Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Bok and Marley.




Bok's mate Marley often turns-up in the early mornings for our first walk of the day. He's a bit boisterous for Bok, but he's slowly calming. He's a really lovely boy, and is desperate to learn (I'm teaching him 'commands' in English).

He and his stable mate wonder around, visiting everyone in turn; saying hello to all his canine and human pals.

If our late Monty's limited wanderings are anything to go by, Marley's owners must have received a mountain of nasty Emails by now. He's very much a free spirit, and is permanently in a neighbour's garden (where Monty strayed 3 times). In Monty's case it resulted in an unpleasant rebuke; so one can only presume that it's the same for Marley's owners. His 'inbox' must be overflowing!

We abided by the request. Marley's owner obviously didn't.


48 comments:

  1. Lovely dogs. I like how they pose for the picture!
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Marley is still a little boisterous, being quite young; but they really are both lovely boys.

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  2. How lovely and "human" they both look.

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    1. Especially Marley; one could almost believe in reincarnation!

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  3. He's a beautiful dog. Hope no harm comes to him... as it probably would here.

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    1. Normally he's fine. The few cars that pass by do so very slowly; it's actually quite difficult to do otherwise.

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  4. They are probably good for each other - different temperaments. I note, with some amusement, that they make such a good foil for each other (one dark, one light).

    I am a little baffled as to why (whether Monty or Marley) a dog's wandering among neighbours where everyone, so appears has a fair bit of land, should be a problem.

    You giving Marley command lessons (in English) made me smile.

    U

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    1. It's not at all a problem, but some people will find a problem in anything!

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  5. Lots of dogs I meet on my runs decided to follow me and curiously they have the same or nearly the same name. They're almost invariably called "Ear" or some variation on it.

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    1. There are lots of dogs in England called 'Cumearyerbastard'; maybe it's that that you're mis-hearing.

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    2. You'd think people would be more creative with the names they give mans best friend. I like the name Bok because it's a kind of strong beer! My favourite dog is Leo. He is big and gentle. His bark is worse than his bite. Not at all a lion. My least favourite dog has the name Uncle. Don't ask me why. He's always grabbing people by the knee every chance he gets. He never gives Leo a moments peace. Badgers him to distraction, but even so they are the best of friends.

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    3. If I had a dog, which is unlikely as I provide doggy day care for family dogs, so don't have the time, I would call it Fido.

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  6. Beautiful creatures, how lucky for them to be able to wander far and wide. You hardly see any free animals wandering around in England, what with dog wardens and cross farmers ready to shoot them.

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    1. It's very quiet here, and no sheep to worry. They occasionally bark at the horses, but the horses just laugh.

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  7. 12 sheep were killed by a dog in Hertfordshire at the weekend. Marley looks like he would frighten me, he looks a bit big and strong.

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    1. I see the death toll in the dog attack has risen to 13.

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    2. Interesting, Rachel, that you would be frightened of a dog like Marley. Mind you, I grew up with an Alsation (black) - Cro will forgive me if I claim that Pongo was the best dog ever. There are photos of me and him when, at say twelve or eighteen month, he stood when sitting taller than my standing self. And I was taught how to deal with a dog so you rarely need to be frightened of one. As a matter of interest, since you grew up on a farm you must have kept dogs?

      Is your remark as to dogs killing sheep a criticism of dogs? We may have tamed wolves but what's bred in the bone is bred in the bone. Apparently, Scandinavia - among other countries - are reintroducing wolves and encouraging growth of wolf population to maintain eco balance.

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    3. If an Alsation has been chained-up all his life; beware. If he/she has been played with and loved; it'll be fine. I agree that 'farm dogs' can be a bit frightening; they are workers rather than pets.

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    4. We didn't have dogs on the farm Ursula. I mentioned the sheep attack for Thelma because she mentioned cross farmers shooting dogs.

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    5. I've never been afraid of dogs, but maybe that's because I have yet to have a bad experience with one. I think they know when people are comfortable with them, and vice versa.

