Everyone who knew Sir Bob knew his idea of a workday was: breakfast followed by a nap, followed by a slow walk, lunch, nap while watching Ellie or Cooper work and then dinner. His border collie pal and the labradors were, are and always will live to work.
So when I attempt to slow one of these three down, it is unpredictable. On Wednesday after working Cooper, I took him for a cross country walk. He just doesn’t do walking, but eventually, he stopped to take a breath.
Ellie has been working as a search and recovery dog for over 61/2 years and we have learnt a lot. The top tip we can give anyone is: training is never simple or confined, in other words always be prepared to think outside of the box.
Sit and stay is a useful tool, especially when this collie likes to explore. (There were a lot of cars around.)
Judy, the black labrador, appreciates a rest and will sit and stay forever.
She, was taught by the best sitter of them all,
We took the (home made) agility gear out and Ellie did her usual, raced over jumps, through the tunnel and kept on going for a few laps until she had taken the tunnel apart.
We spent quite a bit of time trying to persuade the Bob to have a go. There was no treats in my pocket so the best he could manage was – a roll over!
Irish weather is always a hot topic (excuse the pun) but when one day you wake up to a dark sky and thundering cold wind. The next day it is beaming sunshine and heat. It is no wonder Irish people are so besotted with the weather.
However I am discovering that there is another hot topic in our house – strange things that pop up in the garden.
See for yourself. I look forward to the many varied comments that will follow the pictures below.
I was weeding and discovered this gorgeous plant, weed??
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.