Was it only four months ago that I shared some images of my lovely new Mini American Shepherd – Dash… how did he grow so quickly… cruel how we are cheated so quickly from all that gorgeous puppy awesomeness!
As puppies go he has been a star. Only a little whimper for the first few night and very quickly house trained. He has become best buddies with my other Shepherd, Buzz and even Maya my collie likes him a little. Buzz is still trying to gain her affections but doesn’t realise that trying to plant kisses on her every morning will not win her over!
Dash is not backwards at coming forward, he enjoyed his two puppy socialisation classes where we realised that bouncy puppies are not something that he is keen on and he can have a little temper when confronted by bounciness! Can’t say I would be too happy if a stranger came running up to me and started jumping all over me.
We have gone through the weird ear phase but they have now settled down but he has had a few different looks.
He has been a joy to train and once we get over the initial excitement that training involves food, and food is something that Dash is very keen on and is very vocal about letting me know this at feed time!
We have already started our agility training. Lots of fun games at the moment and just working with poles on the ground and learning our left from right and he has a fantastic wait which will be a great help once we start competing.
Apart from his agility he loves to snooze, more so now that the weather has turned wet and nasty. Getting up in the morning is hard, we would rather snuggle into Maya’s bed than go out for a walk and getting our feet wet is not something we like to do and will avoid going out to do what little pups need to do until physically taken! He will then tiptoe around and walk like John Wayne!
So we continue our journey together learning new things every day, having lots of kisses and cuddles and he has grown into quite a Dashing young fella.
I have been having a lovely time just recently with my Pet Portrait Promotion in the bluebells and am always on the look out for interesting dog events and shows. Not that I have much time with the photography and my agility competitions.
Anyway for you dog lovers out there, there is an event on the Saturday 18th July 2015, that may be of interested of you. A lovely walk around the grounds of St Giles Park, on the Shaftesbury Estate which is not normally possible and raise some money for a good cause. The Worldwide Veterinary Service which is a registered UK charity whose emphasis is on providing a sustainable veterinary resource to help animal organisations around the world.
There are lots of other things to do, a dog show, kids area, displays and trade-stands. Take a look at their website for full details and information. http://www.pawsinpark.org/home
If you are interested in a Pet Portrait session, I currently have an offer running for May, please look at my offers page on my website http://www.meltaylorphotography.co.uk. Fathers day is just around the corner so maybe if Dad loves his dog that would be a great gift for him!
Thank you for reading my post and if you go the event.. have a great day!
I was recently at Badbury clumps, in Oxfordshire, I walk there regularly and it is well known for its bluebells at this time of year. A beauty spot! So on the Monday I noticed by a tree near the car park that someone had left a bag of poo. Great they picked it up…. so many don’t give good dog owners like myself a bad name. So why if you bother picking it up would you leave it? There is not a bin at the car park. It’s a natural beauty spot run by the National Trust, if bins are provided then someone has to pay for them to be emptied so dog owners are expected to take it home.
I tutted as I walked past, and hoped that someone had left it there to pick up on return to the car and not for good. I was not expecting to go three days later and find that many others had followed suit. There were about 20 bags in total. I am also sad to say that It got larger before it disappeared!
So please if you are reading this and you are a dog owner please go for tip 5 and clean up after your dog and let everyone enjoy the areas you walk in.
Sorry rant over …… back to the point of National Pet Month..
They also highlight the mutual benefit of pets for people and vise versa.
They help increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals and also raise the awareness of working companion animals.