Glentress fun times with the trail dogs
just a quick update to keep you all in the loop. Me and Niamh hit up Glentress the other weekend. It was the best weather we'd seen in a while. The sun was shining and the new born lambs were frolicking in the fields, utopiac really. We headed out with my two black labradors for some fun in the sun.....
Since Finbarr (my oldest Lab) was a pup we have been going out on bike rides. Him and his younger brother, Budge, are well-known in the Valley. I taught Finbarr first and Budge soon followed. To get the most out of a trail dog you need time, patience and discipline. Oh and a few biscuits. Finbarr learned quick though so I can't take much credit for their trail manners. They are comfortable riding in big groups or just with me. Everyone always seems impressed how well they follow but avoid getting in the way. This is probably down to the fact that I ran Finbarr over when he was learning the art of being a trail dog. He went under my wheels and I rode over the top of him. We both ended up in a heap but thankfully we were both okay. Since then, he's never been caught and he's been doing this for 6 years now. The younger one, Budge just follows Finbarr and does as he does so naturally he knew the stay away from bike wheels without being run over!
If I had to describe the differences between them I'd describe Finbarr as the Italian race car. He's tall, sleek, slim and fast. He's also quite delicate and only consumes the finest of doggie food to fuel him. Budge is more of a turbo diesel 4x4. He's short, stalky and carries a wee bit of extra chub in the middle. However, he's got the stamina and he's bullet proof. Budge will go all day and not complain once. He just gets his head down and keeps those paws moving.
The "Boys" as they are affectionately known are not related. They have different sets of parents but they come from the same breeder. Despite not being related through blood they have a real affinity for each other. These two are best pals. They eat together, sleep together and do everything else in-between together. Budge has never known a life without Finbarr and Finbarr enjoys having Budge around to keep him young.
They are always there when I need someone to ride with. When my friends are too busy or it's too wet or cold, I can always turn to the dogs and they'll be there. Tails wagging, ready to go. I love them both more than words can describe and they'll both always have a special place in my heart.
Till next time,