Monday, 29 June 2009
After hitting google to find a new walk for the 2 madams we headed out to try Drummuir.
Some gorgeous walks there we headed down by the old railway line (and got a glimpse of the old train that runs), a lovely shady woods helped keep the girls cool in the awful heat. Was lots of new things for them to see a pond full of ducks (Kayla was licking her lips) a couple of very brave sheep (Kayla did her best meercat impression at this point I really think she was pondering a lamb dinner) and lots of horses which the girls are not really used to seeing. Nice for mum she go a wee glimpse of the castle (not a great view as it was hidden by lots of trees). There was a lovely little ford for the girls to splash about in to cool down.
Sadly mum must have touched something nasty in the woods as by the end of the walk her hand was the size of an elephants hoof and the day had to be cut short for a trip to the hospital casualty department.
Saturday, 27 June 2009
The terrible twosome had a fun day today :-) We took them along to what we thought was a companion show but was actually a pet parade kind of thing. We had been going to put both girls in as with Kayla being the showdog and racing dog they don't have many fun things together. Sadly a friend (thanks Esme) informed us that as Kayla qualified for next years Crufts if anyone reported her being in a non kennel club endorsed event she might be prevented from entering Crufts. Yet another ridiculous example of Kennel Club stupidity if that is a correnct fact but we thought better safe than sorry.
Anyway it gave Skye a chance to be the main attraction and get the attention for a change, of course Princess Kayla was not amused with this and you can see her displeasure on some of the pictures of her :-)
The main pleasure of the day was that I realised Kayla is actually fine with other dogs. I have mentioned before that she is very dominant and a lot of the experiences I have with non husky owners have made me feel that I have a "bad"dog in terms of her interaction with other dogs. We had actually bumped into our dog groomer earlier in the week with her 2 huskies. Kayla was her usual vocal lunging self but then watching her body language I became a little puzzled. She would do the the jumping in lunging and yowelling at the dogs but then she turned away and sat facing away from them which I believe is meant to be quite a calming signal of their intentions. Our groomer said that maybe we think she is worse than she actually is because it is not often she gets to interact with other huskies. The dogs we generally meet are any breed other than husky and usually the result is Kayla appears quite dominant (and they interpret it as agressive scowl or comment to us then run off with their dogs.
Anyway today she surprised us again. She played nicely with a wee terrier, still laughing Esme at him giving her a right telling off, she really did not know what to make of that lol. We then bumped into some friends who had 2 of their huskies out, we were not sure how it could go with hanging out in a pack as Skye has nervous aggression issues with her past and as I have mentioned before Kayla can be very dominant. Well both girls had a blast. Kayla was actually very submissive to the boys oh and a complete slut too. She really has the morals of an alley cat hahah. After the parade she met up with the rest of our friend's pack and had more husky play fun and I think she picked a special boyfriend out of the pack :p (well he was special today but she is quite fickle haha). Even grumpy old Skye was in playful mood, more with Kayla than the other dogs and she decided that she doesn't like her old boyfriend Copper any more lol.
We decided it would be nice for us all to go to lunch in Lossiemouth. Our friends dogs could stay in their nice cool van but our babies couldn't stay in our hot car in the sunshine. There is a nice pub in Lossiemouth the Skerry Brae Inn which serves food and lets us take the girls in with us :-) So we had a lovely lunch and a cheeky drink and the girls who were tired just lay down nicely.
After lunch we took all the dogs for a quick play on the beach. the adults all got wetter than the dogs as we all took our shoes off and paddled while all the dogs decided swimming was not for them. Skye and Kayla can both swim but decided that the waves at the beach were certainly not fun to go more than ankle deep in lol. Never mid they had a splash and a play and finished exhausting themselves.
We decided to finish the evening by getting the barbecue out - much to the girls delight as they know that means we will let them have a rare treat by having some of the leftover meat.
Anyway pics today are of Skye in the ring (and Kayla complaining) and then them relaxing while dad did the manly barbecuing. No pics of the dog play or paddling in the beach as mam decided she didn't want to risk her expensive camera getting ruined in the melee.
So today's lesson was my youngest baby is not a problem dog it is just the ignorance of non husky owners who don't understand husky behavior. I am going to stop feeling guilty when I walk her and smile sweetly at ignorant dog owners who scowl disapprovingly at my "vicious" dog.
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Well yesterday Kayla got an afternoon out at the beach with a husky friend. She really doesn't get much opportunity to play with other dogs. Her big sister Skye is kinda grumpy and doesn't play with her and because Kayla is so dominant and doesn't understand how to greet other dogs appropriately she doesn't get to play with many strange dogs.
However "little" Skye is a couple of months younger than her and they have had a few playdates since they were both wee babies. Last time "little" Skye visited Kayla was very dominant as Skye was visiting her home so we decided a neutral venue may result in Kayle being less of a bossy bitch.
The play date was a success Kayla was a dominant bossy cow for 10 mins before remembering that she likes little Skye and having a good few hours of play on the beach with her. Even grumpy old Skye joined in a bit (poor little Skye has tried many times to make friends with her without any luck). There was much tangling of leads and owners landing on their backside in the sand but a good day was had by all and the girls slept like logs when we got home.
Congratulations to Little Skye who had her first go at showing at Keith Companion show today with her mum Shiree and got a 2nd, 3rd and 4th placing.