Still very little of interest to report here really. We’re off back to the UK for a visit next month so my beloved Spendog is going to go in kennels. How am I supposed to survive 12 days with no dog?? The kennels we’ve used here are lovely though. Nothing special, just the run and bed but the lady who runs them is fantastic so I’ve no real concerns leaving Spen there. Well, none except for the fact I’m leaving him anyway lol.
Spencer has discovered the joys of the sofa in the last few weeks. Here’s a very rare pic of me (I HATE pics of me, I’m a big fat blob at the moment!) with him cuddled up. He doesn’t look too comfy, he’d much rather be sprawled across me than lying next to me. Excuse the make shift computer desk made of boxes lol.
When he can’t be cuddled up next to me or across me he lies at the other end of the sofa. We’ve had to buy him his own fleece blanket because he’s been so intent on stealing mine to sleep on.
We’ve had snow here recently. Up to now the winter has been really, really mild but last week saw snow and temperatures of around -13. It’s warmed back up a bit now and today was a positively tropical zero apparently. It started out as a light dusting that made it look like everything had been sprinkled with icing sugar.
But then we got more of it. Just in time for the husky meet. Or the Spencer, Demon and Willow Show as it seems to be now. We left a load of blood soaked snow behind this week, that’ll fuel the rumours of fights and mega serious injuries that seem to have sprung up about the meet. I don’t know when these fights and injuries have been happening, I must be hiding under a rock while there because I’ve seen none. There wasn’t a fight or a serious injury this time either, Demon simply broke the end of his dew claw off and of course it bled massively.
Sadly Spendog has had to be kept on leash a hell of a lot in the snow because his nose goes into overdrive and his ears stop working. I’m not sure exactly what the snow does to scents but it seems they’re more interesting in the snow and Spen gets a little carried away following them. If he notices me calling him he’s happy to return to me but getting his attention is a work of art when it’s snowed. So he’s been stuck on a Flexi except for the husky meet. And todays walk was more like bambi on ice than a walk. For both of us. Slipping and sliding everywhere! I think we may have to stick to street walks for a bit until it either snows again or it all melts.
Leash walking is coming on well on the way home from our walks though. He’s anticipating it now and at my side without me saying a word or luring him. He still wants to go off and sniff so he gets rewarded for a brief stretch of walking nicely by being told to go be a dog. Then brought back in for more work. I wish I could get a pic of him walking to heel looking all attentive and happy but all I get is a blur of leg and dog. Still a work in progress on the way out a he’s so excited to be going out but the actual pulling seems to be a lot less most days.
We’ve practised recall in the snow despite the cloth ears. Of course he had to do his village idiot impression didn’t he?
And we’ve started work on nail clipping again. Spens nails are horrendously long and always have been. The problem is that the quick is almost as long as the nail so I can only take a very tiny bit off without making them bleed. Apparently if I do it regularly enough the quick will shrink though and I can get the nails shorter. So today we bought some better clippers coz I struggle terribly with the ones we have and I’m going to attempt to get them shorter. They’re not curling under his foot long or anything but they’re longer than they should be. Anyway, sat there on the sofa with his dinner in its bowl next to me tonight. Clipped a nail, gave him a piece of food. Clipped another nail, another piece of food. He offered me his paw so I could clip another lol. Unfortunately he only offers the left paw and I had to insist on the other one being given so I could do those nails. But he was more than willing to have his nails cut. I just have to get over my fear of doing them now.
And I shall leave you with this photo I took. It’s so very rare to get a nice photo of Spen just standing, he’s usually got his nose to the ground, tail in the air and off after a scent. Or if he is standing still he’s sniffing. But I really like this one.