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.
Life with dogs…is not easy, just take a look at these pictures
Dressing up for my blog site didn’t turn out the way I hoped this Christmas
They both were behaving like a Diva. So I took Ellie outside, this is the best I got..
So I tried Judy. She wasn’t much better as all she wanted to do was find fish.
A co-worker of my husband asked, “would you be interested in a 2 year old dog?”
The question caught him out, as he kindly asked what kind of dog. Fast forward to the weekend and we went to see this Norwegian Elkhound. Bob was bought for a lady in her eighties. But he was too big, too strong and heedless.
We arrived at the house in the country and were greeted by Bob, front paws on the top of the gate and hind ones planted firmly on the ground. He took one look at us and smiled. I think he was saying, gotcha!
He was correct. He had us from that goofy smile and ceaseless tail wagging.
He came home with us quietly. We stopped to buy leash, bowls, dog food etc. And then the trouble started. He decided he would be boss and eat everything in sight. Wellington boots, shoes or slippers weren’t good enough they were simply a starter. What he liked was the tough teeth crunching wooden posts, his kennel and finally his coupe de resistance, the electric gate leads.
As everyone knows he obviously survived the electricity but didn’t go back for seconds. The reason being the wires were encased in plastic casing then a metal casing. In fact everything we thought he might eat was encased, or locked away or hidden.
Luckily he mellowed as he settled down though he never lost that heedlessness making teaching him a very big challenge. In the end though I think he has been the teacher.
Take this idea I had for photos of him and Ellie.
I had everything set up then he decided he wasn’t in the mood for modelling.
On this occasion I didn’t give in.
It isn’t easy getting the bow in place, getting him to allow it to sit there was the big problem.
There is that look on his face again, wouldn’t you love to know what he was thinking?
We did return for another session to the hydrotherapy pool and much to our surprise, Ellie wanted to go into the pool.
This time we had a surprise in store for her – a surf board.
Unfortunately we had so much fun we didn’t get to take photos, this time. We reckon it is an achievement to get a collie pushing off a board into the pool, but then again there were balls involved and we all know her love for tennis balls.
The pictures speak for themselves. This collie only swims when she has to but she loved this.
Sunday Morning and we were brought on a walk! This meant a lot of hills, running and puffing. The first two applied to Ellie and the last bit to me. I find it tough going now, to walk up and down hills but there is always a benefit after exercising.
My sleep is full of dreams but I keep dreaming I am attached to Ellie. I wonder why?
We did something a little off the scheduled training plan yesterday. We took a bus, it was a first for Ellie
We had hidden an object on the bus. Five minutes later she had the sock and sat on the seat waiting to be driven somewhere.
We (Ellie and I) have been busy getting back to the serious job of working/training for S&R. There has been a lot of walking, obedience, river work, scent work however, it is not all work and no play as you can see from the photos
We were waiting a long time and
in the end we had to go in search of our missing companion.
Yes – he had gone home for a snooze.
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