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Norbury Mudhounds

Updated on April 17, 2015

Owning a Rare Breed of Dog Can be Very Rewarding,

The pitfalls and rewards of owning, or being owned by, this esoteric breed of dog.

Dulcie, on the left, a Typical Norbury Mudhound, with, in order, from left to right Harry, Zoki and Malcolm (The latter three representing the highly esteemed sub group of this remarkable breed).
Dulcie, on the left, a Typical Norbury Mudhound, with, in order, from left to right Harry, Zoki and Malcolm (The latter three representing the highly esteemed sub group of this remarkable breed). | Source

But it Can Also be Hard Work

Some years ago I had a dog who had had puppies. She was that rare and esoteric breed, the Norbury Mudhound. Owners of this rare and endangered Species will be the first to tell you how desirable they are, and consequently what a great responsibility it is of the owners to make sure that the strain remains pure.

Long before they were born, I had wanted to keep one of the puppies; preferring that puppy to be a bitch; believing that dogs are more trouble than bitches.

When I had walked proudly with their mother, Dulcie, on Streatham Common, there were many people: dog owners and otherwise who would approach me and ask what breed she was, and tell me (as if I didn’t already know) that she was the most beautiful dog imaginable, “And when she has puppies… Please let me be the first to know. I would love to have one of her adorable babies!” So I was set. Dulcie would have had to have given birth to at least a dozen offspring for all of these prospective owners to be satisfied.

So, of the five puppies, I had only named one; the bitch, as I had decided to keep her; I had named her India. The dogs were unnamed and “ready to go”. Unfortunately, they may have been ready to go, but where to?

As I have stated my bitch (Dulcie) had given birth to five puppies. Each was a purebred example of this amazing breed. Of the five of them; four were dogs and there was one bitch. They were born on 21st October, so by the end of December of that year, they are active; wholly active; and into everything. I loved them dearly, but there were times when I was heard to moan that I felt like drowning the lot of them… naturally sparing the mother, a wonderful dog named Dulcie, and I most probably would have spared the sole bitch in the litter, India.

Standard Norbury Mudhound - Barney


It is the Responsibility of the Owner to Keep the Breed Pure

So Dulcie had become pregnant; not a clandestine, casual affair with just any old hound, but a carefully selected suitor; chosen for his beauty and his similarity to Dulcie herself. He, Barney, was a typical Norbury Mudhound; a breed both esoteric yet eclectic. Eclectic in the random quality of his genes, as was Dulcie, yet esoteric in that he was one of the original Norbury Mudhounds; a breed known for its beauty, loyalty, steadfastness and all the other qualities that make up the character of the true, British Boy Scout.

The Attributes of the British Boy Scout

Do I hear someone say that the British Boy Scout is also noted for his fearlessness in battle and that he carries the seed of greatness somewhere about him; or perhaps a Marshal’s Baton in his knapsack? Ah! Here the similarity tends to peter out, if not, perhaps to end.

The Marshal’s Baton in his knapsack? Not very likely. Dulcie, especially, would be more likely to pack a Marshal’s Baton in her knapsack only if there were room enough after she had packed a good supply of sandwiches.

Steadfastness? Yes, when necessary.

Intelligence? Well, on occasions.

Bravery? I’m afraid not.

That bit about the fearlessness in battle; or in any other fraught situation, seems to be a poor description of your Common or Garden Norbury Mudhound. Norbury Mudhounds, if the truth be known, are completely lacking in the bravery gene.

Intelligence is relative - an Example

Intelligence is relative, obviously, and I cite an example of this.

Dulcie, several years ago, due to her extraordinary beauty and sense of style, was persuaded to take to the boards. Well, not actually take to the boards, but to appear on screen.

In London we have a well known and popular series that has been running for years. It deals with a fictional police station and its comings and going. The series is entitled ‘The Bill’. The Director decided that he required a dog for a particular scene. An “Animal Actors for Film and Television” agent was approached and she enquired locally; hoping to find, and perhaps “discover” a new Star. Our local pet shop told her that there was an incredibly talented and beautiful Norbury Mudhound residing in the vicinity, and the upshot was that she (the agent) approached me; I conferred with Dulcie, and she was signed up immediately. So Dulcie had her own agent: Gladys

Let me hasten to add, at this juncture, that Dulcie is not RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) trained, but has a natural flair for acting. She is more Stanislavski than Jonathan Miller in her approach to roles, but the end result is wonderful.

