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Patience is a virtue - even for dogs

I sometimes wonder how Buddy feels about having to spend so much of his life waiting. He wakes up firing on all cylinders and ready to seize the day, but has to wait for me to come round, which usually involves ingesting sufficient caffeine. He dances about me in the kitchen waiting to be fed his breakfast. Then he has to wait for me to get some work done before we go for a walk, and of course if I co out he ends up waiting at home for my return.

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Buddy in the car scene. (dog on right)

Buddy is a Black Labrador who s seven years old and enjoying his second time in the Safe and Sound team. He likes chasing a tennis ball. His favourite place is on the beach where he enjoys paddling in sea but won’t swim! He adores cheese and has recently discovered cat food is yummy too!

Marley poses proudly.

Marley is a two year old black Labrador, who lives very happily with another black Lab. He is apparently wonderful and very easy to live with, having a fantastic character. He loves to walk in the woods especially if he’s off lead and chasing a tennis ball, which he prefers to treats!

Day four of Crufts - Buddy in the limelight

I love this photo of Buddy and some of the Safe and Sound team in the main arena at Crufts 2010. He had to stay in the car while the children moved around him and the commentator warned the audience about the dangers of teasing dogs in cars. Although he did in deed stay in the car, he longed to get out and join in the fun, and he kept flashing me that reproachful expression, clearly asking, "Can I go and play now?"

It was great fun and a wonderful message to help publicise.

Take care,

Julie x

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Buddy waiting

Buddy waiting for me to catch up.

Patient Buddy again

Buddy waiting for me on a walk.

Patient Buddy

Buddy waiting for me on the walk.

Buddy in Safe and Sound display

Buddy playing "dog in car" at Crufts. The dog on the left is Phoenix, a Curly Coated Retriever.

Buddy's a newshound

Buddy dressed to report on Crufts for Well Balanced Pup.

Buddy enjoyed Crufts day two

It was day two of Crufts today and while the terriers and hound fought it out in the show ring, Buddy and I spent some time on The Blue Cross stand. The Blue Cross is an animal charity and here's what they say about their role:

The Blue Cross mission: Provide care, promote companionship, enhance animal and human lives

The Blue Cross is a registered UK animal welfare charity. Our aims are to:

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