Well Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate Christmas, happy holidays or whatever if you celebrate something else or nothing at all. But enough of the political correct stuff lol. I celebrate Christmas so todays walk was a Christmas Day one. Sadly I remembered to take my camera but forgot to put the memory card in so no pics of todays walk I’m afraid. Got hubby to drop me and the Spendog off in town this afternoon figuring we’d go through the woods for a peaceful, quiet, relaxing walk. It’s Christmas Day after all right and people are going to be inside having eaten far too much turkey and chocolate and god only knows what else. Well how wrong could I be, I think the entire of Lower Saxony had descended on the park and woods this afternoon! I have honestly never seen it so busy, it was practically crowded at times. It seems Germans like to go for walks and bike rides on Christmas Day.
So yeah, not quite the relaxing, peaceful, stress free walk I anticipated but we had a nice walk anyway. We saw god knows how many dogs and even more people. Some on foot, some on bikes. Spencer spent the entire walk on a Flexi leash which is something I’m not particularly keen on but my hands go so numb with a wet and cold long line that I just can’t keep a grip on it. We had several dogs come up to him which got him ridiculously over excited in general and so we had to go back to sitting and waiting for other dogs to pass rather than just passing them. But at least he was able to do that without too much difficulty. One woman looked at me like dirt because he got a bit over enthusiastic about interacting with her dog (who had been allowed to run up to him from about 50m away!) but for the most part all the meet and greets he had were polite. He didn’t manage to pluck up the courage to jump off the bank into the deeper part of the river, it takes him a few minutes to do that and today I just kept walking, but he did have a paddle in the shallower part which has a nice slope down to it. As we were coming out of the woods to go home I spotted a family with an unclipped, immaculately groomed and clean cocker spaniel coming towards us. So I put my big, muddy,wet lump of a Labradork into a sit and asked him to wait figuring they’re not going to want their dog interacting with an obvious lout like Spen. But to my surprise they asked if it was okay for theirs to say hello, at least that’s what I think they were asking, my German and their English were equally good lol. Cocker seemed a little timid at first but Spen held a sit nicely and then she (I assume a female because of Spens interest, he tends to be uninterested in most males after a hello) invited him to play. So they had a few minutes playing together much to the delight of the children. Very polite and gentle play it was too.
It was another walk that made me realise just how much things have changed. 12 months ago I’d have likely been frustrated, angry and ready to cry half way through. Today there were a few “oh for gods sake Spen!” moments but nothing major and I actually enjoyed the walk overall. As I say, sadly no pictures as the memory card stayed home in the computer. Not that I think I’d have taken many anyway with how busy it was.
Last Sundays husky meet started off as just Spen, Demon and Willow as seems to be usual at the moment. Not sure why everyone seems to have suddenly stopped going, there’s been talk of “incidents” and “drama” but I honestly haven’t a clue what’s gone on and I’ve been at almost all the meets in the last year. But anyway, about half an hour in we saw someone come onto the field with 2 dogs so leashed ours up not trusting them not to go over and introduce themselves. Stood watching and was sure I recognised one of the dogs so took a wander over to see and it was Spendogs bestest buddy Khan the Rottie with his owner and their new dog. So they joined us for a bit. Spencer was over the moon to see Khan and completely abandoned poor Willow in order to have mutual humping sessions and the occasional bout of wrestling with him. Wasn’t so keen on poor Bolt though! He really is not keen on dogs he’s never met before being ill mannered and/or over exuberant. How quickly he’s forgotten that just 12 months ago he was lacking in the manners department and thought bouncing on other dogs heads was perfectly acceptable!
I do have pics from Sunday so since I didn’t get any today I’ll post those ones instead lol.
In other news, we did a Secret Santa with a bunch of other people. Spencer got to open his on Sunday after the meet. Well, I had to open it for him, unlike Rupert he had absolutely no idea what to do when handed a wrapped up box. He got lots of nice goodies as you can see
That leash is lovely. Really soft and squidgy and comfortable to hold even when he’s over excited and pulling like a steam train. But his favourite present is the hedgehog. As soon as I opened the box he grabbed the hedgehog and ran off with it and has been carrying it around ever since. It’s come out for a pee with him several times, it’s come down to do the laundry, it’s gone to bed with him, it’s been tucked into the corner behind the curtain and has even gone into his crate with him when we’re going out.
And the training dummy has been put to use as a scent work toy. It’s one you can open and put things inside so it’s had a catnip scented toy in it and been scented itself and we took it out on the field for the first time yesterday. I got all disheartened about how badly Spen did out there then came home, watched the videos I’d taken of him playing find it (I won’t call it scent work because at this stage I don’t think he was using his nose so much as spotting the dummy) and wondered why the hell I’d thought he’d done so terribly. No, he wasn’t brilliant and insanely focused like he is in the flat but I shouldn’t expect that for his first time in a high distraction environment. He did really, really well and I need a kick for being disheartened.
Here’s the video, it’s not a long one. I was basically just dropping the toy while he was up ahead sniffing and then sending him back to find it.