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Friday
26 Mar
2010

Louis’ Routine

I’m in charge for the next few days as Sue is in Barcelona on my niece’s hen party (more like a hen holiday as it’s three days long).

Louis is certainly missing his ma but I think he suspects that she is hiding in his goodie cupboard as he spends a lot of time sat beside it with an expectant look.

One thing that I have noticed when on Louis duty is that lots of people know him. I was miles away from home on his midday walk when a postie shouted “Is that Louis?!” from across the road. Louis put his anchors on and the reason why became apparent. The postie had some dog biccies ready and Louis helped get rid of a few of them.

Sunday
14 Mar
2010

Wonder Boy

Louis’ walks are full of wonder; his recall and attention span are beyond belief. Today Louis’ sense of fair play kicked in. Andy has been trying to hide from him for a few walks but Louis stays so close these days he didn’t manage it till this morning.

Andy snook off behind a tree; Louis noticed and went hunting immediately, when he returned him to the fold he jumped on him as if to say don’t do that again if you know wha’ts good for you. Louis’ hunting instincts have moved up several notches and he’s interested in anything that moves including birds.

We have been watching Crufts and I have to say the judging has been brilliant – I’ve chosen all the same dogs as the judges. Frank Cane gave Louis his first ticket so it’s great to see so much of him on tv. The Ridgeback that got 4th place is a beautiful dog; I didn’t recognise the handler but both looked fantastic. I missed the excitement of being there this year meeting like minded doggie people (not the waiting round though) – can anyone let me know how Louis’ half brothers and sisters got on.

Tuesday
09 Mar
2010

Crying wolf

As we’ve mentioned recently Louis’ off-lead behaviour has improved dramatically. He recalls instantly if I whistle him (there’s still the inducement of a bit of sausage but I’m happy with the deal we’ve struck).

Prior to this we used to put him back on his lead in the valley before we walked back home. Recently I’ve been letting him have more of a run around and only putting him back on his lead at the last minute.

On Sunday he scarpered into the trees and bushes at the top of the walk just behind the local school and this was followed by some anxious sounding barking and whining. I tried my new super-recall powers but to no avail. The whining notched up a gear.

We thought he’d hurt himself or got stuck somewhere chasing a fox or something. Racing in and following the worsening sounds that he was making we feared the worst only to find him trying to climb a tree that had a cat perched in it. The cat was just ignoring him. That was fun.

The next day the same cat (who must have a death wish) ran out in front of him as Louis entered the valley. He was on his lead at the time but Sue’s left arm is now about 2 inches longer than her right.

Monday
01 Mar
2010

Louis’ theory of relativity

Louis is definitely more food-focussed now that he’s been “seen to”. He’s always been a hungry hound but if there was a particularly nice lady-hound scent in the air then he’d forego snacks for the chance to follow that trail. Now he’s constantly looking to see if your hand goes in your pocket which signifies food. He can actually hear it when you snap a gravy bone in half when you do so secretively – or so you think.

That brings me to Louis’s theory, actually it’s mine. We make Louis sit on one of his beds if we are eating in the kitchen. The position of this bed relative to the table is not fixed; it depends where we put it. Here’s the theory; the rate of dribble from Louis’ gob is directly proportional to the distance that Louis’ nose is from the table.

Whilst we eat we throw him bits of a Schmako treat that we break into about 10 pieces. I always save one for him for after the table is cleared. Recently I’ve taken the plates to the sink and turned back round to find Louis on his bed but some tell tale bubbles of dribble on the table by the remaining piece of Schmako. He doesn’t steal it; I’m sure he’s checking there’s a bit left so he can make the decision to either hang around or bark and pretend that he’s seen some nasty threat off, thereby deserving a treat.

Anyway – here’s Louis on his sofa after Saturday’s morning walk in the rain…

Louis undercover.

Louis and one of his towels of many colours.