- – – – it’s been all about ducks!
We were onto a good thing, me and Tesla.
He would happily share his food with me, knowing he’d be fed again as soon as he was hungry (and he’s always hungry!)
I would open the back door, then go and hop over the side gate to join him in his special eating place for breakfast or dinner or tea or supper, and just hop back over again before anyone knew ;)
We’ve been rumbled :(
I was getting fat,
Tesla was getting thin – – – – and – –
We made the mistake of letting ourselves back in through the front door!
Dad thinks he’s put a stop to all this – – –
But little does he know!! ;)
It was a good holiday in Van, but there was one big frustration – – -
In spite of being on constant lookout
And spotting them EVERYWHERE – – – –
I was not asked to fetch a single one!
Our holiday in Van was full of surprises.
It was Dad’s birthday one day, so there were nice surprises of cards, parcels and a cake.
The surprise I enjoyed best though, was when ALL the boys and Sarah found us! :)
That was a BIG surprise for Dad and made him very happy :)
They put up tents and stayed with us for a few days and joined Dad on his walks.
Spike had a big surprise too, but not a nice one :(
Mum was taking us for a nice walk before breakfast, when Spike fell into the canal :o
The bank was very steep and with his legs being a bit wobbly these days, he slipped, did a nose-dive and disappeared under the water!
He likes swimming, and he’ll bravely put his head underwater to find a ball, but he’s never disappeared like that before.
Mum was very frightened, so I worried too, but up he bobbed again and I thought all was well. Mum was still worried though. Spike paddled around a bit, then looked for a way to get out. The sides of the canal were straight, the water was deep and he couldn’t climb out :(
Mum called him to her and grabbed his collar, but she couldn’t get him out. She shouted for help and no one came.
Then Mum had a nice surprise – she’d got her pocket telephone in her pocket! (Unusual and very fortunate, everyone said later.) With one hand she pressed some buttons, talked urgently to it, and in no time at all, Robert came running to help :)
Between them, they were able to drag poor Spike up onto the bank, where he coughed and panted and shivered. He was pleased to be out of the canal, however roughly they’d had to manhandle him. We walked slowly back to Van, where Spike was wrapped in a blanket until he stopped shaking.
On the second morning of our holiday, we had surprise visitors! :D
While Spike had a little rest in the van after breakfast, the rest of us went for a walk :D
I did all I could to get Gyp to play
But he liked being with his dad best
And making sure my dad went the right way :D
I’ve been on holiday in the car named Van! :D
There’s so much to tell you, I hardly know where to start.
We went somewhere different every day.
So there was always something new to see and smell
New places where we could play :D
And new people to meet!
Spike and I like going out in the car – it means we’re not being left behind :)
We go to interesting places and sometimes even stay at a different house, which is called a holiday :)
We now have a new car, which is called Van.
It’s easier for Spike to climb into and it’s a bit like a house, because it has cupboards and a sink, and Dad can even make a cup of tea in it!
(Mum says I must point out that that’s a non-spill water bowl on the floor, NOT a potty! )
We’ve had a couple of rides in Van now
But yesterday we didn’t come home at all, because the seat turned into a bed, Mum closed the curtains and we all went to sleep!
Our friends came to play again last week :)
They made interesting things with the construction kit
Dug a hole and made some clay
(I don’t think they knew who’d accidentally trodden in it :oops: )
And were creative with their lunch too!
Spike and Dad are quite old – they’re both a bit deaf and don’t run around like I do.
Spike went to see the vet. He’s still a bit deaf, but came home with some medicine to help his poor old feet and he’s a lot more comfortable now :D
Dad went to hospital for some hearing aids (he’s looking forward to turning them off when Mum’s talking too much ;) )
He then went to see if Si and Cousin Gyp could help him with his poor old feet.
He’s a lot more comfortable now and hopes to walk for miles and miles and miles :D (hope he takes me with him!)
Cousin Gyp thought Dad was nice to play with
I’m not so sure he thought the same of me :(
(With thanks to Si for the last photograph)
You should watch and learn from others
Settle down quietly and pay attention to your teacher
Run and play nicely with your friends at playtime
And come straight away when you’re called
With huge thanks to Sue Little of Rusca Farm Working Sheepdogs, for her patient and insightful sheepdog handler training, and for helping Amos to become much more relaxed around other dogs. Angela.
It’s often been said that I should “Get out more.”
So I went on a city break :D
I stayed in a hotel :D
Did a bit of sight-seeing
Saw water like I’ve never seen it before!
And did a bit of socialising with city people and their dogs.
It’s been an interesting few weeks.
I’ve had blood taken from my leg (they wanted to get it from my neck, but I didn’t trust the vet near me with the hair trimmers, let alone the big needle!)
I’ve had stuff squirted in my eyes and then been stared at in the dark by another vet with strange equipment on his head.
I now have a certificate, just to tell me that I’m
So, here are some pictures of a “normal” dog on a normal walk with his friend, Spike :)
We had a good day at sheepdog school this week.
I almost managed to sniff Skye’s bottom :) though disappointingly, she moved out of my reach :(
Sue showed Mum how to help me get the sheep into the little pen :) We had to deal with the chocolate one that kept sneaking away from the rest, some overshooting of our target, a few refusals and a couple of ewe turns (hehehe) but in the end we did it! :D Mum couldn’t help giving out a self congratulatory cheer and I must confess to wearing a grin of satisfaction myself :D
I made friends with Joe :)
And then, perhaps best of all, when I thought I’d had all of my turns, Sue gave me a very responsible job :D She asked me to help Tay with her go! I had to hold the sheep in the middle of the field for her to run round. That was very tricky, because the sheep ran away from her, but I worked hard and tried my very best. I almost kept them there.To keep the sheep safe, Mum and I steered them into the big round pen for the rest of Tay’s turn.
I wonder if I’m a useful sheepdog yet – – – – ?