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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!

“The Wetter and Muddier the Better!” says Indi Boy.

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!

"Let's go again Jenny" says Indi hoping to fetch the stick again in the stream.
"Let's go again Jenny" says Indi hoping to fetch the stick again in the stream.

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.