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31st March Wk 5 Puppy Class

  • By andrew cottle
  • 13 Apr, 2017

The Open and Shut Case of the strange object!

Relief today, its Friday, I'm off to see all my Woofers pals, suns shining, dads back to take over the lead again, and their is a peace in my little Brown world, what could be  better!
Well now I think about it, another bowl of dinner would not hurt, and dad is getting a bit tardy on the handing out the old treat front, at one time all I had to do look gaze up appealingly and they would just keep shovel treats in, now I have noticed I seem to have to do more and more to get them!
Think I may need to discuss this with the gang!
I'm out of the car like a shot, first here, come on dad that deserves a treat, then something catches my eye a "white thing" not sure what it is, so I shall casually keep my distance until Frankie, Norbet or Harley have checked it out or Mia arrives (she knows it all!).
No sign of Mia, but the sort of good news is we are outside and aunty Sharon is there to help,  the sort of bad news is we have got the lead trainer Andrew so its going to be a busy night - nobody is going to be slacking.
Andrew has move the white thing into the middle of the car park, that's never going to keep anyone in I thought but we soon found very differently to that!
The exercise "The gate" was demonstrated by Rose who walk up to the gate and sat, the when Andrew opened it and walked through she followed and they did an about turn and faced the gate again, then with a "Left about" command they turn left and away they went, that's easy I think we all after a fashion, manage to do it (more practice required says Rose!)
We are then told it is "Road work" and Rose already has her eye on everyone as she demonstrates how to sit at the kerb, then cross the road there and back, I really like this part of the class its like being out on a walk with your pals but all the mums and dads have to behave themselves.
We can all do this, but all the handlers were being told things they have to do and we are doing it again until they get it right and "he" is happy!
 After a couple of attempts, we spotted Mia with her hoomans in a hurry to join in (making sure she walked perfectly on the pavement! and everyone especially Andrew got to see!).
With Mia's arrival our hoomans were given yet more instructions and told to follow as Mia and Jasmine led us away, this is starting to get exciting as we crossed a couple of different roads and then a bridge where we had to stop and the handlers were again given instructions.
We were now at some steps down to grass and a River, Mia and Jasmine had to go down the steps first as they have done them lots of times but for the rest of us it was a first. I could see another dog by the river and wanted to say hello, but was quickly brought back to reality with a "watch me" (and a tasty treat) will we tried as best as we could to follow what Mia had shown us.
I was quite jealous of the dog running around, but he came running towards us, only to blocked by Rose and Andrew, "hi what you doing, that looks fun!, you've got lots of pals, can I join in" but with lots of whistling and shouting he turned and ran back towards the people on the river bank.
That was the easiest treat we earned, just by doing nothing we were praised. 
We however had yet more work to do and set off only to be confronted by a real gate, yes we all know what coming next!
When we have all done the gate 3 times we headed back along the road to the hall, I felt sorry for poor Frankie the Dachshund, but she never complains those step must have been huge to her!
After a couple more crossing we reached the hall and it was obvious that everyone had done really well and Sharon and Andrew were really pleased.
Faye had arrived and was dispatched to her car to get something for Harley, when she returned they fitted Harley with this new collar to attach the lead to, he did not like it and it must have been quite heavy because for once he remained on the ground.
I can hardly remember going in the hall and doing the cones, but Harley was getting on better with his Halti collar, but don't let on because we think its got to be worth extra treats having to wear a halti and we were all going to milk it for what its worth.
The Sun was still shining when we slip into the car to go home, its dads best evening yet, I think he tried harder so I din't have to have mum again, he hardly got told off at all tonight, in fact he was widely praise on the walk and I am so good at cones, that Andrew said next week "we are off lead" ( dad said he didn't know about that, but we know that its coming so I shall practice this week).
Night, night lubs a very happy Rolo xxx

