Kings Green finally managed to have a rain shower early this morning - what luxury!
Luxury. I know it won't be long before we're complaining that the rain never stops, but this summer has been the driest we've known since we've lived here. There's really very little grass to speak of, and it's only the crop of apples and pears in our orchard that's preventing the sheep from leaving home, I'm sure. Even if we get plenty of rain in September, the grass won't grow much now and we know that our neighbours have been feeding concentrates to their livestock for some weeks already.
On the positive side, however, all our puppies have enjoyed long dry days and plenty of warm sunshine. We bring them out onto the lawn at about 4 weeks, and they start to find their own way out to the field when they're ready and curious enough, but there's nothing more depressing than a clutch of wet, cold puppies. This year they've hardly seen any rain, which is why Mel's puppies looked especially "put out" the first time they found themselves getting wet and ran for cover - where they stayed until they were sure the awful stuff had gone away. As it is, they don't do water - except for Ezra, but he prefers the discipline of the hosepipe, rather than something random that he can't control.
Today has been dry again, after the excitement of this morning's rain, but very windy and as a result the young dogs have been quite noisy. Why are dogs, children and horses excited by the wind? It can make training eventful though, as the sheep seem to get caught up in it too, but perhaps in their case the excitement is due to the windfall apples and pears.
As a temporary respite from the training DVD, Andy's putting together a light-hearted (but, we hope, informative) DVD of "Off Duty" type footage, to be ready by mid-October. We've found some fabulous clips of the dogs we've had over the last five years or so, and I can't wait to see it all edited together. Of course, for us it's a little like watching video of our children, so it's no surprise that we find it endlessly fascinating!