Breeding is extremely fulfilling, and living on a farm with the other animals (horses, cows, ducks, cats, and one 11-month-old toddler) is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Recently we were able to complete the initial training for Tasha's first litter, and invited some friends over for playtime and socializing.
The pups love to show off their training, like "come" and "sit," especially when there are treats involved!
As with all things, there's a balance between learning and play, between work and relaxing, between hosting and enjoying the company of friends.
So when we're looking for this healthy balance, especially between being unbelievably busy and taking a little down time, it's helpful to have a place of retreat. Whether we take our four-legged friends with us or go alone, having a space where the troubles of the day can be left behind is vitally important.
For some of us, that place might be the bedroom, a study, or the car. Maybe a place in the woods or on the beach appeals better, and getting away from the house can be especially helpful on stressful days. Here at Flood Farm, we have the lake (above) and the pond (below) where (weather permitting) we can take time to process, decompress, and meditate on the things that help us relax.
Whether you have one puppy or fifteen, having this time to yourself can help put things in a more manageable perspective.
Do you have a place of retreat? Find us on Facebook and tell us about it. :)
Until next time, keep calm and carry on, dog lovers.
Photos courtesy of Priceless Memories Photography and C.E. Taylor.