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.
Rain stopped play. Seriously. ☔️
With only a few weeks to go, we're due to go to George's training class and it's been raining. Raining a lot.
We've been doing the lessons outside of class and George is doing very well. We've covered everything for his Kennel Club Bronze award, we are pretty much just re-enforcing what has been taught.
So, in principle, missing a week isn't going cause much of an issue but it feels a bit like one.
With only four weeks of the course left (one of which is not a teaching week) we hope that he has done enough to pass but we'll find out on test night.
So, we're not going tonight. Rain stopped play. We'll do some practice at home as we always do but you'd like to get him in the test arena to see how he's really doing.
Not long now. 😬
Another Wolverhampton historic gem.
Set in the outskirts of the city, Wightwick Manor is another 'blink and you miss it' National Trust site that has a lot going for it.
Ample parking leads you to the entrance where the staff are very welcoming and informative – handing out maps and details to assist your visit.
From here you head to the house itself which, probably by design, just pops out from behind beautifully manicured hedgerows.
Built in the Arts & Crafts style in 1887 by the local Mander industrialist family, Wightwick Manor is a relatively 'new' property compared to a lot of National Trust sites.
The house itself was built in two main sections, the second finished in 1897, and was fully furnished and decorated in a style drawing heavily on the influence of William Morris
There are formal gardens and orchards to amble around and a lovely, if short, woodland walk leading to some very picturesque seating areas overlooking duck ponds.
The 'Great Parlour' is a beautiful space with stunning glass and an interior that has to be seen to take it all in.
With the standard coffee shop and site shop, Wightwick Manir has everything you could want for a quick day out.
A lovely site in a lovely location and definitely worth the admission.
So, making a salad 🥗 and the boy is sniffing about for scraps.
As ever, I put too much cheese on a salad so my wife has some feta left over.
Does George like feta?
Yes. He. Do.
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.
So, Gentle George is now 6 months old and progressing nicely towards becoming a lovely dog.
After flying through house training and basic puppy commands, he started puppy school a few weeks ago.
Now, George is doing well but there seems to be a little creeping trait coming in.
Going through some basic commands recently, I noticed a little reluctance to do as asked. Nothing major but it did require a firmer tone to get compliance.
It is likely nothing to be concerned about and chatting to my wife about it we wonder if it is just him growing up. Getting a little more confident and his personality showing through.
We certainly wouldn’t be looking to stamp out personally traits in the lad but it’s interesting to see him develop.
We’ll keep an eye on him and ensure he knows where he stands but he does need to know his place in the pecking order.
A local National Trust site, small but friendly.
Situated just outside Wolverhampton, Moseley Old Hall is somewhere I have been past many times but never got around to visiting.
Described as ‘An atmospheric Elizabethan farmhouse that saved a King’ I did a bit of digging before visiting finding that it had been used as a hiding place for the retreating King at the end of the English Civil War and includes a ‘Priest Hole’ actually used by the King to avoid his pursuers.
Being a dog, I’m not allowed in the house itself so have to be content with the outside and what an outside to enjoy!
The (recreated) 17th century gardens are quite small but in keeping with the house itself, extending around three sides to include a seating area for picnics.
There are facilities on site, a souvenir ship, second hand book shop, plant sale area and a little tea room (which boasts the best scones in the world), but we just brought our own little picnic and coffee.
As you wander around the grounds there is a ‘Kings Walk’ through the tree to a tree house and pond.
It is a lot smaller than some better know. National Trust sites but this is reflected in entry price for non-members being smaller.
All in all, a nice little venue which is easy to visit just off J2 M54 (it can be noisy in parts as it is next door)