It has been a bit miserable here in the UK over the last few days, with a lot of rain. It is my husbands fault as he announced on Friday he was taking this week off, then down came the rain. Yep, we don't plan much ahead and I milked through the weekend and as the family I milk for were away, I also had the job of putting their two horses in and out for them. This morning I was milking and then asked if I could not milk for them Friday and Saturday, due to husband deciding to take week off, only telling me Friday evening. Luckily they have nothing on, so husband and I after this evening have until next Monday before we do any paid work. David rarely takes a whole week off . We were hoping to finish painting the outside of our home, but it has yet to be dry for long enough to start up painting.
Yesterday with the children getting a bit of cabin fever from the weather, we threw caution to the wind and headed out with the six children to Instow beach in the afternoon bringing along Millie and her two Granddaughters Blottie and Bumble. This would be Blottie and Bumble's first trip to a beach.
I took Millie with them, as Millie is spot on when recalled. Her daughter, Smudge who is Blottie and Bumble's Mum on the other hand can be a bit hit and miss. She always comes back, but often in her own time, whilst you have kittens.
It was windy at the beach, but from the noise on the video you might think we were walking in to a hurricane, so it might be best to keep the volume down when watching. In the video you will hear and see me recall Blottie and Bumble. As they approach me I ask my son, Bert to take over the recall, get them to sit and treat them. I could not do it easily, because I had my hands full with children's discarded clothing. Millie rather crashes the whole situation but they they do eventually sit and have a delayed treat. Not the best footage of recall and sit on the internet. Lol
I could go in to the do's and don't's of recall and the sit command, but as I have said before, "I don't confess to being a dog trainer" and I'm not going to start now.
Millie does show us a lovely balance on her hide legs, then in to a sitting position. Millie normally only has treats to get her to walk on her hind legs, hence the way she behaves and my son is not used to training two dogs together and just needs to learn to have the treats ready before the dogs arrive expectantly at his feet.
I love this footage because it is Granny Millie out with her Grandchildren. I think Millie is looking pretty good for a nearly eight year old Cavalier who has also had three litters of pups. Her Grandchildren are growing in to beautifully athletic and hopefully healthy dogs. Really enjoying watching the development of this cross between the Brittany and Cavalier. They are lovely tempered and I think they are good looking dogs, not that I would be biased or anything and blow my own trumpet. Lol
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― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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