Growing the Network …
I know I put these pictures up yesterday but I didn’t give you much commentary. The boys clearly recognised each other from across the car park and as soon as they were off lead together they started working as a little team. They were very evenly matched, Ollie slightly heavier framed but Pup has much leaner longer muscles (Pup does more free running over more varied ground) with boundless energy that only a 7 month puppy could find.
They were lovely to watch together and were impressively well behaved while we lingered over a picnic. They took turns to be top dog in their romping but it was very clear that the eldest is still the top dog – Pup is still the big bro! At one point when Ollie got a little over keen on humping (bearing in mind that neither of them do that at home these days) Pup very quickly put Ollie in his place and although there was a bit of baby squealing it was immediately forgotten and Pup lead them onwards.
This was great experience for both – Ollie apparently doesn’t do water (does now) and does run off to other dogs (he didn’t yesterday) but he was returning to my whistle within a short space of time because he was following Pup. Pup on the other hand met so many people that he had good practice at not jumping up AND he managed not to dash up to a jogger, a small person on a bike or buggies (although he did knock an acquaintance almost off her feet!)
Today I have been out doing risk assessment of some walks I plan to include in our Steps for Heath Programme. The colleague I was walking with treated us to a coffee and we chatted. The conversation took some really interesting turns and we found some rather obscure common ground. I took the opportunity to speak with someone else about Project Tick Tock and that added some more positive support.
So it has been a rollercoaster positive emotional week of dizzy heights and higher. This weekend my task is to sit and commit all the notes to the Tick Tock blog. Then I can network some more!