Barney’s diary yesterday evening,” The Boss opened the back door for my mid-evening check on the garden and there…. there before my eyes, creeping over the wall of the fish pond was black cat! It saw me! I saw it! It ran, it scatted and it fled up the garden. I did not bark, I did not make a sound I just used my training with the ball and chased, I was like the wind, like whispering death to cats….. the cat tried to climb the wood up the side of the shed….. twice before it ran behind the greenhouse, up the bug hotel that “where’sLez” made, knocked off a bowl of marbles in a water-bowl put for bees to drink from scattering them everywhere and ran up the fig tree where it stayed for the next hour. Job done, I go my ball ready for some more training….The Boss was pleased, I am a good boy, I protected the fish…. and the garden birds….. I like chasing cats…… but they look a bit furry to eat….. I prefer biscuits….. you can see the cat up the tree, I was very pleased with myself. I wonder if it will come back to play…..?
Tuesday 8th June
This page is a collection of social media posts for Barney the collie’s fan club and puts his morning musings into one place with some pictures. (Newest posts at the top of the page- oldest at the bottom!)
Saturday 5th May:
29th May: ” Had a lie in this morning till 4:50 then the boss turned over, obviously an invitation and he needed my attention…. breathing and sniffing in his ear seemed to do the trick and he looked much better! Then he wasted good beach time under the shower- I don’t like showers of water on me but I like lying on the bathroom floor in case people having a shower need me. ‘Where’sLez’ sent me out in the garden but I really wanted strokes, and walks well mainly walks. I was good in the car but my brain could not work about the not pulling on the lead thing at the beach – the sea air fogs me and it makes me come to it…. but I did try I really did. On the beach I lost my old blue tatty rubber ball and had to have a tennis ball which is not as tasty- it has fluff! Then a dog called Shadow came to play with the waves with me. The waves are braver than trains they do not run away and keep coming back for more……. Shadow couldn’t keep up although he tried…. I was better on the lead back to the car but I was too tired to think and had a lie down on the way home….. More lying down after breakfast…. but I am looking forward to bothering the boss with a ball when he is trying to ZOOM the Sunday service later…. “
28th May: “I thought, if I stare long enough, then throw myself down next to the bed so the floor shakes and it makes a loud noise and then run backwards and forwards around the bed at half past four they would get up and take me for a walk. The boss didn’t move but ‘Where’sLez’ opened her eyes and I took my chance with my morning dance skipping round in circles…. but she only made me go in the garden…. it’s not the same. I went and checked on the other one…. he just pointed a phone at me, took a picture and pretended to go back to sleep. I tried charging up and down the stairs as quietly as I could to get some exercise and then made the mistake of putting paws on the bed…… oops! We finally got out and we almost missed the six o’clock train in the park which comes every day at the same time so I can chase it….. and then again half an hour later- I think it likes me chasing it though it never stops to play….. The boss told me I couldn’t multi-task whatever that means…. just because if I see the train I forget the ball…. well to be fair I forget the ball if I see a seagull and I forget not not pull on the lead if I see a suspicious looking crisp packet……. I don’t think the boss is very pleased with me today….. but there’s always later…he’ll forget and we can have another go- maybe there will be more treats this time….. “
Barney’s thoughts for the morning, “I tried something new today…. but it didn’t work. Sometimes I just lay down looking at the ball like I would with a sheep maybe….. but the boss wouldn’t pick it up!! In fact he put my lead on every time I did not bring the ball back and we did the weird zig zag lead training. Do you know I spent 5 whole minutes walking different ways around the goal posts…. but I was told I was a good boy so I must have done something right…. I like being told I am a good boy. I chased the train but it was a coward and ran away so I gave up and went back to the ball. A little dog came to play for a bit- she liked the ball too so I let her play but she cant run like the wind like me!! On the way home I was very good apparently…. something about loose lead….. but I did not like all the recycling bags hanging from the gate posts- they looked like they might jump out and get me…. but it was alright at home -“where’s Lez” was there with my water and food and a towel to dry me….. I like being dried……. now time for a nap……”
Cool in the Fairfield this morning, I breathed smoke like a dragon, I was fierce and chased two trains but they ran away. The boss said my lead walking was much better but I was not interested in treats at all today- I just wanted the ball and to work . I like work .
Redruth Fairfield was the location for the walk but I did not take pictures…. we worked too hard. Barney thinks…..”Well that was a funny hour and I am exhausted! We went to the Fairfield where I chased the ball a lot as usual but every now and again I had to have my lead on and was not allowed to move anywhere I pulled….. and if I didn’t pull we went in circles or zig zags…. but I got lots of treats. Once I saw a cat…. it looked very tasty….. I pulled…… and I didn’t get a treat then. Off the lead I did run along the path beside the train but it was too fast even for me! “
this morning was damp….. not to say wet and I chased the ball in the park….. and headed up to Wheal Euny where the bright orange ball was nosed into a gorse and nettle bush and forever lost …… the boss couldn’t find it and I wasn’t going into a gorse bush – they hurt. The downside was lots of lead walking is promised for the rest of the week I may have forgotten how I am supposed to behave on the lead… its not my fault!! That’s my excuse and I am sticking to it.”