Here I am at my post - on duty - watching the empty spot across the road. I sit here for hours... waiting... just waiting... just in case HE should appear.
When HE does, I make an enormous racket and gallop up the hallway to let everyone know about it too. They are supposed to get up and quickly open the door so I can chase HIM, but they never seem to figure this bit out.
This is HE for whom I wait. Once, when Neil was not paying enough attention, I raced out the gate and chased that devilish black critter clear around his apartment block! Ha, that was great.
There are quite a few other cats in this neighbourhood too. I have to be on full alert to spot them all as they loll about, thinking they own the place.
Here's the one just two doors down. He's oh so smug - doesn't realise how dangerous and dedicated us Airedales are. You just wait, cat... one day I might get lucky. Kay makes me practice my heeling up and down past him and the others. She thinks I should stay focused on her! Not likely.
But she sometimes pivots around so quickly, that I don't notice. She's a bit tricky like that, so I do have to pay attention so as not to get a rude surprise.
She calls it distraction training and it truly does drive me to distraction.
Hey look at me - I just got a new haircut for the hot weather. I'm looking rather smart, if I do say so myself.
It wasn't always this way. When I was young pup, I went off to a grooming salon for my first clip.
When Neil picked me up, he was so horrified that he yelled at the woman "What have you done to my dog?!" It was pretty bad - made me look like a pinhead.
I never went back. Kay went out and bought some clippers and with regular practice is doing a pretty good job. Either way, a new haircut sure makes my ears look big!
I'm on a diet these days - once my winter curls got cut off, there was no denying that I had been eating a bit too well over the last few months. It's all the treats I get when training, and we've been doing a lot of training!
Hopefully over the next month or so, you will see me turn into a slimmer, svelte version of myself. Probably for the best, it will be easier to clear those jumps without the extra weight.
I am a seven year old Airedale Terrier. My full name is Oldiron Shirazamataz CD AD JD RN. That CD at the end of my name means that I have two Obedience titles - and working on the next one. I've also got titles for agility and jumping as well. My eldest daughter, Gracie (now 4yo) gets to share my blog too.