Dog Log - 30th December 2012

Dog Log – 30th December 2012 (Christmas)

by Mike on December 30, 2012

in Dog Blog, Dog Log

Theo Xmas Wrapping Paper - 30-12-2012

What a wonderful Christmas it’s been. Thanks to everyone who sent Theo gifts, they’ve been gratefully received (particularly the wrapping paper – see the photo!)

The dog log records another good week, and Theo is much happier on his walks. As the saying goes: it’s about training the dog you have.  He is becoming better at choosing when to avoid dogs he is not sure of.

This does mean a certain amount of “off-roading” on our walks – mostly due to his love of scenting and following his nose. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’d noticed how he is particularly keen on fir trees. We’ve found several areas where he loves to play, in the deepest, darkest parts of the woods which are entirely populated by fir trees.

Dog Log - 30-12-2012

The perfect spot will be where the ground is covered in soft pine needles, often still dry despite the heavy rain beyond the trees. Theo tends to fall over and roll around in this stuff, and to put this in context – he hardly rolls in anything (except mud when he’s hot). He then runs around with any twigs or sticks he can find, and then we do great gallops and zoomies up and down the hills. I stopped letting him off the lead some time back for various reasons (to be explained in other stories as yet untold involving great chases, cows, horses, sheep, deer and squirrels…)

But I digress, because I want Theo to have a great time and enjoy the woods, I run with him. Yes, admittedly, the poor boy must feel like he’s dragging a great weight around with him – but we do have a lot of fun. I think I cracked it yesterday when he ran in circles in a clearing, and I followed until I fell over as I was too dizzy to keep going. He then taunted me with lots of play growling (and no mouthing) until I was on my feet again. I will try to get a video of this sometime, but for the time being, here’s a snap I took just after. I love this photo as you can still in his eyes that he is still full of beans, not to mention a rather silly grin!

Theo grinning after zoomingWe’ve had a great time over the last few weeks, with a few more misadventures where Theo made us laugh (or groan). Here are the highlights:

  • Weeing over Kim’s presents under the Christmas tree on Christmas day (in his defence, it was just as we’d walked through the door to Karen’s party and it was very exciting with 2 dogs, 1 cat and 6 new people to meet – and only a few drops due to a very long walk just before…)
  • Smashing a decorative bauble that had been dangling from the Christmas tree when he walked past and wagged.
  • Being very brave and barking with Hettie (Karen’s Jack Russell) at the Warg Riders in the movie ‘The Lord of the Rings (The Two Towers)‘.
  • Snaffling several escaped roast potatoes and a load of peas that fell on the floor during the Christmas day party.
  • Becoming increasingly less interested in his late night walks – particularly when it’s raining.
  • Perfecting various techniques to encourage nearby humans to give him a cuddle. Looking back, he has completely changed from the skinny rescue dog we met a few years back. He is now much more cuddly.
  • Choosing to go around the same side of the tree that I’m going (when I’m holding the lead). This is a practical and much appreciated new skill that reduces time spent extracting me/him/the lead from trees.
  • Sneaking onto the bed and laying fully stretched out with his head on the pillow and toes almost touching the foot-board. To be entirely honest, it is very hard to tell him off for this without laughing as he looks so snuggled up and cosy…

Well, that wraps it up for this week. I will leave you with a misquote from the movie “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows”. The original has Robert Downey Jnr complaining about riding a horse: “[Theo dog] – dangerous at both ends, and crafty in the middle!”

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