City slicker dog meets boys from the bush
Titan excelled in the water
They taught Titan to chase them too
Titan , our Blue Heeler dog has always lived in the city; he has plenty of toys to play with home and we give him lots of little jobs to do. He loves to go for a drive and knows exactly when we are close to the ocean, jumping to the windows of the car as the smell of the sea breeze tickles his nostrils, looking forward to swimming at the local beaches.
In the blink of an eye his life changes as we take him in our caravan and 4 wheel drive vehicle as we start travelling around Australia.
Now out of his normal comfort zone, a new world of temptations, adventures and smells to his exploring and inquisitive nature opens up. Therefore he has to check out each and every tree, shrub and post available to him as far as the length of his lead allows.
We noticed him doing a merry old dance and wondered what was wrong, then we saw ants crawling on him and found ourselves jumping around too as they crawled over our feet. We soon learnt to avoid walking over bull ant nests after that.
We have also learned to watch out for those little Minnie minor birds. I knew that magpies can be a nuisance to kids as they chase hair for their nests. Although it was a new experience for us when these small birds attacked Titan, I believe for the same reason.
Another problem Titan found is what we call over home Double Gees or Three corner jacks by others. They are painful to both dogs and humans.
The Jack russel cooling off after a run
Titan is put to the test when we arrive at the farm
Titan was not prepared for this meeting between two other Blue Heelers and a jack Russell. Plus another white dog that looked after the goats. Then there were the two horses and the cows. Apart from this he came across goanna's and the great Murray River that ran through our friend's property.
Titan hates the word bath. But water is no problem to him he loves swimming in the ocean and this river was no different as far as he was concerned. He waits anxiously until we either throw a ball or a stick for him to chase into the water.
The bush blue heelers taught him how to do everything and they beat him when chasing cows, horses and the goats around on the farm. Although he is in his element when chasing sticks into the water, he outdoes them, first into the water to retrieve the sticks every time.
He had another culture shock, when he had been swimming in the water and because he was wet, our friend promptly told him he had to run behind the vehicle with the other dogs. So used to being driven everywhere at home, he suddenly became confused, not understanding why he was left behind. He soon got the message when we called out to him to follow.
We saw this sign so couldnt resist putting it here.