I've been asked how Polar is progressing. Where do I start?! He's been with me a year now and he continues to collect asbos (anti social behaviour orders) - a ball of white knitting wool was unravelled around the courtyard today! He's digging up my plants, scattering soil all over the terrasse; a paperback book stolen and chewed, the hose for the outlet on my tumble dryer squashed...and he's STILL only 16 months old! The caption for this photo is 'I'm knackered with all this being naughty!'
He is thoroughly enjoying dog obedience classes where he is a popular personality. He is good with his response to commands - sit, down, stay, heel - his recall is also excellent - except the exercise where he is supposed to sit and stay whilst I walk a distance away. I only need to take two or three strides and he's already straining at the lead to follow me!
I'm very pleased with his recall response because the training ground is also a 'hippodrome', which is a French horse racing track. The particular one which our club uses has two dressage arenas which are mainly used for equestrian carriage driving, although the club had a big 2-day dog agility competition there a couple of weeks back.
The ground is open, surrounded by fields and trees which must be a haven for wildlife for a hunting dog! But he shows no signs of running off. Gold star for that!
He has now had his annual vaccination and I updated the vet with Polar's progress as he has grown, and his use of his leg. He shows no sign of pain when he runs and plays as you will see in the video below. (Not to say he doesn't feel any pain, but his pain threshold could be quite high).
The vet told me there is a new operation now available at the specialist clinic in Poitiers using laser surgery on the joint, which could possibly be considered at some time in the future when the joint becomes painful. He is still on MSM supplement every day.
All in all, he's really enjoying being alive and loved!
Here are a couple of videos where you can see him in action!
Video 1 - cleaning the bbq
Video 2 - what to do with an empty polythene bottle