So the episode of ‘The Bill’ was scheduled to be filmed. Dulcie had a walk on part, and Gladys elected to walk on with her; Dulcie at one end of a lead, and Gladys at the other.

The scene was quite simple:

Scene: Block of flats in South London: First floor walkway:

Middle aged lady (Gladys) walking towards camera with dog (Dulcie) on lead. A Police Constable and a WPC (Woman Police Constable) rush from a stairwell, cutting in front of lady and dog. Camera follows them around to a door to the right of the walkway. They bang on the door, calling out,” It’s the police. Open up”.

End of scene.

So they rehearsed the scene. It went well.

The director said, “That’s fine. No trouble. We’ll film it”.

This time they filmed it but the WPC was a little slow.

“Let’s try that again,” said the director.

They filmed it again, but this is where the quick learning abilities of the Norbury Mudhound came into play:

Scene: Block of flats in South London: First floor walkway:

Middle aged lady (Gladys) walking towards camera with dog (Dulcie), but just after the scene had commenced, Dulcie turned towards Gladys, and said in a voice as clear as a bell, “If you watch carefully, two Police are going to run up those stairs and cut in front of us and…”

“Cut!” called out the Director, “Let’s try that again”.

They tried that scene several times more, but each time Dulcie would stop and say something like: “Here they come again”.

So they eventually had to use the scene where the WPC was a little slow.

Dulcie was in another television series, that one was about a Victorian Lady Doctor, but she was only in one scene:

Victorian slum street, London. Dog tied up on street corner.

Norbury Mudhounds became unfashionable in television series after that; Black Labradors or Golden Retrievers looking good on set, but also were not so likely to upstage the other actors.

Norbury Mudhounds come in two decidedly differing types.

Norbury Mudhounds come in two decidedly differing types. The devotee of the breed will tell you that the Norbury Mudhound is particularly easy to spot in a crowd. Their beauty is outstanding, obviously but it takes the true aficionado or enthusiast of the breed to recognise the sub-groups so easily. The females are decidedly different from the males inasmuch as the bitches resemble Tibetan Terriers whereas the dogs lean more towards that well known working dog, the Border Collie.

Shown at the Summer Exhibition by the Artist Sir Ian Hughes R.A.

Unknown Norbury Mudhound - Sir Ian Hughes R.A.
Unknown Norbury Mudhound - Sir Ian Hughes R.A. | Source

By serendipity, that well known graphic artist, Sir Ian Hughes R.A. who was obsessed by the Norbury Mudhound as a breed, during his short but tragic life, made several pen and ink sketches and pencil sketches of Dulcie when she sat for him in his studio in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. These are real collectors’ pieces and are highly valued, being worth many thousands of pounds when they come up for auction at Sotheby’s and Bonhams, the Great London Auction Houses.

There is the Male Norbury Mudhound which looks like this:

Typical male Norbury Mudhound - Harry
Typical male Norbury Mudhound - Harry | Source

There is the Female Norbury Mudhound which looks like this:

Typical female Norbury Mudhound - Elisabeth
Typical female Norbury Mudhound - Elisabeth | Source

Exercise is important, but it has its drawbacks

Of course, having a rare breed one must make sure that they have sufficient exercise to keep them healthy and to make sure that they have a nice healthy colour in their cheeks. There is no sadder sight than a lacklustre Norbury Mudhound without that spring in his step or a healthy glow to his complexion (what part of his complexion is readily visible beneath his outer coating).

It is whilst exercising these delightful animals that the owner and the dog may be prone to many disagreeable situations. Many has been the time that I have been exercising my charges and have been approached by other dog walkers, or even civilians unattached to canines of any description, It is usually a case of someone wanting to tell me that my dogs are delightful (I know that), unusual (I am fully aware of that) or beautiful (It’s obvious). But on occasions I have been approached by (usually) large and aggressive females who will, firstly, ask me what breed my dogs are, and then when I tell the large and aggressive female that they are Norbury Mudhounds, they will reply, using a phrase I always find most irritating: “I think you’ll find that your little doggies are Tibetan terriers (or Old English Sheepdogs or some other breed of dog which they certainly are not)”.

