Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas! Miss Pickle and I have been getting very excited and sniffing the presents which are under the light tree. Yes, we haven’t got a green one like normal people, we’ve got a sticky brown one with lights on it.

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I had to put on my santa outfit and then had to get in the car because we were going somewhere…

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Yay! It was a trip to visit granny. This is me sitting beside her… I’m waiting for her to open her presents.

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Granny lives at Blandford Grange and it’s a bit too hot there for dogs. After a while I always get a bit bored and start getting fidgety so I asked daddy if I could go out and sit in the car.

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They didn’t stay long after that because we had to get home so daddy could prepare vegetables and baste the turkey.

When we got home I had a big surprise waiting for me… look at what was hanging from our back porch!! Oh dear, it looks a bit like the Clampits live here doesn’t it with stuff everywhere, but hopefully you can just make out the ‘bird’ hanging there and looking at me. How exciting is that!! My bestest human pal Simon has given me and Pickle the cat a turkey!

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Dad didn’t have time to think about turkeys though, he had to get started peeling vegetables and stuff and mum and I had a walk to do. So after a slight delay while mum peeled vegetables and daddy sat with a bandaged finger (yep, he likes those big knives and had a klutz moment), we went for a walk while daddy put things in the oven.

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After our walk at Queens Copse we all came home and ate lots of yummy food. This is me nomming my Christmas dinner.. totally yummy, turkey, stuffing, pig in a blanket, a sprout, carrots, swede and a bit of parsnip.

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After our dinner we went and sat by the fire to have a rest and open some pressies.This is me opening my present from my beau Mr Kipling!

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I’m very good at opening parcels and make sure I shred every last bit of paper before I get to the actual present!

Isn’t this the most wonderful blankie? It’s even got my name on it and it’s my favourite colour pink too!

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Merry Christmas everyone and best woofs for a tripetastic 2017.

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Christmas at Poundbury

This post is really just for a friend but I figured my furpals over the pond might also like to see the photos. Poundbury is the town that Prince Charles invented, it’s just outside the county town of Dorchester. It’s not quite finished yet but a while ago the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla visited to unveil the statue of the Queen Mother on a plinth.

This is a Waitrose supermarket which has a big cafe.

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This is the Queen Mother up on her plinth.

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This is a new pub that’s called the Duchess of Cornwall.

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And here is the Queen Mother on her plinth again.

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Anyway, the purpose of our visit was to visit Poundbury Garden Centre which is right in the middle of Poundbury, and every year they have a Christmas display. Two years ago it was ‘The lion, the witch and the wardrobe’ which was really fantastic. Last year wasn’t very exciting at all but this year it was a lot better.

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This is on the way in…

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These reindeer were the highlight of the show

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And this is one of our favourite animals.

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A tree.

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This was rather fun… a heap of polar bears with some penguins.

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And some snowmen

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And some more reindeer

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Lots of lights and sparkly bits

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And still more lights and sparkles

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And then there were the strange creatures…

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A rather drunk looking camel

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Some funny lit up shapes

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A disco ball and lots of pretty lights. They had one of the disco ball gadgets left so mum bought it so she can drive Pickle mad.

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A whole room full of angels, big ones, small ones…

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And the star of the show is the animated cat with her kittens. She’s looking a bit tired now so I think they ought to let mum buy her and take her home.

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My favourite post – Bad Doggie!

Is The Cat on your reading list? If not, then it really should be. Fun posts and this one is so funny I thought I’d try this reblogging lark.

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Hello my dear cuddly readers, yes it’s that time of year when people are out shopping for Christmas presents and holiday grub and therefore are left with very little time to do anything else, um… which is why I am posting an old blog I suppose, but honestly I did rather like this post so here it is again.

As you know, every so often I like to single out a particularly naughty member of the Canine brigade and hold him up as a shining example of why you should keep Cats and feed them Prawns everyday!

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Classic!


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A night on the town

Well it wasn’t really a night on the town like humans do, but tonight mum took me to Stewarts Garden Centre to see Santa’s reindeer and afterwards we went into town to see the lights. Dogs have to keep away from the reindeer but we didn’t have to worry about that because they were right over the other side of their enclosure having a snooze.

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Rudolph got up though and came over to say hello and have a drink out of his huge water bucket. He had lovely big antlers.

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Mum bought some mealworms for the birds and when I was waiting for her to pay for them the nice ladies behind the tills talked to me and gave me two yummy scooby snacks! Afterwards we went down to Wimborne and walked all around the streets to see the lights.

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This is Wimborne Minster, it’s the name of the church as well as the town.

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The Christmas lights were very pretty and there other people walking around too and I got lots of tummy rubs from nice people who stopped to talk to me.

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Nearly all the shops were shut but it was nice looking in the windows.

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This is another picture of the Minster.

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This is a huge Christmas tree that’s in the Square which is in the middle of town.

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There weren’t many shops open but we went in the Chilli Shop, I got lots of attention there and I said hello to a black labrador. They were doing chilli tasting outside and were giving people mulled cider. I like shops that like dogs. If you’re in Wimborne and you like chilli you should call in because it was a really good shop.

