Joni in the New Snow – 50/365

Sometimes our weather seems to come out of nowhere. I think we were supposed to get flurries in the night. Flurries, for the uninitiated means  "a very light snow that is rather brief and does not produce a measurable amount of snow (minimum of a tenth of an inch)".

Instead, this morning I woke up to a fresh fall of snow of 6-8" or around 20 cm. Steven was a little dismayed as that meant he had to spend the first 2.5 hours of his morning clearing it from the drive. Joni was delighted. She can still walk on top of the last fall which formed a crust and again finds it easier going under the trees where it is less deep. I am a lot heavier (!) and so I sink right in, well above my boots and even above my knees in the open areas. For the #fansofjoni  we have another Joni feature today! 😀

For my 365 project : #365project +G+ 365 Project by +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton
and of course
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For #dogsgallery by +Heinrich Wagner  +Dogs GALLERY

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Border Collies Are Intense 46/365

Even as pups, they soon become very intense about everything in life. As I write this, Joni is busy finishing off a piece of raw broccoli stem that has kept her attention for 10 minutes. As soon as she finishes with that, she will need to have another diversion. Her blue ball is always a favourite. Most dogs want a ball to be thrown for them to run after. Not Joni. We live in an older house with a very uneven floor, so any ball rolled along it will move here and there for a long time, with no further interference from dog or man. So Joni just nudges the ball and watches where it goes. She lies, under this chair, as though she is in goal. As soon as the ball gets within what she considers her area, she lunges for it to catch it. 

Here she is asking me to throw it for her, as I sit on the floor with my camera. But she wants me to throw it not for her, but at her. So she will shortly nudge it with her nose so that it rolls away from her until I can reach it, when I am expected to kick it back. If I can kick it right into her mouth, she is really pleased. I am not usually that good an aim and feel that I am a disappointment to her, in that area at least.

Joni was 11 weeks old on Saturday. She has lived with us for 4 weeks, it's hard to believe.

I'm a little tired, so will get up to date with my project as I can. 

#365project +G+ 365 Project by +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton

For   #dogsgallery  +Heinrich Wagner +Dogs GALLERY 
#dogloversworldwide +DOG LOVERS Worldwide by +Robert SKREINER  +Roswitha Böhmer  +Thomas Henry 

#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith

#noapologies #bordercollie #puppy #JonisDiary   #AdayinthelifeofJoni 


Joni and the Invisible Fence – 43/365

Joni is a very fortunate puppy. (In more ways than one, I hear you shout. 😉 ) She lives in a house in the country with a large garden. But she also lives in a house right next to a main road where cars regularly ignore the speed limit signs as they drive by. This would normally make running free in that large garden a little risky, to say the least. Life would be tense for us all, whenever she went out to wander around. However 12 years ago, when the last Joni was a year old, we invested in an invisible fence ( +Invisible Fence® Brand ) and the wire was dug in around the whole perimeter of the property. It worked for that Joni for all of her life as well as for our other little Lhasa Apso, Mel.

This type of containment is sometimes misunderstood to be cruel, but in fact it is a wonderful way to keep a dog safe. Joni has had her first week of training and now never goes beyond the boundaries of her property. She has not been 'shocked' into this behaviour. In her training period, whenever she approached the little blue flags that showed her where the limits were, she heard a tiny buzz sound and felt a little tingle in her neck from that collar you see. She would jump back and you could almost see her mind working and she figured out what this meant. Now she doesn't even feel or hear that, as she has been shown exactly where she can go, as free as a bird puppy. She runs like a lunatic all over the property, wherever she wants to go (with me panting behind her, trying to keep up) and enjoys the full benefit of all that space. She gets her exercise and we can all relax while she does. She is really a very happy little puppy.

