Working dogs are compelled to work. It's in their genes. The springers - Jazz, Dulcie, Hazel - are purely shoot day dogs. They work hard in the winter. Some dogs, like Podge, work hard in the summer months and help out in shoot season. Dakota works year round on guard duty. And of course there are young dogs like Spud who are still finding out what they're best at, and retired dogs like Nell, who do as they please.
Then there's Pip. Pip's main job is in the shoot season with the springers. Out of season, she finds other jobs to keep her busy. She's wants you to know how versatile she is.
Besides retrieving pheasants, she helps me by retrieving my ball of wool when I'm knitting and it gets away from me --
I'll get it!
Here you go...
Pip is also a footwarmer --
And when moved onto the floor doubles as a throw rug / speed bump --
Don't disturb me, I'm working...
Pip has a recycling function --
mmmm...pea pods and asparagus stalks...
Pip works not just at home, but 'on the go' too --
--as truck ballast. And maybe a wheel arch decoration.
Pip is also the self-appointed bathroom monitor --
I need a hand towel and a tip cup...
When you have a labrador, you're never alone. Even when you want to be.
Pip also does impressions --
Very scary indeed, Pip.
All these skills and talents, and all the dogs ask in return is a pat on the head and some of this --
Boiled lamb offal, collected from Peggy my butchery teacher.
How do I know when the offal is ready? I have an official taster on standby --
These dogs love their work.