Dougal has officially come of age. Never mind his fell training, the most important aspect of Dougal for us is whether or not we can trust him to be left in a room on his own. Since we got him, he has been left in solitary confinement each night in the utility room: actually, at first we put both Casper and Dougal together in the room but Casper soon tired of the pesky pup trying to play with him in the middle of the night and jumped up at the door until we let him out. Last night, for the first time, Dougal was given the free run of the kitchen, utility room, hall, stairs and landing. We went to bed fully expecting some shenanigans during the night but we were wrong. Dougal was waiting outside the bedroom door with his nose pressed right up against it when we got up - it looked like he had been stood there all night. All woodwork was duly inspected and found to be intact - phew! What a good lad that Dougal is...for now at least.
Sean and Louise