Back in my favourite woods with murph and tills today. Tills was brilliant for the first 40 mins or so today; thought we might make it all the way round without incident but not quite. She had started to up her excitement levels and then i met a couple with a lab (on MY path, in my wood, how dare they!) Anyway, being a friendly kind of person, we ended up having a long chat, during which tills calmed right down and just ended up hanging about us, waiting for me to move on. That couple did tell me their lab had flushed out a deer just in the direction i was heading for. Anyway, off we went with till back up to full speed. We were just about to exit the heavily wooded bit and rejoin the main path, when murphs took off. And then i saw a deer in amongst the ferns. I whistled, and murph appeared first but was cut off from me by a stream (he really doesnt like getting his feet wet) so he disappeared back into the ferns. Next tills comes flying past me. I called her and she looked back at me, and was about to take off again, but she did in fact come to me. Which was very good really, considering she was so excited. I had taken a bit of roast beef left over from our sunday lunch. By the time murph found a way back to me that did not involve getting his feet wet, all the beef was gone! They were both back quickly really, considering the distraction. Tills inside a minute. Murphs 2 or 3 mins but he went a long way round. Think i will try with till on her own next time, see if we can get right round without her getting over excited.