Douglas Diary Summer Hols Day 4
The huge kennel docked at Portsmouth at exactly 09:00. The weather was calm but cool and damp. I found this very satisfactory as it had been very hot in my home town of Moclinejo.
It was a very early start as they had put their clocks back an hour to U.K. time and the owner of the huge kennel rather rudely told us on the radio to get up at 07:00 if we wanted breakfast which apparently my bearded one did as he was still sulking a bit about missing out yesterday on his FEB.
First, he got dressed and took me out on deck to do what a boy has to do, it was just getting light.
As I showed in my photo yesterday, this is a special place on deck 10 for us important canines but you will notice, as I do that they have omitted to include any vegetation, there are no trees. Nothing even resembles a tree or even a blade of grass and this makes my ablutions somewhat difficult. I partly managed anyway, a chrome post received my attention. The view was nice we were watching the Isle of Wight loom into view. As the watery sun rose in the east.
Next I was left in charge of the cabin (see photo – I climbed on a bunk) while they went for their breakfast. My long haired one and I are both very pleased that he had his FEB. at last. In actual fact he ate it in two halves, a hot half and a cold half. This is because the driver once again interrupted their peace by announcing on his radio that all dog owners – that’s them – must return their dogs immediately – that’s me – to the cars on Deck 5. It was now about 08:00 we were due to land in an hour.
I didn’t mind I like my short kennel. My bearded one told me he returned to finish the cold part of his breakfast. They then apparently were asked on the radio to vacate the cabin so that it could be cleaned and so they sat up on deck and watched the arrival and observed the entire British Navy as they passed by its mooring.
As we tied up at exactly 09:00 they were asked to join me in my short kennel to await disembarkation. We were one of the first short kennels to board and pretty well the last to get off. In fact it took nearly two hours before we arrived at customs.
We drove for a couple of hours to my bearded one’s sister where we are to stay for a few days, she lives in Jevington. I went for a walk with my long haired one – wonderful grass, fields and trees – and I very nearly caught a rabbit.