Looking after a Westie called Ralph

Ralph is my sister’s dog and is the dog equivalent to a nephew to me. Yes, I’m one of those. Cousin to my own little pack. There, I’ve said it out loud. Loud and proud, our dogs are family! But, what is it like looking after a Westie and what characteristics do these little dudes have? Let me tell you about our Ralph

Ralph came to stay for 24 hours as his family were off to a Wedding. So, now you guys have sniffed each other ‘hello’, what shall we do first?

Looking after a Westie

Playtime!

Looking after a Westie

Yes, Rosie you have to share

Looking after a Westie

Ralph has come to us looking a bit shabby-chic. Such a relief! The last time we had him he looked like he was set to trot round Crufts only for me to return him looking like he’d just been rescued from hard times

Looking after a Westie

Time to trot round the garden

Looking after a Westie

Westies are playful but also independent and Ralph is happy to spend ages by himself out here. That is until I mention the woods. Look at those intelligent eyes

Looking after a Westie

Yup, he definitely understood that. …

Looking after a Westie

Walking as a pack can be tricky

Looking after a Westie

Westies are described as tough and hardy. Well, he made it over this log

Looking after a Westie

Looking after a Westie

Now let’s do a deal. You keep out of the puddles and you get a nice big chew when we get home

Looking after a Westie

OK so, I’ve also read that Westies are quite strong willed…

Looking after a Westie

Looking after a Westie

Back home Ralph knows it’s time for a chew and he begs so beautifully

Looking after a Westie

Looking after a Westie

Chews handed out they all spread out. Poppy, why are you on Ralph’s bed?

Boston Terrier eating a chew

because it’s prettier than mine…

Boston Terrier eating a chew

Chews gone, Ralph is bed-less and decides to dry off on the hallway rug. As you would if you didn’t like to be dirty

Looking after a Westie

Some of the day was spent keeping an eye on the birds from the dog snug

Looking after a Westie

and trying to get his bed back

Looking after a Westie

Well done Ralphie, have a tummy rub

Looking after a Westie

Ralph is so sweet and affectionate, but Westies generally don’t need a lot of pampering

Looking after a Westie

My sister Emma says ‘up, up’ and Ralph leaps into her arms. I’m wanting a cuddle with this gorgeous boy, but as much as I try, it was only when I gave up he came and snuggled beside me

Looking after a Westie

The next morning we squeeze in another walk. ‘Shotgun!’

Looking after a Westie

Nooooooo

Looking after a Westie

Westies are meant to have self esteem and know they are the best thing around. I think they might be on to something. There is definitely something special about our Ralph.

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