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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:03 pm 
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Well! I turned 6 months old last week whilst I was in skool for a few days and what did I get as a pressie? Nothing. And my 3 meals a day reduced to 2. OK so there's a bit more in the bowl each time but it's not the same.
Anyway, I had a fun week staying in the doggie hotel there, lots of friends to play with and plenty of walks in Bordeaux. They couldn't find anything to scare me :lol:
I got 20/20 from the kennel staff for my impeccable manners, and 20/20 from the tutors. I can behave when I want to, it's just I don't always feel like it.
Apparently my next lessons to concentrate on are :
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Cut the sniffing of 'disgustings' when on the lead :(

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Well done on being so clever.
Not sniffing "disgustings" will be the hardest of the next tasks - good luck with that.


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:lol: 20/20 - what a smarty pants but you must have a very good trainer :D
It will be hard to stop sniffing those nasty objects ....


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uh oh, I'm in BIG trouble today.....yesterday I went back to digging in the garden and that sort of started things off. Liz decided I couldn't be trusted to be left so took me and AuntyB with her to our friend Gillian's house where the big green trampoline with splashy water has been replaced by a lot of bright blue water. I rushed out of the car to investigate. OOPS. My paws couldn't feel the ground so I learnt to swim pdq but I couldn't climb out. Liz had to drag me round to the steps. It was quite fun, but apparently I'm NOT supposed to go in, it's for humans only. And I was very wet.
And it was all going so well, I did a brilliant training session on Thursday and since then things have gone downhill.

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uh oh, I'm in BIG trouble today.....yesterday I went back to digging in the garden and that sort of started things off. Liz decided I couldn't be trusted to be left so took me and AuntyB with her to our friend Gillian's house where the big green trampoline with splashy water has been replaced by a lot of bright blue water. I rushed out of the car to investigate. OOPS. My paws couldn't feel the ground so I learnt to swim pdq but I couldn't climb out. Liz had to drag me round to the steps. It was quite fun, but apparently I'm NOT supposed to go in, it's for humans only. And I was very wet.
And it was all going so well, I did a brilliant training session on Thursday and since then things have gone downhill.

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All these "firsts" - good to get the exploring out of the way now ... =)) :D


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After doing an adolescent sulk this morning for 15 minutes I decided to behave for the rest of the boring walk in town with uniform etc etc. OK so what? I know everything. Yeah, I'm 6 months old, like?
So.... I refused the whistle this afternoon. Like what? I'm a teenager, OK???
Apparently not.... AuntieB has warned me that uh oh I should come back when whistled or otherwise I will get serious lead work where I should be roaming free.
AuntieB also sez earcleaning happens so just get on with it, like.

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Liz, I have only just read this diary of Maona and it bought back so many memories of our Celé, chocolate lab. Mrs JJ didn't have a work skirt with a complete hem for ages. All long skirts and Celé would try to stop her going out by swinging on the hem all the way down the garden path!

No runner beans on the bottom 2 feet or so of the plants and discovering that she couldn't do a JC and walk on the river Wye to get a stick. Just as well she was on an extending lead! Sitting under the pear tree waiting for them to drop and so much more.

It's a lovely read and l look forward to the further entries. We will not have another pup though. Loosing Celé still hurts after 4 years on the 6th June!

Just a thought? Have you tried her with an empty 2 ltr plastic fizzy drink bottle? I put one in the freezer, with the top off, for about an hour. Put the top on securely before you take it out and when it warms up the air expands and makes the bottle almost rock hard and VERY bouncy! She wont be able to get her teeth into it and will probably have hours of fun too. Plus, it hilarious to watch :lol: I used to use the 3 ltr beer bottles, but I don't know if you can get them here?

I was bought up with labs and I adore them :O3 :O3

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I hope that you don't mind me butting in, but this is Celé's last puppy tooth

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aw, and I have some of our first dog's tiny teeth in a Colman's mustard tin!

Re the plastic bottles : I hadn't known about freezing them, I'll try that. They (old and young) usually eye up the bottles as we finish them and wait waggily while we peel the labels off before crashing about with them.

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Gorgeous dog!
Does she like to go swimming, Liz? My parents had a labrador like that when they lived by the sea. I often took her to the beach and she was in there in a flash.
But I suppose you don't want her to have too many distractions.


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It's a shame that a pup has to grow up so quickly, but I imagine that in many ways a guide dog pup has a far more interesting life than the average pup. All those new experiences, even if diving into water is a no-no !


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Yes, Maona loves swimming, but not all my pups have really swum well, some just paddle.

