Saturday, September 28, 2013

Dates with your dog feat. Nell Thompson

What do you do with your dog to chillax? You could always climb a cliff (carefully of course).
Happy weekend guys! Hopefully you're all out spending quality time with the non-humans in your lives. I must apologise...I've been in an underserviced area of the country where phone and internet reception are non-existent (if only I'd been with my dog - he would have enjoyed the device-free time, though not sure the other dogs I've been fraternising with would have impressed him!). 

When I put out the call asking people what activities they share with their dogs I recieved quite a few replies, and I'm going to post on these in the future...but I had to single out one person's contribution as she is clearly passionate about spending quality time with the dogs in her life.

4WD tour anyone? 

This post comes from the incredible Nell Thompson, who happens to be the national coordinator for the Getting 2 Zero Summit (read about her here) but also just happens to do UNREAL things with her dogs. 

The whole idea of this post series is to inspire people to spend time with their four-legged friends. Organising dog-specific activities is healthy, its a great way to entertain your dog and it generates seemingly impossible amounts of happiness.

Attending doggy events - such as the Casterton Kelpie Muster.
So just what else DO Nell and friends get up to out of the office?

How about a birthday trip complete with dog-friendly cake? (Don't know your dog's birthday? Neither does he or she. That frees up every day for birthday celebrations).
Fancy a spot of caving?

Contribute to scientific knowledge. This study is closed now, but there's no reason you can't make your own dog-human play movie.
Organise a play date with a friendly little soul. 
Go for a picnic. If you're in snake territory your dog might need to sit on the table.
Pretend to be a working dog.
Go for a swim.

How about an eco tour on the Murray?

Nell has certainly thrown down the gauntlet. So, SAT readers, tell us all about your dog-friendly activities. What does your dog's ideal day look like?

Apologies Phil. Much of my week has been spent working with Tinkerbell and Dr Jemima Amery-Gale, but all for a good cause.