It was a wet St. Patrick’s day and a wetter weekend. Still we managed to get a load of training done. As the pictures will confirm…
2017 is, so far, extremely mild though not particularly sunny. However, as the other two dogs in my life love walking, Bob is often enticed or dragged out for a walk.
I have noticed one definite thing about Judy, the black labrador, if there is water around she will find it.
I took her to Skryne today to walk across the fields. We started off well,
Then with head high and tail working like a helicopter blade she was off – water. Everyone could rest safe there was nothing else on the river.
We, are celebrating another full year of blogging. Thank you to everyone who has connected with myself and my chunky, cuddly dogs.
I was away for a few days and Bob (and Ellie) were being taken care of by my son. He took pity on Bob who does not have a very exciting life and brought him to work with him for a day. The pictures below show a very relaxed chilled out dog, letting the exertions of everyone at the gym wash over him. He was only interested in hugs, or so they thought.
However, during the afternoon, Bob decided it was time for him to take a little creative walk.
He set off, unknown to those working out.
Another athlete walking into the gym couldn’t understand why his remark created such a fuss. “I have just seen a very nice looking husky sitting patiently outside the cupcake factory door.”
Yep, you guessed it, Bob decided his new best friends were going to be the makers of some very nice cupcakes. And everyone thinks Ellie is the smart one!
Bob woke the house early on Friday morning. At first I thought he must be unwell, as it wasn’t his usual, get up and make my breakfast call.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the back door was the look of disbelief on his face.
It had snowed. And we all know Bob loves snow.
But it is becoming clear that old age is catching up with him as he spent the next half an hour simply pottering about.
He, I believe, was remembering
Real snow! And saving his energy for its return.
I have always loved dogs. But I haven’t always embraced life due to shyness, meeting insensitive arrogant people and so on, (you know how it goes) so I spent the first half of my life hiding away from people. Past experience taught me that not everyone was like my kindhearted father.
However, lady luck did smile on me in numerous ways, I married my soul mate and had two wonderful children and started writing. Though I hated my paid job, which was stressful and often felt like it should have been sent by worm hole back to the 1800’s, I soldiered on simply to make a living.
Then it happened, I met Bob
This fluffy wolf who was either going home with us or to a dog pound. How could we not take him? He came with us and captured everyone’s hearts. Through him I made a discovery.
I should have been working with dogs.
This heartfelt belief stayed with me, as I volunteered to work in a friends kennels. Then we made another decision, Bob missed us while we were working and he required a friend, with four legs and a waggy tail. The rest is history. We traveled to the North west of Ireland, Bob interviewed 20 dogs and came home with the pup who stole his and our hearts.
This pup again transformed my life. She was relentless always finding things from tennis balls
displaying a vivid creative energy. We knew we had to find her a job, before she drove Bob, and us, nuts.
Her job – finding people or recovering them has led us into many new adventures.
And through her training I have discovered I was right – I should have been working with animals. But I do so now, by volunteering at a kennels, dog walking and dog training and all thanks to these four legged friends, especially Bob and Ellie
I often feel like this:
I am a six year old, again.
Have you broken your New Years Resolution yet?
All around me I hear people, dogs, cats even birds saying they are disgusted with themselves for they have broken their promise to get fitter, or slimmer.
Well I am proud to say I have not broken mine.
Because I have no desire to learn how to swim, drive a boat,
or be fitter or slimmer,
I like me just the way I am.
Now can someone please tell Maria this as she insists a two mile walk is good for me.
There are many great things in this life but once Maria mentions the “W” word.
Anywhere where everyone is allergic to work.
Ellie loves to work as everyone knows and Bob, well Bob is Bob and he loves to sit.
But Ellie’s last training session brought many tears, of laughter as our exercise almost ended with a helper floundering about in the water. When Ellie found him he was adrift in the river without a paddle on a sinking boat. He was rescued. And as you can see the boat survived as did Ellie’s pal, Fred.
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