Marley is such a handsome and lovable boy, so it was a great treat for me to be paired with him on the walkers’ rota. He can look a little serious in his kennel, with his solemn expression and soulful eyes – as he’d really LOVE to find a family and home of his very own – but as soon as you go in to meet him with the leads and harness, he is overjoyed and endlessly helpful as he tries to put his harness on himself!
I’m amazed at how good he is while out walking – both on the pavement and then heading out into the countryside. He didn’t strain on his lead at all and made the sweetest snuffling, chortling, snoring noises as he rambled along the path beside me. Funnily enough, although the cows which usually inhabit the field were nowhere to be seen he was still transfixed by the water trough – but on our return to the kennels the mothers with their calves had come back to that spot and Marley greeted them cheerily, as if to say, “you lot took your time; I’ve been out for ages!” He’s such a funny boy!
Marley proved himself to be a complete water-baby, as he was drawn to the river like a moth to a flame. At one of the steeper banks he flopped onto his tummy and did his Ninja crawl down towards the water, before deciding (on his own) that he might be able to find a slightly easier access point further along. (He’s a really smart cookie, and I was relieved as had he gone in at that point there’s no doubt I would have followed him in, head-first!)
Very soon we came upon the shallow bank and Marley ‘Phelps’ launched himself into the water with great gusto for a lovely swim and serious refreshment. After a few seconds he waded back out, turned in a big circle ... and plunged back in again ... such sheer joy is a pleasure to witness!
We set off on another circuit, but sadly when we came to the same spot (where he and I had hoped he could have another dip), we were greeted by two canoeists who had come ashore for lunch under the tree. Although they had spoiled his fun, Marley was a perfect gentleman, saying a quick hello (in the vain hope of being invited to join their picnic), and trotting off along the path where he had lots of nice doggie treats of his own and slurps of water (for being such a good boy and showing his lovely manners). Bad luck, dear Marley – next time we will take up residence on that river bank and you can have all the swims you’d like!
Heading back after our afternoon walk, there were lots more photo opportunities to show what a handsome chap he is, and after saying goodbye to his bovine chums he ambled beautifully along the road before having more lovely hugs and treats in his kennel. Marley is a gorgeous boy, with lots of love to give. He would thrive and blossom in a loving family home – he really deserves to the chance to show what a magnificent companion he would be …