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Last Friday we celebrated Merlin’s 3rd birthday! He started the day by going on a romp in the local woods with Holly and a friend’s dog Millie, it was very exciting to have another canine pal come along! Merlin received a brand new collar and a Ruffwear harness for his birthday and in the evening he wolfed down a special treat, a layered doggy ‘cake’ with some of his favourite things….tuna pasta, carrots, cheese and tomato…yummy!

We took the dogs away for the weekend to the Lake District, on the Saturday Merlin’s dad (Richard) and Merlin’s aunt/sister (Amanda) were taking part in the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere. It’s a one mile open water swim with 6000 people taking part over the two days, many in aid of charities. The sight of all that water made Merlin wish he could get back to swimming, something he hasn’t done since before his diagnosis.

Merlin’s sister Holly has been away with us many times before but this was the first time Merlin had stayed in a hotel.  Amanda, who was sharing a room with the dogs, discovered that Merlin was a very vocal sleeper, lots of grunts, slurps and snuffles! The dogs had some fun walks and particularly enjoyed the breakfast sausage they received every morning….what a treat! We haven’t let Merlin swim yet and despite our efforts he managed to immerse himself in a boggy pond with his brand new harness on…. he looked very pleased with himself!

The day after we arrived home, inspired by all those swimmers in Windermere, Merlin finally took to the water most succesfully in our local lake during his morning walk. It was almost as if he hadn’t lost a leg!

Merlin’s next chemo session is tomorrow, fingers crossed it goes well again and he doesn’t feel poorly.

Merlin's BirthdayThe woods


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