Obi Chan Shinobi san!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Born Free (Sennen Cove)

We decided to be brave and let Snoz off her lead in Sennen Cove; she was really good for about half an hour, staying by our sides, chasing us and not straying, she even returned when called a few times(!) Sennen was quite deserted on Saturday, despite the sunshine it was really cold and all the cafes/restaurant were mostly shut. There were a few other dogs on the beach but she mostly ignored them.

At about the 40 minute mark she suddenly realised she was not on her lead anymore and made a break for it! She ran right into a group of people and tried to engage a little boy in play (eeep!) Luckily the family also had a dog and weren't annoyed. I caught up with her and she sprang away from me; running towards the water, she didn't go too far but she let me know I was a far too slow to catch her! Eventually she went for the treat I was trying to give to her, giving me enough opportunity to grab her...She had a really great time. I love to see her running around so freely (I just wish she had more reliable recall so we could chance it more often, in less secluded places too).

Delighted Shiba 

The escape

Doing a dance for a treat

Sleepy Shiba after her big day! We walked a woody walk later on and saw lots of beautiful stars. It was about 11pm by the time we got home and Snoz put herself straight to bed!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bonus day off!

On Monday I decided to take Tuesday off as annual leave. I was expecting a stormy rain filled day and was not relishing the idea of walking Snoz at 6am before work. I had plans to batten down the hatches and play indoors then cozy up in some blankets. I'd planned a walk with minimal mud for the puppy dog (translation: town and concrete walk) and was expecting a bit of a slog.

To my surprise I awoke to a beautiful blue skied sunny day! We decided to sleep in until around 9am (we never sleep in this late anymore; our Dartmoor trek must have really taken it out of us!) Then we had a slow relaxing morning with the sun lighting up the flat. I never get mornings during the week; it's dark when I wake up, a frantic 20 minute rush to attempt to look like a functioning human and to let Snoz's breakfast go down, and then usually a rushed hour walk before I (usually run) to catch my train to work. I have grown to really appreciate mornings that are my own.

At 11am the dog was fed up with my laziness and demanded we get outside. We ended up doing a 3 and half hour walk. It began with our usual walk along Penryn beach and then we waded across the mud flats and through the reeds to pick up the coastal path that leads to Flushing. When Shinobi realised where we were going she literally started jumping for joy! (And also biting my ankles, a sure sign of excitment *grumble.)

We walked the really long way round; a walk that winds right around Flushing, across Farmer's fields and through woods. The majority of the walk can be actually on the beach though (dependant on the tide) and this is what we did today, Snoz paddling her way around. At one point we got a little cut off by the tide and ended up climbing up a waterfall to escape the beach and rejoin the coast path!

Unfortunately, I didn't bring my camera (because it's huge and heavy and I definitely would have cracked the lense from all the climbing and skidding in the mud).

We're home now and the temperature has suddenly dropped. I'm planning to give Snoz a bath later because she rolled in a lot of seaweed and smells like a fish but first we're taking a little nap.

Note Shinobi's clever use of the Sofa throw to create her own little den.

Monday, November 11, 2013


On Sunday we joined a pack of big black dogs and walked all over Dartmoor. We found a 'haunted' house and a grenade (the army trains over Dartmoor and leaves shrapnel behind sometimes).

Snoz had a great time; she ate some worrying looking mushrooms before I could pull them off her and had a nibble on a sheep skull, but aside from that she was good as gold.

The other dogs were very old, 12+ so not particularly interested in playing with her, she got snapped at a few times and some warning growls but she seemed to fall in place eventually and settled in well.

Begging for scraps

A man and his dog...

Spot the Shiba

After a big hike and lots of excitement it was back to a lovely cottage in Chagford to warm up in front of the fire - Snoz heaven.