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Officially, I am Boowire Sunny Bay a Welsh Terrier. I think there's some mistake in this name for surely I am Ozymandias King of Kings. Ask my two human servants - they will tell you. For day to day purposes I use the name Archie though for some reason, my servants address me by many different names.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

On Christmas Yet Again!

Yes, it's that time of year again and once again I tread the boards in dramatic pose bringing tidings of great joy and good will to all men (so long as I get a few biscuits in exchange). I am the Archie Angel Gabriel and here's a Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year! X

Saturday, 9 November 2013

On Christmas Past and Christmas Yet to Come



That time of the year is fast approaching - the geese are getting fat etcetera etcetera!  I've been in the studio working on my photo for this year's festive season but you're going to have to wait a wee while longer for a picture of my 2013 performance. Meanwhile, hope you enjoy these archive shots of my previous work.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

On Cannonballs and Imperial Thrones

The making of an Imperial Throne is a complex process. First, a civil war between humans is necessary. One side must find a castle occupied by the other and decide to knock down its walls. In this case Oliver Cromwell's Parliamentarians wasted the walls of Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire with stone cannonballs.
There must then be a period of republican government. The cannonballs will lie around the castle ground in an apparent state of inertia. After many years of dressing only in black and white, not dancing round May Poles, and not doing lots of other things, there must then be a Restoration of the human monarchy. 
It is at this point that humans, once again gaily dressed in silks and pinks, will decide to tidy up the castle grounds. The fashion for stone cannonballs is no longer one of firing them at walls and other humans but to gather them up and use them as decorative garden features.
But one such cannonball was never in a state of inertia; this was an Imperial Throne and was placed in anticipation of my visit to Kenilworth for I am Archie the Welsh Terrier, Ozimandias King of Kings - Look upon my works ye Mighty and despair!

Monday, 20 May 2013

On The Imperial Fleet Review

I stand nobly reviewing my Hebridean fleet

Two fine Dogs O'War, all ship shape and Bristol fashion
I am delighted to announce that I have added these two fine craft to the Imperial Fleet. They are to cover my Northern realm and are currently moored off, or perhaps I should say on, the Isle of Mull.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

On Walking Off Lead


Thought you might like to see that it is possible to walk your humans off lead. I allowed the manservant to throw the ball, though he still seems incapable of retrieving it despite me showing him how it's done. I even trusted my handmaiden with my video camera!

Monday, 25 March 2013

On Puppyhood

I can't believe how quickly time has flown. All of a sudden, I'm a 28 year old strutting my stuff - OK to my human readers I'm  a 4 year old but that's enough of that!  So above is my Mum Saffie, me, my brother and my sisters. Us pups are 4 weeks old and you guessed it, that's me on top! I have to admit that my Mum looks a bit tired! Can't think why!!!

Once again, I'm the pup on top!

Here you see me selecting my manservant by an irresistable lick of the cheek.

Four weeks have passed and I arrive at my new estate. The Tippex on my right ear was to make sure the true chosen one (Me) was escorted to the appropriate home. I'm behind bars for no crime that I can think of!

Much of my puppyhood was spent sleeping. Piggy actually survived for three years! Despite starting my slumbers thus, I always ended them ...


Ah how I enjoyed the game of grooming. The object to make a five minute job last twenty and bite as many fingers as possible.
And as with all games, several half time breaks are needed for a snooze!

              And so I enter my adolescence hanging out on the step, catching a few rays, looking cool...

...and dare I say it?...rather handsome!

     Showing Mac and Sam that they're not the only guys who can sit when there's some chicken on offer!

   Feeling rather smug at stealing the conservatory chair for the best place in the sun! I own this chair now!

                                                             AW MUM! GERROFF!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

On Art 2

This piece of work, I call "A Portrait of the Archie as a Young Dog". You will notice that I am the subject of the piece and not the artist. My first post "On Art" way back in November 2011, illustrates my more contemporary approach to art and design. The portrait above was taken from a photograph of me running along the sands at Ravenglass in Cumbria. By "sands" I am using poetic licence, for "estuarial mud" would be a better description.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

On Another Six Nations Victory

Well it's two years in a row as Six Nations Champions with a fine 30-3 victory over England. Once again, my Scottish servants await the result of their match against France to see if they can at least walk with their heads held high - in fairness, they've avoided the wooden spoon this year. The Welsh Dragon in the picture, by the way, stands over Mametz Woods on the Somme battlefield where it was a somewhat different sort of victory.

Friday, 1 March 2013

On St David's Day

I tried to time my birth date to coincide with St David's Day but my mother wouldn't wait. Still, it's worked out well as I now have two celebrations in two days. So this is my fifth St David's Day despite me being only four. I must point out however, that I do not eat leeks and I have grown out of digging up freshly planted daffodil bulbs. I would be happier if the day's symbol were a large steak but hey ho, you can't have everything!
Well, whether you're Welsh or not, have a happy St David's Day!

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

On My 28th Birthday

It is the morning of my 28th Birthday - it would seem that the servants can only count to four but I'll go along with them as long as I get a decent pressie!

Finely attired in my Birthday headgear, I eagerly await the showering of fine gifts...

...and Lo! 'Tis indeed a fine rabbit!

Do not be fooled by my apparent show of affection...
The rabbit is evil and must be slain!

Friday, 8 February 2013

On Taking The Mickey - Again!!!

I first posted in November 2011 to highlight the problem I have with intruders on my estate.  As you can see, the problem has not gone away. My most ferocious growls, my barking, the showing of my fearsome teeth achieved nought but a slight shift in the feline sitting position. Alas, I can but stand and stare and dream maybe of a ladder.

Monday, 28 January 2013

On Sleep 3

Is it any wonder I have a reputation for being able to sleep any place, any time and in any position? I clearly picked up my soporific tendencies from the manservant!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

On Sharing

It's not normally in the terrier gene to share, but now and again when it's cold outside and the central heating is struggling to keep even reasonable ambience, I let the manservant have a corner of my blanket.

On Sleep 2

One of the great arts of being a terrier is the ability to sleep anywhere at any time.  Like I've said before, always keep one ear cocked and one eye open.  Despite the servant's socks, this has become one of my favourite sleeping postures.