|"Think I've found something!"|
|"I'm going to go straight to the source, I need that bag"|
Dexter as always showing his boundless enthusiasm
|"No Dexter, nose to the ground that's how you do it"|
I am quite worried about Cato’s ears because I see little sign of them coming up properly. That will be a shame because he looks to be one of the most determined tracking pups I have seen in ages.
If he turns out to be as good a tracking dog as I think he is going to be then I am quite sure most handlers would still be prepared to work him as a Police dog even though he might not have the deterrent effect a dog with upright ears would have. There is no doubt he is going to be a big powerful dog.
Then it was down to the farm and as I watched them pulling down the farm drive as if on a mission I had a feeling the visit was not going to be without incident.
I wasn’t wrong on that score. In fairness to the boys they were all very good with the animals it was more a problem with each other because they all clearly love a bit of a tear up with their litter mates.
This was very apparent on their first port of call the sheep where they were very well behaved with the sheep but took exception to their litter mates getting too close to each other. Here are a few photo’s of the boys getting to know the sheep by trying to share their food.
|"Wonder what sheep's food taste like?"|
|"uhmmm, well, you can live on it, but it taste like ....!"|
|"Yay a sheep. I didn't start it, not fair..."|
|"Aggression! hello strange white thing"|
|"What did they say it was?" ... "Not what, who.. this is Jack"|
|"Can I get some of that food?"|
As always we are grateful to Andi and her mother for allowing us to use the farm. We are doubly indebted to Andi who is a serving Police dog handler with her Police dog Sally because she is also looking after Police pup Reggie for the week while his puppy walker Angie is away on a week’s holiday.
|"What do cows do for entertainment?|
Go to moo-vies" ... "Very funny, not!"
(Above) Next it was time to meet the calves and here is Reggie, Cato and Dexter being introduced.
Next it was time for all the pups to meet Captain the Shire horse who was very calm and steady making introductions very easy.
|"Hi, how you doing?"|
Pictured above is Dexter.
|"You're all wet!"|
|"Sorry think we are interrupting your bath time"|
Above Reggie and Riggs with Cato looking very relaxed.
|"Look away give him some privacy"|
For a Police dog it is very important that they are neutral to livestock particularly in our neck of the woods where we are regularly asked to track and search across farmland for offenders and missing persons.
Next it was time to meet another one of the horses called Blue.
|"Holly why is he called Blue?"|
|"Have you any food?"|
Again Blue was very nice and calm and is pictured here being introduced to Reggie, Dexter and Riggs.
In the picture also is Holly the farm dog who joined us and followed us around throughout the visit. She was very well behaved and certainly put a few of the pups in their place if they became too pushy which they very sensibly accepted without argument.
Finally we introduced the boys to the chickens and to be fair the boys were reasonably well behaved.
Riggs seemed to be the most excited by our feathered friends inviting them to join him in play at every opportunity.
|"Lets play pounce!"|
|"They don't want to play Riggs"|
|"Chicken pie with gravy"|
|"No... Chicken curry"|
|"I've been good... treat please"|
which we eventually got once the boys could be bothered to pay attention
Hopefully the forthcoming cuts to our budget will not affect us too badly and there will be many more farm visits to come.
Finally I would also like to thank Andi’s partner Simon who also helped us out on the day as he usually does.
Well that is it from me. Another great day out at the farm see you next time.