It’s a bit all or nothing at the moment. Pepper is either awake and pinging off the ceiling or fast asleep. There is nothing in between.
We have progressed to walking off a lead, which is much easier on us all.
Pepper, so far, is pretty obedient on a walk but easily distracted. However she still looks for me to be around to back her up. The hens and ducks are probably doomed but we will see how we go. I would be sad if she killed the lot but I can’t say she would be the only dog who didn’t. Everyone else has had history, even the sainted BeAnne (killing chickens and running through ducks to make the fly!) If it looks like there is no stopping Pepper, then we will quickly find homes for the poultry rather than wait and watch the carnage. The sheep are a different matter as they are bigger and today Pepper met them off a lead. Maggie did not back down and that was good. She made Pepper run back to me. I am trying to promote a healthy respect rather than constantly shouting “no”. I think Maggie may be perfect for this job.
Saint Monster (beatification pending) remains a cool dude and very good at keeping Pepper’s enthusiasm under his control.
He puts up with a lot.
But he takes no prisoners, either, and Pepper knows this.
Today we went to the vet and Pepper had her first vaccination injections. She had put on 0.3kg since her last visit and the vet was pleased with her progress.