Well it’s been a long time since I posted anything here, time to pick it back up again I think! We’ve had a few changes around here in the last few months. We found out at the end of October that my husband was going to be medically discharged from the army. End of November we were offered a flat in the UK to take over at the beginning of December. Talk about rush much?? We also found out on the same day we were offered the flat that I’m pregnant. So…things got a bit hectic lol. I flew back to Manchester at the beginning of December leaving Spendog with Calvin in Germany. They drove back together after he sorted the German end of things out. We moved into our flat on the 23rd December. Don’t ever move that close to Christmas, getting anything sorted out is a nightmare.
Calvin and Spen stopped off at his parents for a few days before travelling up to Manchester. Spencer made himself right at home with Calvins family despite having never been there before and having never met any of them before. The kids apparently loved him and he seemed to have fun playing with them and cuddling up. Then they came here and we had Christmas with my family. Spen did brilliantly. Me and my brother took him for a good run before Christmas dinner so that he’d be tired and happy to settle. Used to walk on this field with Shadow and Wolf pretty much daily.
Then crackers were pulled which fascinated Spen and he kept stealing them. Tried to get a picture of him carrying one but the best I could do was one that looked like it was levitating in his face.
Moving in to our new home was fun. Lots to investigate.
And of course he had to help tidy up.
We’re fairly settled now though. Spencer also started classes 2 weeks ago. At the godawful hour of 9:30 on a Sunday morning. It’s an outdoor class which is the sort I thought would benefit Spen more as he’s so well behaved at home and when it’s just me and him out and about but his behaviour falls apart a bit when we’re with anyone. So this class seems perfect. We go for a walk, we do some training, the dogs get some off leash time, we work on real life skills rather than just obedience skills. So far I feel like we’ve only turned up to make everyone else look good lol. But it’s early days yet, I’m sure we’ll get better. And Spen is really good in the pub we call in at on the way home for a hot drink after class.
We’ve got some lovely walks around here although they’re quite busy with other dog walkers. We’ve gone from seeing perhaps one or two dogs a week to seeing loads every time we go for a walk. Which doesn’t do much for my anxiety about strange dogs. But it’s done a lot for Spens ability to pass other dogs without a huge fuss. We passed a Yorkie on a narrow pavement this afternoon with only a little whining and no real pulling to get to it. At one point that would have been impossible without me pinning him up against the wall to let them pass.
Anyway, here’s some pictures from a couple of our local walks.
And this is where we go to class. This isn’t at class, we just went for a walk that way since its only 10 minutes up the road.
So yeah, that’s us back home 🙂 Well done if you actually made it this far! Will try to post more regularly now things have settled down a bit.