Actually he is nearly 7 months old as I write this, but these pictures were taken when he was 6 months old.
Barney loves ‘helping’ with the gardening. Here we are trying to rearrange the ‘rockery’ ready for planting. It looks like we’ve pinned Barney down with the fork, but I promise, no tails were hurt during this shoot! Barney is quite good at the ‘stay’ command now, as evidenced here. He loves digging holes, as evidenced all over my garden and lawn, and if I am not careful he empties my pots all over the patio, trashing the plants in them.
Barney loves to play with his toys, and sometimes things he thinks are his toys! Here he has his chicken which has sadly lost it’s squeak now it has a hole in it! Anything squeaky is a great favourite, but so are shoes, slippers and socks –he loves to pinch a sock (clean or dirty) from the washing basket and run round the garden with it!
He is not so keen on having his paws wiped after a walk. I had forgotten how muddy your house gets with a puppy/dog! Barney has particularly furry paws that mud sticks to, only to let go all over my kitchen floor! Walking on the lead is getting easier, although he is still not brilliant. He loves to go to the local park and play with the other dogs – his favourite is a lurcher cross called Hairy McClary (Hairy for short!) We are coming to the end of our second session of puppy training classes. Barney is learning to walk to heel, stay, leave, to name but a few commands.
He is a very cuddly dog and loves to be stroked! He is great fun, but hard work. I keep saying I’m never having another puppy! But he is so cute, I’ll forgive him almost anything!