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 !

Sunday, 29 November 2015

My home visits include Italy !

Over the years I've used "Skype" to help dog owners from all over the world, including the USA and the Australian Outback.
But an invitation to help owners in Umbria, Italy was something that really required a home visit !
Having landed at Pisa, I left Tuscany and made my way to one of the many hillside villages surrounding Perugia, where I had the pleasure of working with some lovely expats and their dogs.

My office, with Poppy (L) and Joe (R)
Joe the Cocker is a real character who fancies himself as the guard dog of his home ..........

............. which is a big responsibility given that a large pack of Maremma Sheepdogs guard their flock very close by ! When a wild boar strayed onto their patch, he was quickly chased away.

Maremma Sheepdogs make their presence known
Not that any of this worries Poppy, who looks like butter wouldn't melt .... if only !!
Poppy takes time out
This was always a wonderful view to wake up to - and not a sound to be heard apart from the single bell around one sheep in the flock.
Room with a view
I've always enjoyed visiting churches and when I saw the light shining on this particular statue, I felt compelled to photograph it.
A shaft of light hits Christ on the Cross

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Meet Wilf

Meet Wilf, my latest residential training dog. At 18 months of age, this English Setter is a lovely, lively character. However Paul did manage to settle him down just long enough for a few photographs to be taken this afternoon.

Eight month old Inca and adult male Deefa are two very impressive German Shepherds who stayed with us recently - but neither could catch Lily when she was in full stride !

Next time you're stuck in the traffic, with your stress reaching dangerous levels, spare a thought for me as I struggle to reach my office without any mod cons.

Charlie's first ever fashion shoot ! With Rachel in charge of his wardrobe and Paul looking after the camera, the poor lad doesn't stand a chance !

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Toddle Cottage - a home with a view

As we were having dinner recently, Paul glanced over to the Scar and we knew immediately that the two silhouettes could only be those of our daughter Rachel and her boyfriend Ross. The sunset highlighting the two out for an evening ride emphasised once more how fortunate I am to live at Toddle Cottage and in the area that I do.

A home with a view
A recent boarding guest has been Josie, an extremely fit 8 yr old Cocker Spaniel. A small dog with a wonderfully warm and friendly personality, Josie was at her happiest when out in our field with a ball being thrown for her - then having the chance to

A great catch in the outfield by Josie
And now a chance to recover
Scooby is a residential training dog who arrived almost two months ago. This lively Beagle is from working lines and his natural instincts have been very much in evidence over the past few weeks ! However Rachel and I have worked hard to train this youngster into being a family pet, able to be off a lead and to remain closeby, to respond to his name and commands

Scooby in full flight
A very attentive little dog
One year old Hugo has been with us for six weeks now, staying for residential training. This big Doberman has a gentle character, though for the first few weeks he was extremely stubborn, refusing to even sit. But with persuasion and consistency this lad is a much reformed dog and I'm very pleased with the way he now behaves.

A proud looking Hugo

And finally a new addition to the Ardley household, Bert an 8 week old Border Terrier belongs and lives with Rachel.

Bert the Border Terrrier

Friday, 7 August 2015

Sadness comes in many forms !

With Rachel being away for a few days, it's fallen to me to look after her lovely lad Charlie, to keep him happy and make him forget the temporary separation he's having to endure. But is that sorrowful expression due to his best friend not being with him ...... or the grouch aka me, not wanting to play ball with him for the umpteenth time ??

One Sad Little Dog
The Deadly Duo of Fraser and Molly have returned for a few days boarding, creating mayhem wherever they go These two Yorkies are wonderful little characters as this photograph demonstrates.

Fun fun fun !!

Now where is Honey ? Our big dog is more than happy to constantly keep an eye on the decorating ..... even if she has to go undercover!

Honey has been discovered

The first photograph says so much more than two dogs playing. It's taken weeks for Dodger (L) and Frankie to be at the stage whereby both can play together without need for a lead, safe in the knowledge that they respond to a recall. Although they've not completed my residential training, such behaviour shows that both these young lads don't have much more to learn. And instrumental in their training has been Rachel who has worked tirelessly with me to turn these two into lovely dogs. Thank you Rachel!

Dodger and Frankie

Two weeks ago I met Milo for the first time. When he arrived he was very hyper and unfocused, but that initial lesson and the subsequent training his new owners have put in place are really paying off. Today he was much calmer and I know that with his owners, this rescue lad has really landed on his feet and will have a great life. Well done Milo.

The lovely Milo

Meet Dodger, a rescue Doberman who's just turned a year old. He's staying for residential training and it's very satisfying that this youngster is now off lead altogether in my field, listening to commands. Now for some open ground work where I have full confidence that he'll not let me down. Well done Dodger !


Chester's back again ....... making everyday feel like a Sunday afternoon ! No need to rush, no panic, no stress ....... just take it easy and relax. Now you know why this beautiful lad has been accepted as a Pets for Therapy dog.