Breaking and Entering

Despite the naysayers and the doubters who regularly bemoan the crumbling of society’s very fabric, neighbourly spirit is alive and well down our street. A street where people talk and things are loaned and borrowed, mainstays of a bygone era re-awoken and juxtaposed with technologies new – our street has a Facebook page no less.... Continue Reading →

The Crazy Gang

This week’s ‘Stare of the Dog’ takes a closer look at the anecdotal evidence out there suggesting brown Labradors are a cut ‘below’ their more distinguished black and yellow siblings. In truth and even as a so called Labrador virgin, I’ve seen enough madness already in Dud’s short life to realise he’s a certifiable crackpot... Continue Reading →

The Social Network

This week the ‘Stare of the Dog’ reminisces on the very best part of puppy life – socialisation training. It is in my opinion, about the most important part too. The books tell us that young puppies are born with a sixteen-week window, a glorious and empty space in time in which the little blighters... Continue Reading →

A Caged Beast

This week’s ‘Stare of the Dog’ takes a look at the important decision made to ‘crate train’ Dudley from a young age. For those of you outside the loop, crate training is not something undertaken by amateur rugby teams in order to ensure their members can adequately cope with a ‘24 pack’ at the 'end... Continue Reading →

Canine Cargo

This week’s ‘Stare of the Dog’ takes a reflective view of my faithful and furry friend from the rear view mirror of the car. It seemed appropriate to focus on vehicles because after all, it is a near certainty that you’ll be ferrying your mutt some place or other during its lifetime. Unless that is,... Continue Reading →

Total Recall

This week the ‘Stare of the Dog’ takes another look back at Dudley’s puppyhood and in particular, explores the fond memories I have of basic training. I say basic, in the sense that my understanding of dog training is limited, whilst his ability to demonstrate it is equally sparse. Most aspects of the scant control... Continue Reading →

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