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Coming of Age

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blue028Relaxing after a mad run around. The sun bringing out his newly acquired brown whiskers.

It’s been a while since I mashed the keyboard about the adventures of Blue.
To kick off, several weeks ago he stopped pissing like a girl. Yes, he now pees like a proper man-dog. I’ll be honest, I was starting to get a teeny bit concerned about his ladylike peeing antics. So I’m quietly chuffed.

It’s always a comical time to watch a growing puppy learn the man-dog peeing business. They don’t always get it quite right. Cocking the wrong leg, falling over, peeing on their own foot are the chief pitfalls. But, it’s fair to say that Blue seemed to take it all in his stride.  Starting from a standard lady-dog-peeing position, he would suddenly remember, mid-flow, to cock his leg a little. Each time the leg got higher, until he got the hang of it and is now peeing like a full on man-dog.

blue029Playing ‘Sticks Top Trumps’

Sticks. The other thing I’m quite pleased about is Blue’s ability to select big ass manly sticks to carry around. No, non of your wussy half foot twigs, no sir… proper sticks that are so long and thick they bloody hurt as they clatter into my legs when he walks alongside me. Brilliant. When we go past another dog with a stick, it’s like a secret game of stick Top Trumps. The other owner knows it too, eyes narrow as we weigh up opposing stick sizes… yep. You’ve been well and truly trumped.

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Energy. As I’ve documented in the past, Blue has some serious energy. Any thoughts of him calming down have been tied to a lead weight and thrown out the window. His energy levels are now at Defcom 4. Six mile walks aren’t enough. This has led to a big step in his growing up…  running off the lead.

With a pinch of nervousness, I selected a location miles from roads and, with not a soul in site, unhooked his lead and dug into my pocket for the all important tennis ball. Jeeezzzus, he can run. He moves so fast he can’t brake in time. In fact, the first few times he needed to learn how to stop from such a speed. He still overshoots the ball by about ten feet, legs scrambling to change direction, occasionally falling over, tongue lolloping.

It’s great to see him running free, although I don’t think it’ll ever get to the stage of walking completely off-lead along side me, he’s just too much of a nutter. On normal walking duties, he seems happy enough to be on the end of his new 8m retractable lead, it doesn’t bother him one bit.

blue031Catching his breath after a good ol’ game of fetch the tennis ball

Shagging. After a few hours walking and bolting after tennis balls, what better than a quick kip followed by a quick humping session. Dunno why, but I find it highly amusing when he grabs his cuddly toy and gives it a humping. It usually catches me off guard. I’m slumped on the sofa, feet up on the coffee table watching the TV…  in the corner of my eye I see his furry ass pumping away. The toy in question is a fluffy dog he has had from around 8 weeks old. He throws it around the room a bit, then grabs it by the neck, in the correct orientation, and gives it some. The toy is too small, so his humping is pretty unsuccessful and momentary, but funny as hell nonetheless.

Health. He went to the vets last week for his full dog-MOT. Weighing in at 11 KGs at seven months old, all is as it should be, all is in order. The vet said he was ‘a beautiful dog’, not in aesthetic terms (which he is too), but in body shape, muscle mass and all over condition. He is apparently pretty much all muscle. This is good news, but I fear that my new walking shoes aren’t gonna last too long. I wonder how his brother and sisters are getting on. I wonder if they too are stark raving bonkers.

Communication. He talks, or rather sings a lot too. Especially when he doesn’t get his own way. He chews my sleeve, I tell him ‘No’. He sing-howl-warbles at me, it’s brilliant. I’ll have to get a recording and post it on here.

If you mimic him, the decibels increase, culminating in a good ol’ bark. An incredibly deep bark. This is due to his Tibetan genes. They are renowned for possessing a bark of a much larger dog. This is one of the reasons why, historically, Tibetan monks used them as guard/watch dogs around their temples. Probably not Blue though, he’d probably eat the temple, run up Everest, shag a mountain bunny then sing about it.

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July 10, 2009 at 10:28 am

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Sun & Rain

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It’s been a while since I did a Blue update. As he has just passed his half year on this Earth, I thought a quick photo update was required. Recently the weather has been reminiscent of April, with the sun and showers. Blue doesn’t seem to care too much about the weather, he actually seems to have more ‘mental’ moments in the rain.

