the action of doing work.

I consider kelpies to be working dogs

and labradors to be pets.

There will be plenty who will disagree with

my statment about labradors.

However, that’s the way it was on the farm.

These two definitley lead the life of a pet.








not asked for;
given or done voluntarily.

No matter their age, our labraors have always

taken great delight in planting their nose,

wet or dry, on my bare skin.

When I growl at them, they simply wag

their tail that much harder…






remove or take out,
especially by effort or force.


The logic surrounding purchasing a Kong for Taji

was to slow her mealtimes in other words,

make her exercise a bit while eating rather than

watch her vacuum her plate in ten seconds flat.

After her second feed, Taji was able to

extract all food from the kong so quickly that

using it was a waste of time.





restrict or impede (someone or something) in such a way
that free action or movement is difficult.

I think it would be fair to suggest that

dear old Maggie’s movement was impeded…

…however, she does not appear to mind.













When Taji was younger and only for the

first one or two feeds…

…was she in a quandary about how to

extract her food from the kong.

However, by her fourth feed,

she was able to extract her food quicker

than we could fill the kong.

Needless to say, after four kong feeds

there wasn’t a fifth feed.






the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something,
especially something abstract,
which determines its character.

Although they will defend themselves if severely provoked

Generally speaking, labradors are a gentle and

family-friendly breed of dog.

Without that quality, we would not have

owned three over the past thirty-five years.






increase the volume of (sound),
especially using an amplifier.

After spending the first eight weeks of her life

roaming freely around her breeder’s house…

…it took young Taji a while to become

used to the new house rules.

She had a high pitched bark at this age

which was extremely difficult to tolerate after

having two quiet old dogs for many years.

To make matters worse she soon learned that barking

often drew the attention of her humans

and she would have some attention.

And if the first round of barking for attention

did not work she simply amplified

the second round.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:…Amplify