In my opinion, and my friend Judi, who was the proud owner of a Norbury Mudhound, so she should know, will agree, that anybody who uses the phrase, “I think you’ll find…” should be garrotted on the spot. No excuses!

Another danger: Theft

One of the many dangers of owning a very rare breed of animal whether it is a very expensive racehorse capable of winning lots of money for its owners, a unique gecko from Afghanistan noted for its jewel like skin, or especially, a Norbury Mudhound, is theft.

Some unscrupulous people will go to no amount of devious and nefarious ends to steal a rare animal or whatever. It shames and embarrasses me to have to tell this little cautionary tale:

As I pointed out earlier; when Dulcie had her first litter, I was at my wits' end, and had been heard to say that I felt like drowning the lot of them (with the exclusion of Dulcie, and the one bitch). I had even named the bitch, India, as I aimed to keep her.

On the Christmas Eve following their birth, my dear friend Judi visited me to wish me the compliments of the season (as I thought) and to just give the puppies and their mother a little pat.

This is where this tale becomes quite horrific in the retelling.

Judi casually (Ha!) asked me if she could borrow India for the evening, as it would take a little of the stress of having six Norbury Mudhounds from my shoulders for a few hours. I trusted her. I said, “Yes”.

So she took dear little India and returned to her own home. And she never returned her… Never.

And how did she cover up her theft?

When she arrived at her home, her husband and their son, Andrew, were putting the finishing touches to dressing the Christmas tree. Let me say at this stage that Sid, her husband, although being a reasonable man, had told Judi that he would not countenance another dog in their home, Judi already had two, and Sid, in his wisdom had decided that two was enough. Let me also say that Andrew was a seven year old boy, with all the trust inherent in those individuals.

Judi walked into the room with India, the ten weeks old Norbury Mudhound, in her arms. Judi looked at Sid. Sid looked at Judi. How would she manage it? Would (or could) any woman be so perverse, so wicked? Sid had forbidden her to have another dog.

Gazing at her husband defiantly, Judi held little India out in her arms towards young Andrew.

“Happy Christmas, Andrew!” Wicked, corrupt woman.

“That’s a dirty trick, Judi,” said Sid, realising that the female of the species is craftier than the male.

Lost - probably stolen

Tally (Tallulah Blankhead) a Stolen Norbury Mudhound and Andrew. (Zoki in the background, helping)
Tally (Tallulah Blankhead) a Stolen Norbury Mudhound and Andrew. (Zoki in the background, helping) | Source

Interesting side note: Andrew was not permitted to play with that Norbury Mudhound after Christmas. She had stolen it for herself and for herself alone. Judi renamed her Tally (Tallulah Blankhead) after the theft. No doubt to conceal her whereabouts. The dog is obviously a Norbury Mudhound. Sorry Judi, it didn’t work!

Judi "borrowed" Tally from me many Christmases ago and has never returned her. To my mind, that is Grand Larceny or Puppy Napping. I will have to look it up in my Glossary of Legal Terms.

Another danger that the owner of a Norbury Mudhound owner may experience when out and about with one of these delightful animals, is that large overweight Belgian females, usually of good class, may approach one and say something along the lines of “Your dog iss too fat”. Norbury Mudhounds are built for comfort, but can often reach an amazing speed if one (or all) of them happens to catch sight of a picnic basket or the odd sandwich which might be offered to her (them). They are more solid than fat.

This last observation concerning overweight Belgian females is based on personal experience. When told that Dulcie or one of the other Norbury Mudhounds “iss too fat”, I have always found it efficacious to reply, “And so are you… but you are also rude”. Works wonders!

Diet - and the Importance of Sticking to it

This leads me into diet: Dogs being dogs, and Norbury Mudhounds being dogs as well, it is important to feed them on a regular basis. Dogs, if given the opportunity to plan their eating routine would no doubt decide that lots and often would be a good idea. This might appeal to them, but there comes a time when one must put a brake on the amount that each and every one should eat. On the whole, one decent meal a day will suffice, and as Norbury Mudhounds are particularly omnivorous, there is little trouble in getting them to eat whenever one feels that dinner time has arrived.