When he was much younger, I documented right here, that he had a bit of a commando nutter streak in him. He’d forgo the freshly cut and level lawn, opting instead to crash and bound his way through the undergrowth, weeds and deadwood at the edges of the garden. Well, as the Spring farmland crops have shot skywards, he has rekindled his talent for conquering tall fauna and flora.

Blue goes absolutely mental, running akin to a springbok in the tall grass and crops effortlessly. I tried to keep up with him in the tall wet grass during a downpour, and it was bloody hard work. He bounds through the green stuff with gusto, eventually landing, literally, at my feet exhausted, but always ready for more of the same with little encouragement.

Whether it’s rain or sun, he seems to thoroughly enjoy himself.

blue019Crashed out in the wet grass

blue021Soaked. The top of Blue’s snout is drenched

blue022On a sunnier day, Blue mid flight whilst ‘going nuts’

blue023Having a rest amongst the wheat crop

blue024How crop circles are made

blue025Sunny stroll down a driveway that forms part of a public right of way

blue026Blue is out of shot, but a beautiful English countryside scene nonetheless

blue027Gis a drink… I even carried with me a bottle of water and a small dish for the little fella

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May 21, 2009 at 11:53 pm

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Blue + New Teeth

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Blue has finally departed with his puppy teeth. I was genuinely surprised by the size of his upper teeth, they are comically enormous. Although much larger than the outgoing nashers, these are thankfully not as sharp.

Blue has grown quite a bit, I reckon he is around 12 KG’s, I’ll know for sure soon, as he’s off to the vet for a routine check up in a few days. His coat is a little longer and suits him well. I’m not sure whether it’ll need trimming at the dog groomers, I presume so.

His increased size has enabled him to run faster and jump higher. On that note, he has recently taught himself a new trick… When he is having a ‘mad moment’, running flat out in figure of eights like a nutter, he’ll flop down in tall grass. Tongue lolloping. After a minute or so, he mentally sets his target, explodes out of the grass, running like the wind, launching himself at said target.
The target is me, well the center of my chest to be exact. The upshot is that I end up with a wriggling lump of excited dog in my arms.

I think it’s great, and Blue seems to thoroughly enjoy it.

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April 30, 2009 at 1:13 pm

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Bluelistic Missile

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Even after a long way into a walk, Blue occasionally goes ‘a bit mental’ running around like a nutter really enjoying himself.

I know it sounds like I’m trying to stop his fun with the rogue plastic he found, but I’m always cautious of discarded packaging on farmland, not knowing what sort of chemicals could have been stored in the bag. Plus, the more I shout at him (positive or negative), the more speed he gets up and the more fun he seems to have!

It’s a shame I can’t really let him off the lead so he can really enjoy himself. He’s just too young and not completely trained. I’d love to take him to the beach when he’s a little bit older.

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April 1, 2009 at 3:18 pm

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Big paws & farmers muck

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blue010Crazy Blue

Blue does have his ‘mad moments’, when he gets all over excited and just wants to play for hours. After going for another monsterous walk across the fields, he still had the energy to play like mad when he got back. Maybe it’s the fair Spring weather that we’ve been blessed with recently. Something’s definitely in the air, as signaled by his more concerted efforts to try to hump one of his cuddly toys. I should stop him, but it’s hilariously funny.

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He was a right handful on a recent walk. He discovered an interest in the muck that the farmer was spreading on the fields. He got his nose down and looked like a mental Hoover for half of the walk, skipping from on area to another in a sweeping pattern.

I tried my best to distract him, and to guide a path around the muck, but it was no good. I sat him down at one point and had a stern word with him about the emerging bad habit of burying his nose in farmers slurry… he just gave me that innocent ‘I’m sorry’ look and continued his muck-sweeping with even more zeal.

He seemed pretty pleased with himself by all acounts, and seemed to be having so much fun, I couldn’t really tell him off.

He’s starting to make some new doggy friends whilst out and about. I have to say, he is really well behaved around other dogs, small and large. Although he did give a 14 stone Irish Wolfhound a wide berth, which I thought was wise, the thing was seriously big.

