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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 12

Total Recall

Dave has a very strong sense of leadership and duty, very much in evidence when we are out walking the miles of paths and trails we explore. His natural herding instinct means that walking behind the pack (even if that is just me) is something he’s not happy about.

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 11

It’s Doggo Christmas

Children and pets alike, they all enjoy the excitement of Christmas. Extra food smells in the house, lots of fun wrapping paper rolls stacked in the corner. A large tree with “toys” that swing as people walk past them. Decorations on walls and ceilings that can be sniffed and reached with a bit of cunning ingenuity.

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 10

Whatever The Weather

Having survived our first trip together on Dartmoor I planned many more excursions over the late summer and early autumn. I wasn’t always fortunate with the weather and on occasion mother nature would remind us that she was very much in control.

A plan was hatched in autumn to hike about 11 miles from Princetown to Gutter Tor and back,

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 9

Dartmoor Dave!

No holiday to Devon would be complete without a trip to the wild beautiful landscape that is Dartmoor. Miles and miles of windswept moor, vast skies, towering granite tors, waterfalls and rivers. As far as the eye can see the landscape is untamed and yours to explore. Before I set foot on the moor let me take you back in time and explain how the concept of “Dave”

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 8

The High Seas

You can learn everything from the internet these days. It is quite possible to never leave your house and yet become an expert on dog training or mountaineering! Dave and I learn hands-on as we go. I have never enrolled Dave in any formal training classes.

He’s an intelligent puppy from working dog parentage.

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 7

Devon a New Beginning

There is no need for me to cover old ground here, except to say that the events of chapter two were a very sad time in my life and I expect Dave also found the upheaval stressful; but the reality of the matter was that Dave and I were now headed down the A303 dual carriageway to live in Torquay Devon.

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 6

Gliders Soaring

With his puppy inoculations now complete it was time to let Dave loose on the great outdoors; wow what amazing adventures awaited. I was very fortunate to live in a village at the foot of the majestic South Downs in West Sussex.

In most directions open fields could be found with footpaths leading to wooded dells and tranquil streams.

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 5

Visit To The Vet

Many dogs have a fear of visiting the vet for the first time; quite often for good reason. No one likes going to hospital and animals are no exception to that rule.

Dave of course had to be different. I was all prepared for a terrified fur ball.

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 4

First Night Nerves

I was living in a house with a large conservatory and this was to be home for Dave. His own safe space away from the hazards of kitchen cupboards and exciting bathrooms.

I set up the crate, complete with large comfy cushion and water bowl and welcomed Dave into his new home after the long drive home.

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 3

Dorset Dave: Who Chose Who?

I had never owned my own dog before and as a child growing up we tended to have had more cats than dogs in the family over the years. So it came as a bit of a surprise to myself, let alone anyone else in the household when I leapt out of bed at 8AM on Saturday 25th April 2015 and announced;

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 2

New Journey: The Last Sunset

Dave stood patiently by my left leg as I fumbled in my jacket pocket and found my house keys, after our usual evening walk. Juggling his lead in one hand and my keys in the other I turned the key in the lock. I opened the front door “Hi Honey we’re home,”

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Border Collie Dave – Chapter 1

Dedication to Friends and Family

This blog is dedicated to all our canine friends out there who tirelessly support their human companions; through good times and bad, rain or shine.

Those pets who help us through our darker moments.

Acknowledgements

A big thank you goes to Dave,

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