Care should be taken with diet. Norbury Mudhounds, to all intents and purposes tend to be omnivorous, but also have their own particular preferences, or favourites.

Some in the sub sub group do tend to have particular favourite meals or snacks and these preferences should be addressed, mainly because it is nice to able to pander to their little whims and fancies now and again.

Zoki - Clementines and Chips


Dulcie has a passion for Bendix Bitter Mints (a passion passed down to her by her mother, when she lived with her former owners). She also is very partial to sandwiches if anybody on the Common, when she is out and about, is unpacking a picnic lunch. Her real favourite, however, is spaghetti bolognaise.

Barney, the father of this little pack of Norbury Mudhounds (and Dulcie’s de facto husband) lived with his owners in East Sussex, so I know little of his dietary requirements.

Malcolm - Chips and Curry and Rice







Zoki loves tangerines, clementines and chips (not necessarily at the same time).

Harry, when not asleep, eats everything and apparently likes everything. Not being a great conversationalist, one must assume that there is nothing that offends his palate.

Malcolm likes chips and curry and rice; together or separately, it doesn’t seem to matter.

Elisabeth is partial to everybody else’s dinner or snacks.

Semi (Semiramide) - Loves Pakoras so she is happiest at Eid celebrations


Semi (Semiramide) loves pakoras so she is happiest when pakoras are cooked during Eid celebrations.

Norbury Mudhounds are happiest in a family group


A quick rundown of the characteristics of each sub sub group

To put them into broad groups and name them accordingly:

The Dulcie sub sub group needs to be reassured frequently that there is plenty in the larder, and that the next meal will soon be on the table.

Tally (Tallulah Blankhead) possibly one of the loveliest of the Norbury Mudhound sub sub groups. Not noted for vast amounts of intelligence, but by virtue of this, one of the easiest to entertain. Tally resides on the Isle of Wight with Judi and is the apple of her owner’s eye.

Harry is pretty sanguine about everything and is happiest being in a comfortable position in the kitchen where he can sleep for about twenty-three hours of the day.

Elisabeth is happiest in the company of her owner... and if there is any mud involved, then she is even happier. But all Norbury Mudhounds have a predilection for mud and could find it anywhere … even in the middle of a desert. The Elisabeth sub sub group are pretty happy-go-lucky but met a large black dog once and was terrified of it. Fear of large black dogs could be counted as one of their attributes.

Semi is content to know that Zoki is safe and well (Semi thinks Zoki is the most amazing brother that any Norbury Mudhound could ever have).

Malcolm is possibly the kindest and most trusting dog in the world, and would like a cat of his own. He saw a cat once and hasn’t ever forgotten it. His two fears are getting his feet wet and going out into the garden after dark.

Zoki is quite unique; he is almost a sub group of a sub sub group. Zoki worries about everything and in his time has worried about ‘The Maastricht Treaty’, Global Warming, the War in Yugoslavia, Genetically Modifies Grains, the Economy, Postage Rates, High Cholesterol, UV Rays, and several other matters that he won’t even discuss.

Summing up

Drawing to the end of this document, one must point out that, although your typical Norbury Mudhound is a cheerful little chap and seems to take the world in his stride (or her stride) he or she can have some deep-seated anxiety issues which must be addressed if one were to undertake to having a Norbury Mudhound as a companion and friend.

For example, they are happiest in a family group.

The Norbury Mudhound - a guardian for your property and a companion for life.


So, in a nutshell, taking on the responsibility of owning (or being owned by) a Norbury Mudhound has its pitfalls, but also can be very rewarding. Think long and hard before you take that step, for once taken, there is no going back.

You're never alone when you're with a Norbury Mudhound. The fierce all weather dog. The Dog for all All Seasons



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      Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      And Dulcie wandering into your room when you stayed here for a couple of days and licked your eyes to wake you up because she had decided that you were a puppy and that she had adopted you.

      Thanks for the comment, my friend; it means a lot to me.

