Squeaks, repeated cold nose poking and vigorous wagging – bang, bang, bang – that rocks the bed. That is how I get woken up in the morning. It is either potty or hunger that wakes her up. Depending on how much the need is, I can delay it about 30 min, by lifting up the duvet, because she does like a cuddle and a lie in 🙂
A happy dog is a wet dog. All we have to say is “Go, swim” and plop she is in the drink.
Snap taken by my co-photographer Peli.
I love water, I’m a “vand hund”*, it has to be real water as in the ocean, river or a lake. Just can’t get the same feeling in a swimming pool. As I grew up and we went to the beach in the summer, my mum had to hold me back so that she could apply my sun cream, as I would be straight in the drink.
I was always jealous of other dog owners who had a dog that they could play with in the sea. None of mine wanted to go, even if you threw in their favourite toy. Just stayed on the shore, barely got their paws wet. Only time we could get a mutt in the drink was if we all went in, and then they reluctantly waded in with us. But as soon as one of us looked like we were heading out of the water, they were right back on to our bath towels.
Enter Tilley, a proper “vand hund”* (what we in Denmark call anyone who loves to play/swim). Most of the time we don’t have to say “go swim” before she is in. For some reason when it is salt water, she loves to put her nose – well, whole head – right in and breathe out. Fresh water she just swims in it or drinks it.
Ha! A friend did a little thing to this …
Yes, Tilley came with and loved the scrambling bits. She was fantastic; planned her routes, went back to get a run up on the steep steps and was a brilliant guide for me too. When we got home she promptly fell asleep on the sofa. Even-though she woke me up -to do her bunny watch – at 4am, it was great to have her as company.
This is out wonderful mutt, Tilley, at Embsay. She finally stood still enough for long enough to take a photo.
Can’t walk our mutt Tilley past water, without her having to have a dip. Well we taught her that swimming was good for her, by taking her to 10 hydrotherapy classes for her bad legs. Best part is that when she gets home she sleeps for the rest of the day.
We picked this little 7 month old girl up from the Dogs Trust today. She is called Tilley and is a Border Collie cross with something. She is going to keep us entertained for many years to come and you my dear reader as there will be plenty of photos coming of her 🙂
If you want to read more about her life here and see many more photos – go fetch here – http://woofy.woollypigs.com