Rolo's Tails of a little Brown Dog

By andrew cottle 27 Dec, 2017

Fireworks

 Please start to acclimatise your young dogs and reinforce last years training to loud noises especially bangs.
Find your self a Clay shoot and take your pup a good distance away so the noise of the gun reports is barely audible to you, sit down with you dog and play with it making a fuss of it and giving it a high value treat e.g. chicken / cheese etc.
The most important part of this exercise is for you not to be worried about the bangs or the dog will pick up on it and react
After a few minutes walk towards the sound and repeat spending just a little longer at each point and ensure that you to pay no attention to the noise whatsoever.
On the first week keep over 1000 meters away even if the dog appears to be taking no notice of the noise, if at any point it shows any fear go back to the beginning and take it slower.
Go home and when it is the dogs meal time, open Youtube  and put on a fire work video at low volume while you feed your dog again make it barely audible, repeat at one or two meal times a day so by the next weekend the volume is still low, less than a normal speaking voice.
Return to your Clay shoot and again start in the same place but repeat everything but this time end up about 800 meters (half a mile) away, again treat the bangs as perfectly normal.
if you know another dog that is totally unreactive to noise, may want to get them to join you but most importantly make the play fun for the dog take a favourite toy and plenty of good treats
Repeat the youtube on at meal times again but increase the volume very slightly, again any signs of fear or discomfort reduce and go back to the beginning.
For the next four weeks reduce the final distance by 100 meters and increase the Youtube volume until it is at a normal to what you would have on your television.
Most importantly if at any time the dog show ANY signs of fear or discomfort go right the way back to the beginning, do not try and rush this and as with all socialisation you have to revisit it a couple of times a year.
Remember if you are relaxed,your dog should have nothing to alarm it, animals look to you as a lead, that is why we talk to our dogs just before we meet another dog or hazard, so they know that you have seen it, assessed it and are in control, That way your dog has not got decisions on what to do.
Good luck, keep the treats high value and keep it light and  fun.

By andrew cottle 27 Dec, 2017

Fireworks

 Please start to acclimatise your young dogs and reinforce last years training to loud noises especially bangs.
Find your self a Clay shoot and take your pup a good distance away so the noise of the gun reports is barely audible to you, sit down with you dog and play with it making a fuss of it and giving it a high value treat e.g. chicken / cheese etc.
The most important part of this exercise is for you not to be worried about the bangs or the dog will pick up on it and react
After a few minutes walk towards the sound and repeat spending just a little longer at each point and ensure that you to pay no attention to the noise whatsoever.
On the first week keep over 1000 meters away even if the dog appears to be taking no notice of the noise, if at any point it shows any fear go back to the beginning and take it slower.
Go home and when it is the dogs meal time, open Youtube  and put on a fire work video at low volume while you feed your dog again make it barely audible, repeat at one or two meal times a day so by the next weekend the volume is still low, less than a normal speaking voice.
Return to your Clay shoot and again start in the same place but repeat everything but this time end up about 800 meters (half a mile) away, again treat the bangs as perfectly normal.
if you know another dog that is totally unreactive to noise, may want to get them to join you but most importantly make the play fun for the dog take a favourite toy and plenty of good treats
Repeat the youtube on at meal times again but increase the volume very slightly, again any signs of fear or discomfort reduce and go back to the beginning.
For the next four weeks reduce the final distance by 100 meters and increase the Youtube volume until it is at a normal to what you would have on your television.
Most importantly if at any time the dog show ANY signs of fear or discomfort go right the way back to the beginning, do not try and rush this and as with all socialisation you have to revisit it a couple of times a year.
Remember if you are relaxed,your dog should have nothing to alarm it, animals look to you as a lead, that is why we talk to our dogs just before we meet another dog or hazard, so they know that you have seen it, assessed it and are in control, That way your dog has not got decisions on what to do.
Good luck, keep the treats high value and keep it light and  fun.

