…walking the dog.

2014 dexter

As you might remember, I got a new puppy in the New Year. It’s been an intense first few months with a tiny baby dog needing to be let out all the time and with training etc, but it has definitely been worth every minute.

I have made a deliberate effort not to post constant puppy pictures on my blog (apparently not everybody loves my dog as much as me – I am astounded!), but I thought it was high time for a little update. These are just some little snaps as I took out the big camera without a memory card in it. Oops.

Dexter is nearly 6 months old, and training is going really well. He sits, stays, leaves treats on command, goes to his bed, fetches, walks to heel, and is even learning how to weave under my legs!

2014 april woods

Having a dog in our lives has brought so much joy in ways I hadn’t quite imagined. Things can get pretty intense at times, with my son having asperger’s with the effects this has on all of us. Dexter dog has become a waggy happy friend to us all who doesn’t take anything personally and is always pleased to see us, no matter what kind of a day we’ve had. You know, we all need that, sometimes. The kids are both getting on with him well, and training him to do tricks, and they tell me daily how much they love him (that’s more than I get!). We now ‘have’ to go out every day to walk Dexter – we all needed to get out more, anyway, but this has given us the reason that no one argues with. He makes us laugh – a lot, and has such a sense of humour, fun and a good dose of cheekiness.

I had really hoped for all those things, but the thing I really hadn’t bargained for was how it would feel to walk him on my own, off the lead in the woods. Such bliss. I’ve never taken a dog out on my own before. He’s great at staying with me, and we are going to little romps in the woods behind our house daily. Getting outside everyday and seeing spring arriving on a daily basis has been such a treat. It’s really not something I would have felt I had time to do before. He’s given ME the reason I needed to enjoy my surroundings, and it’s doing me good.

2014 woodland path

I’m really looking forward to summer. Have a great weekend!

Rachel x

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...


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    13th April 2014

    Rachel, I’ve just come across your site, love your work, some beautiful colour choices! I’ve just been for a walk through the bluebell woods today and feeling very refreshed and inspired. I only wish I had a dog as it would make me do it more often! Glad to hear what a positive effect having a dog can have on everyone.

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      Rachel Lucie Johns

      13th April 2014

      Hi Emma, aren’t the bluebells just amazing? Ours aren’t out just yet, as I live on a north facing hill, in the Pennines, but soon – very soon!
      Maybe you could borrow a nicely behaved dog from a friend, sometimes. It really does add another dimension x