More Spikeyness

Doing the cute face He is actually ridiculous in his mastery of cute faces, because it is clearly just so much ham… designed especially to maximize the amount of attention, loving and treats he can wheedle from us. He even has Dom giving him people food (unheard of) and letting him lick clean empty yoghurt pots and cereal bowls. He has even slowly but inexorably won over the cats; although Roso manages to retain a semblance of puppy-indifferent dignity – at least when we are watching. Read more

Spike

Aka baby dog, the pike We don’t like small dogs. We like big ones: Siberian Huskies; Great Danes; Irish Wolfhounds. Wolves.

Spike conned us.

We were walking past a pet-shop in the car park of Kad Suan Kaew shopping mall when he produced a flourish of attitude. He woofed and stomped in his food bowl (possibly it was dinner time) and stood there all energy and focus. We were smitten.

We went into the mall and sat in Pizza Company, amidst cheese and slice, listing the variety of reasons why we shouldn’t have a dog, before returning downstairs and buying him.

For weeks Dom couldn’t say the word Chihuahua. Spike (who spent about 24 hours named Viking but it wouldn’t stick) was ‘a mixed breed’ to anyone who enquired (and many did). But he patiently taught us to be proud of him regardless of size – and now we are happy to declare to anyone who will listen: we have a Chihuahua!

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The place we currently call…

…home

Of course home is also where the heart is, but this little corner of northern Thailand is where we lay our heads if not our hats.

Apologies for the cramped image; large house + small soi = not enough space to take a photo. I think this is the largest space I have ever lived in: three bedrooms, three bathrooms (four if you count the maid’s room which is full of dismantled bed as we don’t have a live in maid), large living room, kitchen and laundry room. It is detached with a small but florabundant garden.

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Your new phone cost…

HOW MUCH?!?
HOW MUCH?!?

…how much?

In truth, Dom’s shocked face wasn’t a reaction to the cost of my new phone (Sony Ericsson S500i, 7,990 baht plus an extra 1,500 for a 2 gig memory upgrade). He fully supports my spendthrift urges especially when it comes to gadget aquisition. He has been “encouraging” me to buy a new phone for months and in fact it was he who made the actual purchase this time, while I was at work.So this image has an element of poetic license (see quote/unquote) as it enabled me to introduce the new phone + photo-blog theme.

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