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N 14 B 255 C 14 E Oct 17, 2020 F Oct 18, 2020
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I don't drive & Flynn is not the kind of dog who can be taken on the train, so we're quite limited where we can go to exercise him... I'm very glad we've got lots of countryside to explore, right on our doorstep! Many of the public footpaths we use go across farmland & there's usually something new to spot, it's interesting to see what's changed, from one week to the next. I often enjoy how different a landscape can look, when a field has been ploughed, or the crops harvested. Flynn seems to find it exciting, when he suddenly gets a brand new "playground" to mess about in!

Until a couple of years ago, this entire area was covered by neat rows of tiny apple trees & Flynn spent a lot of his time slinking about hiding under low branches. Then the farmer cut down large sections of the orchard. It was sad & a bit of a shock when they went (as you can see in the background, some patches do remain - but I'm not sure for how much longer they'll be there, judging by the number of apples left to waste, it seems it's increasingly hard to find people to pick the fruit). Most recently, over the spring & summer, there were potatoes growing here & Flynn enjoyed hiding in the little ditches between the rows of growing plants. They were harvested a little while ago & when we came this way again yesterday, it was to find the ground is being prepared for a new crop, I wonder what it will be?

Of course, Flynn doesn't care what might be growing here in a few months time but he was pleased to go for a run on nice flat soil. Haha, just keeping my fingers crossed they don't put manure down before planting - much as I usually like living in a "working landscape", it's a horrible surprise getting to a field & suddenly realising it absolutely stinks - & worse still, if the dog has already raced off to happily paddle about in the middle of the stuff, which has happened... more than once!!

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N 24 B 337 C 14 E Oct 11, 2020 F Oct 11, 2020
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Looking rather thoughtful as he listened to me chatting away - asking if he wanted a treat, or wanted to play with his ball, or wanted to carry on the walk. Haha, I was treading a fine line when I took this shot... Trying to be interesting enough that Flynn paid attention & kept his ears pricked up (rather than flicking them back, which is how he often carries them), but also trying not to be too exciting, as then Flynn would leap up & start bouncing around, squashing the bracken & yelling at me! Typical collie, Flynn can go from being absolutely still, intensely focused to a manic whirlwind in a split second & just the tone of your voice or a sudden movement can tip him over the edge ;-)


Tags:   52 Weeks for Dogs Flynn border collie dog pet bracken autumn fall

N 16 B 573 C 12 E Oct 4, 2020 F Oct 4, 2020
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Flynn's favourite time of year is, without a doubt, autumn. Not too hot, not too cold & all those wonderful crunchy leaves to play with, all those muddy puddles to splash about in! It makes him super excited & he bounces & prances about on our walks, excitedly showing me all the fun things around that we can play with. Whenever he finds a puddle he races around it & then stands facing me, nose pointed right at the water (so I cannot possibly have any excuse not to see what he's found!), & I am expected to make a big deal of splashing through the puddle. I seem to live in wellies (rubber boots) for 6 months of the year ;-) The leaves are only just starting to fall, so there aren't quite enough on the ground for me to kick yet but Flynn's already encouraging me to *try*, pointing them out to me as we walk too! Sometimes the anticipation is all too much & he grabs them up before I even have a chance to get close, dashing about triumphantly, shaking his "prize" until all the leaves come loose off the twig.

After what felt like quite a nice long spell of sunny days in September, we suddenly tipped into proper autumnal weather in the beginning of October. This week, it has rained & rained & rained some more. The skies were grey & dark all day long. Finally, it cleared up for a few hours on Sunday afternoon, so I got the camera out for the first time all week & took this quick snapshot of a springy Flynnie, "shot from the hip".


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N 12 B 368 C 11 E Sep 27, 2020 F Sep 29, 2020
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BARNEY!!
What?
What?
You called me... what do you want Flynn?
Oh nothing! I was just surprised to see you here in the field, that's all!
Eh? I walked all the way up the road next to you Flynn. I was Right. There. Why're you surprised to see me now?
Well, you haven't been to the fields in foooorever!
I think you mean two weeks, Flynn.
Two weeks, forever... same thing. What happened? Were you bein' lazy, or what?
Hooman put me on house arrest. Well... I mean, I was allowed out... but you know, not far!
Why?! Were you naughty?
NO! My leg was sore.
Why?
I dunno. I slipped, or tripped, or... something. Don't really remember. But my leg went limpy.
What did you do that for?
I didn't do it deliberately!
Pfft.
I didn't!
Well, don't do it again.

Wasn't sure I'd get a photo of the dogs on a walk together, this month. About a week after Barney's day trip to the seaside, he did *something* to one of his back legs. His entire back end is weak due to bi-lateral hip dysplasia & arthritis but he generally gets about quite well. He went for a walk earlier in the day & seemed normal but that evening the poor old guy very suddenly went badly lame. I was in a panic at first because he was staggering along, not walking properly at all. However, it became clear he'd slipped, twisted, or fallen & hurt one of his hips & was only looking *so* wobbly because he wasn't strong enough to fully support his weight on the "good" leg. I upped his painkillers to the highest dose & put him on pretty strict rest since - except for very, very slow 5 minute long "walks" up the road, to stop him from totally seizing up.

He has slowly improved over the last fortnight, still not quite 100% but definitely far less sore & walking much better. A few days ago, I finally felt he could manage a slightly longer walk, with Flynn. He actually did really well & was definitely happy to be outside in the sunshine... Flynn was quite excited to have his "big brother" back!

Tags:   12monthsfordogs20 Barney & Flynn border collies dogs

N 12 B 230 C 13 E Sep 10, 2020 F Sep 28, 2020
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We made it down to the seaside for the 2nd time this year! It wasn't a planned trip... we just woke up & thought "let's go for a paddle!", hopped on a train down to the Welsh coast & spent the afternoon at the beach. The last time we visited this place was over a year ago but as the train was approaching the final station, he suddenly came out from where he'd been snoozing under the seat, stuck his nose in the air & started wagging his tail, pulling me to stand by the doors. We were first to get off & Barney most certainly remembered where we were - he marched us enthusiastically down to the sea front.

I rarely let Barney off lead these days so I was very happy that he had a bit of time running free on the sand that afternoon. It was lovely to watch him gallop (albeit, a fairly slow gallop!) off to the water & then come bounding back to me, with such a delighted expression on his face. He didn't feel like swimming but had a good paddle, ripped some seaweed up, barked at the (almost nonexistent!) waves, played a very short game of fetch, he even did a bit of digging in the sand - something I've not seen Barney do for years. We were all exhausted on the way home but I think it was worth it, to see Barney have so much fun :)

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