On Vacation

Posted on 05/21/10 6 Comments

John and I have stayed over a week here in the UK. We visited with his brothers for a couple of days (this picture was taken in the Yorkshire dales near where John grew up)

Then we had a lovely visit with Feature’s breeders Sharon & David and was joined by Hazel who owns Feature’s littermate “Rocky” shown working with David below.

Sharon and David are in the northern Lake district. We spend the night there, it is so pretty at any time of year but particularly this time with the blooms out (which prompted a hysterical story from David about Sharon’s mother trying to sweep up the blooms then getting frustrated, giving up and moving on to trying to hoover (vacuum) them all up (I hope I don’t get any one in trouble for sharing that tale)).

This morning I got up and played a game of tandem retrieve – – a new one on me.  I kicked the ball and Feature’s mother “Spice” (on the right) and her daughter “Goose” (from a repeat breeding of Feature’s litter) would return it to me together. It was a crack up. Which ever dog got there first, she waited for the other to get a hold of the soccer ball before starting the trip back to me. Way too funny.

Today we headed down to Chester to spend a lazy weekend doing nothing. Three days of nothing . . . I hope I can do it . . .  missing my dogs but catching up on a lot of sleep!

Today I am grateful for this unbelievable  gorgeous summer-like weather we are having here in England.


  1. Kathryn says:
    Monday, May 24, 2010 at 6:18pm

    That John grew up in an area as serene-looking as the Yorkshire Dales explains a lot.


  2. Cindy Briggs says:
    Monday, May 24, 2010 at 8:30am

    Gorgeous pictures – vacation without your dogs can be very relaxing.


  3. Sam says:
    Monday, May 24, 2010 at 5:47am

    You should have called in for a cup of tea :-), I only live about 45 min away from Dave! Glad you enjoyed your time up here, you had good weather too!


  4. Kerry says:
    Monday, May 24, 2010 at 12:10am

    All my dogs (mostly Aussies) make tandem retrieves part of their everyday fun…and it can be really hysterical at times!


  5. Michelle says:
    Friday, May 21, 2010 at 7:55pm

    Lovely pictures, love the flowers, and such beautiful countryside. So what did you do with the dogs though?


  6. Mary M says:
    Friday, May 21, 2010 at 5:05pm

    You mean you played fetch!!!! LOL

    So glad you stepped outside of your norm, and they are way too cute with the ball in both their mouths, looks like my Tala and Oliver with his soccer ball….yes, yes I play fetch with my pups. But only with them in a stationary position until the ball ends its movement and then I send to it, so less impact for them on the front ends.

    I can’t help but throw round chewed up toys for dogs….so this was my compromise for them (the stationary game to the unmoving object).

    🙂 Have a great vacation, learn how to take a day or two off, it is good for the soul every once in a while!


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