A Bolt of light­ning

Country Smallholding - - Donald’s diary -

After suf­fer­ing the loss of my pup, Ted, in the spring, it took a wee while to get over the trauma of what hap­pened, but when one of my friends lo­cally told me that his bitch had a lit­ter due, I was de­lighted to book one. My friend’s chil­dren named this one Bolt — noth­ing to do with Usain, but he has bolt of light­ning mark­ings on his shoul­der. He ar­rived in mid-July, so we have spent the sum­mer so far bond­ing with each other. My older dog, Bud, is not the most so­cia­ble, but he has slowly started to come round and get used to an­other dog on his patch. Bolt is show­ing plenty of herd­ing in­stincts — par­tic­u­larly when he’s near the hens — so I hope to start har­ness­ing that over the win­ter.

David and Bolt meet each other for the first time

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