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Dear JonzJob, I had one of your frozen bottles and soon got it sorted. I just bit the top off under the cap
Maona :lol: :lol:

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I am clever! I'm now lying in the water from our upturned water bowl in the hallway so it's luvly & cool, and one of my human servants has just refilled the bowl in case we get thirsty. It's too hot to contemplate even our shadiest afternoon walk. A dip in the river would be nice, but then we'd have to get in the car and that's a lot of effort.

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Moana, nobody likes a smartass :o) :o) :o)

Obviously an inferior French bottle :ymbringiton:

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Wow! Liz went out this morning (so I had a dig, just a small one, and honestly that droopy tomato plant is NOT my fault, I dug up the peppermint). Liz came home at lunchtime with a new interactive toy!
He's called Jedi, he's a lab like me, 3 years old and what's weird is he KNOWS THE HOUSE. And Liz. And Fixit. We've just had a big game and are now panting in the heat. I'll get to the bottom of this.....

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Right I've got this sorted. Apparently this Jedi was here like me, then went to skool but dibbed out for being too sensitive (aka a WIMP). Liz sez I mustn't call him a wimp, AuntyB doesn't care cos I beat him up now more than her.
The heatwave did us all in and so I didn't have to go training Tuesday-Thursday and not for long Friday, and we've been swimming in the Lot too which is brill.
Here we are helping Liz with the ironing today, that's AuntyB in the background you can hardly see her
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I'm not sure we should give him back on Thursday, we're going to miss him. Plus I love his 'sans céreales' croquettes which Liz is using on walkies now, they are nearly as yummy as the little wild plums we keep finding (AuntyB knows just exactly where to run too before Liz attempts to call us back :lol: )


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Be careful the wild plums don't give you the squits - Liz & Fixit might get annoyed with the mess :lol:
If things get too heated, you can come and help Rooney hoover up the cherries in our garden.

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Oo yes, if you still have cherries, all the ones here on our walkies are finished (and not just by us)

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Hi Jonzjob, Smartass here :D
I've just passed my 7-month assessment with a Big Gold Star :-bd
I had to do a long Bordeaux city centre route with my supervisor, with Big Chief Natalie watching from some way behind. Plus in-kennel behaviour review.
My bro Meori did too, the day before.
Now we move up from (if we were children) école primaire to collège, and have new supervisors. Plus we get to have an Operation whatever that is, at the Vet's.....
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It's quiet here now, Jedi came to Bordeaux with us then he went home :(

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Don't worry about the operation. It doesn't hurt a tiny bit unless the vet catches his fingers between the bricks :-bd :-bd :shock: x_x x_x

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For a girlie ? :o

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Oh? Getting me genders mixed up a bit here. Bin a looooooong day. but still it won't hurt if no bricks are employed init :-ss :-ss

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Yer a scruffy lab! You need those loose hairs on the very end of yer tail trimmin so it's like an otters tail :O3 Nice and round like, that doesn't 'urt eiver init. 8-)

Ya do look nice an relapsed though.

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Blimey, it's gone HOT again! Last week in Bordeaux it was wet & cool, today we're all back to hiding indoors. I've been trying to get the garage fridge open, Liz has put lots of yummy plums in there for making jam (?wassat?).

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HOT innit? And thundery, last night we found out that my best friend Hattie is terrified of thunder. She went all small and tried to get under Liz's bed. Silly thing, nothing scares me. And she's been piddling everywhere, she had to go to the vet and now our meals take an age to get served :( as they have to put little extra bits from packets in hers.
Hattie is here cos her master has to see a human vet in Ipswich, aside from her problems she is a lot of fun to have around and we keep getting told off for noisy boisterous games indoors.
I still have to go out on training walks, but with all the tourists around we don't have to go to the big towns, even the littler places are crowded with cars all over the roads.

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Hello Liz,
We've known of JJ's Celé for years (and sad now that we can't see her picture either -thankyou PhotoBucket), and he's familiar with our dearly departed Dylan, the oversized Lab with doggy ADHD, Epilepsy and, ultimately, Lymphoma. We lost him last Christmas, but still miss him dreadfully. Such a character ...

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Now if you need a lovely new lab there are friends of mine wot don't make it to be a guide dog, at Limoges and at Mérignac and elsewhere....pm my minder Liz :O3 for info

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That's a lovely photo of your bandit Thumps. He was a beauty and a real character!

As you said "thank you photobucket". I have always wanted to do a Spoonerisme of the name :O3 All I have to do now is get to grips with how to post hotos again, without botosomething and I'll be laughing?

I don't know if you know but there a a hell of a lot of black and yellow labs who are guide dogs in the U.K., but when we moved over here there were just 4 chocolate jobbies. Because they are loonies. Our Celé was a chokky job and the only dog I have ever known that would argue, but totally beautiful with it. She died over 4 years back and we still miss her so much! :O3 :O3 :O3 :O3

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