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Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Keira's got balls


Sunday morning at the sailing club . We settle down to watch as a crowd of university types appear to pull a boat out of the water using the line up with a rope and pull hard method . The sun is shining and we have time on our hands , me , my sister and D . Alice rests quietly on the sand , trying to catch up on lost sleep as there are too many of us at home and too few sofas . She is lacking sleep . Greyhounds need 23 hours per day as she keeps trying to remind us and she is running dangerously near empty . She can function on 22 but after that its a close call . There have been teens sprawling all over her territories for days and she is close to snapping point . Meanwhile we are enjoying the sun and the water lapping at the shore and the feeling that the teenagers are all still asleep , and rather idly hoping that just possibly there will be a comedy moment when the rope will snap and some of the boat pullers will fall in a line rather like dominoes . I have my camera at the ready . We half heartedly contemplate offering to help but know instinctively that its a case of too many cooks etc etc ..... Meet Charlie. Charlie is the black terrier who appears in the first picture , accompanied by a rather lovely Keira Knightley lookalike , who is towing two toddlers and a plastic truck on a stick . Me , my sister and D are all envious of that truck , in particular of that stick . In our day , we towed our children on their trucks on bits of string or rope and a precarious and tedious , indeed backbreaking job it was at times . But Keira sails along with her children , and it looks so easy and ,truly , we are happy for her . And here is Charlie , who is the double of my sister's terrier Grommit , one of Alice s best mates , and Charlie bustles into the picture and heads towards the action and cocks his leg as boys do and paddles about and has some fun and chases a few stones and watches as the toddlers fight over their truck as toddlers do even if their mum does look like a film star , and hang on what is this , here is a little female cocker spaniel wiggling happily over to Alice and we watch lazily with half an eye on the boat action ( the boat trailer wheels are now well and truly caught behind a large ramp ) , and Alice is thinking of making friends , and hey up Charlie has snelled a rat and his whole face is a quiver and he is there and his nose is up and under her tail and before we can say " he likes the smell of her bottom " he has mounted her from behind as naughty little terriers do , and the little spaniel's owner has noticed and is running at some considerable speed towards the action as Charlie is wasting no time and oh look Keira has noticed too and is making her way towards us . Alice is still lying down ( after all she is quite exhausted ) , and we watch with interest as Mr Spaniel Man is clearly quite cross , and we imagine that Keira will be mortified . But none of it .... she strides over purposefully as Mr S shouts loudly at Charlie and dislodges him efficiently with his suede shoe .... remaining perfectly pleasant and civilised she states very clearly " Your dog is in heat isnt she ? " . It is not exactly an accusation . It does not say , your dog should not be out , tantalising poor Charlie and his wayward private parts .........and yet ........ Mr Spaniel is completely caught off guard . " Well he stumbles . " Up till now I didnt think she was " " well, I think now you know she is " . Keira is now in full control , but still smiling pleasantly , cheekbones flashing . I am in awe .Does this level of confidence , of balls , of being completely able to resolve a situation in seconds with a smile directly correlate with the wearing of a leather cap worn at just the right angle ? Of being six feet tall and with a body mass index more generally seen in Vogue magazine ? Whatever it was it was wonderful , and if I ever have a boy dog who goes out on the sniff I shall remember how it was done . I'll let you know if I manage to carry it off ?

1 comment:

DulwichDivorcee said...

Hello MsCatCalls, what a lovely blog!Is that your beautiful cat lounging on the sofa? Mine hasn't made much of an appearance in blogging yet - she is way too grand and aloof - but I might slip her in soon if I can do so without her noticing ....DD

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