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Friday
31 Oct
2008

Going for gold…

Louis started out on his gold award last night (he doesn’t know this, he just thinks it’s play time). As it was a pre-cursor to the training they had a go at agility; running through tunnels and over jumps etc.

Louis took to this really well. We had always planned to see if he liked agility but we were going for his tickets and his good canine citizen’s awards first. He enjoyed it that much I think Sue will see if there’s a more local event that she can take him to one night of the week. He has a more hectic social life than I do.

He had the group in stitches at one point last night as he ran in a tunnel and ended up dragging it round after exiting it.

Anyway – it’s a bad time of the year for Louis as all the fireworks are going off. He’s fine when outside but if he’s in the house then his strategy is to bark at them.

Thursday
23 Oct
2008

It’s a silver!

Louis took his Canine Good Citizen Silver test tonight and passed with flying colours.

Obviously it’s a gear up from the bronze and this time one of the tests was to walk down the street with the examiner following closely. There were a number of young lads hanging around and they saw Louis and were on about him being a Ridgeback. Sue had to stop to talk to them and she let them say hi to Louis. Fortunately Louis was very well behaved.

So – it’s a big well done to Louis but also well done to Sue. I just bask in the reflected glory although I do think my work behind the scenes with Louis has paid dividends! There’s another certificate to frame and another rosette to pin up.

Louis’ going for gold next; he doesn’t know it yet and is content to be back home chomping on a pig’s ear.

Saturday
18 Oct
2008

Fox & Hound

No, we’ve not been off to the pub. Boy wonder hound caught sight of a fox on the fields this morning. We’d just finished playing with Louis and his throw toy and got him back on his lead; normally an easy task as he knows he gets sausages or other such treats at the end of his walk.

Then we saw a fox, a young one I would guess (it was just before dawn so hard to see clearly). Louis saw it too and “expressed a desire to pop over and say hello” in his own inimitable style. He’s on a normal collar at the moment as this is what he needs to wear whilst he’s doing his Canine Good Citizen Silver.

The little @&~#er knows that if he pulls he gets nowhere; he also knows if he’s fast and takes a few steps back the collar slackens and he can then shake it loose. He’s done this just once before and we’ve now learnt his trick.

Anyway he was off like a shot and Sue’s “Stop” (which will form part of his Gold test if we get that far) went unheeded; I was that surprised by the speed of it all that I could only think of one four letter word and it wasn’t “Stop”.

The fox decided not to say hello and legged it. Louis was back in less than a minute having tried to work out where the fox had gone and lost the trail.

We praised the little @&~#er when he came back; that’s one rule we remembered.

Sunday
12 Oct
2008

Like Father, Like Son

Louis is progressing well with his Canine Good Citizen Silver Award training and, if all goes to plan, he should be taking his test in two weeks time.

He’s a bit behind his son, Eka, who has just passed his silver. Hopefully it’s in the genes.

In a surprising turn up for the books Louis is asleep on the sofa as I type this. Not often that you see him sleeping on a sofa! He was out today for a show and left around 6:30am so no doubt he’s a little tired. He’ll be out for a walk soon – it’s actually a lovely day out there for a change.

The last of the tools used on the BBM – the Big Bathroom Makeover – have been returned to the garage and the house is getting back in order. Sue is upstairs trying on clothes. She’s lost a fair bit of weight recently and is delighted to be able to get in some clothes that were relegated to the wardrobes some time back with a faint hope of seeing daylight again.