Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

Happy 4th birthday Bracken

First an admission, it ‘may’ have been Bracken’s birthday on the 18th and I ‘may’ have forgotten. But hey better late than never right? As I probably say most years when I write this post Bracken is our first baby and now we have him I can’t imagine not having him around the house.

He’s such a sociable boy and as I write this in my study at home he’s lying keeping my feet warm. Whenever I finish a conference when I’m working from home he comes running into my study, inevitably carrying something in his mouth for me and waggling his tail like crazy. In fact he’ll waggle his tail like crazy if you come back into a room having only been gone 30 seconds. Impossible to feel grumpy when he’s around.

Over the past year you can see the bond between him and Matilda in particular growing, she’s always giving him cuddles and loves snuggling up with him on the sofa to watch a movie. Matilda and Henry have also started the slightly disgusting practise of giving Bracken a ‘kiss’ before bed time which involves Bracken licking their faces. Just lovely.

He is of course also my running buddy, I ran 1000 miles last year and he did 95% of those runs with me which means he probably ran more lie 1300 miles! He keeps me company on the cold, dark winter morning runs and in fact is often the reason I get out of bed in the morning to run at all. Plus I’ve now seen at least 2 other people running on the Ridgeway with their Springers so clearly I’m not that crazy.

So Happy Birthday Bracken, you truly are a great dog and we love having you in our family.


  1. Oh he is so very handsome. Monty and I send our best birthday wishes to him. xx

  2. Oh you soppy old thing! I think I love your blog a little bit more tonight!

  3. Sarah @apartyofseven

    February 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    ah happy birthday Bracken! Our little schnauzer turned 2 this month too..hes not such an enthusiastic runner but i agree with you he is a huge part of the reason that i go out!

  4. Katie @mummydaddyme

    February 26, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Aw happy birthday to your lovely dog.

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