CATCHING UP !
Saturday saw us make a last minute call at the kennels and it was great to catch up with some of my friends. Unfortunately had to miss out seeing Hawk and Raven due to time but first one I walked out with was Ana - who was pleased to see me. She is a happy dog but so far cannot get into the rehoming process as she is awaiting her turn. Yvonne is keeping her at the kennels until her time comes. I know only too well how great it is to swap kennels for a home and I hope she soon gets her own.
Next up was BLUEY who looked really well and was due to run a trial that night. All know my thoughts on other breed dogs and Bluey is of a similar disposition - or do I just encourage her ? Whilst out on the walk I scented an imposter coming unseen down the lane. Identically as I raised my stance, so did Bluey who then went into a warning volley of yelping at the same time as I did. Brother and sister in arms ! The job was soon over but whereas I then let the incident go, Bluey was more than happy to be on high awareness for the next few minutes. She really is a formidable enemy if on the wrong side of. I get on with most greys and Bluey has never been a bother - but I'm still aware of her kennel reputation as she lives on her own and the dog she punctured the throat of in a fight over food still bears the scars. I still get a bit perturbed when she plonks her head on the back of my neck if I stop walking but so far I'm hoping it's just a loving gesture ?
FOOTNOTE - Ran an excellent 4 bend trial that night.
Time to next meet up again with Storm who really is a big dog. He towers over me and still looks unfurnished. Goodness knows how big he will be when he fills into his frame. Another looking for his forever home and a sofa to call his own. Definitely needs to be a big sofa though. For such a big dog he is such the gentle giant who is incredibly laid back and not bothered whether he walks or not or lies down and yawns. Gave him a bit of a turn when I decided to wake him up with a bit of yelping and prancing in front of him and inviting him to play. Afraid he didn't really know what to do except look blankly at me. He is an ideal dog for anyone wanting to retire a grey as he is so loving enjoying human attention and hasn't a bad thought in his head. Not like me and Bluey !
Finally it was time to meet up with DANNI. Never sure what to expect from her so I tend to play things on the cautious side. One minute she wants to play, then when I do she growls aggressively. However, today she was in a much more relaxed state and was happy walking around with me and neither of us had any prblems. Think she might have settled a bit having been off track for a while now. However, she is due to trial this week so I'll keep a wary eye on things next time. She is a very stocky dog and quite a threatening / strong looking one for a grey. So it has proved on track as she doesn't care where she puts her body in a race and has never backed out of any challenge in a race.
Pity never got chance to see Hawk who had last week run a nice sprint trial back and Raven who won her A2 race with an incredibly strong and game performance to get up right on the line. Still, always next time. If any owner wants to walk the dogs out, they are more than welcome to come along and meet up with me and if you are thinking of taking up a share in a Panther dog, you are also more than welcome to come along and I'll introduce you to them.