By andrew cottle 28 Sep, 2017

Another Sunday lay in disturbed with mum and dad rushing around, I had had my breakfast so didn't need to get to excited about anything .
All of a sudden I spotted the Wet suit had made its way into the room, that can only mean one thing, yip we are all gonna get wet!
I quickly rushed around and check they had packed tennis balls, treats, floaty thing, yellow stick,treats and oh did I mention treats.
Into the car we piled and we are soon at Felixstowe and so are loads of my Woofers friends, there is Gem, Lulu teddy, Norbert,  Hermi, Lola,  Frank, Tammy, Meg  and about 10 others I didn't know (yet!)
It was a great turnout and the weather was sunny while we were there,  so we could run and play in the surf.
 All the dogs hand a great time and for some it was their first visit to the seaside, Norbert did eventually get his feet wet, some were a lot sooner into the action with Gem in the fray with the other Labradors and a couple of or guests making sure Frankie and me didn't get every toy in the ocean.
Frankie and me towed dad in to the beach and the girls would roll him back in!
After a while we left dad on the beach (I think the mention of a whaling fleet being spotted meant he had to get out) and all the dogs went for a walk around the headland and back to the cars. 
Afterward some of us went over to the "Hand in Hand" public House in Trimly IP11 0RL and had a great lunch, in a really dog friendly atmosphere, with water appearing for the dogs as soon as we arrived and gravy bones being offer around by the staff.
If you are taking your dogs out and about in the Felixstowe area it is well worth the detour for a good quality meal or a drink, check out there web site for menus and specials, there is also ample parking out the back so you can decamp the dogs away from the road if required Well worth a visit! ( A great selection of Gin's for the Hoomans  the Rhubarb one with the ginger ale particularly hit the spot for a couple that weren't driving).
Another fantastic day with Woofers for me and all my pals

By andrew cottle 23 Sep, 2017
Well it was an early start for a Sunday, apparently we had a 50 mile drive to reach "The lost City of Dunwich" I remember last years visit  where we didn't find the lost city , but we did find a great Café!
Anyway today was going to be special because one of the dogs coming with us was 14 years old and right up for a paddle! that's 100 YEARS OLD in Hooman!
I was told that I wasn't allowed to charge about with Frankie in case we knocked Bonnie  over, but she was so lovely and we just watch in awe  as she followed dad (Andrew) into the water.
By andrew cottle 15 Aug, 2017
Wednesday July 12th 2017 Rose’s Birthday
Well the day has finally arrived it my Birthday so in true Labrador fashion I woke early to help dad make his sandwiches for work (quality control is an essential part of the process) got my card and some presents, then when back to bed with Mum for an hour.
After a leisurely breakfast, it was out for my walk with mum, which was only down to the local park and not round the river walk.
I would have been disappointed but I met some friends in the park that I could run and chase a ball with, but I was a little surprised when mum told me to heel and we headed home after all it was my birthday.
When we got home, mum was straight into the kitchen and all of a sudden there were lots of lovely smells as different ingredients were lined up on the work top, oh good perhaps  a bowl to lick or more quality control of the finished product, maybe it wasn't so bad after all.
After a while mum produced a batch of cakes the like of I had never seen before!  then set about decorating them with little bones, when she had finished to my surprise she put one in my food bowl and sad Happy Birthday Rose, here a Pup cake.
it was delicious, I could taste the peanut butter, sweet carrot, honey and other things that made it really tasty! and what more if they were all for me the big tray had loads on it and what’s more mum was making even more!
I had to quality control one from another batch but it was just as tasty, but it was strange that mum had not scoffed any yet!

BBQ

By andrew cottle 14 Aug, 2017

Well the best day of the year came,  you hoomans know it as the Annual Barbeque to all the 4 legs its “Sausage day!”
It’s the day we all get to run around a huge garden with our friends and Sausages, biscuits or other goodies literally fall out of the skies! None of the dreaded D word on sausage day you can eat as much as you like!
This year the Sun started out well, but there were so many sausages and dog biscuits about that in clouded over and got a bit wet in the middle, it didn’t matter to us and the Hoomans had their shelter (can’t think why they want to sit about under cover, when the garden is full of free range sausages!).

