As part of my time off work, I’ve been putting in extra training time with the dogs. Due to our agility trainer being away this week at a championship show, there is no class. However, I didn’t want to miss a week of getting Echo into good habits, therefore, I roped Ben into teaching me (and helping with the tricky bits) how to build my own jumps. I found a design on pinterest and went with it. I think it’s a success!
I had to first make the feet.
One complete wing!
It was a bit confusing and the design is a bit rough since it is a first attempt. I haven’t painted them either but that can come later on. It’s not a priority on our to do list as nice as it would be. And here is the finished product. (Ben cut the PVC pipes and made the holders):
If I get anymore wood then I’ll make some more but we’ll need to collect some more PVC pipe. Using the wings together or seperately I can make a good little obstacle course using the bushes in the garden and our little chimnea. It’s very rough and ready but I’m able to put into practice all the things we are learning at class. And it is having the effect of tiring the wee boy out.
Blurry but you get the idea!
We have been taking advantage of our week of freedom so far. Dogs hopped into the car and we headed off to Loch Earn. We stopped at Comrie briefly for a quick toilet stop and to let the boys have a wee stretch.
From Comrie we were only in the car another 10 minutes or so before Ben found us a little private beach for our lunch. It was lovely and warm, a little windy but just a perfect little place to stop.
Don’t they look so happy! They are still tired out today. So they’ve had a morning snoozing.
I have taken two weeks off work this month as my summer holidays. Too many are already off in June and July so had to take time now. I don’t mind to be honest. The weather has been lovely and the kids are all school so going anywhere is a lot quieter. Ben has managed to take this week off as well which is unusual for us. We don’t normally manage to get the same time off. Enjoying our time with each other and the dogs.
Saying that, I’ve also had a chance to have a wee catch up with my friend and her wee border terrier, Tumnus. I took Echo out to meet them in the woods (can’t take Zephy at the moment as they don’t seem to be getting on as well as we’d like them too, Tumnus is very vocal and Zephy doesn’t like being barked at). The sun was out and after running through the woods together, they were roasting, so we found a nice secluded bit by the river and the two of them had a great time:
The sunshine continued into the next day so Ben and I took the dogs down to the beach. The tide was out just the right amount, so that there were little pools of water for the dogs to play in. I absolutely love seeing them run about together. With Zephyr’s recall being non-existent. It is nice to have places to ourselves so that he can enjoy a run about.
Mum has biscuits!
I’m gonna get you!
We have been off for a few days now and I think the dogs are loving all the freedom. They have spent more time just lying in the sun and relaxing. Echo was even up on my lap last night for cuddles before bed time. If I could spend this much time with them all the time I would.