Sunday, 16 March 2008

She Likes It Rough…..

Especially with a handsome lurcher. But if you’ve reached this post through Google, you’re going to be very disappointed, because I don’t mean that she likes ‘it’ rough. Tilly likes rough games with her doggy pals – and it frightens the daylights out of me if I’m honest.

Tilly’s the sort of dog that tends to bounce, thank goodness. The more another dog cannons into her, the more she seems to enjoy it. She met up with some friends at Chester Racecourse a couple of days ago, and her favourite is a young lurcher who loves to chase her around the track at ludicrous speeds. Now of course, lurchers love to chase. And Tilly loves to be chased. She’s not at all worried about the fact that being ‘caught’ usually involves her being crashed into at speed, and rolling over several times before coming to a stop. My heart’s in my mouth the whole time, but whilst I’d love to wrap her in cotton wool and carry her around all the time, I can’t. She’s a youthful, exuberant dog who is totally consenting in these matters. So much so that we’ve decided to invent a new sport – ‘Tilly coursing’. It’s a bit like hare coursing, but with willing prey. She plays on the basis that when the time comes, roles are reversed, and she gets to chase her friends around the course and they let her ‘catch’ them occasionally.


Patience-please said...

Oh do we envy your access to that most beautiful place to RUN!!! And this is further evidence of Tilly's 'whippetness'. Crash, chase, catch, crash is whippet heaven.
Congrats on your award!

all the best-

DoGGa said...

Nice title :0

Perhaps tilly could replace the rabbit at greyhound races :] For a small fee of course!

Flowerpot said...

looks a great place to have a really good chase - Moll loves being chased too!

Chips said...

What a fab place and what a fab game. I like it rough too, but only with Beanz. Anyone else gets rough with me and I pull out my best "don't push your luck" face.

Jump (of "Jump the dog" fame)used to play like this. As long as the dogs are evenly matched it seems to go fairly smoothly.

Enjoy, Tilly!

Harry said...

The exuberence of youth! Cassidy is much the same as you. The more she's being rolled over and over, the more she comes back for more!

Toodle pip
Harry x

Meg said...

I'm with Patience on the course-envy. If Clara could run on that course even *once* she'd think she'd died and gone to heaven. The great tragedy of her life is that she's only *half* Ridgeback and, thus will never get to "officially" straight or oval race or lure course competitively. She's very competitive and it breaks her heart.

Clara often plays the role of the lure, too, because she's too darn fast, and no one else will play with her if she's the chaser, as she *always* catches them. There's nothing funnier looking than watching a little Beagle/Whippet mix coursing after a Ridgeback mix over twice her size!

Plus, I think it's a sighthound thing. Clara is like Tilly *and* Patience's Whippets and adores both the racing/chasing and the crashing/flipping portion of the game. Most highly prey-driven sighthound sorts I've met are also very big adrenaline junkies, and there is no greater adrenaline rush than running like a maniac while chasing/being chased and getting crashed into and flying through the air.

Anonymous said...

Tilly is such a beautiful pup, Graham. I'm so glad that Prince sent her your way! It looks like you will never have a dull moment with her at your side!

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

Ahhh...lurcher play. Know that well. You want to see two lurchers at play. It's scary and other dog walkers are likely to veer off in another direction to avoid us!!

Fiona said...

Oh, to be a young pup :o) Enjoy her as I'm sure you do! Prince is probably looking down on her and wondering what all the fuss is about

Nunhead Mum of One said...

How sweet does she look?! Junior Dog loves to be chased, preferably by Middle Dog who loses interest half way through. Senior Dog actively encourages this behaviour as he and I tend to have a sedate stroll while the others are frolicking!