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      steve of ian fame 5 years ago from Essex

      All I remember they were good at; no holds barred, was showing anyone, burglar or authenticated, bonefide guest, was the placement of the biscuit tin.

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      Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Rosemay, thank you, thank you, thank you. You have obviously read every word, and your comments are delightful.

      Yes, they adored me as I adored them.

      I know I shouldn't promote my own hubs, but if you liked this one, perhaps you would like

      Thanks again for the visit and the exceptionally kind words.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I hadn't seen anything from you for a while so I came ahunting.

      This was such a delightful read. Many smiles and chuckles all the way through. The photos of Dulcie and the puppies are just adorable. Love the one of them looking over the fence. Sweet guardians, they look as though they would lick someone to death :) Each with their own little likes and dislikes, so sweet.

      Fancy Dulcie being a TV star, that was so funny. I love watching The Bill.

      Judi was so naughty but who could blame her, she obviously adored India.

      I am sorry to hear that they are no longer with you but you have such wonderful memories and I am sure each one of them enjoyed every minute of their lives being with you.

      Thank you for sharing yours and Dulcie's story

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      Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thank you so much for your very kind words, Nemanja.

      You as a dog owner must know what a wrench it is to have to leave a dog. They have no concept of time, and I am sure Lady is missing you and wondering if and when you are coming back for her. But they are the most forgiving animals, and I can tell from your words that when you are reunited, you will be wagging your tails (yours, you girlfriend's and Lady's) in unison.

      Let us hope it is very soon.

      I haven't been on the computer for a couple of days, but read your comments on my mobile phone, but for some reason, couldn't log on to reply to you.

      Take care, my friend.


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      Nemanja Boškov 5 years ago from Serbia

      Ian, this is a fantastic tribute to your dogs, and I am sure that they deserved each and every letter you have written for them here :) You really made me smile, and I must admit that I welled up when I realized that they have all been gone from your life for some time now, but as you said, they do not last forever - but your love for them will, I am sure of that.

      We also have a wonderful dog called Lady, but she is not with us right now as we moved here recently and had to leave Lady at my parents' house. I miss her terribly, and I cannot wait for her to be with us again...

      A great hub; unbelievably emotional and full of love. I voted accordingly, and pressed all the little buttons up there.

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I would love another dog, but there are so many big butch, fierce dogs on the Common right now, I wonder if a Norbury Mudhound would survive.

      They do make us laugh, don't they?

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      Becky 6 years ago

      Mine is a Sheltie mix. A black and tan female was his mother. He is very smart and plays strange tricks on us. We have to laugh at him.

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      So he most probably looks like a Border Collie or a Border Collie cross. They are the most intelligent dogs ever.

      Unfortunately my Harry didn't fall into that catchment area, but maybe he was a deep thinker.

      Thanks for reading this hub, Beck. It is one of my favourites.

      And thanks for your constant support.

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      Becky 6 years ago

      My dog looks just like your boys. They are beautiful and mine is too. Mine is black with tan and white face. He likes to eat also. Anything at all but he loves tortilla chips with salsa.

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Vocal coach, you being a "doggy" person will know without being told, how much I appreciate your lovely comments. Thank you. They were the centre of my life. I adored them, and, dogs being dogs, they adored me. But they don't last forever, and now it's just me. Thanks again. Three "full" mails and three females, cumulative years of about one hundred, and yet, in all that time, never a fight, or an argument. Just love, given, taken and shared; unadulterated love.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is one of my favorite dogs - I love dogs more than people :) I almost lost it when I viewed the photo of the 3 "stars" standing up with paws on the fence. I noticed the one on the right had the biggest smile. I printed out that photo to share with my little Clancey (Shih Ztu) and then directly put it on my "wall of fame". The wall of fame is found in the laundrey room and consists of photos of my favorite dogs. Please tell your "children" that vocalcoach is honored to have met them. An absolutely wonderful, touching story. Thank you. :)vocalcoach

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I have just delved into you music hub, 'Musical Renditions' and am going to go back and back and back, It's wonderful... thank you.

      And thank you also for stopping by and enjoying playing with my dogs. They appreciated it, as did I.

      I hope you weren't too frightened.

