Saturday, 21 December 2013

Didn't Mean This Post To Be About Mia. It Just Turned out That Way.

I am spending all my time with Mia The German Shepherd at the moment and things are going well with her training. Now that I am a retired man I am able to spend lots of time with her. This is something that I have not had the luxury of with previous dogs, what with work always getting in the way. It definitely makes a huge difference. Mind you the weather has been terrible since she arrived. Wet and windy all the time and the paddock is a quagmire. I haven't let that stop our walks though.

Today, despite the most awful wet weather, we went for a walk with my extremely beautiful daughter Jodie and her dog Skye the Labrador. It was excellent. There was no aggression from Mia towards Skye at all. I felt good about that. It is so important to me that she gets on with other dogs. However Mia did show aggression to other dogs we met in the park. Still work to be done there.

Mia had a free run in the paddock today after I had shut the hens away for the night. She came back to me every time I called her. Very satisfying.

I left Mia alone while I went to the house to take pictures of the Christmas decorations. She has stopped barking and getting stressed when I leave her for a few minutes. Oh dear, when I returned she had stolen a box of sweets and eaten a few, What amazed me though was that she had very carefully unwrapped those she ate. It seems that coffee cream is her favourite flavour. I didn't tell her off. This was her first bit of naughtiness indoors.

Here are some photo's of the decorations.

Happy Christmas to you all.


  1. It does seem like a person can talk of nothing else when they are in love. It is good that you have a new companion to love. I am also pleased that you are spending so much time with EBD Jodie. You will have a truly wonderful Christmas this year. Merry Christmas.

  2. I love hearing about Mia. Sounds as though she's settling in well. We've made some headway with our decorations, too. Even your (year old) portrait of himself has a poinsettia on it. Good, huh? Wishing you a happy Christmas in case I don't get online beforehand.

  3. Forgot to say, Happy Christmas to Mia too.... grins.

  4. I'm so pleased that its all working out good. I can tell you are over the moon with her and I'm sure she's landed on her feet with you as her mate.
    I like the string of cats in the picture.
    Have a lovely Christmas john and I look forward to seeing a lot more of the both of you in 2014.

  5. Happy Christmas John. I hope Mia gives you great joy. Look forward to reading your blog in 2014 and especially about your new four legged friend.

  6. I think it will be hard to talk about anything without Mia creeping in from now on. That Christmas looks very American.

  7. Lovely cosy decorations, and I am glad that Mia is so much part of the family! look forward to your posts in 2014 and I hope you have a great Christmas!

  8. it only makes sense that Mia would be your main topic right now. After all she is the one in charge and deserves to be written about :)
    A very Merry Christmas to the both of you

  9. Decorations are looking good! Hope you have a good Christmas!

  10. Gorgeous for Queen Mia.
    Merry Christmas

  11. Thank goodness it wasn't supposed to be a post about Mia....I'm thrilled that it turned out that way.
    She's settling in well, and I'm happy for you.
    Put the sweets away on a higher shelf next time....hahahaha.