We walked up to town today, the first long walk since Maggie’s fall last week, but we made sure we had a good breather before setting back off for home.
We had a cup of tea and there was a dog opposite who looked remarkably like Maggie, though it wasn’t a mirror image.
He was a two year old springer/collie/labrador, but the face was just like our girl, though without the grey.
The two dogs looked at each other through the table legs, turning their heads to one side, and eyeing each other up. It was quite funny, yet all very civilised.Maggie had her titbits of cake (coffee and walnut today, the diet starts tomorrow) and a couple of dog biscuits from the container on the counter.
When we stood up to leave, so did the other dog, so Hubby went over and had a fuss. When the dog turned sideways on, I could see the stocky labrador body shape in its back haunches, and he had the springer feathers on his front legs. He was extremely laid back and accepting of the attention without getting excited and bouncy.
The other day, we were in town but in the car this time and I wanted to get some memory foam wedges for my slippers to try and relieve the pressure in my heels which have been quite tender lately (another reason I want to lose this extra weight).
I couldn’t resist an all black cocker spaniel puppy of about 14 weeks. The owner was on holiday and letting the dog have a sniff around but under strict supervision as the pup was actually only 13 weeks so would be lifted out of harm’s way of any other dogs for the next few days after having her final jabs a few days ago (Maggie was in the car with Hubby).
She got very excited and pee’d on the pavement, but then all puppies do that, and I wasn’t bothered when she took a liking to my fingers and started to nibble them, again as all puppies do. I remember when Maggie was that small, though she’s a sprollie, not a sprocker.
Round the corner, I got what I wanted then got chatting to a guy with two Lhasa Apsos.
They have a life span of 12 to 14 years, with males weighing 6 to 8 kilos, and females 5 to 7 kilos. Litters are between 4 and 6 puppies, and the average cost is around $500 (£384) though for a top breed line you can expect to pay between $1200(£920) and $5100 (£3900).
Originally from Tibet, they were bred to alert the Buddhist monks of intruders, their temperament being fearless as well as playful. They are intelligent, devoted and energetic.
As I was fussing the two dogs who were equally vying for my attention, a woman came up to chat and fuss them too. The older of the two dogs got between me and her, and started to growl! Talk about protection!!!
I confuse the Lhasa Apso with Shih Tzus as they are very similar and both breeds are very popular around us.
It is thought they too originate from Tibet, and these sweethearts have a life span of 10 to 16 years. They are smaller than the Lhasa Apso though, weighing in at 4 – 7.2 kg for both adult dogs and bitches.
Litter size can be as many as eight pups and cost between $900 (£690) and $2500 (£1920).
They are clever and affectionate, alert and also extremely loyal. The ones here can also be extremely vocal!
Breed details from Wiki, images from google.