The final piece of the puzzle

The lead.

Connection between you and your dog.

The guide to let them know where you are going and where they should be.

The rope that lets them walk you. 
The last one is where we are at. The lead remains the final piece of the puzzle. Nala is calm, loving and like a crazy beast when she gets on her lead. 

Usually I think dogs don’t get things because people don’t train hard enough. They don’t stay focussed. I have tried so hard, countless hours, countless techniques. Still Nala leads the walk. 

I shall be trying another thing this week, the figure of 8 lead. 

You can see it here

Next update – the battle for lead walking, a new tool…

A gift for you


Nala’s latest love is finding and retrieving dead dog fish. 

It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Not strictly true. 

I think in this picture she is saying ‘I am so good to you, and yet you don’t seem grateful’.

This week I have been struck again by how wonderful it is to have a dog. The latest reason is the sense of community from other dog walkers. I chatted to three different groups of people at the pub on Sunday – we would have had nothing to talk about if Nala hadn’t tried to climb under their tables to try to eat the chips that had fallen down there. 

Love that dog. 

A relief

Forgive the mess in this picture, Nala’s bedroom is being renovated. I wish I were kidding…

Actually it’s a weird room off of our kitchen that leads to the garden. When we bought our house the surveyor said ‘pull it down’.

Their exact words.

We know an amazing builder who said we could fix it. Hooray! Reduce, reuse, recycle probably isn’t supposed to apply to your house but it still seems like the thing to do.

The title of this post, relief, is down to my puppy and my weekend. Nala met a delightful 14 month old this weekend and was pretty much perfect.

The baby shuffled on the floor, Nala watched.

The baby laughed and shouted, Nala glanced and carried on her work on a bone.

The baby screamed, Nala checked everyone was ok and just chilled.

This was the relief of all reliefs. I could not be happier. Weirdly I’m not worried about the baby being born, lack of sleep etc at all, I just worry about Nala’s reaction. Test 1 passed with flying colours.

Now let’s get her to walk beside the buggy…

A week of YouTube – Dogs 101

7 years ago I was desperate to get a dog. Well, actually for about 25 years I was desperate for a dog, but 7 years ago I felt I could actually get one. We lived in Manchester and I wanted a big dog to live in my house, frighten burglars and play chase with me. 

We kept getting close to getting a dog. Staffies, huskies, boxers. I accidentally ended up on a waiting list for a Greater Swiss Mountain dog. This would have been bad for the dog and I had I gone through with it. Our next home was a 1 bed flat in Sussex, there was no room for us let alone a dog, Greater or otherwise. 

I decided I needed to wait and my friend said to me, from your list it sounds like you need a Vizsla. I had never heard of this dog. I did a YouTube search and ended up on the Dogs 101 page. I have since watched this video about 50 times. 

We now own a Vizsla and couldn’t be happier. 

Thank you dogs 101 for your explaination, whimsical music and swooshing sound effects. You were right, we love our Vizsla. 

A week of YouTube

As part of my challenge to blog everyday in March I have been setting myself weekly themes. This weeks theme shall be a week of YouTube.

I have been relearning the WordPress platform from scratch and was watching a video about media files. I know what you’re thinking, great story Kristian. 

The video mentioned about YouTube videos URLs being able to be copied in and automatically pulled through. My mind decided I should spend a week talking about my favourite videos. 

My little brother watches a lot of YouTube and is constantly sending me brilliant videos. These will likely be the videos I have watched the most rather than what has made me laugh recently. 

Tomorrow – an introduction to Nala.