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Sunday
25 May
2008

Ridgebacks don’t retrieve…

We’ve had many people tell us that Ridgebacks don’t make good retrievers. I’m sure this is true in general but in Louis’ case he will always retrieve his favourite toy that we take on his morning walk. He’ll retrieve other toys and objects but soon loses interest; however this particular toy always works up till the moment he gets tired and doesn’t come back with it. He stays put until he gets his breath back. The photo below is a good example of Louis in action just this morning.

Louis the retriever

Louis the retriever

The toy in question is a CombatĀ® Extreme Toss n’ Pull Dog Toy – you can see it here

We have quite a few toys of this make, they stand up well to Louis’ rough-housing. The Toss n’ Pull toy is definitely his favourite. He gets to play with this at the end of his morning walk but also brings it to you at home when he wants to play.

Sunday
18 May
2008

Catching up on sleep…

I got back home Saturday morning after an overnight flight from Orlando. Nasty bit of clear air turbulence; thankfully brief but enough to unsettle me. I don’t like flying; two aborted landings at Fuzhou in China around 1990 were the cause of this. However, despite this fear, I have retained my innate ability to provide smooth cushioning of my glass of gin and tonic that prevents no spillage. All around me were soaked meal trays and wine-splattered passengers.

Anyway it was great to get back. Louis was very enthusiastic and woke up as soon as the taxi door opened; I must have assailed his nose with my scent. It’s a very enthusiastic greeting and I know I shouldn’t pander to it too much (be calm and aloof say all the books) but it is nigh on impossible. He has this habit of nibbling your ears very delicately – he does this only if you’ve been away for a few days. Needless to say I didn’t need a face wash!

Sue is reading a book by Bruce Fogle called “The Dog’s Mind” which she is finding very interesting. We want to try and understand what’s going on in Louis’ head and also to try and read some of his body language. There’s lots of books on the subject but Bruce Fogle is well respected plus his book was in our local library!

Friday
16 May
2008

No sign of Mickey…

I’m sat in Orlando airport after a week at a trade convention. I’ve had enough steak and overly polite service and I can’t wait to get home and pester everyone.

As you can see from the last entry it doesn’t look like Sue’s done any blogging whilst I’ve been away! Makes all that work setting this up worthwhile!

Wednesday
07 May
2008

It’s in the breed…

I’m off with man-flu and the weather is glorious so I’ve been watching Louis hounding Sue in the garden. Today was pond filter cleaning day (we’ve a 10,000 litre Koi pond in the back garden). As soon as the drain valve was opened Louis could smell it and raced to see what was happening as the water was emptying into one of the borders. As the water was flowing Louis had to dig at it to see what was going on so he ended up covered in mud. Cue the arrival of the post man who Louis must say Hi to through the front window. End result: muddy foot prints through two rooms and a sofa with paw prints all over it.

Whilst it’s sunny and warm by UK standards it’s by no means scorching. Unfortunately that bit in Louis’ Ridgeback genes that makes him tolerant to heat doesn’t work properly and he does his best to keep out of the sun. However, if something is going on out there he has to be involved. If ever I’m doing an odd job that involves a trip to the garage then, even if he’s asleep, you can’t get out of the patio doors before there’s that familiar “pad, pad, pad” noise of his paws on the floor as he follows you out.