It's been something of a strange day, the weather threw me for starters, looked like rain so dressed appropriately, the God of weather then decided to have some sport with me and the sun came out, wind dropped and I became too warm for comfort and I just cant be bothered with carrying a coat. The next worrying thing to occur was little Skye behaving totally out of character. In a stretch of approximately 100 yards he ran past at least five puddles and didn't dive in one of them, an event that caused me not a little concern. Fortunately these concerns proved unfounded because on crossing the ford at the bottom of the valley he reverted to form and performed the 'Getting plastered' ritual with his usual gusto. Good lad. Then, just as we were approaching a bend in the path, Flyte, who was ahead of me, suddenly gave outwith his 'worried' bark, if you know dogs you'll know this one, it's not aggression, rather a slightly nervous tone. Skye, as is his way whenever something slightly outside the norm occurs legged it back to me, Flytes bark was enough to cause him to seek a place of safety, the dog believes in the old adage that if in doubt, leg it. Having given another bark, Flyte also came running back to me, he too showed signs of coming across something outside of his usual sphere of existence and seemed quite agitated. We rounded the bend but whatever it was that sparked off this reaction in the big lad couldn't be seen and after a minute or two he returned to his usual self. I've been puzzling about this since I came home, the lads have come across most things to be found in the woods, rabbits, something to be ignored, foxes, the same, unless of course I'm not watching, then they can become something to chase. They've even come across the occasional badger on our late evening walks, none of these have ever bothered them, especially Flyte, who's big enough and confident enough to take most things in his stride. I guess it's one of those things that will remain a bit of a mystery, something to ponder over for a day or two and then file under forget it.