Barbet News (page 20)
Heading into the Forest.
After what felt like weeks of continuous rain it was a relief to see clear skies for the Club's first picnic outing. As everyone arrived at the pre-arranged meeting point in the New Forest there was time for a hot drink while everyone caught up on their news and the pups were re-aquainted with Betsy and Bepop.
Refreshed from the journey it was soon time get into wellies (the ground was still very wet underfoot) and head off through the forest. Within five minutes the dogs were all off the lead and charging up and down the track with Betsy and Bepop leading the way and Dylan, Dolly and Remy in hot persuit. There were a few anxious moments as both Remy and Dylan dissapeared through the undergrowth being led astray by the adults but they soon came back having had the sense to stick with the older dogs who were on familiar ground. The pups passed their first group of New Forest ponies without so much as a sideways glance which was a good test of their character.
Dylan at full speed!
Coming out onto open heath, it was a short walk across to a small,shallow pond, used as a watering hole by the ponies and forest cattle. Luckily finding it vacant, the dogs were soon living up to their water dog name with Remy and Dylan already used to the water and Dolly not so sure, but not wanting to miss out on the fun. Once they had all got wet we had a good 'water retrieve' session with each dog in turn retrieving a dummy from the water. While some were not so quick to return the dummy to hand they were all enthusiastic with the job in hand and all showed their natural ability.
Dolly retrieving the dummy.
Lastly Betsy & Bepop showed how it should be done with Bepop giving the 'master class' under Graham`s handling. With the dogs tired, wet and muddy we headed back for our well earned picnic and for those not driving, a glass of wine or two! We all managed to have a good chat while the dogs recupperated before heading for home.
A successful day out and one we hope to repeat in the spring when the pups have their 1st birthday.