Haribo has been with us just over a week now. I am happy to report that he has settled in well. He gets on well with our large dog, George. Our terrier, Maxi, pretty much ignores him as she does most dogs. She did that with George when he first arrived, but now she follows him round so we hope she’ll warm to Haribo in her own time.
Haribo, as one would expect from a collie, has lots of energy and a desire to please and work with people. He particularly likes playing ball and will run and fetch a ball till he drops! No surprises there, most collies like to play ball. So, he gets to play a little ball on each walk. Sometimes George joins in, but he seems to be going through a bit of a lazy patch. It may be because he’s on a diet (having put on a bit of weight).
In our orchard, the grass is quite long so Haribo gets to chase the ball but more often than not, then has to find it. It’s great stimulation for dogs to use their noses to find things.
Haribo is also undergoing some basic training, improving his sit stays, recall and downs. Sometimes he’s so keen he just can’t stay in one place and seems to glide around the floor like a dalek. However, a quick learner, he is beginning to realise that the motionless dog gets the reward.
And he loves his food. Well, they all do. This picture shows them sitting waiting to be allowed to eat their dinner (which is on the floor in front of them, just out of shot). You can see from the intensity of their expressions that they can’t wait!
And tomorrow, I’m back at work at Pawplay after the Christmas break, so lots of doggie fun and play awaits.