Thunderbolts and Lightning – Very Very Frightening

With all this hot weather, I thought I’d just give you a few tips about looking after your owners during a thunderstorm.

At the moment there is a lot of warm air around and this causes cumulonimbus clouds to form. When this warm, moist air hits cooler air a collision occurs creating a positive electrical charge. The ground has a negative charge and a spark can then cross over from one to another. A bit like when you get your fur brushed and Ian accidently touches your nose.

At the moment were experiencing the Spanish plume. This is warm air from Spain meeting colder air from the Atlantic in the west. A man on the television can explain this.

So, what to do if there is a thunderstorm.

If it is during the day, you probably need to go to where Ian is likely to be to make sure he’s okay. This is usually the office. So that you do not get in the way, the best place is to squeeze in under the desk, behind the computer. The only problem is that you tend to get covered in dust and stuff and get bits of fur in the computer meaning Ian has to phone the man from Dell to get it mended.

Make sure there are no monsters under the bed.

Make sure there are no monsters under the bed.

If the thunderstorm is at night then firstly you must rush into Ian and Lynne’s bedroom, because they might be frightened. Next check under the bed to make sure there are no monsters there (see photo). Then, if you can’t get all the way under the bed, you need to get on the bed and get as close to the bit where the human’s heads are. This gives them comfort.

These actions work just as well when there are fireworks or other loud bangs outside.

If you want to know more about thunder and stuff, come and see me at The Old Cider House, Dog Friendly B&B, Somerset, Quantocks, Quantock Hills

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A Dog’s Breakfast

Whilst The Old Cider House may have been voted the most dog friendly B&B in the UK a few years ago, we are always conscious that some people don’t like too many dogs.

I am always careful to make sure that people like me (or have cake) before I greet them in the lounge over a cup of tea. As most people get cake, I have to assume that they like me.

Now we do get some people wot are allergic to dogs. I have this message for you. If you don’t like dogs or are allergic to them THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOU. Ian gets reely annoyed when people turn up who don’t like dogs and then complain on TripAdvisor. “Do your research” is wot he says, although not as politely as that.

We have two dog friendly rooms and usually limit the number of dogs to four. However, this weekend, we had people wot brought their dogs down wot were special guests and we had six guest dogs and me making seven.

Every dog is offered a ‘sausage breakfast’ this consists of a sausage. All dogs like sausages, although some owners think they should be on a diet; “come on – they’re on holiday for heaven’s sake!”

So we got the dogs to eat their breakfast together.

Now you have heard the expression, ‘it’s like herding cats’, well this is dogs…

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If you want to have a sausage breakfast contact me here at The Old Cider House, Dog Friendly Accommodation, Quantocks, Quantock Hills, Somerset


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Ian’s Arm and the Coleridge Way

The vet used bits of old meccano from his son's toybox.

The vet used bits of old meccano from his son’s toybox.

There has been a delay in getting this blog out due to Ian’s stupidity in breaking his arm. This is becoming a bit of a family trait with Menace breaking hers last year. However, Ian had to go one better and broke it in two places and has had to have his arm rebuilt by the vet with bits of Meccano. The long and the short of this is that he has been unable to type my blog and my bark recognition software has developed a fault in that it won’t open on Ian’s PC or my dogtop.

Whilst Ian has been indisposed, this hasn’t meant that I’ve been lying around in the sun doing nothing all day (well only 95% of the time), Last month Ian was supposed to be walking the Coleridge Way for his now book The Coleridge Way Companion Guide, so I have done it for him with Lynne (Ian just sat in pubs waiting for us to turn up at the end of the day). And guess wot; I got a certificate to say I’d walked it. How good is that?

My certificate

My certificate

The Coleridge Way is great. You can walk along paths and stay in bed and breakfasts. It is 51 miles long and takes four days. The best bits were; bits of sausage at breakfast, leftover bits of sandwiches at lunch and chips and leftovers at dinner. Luckily, Ian woz feeling a bit under the weather with his arm and didn’t have his full appetite so I helped him out.

Finally the Luis Suarez incident has reignited the unfortunate occasion when I bite Dave ‘the Nose’s’ nose a few years ago. I would like to remind everyone that this was an accident due to the fact that Dave had consumed a lot of beer and insisted on feeding me biscuits with his mouth.11.07.13 Dave's New Nose

I must go now. I have to write a section on my site on the new Flexible Working Dogs regulations which allow every dog (as long as it is over 26 weeks) to make a request to work flexibly. I’ll let you know when this is done.

