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Eowyn Challenge -- Isengard to Minas Tirith with Merry and the Rohirrim - Helen's journal and online home
In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
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Eowyn Challenge -- Isengard to Minas Tirith with Merry and the Rohirrim


Miles travelled today: 4½
Miles travelled so far: 151 (1815 from Bag End)
Miles still to go: 427

Percentage complete: 26%

Point reached on journey: We are zig-zagging up an open mountainside to a steep-cut ridge crest.




Where I really went...

I walked Brith round our usual 4½ mile circuit. He was very excited when I turned up because I missed our Friday walk due to being away and I'm not sure that the trainer has been either. So there was lots of excited barking and a bit of pulling, but he did settle and we actually passed a couple of dogs without any reaction. The first was an old collie that was too busy sniffing at something in its garden that it didn't even see us and the other was a sheep dog working in a field with a couple of farmers. Brith did lunge and bark at a Landrover and also reacted to a terrier in a car when the driver stopped to ask me the way to the Precipice Walk car park, but Brith only barked once and didn't get hysterical, so that's an improvement.

There were a couple of humorous moments when he thought there might be dogs, but it turned out there weren't. The first was when we caught up with a couple walking slowly, and to be honest I thought they had a small dog with them, but it turned out they didn't, so the animal I saw near them must have actually been a lamb on the other side of the fence. Then a bit further along the lane Brith thought that the BT Openreach man might have had a dog in his van, but he relaxed the moment he saw this wasn't the case.

He did a lot of leaping and barking at the bouncy barky black Labradors (loose in a garden), but I don't think it's going to be possible to stop him doing that because they bark and bounce at everyone and everything that passes by. However, he did settle more quickly once we were past them, so I'm hoping that my tactic of treating him on the approach to their house and treating him again the moment he stops barking and is calm will help.

Otherwise, we were lucky and managed to dodge the heavy rain. Mostly it's been cloudy, but this afternoon I couldn't resist photographing our neighbours flowering tree against a patch of blue sky.

White blossom

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ellarien From: ellarien Date: April 10th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
The blossom is lovely. We have quite a lot of trees like that around here. I do like the candyfloss-pink japanese cherry, which may be out very soon here, but the less flamboyant white is pretty too.

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