Not about a Smiths song..
Yesterday i posted George the Collie Jokes and Puns 99.
Is 99 jokes too many? Is 100 too many?
It’s a tricky one for me as i like to post each day, even if its just a joke, to show i am still interested in the blog.
Things are frantic at home so actually sitting down and creating some dog related content for a Dog Blog is not happening at the minute.
I post reviews of audiobooks and places we all visit but i don’t want you thinking this is all i have.
Once i get a few things out of the way in 2018, i am hoping to actually be able to post some better stuff on the blog. More structured.
That’s the plan anyway.
As it stands, it will likely be more of the same until i can get a break and write something different.
Think of them a humorous holding cards…..
George is 9 months now. He is in between dog courses, bronze – silver, and has been given a little time of training and lessons.
This worked alongside us going on holiday for a couple of weeks, leaving George with a dog sitter.
This was interesting to see how he handled being left.
Previously, the longest he’d been left was a weekend when he was about 5 months and he came back feral!
When we picked him back up he was very pleased. Very pleased.
I am guessing that remaining in a structured, dog-centric household had a positive impact on George and he came back a lot more under control.
He is still lovely and lively with it.
He’s 18kg so bang on target for age & weight.
He is being fed right at the top end of what a medium dog at his age should be having but he’s not got an ounce of fat on him – he’s in great condition.
We are looking to get him back to school over the next couple of weeks so, hopefully, some updates to follow.
Easy one this time.
Apples. I’ve been told the seeds contain arsenic or cyanide or something.
I was sure so I was taking any chances – I don’t want to hurt the lad!
So, George would be excited by a piece of coal so him bouncing around is no guide to future performance.
I’ve seen him not eat things before and wasn’t sure if today it wasn’t just the preparation – smaller slices in future maybe.
But, yes, he’s a fan.
Can I have your attention…?
After lasts weeks break in training, we are back at it.
George is still doing well but, like all but one of his class, there is still an underlying problem – focus.
It's not a real problem, not a problem outside of the class.
The class is an hour long and, after 30 – 40 minutes George's has gone. He's bored, had enough.
As I said, it's not just George as they all seem to have the same problem but it's frustrating.
It's like taking kids to something they find dull, it's only a matter of time.
George is, according to various experts, just coming into his teenage years now.
This comparison is made out through a short attention span, some grandstanding to other pups to establish his place and also with poor hygiene.
George is obsessed with fox pooh.
Every walk, afterwards, he needs a shower. You have control of him the whole walk, off the lead, and he's doing great until he finds it then I may as well not even be there as my recall is ignored in favour of poop.
He nearly had me hand off…..
So, next up, personalised Dog bones.
He’d early this for getting 500 followers on Twitter.
Nearly had me hand off 😂.
A story of love, not hate.
Ever since books have been in print and images have been shown on screen there have been ‘Dog v Cat’ stories.
Natural enemies. Nature or Nurture?
Of the last three dogs we’ve had, none have been ‘taught’ that cats are the enemy and so, obviously, they do not see them as such.
Parents teach to their kids who pass it on and so it goes on, needlessly.
Cats, naturally being more safety conscious tend to shy away from dogs, especially if they’ve had a bad experience and this can set the dogs on edge. One feeds the other and so the problem persists.
But start them off on the right foot and make it a good, friendly experience and you get a different outcome.
Spread love, not hate.
Long Mynd is a geological beauty.
Carved out (probably) by glacial activity thousands of years ago, we’re left with the wreckage – and it’s stunning.
We parked up at Cardingmill Valley where the National Trust site is.
There is plenty of parking, an information centre and tea room which is very well equipped.
From here you can make use of the readily available information sheets for easy, medium and hard walks in the area or you can strike out in your own – which is what we did.
An hour and a half later, three tough miles and one picnic consumed, we returned to the centre for an ice cream.
We were blessed with beautiful weather today but I honestly think you’d love this place regardless.
Even with the car park full once we were off walking, there was hardly anyone else around.
Amazing views, routes and great facilities make this a must visit.