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Just what I needed...a good laugh! Excellent article and hilarious.

      up and very funny.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      I am rolling on the floor about now..if I have to go anywhere that would be the place to be I am sure..oh yes then I will not have to clean out my own chicken coop..or do I? I will wait just a bit and see if my mind slips again..which I am sure it will without a doubt.

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      YOU'RE MORE READY TO BE A RESIDENT AT TWILIGHT LAWNS THAN YOU ARE GOING TO ADMIT, AREN'T YOU? Don't worry, there;s a lovely room overlooking the Kitchen Garden, and if you are a very good girl, I am sure that Raj will let you feed his Black Orpington Hens now and again.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      I mean Christmas at the shelter..haha I don't know the name of my own hub..sad huh? hahaha

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Its called "When Christmas came home" thank you!

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I'll go and look for it now.. Is the hub called "Chrissy"?

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Ahhh. Judy must have taken very good care of her. I told the story of my "Chrissy" coming from the pound last year in one hub..she is so sweet and we love her dearly.

      Take care,


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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thanks, Sunnie. I don't need to tell you how much I appreciate your visits and your comments.

      Yes, I was only telling a friend, Fay, yesterday about Judi being a dog napper, and Fay agrees that she has a nasty streak in her. But the dog she stole, Tallulah Blankhead, (Tally) lived to eighteen years so she must have taken especially good care of her.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago


      What lovely animals!. I love Semi! I love the pic of them standing at the gate. I just loved this hub. You can tell you really love your animal as do I. Judy is my kind of person. I can't tell you how many times I have done the same thing. We have always had about four dogs but down to one due to old age..Thank you for sharing about this wonderful breed.


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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thank you Taylorwise. They were very dear to my heart, and encouraged me to be good at what I did... and even house trained me. Something my dear mother never managed.

      Thanks for dropping by. You are always welcome.

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      Taylorwise 6 years ago from Austin, TX

      i love the pics and info....I learned alot, and the mud-obsession. you obviously have a great affinity for the breed.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      And you never will be able to replace them in your heart, nor should you. They came into your life at a special time and will always hold a special place in your memory too. I hope you do get another dog at some time, if you can. The bonding, the love, the joy, it is all worth it. None of my pets have ever replaced any of the ones I lost. They all just expanded my heart.

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thank you, TKI, for sharing it with me. That sentence usually goes the other way around, but your comments and response were priceless. Yes, they were amazing, and I don't think I will ever replace them in my heart.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Thanks for connecting me to this delightful hub. You described them better than any other site I found on the internet, when you first told me to look them up. They are delicious, and are a perfect fit to go with your personality. Wonderful story that made my evening to read it. It certainly seemed like they owned you, you loved every minute of. Loved the details of how your friend Judi made the most wanted list. Sweet story about sweet puppies. So much love, I can see how they were the center of your day and your life.

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thanks for having a look at my pack, Kevin. I hope you weren't too scared. They are, after all, fierce bests of prey, and have been known to come back how with a complete Wildebeest and to devour it on the kitchen floor. (Actually, said Wildebeest looks more, to the rest of the world. like half a discarded chicken sandwich, but then again, the rest of the world doesn't have the eyes of love that I possess).

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      KKalmes 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Hello Ian, is there anything you have experienced that isn't immediately a passion? I want a Norbury Mudhound now as well... my son Charlie's cat, Murray is making it impossible to type at the moment as she is vying for my hands and sitting on the keyboard and mouse.

      I'm not a cat person, but like your Mudhounds there are personalities in pets that make them impossible to ignore and so utterly necessary. Murray's tail is swiping back and forth across my hands and the keyboard, it's also getting late... so I think I'll turn in.

      Photos are fantastic... think I'll print one out and post it on the fridge... of India!

      take care...

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      Twilight Lawns 7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thank you for coming to have a look and taking the time to read my stuff, Twin. I'm about to have a look at your hubs... your profile interests me. Psychology? Eek! I failed that miserably when I was at teschers' College. Had to do it again. I hope you will enjoy anything else I have written.

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

      I laughed, I got mad at Judi, I was ooing and ahhing at your beautiful dogs. What a fun ride of a hub for all, especially dog lovers. Sounds like they keep you busy:)

      You have a really great sense of humor and brilliant writing style.

