Cantor 8 Months
Cantor (Cantor vom Wenner Haus at Celhaus) at 8 months
He loves the snow and cold! These photos were taken December 11th.
I have to brag about today, December 16th:
For all that I frequently come close to murdering Cantor because of his barking, he has an incredible nose. This morning playtime was out in a good old Wyoming blizzard, with 5” of snow on the ground, more coming down, and the wind blowing it merrily every which way. In this kind of weather the ChuckIt freezes up with bits of ice from the dogs’ slobber as they retrieve, which can result in the ball sticking as I throw and going who knows where. Twice just now it did that and the ball ended up in a sloping area that doesn’t get much traffic so the snow isn’t packed down and is deeper than where I try to throw the ball, a good 10” right now. Besides that, it’s behind three spruce trees that are about 8’ tall so the dogs lose the ball’s flight. Most of the time when that happens in this kind of weather we lose the ball because they search in a huge area rather than in the vicinity of where it landed. But not Cantor today! The first time he searched a bit and came back for me, so I walked past the trees but of course couldn’t see the ball. I just stood there quietly to support him and figured we’d give up when he quit. But he didn’t quit! After about 4 minutes he found it. I was very impressed and praised and praised him and he pranced around a bit before giving it to me. We were close to the end of our 15 minutes and, since he was the last dog to exercise, I was looking forward to getting into the warm house, but darned if a couple of throws later the Chuckit didn’t do the same thing – send the ball back into that blind area. I walked to the trees because that time I wasn’t sure the ball had gone over them – it could have caught in a branch. I couldn’t see it so again just waited – and again if that darned pup didn’t search until he found it, another 3 – 4 minutes, pushing his nose deep into the snow in place after place until he finally caught a scent. Again I praised the heck out of him. I managed to get a couple more straight throws to end our session on an easy play note, then thankfully came inside to warm up. He has fantastic drive to use his nose to hunt!
I love the snowy shadings on his toes.
I hated to crop out the gorgeous foothills east of us, or the spruce that made these interesting, at least to me.
The area where he searched so diligently for the ball is to the left behind this tree.
Still very puppy.
The silly boy has recently decided he wants to play ball AND carry a stick at the same time. Every so often as he retrieves, he has to find a stick or piece of sunflower stalk and alternate holding stick or ball in his mouth as he moves the other around with his feet, moving backwards of course. Every so often he tries to get both in his mouth and sometimes he leaves his ball and brings me the stick to throw, then goes back to his ball.