18 February 2019

Drops in Downpatrick

On Friday afternoon I had important business to do in Downpatrick (paying the license fee for each of my dogs) so I brought Jess along so she could try out her new snood. She's a great traveller, settling down for the journey. Since putting on weight after being skin and bones, she has gone up a collar size which I am very happy about. Now all of the dogs (apart from Sue, of course, although she's not far behind) are roughly the same size.

When I was getting the snoods for the lambs, I got one for Jess too, in a very nice shade of green.

The path up the hill towards Down Cathedral was lined with hundreds of snowdrops. It's always so great to see signs of spring after a long winter.

(That's the Cathedral in the background.)

Jess posing at the wall.

The secret to taking pictures of Jess, in any setting, is a toy of some kind. She just loves toys of all shapes and sizes. In between shots she can carry the toy around. She's an incredibly anxious dog and just carrying the toy seems to calm her down. On this day I was using a squeaky hamburger.

Any dog of mine worth their salt knows to jump up on things and pose without my prompting, so of course when Jess saw a wall, about three feet high, she jumped up on it and dropped her toy in anticipation of some posing. What she didn't know was that there was a twelve-ish foot drop on the other side. She jumped onto the wall and wobbled at the top, so I yanked on the lead to steady her so she didn't fall. At the same time she dropped the burger for me, which rolled over the edge and dropped the twelve-ish feet onto the driveway below.

I thought the hamburger was lost but we were able to walk down the driveway and retrieve it.

Jess was happy to have it back.

Hamburgers aren't just comfort food for humans.


  1. She is such a pretty girl. Our Lee loves to carry toys around too.

  2. Jess looks good in the snowdrops.
    Hope she enjoyed the outing with her hamburger :)