Today was the first time I experienced the delights of crossing the A38. What a dreadful road; I didn't know what to do but I was glad to be on a tight lead. On the other side of the road I went into a field of horses and they were a bit too friendly as you can see.
On the way back I found this L-plate which Daddy thought was quite appropriate. When I got back home, I helped Daddy dig the garden.
Spring is definitely here. Today is very warm and sunny and I have had a great walk seeing lots more people which has made up for the visitors going. I was told I was a 'proper dog'. I'm chuffed to bits. Of course, I knew this already - after all, the Yahoo flatcoats group does say that the Flat-Coated Retriever is considered the connoisseur's gundog/retriever.
I used to like my kibble, but I've gone off it lately. Daddy thinks it might be because I have recently had an increase because I don't eat all my food at once like I used to. I think it's because Daddy has more interesting food. This lunchtime, Daddy had roast lamb and it was far more appealing than my dried lamb and rice. I haven't managed to sneak any yet, though.
I was told this morning that the world would be a better place if everyone had a puppy's enthusiasm and sense of wonder at all things.Here I am playing dead by the Quaker burial ground in Lower Hazel. And here is a videoclip of me rolling in the wet grass. It is even better when Isaac Newton helps!
I have now got myself onto the Lakefell website on this page. They used to run Coniston Launch and flatcoats can go free! Also, check out the flatcoats Google group: http://groups.google.com/group/flatcoats/topics?hl=en .
I've just been called a suicide bomber. I know I run at people but Daddy says I need to show some restraint. I was excited because I met Paddy the Schnauzer again and had a nice play. On the way back from the golf links, I stopped at my favourite field and asked to go in again - usually works.
I know you humans don't like litter, but actually I quite like it. Daddy didn't realise that there was so much litter in the village until I pointed it out to him. I can see why there is a group being started to clean it up, but leave some for me!
In fact anything white attracts my attention. This morning it started to snow and that was puzzling for a short time but it didn't last. Shame!
Another puzzling thing is leaves blowing in the wind. Daddy thinks it is funny when I chase them. But what is the difference between 'leaf', 'leave' and 'leaves'? I pretend not to understand 'leave'.
After a dubious start, the morning turned out to be lovely. We had a good walk on more new paths around the bridle path and the golf links. I am getting rather strong-willed. If I want to go a different way from Daddy, then I go on a sit-down strike.
I went to my first puppy training class tonight at Castle Court Dog Training Club with Jeanette. That was exciting. I was allowed to take part even though it was a taster and it was great fun. I think I was the youngest and certainly the loudest. I am hoping to go again when classes restart after Easter.
I was a bit spooked this afternoon. First of all Daddy put the car alarm on when I was in the car and I managed to get out of my car crate, so it went off. I don't like that sound. And then Daddy took me through a field of cows. Socialisation he called it. Huh, they are rather big and they weren't on leads.
This morning I had my first walk in Sheepcombe Brake, although Daddy has been loads of times before. I don't think it will be my last. (A Google search came up with this page - driving with dogs - which looks very useful.)
I met a very playful Schnauzer. Daddy thinks it was a Standard Schnauzer with a salt and pepper coat as opposed to the Giant Schnauzer that won Crufts. I am now crashed out in a cool spot; I am hot as it is very sunny and warm today and I have been running around a lot.
Saw Auntie Elizabeth again this afternoon. Had great fun spreading the stones and chewing a lot in her garden. I got my head stuck in the fish food bucket, but Daddy wasn't quick enough to take a picture. He said that looked very comical but I didn't see the funny side - I couldn't see anything!
I am now 12 weeks old and I weigh 10kg! I have been with Daddy now for 4 weeks and I'm loving it!Do I look big in this?I am not too happy about the car as Daddy puts me in this car crate, but he says I will soon be too big for it. The good news is that Daddy has decided to increase my rations a week early as I have a lean and hungry look. Must remember that for future reference!
I can't believe there are so many dogs! I saw a record number this morning of all shapes and sizes and a lot of admirers. I went to the waggon wash at Sheepcombe as recommended by Basil. It's a bit muddy at the moment and I didn't fancy a swim today.
I heard a woodpecker in the woods and wondered what that was all about - hitting your nose against a tree trunk several times a second????
I also saw the bin men this morning. I am going to enjoy their visits, they have biscuits!
My weekend went very well. Thank you very much Auntie Avril and Uncle Roland for looking after me; I hope I was not too much of a trial and I look forward to the next time. Daddy days he missed me like a scratch on the hand - I have no idea what he is talking about.
I loved this morning's walk. We went down the bridle path to Lower Hazel and then onto the old golf links for the second time. This is a great place to be. I met several new two-legged and four-legged friends there. I especially liked playing with Basil and Jim and I hope to see more of them. We also learned of more possible walks for the future which we did not know about.
Daddy is off to a wedding this weekend and so I am going to stay with Auntie Avril and Uncle Roland. That should be great fun. I'll try to be good!
Daddy thinks I am a big boy now. He has removed the pond cover which was supposed to stop me falling in (theoretically!). I think I will like water and can't wait till I go to the Lake District in May.
I've put a smile on some more faces today! I also met a black labrador, Poppy, who I hope to see more of in future. She's got the same name as my Mummy. I am very interested in leaves blowing in the wind and holes in the ground! Here I am on the old golf links at Old Down.
I'm on my first walk on the bridle path this morning. I saw some more friends - humans and dogs, and I particularly liked playing with Dash. It was raining, but I didn't mind at all. I got a good rub down afterwards.
Yesterday I had my first walk in public around the village for the first time, having had my second innoculation on Wednesday. Life is getting even more exciting now I can see and sniff a lot more! I love running even on the end of a lead. I know I've got a big head, but I am getting a lot of admirers!
I went to see Mel, my doctor, today for my second vaccination and microchip as I am now 10 weeks old. Daddy was very impressed - he didn't even know it was done until afterwards. I was very good there and afterwards when Daddy did some shopping. I am now zonked out.
Daddy talked to the vet about my two bad habits - chewing furniture and climbing stairs. I am afraid he might be putting some advice into practice, darn it. However, I can go out for walks on Sunday - hooray!!! They will have to be short for at least my first year, but Daddy is thinking of carrying me in a rucksack for longer distances. I am not sure what to think about that.
Mel also said my meals can be cut down to 3 a day. So, from today, I am having 3 bigger meals but I do get hungry between times. At the end of March, my food will increase again.