Skip to main content

Toddle Cottage - our new home

All the removal boxes have finally been opened and we are now well and truely settled into Toddle Cottage. The views from our kitchen and living rooms show our garden, one of our fields and 1100 feet Knipe Scar. The views from the top are wonderful and no doubt will feature in future posts.

What a beautiful view to wake up to
Room with a view
Earlier this week 5 month old Nelly reminded me of how much fun being young was when she was discovered that Autumn leaves can be a huge amount of fun !
Put "energy" into any Thesaurus search engine and one of the words offered will be a name - Nelly !!

"Mouth open I'm ready to catch"
"Missed again.  Better wait until I have better eye to mouth coordination !
Life is as hectic as usual, with my sheep chasing courses being in demand. After the USA and Australia, I now have a request for help from someone living in Croatia ! Probably help with another Skype lesson.

For the past week I've had two residential training dogs staying with me - Clara and Teddie. The former is a young black Labrador who is full of mischief while Teddie is an all white Border Collie (all white but for some interesting patterns on her ears).
So far I'm very pleased with the speed at which both dogs are learning and more importantly the fact that they have learnt some proper manners, by which I mean they no longer try and barge past people to leave the room etc. They now respect me and my home which is exactly what I want both now and when they return to their owners.
Both dogs are staying for a few weeks and will definately feature in future posts along with photographs of them.





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Meet a Serra da Estrela Mountain dog

This morning I met Bluto, a 7mth old Serra da Estrela mountain dog. Seven months and still growing ! He came for my sheep chasing course, but ended up leaving without every seeing a fluffy white creature. Instead, he left with more respect for his owner than when he first arrived. Seeing this young but powerful dog climb out of the car, oblivious to his owner, showed me he had no regard for him whatsoever. On the basis that no successful training will happen unless there is respect, I went about showing the owner how to achieve this. Once he'd mastered it, he left to practice the lesson in his home environment. But this won't be the last I see of Bluto - don't forget, I still have to make him know what he can and can't do when confronted by sheep. Janet

The Italian Connection - Harry the Spinone

Let me introduce you to Harry, an Italian Spinone. Harry arrived yesterday for a day's "try out", prior to any long term boarding. He's as gentle as he looks and those eyes .... ! Janet

Fran Ardley the Gun Dog Trainer

While Rachel is a trainer and partner in Cumbria Dog Training, my other daughter is a professional in gun dog trainer. Fran has been training dogs for owners from all over  the UK, as well as being asked to judge dogs in in the very male world of trialling. Not bad for a young lady still in her 20's ! Paul's six month old Working Cocker Spaniel Ella loves riding in the cars. She has tremendous spring in her skinny legs and gets into the back of the Hilux with little effort. It's a different story when it's time to leave. She's been trained never to jump out but to be patient and wait for her owner to pick her up, thereby preventing injuries ..... and vets bills !! When are we going to be there Dad ? Boarding dogs Charlie and his brother Alfie are staying with me for a few days, and as can be seen, a ball is something that creates a real bond. These two young dogs are lovely characters. Is this the cool way to carry a ball ? Scarlett, a yo