Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Merle Part II - July 2013

Some more photos of my playful and crazy pup Merle! Taken about a month or so ago. He is growing so much and has already changed! I will have some more recent photos soon :)

I got him this lovely fluffy ball and he loves it! I only used it now for when he is playing fetch because he is chewing it up too easy when he is left alone with it!

Look at the cute! I think he has a bit of grass in his mouth! He is mad to chew everything that is outside.

We gave him an ice cube and he didn't know what to do with it! It is hilarious watching him being so confused by it and not being able to bite it or keep it in his mouth too long. It was perfect for cooling him down in this hot weather though. Here is a video of him vs a later piece of ice! :D

His little tongue!

When I make weird sounds at him this is how he looks at me! Haha! Perfect shots though :D

This is definitely one of my favourite shots of him! Running with his hoop!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Merle's First Trip to The Bog - July 2013

I have to say I was quite worried about bringing Merle to the bog. He is only a puppy and still has lots to learn. There are many bog holes, drains, ditches, etc. for him to get lost in but at the same time I didn't want to keep him on the lead. Dogs should be able to run around the bog. It is one of their favourite places! So I chanced it and I have no idea if it is to do with his breed (Collie, Labrador, Setter) but he was so good and didn't stray far from us! Only on one occasion did he try to go down the bog hole but Daddy to the rescue! He grabbed him just as he was going down and gave him a few slaps and now if we see him near one we just sternly call him and he knows ;) 

The bog is no place to be in in such heat. We're having (or were having) a heat wave and there was not a breath of air but just lots of cotton floating around! 

Bog cotton! Our bank (where our turf is cut) always had bog cotton growing over it but this was the most I had ever seen. We were picking up the footed turf which had been there so long the cotton and grass was growing all over it. It was so hard to pick up! You just ended up with lumps of cotton in your hands. Between that and the heat and making sure Merle didn't wander down any bog holes it wasn't a fun time at the bog.

 Merle did seem to enjoy himself in between laying down in what shade he could find from the heat (He liked to hide under the tractor and trailer)! Here he is with Steve when Johnny was moving the tractor.

With four of us loading the trailer it was done fairly quick but obviously I had to break to take some photos ;)

You can see some dirt on Merle's tongue! He was having a great time trying to eat all the turf Daddy was picking up and just anything else he could find!

Daddy messing with Merle before we left!

An exhausted Merle has enough of this bog work. He just wants to sit in the shade and sleep.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Legan, Co. Longford, Ireland - 2011

At the moment I'm going through some of my old photos to see if I've missed any photos that I wanted to put up. I think quite a lot of these ones I'm about to show you I actually didn't like at the time. But going back through them I have to say I like them a lot better now! Don't know what I was thinking at the time ;) Luckily I rarely delete any of my photos, so at times like this, it comes in handy!

All of these were taken somewhere in my hometown village Legan, Co. Longford.

 Above: Both photos taken out my window on a sunny cloudy day.

The Inny River on a not so great day. The photo came out great in black and white though.

 Above: Both photos taken on the way to Legan Rock.

I'm not too sure where this is but will find out! Until then it is a secret lane way.

And lastly The Well. Not technically in Legan but close enough.

Hope you enjoyed! Thanks you for looking :) 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Merle Part I - July 2013

Say hello to my new pup Merle! His mother is a Blue Merle Collie and his father was a mix between a Labrador and a Red Setter. I'm pretty sure that is why he has all those lovely colours and patterns ;)

I got him on the 4th of July when he was just 8 weeks old and old enough to be away from his mother. He was a bit nervous in the car when we brought him home but he soon made the house his own! He loves to chew everything ;) Luckily a stern voice will put him in his place! He has lots of toys for chewing but always wants to chew everything but them! But he wouldn't be a puppy if he didn't want to chew everything before him, would he? His name is Merle after Michael Rooker's character in The Walking Dead but also the name is taken from his mothers breed.

These photos were taken when he arrived to his new home. He now has a much longer snout and his legs are so long and dangly! He has not stopped growing.

He loves to chew Steve's hands and his beard and his face and well he'll just about chew every bit of him haha!

He is lovely and playful like every puppy should be. He loves running, tumbling and knocking head first into the long grass and rushes! He eats every single piece of moss he can find along with anything else that is lost in the garden waiting for him to find.

I will have some more posts about Merle in future. Trying to take as much photos of him as I can as he grows!