Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Blue loves a lolly stick

Whenever we have a magnum or similar Blue is eager to ensure there is no waste, we did stop this for a while for fear that it was related to his allergy issues.

Since that is moving in the right direction and we are only talking about a smidgen of  flavour left, we have allowed him this much enjoyed pleasure.

Funny how things work out, I was never really a doggie person as a kid or young adult, in fact they filled me with fear, so here is me holding a lolly stick for a fully grown German Shepherd who weighs in at 48 kilo (Circa 104 lbs).

Anyhow back to Blue, recently he has been helping out n the garden, in his own way, herding the mower, turning over the soil, keeping cats and squirrels away, all with the finesse of Blue's own unique style.

While out for his dawn walk yesterday it was such a nice bright morning at 6.00 am I let him off lead in the park, unusual but trying to do this whenever circumstances permit, i.e. empty park.

While off lead for no reason he focused on something, and took off, focused and intense. But without warning, explanation or calling, he stopped turned around looked at me and headed straight back. Strangest of all, there was no reason for him to run off, or return. But he looked pleased with himself, and he was duly rewarded with a treat for his actions.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Darker mornings but more fun time

This weekend we lost an hour as the clocks went forward for British Summer Time.

But then again unlike the rest of us Blue's body clock seems to only take a day to condition himself to those changes, and he soon adapts.

Morning walks now take place in the dark once more, and this will be the case for 3 or 4 weeks to come. Blue has his first walk around quarter to six in the morning, lasting about 25 - 30 minutes depending on distractions to sniff, or passers by to stand and stare at, along with the passing of any unusual sounding or looking vehicles, such as large lorries, noisy cars or the dreaded milk float.

This morning there must have been a fox a couple of doors down, spinning in a circle on the spot and barking, Blue was keen to announce his presence, no need for our neighbours to set their alarms, unless they wish to rise before 5:45am

Shadows, unusual shapes are all given the same attention, Blue is very very alert in the dark, eventually settling down as the walk progresses out onto the street lit main road.

I mentioned fun time, well this is the plus side, along with the lighter evenings, they are now drier and warmer, not exactly short sleeves, but no longer wrapping up against the elements.

One thing that Blue has now focused on is "cats" the merest glimpse or thought of a glimpse sends him scurrying out the back door to reclaim his turf. We can no longer even mention the word "cats" without him reacting, even similar wards sets him off

Blue is so used to the camera now he sometimes doesn't even look at what you are doing.

Blue continues to be great to have around as a companion, with his larger than life character.

One new habit Blue has formed is when you make a cup of coffee, as soon as the spoon tinkles against the cup as it is being stirred, Blue will return from the garden, go into the lounge and await his treat reward.

Who is training who, I wonder?