If she isn’t finding someone to bark at, she’s sneakily digging holes in the garden (Bye bye plants), getting us to throw toys for her, chewing her leads and of course sleeping. We find a good afternoon walk means we have a comatose puppy all evening, but with Dave at work in the mornings, she’s driving me demented with her activity so I’ve had to start a short morning walk too to get some peace to write!
The other day, she discovered that our neighbour also has a puppy, about 4 months old but a German hunting breed; the Bayerischer Gebirgsshweißhund (which I think means it hunts mountains) so is nearly as big, called Lucy. They spent half an hour running around and like a couple of naughty kids dug up a dead mole, which I quickly removed. Swingle was actually begging for mercy and lying in a heap while Lucy jumped on her!
Then after a sleep we went with Barbara (who owns Shira) to a farm, with a two month old Appenzeller pup, called of all the best names, Sock! He was very small and scared of Swingle’s bounciness- but that won’t last, he’ll soon be flattening her. We all went for a walk and Swingle went out of her depth in the Mur and got carried away by the current, fortunately she soon got her feet and got out- she was more circumspect when she saw some water in a ditch later. So she ran and ran like a greyhound as we went home. We were invited in for tea, where Swingle was given Sock’s lunch which he didn’t want, and she only stole one slipper! Quiet evening followed!
ON Sundays we’re signed up for puppy school. All have to wear muzzles, so for her first lesson she spent more time trying to get it off. All sessions begin with a romp to relax the dogs and it works. I’m not sure about having her on the left, as I’ve always had my dogs on the right, but I suppose it’s getting them to stay on one side. More work on that during the week. Afterwards we took her for a walk but she was so stressed that she threw up in the car, still after a paddle and a cool she was ok. Next time we’ll walk her around a bit before we leave!
Its a hard life!