Wednesday, 31 August 2016

The Big Wide World

Introducing a young dog to the "big wide world" brings benefits which can last a lifetime. 
An array of different objects coupled with a multitude of noises and smells allows the the pup to become familiar with many things and initial fears give way to confidence, resulting in a happy dog and a relaxed owner holding the lead.
Here a calm Evie and Mick, aged 5 months, meet anything and everything as they negotiate once more everything dog friendly Keswick has to put in their way. 

Evie and Mick
Lily the French Bulldog who's in for residential training is really making progress and is now off lead and coming to the recall. Hopefully the next pic will feature both her and sister Penny sitting on my lawn or field, free of any lead.
Lily deep in concentration
I think we can forget about harvesting this field for now. The recent heavy rain brought about flooding and the depth was actually greater than the photograph shows .... and all this in mid August !
Forget your boots - try and find your waders
While some dogs love water, others enjoy running in it but not getting it in their eyes. 
German Shepherd Romy can't run fast enough while Bert .....
German Shepherd Romy
.... poor Bert. He has to close his eyes !
Bert - hoping the coast is clear !

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Let sleeping dogs lie

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes and with temperaments to match. Meet Nico, who came to board with me recently. This Chihuahua X was great company to have staying, both for me and by the way he played with other dogs, for them to - something that can never be overlooked.

For a few short worrying moments this morning, I thought Tilly had decided to up and leave us. Her bed was empty and she was no where to be found - until Fran asked me in all sincerity, "Why's Tilly sleeping on the kitchen chair ?"

"Ssshhhh ...... Tilly doesn't like to be disturbed"
Paul's smiling 4 month old pup Mick thinks his owner is the "bee knees" - as this simple photograph suggests. Rest assured, wherever Paul is, Mick and Sumo will be very close by !
Mick running to Paul
Meet Penny and Lily, my two fierce looking French Bulldog guests who are staying with me for residential training. Ignore the expressions though. These two small dogs have lots of character, though none of it nasty - quite the opposite !

Penny and Lilly
Coda, a Chihuahua X, arrived with Nico and has a very similar temperament. She's taken a liking to my gazebo, as can be seen !


Saturday, 11 June 2016

Meet Mick

Mick, a cheerful 15 week old Working Cocker Spaniel, was born at Toddle Cottage and is destined to remain here, due to Paul becoming his owner.
The two have already formed a great bond and Sumo, Paul's lovely black Working Cocker, has adopted his new mate really well with the two often seen playing together.

One week old
One month old
And now fourteen weeks

Dogs make me happy, especially when they are as responsive as Maddie, a 6 year old Working Cocker Spaniel. Owned by my daughter Fran and mother to two litters, including Sumo and Mick, this little dog has won cups at trialling.

Happiness is ..... 

Paul insists that this is part of Sumo's training, in readiness for when his 3yr old Working Cocker has to pick up pheasants that have been shot and fallen on the far side of some mysterious wall !! Personally I think it's just an excuse for the two of them to have fun together !
Sumo showing great eye contact wherever he is.

Few dogs can resist the challenge of running after Honey, who takes great delight in encouraging them to play. We keep one eye open that she's choosing the "right company" but I think that her speed plus her knowledge that I'm on hand makes her a little trouble maker ! Here, Plum does her best but in the end resigns herself to having fun in the buttercups !
Honey with a huge smile !


I'm finally able to let Jess off of a long line for the first time since she arrived for residential training some weeks ago - and what a wonderful sight it is. Here she's seen standing near her friend and running mate Sam, a very gentle Staffie Cross.

Sam and Jess

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Does your dog like to be photographed ?

Some boarding dogs arrive with manners and others have to be taught them.
However, despite Olive being in the first category, she certainly has a way of showing her displeasure at a photo shoot !!

Manners please Olive !

Few things excite Bert more than chasing a fox tail. Thankfully this is the only thing he runs after, which is just as well, given the number of lambs currently around us !

Up up and away !!

I've just found this pic that Paul took of Pixie and me when I first got her. In truth he's taken so many of "my !!" dog. She's now 16 wks old and only wants to know where Mum is, which is always a good sign for bonding !

Love is ....

Meet Plum, a very young - and lovely - Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen who's staying with me for training. 
Plum has the soulful howl of the hound she is, a noise which can be heard over some distance. However, her warm and friendly personality has won us so we're able to ignore a little noise !

Eyes to melt

Monday, 11 April 2016

Sumo and friends

This photograph of Sumo really does sum him up.
Paul's energetic three year old Working Cocker Spaniel is full of life and certainly knows how to get along with other dogs - whatever their size.
This is never more apparent than with German Shepherds Inka and Deefa. Despite the size difference, play fighting and chasing after each other never results in anything more terrifying than a freeze framed expression !

Sumo in full flight
Who else better to play with than Inka ..... even if it means leaving the ground to do so.

Sumo makes the most of his short legs !

Meanwhile it's time out for the little dog while sitting next to Deefa, a really beautiful large German Shepherd with a wonderful temperament. 

Deefa and friend

Meanwhile Milo is happy with some water and a stick of any size !

Milo loving life !

"I have to be in the office early today ....... although I can bring my dog".
What a wonderful situation to be in !

The Office

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Would you like your dog photographed ?

After much prodding from me and alot of persuasion from others, Paul has made the decision to photograph dogs "professionally".
He's been a "happy snapper" most of his life and has the eye and patience that I don't ! He also has a very high standard as these three images show.
Please contact me if you're interested in having your dog caught on camera.

Honey is mesmerised by a feather
Now there's a blizzard of feathers.

Deefa the German Shepherd is a wonderfully compliant subject !


Sunday, 7 February 2016

Beautiful little Pixie

Meet Pixie, my little 8 week old Cocker Spaniel puppy.
Pixie is into everything and the fact that she comes from Working lines means that she's only going to become nosier and faster with it !
As the only person who feeds her, lets her out and hugs her (!), the bond is already developing as I hear the patter of small paws following me around the house !
Meet Pixie
Pixie's first day - and looking a little startled by all the attention !

Marley stayed with us for almost a month while his owners were enjoying the Australian summer. He is great company to have around and would regularly wander into my office in the evening, just to check on what I was doing before returning to his bed !
Lulu is the divas diva ! Not content with her ample bed, I would find her curled up and comfortable on my chair !
It's not every day that we have a Ralph come to stay and even rarer for a Jug to be with us. But this Jack Russell x Pug was wonderful company and a real character. 

Serious Ralph

And the fun Ralph, which we usually saw !