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All Creatures Great & Small

A real Cambridge Cocker

Our Cocker Spaniel puppy Vader has grown so much since we got him almost three month ago. He is now taller than even fully grown Cocker Spaniel bitches. We also managed to house train him in record time. And mostly thanks to Silke’s continuous efforts Vader does not only come when being called but also obeys other useful commands and walks well with or without a lead.

Last Friday Chris suggested to take advantage of the brilliant weather and go on a punting trip. As this sounded like an excellent idea we decided to join in and take Vader with us, while Silke also used it as an excuse to try a new Muffin recipe.

The following day we met with Chris and Jeremy at the Mill Pond in Cambridge and hired a punt. It was a really lovely day and the city centre was densely packed. After enjoying the sunshine for about half an hour in a nearby park we could board our punt. Vader was a bit nervous at the beginning because being on a boat was a new experience for him.

But after a while he really started to enjoy the trip.

Thanks to Chris’s and Jeremy’s formidable skills in handling a punt we made it all the way to the Byron’s Pool where a weir divides the river Cam. When we got off the boat we met Islay, an eight month old Labrador puppy, and her owners. Vader had a lot of fun playing with Islay and the two dogs zipped around us like bats out of hell.

After all that excitement and exercise Vader got very tired on the way back to Cambridge. After a few minutes he was sound asleep in the punt.

Overall we all had a really great day. Vader handled his first punting trip very well and enjoyed it like the rest of us.

If you want to see more pictures of our expedition please have a look at Chris’s blog posting.

The Cute side of the Force

Silke and I wanted to have a dog for a long time. But in the past we never felt  that we could offer a dog a good home. Things have however changed in the meantime. Silke is currently not working and we live in our own house with a decently sized garden. After some consideration we decided to get a Cocker Spaniel. They are friendly and beautiful dogs of a manageable size. Silke found a breeder not too far away online and we set off last Sunday to look at her Cocker Spaniel puppies.

When we finally arrived at the breeder’s home (the flooded A1101 forced us to take a detour) Silke selected a timid black dog from a pack of lively little dogs. He was a bit frightened at first but relaxed after a few minutes of stroking. As he was a delightful puppy we decided to take him home with us. We named him Vader because he is black and we are geeks. 🙂

And the Cute side of the Force is definitely strong with this one.

His favourite place is the bed that we got for him.

He spends a lot of time in there mostly to take one of his naps. When he is awake he really loves to play in the garden:

Vader likes to sniff everywhere, to chew on everything and to dig up all the unpleasant things that the cats from the neighbourhood buried in our garden. And with a bit of bribery (dog treats for puppies) we are even making progress in house-training him.

Although Silke and I get less sleep (but more fresh air) than we would like we are very happy with our little dog. Vader is a real enrichment of our lives.