For  #dogsgallery  +Heinrich Wagner +Dogs GALLERY 
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion and +Andy Smith  
#dogloversworldwide +DOG LOVERS Worldwide by +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer +Thomas Henry
#noapologies   #bordercollie   #puppy   #snow   #JonisDiary   #AdayinthelifeofJoni 


The Snow Isn't as Deep Under the Trees – 38/365

It snowed again, about 2" last night, snow that fell soft and light and fluffy. When you pile that onto the 10" that fell the day before, on top of the previous layers, you understand why a small puppy has to do a lot of bouncing to try to get above a cold, white underworld. It's a relief when she reaches some trees and the snow is only up to her knees.  She loves having the freedom to run through it as best she can and she never seems to feel the cold, thanks to her thick coat.

#noapologies   #bordercollie   #puppy   #snow   #JonisDiary   #AdayinthelifeofJoni  

+Dogs GALLERY  #dogsgallery curated by +Heinrich Wagner as well as 
#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith  
and #fidofriday +Fido Friday by +mel peifer +Lisa Lisa +Suhaib Ayaz and +Wes Lum 
#dogloversworldwide +DOG LOVERS Worldwide by +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer +Tom Crews
#noapologies #bordercollie #puppy #JonisDiary  #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni 


Growing up Fast – 37/365

I had it in mind to photograph something else entirely today (no, I won't tell you, I will keep it as a surprise for another day) but it didn't work out. The cute puppy days are naturally limited, so my camera is never far from where Joni is.  #noapologies  (I am deep in paperwork and searching through old documents to fill in lots of forms just now, so my time with the camera is limited.)

Joni is now being trained on the Invisible Fence we have, which means that I no longer have to hold the leash when we are walking/galloping around the garden. She is learning the boundaries very quickly and with a lot of wide open space, she is at last feeling free to explore without a great lump (me) holding her back. And this leaves me also feeling freer, with a hand to hold the camera again, which is a great advantage. However we did have about 10" of snow yesterday and she is finding it a bit frustrating as she sinks in it up to her neck. Back indoors there's lots to keep her busy.

For my #365project +G+ 365 Project by +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton

+Dogs GALLERY    #dogsgallery   curated by +Heinrich Wagner as well as 
#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals  curated by +Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith  
and #fidofriday +Fido Friday by +mel peifer +Lisa Lisa +Suhaib Ayaz +Wes Lum


Joni – 9 weeks

One more, just because everyone needs a happy puppy picture sometimes and you can never have too many puppy pictures. Especially my friend +Loraine Slessor who didn't know we had a new Joni.

+Dogs GALLERY  #dogsgallery   curated by +Heinrich Wagner who is so supportive of my photography. Thanks a lot Heinrich!

Dog Days #dogdays  curated by  +Nancy Claeys +Dog Days
The G+ DogPark  curated by  +su ann lim +J.C. Kendall #G +DogPark +The G+ DogPark


Rocket and Joni – A Happy Time – 33/365

Yesterday was Joni's first day out to visit other dogs. Our friends have 4 dogs of different ages and personalities in a very calm and happy environment so it was a perfect introduction. All went well with everyone behaving themselves beautifully. Joni felt completely at ease and made friends easily.

I photographed Rocket once before last year and here you see him having fun with Joni. Joni is now 9 weeks old and growing fast.

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#noapologies   #welovedogs  +Dogs GALLERY by +Heinrich Wagner 
#dogsgallery   #bordercollie  
#dogloversworldwide +DOG LOVERS Worldwide by +Robert SKREINER 
#noapologies #bordercollie #puppy #JonisDiary  #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni 


Joni's New Toy – 26/365

Joni got a new toy on Saturday, given to her by the lovely little boy who lives across the road. Actually he brought her several toys as he is almost her greatest admirer. She is a very appreciative receiver of gifts, always playing very enthusiastically with whatever comes her way. If she could stick to her toys that would be no bad thing, but I guess at 8 weeks she still has a lot to learn.   #noapologies  for another puppy pic. Hope it makes you all smile.

#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion  +Andy Smith

+Dogs GALLERY  #dogsgallery  curated by +Heinrich Wagner 
and  #dogloversworldwide +DOG LOVERS Worldwide  by +Robert SKREINER  +Michael Boeckels 
#365project +G+ 365 Project by +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton#noapologies #bordercollie #puppy #JonisDiary  #AdayinthelifeofJoni #fansofJoni