I said in my last blog that I would devote a whole post to the sealyham terriers at Burghley House. I love sealyhams! I've blogged about them before (here) but the more I see of them the more I admire them. A rare breed, they look like cuddle-up-on-your-lap type dogs, but they are actually excellent ratting dogs, and this pack are working dogs at the highest level.
Anyway, Harry and Gail bring their pack along to the shows to raise their profile. When he saw the wonderful setting of Burghley House, and the shallow lake in front of the bridge, Harry decided it would be great for a photo shoot. "I'll wade into the middle of the lake, under the bridge and in front of the house", he said, confidently, "And all the dogs will follow me and you'll get some great shots of me in the water with the thirteen dogs swimming with me" - sounded great to me, so i took some photos of the super-cute puppies playing by the tent and we arranged to meet 7am the next morning, while the light was good.
The first thing about sealyhams is that they are bred to track and kill rats.
The second thing is that they are very intelligent. They knew there were no rats in that river so they had no intention of following Harry out into the middle of the lake at 7am in the morning! He paddled out confidently and they stood on the bank and watched him as if he'd gone mad! He crossed the lake by the bridge where it was pretty and they took the shallow route across the ford. He eventually got two or three in, but there was no way the whole pack was going swimming that morning, and it was hilarious watching them!!
I did get a few shots of them running through the (shallow) water, and we had a lot of fun trying. But I guess some photos just aren't meant to be!