Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

The Gallery – Pets

I haven’t joined in the Gallery for a while but with a prompt like Pets there was really no way I could pass this one up was there?

You already know how much Bracken is a part of our family, he was our first baby born a year before Matilda. Neither of us ever had a dog as a pet growing up but we always wanted one and within 2 months of buying our first house we had Bracken! Now I can’t imagine life without him, always there waggling his tail and welcoming you home/down the stairs/back in the room.

He’s also my running companion, I’ve run over 600 miles this year and he must have done at least 90% of those miles with me. Providing he has the opportunity to jump in some water and chase some pheasants he’s more than happy. The only time I have a chance of out running him is when it’s really hot though, the rest of the time he’s at least 5 metres in front of me trotting along.

I think I’ve used both theses photos on the blog before but I reckon they sum him up perfectly. The first is at 6am on our daily run along the Ridgeway near home with beautiful views over Wiltshire and the second is what he puts up with during the day. Always being ‘stroked’ but never even growling let alone barking at the kids.

P.S. If you want more photos of the gorgeous boy you can check out here and here.

Bracken on Barbury castle 13Mar13

Henry patting Bracken on head


  1. What a gorgeous dog! Love the baby photo too.

  2. BaM! BizAmongstMums

    August 28, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Ahhh such a lovely dog, my auntie has 4 of these and they are such great companions.

  3. he is a really stunning dog!! i love the fact he runs with you 🙂

  4. Ha ha at the baby shot. That is one tolerant dog 🙂

  5. What a beautiful dog – we tried running with ours but he kept running far too far ahead and not coming back, and my pace wouldn’t keep up!

  6. Lisa and Stella

    August 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Handsome hound! 🙂

  7. Perfect example of how a pet can totally enhance family life. Just lovely x

  8. What a gorgeous dog x

  9. Handsome boy. May have to join in this one myself!

  10. Beautiful dog, and what a lot of miles to run!

  11. He is lovely. like yourself our dogs mean the world to us and have their part in our family! 🙂

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