By andrew cottle 10 Aug, 2017

The best laid plans of Mice and Men, well you can include dogs in that number as well!
After week of practicing a heel work to music routine with Sharon, we lost some vital members of the team due to injury, illness and holidays,  but Norbert  Tammy and Meg took up the challenge to ensure  the first display was continued and what a great job they did!
Still back to a prefect Sunny day is Suffolk we were scheduled to do two displays at the fete so the first part was some obedience  and heel work to settle us in as 4 of the team had never preformed in a public display before and Andrew had decided that 2nd Lead Trainer Sharon was doing the first section on her own and although she had taken part in many displays before  she had never had to run one, but Andrew was confident everyone would rise to the occasion and that's exactly what they did, the multi dog stop was sensational and even preforming the "car crash cone" perfectly no an easy task with 6 dogs moving at split second precision timing, there is nowhere to hide if it no right you crash or have to stop! 
The display could not have done better and Sharon had everything under total control.

By andrew cottle 26 Apr, 2017

Bit of a strange one today, mum and dad left us a home with Aunty Faye, as they had to be in Norfolk again today so I was faced with a practice for my Woofers Puppy certificate on my own.
Marmite was being no help at all and told me  he suspected that mum and dad had gone into hiding to Norfolk in case I failed.
Good job I had got Faye here, as I knew that she and Andrew were doing my practice and the real event next week, so I pretty well had it sussed and done everything possible using dads favourite tactic of sucking up to the teacher!
Throughout the day I made sure Faye had the pick of the tennis balls and toys and did everything that she asked (more or less) immediately!  Apple or not dad would have been proud of me.
We arrived at the hall and I got out of Fayes car and we went over and I reassured the girls that I had arrived,  Frankie, Teazle,  Meg and best of all Lulu who was back from her travels, I relaxed a bit knowing everything would be okay now,  just get this evening over with, so mum and dad could soon come out of hiding!
Harley who appears to have no nerves liked the idea of all doing the test together and had discussed with Norbert the exact amount of puppyness we could get away with! (them girls think their cute, but us boys are the real class pin ups! but don't let on).
Suddenly without warning I am handed over to Aunty Linda, who is Rose's mum, but as she has already been trained, I think I am in for a nice easy evening (little did I know).
Within the first couple of minutes of the class, I start to wish dad was back! Linda obviously isn't quite as trained as I had assumed and what with the bigger issues to be dealt with,  like Lulu having been away on holiday for 3 weeks,  she should have known that everyone including me needed to discuss the elusive haggis and more importantly what's it taste like!
But no, Linda's idea was get into work right away, so after a couple of minutes of trying to reason with her and odd lunge towards the pack, I found myself well and truly told to "leave" and "watch me".
At that point I decided that I had better concentrate a bit more and things rapidly improved, by the end of the road walk I thought that I had nearly got her up to scratch, a bit reluctant  on the handing out treat front, but she walked nicely and gave plenty of praise, the only down was she tends waves her hands about a lot. 
Anyway after we had entered the hall, things went down hill!
After all the puppy classes, I am sort of  getting the hang of what we do in the hall and the road, but this was defiantly not what I had been use to, I was being thrown by doing things very slightly different and all of a sudden fingers were being raised and every opportunity or the palm of the hand shown (an empty one at that Wot no treats!) frankly I think not only had she had lost the plot, she had had my treat away as well!
