A Dream of Chasing Rabbits
Christmas Day, 25th December 2003,
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Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary
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Ceddy (short for Cedric) the Jack Russell terrier
sleeps I notice his paws start to gently spread and then come back
again. He repeats this action several times. His whiskers twitch
a little. So does his ear.
His owner, Pieter, tells me that Ceddy will sometimes growl, in
his sleep, but very quietly.
As one of Ceddy's favourite occupations is to spend an hour or
two chasing rabbits on the the hillside while his owner flies a
radio-controlled model aircraft, Pieter guesses that the little
terrier is dreaming of chasing rabbits.
that his owner comes to recover the plane where it lands, Ceddy
follows it when he sees it gliding towards the ground, then stands
guard. He doesn't attempt to touch it, or retrieve it but stays
by it to protect it.
was the only Zen member of our family,' writes Danny Gregory
in his Everyday Matters drawing journal, 'an eight-year-old
mutt who knew how to relax.'
Drawing Ceddy, I know exactly what he means. Dogs
are appealing subjects to draw as they're so un-self-concious.
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