After several visits to the Dog’s Trust establishment at Sadbergh, just the other side of Darlington (damn those North Road roadworks..), I brought the new Piedog/Chauffeur/Deputy Navigator home today and, tomorrow we’ll be doing his first walk - a couple of easy miles around Tunstall reservoir.
The new dog’s name is “Lucky” (I wouldn’t have picked this name myself, but he seems to answer to it…).
Lucky has an Irish doggy passport, having been born in Limerick just about a year ago. How he came to be a stray in Darlington is part of his dark and mysterious past.He’s a collie cross and is quite small.
His hobbies are reading, world peace and eating - actually, it’s just eating, really. He has no etiquette at all when it comes to food and would happily remove it from your possession from your dish or even on it’s short journey between the dish/plate and your mouth. He’s also completely untrained, except that he seems to know that his toilet is outside.
And he’s very very friendly. I suspect that this is probably some kind of survival strategy. A successful strategy so far, in fact.
So, that’s a good thing.
The Dog’s Trust have advised on a training regime but have counselled that he’s too young and indecisive at the moment to make a safe driver but that reverse-navigation conditioning could start almost immediately. Actually, having spent a substantial amount of time in kennels, he’s not very fit just yet, so I’ll be spending a week or two or three building up his walking legs.
Hpefully, Lucky will shortly be embarking on a hillwalking career full of doggy fun and the odd Lancashire cheese butty – all of which will be detailed in..er….detail here.
So, it’s all good.
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