Following our walk on Saturday a couple of weeks ago, it was a real treat to meet up again with Ziggy, who is becoming a firm favourite with all the Guildford walkers, with his cheeky grin and exuberant personality. He really is a sweet little boy and although he was super-enthusiastic, jumping to incredible heights when he realized I had come to see him, he very quickly settled with me and was easier to harness this time around.
Heading out of the kennel, he was determined to break the land speed record, as we sped across the road and down the lane at full pelt. For such a little lad, who is so light when he jumps up to greet you, he is amazingly strong. Way back in his ancestry he must have Husky genes, as he would be a champion at pulling a sled over the icy wastes, I’m sure! Just remember, don’t say ‘Mush!’ too loudly when you are walking with him, as he’ll pick up the pace even more! As we had virtually run from the kennels to the river, we took the opportunity to rest sitting for a few minutes on one of the wooden posts near the water. Ziggy made the sweetest enquires into my health by gently jumping up to place his paws on my lap, while burying his head in the folds of my skirt! He really is a delightful and affectionate little chap, who absolutely loves company and this was his way of showing how happy he was to be out and about for the afternoon.
As we ventured onto the island, Ziggy was transfixed by the sight of about six cows, lying across the path – the exact route we were hoping to take! So rather than disturb these ladies, we doubled back and strode along the river path towards Guildford. Ziggy is incredibly well-meaning and interested in people, dogs, boats, dogs, trees, dogs ... you name it and he is excited by all the sights and smells – especially the dogs! And knowing he had been so calm and amenable with Heidi the previous weekend, I was confident that he could cope with passing four-legged walkers. He would have loved to make friends with them all and he showed really positive doggy skills, even at his tender age!
We reached the sandy bank and Ziggy dabbled in the water for quite a while ignoring a couple of off-lead dogs who had passed us on the main path. As they rounded the river bend and he caught them in his eye line, he stood transfixed, perhaps rueing the opportunity to make new friends by being side-tracked by his swim!
After some more paddles and shakes, we marched up the steep hill and along the main road to the kennels, but as he was still full of beans (and I had some spare time before taking Rusty out), we made our way to the paddock, where Ziggy’s true talents were revealed!
For Ziggy is FRISBEE KING of Rescue Remedies! He absolutely loved playing with the yellow halo of plastic and charged around like a loon, racing to catch it as it zipped through the air. Instead of returning to me for another throw, however, Ziggy delightedly did dozens of laps of honour around the big paddock, displaying his prize (and handsomely wearing it on his head!). What a funny little pickle he is!
When I parked myself on the paddock chair, Ziggy decided that he would join me, and leapt onto my lap for a lovely cuddle. As I mentioned, Zig is so strong when out walking but as he sprung onto my knees he was a light as a feather and a real cuddle monster!
This gorgeous boy is just waiting to fill his forever home with fun, licks and laughter! His antics are hilarious and so endearing – surely he won’t have to wait too much longer before he can brighten the lives of his new family with his shining personality … well, he is “Ziggy Stardust”, after all!
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