As a child, we had them for particularly rainy days walking to school when, because of their nature, we could splash in puddles with impunity and squelch our way through mucky grass verges.
We crawled forward through the slimy, mucky , mass.
Across the mucky yard what can only be described as a run down shed, with a tarpaulin roof and a piece of pallet for a gate, was home to four Alsatians.
The ground looked good from the beginning though and even on the mucky entrance to the course carloads of immaculately-dressed beauties were everywhere.
Show officials, stewards, judges and workers were in abundance and the hands-on people could easily be recognised by their mucky boots and ill-fitting, handed down bowler hats.
She is fascinated, for example, by the smell of men - ‘their work clothes and tools and tobacco and mucky boots and sour-cheese socks.’
The driver's side window opened, which allowed more water to pour into the car and also make it sink further into the mucky bottom of the ditch.
Sunlight swarms through and over the pale-green saw grass, plays along the surface, dives down to the dark, mucky bottom, and spreads back up to engulf our little group.
Whether going forward or in defence these three were everywhere, covering every mucky blade of grass.
I was walking down the main street and I saw a duck eating a dirty, mucky wet leaf - the poor things are not finding food.