See you all soon,

Luv, Ozy

The Old Cider House, Dog Friendly B&B, Quantocks, Quantock Hills, Somerset

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Busy in Nether Stowey

Wot a week! I can’t remember one being so busy – and I’m supposed to be semi-retired like Lynne and Ian are.

It started with the Nether Stowey May Fair. This is fantastic with loads of stalls with local food and drink, all at nose height. I woz lucky enough to meet my old mate Paul George from BBC Radio Somerset who was helping out on the Charlie Taylor programme. Paul allowed me to have my photo taken with him and I’m thinking of having this run off and getting him to sign it for me. Then I got a MENTION! I didn’t know about this at the time but someone told me in the pub that he’d heard me in YEOVIL, wot is miles away – I didn’t think my bark woz that loud.


Lynne went away for a few days so I had to look after Ian and make sure that he kept hydrated by taking him to the pub for beers. Ian got very hydrated on Sunday night! This together with loads of Cornish pasties meant he had a well-balanced diet (and I got the crusts).

Me being polite and shaking hands with Jayne

Me being polite and shaking hands with Jayne

Then Ian woz short staffed at work so I had to go in to help him with a few simple Settlement Agreements and a bit of moving pieces of A4 paper from one wastepaper bin to another. I woz formally introduced to his colleague Jayne and had my photo taken shaking hands/paws. She does divorce stuff and sorts out who gets the puppy when people split up.

Finally, I have had quite a few answers to last week’s Sudoku competition and have been contacted by the Daily Telegraph’s crossword compiler, Kate Mepham – who is very clever. So here’s the answer, very nicely drawn by Glennys.

Easy Peasy

Easy Peasy

I am looking forward to a more relaxing week next week and you can join me for a relaxing week too by contacting me at or speaking on the telephony thing 01278 732228.

Luv Ozy, The Old Cider House, Dog Friendly B&B, Quantocks, Quantock Hills, Somerset

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Dog Sudoku

I don’t know about you, but after a long day there is nothing better than sitting in front of the telly and relaxing, perhaps doing the Times crossword or even a Sudoku.

Ian and Lynne had some business training this week from Jim Hardcastle of Viper Marketing (he really has that little hair!) and Jim woz saying that his collie is a nightmare if it doesn’t expend all its mental energy by the end of the day (not sure whether that’s Jim or the dog) – and I’m just the same. Things just keep going round and round in my head – mainly thoughts about kibble – and I really do need to switch off. However, this Sudoku is turning into a bit of a nightmare. Can anyone help?

There's a free chew to the first person to complete this and send it back to

There’s a free chew to the first person to complete this and send it back to

If you want to relax and do a Sudoku or something, come and stay with me at The Old Cider House, Dog Friendly Accommodation, Quantock Hills, Somerset

Luv, Ozy

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Birthdays are Pants

It was my birthday yesterday – although it might as well have been any other day.

Ian and Lynne went out in the morning, leaving me to watch daytime television – wot a load of rubbish woz on. Homes under the Hammer, Bargain Hunter, This Morning, Come Dine with me. It woz all tripe. Radio Four wozn’t much better. Woman’s Hour, Book of the Week – phurrr!

Then wen Ian and Lynne came back they said they had a present for me – fantastic I thought, they hadn’t forgotten my birthday… and wen they opened the car wot woz in it? A load of chickens!!! Wot am I going to do with half a dozen young hens I thort? (dinner came to mind) – it woz pants!

Easter Duties

Easter Duties

Easter wozn’t much better. Ian made me play the Easter Bunny, delivering Cadbury Mini-Eggs to the guests at breakfast. This is a tradition wot I don’t reely mind coz I get loads of treats. However, I mustn’t have the chocolate coz these are very bad for dogs – having said that the toxicity levels for me would be 383 Mini-Eggs  or 38 small packets!

To make matters worz, I have been to the vets this week. There woz nothing wrong with me but Ian thort I’d better have an MOT as we are walking the Coleridge Way in June. This is a long walk – about 100 miles to Lynton in Devon and back again. The vet with the hairy arms (the same one I sprayed with liquid poo when I had a cyst on my bottom) felt me all over (it woz like being in a room with a 1970s’ disc jockey) and said I woz reely fit and could go on the walk. I suppose it will be alright.

Well must go now – I think that there is a present for me reely – I hope it’s those hide chicken strips.

If you want to come and see me (and bring a birthday present) please do.

Ozy, The Old Cider House, Dog Friendly Accommodation, Quantocks

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