Bertie & Jane’s Trip to Bowerland
My name is Bertie Lewis and I am a Stabijhoun (you can call me a dutch pointer). I organised my hooman Jane to book us a week’s training holiday at Bowerland in November 2019, because I thought she’d enjoy the location, 1-2-1 training and spending quality time with me! We travelled from Oxfordshire and it was a pretty straightforward car trip, I didn’t get sick once.
I have been learning with Jane since we met when I was 4 months old. Apparently I was known as the hooligan puppy by my breeder. Also Jane consulted various other people who agreed I was a bit of a handful. Eventually Jane discovered that I was really just Naughty But Nice.
We have been Training Academy members for a while now but I worry that Jane gets a bit overwhelmed by all the good things we can learn there hence I was keen to get her back on track.
When we got to The Old Dairy, I was very impressed to see a nice garden with proper fences so Jane could relax rather than worrying that I might escape to check out the local wildlife (I have form!). Jane loved the goodies that were waiting – home made biscuits, marmalade, locally made sparkling Elderflower. I was more taken with the chicken treats and Tug-e-nuff toy, even though it was pink. We both enjoyed sitting in front of the wood burner in the evening. Jane says underfloor heating in the bathroom was a joy!
Before we had our first class, we drove the short distance to the Granite Way and had the first of many walks nearby to Bowerland. Our walks were brilliant, I saw lots of new things like Dartmoor ponies and a quad bike.
Our classes were with Michelle. I liked learning with her because she was very patient with Jane, and during our 5 x 2 hour sessions we did lots of fun things. I was able to show Jane just how much I like learning (especially when sausage or chicken is involved). The best thing I learned was that I have back legs that can do all kinds of things.
Michelle told Jane some ideas for strategies to help me deal with visitors and people coming to our front gate. One day we went into Okehampton to do our training. Even though it was raining and just a bit scary it was the BEST. I got to meet one of Michelle’s dogs and we walked around town together. I was able to show Jane that I could do all the cool stuff we’d learned in an unfamiliar environment.
Jane says that my idea to go to Bowerland was inspired and now we are back home we are continuing to work on the things we learned with Michelle.