Sunday, July 11, 2010

The DevilDog Lives!

Not Mortimer come back from the grave. Alas that would be impossible, and slightly creepy. No this is a new DevilDog, the DevilDog mark 2, aka Tegid.

Tegid is the Horse Doctor's birthday present, even though her birthday's not until Monday. He came from Burnley in Lancashire and is from good working stock. His mum is quite hairy, his dad quite smooth, so it will be interesting to see how his coat develops as he grows. He is, of course, a Patterdale Terrier. And Haggis is quite astonished.

Mort, the original DevilDog, came into our lives fifteen years ago, when the Horse Doctor was still the Horse Student and just embarking on her PhD. He, too, was a birthday present, and one which lasted quite well. Hopefully Tegid will have a long and happy life ahead of him, and won't succumb to the ravages of arthritis that so crippled his famous predecessor. At the moment he is mostly an eating machine, capable of consuming his own bodyweight in food in one sitting. Little more than a stomach on legs, really, but at least he's got a healthy appetite.



Anonymous Ellen said...

What an adorable addition to your family! Congratulations!

July 11, 2010 5:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's gorgeous. :D

July 21, 2010 12:16 pm  
Blogger Tracy Sharp said...


July 22, 2010 12:40 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mort - gone but not forgotten. Tegid looks very cute ... but then he is a terrier and they all look cute, even from the rear when stuck down a hole :) What does Tegid mean? Mary McL - Lethbridge, AB

July 25, 2010 11:27 pm  
Blogger Gabriele C. said...

Heh, he already has that How Can You Think I Did That?-look down to perfection. :)

July 28, 2010 1:52 pm  
Blogger JamesO said...

Mary - Tegid means 'Fair One' apparently, which I feel is suitably ironic for a very black dog.

Gabriele - like goose wouldn't melt in his mouth, as the expression might go.

For someone so small it's taken Tegid just two weeks to become top dog in the house. But then that was always going to happen.

July 28, 2010 3:46 pm  

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