Sunday, 15 July 2018

Two balls are better than one

I've been out of the country for a while, so haven't been able to keep up to date with pictures of Isla.  I was able to take a few this morning (just as the sun was starting to get hot), three days after her six month birthday.  Isla has always been obsessed with balls, but until very recently she's only been able to carry one at a time.  Now that she has an almost complete set of adult gnashers, with a little bit of juggling it's possible for her to carry two balls at the same time - for short periods, anyway.  Double the number of balls means double the pleasure, of course.  What a happy bunny.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Isla discovers water

It being Fathers' Day, we had a family outing to one of our favourite locations: Salhouse Broad, near Wroxham in Norfolk.  It's a place we took Amber a few times (see here), given its peaceful location and gently sloping sandy beach which is ideal for canine swimming.  Isla hadn't really met water before (other than a couple of futile attempts to give her a bath when she was tiny) but we had high hopes that she would enjoy her first swim.  As it is she needed a little gentle encouragement to enter the water in the shape of a tennis ball - and me paddling to retrieve it myself on occasion.

She soon got the hang of things, however, but never quite managed to swim.  Maybe next time?

What a pretty girl...

Retrieving might be in the genes, but handing the ball back occasionally needs a bit of gentle persuasion.

The final picture shows a classic "decisive moment", captured by accident as Harriet gave a strawberry to Isla.  If I'd tried to release the shutter when the fruit was exactly half way between the Harriet's hand and Isla's mouth, I wouldn't have stood a chance.  Good old serendipity.

Current weight:  15.9kg

Current state with the cats:  Amorous (unrequited) and energetic to the point where the increasing weight disparity requires the poor felines to be rescued from Isla's advances on occasion.  Sometimes I wonder if good old chasing would be easier to deal with!

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Normal service is resumed

After three completely mad weeks, preparing for two photographic exhibitions and handing over the job of RPS Regional Organiser after more than five years doing it normal service is resumed when it comes to reporting on Isla's progress.  She's now 18 weeks old, and definitely looking like a small dog rather than a large puppy.  She's started teething too, so quite a lot of time is spent chewing anything she can get her ultra-sharp gnashers into.  Rubber door wedges are a particular favourite, as are flower pots and assorted sticks from the garden.  Luckily she also likes carrot, cucumber and apple, along with anything else even vaguely edible.  A classic labrador, in other words.  This morning we were happy to lie on the lawn in the sunshine, watching the world go by.

Occasionally we would need to go foraging in the flower beds to find something new and interesting to chew.

Current weight:  13.5kg

Current state with the cats:  Still fairly frosty with two of them, but Isla is now best buddies with our ginger cat.  She repeatedly presents him with gifts - anything from a stuffed rat to an empty yogurt pot - which is usually rejected unceremoniously.  Like all unrequited love affairs, I suspect the relationship is eventually doomed to failure.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Flower Power

Isla is now 15 weeks old, and has developed a taste for gardening.  Bluebells are great for pooping in; pansies are tasty; grape vines are chewy; roses are nice and crunchy; but clematis is probably the most interesting because of the human reaction it provokes.  Hope none of them are particular poisonous...

Current Weight:  10.9kg

Current State with the Cats:  Increasingly anarchic.

London Salon 2018

Super-chuffed to have three images accepted for this year's London Salon of Photography exhibition - especially since I though the limit was two!  It turns out that the rules have been changed, and it's now possible to achieve two acceptances per section.  Since I only had one colour image accepted, I clearly need to do better next year...

I can't imagine why, but my entries this year had quite a strong canine theme.


"Beach Bum"

"The Hairdresser"

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Growing Up

Isla is growing up at a frightening rate, and now is looking like a small dog rather than a puppy.  She's still very much a toddler in her behaviour, though - especially the needle-sharp teeth, which she uses to great effect on fingers, toes, ankles, etc.  Mostly she's pretty angelic, though.

Andrea, a friend in the village, gave Isla a rather wonderful dragon, which she loves.  It had been de-honked within 24 hours, however...

Isla, being a labrador, loves food.  Any kind of food, edible or not.  A recent discovery is yogurt, which is almost as much fun as the pot it comes in.

We started puppy training classes last night, and the instructor suggested dried sprats as a reward for good behaviour.  Tasty they might be (if one is a labrador), but I'm sure everyone in the Lane can smell them.

Current Weight:  9.2kg

Current State with the Cats:  Don't ask.