Polly Pullar and her col­lies en­joy a sum­mer hol­i­day

Polly Pullar shares sto­ries and pho­tos from her sum­mer hol­i­days with the col­lies.

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IKNOW it may seem mad, but one of the rea­sons why we tend to pre­fer to have our hol­i­days in Scot­land rather than trav­el­ling abroad is due to the ca­nine crew.

We now have three gen­er­a­tions – grandma Pip­pin, daugh­ter Molly and grand­daugh­ter Maisie – and we rel­ish hol­i­days taken with our three­some.

How­ever, we have al­ways tried to en­sure that wher­ever we take them, and what­ever we do, they have to fit in with us and must be well be­haved at all times.

Of course, this can be hard work, and peo­ple of­ten ask how long it takes to train our dogs. I re­ply, “Un­til the day they die.”

It’s so easy to be­come lax about good man­ners, and we have no­ticed that now we have three, the dy­nam­ics have changed and there is a great deal more com­pe­ti­tion, more barg­ing out of the house doors in their ea­ger­ness to be out­side, more bark­ing when vis­i­tors come, and then far more fuss greet­ing vis­i­tors.

The dogs must be ig­nored to­tally when peo­ple walk in

rather than be­ing al­lowed to rush up rudely, vy­ing with one another to gain the most at­ten­tion.

It sounds strict but it pays off, and when we ease up on th­ese sim­ple man­ners, then they be­come a hand­ful again.

Due to the fact that the dogs have to fit in with us, they have al­ways proved ex­tremely well be­haved on hol­i­day.

We can take them out and about any­where and know that they are go­ing to be a joy at all times.

I usu­ally go to Ard­na­mur­chan sev­eral times a year on “work­ing hol­i­days” and usu­ally take all three of them with me.

When Maisie was a teenager, she came sev­eral times on her own so that I could work hard on in­still­ing man­ners into her, and we also tend to sep­a­rate the dogs quite of­ten so that they don’t rely on one another. It is in­ter­est­ing how

their char­ac­ters al­ter when they are top dog for a few days.

The dogs love their hol­i­days as much as we en­joy hav­ing them. I have been look­ing through their al­bums and hope you will en­joy them and from the im­ages see just why we so of­ten choose to stay in Scot­land in­stead of ven­tur­ing fur­ther afield.

It’s a dogs’ life and they seem to re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it. The fun­ni­est as­pect is that now they are so con­di­tioned to pos­ing on a beau­ti­ful rock with a won­der­ful panorama be­hind them that they do it with­out be­ing asked. It makes Iomhair and me laugh be­cause of­ten they find some great spots! n

More mad­ness in the sea with Molly and Maisie.

Rac­ing along the track to Sand­wood Bay in Suther­land.

The end to a per­fect hol­i­day, three good girls watch­ing the fad­ing light of an Ard­na­mur­chan sun­set.

The back­drop of Loch Ma­ree and the hill of Slioch proved a very pop­u­lar pos­ing spot!

Ready for the next in­struc­tion!

A beau­ti­ful day in Assynt, with Stac Pol­laidh be­hind.

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