We have moved from relatively clean, dry conditions to the wetness of winter, seemingly overnight.

At this time of year, Spirit always gets dubbed with the nickname “Miss Mucky Paws“.

She’s relatively clean for most of the year, but turns into a dirt magnet in the autumn, printing black paw-marks over the kitchen floor, until we wipe her legs and feet – quite a task with a dog as big and hairy as she is.

Ah well, time to get the dog-towel out again!

…  Anne