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      Twilight Lawns 7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thank you so much Katie. I appreciate your comments and your visit. Thank you for taking the time to read it... if there are any Norbury Mudhounds wanting a good home, I'll let you know.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh My, what a delightful tribute to mudhounds, great facts, beautiful pictures, I want one for my new best friend. Just delightful! Well Done! :) Katie

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      Twilight Lawns 7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Mark, I never use the acronym (if such it is) LOL, but my goodness, I am sitting here laughing out loud(ly). You have my permission to use the term. Say it with pride, and do so with my blessings.

      And if anyone says, "I think you'll find..." you also have my permission to garotte them on the spot.

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      Mark Ewbie 7 years ago from Euroland

      I have read this several times and enjoyed your writing immensely. I don't know whether to admit that I Googled Norbury Mudhounds, just to make absolutely sure. Even now I am not 100% sure. It's such a good name for a breed.

      In fact, the next time I am walking our dogs, and we get the "what are they" comment.. I am seriously tempted. Norbury Mudhounds I will mutter as I walk on by...

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      Twilight Lawns 7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Last year (2009) I made a Christmas card... not my usual "Life at Twilight Lawns plc" card, but a "a dog is for life, not just for Christmas" card. I think you would have shed a few tears over that one, RP. It gave all the guys with their dates... I don't need to say more.

      My dogs only played with two balls. Dulcie only liked pink ones and Elisabeth liked a yellow, red and blue striped one. The others just borrowed Dulcie's or Elisabeth's.

      Can you believe six Norbury Mudhounds all living together and never destroying a toy or anything else?

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      Reflecting Pool 7 years ago from The other side of the coop

      In my humble opinion (which all of my opinions are).. the 3 at the gate appear to be waiting for the postman.. possible delivery of some new treat!? Perhaps they thought they saw the Popsicle man drive by? I'd have given all 3 a good scruffle as well!

      The family portrait is fantastic! Needs to have a couple of balls in there with them - I see a great Christmas card in the making! The one with the rump to the camera seems to have the right idea - must be the shy one?

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      Twilight Lawns 7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Dear Miss Jacobs-Creek, Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your comments. It is so refreshign to have a lady of your class and breeding here; looking at my humble little hub.

      I think I forgive Judi, because no one in this whole world could have adored little Tally as much as she.

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      Gertrude Jacobs-Creek 7 years ago

      This is such a lovely piece Twilight - I do admire Judi with her sly way of taking the prize of the litter. How on earth could you ask for little Tallulah back after she was so loved by Andrew?

      I must admit, if you had the litter NOW - I would be on your doorstep like a flash, as I think Dulcie & Semi are the most adorable dogs I've seen for ages.

      I do adore your photo of the three Norbury Hounds guarding your establishment with such fierce looks on their faces (No!!! I don't think so). If I saw the three of them, I would be through the gate petting them in no time, much to the amusement of their owner I think.

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      Twilight Lawns 7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      How funny, my dear friend. I am sitting here laughing out loud at the reason Elisabeth was scared ("your collar doesn't match your lead!"). You are incredibly funny, and clever with words... well I knew that as soon as I read your hubs.

      If you had been there you would have laughed like a drain.

      Elisabeth was walking in one directio, Big Black Dog was walking in the other. Elisabeth said something mouthy to BBD, he turned and said something like, "Oh Piss off!"

      Suddenly Elisabeth looked like something VERY FAST out of the Roadrunner cartoons. I could hardly stand, I was laughing so much.

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      Reflecting Pool 7 years ago from The other side of the coop

      Oh my gosh! I was laughing so hard I couldn't read! Dulcie - former actress extraordinaire! "Here they come again!".. she was only stating the obvious - as if people are idiots (which they may well be to a Mudhound). Can't wait for delivery of mine.. are you sending her with the wine? It needs a good watchdog (keeper) if only to pretend to be brave.

      Which leads me to note.. maybe it's not that the other dog was either 1) Large 2) Black 3) A dog.. maybe he just said something unpolite (ie..your collar doesn't match your lead!) That could be very upsetting!