Happy Birthday Dog
Yes my beautiful, handsome big boy is 9 years old today … and just for him it snew!
In honour of his birthday I am going to start with his official birthday portraits …
There was no laying snow at 6am – I know because Pup needed to pop out for a pee and a poo – but there were big flakes just starting to fall. By the time we were up and out for our walk there were 2-3 inches of the stuff. Fortunately it was nice crunchy snow and so the walk was good fun and the boys certainly enjoyed themselves.
Dog saw a chap open the back door of his transit van as we approached and got all excited hoping he was going for a ride. The boy stopped and clapped Dog (hereabout we don’t pat pooches we clap them); he admired him and said he had one in the front of the van – which when I looked turned out to be a wirehaired pointer like our Otto. Pup didn’t get a fuss and that will have done him no harm to see Dog being centre of attention for a change.
When we got to the path and clipped their training leads together dog stopped early on for his poo so rather than have them shuffle in the snow I let the lead go and let them run together to the end of the path. They could slip through the wire fence or hop over the stone wall but Dog generally knows his boundaries and it is a dead end. We have to allow dogs to take risk a little or they never learn where their boundaries are. At the end of the path there is a narrow path runs along two sides of a wee building and then it stops. I called Dog back and he brought Pup with him. Of course he got a warm welcome and lots of praise and you could see him walking tall on the way home.
We are ready for a longer walk but with this snow it will be a day or two before that happens – the temperature has bombed this evening and the snow is freezing into sheet ice in places.
Here are a few snowy pictures just to enjoy:
and for some strange reason there were lots of bird picture opportunities – rather odd since yesterday the little feathered things could be heard – making a right squawking racket but not seen – today they were silent but visible!
and finally to sunset and moonrise …