What a privilege, yesterday was the first time she was allowed to go out into the garden after having had her innoculations. She (Sophie) was very reticent at first, but apart from playing havok with the local ant population and inhaling as many as she could before I stopped her she went and sat in the middle of the lawn part of the garden totally bemused ( like my old male Gorilla did when he was accidently let out (with that "sh*t I shouldn`t be out here" look) . within about thirty seconds she was exploring. She was startled by a collar dove being "put up" from under a laurel bush, by a wet nose (hers) and sat and watched it as it flew around the garden, finally dissapearing off into a tree. she wasn`t too happy to have a harness on her but soon got used to it.
She smelled the flowers and tried to eat everything that would fit into her mouth! unfortunately she came a cross a stinging nettle in an old pot and sniffed it, to her surprise it bit back and she jumped back and looked at me for reassurance, which she of course got! we ran around a couple of times and I decided that for a first time that was enough! (for me anyway) and we went back indoors! I feel so priviledged to have been able to enjoy her first times out in the world snffing and exploring and learning (not to sniff stinging nettles) she is on a sharp learning curve from now on and its wonderful to be able to enjoy her experiences with her I am indeed very lucky!