I looked over at Rose as if to say "what sort of training have you done with this woman! I haven't a clue what she's on about!" If she says "watch me" once more without getting a treat I am going to complain to dad!
As we were fast heading toward my fave section that is the cone work, I decided to make a big effort to stick with it.
Before we were allowed to do the cones this week, the Hoomans are all reminded of exactly what he wanted them to do  by Andrew giving a demonstration, almost seamlessly Andrew has dropped the lead, stuck a treat over Harleys nose and given the demonstration, pointing out what they need to focus on and to ensure the treat was were it should be. 
We all  eagerly watched secretly hoping that we were going to get a turn to demo with the trainer (we all like to do this and show how good we can be with everyone watching).
Whoo HOLD ON!! I have just noticed, the Linda has mesmerised him as well, I distinctly saw him put a flat of the hand towards Harley when he said stay, OMG he's caught the finger as well!!! Simultaneously with the "wait" the finger came up in front of Harleys nose. 
Nobody else had either noticed or cared, as we passed Rose I pleaded for assistance, she gave a sigh and said its another way of them talking to you, they have all sorts of daft ideas, things that whistle, that click, coloured pointy sticks, all manner of ways to try and confuse you, just think about what you are doing and what you have practiced and you will be alright.
Um I am a bit happier now and thinking about it, I know what I am being asked to do, and the wait and stay the hand signals are pretty easy really.
Oh its our turn for the cones, Its that finger again, but this time I know its meaning and also hear the "wait" command, Oh come on Linda! we want to get going -   I'm good at this!
Hang on, commands from the lead trainer Andrew " Lead off" "in and out with the dog" " Dogs name and Heel go" with that my lead was off and we were moving.
Now she's got the idea, just keep them treats coming lady,   oh hang on we've finished! damn didn't have time to make sure the girls were checking me out, what's this the crowd has got wild, people are clapping Andrew has said well done and clapped his hands and Des, Doug, Kate and everyone has joined in, Oh I must been so good!
In the next few minutes everyone goes through the cones off lead and Andrew and Faye are really please and everyone gets applauded.
But there is no time to rest on our laurels, I'm up against the cones again and its off with the lead again,  this time going "Left and Right" while Linda walks one side of the cones, I follow her hand and the treat and again before I know it we have finished again.
The hall once again is cheering and clapping,  we all succeed and get applauded, Lulu, Teazle, Frankie, Meg and the boys all "Smashed it " according to Daisy and her Hooman Paul, in fact everybody in the hall was impressed, Frankies family picked her up, Harley could hardly speak for all the extra treats Teazles Doug was trying to play it cool while beaming a smile, Lulu was skipping about and I think Des was as well.
While we are all basking in our glory, Rose is suddenly up and to Andrew side, now the treat has dropped! watching them I now know exactly how Rose always managers to know exactly what he wants her to do and where she has to go, the "Finger of Doom"
Now I know the secret I can't wait to tell the others,  all those Top Dogs ought to watch themselves, the First Woofers puppy class of 2017 is on it way up, Move over Marmite, Lola, Rose, there is new talent in Bramford!
After some frantic tail wagging and good byes, I can hardly stay awake in the Car,  I rush out when we get home to tell Marmite all about it, by the time mum and dad get back he is going to be bored with tails of this evening, so I better have forty winks, so I am ready for when they come home.
Faye give me a quite well done and I drift off to sleep.
Can't wait till next week , I only hope dad can hold his nerve and learn the mad hands thing! 
lots of Lubs the newly clued up Rolo xxx

