This innocent looking creature was up to no good again a few weeks ago. The lovely Sarah emailed me and gave me a rundown on the two Labradors. One night when Sarah let Indi and Jester out before bed, Indi decided he wanted to go ‘walkabout’ for the evening and didn’t come back when called. He was probably down in the woods following some bitches scent. Sarah said he could barely walk for a week afterwards! I think he covered a bit of ground that night! Naughty boy Indi!
I know, I know, I should stop posting pictures of the two doggies I left behind in England but I can’t help it. They were such a huge part of my life for almost two and a half years……perhaps I gave too much of myself to these lovable two Labradors. It is so hard, if you are an animal lover, not to give love back to dogs that love you too. They were never my dogs to begin with so I really was setting myself up for a fall. Hope these two boys are behaving for their new carers.
Sarah has emailed me a couple of times and by all accounts the two Labradors are doing fine. Although Sarah said Jester the naughty boy was chasing the little lambs in one of the fields the other morning! William put him in one of the stables for an hour! I think he would have learnt his lesson…..he hates being on his own….and won’t want this to happen again! Indi apparently caught a rabbit while on a walk and wouldn’t let go of it until he got back to his room!! Poor Tracey! Indi can be quite stubborn….
So, life goes on…..and I think about the two dogs I left behind every day. Hope they are behaving well for Tracey and Richard……..
It’s a sad fact of life. Animals are reared and slaughtered for meat eaters to enjoy. We have to be sensible though and not get attached to the animals on a farm, certainly not have them as pets (as we did as children!!!…my dad had some rather lovely calves on our property in Bendigo, Australia that grew into lovely friendly cows. We had names for them too…One day a truck came to pick them up to take to “greener pastures,” Dad said. I remember being very upset when they left as they became our friends……. We had no idea they were going to end up on our B.B.Q!! Thank God for that!!!)
So, eventhough the lambs that left our property were cared for and looked after well, they were here for a purpose……I am much older now!! and realise this process!
Even Jester and Indi the Labradors were wondering what was going on….”where are our friends?” I’m sure I heard them say the next day! “Gone to greener pastures,” I said.
Indi and Jester are leaving the big house to spend two weeks on the coast with their owners. They’ll have a lovely time swimming and playing with other dogs! Indi loves the sea but I’m not sure Jester is a big fan yet….he’ll have a wonderful time in any case. I’ll miss them terribly but will be pleased with some extra time on my hands!
I was in the big house doing some housekeeping work and had to put the dogs out into the garden while I hoovered and cleaned their room. I took a little sneak through the dining room windows to see what they were up to and found them sitting together happily surveying the landscape, just like lions…….checking out their kingdom! Such beautiful boys! Great guard dogs too! I must hurry up now……rain is on the way and doggies will get wet!
Another daily walk with Indi and Jester the two Labradors through the woods and down to the water meadows. All the heavy rain we’ve had has made the ground extremely wet, muddy and boggy……really horrible but the dogs have to be walked and so we must put up with these conditions. Indi absolutely loves these conditions and the deeper the mud, the happier he seems!! He had four swims in the large, full stream running through the water meadows. Throwing a stick in the water works wonderfully well and he loves plunging in at any spot then climbs up the bank saturated and covered in mud. The trick is to stay well away from Indi as he leaves the water….his shaking off the water business isn’t too pleasant when your too close! Jester is scared of water still but surprisingly enters the water once. The look of panic on his little face as he paddles through the deep water is concerning but he always manages to get to the bank and spring up to ground level effortlessly. I guess in time Jester will learn to love the water just as Indi does….if not his master won’t be too happy to have a new gun dog who’s afraid of water!
When Steve and I finally get back to the cottage we give Indi a little hosing down but Jester isn’t at all up for any water to be sprayed anywhere near his body. “Come on Jester, just a tiny little wash down that’s all little boy” I said trying to coax him over to the hose/tap. He wasn’t having any of it and seemed like we were trying to punish him for something. So he had a towel rub instead which I think he loved….he became a lot dryer now which made him happy. “What a woos you are,” said Indi as they settled back in their room. “You’ll make a rubbish gun dog Jester if you keep this up.” he concluded. “I’m alright Indi, leave me alone….best not to get into criticizing our faults as we could be awake all night with the list I have made for you!” Jester replied. “Shoo-sh! now you two,” I said. “No fighting tonight okay? You both be good boys please and think about tomorrow’s walk alright?” I finished with. “Okay Jenny,” they replied together and as I closed the glass door to their room after patting them goodbye, I could see them settling without any problems. Lovely happy fit dogs gives me such great peace of mind.
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.