Sunday, 25 June 2017

Trust

Monsieur Escalier supervising the loading of his hay bales


It’s a beautiful day here, blue skies and sunshine but cool enough to do stuff outdoors.

The farmers have cut the fields and have been busy collecting the hay bales.  The wide open fields tempted us to let Rick off his leash and run free.  He ran like the wind, clearly loving the freedom and space but our hearts were in our mouths and we felt a moment of panic when he disappeared into the undergrowth at the side of the field.  He eventually came back to our call but Paul quickly put him back on his leash.  Moments later, as we walked through the woodland, a big stag ran across the track in front of us.  Phew, a close call.  We need to feel more confident that he will come back to us before we feel comfortable letting him run free.


It was a pleasant walk, past the horses and up into the chestnut woods.  The horses are friendly and always come trotting across to say hello.  Rick is rather nervous.  He says he doesn’t trust men who dye their hair blonde and wear it long.


Last night Rick came over to me when I was sitting in my armchair.  He put a paw on my lap, then two paws and suddenly his front paws were on my shoulders and his head was nestled against my chest.  He gave a big sigh.  I love this dog.




18 comments:

  1. I looked after a Jack Russell while his owner was on holiday. After a few days I let Biscuit off the lead in our garden and he was off like an intercontinental ballistic missile. Through the hedge and away. It took me a couple of hours to find him and get him back. That was a big relief.

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    1. We would be frantic if we lost Rick.

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  2. Rick appears to be a very special dog. Were you given any details of his previous life?

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    1. We only know that his first owner was elderly and died when Rick was young, his next family didn't have time to look after him properly and he was left tied up alone for long periods before they abandoned him at the refuge.

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    2. I think the elderly person gave him lots of love and Rick has now come home.

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  3. What a beautiful farm and landscape. And a fine looking dog that is too. Warm greetings!

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    1. Thank you! There is some beautiful countryside around here.

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  4. I'm glad he came back to you. I love the sound of the chestnut woods, like something from a story book. -Jenn

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    1. We are surrounded by chestnut woods, there are some beautiful walks around here.

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  5. The more i read about him i think you are so lucky to have such a wonderful dog.

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  6. Bok climbs all over us too, it usually means FEED ME. Rick's a beautiful looking dog, he has 'faithful' written all over his face.

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    1. Rick is the first dog I've known who doesn't ask for food. When I put his bowl down he waits for a few minutes before going to it. The best thing is he doesn't drool!

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    2. Bok is half Black Lab', half Border Collie. All he thinks of are running and food.

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  7. I do not have a dog now but remember that feeling when you first let them off of the lead, scary.
    The horses are beautiful, we have recently had new forest ponies up on the downs, just loaned I think to trim the grass but never the less lovely and also friendly.
    Briony
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    1. We have lots of horses around here, Rick is still a bit wary of them.

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  8. It's always a heart stopping moment when you let your dog off the lead for the very first time. Our little Spaniel X rescue dog, Duke, was a great one for escaping, he could really jump, and was always off somewhere or other, but always came back. His favourite time was when we belonged to a walking group and he was let off his lead to explore - he'd be off like a rocket, but always came hurtling back to me.

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    1. I think we need to get to know him better. He could get completely lost in the woodland and forests around here.

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