Our Dogs – Oscar and Jenson

Our dogs - Oscar and Jenson

Our Dogs – Oscar and Jenson

 

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Our Dogs – The little scally-wags in a cute moment

 

I have been asked by a few people whether we brought our dogs with us when we moved here so I thought I would write a post about the two little monsters.

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Boogie (on holiday in Cornwall)

Actually, we didn’t have a dog in the UK for the last 6 years we were there as our previous dog, the still very much-missed Boogie, died of a bad heart in 2007 at the age of 13. That was just a few months after my mother died and as she used be our dog sitter when we went racing, or on holiday, we did not get another.

It was always on the cards that once we moved here we would get another dog, but we didn’t plan on getting one so soon after our arrival. Within a few weeks Sue started volunteering at the local Perrera, which is the council run dog pound. Before the volunteers became involved the dogs were given, at best, very basic care and attention. Before the volunteers became involved, the dogs got three weeks in the pound, with little or no effort to find new homes for them, before they were put down. Fuerteventura Dog Rescue, which is the organisation the volunteers work through, started going in a few times to clean out cages, give the dogs treats, bath them, let them run and play in the exercise area and also started to set up a network of foster carers to get them out of the pound before they were put down. They have since also developed a network in other countries where some of the dogs are re-homed.

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Oscar in the Perrera

Anyway, the first week Sue volunteered a pathetic black and white pointer cross, about a year old, came in that had been found as a stray in Lajares. The following week he was still there and then again the next week. The pound was full at that time, with many dogs being held two to a cage, so some were to be put down, including this one. Despite the fact that at that time we were living in our apartment, which was hardly suitable for a dog, we decided that we would foster him to save his life. So on 1st April 2013, yes April Fools’ Day, we picked him up.

He remained a “foster” dog with us for such a long time. It was all of 24 hours before he won us over and he became our adopted dog. It was Sue’s turn to name our next dog so she chose Oscar.

Actually, he is the first male dog I have ever had which I wasn’t too sure about as my previous dogs had all been wonderful females. I needed have worried though as he is a good dog who loves cuddles. He gets far too spoilt really. That doesn’t stop him from being a bit of a whiner, for absolutely no reason. We keep telling him how lucky he is but that doesn’t seem to matter to him.

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Oscar with Sue on his “gotcha day”

We lived in the apartment with him for just over 5 months before we bought this house which meant he had a nice garden to play in. In the apartment I seemed to do very little else but take him for a walk. We used to go out 6-8 times a day, which was a bit wearing, and that was why it was never our plan to get one before we bought a house.

Funnily though, when we had been in the house for 4 or 5 days, I suddenly realised that I hadn’t taken him for a walk since we moved in, and he hadn’t nagged to go for one either. I asked him “Oscar, do you want to go for a walk?” and he just looked at me with an expression which said “Well if you want but I’m not bothered now I have a garden.” We go for a a nice long walk every day though.

It was never our intention to have two dogs. I have only ever had one dog at a time in the past and felt that I didn’t really want to divide my love and attention between two. Sue felt the same way. However, a friend of ours, Mauro, who has two dogs told us that having two was much less work than one as they keep each other amused. We still weren’t convinced and in fact we will never forgive him for that particular piece of wisdom!

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Jenson a few days after we got him

I was just looking through Facebook one afternoon when I came across a photo of a 3-month-old long-haired Jack Russell on the Fuerteventura Dog Rescue page. He had only been with his family for a few months and they were already wanting to get rid of him.

Anyway, I showed the photo to Sue, simply because he looked so cute, not with adopting him in mind at all. I said “Look at this little scrap looking for a home” and she immediately said “Can we have him?” I thought she was joking, but she wasn’t, so we made arrangements to see him and the rest is history. He was actually called Toby at that time, but didn’t know that, so I decided to rename him Jenson.

Generally our dogs get on very well together. Oscar is a very tolerant dog anyway so that was never really going to be an issue. But there are times when they get rather too loud and tear around the house chasing each other. Occasionally it gets a bit bad-tempered but not too often. Jenson also has not grown out of the destructive phase yet.

If anyone ever says to you that having two dogs is less work that one beat them around the head with a baseball bat and tell them they are talking rubbish. Two dogs are more than twice the work and aggravation!

We will DEFINITELY not be having any more dogs.

Gopro dog harness on our walk

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The dogs become cameramen using the Gopro dog harness

We tried out our new Gopro dog harness on our dog walk with my Qumox SJ5000 action camera attached. This is Oscar and Jenson’s favourite time of the day – walkies time. We go out a roughly 5pm in the winter and 6pm in the summer. Oscar has an amazing body clock as he starts nagging me about 30 minutes before then and doesn’t stop until we go out.

I tried out the dog camera harness on Oscar first but, being a bit of a wimp, he was too worried about what it was on his back to run around. So I put the video camera mount on Jenson instead which worked much better. We met Mauro and his two dogs, Curro and Chester. For some reason Chester didn’t get into the video – too busy hunting for rabbits I suspect.

The dog camera mount works well, provided it is adjusted correctly. It was a bit loose on Jenson as I only adjusted quickly for him after I took it off of Oscar, so it slipped once or twice. It is quite good value I think and appears well made so will take a bit of abuse. I bought it from Amazon.

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A walk in the dry river beds, Lajares, Fuerteventura

Walk in dry river beds

 A walk in the dry river beds, Lajares, Fuerteventura

A walk in the dry river beds, Lajares, Fuerteventura – The Adventures of Oscar and Jenson

Oscar and Jenson’s favourite walk is in the river beds near Lajares which are dry for 99% of the year. We often meet Brian, a friend, with his dogs, Marley (a Husky) and Johno. They are Oscar and Jenson’s best friends.

The dry river beds are a wonderful place to explore. They are located just outside the village of Lajares, on the road to El Cotillo, and cover an area of many square miles. They have been sculptured by rain, when we have some, and the wind. Because they are comprised of sand and soft, sandy soil they erode very easily and are therefore constantly changing.

Filmed with a Qumox SJ5000+ wifi action camera.

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Cooling Hot Dogs – Oscar and Jenson

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Cooling Hot Dogs – Oscar and Jenson

It was a very hot, humid afternoon here in Fuerteventura, and Oscar and Jenson were feeling hot. Sue decided to try and cool them down using cold, damp towels. I’m not sure it was a great success but it was funny nevertheless. Oscar’s expressions were particularly telling.

How to cool hot dogs, or how to try at least. The following day I used the hosepipe on them to gently run water deep into their fur, ensuring that the cool water ran over the skin. That was a bit more successful. We have a nice swimming pool, which I would be happy for them to swim in (Sue wouldn’t), but they never want to go near it. They look at us swimming and think “Stupid humans”.

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Showering the dog – Jenson is funny afterwards

Showering The Dog

Showering The Dog – Jenson needed it

Showering the dog is a frequent event. Jenson, the long-haired Jack Russell, needed a shower so Sue gave him one before he wore his new collar with his name on. I wouldn’t say showering Jenson is one of his favourite things but he does tolerate it. He goes mental after he gets out mind you, as you can see.

We bought his new collar from a stall in the market in Corralejo, which is on twice a week. They are very reasonably priced and are made up on the spot. The cost is the same no matter how many letters are in the dogs name. If I get another dog I will call him Rumpelstiltskin just so I get my money’s worth! Oscar has a red one with his name on it.

Oscar was very pleased that he managed to avoid having one. He hates water.

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