By andrew cottle 19 Apr, 2017
Well Good Friday started off much the same as most Fridays, which in my opinion are good, because we gets to go to Woofers dog training classes and see all my pals, the only real difference was a "Yummy" special chocolate Easter egg for Marmite and me, however I was convinced that Andrew had said to the class "No training next week as its Easter" so was not sure that the day was going to be so good after all!
We had our Dinner early which was a good sign, but no one seemed to be in a hurry to get there and as yet no pre-training walk, although mum was scrambling things together in bags and mum and dad had put on the bright Red Woofers tops, so we must be going.
Both Marmite and me tried to hurry them up, by repeatedly showing them where the door was and barking encouragement, but after what seemed like for ever, we all got in the car!
When we arrived at the hall something was wrong! Some of the wrong hoomans were there with the wrong dogs, Marmite was as confused as me.
We all got out the cars and last I could see Mia, Meg and Teazle, so at least some of them had got it right!
Daisy was next out of the car and taking control barking out instruction's , Tammy, Teddy, Trevor, Tommy, "Tommy pay attention what have you done with Mia" Lulu, Leo, Marmite get them pups in order, come on fall in!
Then Andrew, Linda and Rose arrived, at last he would know what we are doing here and as usual he did!
All the handlers and dogs were now ready to be told what to do, only that's not really what happened, he just said "keep together until we reach the river, everyone on lead until I say please"  Mia's owner Jasmine was to lead the way.
We were off, most of us had done the road walk, but it was different with the other dogs, who didn't seem particularly worried about what we were doing and all sat at the kerb and move as one, nobody wanted to be left out.
After we had all got to the steps correctly our handlers were told "relaxed" walking, oh if dad got any more relaxed Mia and Teazle would be out of sight.
Without warning we were stopped, but instead of the normal exercises,  a yellow stick thing, tennis balls and a orange disc were produced and we were allowed off lead, "Yahoo" Rose was flying through the air and landed in the water with an impressive splash!  its just like the beach all over again, so I run and introduced myself properly to the girls Meg, Tammy, Teddy, Teazle, Lulu and of course Mia, after that I barked come on Teazle time for the wet stuff, follow Rose and I raced towards the edge and just before I went in I looked round to see Teazle, Trevor, Tommy  but they had all stopped!
Whats this I said "come on guys"  "not sure" said Teazle "I have never been in the water before" follow Rose" Marmite said and with that me and Teazle  slipped into the water, I immediately pushed out toward Rose and barked at Teazel to catch up, I looked behind and not only was Teasle in the water but she was along side me, move your legs I barked, Handler Doug looked quite worried, but relieved and happy when we both turn back and scooted up the bank, everyone around congratulated them both, although don't recall Doug getting wet!  
I then headed out for the Yellow stick and everyone watched me go by myself, most of my pals came down to the water edge to watch me (I think Mia was worried for me as she got her feet wet, but I knew Andrew would jump in if  I needed any help).  
By andrew cottle 14 Apr, 2017