Black Pug Books was also open but we didn’t want to buy any old books so we didn’t go in that one, I just sniffed at the door to see if I could smell the black pug.

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Well that was about it, town is full of loads of strange smells and people but I think I prefer walking in the woods because I don’t have to be on a lead.

 

 

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.

 

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!

 

A walk to the postbox

This morning mum had a letter to post so instead of walking down to the postbox in Hinton Martell, or leaving it sticking out of our letterbox for the postman to collect, we thought we’d be adventurous and walk up to Chalbury church and then along to the Chalbury postbox. Yes, we certainly like to live life on the wild side.

Pickle comes with us on some of our walks, if she’s not too busy catching mice, but when we walk up to the church she usually stops at the bottom of church field and waits for us. Today she said she fancied going to the top of the hill.

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She was hollering a bit but we just ignore her and she runs to catch us up.

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She gave me a little nuzzle when we got to the top of the hill.. she’s a nice cat sometimes.

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She managed to get through the kissing gate

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And then stopped by the church to have a look around

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before we walked through the churchyard to the lane that goes to the postbox.

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Pickle walked through the church gate and was striding off towards the steps down to the road. It’s only a very little road but we didn’t think it would be a good idea for us to go that way with her following us. Occasionally we meet other dog walkers and not all dogs are like me, some of them would like to eat cats (not mentioning any names, but my pal Bear the ‘cute’ Bichon is one of them).

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Instead we walked along the driveway up to the Old School, down to the post box and then turned round and walked back again.

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I’m eager to get back to the field and on my way home but Pickle was having a good sniff at everything and lagging behind.

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Last as usual. The gate was closed but it has big gaps for cats to walk through.

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She even wanted to investigate the churchyard and went to look at some of the gravestones.

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It’s a pretty churchyard with lots of really really old graves and sadly some not so old ones.

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Ah well, we can’t lurk around the church all morning so we headed off back down through the field along the footpath, Pickle was lagging behind again.

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And then she got her second wind and ran all the way down to the bottom of the hill! If you look carefully you can see that she’s in mid-gallop in this next picture.

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Galloping tires her out though, so by the time she gets to the footpath she’s turned into Miss Grumpy Cat and is panting and ready to swat anyone that gets too close to her!

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Ewwww what horrid creature has been and left the most delightful disgusting stinky stuff on the footpath?

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This next bit is a little bridge because it gets really really wet and muddy in the winter. Last year it was all so overgrown with nettles and brambles that we stopped walking this way for a long time, but we think the nice men from the council public footpaths team finally came and cut a lovely wide path for us. We reckon they do it about every 2 years. It was clear in 2012 when we walked this way on a Gaunts Common Circular Walk  and it’s been done only once before since we moved here.

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See how good it is? The brambles are already sending out new long stems but mum takes secateurs, when she remembers, and chops them off, or bends them over. Other walkers do the same so between us we might keep it passable for longer.

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We’re back at our field at last! Pickle is still catching up so I sit and have a look down towards the stables to see what I can see.

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At last, here she comes, taking her time.

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Poor thing is tired out after all this walking! She’s more used to lying under bushes in wait for unsuspecting mice and birds. See, she’s got her Miss Grumpy ears on!!

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And when we get back home she can’t wait to get in for a bit of a snackerooni before a nap.

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This was the summary for our walk today… 1.13 miles isn’t bad for a cat! Jeez, 48 minutes for just over a mile – mum and I can usually do about 3 miles in an hour, including photo stops – that’s why we don’t let Pickle come with us on all our walks!

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A Saturday with Hintza

Hintza goes home tomorrow morning so today we had lots of fun out on walks and he also had a special treat – a trip to Blandford to meet my granny while I stayed home and had a snooze.

Anyway, first thing this morning we had a run around the garden and then later on we went for a walk up over the hill to Woodcutts Lane. As usual, Hintza takes the lead wherever we go.

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He’s very nosy and likes to check everything out, including the horses in the field.

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We stopped for a while at the bench and checked out the cloud situation… but decided that we’d probably be safe.

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Hintza is a bit of a goody two shoes and just watched when I went down through the nettles to the green pond.

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BOL I think maybe the green stuff on my nose is a bit of a giveaway that it was me that went for a swim and not Hintza!

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A quick shake and it was gone, or most of it anyway. I was all cooled off and ready to get back onto the job of sniffing out good sniffs with Hintza.

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He seemed to like running through the wheat and barley. It’s quite tall so if he wasn’t boinging all we could see was his tail and the tips of his ears!

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This is where we turn round if we’re not walking down Woodcutts Lane. We were going to do that but I thought it was going to rain so I sat down and gave mum my ‘look’ so we turned round instead.

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After we got home, we had a spot of tripe for lunch and then mum took Hintza to meet my granny. She timed it so it would be after lunch and before afternoon tea & cakes… he’s a bit of a foodie!! He was very well behaved and he got lots of pats from people.

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He got a bit fidgety after a while, can’t blame him for that… he’d found one of granny’s pet doggies in her room so he took it for a walk and gave it a good nomming. I’m not allowed to do that!!

