I suggested to M that I wanted to take Mazikeen to Puppy Training classes, not that I cannot train her without them, I have trained many dogs throughout my life and had dogs all of my life, so have no problem there. However, I wanted to train her as befitting to her breed, and that of a gundog. However, one of the places I found that would entertain my request was very militarian, which is not my style. A dog should be able to have fun and not be treated as a machine.
Tonight I found a place not far away that does all kinds of classes including agility. The dogs get certificates and rosettes for completing their courses, and always leave each session with a doggy treat bag. The courses sound fun, so I have booked Mazikeen and me on the next course starting 29th, so two weeks Monday. Looking forward to it, and I know she will have a great time. There will be other dogs there so she can socialise with them. She shies away from other dogs, which is odd as she comes from a large litter, the breeder had other breeds of dogs there too as well as the parents of Mazikeen. She is far from shy in the house with Harper and has always been fine, but the other week we took her to the beach fields and she met another Springer and managed to slip her harness, and a few days after she met what we think was her brother, and shied away again. We think the dog was her brother as he was the same age to the day, and I doubt there would have been another breeder local that had puppies born on the same day, it is feasible, but I somehow I think my instinct that they were related is on the mark.
Roll on 29th.
I started my diet on 2nd January, weighing in at 14 stone 8 pounds (204 lbs). On Thursday I weighed myself and have dropped 9 pounds, so far so good. I have had a few treats along the way, but all in all, I have kept to it. 27 lbs to go.
I have been looking at booking a holiday cottage for M and me to go on, taking the dogs of course with us. However, I am just not sure where to go!
So far I have been looking at Devon, Cornwall and the Cotswold. I have been to Devon and Cornwall many times when I was a kid on family holidays, and I used to love going on the Lynton and Lynmouth Funicular Railway, and the long walk up and down the cliffs. M has never been to that part of the UK, so I thought it may be nice for him to experience it.
Part of me thinks we should go to the Highlands of Scotland or the Brecons in South Wales as they are places I have not been to. I have been all over North Wales, but never the South, and I have only ever been skiing in Scotland, so being up a mountain in winter with the sole purpose of skiing I never got to see any other part of the country. Devon and Cornwall call to me as it will be a lot warmer, but then again with the British weather, one can never tell what it will be like.
I was also considering going back to Rome at the end of September, beginning of October as we both love the place, and would move there in a heartbeat if we had the chance. But with any foreign break, we would have to leave the dogs in the kennels which is about £160 for the week, which is money that we could save by staying in the UK and taking the girls with us, and it saves them being stressed too, so a bit of a win-win if we stay here.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated…