peeps, here we are again
Rain Rain Rain and then it rained some more
what did the weather forecast say? RAIN……….
did it stop the Dearest One and my training – YES,
of course it did. Even I was fed up with it, it just never
it didn’t stop the training full time, we had to carefully
tread between the rain drops so as not to upset the sun
when it came out or stopped raining at some point in the
day. But oh what a mess there is with it being so wet.
know what’s worse?
get bored and end up climbing the walls waiting to go outside
and train. Now don’t get me wrong, because I’m
far from perfect but I do need to keep myself busy and my
once it had stopped raining:
STAY……..and I do, mostly
HEAL….and I do, nearly almost
get sent out to retrieve the dummy and on the way back in
I have to stop and sit. Now this has taken some getting
used to and I’m not always perfect and don’t
always stop at the point I’m supposed to, but I am
getting better and betterer at it. As I heard the boss say
the other day “he’s getting the hang of it –
does slowly mean?
know there’s a reason for it all and I know the basics
have to be second nature, but at the moment I have other
things on my mind. BITCHES ON HEAT!!!
whilst I know I should be doing something, I don’t
know what it is yet. My body appears to have a mind of its
own and my brain says training, my young body says strengthen
those hips and rear legs, my brain says fetch the dummy.
got another problem??
brain and body are in a state of massive confusion?
is wrong with me, I’ve got half my head trying to
get the girls and the other half fetching the dummy.
on boys, help me out here……..what’s wrong
with this picture?
girls are on heat, well a couple of them anyway, but my
body is springing into action at the birds in the garden,
the wheelbarrow, the cat (I’ve only tried that once)!!!
The mole hunter next door, The Dearest One (I’ve only
tried that once as well)!!! And of course my mate (metaphorically)
JJ has been very good about it to be honest?
a BIG dog and therefore my body has struggled to say the
least. But I’m learning and JJ is teaching me? The
hard way (if you know what I mean)!!
I leave him alone he then thinks I’m on heat and tries
the same thing on me!!!!!!
I think I’ve got it now??
thinks it is the females that my body is after and not after
all that effort – JJ…………or
Rico or the Springer if I could catch him. He’s a
coward or sensible not sure which.
training in the ways of life as well as fetching that dummy
here’s some advice to all the young Barbet dogs out
Don’t try it on the farm cat
Don’t try it on your owner
Don’t try it on another dog – even if it’s
a Poodle after a serious grooming and got perfume on
Don’t try it on the mole hunter next door, he’s
a nutter and you’re hormonally challenged
Never try it on with a dog that’s twice your size
– JJ is a real burden when he’s on your back
Do not try it on a Springer, they are very fast and by the
time I had caught up with him I was too tired and had forgot
what I wanted him for anyway
it’s for the females only – now where’s
learned something else as well??
I’m not out and about I’m hyper active and therefore
need to be stimulated – no no non – not like
the above but mentally with the thinking gundog brain in
love being outside but the weather has really caused issues.
However, when I do go out I then tend to burn off all that
excess energy and enjoy the moments. Then I sleep ZZZzzzzzzzzzzz
example I am now being taught not to assume the dummy is
going to be thrown to the front of the Dearest One. She
is getting good at this training thing and now I am learning
to find the dummy when she throws it behind her, or to the
side, right and left. Now this is for the thinking Barbet…..ME.
have to watch carefully where she throws the thing and best
of all she throws it ‘sometimes’ into the pond
for me to find and retrieve. Now that bit I really enjoy
and I have to admit that sometimes I leap into the pond
even when she’s not thrown it in there!!! oh what
The Dearest One doesn’t think so of course but I love
I first started School there was a few of us and my one
worrying competitor was that Springer – remember him?
I’ve not seen him for ages and ages and now I’m
told he’s quit school. Not sure why or what for but
unfortunately he’s not there anymore.
other are, especially the chocolate retriever, not bad that
one and like me is young and at times foolish. But nevertheless
we are learning
School has been shut for a couple of weeks because where
we go the river has flooded and the fields around it are
now just a big pond. A very big pond!!!
the garden is good and so is the ménage and has managed
to stay flood free, lots of water but not flooded.
nearly forgot to tell you?
now using the bigger heavy dummy to retrieve which is much
better now that I’ve grown up and I like this one,
I can grab it more easily and it’s a challenge to
get back to the boss especially if she’s thrown it
in the undergrowth – which she tends to do as she
has no sense of direction!!!
I’m glad she hasn’t got a gun!!!
this weather can’t last forever (can it)? Even if
it is does I don’t care because come rain, hail or
shine I will be out there developing my skills and continuing
with the good work we’ve done together.
to end this little school memoir – I leave you with
one final lesson??
this is for all my Barbet dog buddies out there. I never
mentioned this above but when you do finally get the female
on heat, check she likes you first?? Then check it’s
not of Italian extraction?
of these counted for Claude at the time? The Italian chewed
my ear having spun round and nipped me first!! WOW –
those Italian girls sure are sensitive.
told JJ they love him and that he should be the one to try
his luck, or maybe he has tried his luck and that is why
he fancies me!!??
lessons learned for Claude – although thinking about
it? I’m shocked that THE French gorgeousness has been
that’s it for this time out. Stay dry, stay warm and
stay away from females on heat that don’t like you
trying it on!!!!!!
And what is snow?? I’m told it’s coming soon
– can I eat it or do I mate with it??