It’s Follow-up Friday! We are joining Heart Like A Dog and co-host Misty Shores Chesapeakes for:
The blog hop that let’s you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.
I suspect the honking geese have a nest on the far side of the pond and that is why they were so loud. Thunder was a good boy and although he turned to look at them, he stayed on task and made his retrieves.
Good Boy Thunder
It was interesting to read all of the different ways your dogs protect. Some are vocal. Some are not.
Freighter From The End Of April
I haven’t really seen much protectiveness in Freighter yet. He will bark, (or sometimes “roo”) when he wants something or hears a noise, but he doesn’t go out of his way to watch. Of course, he is still young. The very first time that I noticed Thunder going into protection mode was when he was 18 months old. We were camping at a state park and I was walking him around the park. A woman stopped me to ask about him saying she had a Chessie as a child. (You don’t often run into people who actually recognize his breed.) She asked if she could pet him. Well he was not having any of that and stepped between us and that time he actually gave her a warning bark. I think he was a little put off because the woman was wearing a black wetsuit, (she was a kayaker). She laughed because she understood Chessies.
At 18 Months Thunder Was A Big Boy
dogloverofmax commented that Thunder’s coat looks like velvet. I think you would be surprised if you felt his coat.
Coat s very important to a Chessie. This is from part of the AKC breed standard:
The texture of the Chesapeake’s coat is very important, as the Chesapeake is used for hunting under all sorts of adverse weather conditions, often working in ice and snow. The oil in the harsh outer coat and wooly undercoat is of extreme value in preventing the cold water from reaching the Chesapeake’s skin and aids in quick drying. A Chesapeake’s coat should resist the water in the same way that a duck’s feathers do. When the Chesapeake leaves the water and shakes, the coat should not hold water at all, being merely moist.
If you were to feel his coat, it would feel coarse and oily rather than velvety. I think the water makes it look softer than it is. After he shakes, his coat is fairly dry.
Thunder Shaking The Water Off
Storm From June 2012
Gizmo and Hawk aka BrownDog asked what software I use to watermark my pictures. I use Adobe Lightroom. I use it to crop and add color effects too.
It took me a bit to get used to it, but once I did, I decided that I really like it. When I export (or save) my pictures, I also save them with a date I took them in the label which helps me keep them organized.
A Picture Of Storm From 2011 With Color Effect (Look At Her Coat In This Picture!)
Mimi Shufelt commented that they all look the same color. They are all brown, but I think some may turn out to be a bit lighter than Storm, or maybe not…lol. It will be a while before they get their final adult coats.
Thunder’s Litter–They all look the same color, but grew up to be various shades of brown. (Picture Courtesy Of Cindy SRR Chesapeakes)
This is Thunder’s Litter Mate Muddy–Can you spot her in the picture?
Another Litter Mate Gunner-The color is a bit washed. He is dark brown.
Apparently I missed something last week. Sue at Talking Dogs awarded us the Versatile Blogger Award and I totally missed the post. Thank you so much for this award. I really appreciate being recognized by fellow bloggers.
If you haven’t been over to visit Sue at Talking Dogs do yourself a favor and stop over and say “hi” and check out her blog!
The reason I have been missing posts here and there, (besides being busy) is that I am trying to consolidate my readers since google reader will be going away shortly. I haven’t been adding new feeds until I get things squared away. One of you suggested using Feedly for a reader and so far I like it. I think I may go with that one. The thing I do not like about it is how you have to add feeds. I find it cumbersome, but workable.
Our Club’s hunt test is next weekend, May 18-19, and we are scheduled to work. We decided not to enter any dogs this time around. Storm is still with her puppies, (she will be coming home on the 19th!). Thunder needs more water work and distance for sure. Freighter is at the transition between marking and handling. Our trainer would like to keep him in training mode a bit longer before entering him in tests. This test is early in the season and there will be a lot of opportunity to test him later this year. Our goal is to get him in a Senior test later this summer. Besides, we have found that it is difficult to try to work and run dogs. Our success when we work tests is pretty limited.
Have a great weekend!
Thanks to Heart Like A Dog and co-host Misty Shores Chesapeakes for hosting the hop.
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