Transitory is probably a good adjective to describe
Black Cockatoos in Southern Victoria.
Usually found further north,
we only tend to sight them
during long hot summers.
A few years ago we began giving
the dogs an afternoon snack of cat food
spread as far and as wide as it can be thrown.
This keeps them occupied for an hour or more,
especially Taji (Labrador).
This year Smudge Cat has summoned up
the courage to join in the afternoon ritual.
Initially we thought it uncanny that Candi
would chase and catch a rope.
We soon realised that previous Kelpies
used to muster sheep…
…and that she just channels her energy into mustering her rope.
A ball will not do. 🙂
Apart from a fishing rod, the first thing I remember
learning to cast was a sheep dog.
One would point an arm in the desired direction,
telling the dog to ‘way back‘ and all being well
the dog would charge off to the right or left,
depending on which way the mob was to be taken,
rounding up all the sheep in the paddock as it did so.
If the mob was to go to one’s left,
you would cast the pooch to your right and vice versa.
Twice in a dog’s life things did not always turn out just so.
First was when they were learning and
the second time was when they knew it all
and they thought you had made an error
because for 999 time we had gone left and
this time you wanted them to go right.
In their mind it just had to be the incorrect command.
Those were the times I inserted a few unprintable
additions into my vocabulary. 🙂
Our pets are friendly towards each other…except…
There is no way Taji would sacrifice
even one milligram of this bone
with a feline friend.
And I am sure this play fight would turn nasty
should Smudge(Cat) be nearing Candi’s food bowl
at meal times.
The three main things a Labrador requires are...
…nourishment, being nourished…
…usually followed by more nourishment.
Equal usually refers to to two things being the same,
which a Kelpie and a Labrador are not.
However, it is often
not the size of the dog in the fight,
the size of the fight in the dog
which equalises them…usually.
…faster, would see long odds for a Labrador…
…short odds for a kelpie.