Bird Watching

Aoife in her favourite position on the back of the chair in the conservatory where she can watch the garden for birds. Her particular fascination is with wood pigeons which she will stalk if she sees them when she’s out in the garden. For some reason she hates them coming down to drink from the pond and will watch intently for any sign of them coming.


Now Trilby has caught the bird watching bug too πŸ™‚

Then time for a groom before dinner.


Affens visit Northumberlandia


At the weekend we decided to take a trip up north to visit friends and of course the dogs came too πŸ™‚ We decided to take in a visit to the new human landform sculpture – Northumberlandia – a goddess carved into the landscape. The land is reclaimed from mine workings and will develop over time. Dogs are allowed on lead so here are some photos of Crybbe and Aoife exploring:


Crybbe finding an interesting scent.


Aoife leading the way up the steep climb to the top of the goddess’ head!


The pointing finger

Aoife and Trilby checking the view all round from the top.


Crybbe thinks it’s time to check the map.

and Aoife decides it’s dinner time – and sets off to find some!

Visit to Monk Fryston Hall


This is a view from the front of Monk Fryston Hall – a historic building in the next village to ours here in North Yorkshire. As well as being a wonderful hotel with a good restaurant the Hall is dog-friendly for residents and visitors and we have taken all our dogs and puppies there on different occasions. On Sunday we took Crybbe along with our mini schnauzer Magic to meet some friends for coffee.


Through the windows in the photo above is the lounge where we sat.


Β Crybbe enjoyed the visit in comfortable surroundings!


One of the friends had also brought their 2 Viszla dogs along – Molly and Lottie (10 & 11 years old):


They were happy to greet Crybbe πŸ™‚


All in all a very good morning – and then home to enjoy the sun in the garden πŸ™‚


Life with 2 Monkey Dogs


This blog is an addition to the one our mini schnauzer Magic hosts at Life in the DoghouseΒ click on the link to check her blog out too!

It is a place for me to record images and posts about our two little affenpinschers but also any other little snippets that Magic chooses not to comment on πŸ™‚

We have had miniature schnauzers for nearly 20 years but one day in 2007 we decided to introduce a new kind of dog to our family and chose the affenpinscher. This breed is thought to have been used many years in the past to develop the miniature schnauzer from the standard schnauzer. The lively and intelligent dog that resulted took characteristics from the little affenpinscher but retained the schnauzer look and made a perfect family companion.

The affenpinscher is an old breed – one of the oldest of the toy breeds dating back to the 17th century or earlier. It has appeared in paintings and drawings from years ago. The name is German in origin and means ‘monkey terrier’ or ‘monkey dog’ probably because of the cheeky monkey expression on their faces:

Aoife looking rather bedraggled πŸ™‚


Crybbe was our first affen – he came to us in late 2007 as a tiny pup. Here he is sharing the sofa with Lace one of our 2 cats.:

Affenpinschers can have pricked ears – as Crybbe does or dropped ears (which are now more common here in the UK) like Aoife .

Affenpinschers generally stand about 9″-12″ (23cm-30cm) and weigh between 10lbs – 13 lbs (4.5kg and 6kg) with males being slightly larger than females. They are intelligent dogs and very comical in their antics. They are certain to make you laugh with their posturing and air of self importance. However affenpinschers can be very territorial and possessive of food, toys and their chosen sleeping spot and they can often defend them with nipping and growling which make them unsuitable as pets in households with young children. Having said that, they are affectionate and companionable little dogs, wary with strangers but full of lively fun and, as with us, one affen often leads to one more and…..possibly more?

This was Aoife when she joined our family in April 2011.

It is as hard now to imagine life without an affenpinscher as it is without a mini schnauzer. They all get on well together as with our 2 cats and 6 hens! Affenpinschers may be small but they are the top canines in this family for sure πŸ™‚