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Date: July 3rd 2013

We are heartbroken to let you know that Stanley passed away today. He was so loved by you all and we thank you for the love and affection you showed to Stanley. Perhaps he has gone to Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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Date: October 2010

Hi guys

Just wanted to say a quick heya to my two new friends Nicholas and Christopher.  I had great fun with them when they stayed as the photos below no doubt show.  Thanks lads :)


Date: July 2010

Heya guys

Just a quick one, thought I'd post the pictues of my day at the beach with Nicole & Martin from Switzerland.

Day at the beach


And for the action shot


Date: February 2010

Hello Folks here we go again.

We are now in to Feb and boy what a humid month it has been.  I have on occasion been absolutely whacked and my mistress has had to put a fan in front of me to cool me down.

I have also been in luck not only have I managed a walk or swim almost every day with Paul back again for the forth time, but in the evenings my mistress has taken me across the reserve to the sea because she needs a swim to cool herself down as well so I get seconds.

Mind you February hasn’t been all fun and games.  It’s the height of the season and we have been very busy.  Its sometimes difficult waking up for the early morning (we usually get up around 6am), although, I just about managed because I get fed. Then I’m back to bed for a further sleep can you blame me.  I will be hitting 11 in April after all.  Ok I know I behave like a puppy dog but I’m really a granddad.  However, as I always say you only live once.

Talking about age, the older you get the more maintenance your body needs.  I had to go to the vet to see about a cyst.  It turned out I had to have surgery to get it removed.  No big deal though as I’m all good now (much to my mistresses relief) and Mark my vet is the best and is always good for a treat after the visit.

His wasn’t the only treat, when I got home there was a get well card awaiting my arrival from a guest who knew I was going to have surgery that day …... I played it for all it was worth.  Plus Patricia from California came to visit bringing a plethora of squeaky gifts.  She offered me a choice between a bear, duck and a ball.  She was too slow for me though as I managed to swipe two before she knew what had happened.  This adds to my existing stash (existing of a squeaky Christmas tree, ball and rope and bunny) so I’m doing pretty well for toys at the moment, something to keep me busy in winter when it’s too cold to go outside.

Right well it’s not winter yet and there’s still lots of guest to keep occupied so I better sign off.

Catch ya later

Stan your man.


Date: January 2010

Picture below was taken by Sandra who gave me such lovely walks during her stay.  Word has it she is coming back :)





Date: November 2009

Heya guys

I was at the cricket the other day and  got talking to this old bulldog, after a few innings he told me this joke and I just have to share it with you.  Anyway here goes


Joke of the Day

A guy is driving around the Waikato Ranges and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: 'Talking Dog For Sale ' He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.

The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

'You talk?' he asks.

'Yep,' the Lab replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says 'So, what's your story?'

The Lab looks up and says, 'Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told them about my special talent and in no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.'

'I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down.

So I signed up for a job at Auckland airport to do some undercover security work for MAF, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was highly awarded.'

I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired.'

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

'Ten dollars,' the guy says.

'Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?'







Well it had me rolling on the green, catch ya later

Stanley your man ;)


Date: September 2009

Hello Everyone

Just thought I'd drop you all a line and say hi and let you all know what I've been up to.

Well it's all been very exciting here the last couple of months.  Judy went away on a well deserved holiday and I've been a home alone Stanly (minus the baddies of course).  So I was the man about the house and in charge of the whole sheang (well along with Louise, Grant, Caillhe, Niall and baby, who kindly came in to greet those guests that didn't speak dog).

However, being a dog that takes my duties seriously, I spent many a restless night keeping guard walking the hallways and sitting (OK and maybe dozing a little) on my chair in the lounge.  This was because I'm obviously very diligent and not because my owner was away and thus sleeping at the bottom of her bed was not an option with any of the aboved named ;)

On the upside with all the part timers around I was able to wangle more walk time then would normally be available.  Even if I wasn't the number one focus this time round .... but then it's hard to compete with a new born baby .... even I was a enamored by the end of their stay.

So all went well in Judy's absense .... no parties .... well that I'm going to admit to anyway.  I'm glad to have her back, it's not the same around here without her ...... plus I'm acutally getting a decent night sleep once again.

I've had quite a few playmates come stay with us recently, one from Scotland, some from Yorkshire, one from out West, a good old Brit and lets not forget our Spaniard.  All fluent in Dog obviously. It's always nice to have someone who is up for a game of tug or even just to romp around the garden with.

Well the busy season is approaching which means to me more walks, pats and tummy rubs.  I'll most probably be to busy to write for the next few weeks.

Talk to you all soon

Your man Stan.

Oh P.S.  Forgot to tell you I'm currently been reduced to a bean bag and blanket in the lounge as Judy has taken my chair away to get re-covered. She says I've made a mess of it ..... personnally it was fine by me.  Anyone who knows me will know what a trial this is :)



Date: March 2009

Hi Guys,

It's Stanley here, it's been a while so I thought it was about time I gave you an update on how my life is going as I'm now entering my 10th year (70 years old to you lot).  I guess looking at the latest picture of me on the website I'm looking a bit old around the gills, but unlike you humans I'm not subjecting myself to a shampoo and colour even though given my advanced age I should probably be getting a Blue Rise LOL as the youngsters would say.

