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Indi the Labrador Gun Dog is still Top Dog!

Indi the Labrador is still top dog!
Indi the Labrador is still top dog!

Indi, the older of the two Labradors I look after, is still pretty impressive for his nine or so years on this earth.  He can still haul his body over the odd fence on this big estate we live on and he keeps himself very trim with a number of sports he takes part in.

"Anyone for tennis?" says Indi.
"Anyone for tennis?" says Indi.

He is one of the best gun dogs around who also has a great love of tennis which heis not supposed to play!  He’s a great swimmer and especially loves to swim in the river and streams down in the woods and water meadows.  You will often see him taking a dip in the large swimmingpool during the summer months on the estate and always leaves the pool in a gentlemanly manner! unlike his mate Jester who bounds out of the water as quick as he can, shaking himself off carelessly.

Indi the grand old Labrador leaving the pool in a gentlemanly fashion!
Indi the grand old Labrador leaving the pool in a gentlemanly fashion!

Indi also is a great wrestler and usually wins his daily bouts with the young Jester.  Jester occassionally squeels like a baby when things get too rough but loves the game all the same.

Indi and Jester the Labradors during one of their wrestling matches.
Indi and Jester the Labradors during one of their wrestling matches.

The two dogs have a great life here in Hampshire and are lucky to have each other’s company.  Steve and I are just back from taking them for a walk in the woods this morning and as I peeked through the door to the dogs room just a while ago, the two of them were sleeping like babies.  We’ll take them out for a run this afternoon through the fields while we check on the sheep, so they’ll have another lovely day of exercise.  Happy, healthy dogs!

Thank goodness for Jenny and Steve!

“Oh, thank goodness….here they are!!,”Jester said to Indi as he pressed his nose up against the glass of the dog’s room.

It was approaching 1:30pm and the dogs of course were ready and waiting for their daily walk.  As I opened the door to their room Jester was more than ready to be released out into the open air, looking up at me and waiting for my next instructions. Indi began dancing around in excitement as per usual (if only my husband was this excited when I came into a room!! I thought to myself…how nice would my life be!)

“Gee, you both are excited and waiting eagerly today,” I said.  “Oh Jenny, can we skip the chat today, I’m dying to pee,” Jester burst out.  Before I could say wait! to make him sit and wait until I was out the door first, Jester the beautiful Labrador bounded out the door like he was escaping a house on fire!

“Well, that lesson to wait at the door worked well today!” I said to Indi with exasperation.  “Jenny, he’s a monkey of a dog and in my opinion will continue to be so for quite some time…..lets get a move on now shall we….so unnecessary to waste our walking time with discussions about that unruly animal that disrespects me.” he concluded

Poor Indi has to put up with so much with Jester……but he takes it all in his grand old stride and I know Indi loves Jester very much.  Since he arrived on the scene, Indi has gained a new lease of life and become more playful for such an older dog.

So, another wonderful walk today through the woods and fields for the dogs.  Jester found part of a dead animal again and crunched up the bones before we had a chance to examine what he was getting into.  He did manage to tease Indi with his find before he demolished every ounce saying, “Na, nah nah nah nah, found a dead bird again…..it’s all mine and you’re not getting any of it!”   Indi took one look at his beaming face and thought what an insolent rude boy he was..no chance in hell of him trying to confiscate that dead matter from his mouth!

But Indi was very well behaved today and didn’t run off, although oblivious at times to his name.  Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you call him as often there is zero response and as I tucked them back into their beds and topped up their water bowls, I could feel their gratitude in the way they looked at me….”Thank goodness for Jenny and Steve!”

“I found my own treat in the snow!”

We are walking two dogs today and Indi is beside himself with excitement as he comes out of the dogs room and Jester the monkey is as happy as Larry.  Steve has some “training treats!” for Jester in his pocket and the smart dog already senses this and starts behaving orderly, but only after a manic run around first.

So we start out through the orchard today and Indi is looking for the tennis ball he thinks I have for him in my pocket! while Jester is just pleased to be out and responding to Steve like he is his schoolmaster!

We reach the small wood and off the leads they go….Indi, on a mission to pick the perfect spot to do his business and this sometimes takes a while….to find the discreet, right spot.  Today he didn’t seem too particular and just “did the business” only slightly off the path.

