.’ True, the part time job has gone to double hours as people are off sick. ‘You’re looking for a job,’ next statement. Then complete silence for a while. ‘How would it be fair to bring a dog home and not be here to look after him?’ There comes a point when you begin to realise that all these are true…. ‘We’re in the middle of doing the house up. Had you forgotten?’ No, that had crossed my mind somewhere along the line. It was beginning to come to my attention, that my big surprise was definitely that, but in a bad way. And, if I’m honest, as I was cuddling Bramble (I’ll call him now, because he’s my dog for the day) I was a bit worried about what would happen if the temping agency sent me out for a full time job. So, there goes the big birthday surprise. I have something else up my sleeve, maybe on reflection, it’s best kept there.

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Puppy for a day....
Puppy for a day….

On a serious note, even though it’s a giggle blog, goes to show you should never buy a dog for anyone. It’s something you have to do for yourself, and only if you can be home all the time with him. And, I’ve got my puppy for the day pictures to keep. Just like my black and white hubby, he has no grey areas, (except on his head) he says, at least you know where you are with him. And, if I’m honest, the fun was in the finding the cutest puppy, a day out in the red dragon, and cuddles for a while. Blimey, I’m turning into one of those crazy old ladies, who drives around the countryside picking out puppy’s and then ringing up the next day to say, ‘ssssooooorryyy,,,, but you seeee…..’ honestly, I put it down to menopausal madness… The lady had had someone the week before me, ring to say she’d call, and she didn’t. Oh, well, at least I called for a cuddle. I’ll now enjoy springer stories on Teresa’s blog.

Now we have more gigglers. If you want to be one, all you have to do is post what’s made you giggle lately, at the start of each month.

Lynne.   Teresa.   The Busy Teapot.   Debbie..

Until next time….. a puppy is for life, and never buy one as a present.

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Author: susanjanejones

I write articles and short stories, and this year I've become a pocket novelist for my weekly.

29 thoughts on “Giggle blog, April.”

  1. Yes Ruth, like having a baby, and we aren’t able to be retired yet to give him the full time. I was hoping, but I’m glad he’s the sensible one, thanks for popping by.

  2. Oh your lovely surprise, what a shame, but he’s right, you do have to be with them all the time. It’s like having a demanding baby, a naughty toddler and a toothy crocodile all wrapped up in soft fur. Your puppy for the day looks adorable though and it sounds as if you had a lovely adventure getting there x

  3. I agree – it’s a shame the present idea didn’t work out, but probably it’s for the best. Can quite see why you were tempted and didn’t completely think it through though.

  4. No, Patsy you’re right, the whole family were on puppy fever. We were all planning to do a rota system, like in the story I wrote. In fact, instead of my characters leaping off the page, I leaped on to the page, and thought it was a good idea. I think a dog needs one owner though, who can commit. We can’t at the moment, so hubs was right.

  5. Oh what a shame but you did the right thing. Even as I sit here typing, Flossie is by my side. They do need company even as they get older. I am sure your time will come and there’ll be another puppy waiting for you 🙂

    1. Oh, thank you Deborah, I hope so. Hubby is right though, and one of his reasons for not getting the pup was, ‘it’s not a birthday present for me, you’re thinking of yourself….’ and so I was:))))

  6. This a great post, and though it was hard, it is the best decision in the end. Dogs are harder work than people realise, and it’s better to research it before doing it.

    Such a cute face on that puppy though! So sweet 😀

  7. I thought this was really sad. Am I going soft in my old age? If I’d gone to all that trouble, I’d have been SO disappointed that it hadn’t come off. Glad you were able to so philosophical – and right, of course.

    1. Hi Julia, it is sad for a giggle blog, but it’s the news of the moment, and I know it’s because I am at home, and if I was here all the time, it would be great, but I’m job searching. A puppy would made me turn down every job I was offered, so yes, sad, but realistic as well. Hope I have a better giggle next month….

  8. Oh, dear. If someone gave me a puppy as a surprise present I’d find it very difficult to say no, thank you! I love dogs, and do miss having one around, but after our last one had to be put to sleep at the age of 16, I decided I really didn’t want to take on all that responsibility again. Not yet, anyway! I’m sure little Bramble will soon find a loving home. He’s so cute!

    1. Yes Linda, I think several people wanted him, and she was reserving him until I’d seen him. Glad I did, and also glad that we didn’t take him on, as I need to find a job. Quite happy at home, writing, but needs must and all that…

    1. Indeed a wee sweetie Suzanne. That’s a good story title, I’m going to write a story about him. Oh, so cute. But I will be out at work soon, hopefully, and hubby is busy getting more yours at his job as well.

    1. Yes Rena, it was irresponsible of me really to go so far with my plan. But what a fantastic day I had with Bramble. And, you’re right. Will write the story up and get it published….xx

  9. What a gorgeous puppy for a day, But, yes, everyone’s right, puppies are so much work. So sorry you couldn’t keep him – but good luck with your short story about him. 🙂

  10. The puppy looked ‘oh, so sweet’, Sue, but I know from my son’s puppy how much work they are to start with. He and his wife took holiday time off work to settle her so if the time isn’t right, perhaps it’s for the best. Perhaps you could start a campaign for people to be entitled to puppy-leave! 😉 looking forward to reading the story!

    1. Hi Jan, sweet is the word isn’t it? And hasn’t he got a devilish look in his eye, like, ‘I’m going to get into mischief.’ I know from when I had a dog before, and I worked part time, the things he got up to, like chewing books, coats, and endless other things. Only when we can be home full time, then it will be the right time, so, need to win the lottery or retire, and both of those isn’t on the cards. So, a story it will be. I did have a great day out though.

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