Life's been good to me this past season.  I can't tell you the fun I've had taking the guests for a walk, I know they think they are taking me ..... but we all know different.  I do get a few rebels that try to take their own route, however, after a few arm pulls, they soon come to heel.

Though I have to tell you folks three week back I was in trouble.  Richard, who I have to say had said he had little experience walking dogs, but my owner said he would soon learn, took me for walk I wish never, ever to repeat again.

We started out with him doing a fast jog, which I'm rather proud to say that I kept up with for the first 5 minutes.  Then as Richard eased off (I panting with a sigh of relife) we slowed to a more acceptable pace.  But, and it is a big but, that pace went on for about 30 minutes.  Please remember that 30 minutes can be a lifetime for a 10 year dog.

To add to my woes when I was drastically running out of puff, he loses his way and we go back over the territory we had already covered.  When I recognised the homeward stretch I was not too sure who was more relieved me or Richard, because by then I was truely lagging.  To get my own back on Richard I pretended to be in such a sorry state that I made him think he may have to carry me (all 36KG) the rest of the way.

The poor boy just looked so worried with the thought of facing my owner that I felt quite sorry for him. However, I wasn't letting him of the hook that easily.  When I arrived back I put on the best theatrical display (worthy of an Oscar), that my owner and Richard's girlfriend gave me so much fuss and attention that I've lived off it ever since

So alls well that ends well and it just goes to show that this old dog is still getting up to new tricks.

Stanley - your man ;-)


Date:- 2008

Stanley's Weight Loss

Stanley's proof you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Middle age spread catches up with the best of us, and dogs, especially Labradors, are no exception.
But for proof that you can turn your life (or at least that of your dog) around with a change in diet and a healthier lifestyle you need look no further than Devonport's Stanley the Labrador.

The eight-year-old canine is a former roly-poly who has shed eight kgs in just six months.

His owner, Judy Machin of the Peace and Plenty Inn, said Stanley used to weigh over 43kgs and wobbled when he walked. But after she got local dog walker Susie Londer to help exercise her family pet and change his diet the weight started dropping off.

"The vet said Stanley needed to slim down," said Judy. "He was just prone to putting on weight because he never got titbits, just a cup of dried food twice a day."

Londer recommended that Stanley change to a New Zealand brand of tinned dog food and that combined with daily walks has turned his life around.

"He's like a new dog, he's full of life, his eyes are brighter, his coat shines and even his grey hairs don't seem as obvious," said Judy. He enjoys two tins of food a day and the occasional raw or poached egg.

Stanley was rescued from a sad previous home where he was forced to live under the house. Stanley's proof you can teach an old dog new tricks house.  paper














"He was in a terrible state when I got him when he was just under a year old," she said. "He had squinty eyes which made him look like a pit bull terrier but I think that was because he had been living in the dark and they opened up after a while.

"For the first few months he didn't leave my side and is still nervous of bikes and men in crash helmets probably because of a bad experience when he was a puppy." Stanley is popular with guests who enjoy taking him for walks and his favourite pastime, swimming.

His favourite spot for a swim is at Duders Beach where he enjoys digging holes in the shallows and wallowing in the water.

"He's as daft as a brush and had a really awful beginning but he's gone from being a pauper to a prince in five star luxury," said Judy.


Date:- 2007

A Day in the Life...


Stanley's coat is extra soft thanks to his weekly sand massage.

Date:- 2006

Hi from Stanley,

I wish to thank the hundreds of visitors to my place that have been dragged to the beach and up Mount Victoria with me as their guide.

Steve from Hawaii - I really did enjoy our early morning swims together. Shame you only booked for three days, I could have taught you how to swim much better if it had been a week.

Jim from California, you let me down badly, two days was all you gave me - I hardly got my paws wet. I had to drag you out, but at least you could keep up by the time we returned.

Denise from Atlanta, it was great to see you again, thanks for fighting for me from your corner. You were right it was your turn to walk me that evening... Come back soon, I won't mind if you bring Mark with you.

Chris, thanks for your three week contribution, at least this fitness programme allowed me to munch my way through more biscuits without being told off from Mark the Vet.

To all you folks out there who I pulled, yanked and generally forced to jog with straight arms around this patch, my grateful thanks, especially for the hose down on my return. I will continue to bark at all my owner's new visitors, but as soon as I know we are going to be friends I love to lick your legs and toes, as I am definitely a leg dog! I continue to keep up my wimpish façade to my owner to retain certain privileges such as sleeping on an electric blanket and getting the fuss and attention that a paranoid Labrador does indeed deserve.

Stanley - your man ;-)

P.S. Steve, don't tell anyone else about the comment you wrote in the visitors book that I'd trained a superior hostess - I don't want Judy to know, us boys need to stick together on this one


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