Having a clowder of cats, I don’t really have the family space for a dog. Thankfully, Borrow My Doggy came about and meant that I have been able to enjoy the company of many lovely dogs through the years without them having to join my family (and upset the cats!) Recently moving gave me the opportunity to find myself a new dog friend, and I thought it would be a nice opportunity to share about meeting him.
Borrow My Doggy
Borrow my Doggy has been around since about 2013 (don’t fact check me on that!) when I joined and met Belle, my first of many borrow dogs through the site. Since then, I have shared my time with Wurst, the miniature Daschund, Cally, the most amazing mix of a dog and now Benji, a tri-coloured Collie.
I shared about my adventures with Cally in another post on here. I took her to Media City along the canal to visit the Blue Peter Garden and to meet Jit for a walk home. The only reason I don’t see Cally so much now is that she moved up to Todmorden with her Mum and brother. We’re still friends though. Wurst, too, moved to Wales and Belle, my original dog, joined the Police to train as a sniffer dog.
Meeting my new friend
We did officially meet Benji and his (human, obviously) Mum the other week, but we took him out for his first walk at the weekend. It was an afternoon walk as the family are isolating thanks to the wonder that is COVID, so it has been handy having us nearby to help out.
Having done a contact free transfer of Benji through the porch, we clipped him into the car on the dog mat and headed off to Styal Country Park. A favourite walk of ours and one which has lots of dogs to meet and smells for Benji to enjoy.
Taking a trip
Benji is only a puppy, so we are making sure that we keep up with any training his family are doing with him. Sometimes this means providing all the pieces of hotdog just to keep him on track. At other times, it is about popping your shoulder back in the socket when he makes a leap to investigate something fun! (not literally, but if you’ve ever walked an excitable puppy you will know the drill)
To be honest, I didn’t managet to get many photos of Benji as we were having far too much run (read: he likes being really close to the camera, so it is hard to get a decent shot – see first picture!)
We had a lot of fun and will certainly be taking him out again sometime soon. Next up, we will be giving off lead a try! Any tips on being “Sexier than a Squirrel” (making him more interested in me than in fun stuff going on around him e.g. a squirrel!) are very welcome in advance!