I had a Great Idea …
… for a thoughtful blog post – but I have walked the dogs since and now I cannot recall what it was! Then there was an event that I cannot currently blog about – it isn’t my event and there may be some repercussions in a day or so!
So I will blog about the dogs and the neighbour’s workmen … getting deja vu already?
At least being a Sunday the work next door did not start till around 09:30 … but then it started with lots of electric saw noise, hammering, vibrations which sounded like they were from something hitting my house and yet their extension is a good 2 metres away from mine! The joiner had his ‘lad’ helping him … a more disinterested and gormless lump of a lad I have yet to see – he looked as if he totally left his gorm at home this morning (although I would guess his gorm hasn’t been out with him for a very long time!) It was quite amusing to watch him move a bit of timber and then move it back again … and bless him even Pup didn’t bark at him!
They were using an electric chop saw in the pishing down rain … rather them than me and I love my chop saw; just love to use it in dry conditions!
Pup was very good – 4 small woofs and then he desisted and just stood up on his back legs at the fence watching the joiner on their roof. I do hope he doesn’t cause an incident that results in someone falling because he is so keenly interested and they get distracted. Not sure why he is keenly interested – is it the men or is it the timber?
Just before lunch we set off for our mooch – I was suitably waterproofed and I swapped Dog’s halter to one that clips the lead on under his chin – this because when Pup chooses to walk on my right Dog was getting his halter twisted round his face. Today was much better – he walked much more close to me and didn’t pull once. Pup was not too bad with only a short bit of pulling; however off lead he was very adventurous and we had to hide several times to keep him remembering to look for us.
When I have tried getting him to play with a tennis ball in the woods before he has had no interest but I have been doing a little exercise with him and his kibble treats; ask him to sit and touch my hand with his nose and I throw the kibble to the side or over his head – he goes gets his reward and returns to touch my hand again. So having done that three or four times I pulled out the tennis ball and next time he touched I tossed that – he went and looked and then came back to me so I tossed a bit of kibble to the same place. He returned again without the ball so I made it clear I had a treat for him and sent him off to fetch up the ball – which he did and got his reward. We repeated and this time he got the idea straight away. A little further on I dropped the tennis ball as I walked.
On the return he had obviously spotted his tennis ball so I told him to seek it and fetch up which he did with no hesitation. I put the ball away then so as not to overwhelm him. He walked back up most of the lane off his lead with a few metres of voluntary at heel between his little escapades across the dyke.
Tomorrow I have a fair bit on – it is ‘pay day’ so I need to order dog food, then try my new bus discount ticket out to go do my shopping and then I have said I will go help Evelyn for a short stint every afternoon with some decluttering. I need to get some time out with just Pup in this week so hopefully the snow is going to stay away – he doesn’t bother about the weather but I am fed up of being cold and wet! I will try and take him for a decent bit of exercise and then to Evelyn’s a couple of times during the week.
Aside from that it has been a quiet day and so grey, wet and overcast that I have no photographs – I was tempted to go back out with the camera after the dog walk but my combats were already wet up to the knees and I didn’t fancy removing walking boots to change trousers and put boots back on – so I stayed put. Now I need to remember what it was I was going to write and make a note so I don’t forget again.