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Shortly after fidget-fest they said goodbye to granny and came on home again. We had a couple of hours rest before going out for our second walk. This time we went back to Manswood and went a different route than yesterday.

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Lots of great pheasant smells here – I went off for a run in the long grass but Hintza was too big to fit under the gate so he pretended he was being a good boy! This is a nice spot behind some houses with lovely green short grass.

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A bit further on we walk past this cute little cottage where a man does welding and makes some great things out of metal… he made the plaque on the big log that we were both standing on yesterday. You can see another one on the front of the garage in the third picture.

This is a fab cobweb gate and along the path you can probably make out a huge circular rings that make a kind of tunnel.

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You can see it better here – mum would love it in our garden, she’d have it covered in climbers. Just behind it on the left are some silver metal hurdle things, like crowd barriers, but these have rows of notes along the top section – so maybe they’re for using at outdoor music concerts. They’re pretty cool but a bit far away to take a good photo.

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You can see the GGM plaque here.. and another great gate with an ammonite pattern on it.

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Enough of the boring stuff, it was time to get back on the walk and find some pheasants to flush out.

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Hintza was off out in front again and poor little me was getting left behind – hey, guys, wait for me!!

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The weather was a bit odd, hot one minute and cloudy and chilly the next. We didn’t think we’d get rained on, if we were lucky.

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I took a dip in this ditch, it was nice and cool and chalky.

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Tasted quite nice too… does Hintza’s bum look big in this? He’s a bit of a wuss and only got his front paws a tiny bit wet.

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Yay! I was out in front for once…

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Birds have been in here somewhere, we were doing the ‘spread out and sniff’ tactic but didn’t find anything.

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So, another Manswood walk over and it was time to go back home again.

Hintza’s Holiday

My friend Hintza has come to stay with us again, just for two nights this time, so I’m going to take him on a couple of my walks while he’s here. He was hoping to have a catch up with Bilbo, Freddie and William but they’ve been despatched to the kennels as their humans have got some functions to attend. How mean can humans be. Their lives should revolve around us pups.

Anyway, Hintza arrived after lunchtime and we spent the afternoon relaxing before we had our tea and then went out for a walk at Manswood. Here we are walking down the track until we got let off our leads – before we got out of the car a big fat pheasant walked right by and mum didn’t want us rushing across the road to chase it… she has no sense of adventure.

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Hintza trotted on ahead as if he knew which way we were going to go.

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He spends all his time sniffing… must be a boy thing, or maybe the sniffs here are better than the ones over in the New Forest. If he’s not sniffing then he’s weeing.

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Mind you, I have to confess that he did manage to find some pretty splendid smells that even I couldn’t resist.

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I showed him the feather log but today there were no feathers and only a couple of the woven bracelets were left.

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We were only doing a short walk so we took the path up towards the old tumbled down cottage.

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And then we took a shortcut along the the bridle way.

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Hintza is very good at his recall. Every time mum called him or whistled, he stopped and ran back straight away, without even finishing his sniffing or looking. I usually stop and give her a ‘do I have to?’ kind of look before I run back, especially if I know there are no yummy treats in her pocket.

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Towards the end of the walk he’d got me having a sniff at everything too. He was a bit interested in this slug that didn’t appreciate having a cold wet nose sniffing it.

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We’ll be doing longer walks tomorrow but for now this walk was over and it was time to get back in the car.

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He has the back seat which has been covered with a big cover so that he doesn’t make a mess of the seats… his little golden hairs get everywhere! So do mine, but because they’re black they don’t show up. BOL if I’d been a golden spaniel mum would have got a car with tan coloured upholstery!

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What a poser…

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Home again and Pickle has got a hungry tummy so she’s being brave and walking right past Hintza. He’s being a good boy and ignoring her.

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Tripe time! I don’t mind sharing my tripe, as long as we both get some.

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Bed time now – if the weather’s nice tomorrow we’ll be doing some nice walks and I might persuade mum to do another blog… whoa, that would be two days in a row…

Flowery June

Yesterday afternoon we went for a walk at Manswood – our first stop was at the big log where there are usually lots of feathers but this time there was a collection of woven circles that looked like bracelets. None of them were big enough to fit round my neck so I didn’t try one on.

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Here they are close up… someone has spent time making these!

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We didn’t have time to sit for long… I had sniffs to sniff and grass to eat and the task of finding a nice place in the trees to do what I needed to do. Well, if bears can do it, so can I!! I bet bears wouldn’t stop to pose by some flowers.

After all the flowers in May, it’s looking a bit bald at the moment, so we decided to count up how many different flowers we could see.

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And here they are!

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We also spotted this non-flower! Maybe it’s an egg plant?

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On the way home we pass a field of poppies which we thought would make a nice picture. Unfortunately I couldn’t get over the gate and there wasn’t a dog gap, so this is a completely dogless photo. It also looks like its out of focus but the original looks fine – we tried one with more mbs but it looks pretty much the same as the low quality one. Maybe clicking on it will bring up a bigger one. Or maybe photos just need a dog in them for the camera to focus on. Any suggestions gratefully received.

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Anyway, that’s our June flowers for you. I wonder what July will bring…