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Brythen

I think I can say that he is staying.
He is being pretty good with the cats - just a slight tendency to try to play with them, which means I cannot leave them unsupervised yet.  But it's definitely playful, not aggressive or predatory. It has to be admitted that Suma Bungle does not help here with his tendency to whisk about frisking his tail and inviting Brythen to play - which is just not a good idea. With more sensible cats he is fine.


I am slightly regretting the choice of name.  I maintain that Brythen is a great name for a brindle dog from Cornwall, plus, it is short, it is easy to say, he responds to it and it suits him. But because it's an unfamiliar word, nobody hears it right the first time.  People ask me his name and are just unable to hear my reply.  I've had people mis-hear it as Bryn, Rhythm, and even Chris, and have ended up spelling it for people I meet regularly. 

Who calls a dog Chris? And how do you hear 'Brythen' as Chris anyway?

He's a real poacher's dog to look at. He just fades into any wooded environment and all you can see is his white paws.


At last I have a dog where people believe that he really is a lurcher! People always think Az is a whippet or a greyhound.  I think they expect lurchers to be brindle and not smooth-coated.  (A lurcher is a dog that is a crossbreed that has  sighthound and any working dog in the mix - for example, collie or a bull terrier - so depending on how much sighthound there is in the mix, a lurcher can end up looking almost exactly like any sighthound breed.  I have no idea which sighthounds and other breeds are in Brythen.  He is clearly a sighthound, but not obviously of any particular recognised breed!).

I must say I am quite enjoying having two reasonably healthy robust dogs that can easily walk on tarmac, so I can do reasonable walks around the village rather than driving to places with soft ground a lot of the time, which I had to do a lot because of Mollydog's poor feet and arthritis. 

I do love greyhounds, they are such fabulous dogs, but my goodness they are really only built for one job, and are so terribly fragile.   I'll probably have another greyhound again... but for now, I am liking lurchers.  So much more robust.
Bryth doesn't seem to be a poacher's dog by inclination, particularly.  He'll chase rabbits or squirrels if he sees them run, but he's nothing like as keen as Az used to be, and at the moment I don't see any need to have him wear a muzzle (which he is not used to and doesn't like).   I used to muzzle Az at times (until his eyesight started going) to stop him catching deer, but I'm really hoping that won't be a problem with Brythen.  

To be honest, I think he's mostly interested in the squirrels because Az is interested in squirrels (but can't really see them), so if he runs after the squirrels then Az will go with him, and they both love that.  Though no doubt the chasing will reinforce the tendency to chase in Brythen.  Oh well, a squirrel-chasing lurcher is not a disaster. 

He is very playful, and he specially loves big floppety toys like poor Purple Octopus here.   PO had to be re-stitched after this session, and I am rather wondering how much longer he will survive.  Bryth likes Mollydog's big tiger toy as well, and fortunately that is a bit more solidly put together.


One thing I am having to keep an eye on is what he plays with.  He likes to go upstairs and play up there on his own, but I've had to call a halt to that when I discovered he wasn't just playing with Tiger and a cardboard box, but had retrieved Pp's dicebag and emptied that, chewed up the big bag containing roleplaying landscape tiles, and seemed to be in the process of setting up a *really* complicated game involving landscape tiles, a bag of plastic miniature monsters, and approximately 999 dice of different types and sizes.   I feel there is enough of that sort of thing going on in this house already.

I'm still wondering if Bryth is really 3 years old or if he is actually younger. He does appear to be quite a young dog - he's so floppety and gormless in a puppyish way, and he likes to chew (hurray for deer antler chews!  Az likes them too).
And he doesn't always lift his leg and seems to have little idea of marking his territory.  And that is a good thing, because he's not *quite* got the 'asking to go out' thing down yet.  He's fine as long as you remember to pop him out and tell him to have a pee regularly, but if you forget, he might just make a little embarrassing puddle rather than tell you he needs to go.   But this is improving.  He's also very thin (four ribs showing on both sides) and I'm struggling to get him to put on weight, even though he eats loads - which could be because he's a youngster that hasn't quite finished growing...

He adores people and is SO disappointed if we meet people on walks who don't want to give him a cuddle, it's quite endearing (or pathetic, depending on where you sit when it comes to needy dogs I suppose).  And he really wants to play with other dogs - only not rough ones.  I took him to meet a friend's young lurcher bitch, thinking they would be a good match and enjoy playing, but he planted his bum, tucked in his tail and looked like he was about to burst into tears when she tried to get him running.

One minor problem is that Brythen does get a bit car-sick.  This is something that is often mentioned in the context of young dogs, so I'm hoping he will grow out of it.  I'm giving him a ginger-nut before we drive anywhere, which I believe is supposed to help. Not sure if it really does or not.

He is still sleeping in a crate at night, both to make sure he doesn't get up early and pee, and to make sure he doesn't eat anything he shouldn't.  I've been a little surprised by how much he loves his crate.  He goes and sits in it if the door is open, and puts himself to bed in it in the evening very cheerfully.


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pellegrina
29th Mar, 2012 09:19 (UTC)
My mother had a dog called Chris when she was a girl! The next dog she had the naming of was Ozzie (named after Ozzie Ardiles, but addressed as Oswald Simon when he was naughty). She renamed Gemma who came to her as Nala (which really is a peculiar name). She wanted to rename Ginger because she wanted a beagle called Bagel, but kept calling her Ginger by mistake (a.k.a. Ginny Bee).
bunn
29th Mar, 2012 13:42 (UTC)
I suppose with a cat called Footnote and another called Perl, I can't really comment on the oddity of the name Chris for a dog.