The conversations with other dog owners are all similar, keywords include; puppy, age, cute, lovely lad, what breed… etc. The most common outcome of all these conversations is “woah, look at the size of his paws”, followed by a had signal that suggests Blue’s got a long way to grow.
Personally I don’t think he’ll get too big, just be one of those dogs that has comedy big paws! I don’t really care about his size anyway, if he turns out to be huge, then so be it, won’t make a blind bit of difference to me.

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April 1, 2009 at 2:59 pm

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Get orrf my land

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Having been away on business recently, I took Blue out for another trek across the local fields yesterday. We went a bit further than before but came to a dead end, so ended up straying from the public right of way, walking alongside some traditional hedgerows trying to navigate in a large square. Blue was being his usual self, carrying large clumps of hey/manure mixture whilst exploring every little thing that caught his eye. Mind you, I don’t think he’d be too good as a coursing dog, a rabbit popped out of the hedgerow pretty close to him and he didn’t even spot it.

Nearing the end of the walk, now obviously not on any kind of assigned path, an ominous looking 4×4 was slowly heading our way across the field. I was pretty sure that this was going to be a ‘get orrf my land’ moment. The window rolled down and I was politely informed that we were trespassing. I knew I was, but there was little I could do, as we were hedgerowed & barb-wired in, so I acted the innocent, apologised and made our way to the nearest exit.

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As you can see, Blue is getting a nice shape to him. He’s growing at an astonishing pace, and is unbelievably energetic. He is relentless in his want to play. Even after one lengthy walk this morning he still had boundless energy, so I consulted an old OS map and headed off across the fields again. I returned to the ‘dead end’, but this time I knew where to go without trespassing. We found some great bridleways and footpaths. I think I’m going to invest in a lower scale map & explore the area via the myriad of public footpaths that wind around the countryside. It’s amazing how many of them there are.
Blue definitely needs the exercise to burn off his energy, I need it to burn off the excesses of ten days in the US.

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March 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm

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Field Trip

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Well, I’ve just got back from my first ever walk with Blue. His ‘heeling’ skills are a little rough around the edges, he tends to shoot off in any direction, similar to an inflated balloon that is released without tying a knot.

Sporting his new beefier collar I took him over into the local fields, which is all new territory to him. Carrying a huge chunk of manure seemed to please him somewhat, against my objections.

He found it quite amusing that I had to get on my hands and knees to slide under a barbed wire fence to take a short cut. He decided that getting my jacket caught wasn’t enough of a punishment, so he proceeded to jump around on my head with his muddy paws.

At least I now have half an hour of peace as he’s currently crashed out beside me on the sofa.

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March 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm

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High Five

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Blue’s paws are pretty big. Looks like he’s got some growing to do. He is just over 4.5 Kgs now, I reckon he’ll be 10-12Kgs when fully grown. We shall wait and see.

His claws are still extremely sharp, they can go through skin pretty easily when he’s playing. As of next week, he can be taken out for walks, which should wear them down significantly.

Shot taken 14th February 2009

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February 15, 2009 at 5:38 pm

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Charged with wanton destruction

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Looks can be deceptive. Does this look like the face of a serial chewer?

Victims to date include… a pair of Adidas, a rucksack, travel bag, beanie hat, MacBook Pro, any drawstrings on a hoodie (whilst being worn), my face, a food tray, several blankets, the coffee table, draft excluder on the front door, dried flowers, mobile phone, slippers, socks, my ear, shoe laces, a snowboard, my big toe, a packet of cigarettes, a world atlas, a Swiss watch, the carpet, the back of my head whilst sleeping and my finger – after wagging it at him whilst telling him off for chewing something.

Guilty as charged.
(The list would be far more extensive if I hadn’t moved most stuff out of range)

Shot taken 13th february 2009

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February 14, 2009 at 1:31 pm

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R & R

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Blue getting some well deserved kip after a prolonged play session.
The amount of energy the little guy has is astonishing. It won’t be long before all his jabs have kicked in and he can be taken on some well deserved lengthy walks, which will hopefully tire the ‘lil bugger out! Another advantage is that his claws will get smoothed down, they are currently razor sharp, as my hands will attest.

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This photo shows him mid-dream… he seems to be ‘suckling’ whilst fast asleep. Eventually he stops, leaving his tongue poking out!

Upper shot taken 1st February 2009
Lower shot taken 26th January 2009

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February 14, 2009 at 12:48 pm

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