New Forest Walk with Hintza

Today we drove out to the New Forest to meet up with my pal Hintza and his humans. We walked just over 5 and a half miles and only got a little bit lost because everyones phone was running out of battery.

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Hintza was mostly out front leading the way, with me and our mums next and our dads bringing up the rear.

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Here’s Hintza in first place, striding out. He’s hard to see amongst all those leaves!

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It was quite chilly but it didn’t stop me having a paddle in a stream. It rained a lot last night so there was lots of water everywhere, all lovely and clean.

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I think this bit was where we were walking up to a castle. Not that we saw a castle but it was marked on the map so I think it must have fallen down and been buried in leaves.

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There were horses and cattle grazing in the forest and this is one of the gates we had to go through. As usual Hintza got there first.

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We met lots of people while we were out – this pretty dog was called Lila and her humans were all on bicycles!

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Most of the walk was along nice gravelly tracks.

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This was a posh bit that was like a proper road.

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Here are some of the cattle we saw.

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The New Forest is huge and most of it looks the same.

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This is Hintza saying hello to a rather large black dog that we met.

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And here we are on the last bit of our walk heading down towards the road and the Red Shoot Inn.

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Darn, mum chopped my head off – this is a very lively cockerpoo that we met.

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He had lots of fun running round doing zoomies chasing Hintza and me.

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Here Hintza is the little dot right out in front with his mum, the bonkers cockerpoo is running down to see him and I was being quite sensible.

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Phew, I think we were all glad to see the cars waiting for us where we’d left them.

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And then it was off to the Rose and Thistle at Rockbourne for lunch. Hintza and I were both really tired so we stayed out in the cars and had some lamb tripe before a little snooze. This is a picture of daddy’s steak and kidney pudding – he said it was delicious. If you’re on a diet and would like to read the menu, here it is.

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This was mummy’s RAT burger and chips. There wasn’t really any rat in it, it was just a Rose And Thistle burger but there also wasn’t any sign of a rose or a thistle in it. She said it was all yummy though. I’ll have to take her word for it because I didn’t get to try it but she did bring me back a doggy bag with some leftover cheese.

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So, it’s been a busy week for me.. my diary has been quite full lately – I might just take it easy for a little while.

 

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A Walk with Jack and Pip

Earlier this week mum arranged a meet up with my best pals Jack and Pip so I’ve been keeping my paws crossed that it was going to be a nice day for it. We set off and it was nice and sunny but as we got closer to Wool we could see this huge dark cloud sitting right over their house.

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Luckily the wind blew it away by the time we got there. I love Pip and Jack’s house because I’m allowed to run round and do bonkers zoomies, even indoors!

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Mum ends up with lots of photos like this… if you squint your eyes it looks better but we move so fast we’re just a blur.

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Jack’s a bit sensible but Pip does bonkers zoomies just like I do. He’s a very handsome young chap – isn’t his coat lovely, I’m a bit envious of his golden hair. I bet I said that the last time I saw him too!

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We did lots of sniffing around their garden before we all got into the car to go for a walk.

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I look a bit worried in this picture but we were all very good in the ‘dog box’ – I like its high sides because I feel safe leaning when the car goes round corners.

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When we got out on the heath we went for a lovely walk and stopped by this funny pile of rocks for our first photo. We were supposed to be all sitting together but this is as close as we got.

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There were loads and loads of smells so we had a lot of sniffing to do.

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It was nice and sunny but some big grey clouds were lurking and there was a lovely rainbow.. the pot of gold was me and Pip. I’m mummy’s little treasure and Pip is Aunty Maggie’s little treasure!!

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What’s that?? Is it a bird?? Is it a plane?? No… it’s…

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our new pal Cooper who we just met – he’s a very big handsome labrador and he was wearing a quilted jacket to keep him warm.

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We ran around a bit and then he went off with his mum to do their walk while we carried on with ours.

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This is me with a bit of stick that I found  – I’m in front of another funny rock sticking out of the ground but this one belonged to Tom and had a plaque with a poem on it.

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I wonder who HP is. I don’t know who Tom is either but nearby there’s a place called Tom’s Field Campsite, so it might be the same Tom. Or not.

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These are some pictures that mum took on our way back to Wool. You can see the sea in this one if you look carefully!

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And this one, but the sun was shining the wrong way.

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There were ducks doing bonkers zoomies in this duck pond.

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In this picture you can see Corfe Castle, it’s very small and just left of centre!

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And here it is a bit closer and from the other side.

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And this is it as we drove through Corfe Castle.

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Well that’s about it for our walk on the heath – we went back to Aunty Maggie’s house for a nice drink of water while the humans had some tea and biscuits. Somehow we missed out on the biscuits which I don’t think was very fair.

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After that it was time for us to go home and then it was time to go and lock the church up before it got dark! I always wear my Leuchtie LED light collar but tonight I wore my hi-viz jacket too. If it wasn’t so dark you’d be able to see the church better in this photo.

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It was very dark as we walked down through the wooded bit, it wasn’t really that dark, it was just because we were under the trees but I’m easy to see.

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But by the time we’d done the church and walked up the road it was proper dark and we were glad that mum had switched the lights on! We woke up a whole bunch of roosting pheasants as we walked up from the bottom of the garden. Sorry pheasants, we didn’t mean to wake you up.

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A big thank you to Jack and Pip for letting me do bonkers zoomies in your house and garden and for taking me on such a great walk. Hope to see you again very soon!