Everyday life in a rickety old Scottish farmhouse with a very happy Polish Lowland Sheepdog. A record of those unimportant little things that are too important to be forgotten.
Monday, December 9, 2019
Super windy this morning. The gale blowing straight in from the Bay of Biscay. Sophie lets the village C-A-T-S know that she's on their case.
The bakers wife is in one of her ' ignore the customers' moods. I would have asked her about the Buche de Noel that have appeared in the display cabinet but there seems little point.
According to the jaunty surgeon Angus is not supposed to carry anything over 10 kilos in weight for the next couple of months. A problem as sometimes Sophie needs to be restrained from hurtling out of the back of the dog car. This is not always good for those titanium knee joints or her masters back. To ensure a more ladylike entry and exit we have acquired a small pair of dog steps. Sophie looks at these with total incomprehension as in 'What am I supposed to do with those ?'. Monday is going to be a step training day.
The hunters show up. The high turnout may have something to do with everyone being on strike.
Christmas music 6. This time an English composer performed in Prague : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqtZxknVrqk
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Good luck with the steps. Maybe you need to keep a pottle of yoghurt on hand to encourage her into the car.
Those steps look a little treacherous to me, but I hope Sophie will learn to love them (or at least use them!).
Bertie thinks the steps looks tricky and maybe a ramp would be easier.
Gail is wondering if Czech schoolgirls always wear St Trinians style outfits...?
There's a YouTuber (an Australian, I think) who has a series in which he teaches his dog all kinds of tricks, such as playing video games. My kid keeps showing them to me and the running theme seems to be that little treats and lavish praise can make things happen. He has different grades of treats, ramping up to a more delicious kind if the dog's interest flags.
Step training might need lots of food! Alternatively she might become a back seat (with harness clipped to seat belt) driver/passenger! For walks if pulling on the leash is an issue,
while you recover Angus consider a the head Halti or Gentle Leader (Google them) temporarily for Sophie as when my back is sore I swap thier normal leashes/collars and control 36kg dogs pulling as hard as they can with my little finger holding the other end of the leash.
Above comment as back door usually lower and easier to get into.
Interested to know how Sophie manages the steps. I have a ramp, but rarely use it because it is too long, although it folds in half for storage. Spanish parking spaces are notoriously narrow, and there is never enough room to open it out to allow Inca to walk into or out of the back seat of the car. We don't often go far these days, so she sits in the front passenger seat footwell and I clip a lead onto her harness. This has a seat belt attachment, so I clip it into the housing. Not ideal but better than nothing.
Oh... more entertainment for your readers is likely to follow, methinks! YAM xx
Wonder if the baker's wife is 'moody' because she's expecting again.
Good luck with the stairs. The dogs here wouldn't even try a ramp...
Our friends have a ramp - folds in half and stores almost invisible in the boot. The ramp is quite wide and has several notches, so their doggie doesn't slide. Works for them. Maybe the steps need sides and the cheese could be at the top...just a thought.
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