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    6. Yes Rachel I am perfectly aware of rogue dogs killing sheep, and they should be shot when seen doing it. But most dogs nowadays are kept under control, even in the countryside. There will always be tales of bad dogs, or rogue cows (with young) chasing people and killing them. There is nothing quite like wandering free over the fields with a dog happy in their environment. ;)

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    7. My first ever dog (Hamlet) had a friend who was a sheep-worryer. His friend was eventually shot; our Hamlet was lucky not to have been with him.

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    8. Unfortunately there are rogue dogs and rogue owners. Farming is never easy and many hundreds of sheep suffer ever year because of dog attacks, and their owners suffer because of it, both emotionally and financially.

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  8. That's a lovely photo. Rick is the only dog in our hamlet who doesn't run free. He is too unreliable when it comes to cars and bicycles. I think he would probably eat the post lady.

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    1. Our postie (Marie-Ange) loves Bok, and gives him a little treat every time she comes.

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  9. A dog running free here often means a door or gate was left open and this often leads to heartbreak. We found a large white dog on our front porch a week ago. When we opened the door, he/she took off. I posted on Facebook its description in hopes that the owner might see and know what area to look. Replies came back that the dog had been spotted around for the past month. My feeling now is that he was abandoned. I hope I am wrong.

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    1. I'm afraid that happens here too. Mostly the strays here are lost hunting dogs. I've rescued several in my time.

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  10. When we lived in the country Ginger's best friend was a Boykin spaniel named Charlie. They used to roam around together in the mornings, too. Thank you for this post....it brought back good memories.

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    1. I've just been out with them both again. They love going for walks together, even though they do their own things.

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  11. When I was a child, dogs roamed as freely as children. There also was close to the same expectation of dogs as children. It did teach us how to behave around dogs, and an understanding of the distinct personality of each dog.

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    1. I hate to see children who are afraid of dogs. I also hate to see unruly dogs who frighten children.

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  12. You have the best walking buddies. That's a good picture of both of them.

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    1. A couple of poseurs. They like having their photos taken.

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  13. For the first time in 45 years we are without dog. I still find myself looking behind myself as if one is tagging along when I leave the house. Great photo.

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    1. I can't imagine myself without a dog any more. It would be like saying 'no more grandchildren'.

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  14. I'm convinced it is no mistake that dog is God spelled backwards. Tee-hee... Gorgeous dogs, Cro! xo

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    1. Our Bok certainly thinks he's god.

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  15. Bok is starting to go grey like our Sammie. It catches up with u all doesn't it?
    We (family) now have another black rescue labrador, Bailey. He is only two. I am waiting for pictures to share.

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    1. Funnily, I've always liked dogs that are going grey around the muzzle; it gives them class.

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  16. They look a lovely pair.
    I never let Tess roam at all as the roads are too busy - she roamed on the farm but after five months I think she has got used to more confinement

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    1. No busy roads here Weave. Even when I go shopping (25 kms away), I hardly ever see another car.

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  17. I like dogs. However some years ago I was threatened by bared teeth and growls in my own garden by a neighbour's dog. I told my neighbour that was unacceptable and he said the dog was a 'pussycat' which, when subsequently introduced to me by his owner he appeared to be. The next time he appeared in my garden and was hostile my blackthorne stick spoke to him (I didn't have to hit him) and he never appeared again. I've been a bit wary of some hard-mouthed dogs since then.

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    1. I was 'threatened' by a farm dog when I was very small, and for years I was quite wary of them. These days I'm more confident with strange dogs, except for anything that looks like a Pit Bull.

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  18. What a wonderful photo of two beautiful dogs. Marley looks like a great dog I can see fun, happiness and friendship oozing from him, just like Bok.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. You're right; he's terrific fun. He runs about like the teenager that he is; up to all sorts of mischief.

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  19. Aww, Bok has a friend! Marley is beautiful! They look so happy! I like dogs! Gabs

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    1. He has a girlfriend too, but she (Izzy) visits less often these days. Maybe she's found someone else. I hope it's not Marley!

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  20. happiness and friendship oozing from him, just like Bok.สมัคร D2BET

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