Jester was running with the wind again….so free spirited.  We found him digging a hole in the snow and think he found the head of a fish!  Can’t believe this…. but a fish head is what it looked like.  Would a bird of prey have left this?  Not sure but whatever this was he was on cloud nine and running around defrosting it in his mouth and teasing Indi at the same time!  “look at me Indi,” he said  “You’re too old and slow to have found this.  Wehhaaaay!”

We let Jester have his find which gave me time to chase Indi as he decided to run off.  Not for long.  After blowing my whistle for ages, he finally decided to turn around and join us.  “Indi…come on, behave now!”  His look at me was like he was ten times smarter than me….giving me any easy time today!

Walking back to the cottage was very rewarding.  I love the snow, although the lane was very slippery in places.  It was funny watching the dogs slip a little as they walked…not like us heavy adults!

Back home and I tucked the dogs up in their beds with plenty of water and a smile.

Jester chasing a pheasant!

Took the dogs out for a walk again after lunch and I had a feeling in my chilly bones that Jester was in a very unruly mood, so I had my “strict teacher” hat on to be ready……….

It all started out okay, with both dogs walking well at heal down the lane (on leads though as there are the odd speeding nutter motorist that could easily finish a dog’s life in seconds!)  So we enter the woods and off the lead and off they go……….having a wonderful time in the cold icy conditions!!

Jester runs at full speed like a little pony (as usual) and Indi pleases himself and ignores any call or whistle.  Nice to see he is maintaining his usual behavior!   Jester disappears for what seems like ages and all my whistling, calling does zero to locate the naughty monkey.  Just when we thought he had disappeared forever, he darts out of the wood into the open field like a starving greyhound chasing a rabbit.  In this case, Jester was hot on the foot of a pheasant and not a rabbit…(but would have loved that too!)  May as well throw my whistle away as there was no stopping him.  There is a horse racing track close by and he jumped across the beautifully manicured track in two leggy bounds….very impressive.  It wasn’t until my husband gave a piercing whistle with two fingers to his mouth, that he stopped in his tracks and came running back.  Thank goodness there were no horses out training on the track as there could have been an incident!

Back on track and we were walking towards home again, Jester thinking nothing of his earlier antics.  Both were back into their warm beds and pleased with the exercise.

Walking the dogs in the fog

Jester
Jester

Set out for our afternoon walk with Indi (so excited and pleased to get out into the cold! of -2 celsius) and Jester just pleased to be out ……..

Jester is very well behaved today and walks to heal down the long pebble driveway, then sits to wait to be put on a lead to enter the lane.  Very good puppy!  I talk to them constantly which I think Indi quite likes but Jester,  I think gets very board with my voice and constant “Jester, heal! Jester, Heal!”  Indi responds to heal very well until he enters the woods and then just basically responds to direction when he wants…..he’s seen it all and won’t be bossed about by some Australian girl who has no idea what elite level of gun dog he is!!!  Okay Indi, that’s okay with me as long as you have a lovely walk and don’t wander off!!!!

The scene is like walking into the set of  the “Adventures of Nania…”  I find this so breathtakingly beautiful and enjoy every step of the way.  My co-walker with the dogs (and husband who by the way is an Englishman) typically says, “it’s alright seeing this at Christmas time, but day after day is too much….”  So….. anyway, dogs and I are loving the conditions and we finish the walk with the sometimes naughty boy Jester behaving very well.  I fill up their water bowls and make sure their bedding is sorted out for another bitterly cold night ahead.  See you tomorrow boys!  No taking them out before bed tonight as the owners will be home and will do this later on.

Dogs out before bed!

It is SO cold now and I have to keep reminding myself that Indi and Jester are just dogs……Let them out before bed tonight into their vast garden then came back in 10-15 minutes to find them waiting at the gate saying “where the hell have you been Jenny?  We are freezing!'”  Well, maybe an Australian dog would say this but I think these two Labradors are pretty hardy, not so much Jester (yet) the 18mth old; but Indi the grand 8yr old gun dog is extremely accustomed to the cold and wet.  He’s a legend.  What a great dog he is.

As I opened the door to the dog room to settle them down for the night, Jester, the monkey went straight to Indi’s comfy bed, hoovered around for any bones or balls he could steal…couldn’t find any so decided to wait there  for the old boy…… to share his bed!  Indi prefers to sleep alone, so Jester was gently coaxed back into his own warm bed for a long sleepy night.