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Overdose of squirrels

Brythen had a very very exciting morning, with a lot of squirrels in it.  The squirrels were fifty feet or so up, but that didn't stop them being very exciting.  And now Brythen is rather sore and sorry for himself, and has a swollen bit behind one of his front legs.  I think we will have to take it easy for a few days.
 This was him coming back from the Land of Squirrels:

 We skipped the evening walk, and just did a little bit of sit-stay - go to your mat training.  They quite like doing that, and it makes them feel that they have Done Something, so there is less hooning around and frustrated flinging of toys.  I had some difficulty persuading Rosie that she should go to her mat in the kitchen, because she is a bit scared of the kitchen, where there is the potential for falling forks, and the floor is  bit hard and slippy, and it gets even harder if you panic and try to walk on the tips of your toenails, which Rosie does sometimes do.  But she did do it in the end, and ate a lot of liver treats.

She has been very good recently though.   For example here is a terrible phone photo taken this morning of her being good and staying with me offlead.

(I don't know why my phone refuses to admit to the truly gaudy autumn colours and insists on flattening it all to a decorous pale beige. The camera can see the truth, but the phone's whitebalance seems to live in Grey Pastel World).

However, when I was uploading that video of Brythen coming very slowly above I found these two videos of Me Trying To Persuade Rosie To Walk Up A Hill, and I thought someone might find them amusing since I laughed - so here they are:

This was in the early spring, so I can't remember how this panned out , but I have a horrible feeling that I did actually end up carrying her.  We have since given up on taking this walk entirely, and I now go around another way which she is more willing to take, because it's just easier.    She is so obstinate.  When she makes up her mind about something, good luck persuading her.  She has enough willpower for an entire small country.


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15th Nov, 2016 19:33 (UTC)
Oh! the exhaustion of chasing too many squirrels. Brythen you poor poor man, you could barely lift your leg to wee on that lump of ground. I always marvel at how floppy they go after a big chase.

And Rosie you have made my day. No hills for Rosie! Or anything else that doesn't take her fancy!
16th Nov, 2016 23:40 (UTC)
Brythen gets so very very tired. I think it's the greyhound in him. He'd have flopped on the ground if it hadn't been damp.
15th Nov, 2016 20:14 (UTC)
I enjoyed those videos. It's just like raising kids! [With kids you can use terror, but it only works in the very short term!] So one is stuck with persuasion! I'm still laughing.

My feel like my life is "Too many squirrels!"

I associate that undersaturation of color with cell phones. I have a cheap camera, which is not a lot better than the state-of-art smart-phone, but it does capture colors well.
16th Nov, 2016 23:44 (UTC)
Rosie is terrified quite often anyway, of things like the vaccuum cleaner and the kitchen floor, so terror is not much use in teaching her.

I do sympathise with that 'too many squirrels' feeling in life!
15th Nov, 2016 20:25 (UTC)
Is it a Bad Hill, or does she dislike them generally?

The first one did make me laugh - she doesn't even look like she's setting out to be stubborn, just that she doesn't see what any of thise has to do with her :)
16th Nov, 2016 23:48 (UTC)
I think it's a Bad Hill : she does other hills no problem. But I don't really understand what is Bad about it in her strange little head!
15th Nov, 2016 21:07 (UTC)
Lol. This dog is hilarious. And looks scary smart to me.
I also have an unhealthy (I think) desire to squeeze her.
16th Nov, 2016 23:49 (UTC)
She might run away from being squeezed. Or she might not. You never know with Rosie. She's very odd.
15th Nov, 2016 22:27 (UTC)
Hahaha, oh Rosie.
16th Nov, 2016 23:57 (UTC)
I find myself saying that a lot...
15th Nov, 2016 22:33 (UTC)
Such a tired Brythen! What cheeky squirrels! And such a stubborn Rosie!

Bruno is similarly stubborn, in that old tomcat sort of way. He has Opinions and Expectations, and HE IS GOING TO SIT ON YOUR LAP WILL YOU NIL YOU.
17th Nov, 2016 00:00 (UTC)
I sometimes feel Rosie is a kind of cat...

I am sitting here being prodded with a paw by old boy cat Henning. He thinks I should not type but pet.
17th Nov, 2016 18:56 (UTC)
Bruno says "hands are for pets".


Edited at 2016-11-17 18:59 (UTC)
16th Nov, 2016 06:51 (UTC)
Oh, those wicked squirrels. Poor Brythen looks absolutely shattered...

LOL at the Independent Republic of Rosie Roo.
17th Nov, 2016 00:01 (UTC)
At the moment I feel I have established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Rosie Roo but I'm trying not to count on it...
16th Nov, 2016 14:35 (UTC)
Poor Brythen! Hope he rests and dreams of squirrels! :-)

... and well done to Rosie for braving the kitchen - although she is definitely not enthused by the prospect of hills! :-)
17th Nov, 2016 00:03 (UTC)
Brythen dreamed very enthusiastically of squirrels and made all sorts of odd tiny yipping noises and fast-asleep waggling of paws. I love it when they do that.
16th Nov, 2016 20:32 (UTC)
Rosie looks so aristocratically Above It All.
17th Nov, 2016 00:04 (UTC)
Her nose is about a mile long, that's a lot of nose to look down.
17th Nov, 2016 00:12 (UTC)
16th Nov, 2016 20:58 (UTC)
I hope that Brythen is less sore, sorry, and swollen by now.
17th Nov, 2016 00:06 (UTC)
I did take him to a squirrel-free location for the evening walk today, but he still hared around like a loon. It's very hard to stop him doing that, even if he is still a bit stiff.
16th Nov, 2016 22:18 (UTC)
Poor Brythen! But I'm sure a good time was had before that.
17th Nov, 2016 00:08 (UTC)
It certainly was - I have difficulty getting him to rest long enough to really get over these minor strains and aches.
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