But I do still think it's quite an odd thing for someone to assume they heard, when his ears actually heard "Brythen"!
ladyofastolat
29th Mar, 2012 17:11 (UTC)
Deep down, I seem to believe that dogs have dog names and humans have human names, and never the twain shall meet. Clearly I am in a minority here, since the majority of the dogs I know of, and those dogs I hear being called while walking in my sinister dog-free state, have "human names," but I still persist in this belief.

But, then, quite a lot of children I come across at work don't have what I think of as "human names," either...
bunn
30th Mar, 2012 08:13 (UTC)
sinister dog-free state
I don't have much to say, but felt the words 'sinister dog-free state' required some sort of recognition and celebration... :-D
lil_shepherd
29th Mar, 2012 09:58 (UTC)
Some dogs do love their crates - he may have been crated when very young. (I must say I was shocked when our terrier, who does not like his crate much, suddenly retreated into it when he was hurt.)

He looks like a smashing dog, and I hope you have many years together.

bunn
29th Mar, 2012 13:59 (UTC)
Not sure if dodgy traveller-camp-follower puppies would get a crate? But I suppose I can't rule it out: no way of knowing how he was raised really, apart from that I'm fairly sure the 'living in a house' concept is a new one.

Mollydog really hated her crate - would not go in, and if bribed to do so, immediately tried to smash her way out of it in a pretty determined manner if the door was closed even for a moment, so I quickly gave up on the idea of getting her to use one as I was worried she would hurt herself. But she was a much more forceful personality than Bryth.
alitheapipkin
29th Mar, 2012 11:16 (UTC)
He sounds wonderful, so glad he's settling in so well :)
bunn
29th Mar, 2012 14:01 (UTC)
Thanks! I am very pleased with how well he is doing.
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bunn
29th Mar, 2012 14:03 (UTC)
Like a YACHT? :-DDD

There seem to be a number of weird people about at the moment who are out walking *without dogs*. Some of them appear not even to *like* dogs. It's all very strange.

I think it must be the unaccustomed sunshine. Normally the dogless remain mostly closeted indoors and most people we meet out and about either have dogs, or are delighted by cheery tailwaving greetings.
ningloreth
29th Mar, 2012 12:47 (UTC)
He's so cute!

People often think my name is 'Young' when it's actually Jansons -- not even the right language!

I'm planning to call my next hammy, when I get him, 'Albert' because a hamster needs a serious name.
bunn
29th Mar, 2012 14:18 (UTC)
Albert is an excellent name for a hamster. Pleasingly rounded, and just the suggestion that the owner of the name might be wearing a bowler hat. :-D

(Also, I bet the vet won't ask you to spell it!)
puddleshark
29th Mar, 2012 12:58 (UTC)
That picture of him out in the countryside is so gorgeous!

I wouldn't be surprised if he was only eighteen months - he still has that all-legs-and-paws look about him...
bunn
29th Mar, 2012 14:29 (UTC)
He's SO young. I don't know what to do with such a young clever dog! I'm sure he's picking up all sorts of bad habits and naughty ideas. You turn around and there he is, looking at you in a considering sort of way, and THINKING! :-ooo
smirnoffmule
29th Mar, 2012 17:46 (UTC)
He is so beautiful (and Sky-like!) I love the pic of his face buried in Purple Octopus. He does sound from his behaviour like he might be a youngster, though maybe it's because everything is still so new to him. Glad to hear he's staying. Welcome home Bryth!
bunn
30th Mar, 2012 08:17 (UTC)
Apparently at the kennels he didn't play with toys at all, but here he is ALL about the flinging toys about and disemboweling them, so you may be right that he is doing the 'second puppyhood' thing...
huinare
29th Mar, 2012 17:46 (UTC)
Glad he's settling in well. I love the picture of him with the cat (Suma Bungle, I presume?)

For an overly involved answer to a likely rhetorical question about mishearing Brythen as Chris, from someone a bit obsessed with phonology...

First, both start with plosive sounds (B and K, respectively).
Then, if I'm correct in my assumption of how Brythen is pronounced, both have a "rih" sound.
Then both have fricative sounds (TH and S respectively, which are really pronounced quite similarly except the tongue touches the teeth with TH).
And, an unwary or not-so-keen-of-hearing listener might miss the "en" at the end, since the "Bryth" sound is much longer and more emphasized.
bunn
30th Mar, 2012 08:22 (UTC)
Actually that is Suma Bungle's evil twin, Yama Bungle. Yama Bungle is our thin, strict Bungle, who takes no nonsense from oversized Ginormopuppies.

That is a very convincing argument for the mishearing. I take it back, they ARE similar names!
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bunn
30th Mar, 2012 08:24 (UTC)
I find him quite difficult to photograph out and about because of the camouflage! I thought Mollydog was hard to spot sometimes with her coat the colour of autumn bracken, but Brythen is much more the colour of the landscape.
inzilbeth_liz
29th Mar, 2012 20:07 (UTC)
So glad it's working out with Brythen even if the name is a bit of a problem. I've loved lurchers for 30 years, ever since I had the job of looking after Gossip, Havoc and Fly for a week while their owner was on holiday. If is wasn't that collies are more use for me, I would have one!

Re Chris. There's actually a lurcher across the way from us called Dave!
bunn
30th Mar, 2012 08:35 (UTC)
Dave is a great name for a dog. If I had a nice round cheery crossbreed, I'd definitely call him Dave. Or Bert. :-D
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