Today Simba is a little less puppy and a little more adult but still the same ball of fun. He remains the same gentle and caring dog from birth and continues to be inquisitive at the dog park with others. But most proud of all, he now belts out his booming deep barks to strange noises out the front.
Here’s a few photos of him on his favourite mat over the two years.
It had only been about 8 weeks since my last coastal trip but with the usual Jan/Feb HR activities intensifying and completed, I felt I had to go chill and recharge. So I took my dependent furkid and headed to a new favourite of mine: Surf Beach, situated just south of Batemans Bay. Photos after the fold.
Kaddie’s mum Sue sent through some great shots of the two besties having a great time after class a month or so back. There are some neat action shots in the collection with droplets of water frozen in air. The two always have a great time together and frequently swap roles chasing. Kaddie is the more agile one and is often found encouraging Simba to get off the ground resting. They are both restless, distracted and agitated when they don’t get each other’s attention during class.
Simba with his bestie Kaddie, after some training this morning.
At training, we were introduced the two finishes (left + right spins and into the ready position), also the figure 8 exercise pattern to reinforce correct heeling and he did his first stand for exam ok…ish!
Oh and our previous trainer’s dog, Ivy, peed on us for the first time saying that she’s only ever done that to one other she cared about, a “breakthrough” he said 🙂
One year ago, Simba graced the planet with his arrival. At this time, he looked more like a little munchkin but who aren’t at their best at a few weeks? Ten weeks on, he immediately shot through our defences (so the song goes…) and melted our hearts as we arrived at the breeders. On the long ride home, he impressed us by being able to hold onto his urges until we arrived home. He has been the quickest to house train.
Drove out to Young to pick up our new family member, roaringly named Simba, from a reputable breeder who have been breeding golden retrievers for over 20 years. Their pups have made their way through various competitions and some have found duty through Guide Dogs Australia.
After seeing him for the first time, he was the largest of the litter and the most energetic, playful and explorative. It would seem that he was the alpha of the group, thoughts that were later reaffirmed as he dominated pillows, towels, ugg boots, etc. Being a puppy, he has a knack for tasting and chewing everything: daffodils, rose bushes, branches, weeds, rocks, metal railings…
His formal name is Rivajazz Simba and he has potential for something big, but probably take after me and be a champion snorer.
And his pedigree:
- Sire: Montego Chandon On Ice (S: Ch Shogold Champagne On Ice, D: Ch Montego Absolute Bliss)
- Dam: Montego Star Dreamer (S: Ch Inniscroft Keep the Faith, D: Inniscroft Twinkle-Li’l-Star)
Simba was born on 30/7/12. Young is slightly over 2 hours drive from Canberra but the drive was pleasant both there and back as we were lucky enough not to have any toilet accidents.