A strange start to Sunday morning, everyone is up and about and Marmite is beside himself with excitement, "what's going on" I said gradually warming to the fact that something really good was going to happen.
Its the "Beach" said Marmite, look at the weather todays my Marine meander! Wow I though I heard of the beach it's one of those lovely wet places, but "marine meander" oh wot the hell, we'll roll with that one!
What makes it an even better day is I hear my good friend Barnaby is coming with his hoomans from Norfolk to join the Woofers friends and all the fun!
Mum is pleased it is warm and sunny as we all pile into the car and set off, Barnaby says he like to paddle in the sea but doesn't like to get too wet, I told him that Marmite paddles and I am going to try it out today.
On arrival we spot Lola, Alfie, little Daisy and 3 of Marmites pal that I haven't seen before, another Lola, Brandy and Harry a big Black Labrador with their mummy Linda (that will please Andrew, he is always saying he could do with a Brandy after training us lot).
Its so exciting when I get down on the sand and we are being joined by other dogs all the time, most of the other dogs have rushed down for a paddle, so not to miss out I follow getting my feet cold and wet (lovely!)
This then is the Sea and I like it, it tastes funny and Lola tell me not to drink it or I will be sick.
What's this, a ball and Aunty Faye throws it a little way in to the sea, Lola chases into the sea barking "follow me" in I run but its getting harder to run and suddenly a strange feeling as my feet appear to have a mind of their own.
Before I can be scared everyone is saying "well done",  "keep going" Lola barks move your legs you'll be fine, so I keeps going and manage to keep my head above the sea.
When I reach Lola she lets me have the ball to take back to the sand, keeping with me all the way back, boy this is fun as I head back to the beach I can see everyone especially mummy was shouting encouragement and I got a fuss and stroke from nearly everyone.
This swimming lark is great I think and apparently is comes naturally to Labradors as they have webbed feet (so have some other dogs and some people from Suffolk), I really love this swimming, it's so easy, lets do it again.
Now I've got the hang of it, I can race for the ball with the other big dogs, I try to reach the ball first a few times, but are always beaten as I am only  little puppy.
Rather than try and beat the other Labs, I decide to go for the balls that are nearer and in the shallow water, Alfie the British Bulldog (who is like a brick wall, so is slower in the water) was my chosen target to pinch the ball from.
When a ball came near I threw myself forward and nearly got the ball, but he was so strong and knocked me under water, he thought I had given up so I pushed forward, swam past and pinched it right from his mouth, he he, I swam as fast as I could for the shoreline and showed off my prize.
As Lead trainer Andrew was in the sea in a wet suit to keep an eye on us all and make sure we were all safe and no one got into difficulty, aunty Linda was keeping an eye out for some mysterious whaling fleet, so I was allow to swim out with him, Rose and Frankie V who was chasing everything that he could possible chase and ending up with nothing to show for it.  
After a while mummy who was very pleased with my swimming and thanked Lola and Rose for showing me the ropes, made me come out as, she said I needed to rest as my legs were wobbly.
So sadly and much against my wishes I was taken back to the car to dry off and have a drink of fresh water.
Mummy put my towelling robe on me and I had to rest in the car, Aunty Sharon arrived back with Alfie (S) who is quite old now so he had also been ordered to rest! we both rested with Sharon and David, while mum sneaked of back to the beach to get Marmite, don't now what they put in that water but I was starting to feel quite tired.
Finally we could see a whole pack of dogs and Hoomans in Red Tops in the distance, Oh how I wished I could have been part of the pack, but Alfie assured me we had had the best of it.
People in the car park waved as the Woofers moved almost as one into the car park, little Daisy was heading up the pack with big Alfie bring up the rear, so many dogs of all different sizes and colours, then I spotted Marmite, Barnaby with both the Lola's, Harry and Brandy, everyone was back safe and I felt proud to be part of something like Woofers and not to have to walk alone, other dogs had followed, but we don't mind "Woofers" is for every dog!
Now we were all here, some were saying goodbye until Friday, but other were eager to get in the cars and head for the Mariners Arms at Trimley were we were going to stop for lunch.
When I woke up we were at the pub and it smelt like the best place in the world, FOOD! I had not realised how hungry this swimming make you!
The man at the pub must have known because he had put us all in one area where we could rest and had jars of Gravy bones for us to eat.
Most of the hoomans had a big roast dinner (which Andrew was  really the only one that deserved it as like us he had been swimming and they had just loafed about on the beach) I tried to let dad know I would help his out with the pork and chicken he had, but unfortunately he managed just fine.
After a while Andrew took me outside with Rose and Marmite for a wee and I had to do everything from my training classes so he could see how good my lead work was (certificates in a few weeks so influencing the trainers could come in handy!)  I could see he was impressed and even Marmite was trying to show how good he was, one day I will be as good as Rose who seems to know what he wants before anyone else, but she is still crazy and when she can, runs and jumps all the time.
We got back to the pub and they had ordered "Afters", I can't believe how this lot put it away, perhaps its just as well they didn't all swim! but after yet another round of Gravy bones, we all settled down again.
My memory was blank until I woke to laughter and everyone getting ready to leave, I so enjoyed Marmites birthday party with all our friends and can't wait to tell my gang at the puppy class as some couldn't make it and my lovely Lulu who was on holiday in Scotland.
Role on the next socialisation gathering, I can't wait!
Until next time lubs a tired, damp  and very happy Rolo xxx
Don't forget if you go to our Facebook or our Flickr pages over the next few weeks you can see photos of me and all my friends and some of our adventures.

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