Posted on behalf of Kila, WDCS Canine Research Assistant
Well we're all packed up and ready to go ... the idea is to try and get on the road south and hopefully beat the storm that we've been watching coming in from the west all morning! It started with low clouds, then a bit of drizzle and now .... well it's just soggy out there - although the beach is still as much fun as ever, i'll miss our sandy strolls
But it's been a great few weeks and we've seen an a absolute plethora of things ... from porpoises to great skuas, grey geese to otters - on which note i would like to apologise on behalf of the dog who attacked the poor wee otter the other day, i am pretty sure that he/she was not to blame and had their human had them under control the otter would have been left in peace! Instinct can take over (all you have to do is look at the way Harvey has taken to his sheep duties) and it's up to the human to take control!! We've heard the injured otter is in an animal hospital recovering just now and once better will be back in his home habitat before long!
We've also seen a lot of activity on the water when it comes to those men (and women) in uniform and their big grey boats! There have been an unprecedented number of submarines this time too ... which is pretty cool because apparently they live underwater and we don't normally see them! (So they're like the mechanical whales and dolphins then? No?)
You're probably bored of hearing about the weather by now but safe to say we've had all seasons up here in the past few weeks! Glorious sunshine (good excuse for a dip in the sea), gale force winds, hail and snow ... it's been as high as 17 degrees and as low as minus 3 ... you just never know what to expect up here!
And so back to Harvey ... well i'm delighted to say that he has now officially passed his Assistant Training Course and can now consider himself a fully fledged member of the WDCS Canine Research Team! He does however still have a lot to learn but he's got enthusiasm and a keen sense of what needs to be done so i'm fairly confident that come October, when we're back, that he'll be an asset to the team! (I will however be sure my human brings an extra frisbee next time so he doesn't keep nicking mine!)
And so ... thanks for your company over the past few weeks ...we've enjoyed being here and keeping you up to date with what we've been up to ... and remember to put October in your diary ... as we'll be back to keep up the vigil over the Minch! And hopefully we'll see a minke when we come back - although i'm fairly convinced that now the navy folk have left, and now we're leaving, they'll show up in their numbers - and we hope they do ... because then we know they're safe from the whalers harpoon!