Beau January 17th, 2009
Well the blast of colder weather is giving way to normal winter temps. I love being outside and training with a little snowfall on the ground. There was a couple hours of flurries, just enough to brighten the landscape. It looked like a big snowstorm was coming, but after a while the snow dwindled to tiny flakes again. The Little Bluestem around the field really brightens the view.
The Bluestem also makes for great hiding places. Yesterday I went out for some training with the yellow lab- it was a cold, breezy 11 degrees F, but he had a grand time, and I did too. He’s been cooped up inside (with the rest of us!) for too long, and was getting antsy. They’re such strong, muscular animals that they really need exercise, and he loves running in the field.
The orange colored “dummies” I throw for him are difficult to find sometimes, but he has an amazing ability to figure out where they are even if I don’t help direct him. Sometimes I’ll have him sit at the edge of the field while I meander through it, dropping training dummies in various places so that he doesn’t see. Then I’ll come back and send him off in one direction to look for them- he’ll start a search pattern like he’s running in the above picture, and use his nose to find them. We are not at the point where he will follow my hand signals, but he will come back towards me with a certain whistle, and then head out again on command. Eventually he finds them all. The big pup runs back with such enthusiasm!
Today is bright and sunny, and my younger brother is in town. He came back from the middle east last month, and has taken time to see the family members- he looks really good!