A CARVE UP!!!!
am not sure how many of you, my readers are aware of the fact, but
the Cranstals have been travelling with our pharaoh friend Mena and
her owner Sarah over the last year or so. Something to do with 'cutting
down on exorbitant dog showing costs' I believe. Mopps, Kennelman and
PharaohSarah all get on very well together influenced in no small way
- we salukis have decided - because of a mutual obsession with their
recent discovery of the Toby Carvery chain!! We could not believe it
when we heard them discussing at one show last year 'whether to stay
for the Stakes classes - or leave earlier and go to the Toby on the
way to the boat?'. Now bear in mind that the whole idea of the Cranstals
and Abusirs travelling the length and breadth of the country it to
compete at Championship dog shows. So of course there was only one
decision to make!
hours later two salukis and one pharaoh were parked in the Toby Car
Park just outside Liverpool whilst 'they' scarffed their way through
roast beef, yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and a medley of vegetables
- followed by an ice cream sundae (Mopps) and treacle sponge and custard
(Kennelman and PharaohSarah) plus lattes all round!!!! To be fair to
them we did get a share in the roast beef on their return to the car.
But what about their avowed commitment to the cause of the Championship
Dog Show I felt compelled to ask myself?
TRANSPORTS OF DELIGHT!!!!!
I have digressed. As a precursor to this next subject I have to explain
that three adults and three dogs in a Citroen C8 was never going to
be an ideal way to travel the country. Especially if the three adults
continued to visit the Toby Inns on each trip - as they were going
to be taking up quite a substantial amount more of the already non
existent free space as summer 2010 had progressed! . (As an aside -
in the past it has always been a relief to get past the anti terrorist
police on our return journeys to the Island. This is because the interior
of the Citroen - by the end of our dog showing trips - always looked
as if there had been a violent explosion in its interior!! We did actually
manage to lose large dog cages inside the car on one particularly fraught
trip!!) But I apologise................... I have digressed............
Cranstal Two Legs answer to the saluki/pharaoh logistics problem has
been the purchase of a new vehicle. Well, actually two new vehicles.
Mopps has now got a very snappy looking Note (all black windows, black
body colour and a sort of bronze on black upholstery). Methinks that
it looks a bit like a travelling black hole - not that I am likely
to get a chance to expand on this opinion as Mopps has declared it
'A DOG FREE ZONE''. And I think that she really means it this time
what luxury are we, the Cranstal stars, travelling in I can hear you
ask. As well you might! A LARGE WHITE RENAULT CREW VAN is the answer!!!!
Can you believe it???? And this has been really serious stuff. The
windows have been blacked out, the interior has all been wood clad,
then floored in...caged out.....varnished up................and almost
scientifically adapted to ensure that pharaohs and salukis (note the
ominous plural that has appeared in the word pharaoh ) can travel in
a style to which we most certainly have not previously been accustomed
- and if consulted would never, ever have opted to experience!!!
about the missed opportunities to hurl abuse at the local canine population
through the windows of the people carrier as we passed?? What about
our street cred?? What about the option to hop over the back seats
when the mood took us? The
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