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Sunday
29 Mar
2009

Third in line…

Louis was on parade today at the Midland & Northern Rhodesian Ridgeback Club open show. He came third in his class (don’t ask how many there were in his class; safe to say there were more than two).

As a result Sue got her first rosette for showing Louis so we are very pleased. Louis is so delighted with the outcome that he’s decided to get his head down on the sofa and take a canine superstar power nap. Mind you, his power naps are ten hours long.

Wednesday
25 Mar
2009

Playtime

Louis enjoys his playtime and is always up for a game of tug in the back garden, or anywhere for that matter. He has a play on every morning walk and then, throughout the day, he regularly turns up wherever you are in the house or the garden armed with the tug toy between his teeth.

This is then dropped at your feet, picked up, dropped again, picked up, thrown at the floor with force ad nauseam until you finally give in and start the game.

Here’s a pic of Sue and Louis playing in the back garden this weekend just gone.

Playtime for Louis

Playtime for Louis

He can quite easily drag Sue around (not me – I still have a distinct inertial advantage weight wise over him). Plus he has four-paw drive which, especially on soft ground, give him enormous traction.

Sue’s tactic to thwart his superior pulling power is to run at him and he can’t back up fast enough (his reverse gearing is too low). This always works. As I’m a male I cannot be allowed to be beaten by a hound so he thwarts my better pulling strength by tugging and spinning round clockwise with me at the centre. I get dizzy and then use Sue’s tactic.

Monday
16 Mar
2009

Only the bonely

We bought Louis a hambone yesterday; the first one for a long, long time. I now remember why we don’t buy them very often.

First thing he tries to do is find an escape route out of the house to go and bury it.

Second thing, once his escape routes are blocked, he settles down to give the bone a good seeing to.

This is where the problem starts – he gets very possessive of the bloody thing. We always worked on taking his food away and letting him have it back when he was younger. There’s no problem there. With a bone it’s a different matter.

We had to be extremely firm with him to get the bone off him and he grumbled a bit. The bone got put in a bag and binned and he wasn’t happy about that – there was much backtracking and trying to curry favour plus much use of the sad face and eyes.

Needless to say he won’t be getting a hambone for the foreseeable future. I suppose you could say he’s in the doghouse.

Thursday
05 Mar
2009

Crufts time

Well it’s that time of year when we head to the NEC for Crufts. Nice early start.

It’s the first time that Sue has ever shown Louis in the showring so picking the biggest dog show on the planet is a good place to start. They both did very well (I have to watch from behind a pillar so Louis doesn’t see me) but unfortunately we didn’t get a place. Well…..there’s always next year!

Here’s a pic of Sue and Louis squashed into the bench that you get to house a 45kg dog. Luckily the dogs either side of us were ringside so we got a bit of extra room.

Louis at Crufts

Louis at Crufts

Crufts is magic if you’re looking for doggie stuff. You can wander round for hours. I got Louis a new toy. Here it is…

Louis latest toy

Louis latest toy

It’s a Nina Ottosson dog brick. He’s tried it already and cracked it quite quickly. Well, well there’s a treat, there’s a way.