Or rather a smooth-haired dog story.
Friends have a Doberman pup - he is now six months old and, to use their expression, 'daft as a brush'. They have had Doberman dogs before and their training methods are excellent - every one has been perfectly behaved. We also had their German Short-haired Pointer, Oscar, when they went to Japan to work for a few years, and he was one of the best and most faithful dogs we have ever had. So they know their stuff when it comes to dog training. Then why is this one taking a little longer?
The farmer met them on the lane last evening just as it was getting dark and chatted to them. Tess and he got acquainted at the same time, although Tess gave him a pretty hard time. She may only be half his height but she is a terrier after all and she gave him pretty short shrift.
We heard his story and I thought it would make interesting reading for you this morning. His mother was pregnant with eight puppies and two weeks before their due date she fell down the stairs. This precipitated their birth and all eight puppies were born alive and well. But, sadly, their mother died in giving birth to them. So all eight were hand reared, bottle-fed puppies.
I rather think he has grown up thinking he is a human,although he did spend rather a lot of the time his 'mum and dad' were talking to the farming trying to get a sniff at Tess's rear end (which she had absolutely no intention of letting him do!) so maybe not.
HOSPITAL UPDATE. My son has been back to see the eye specialist today, a week after he had an operation for a detached retina. He has a good report, can now walk about normally, and is to go back next week for further examination. So far so good.