It’s raining!

This morning I have mostly been snoozing!

Humans are going to find their rain coats and wellies… I heard mention of a Cornish pasty. Sounds good to me.

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On the paw blogging

Human has decided that if people can do it on boats and in far off places, she should be able to do it with good wifi and a comfy couch. So, stand by for a flurry of blog posts… starting off with our first morning at Deerpark.

This was my wake up view.

And this is me in my post breakfast snoozing position.

Sofa viewing spot… I’m doing a lot of woofing when I see other humans or even when I don’t. There are lots of those invisible things here that need woofing at.

Anyway, one cannot lounge around just eating, sleeping and woofing.. so it’s time for us to go for a morning stroll.

We have to cross the stream at the start of our walk and OMD the water is amazing… couldn’t resist just nipping down for a quick paddle.

It may be February but it’s lovely and warm. Mind you, being on our holidays we’re a bit late getting out for our walk so it’s, er, past 10 o’clock.. so not as chilly as it was at silly o’clock this morning when I went out for my first wee.

Come on mum, keep up…

Not quite a trig point, but it’s an old electric cable reel… and mum would reely reely like one, if you happen to have one going spare. This one is rather large and far too big for dad to roll down the hill.. besides, it would never fit in the car.

There are lots of doggies on their holidays here.. this little chap was wearing a rather splendid bright orange puffa jacket.

The paths are all very nice, not much mud at all and the bluebells are all on their way up so it’ll be really pretty in a few weeks time.

This is the road that we stayed in when we came 10 years ago. All the cabins are perched on the hillside balancing on stilts.


These horses passed us when we were out walking.. here they are again back at The Hub.

Well that’s the end of our morning walk… I’m sure our afternoon walk will be even more exciting!

Bath time

I love weekends because daddy doesn’t have to go to work in the mornings! So I get to have snuggly time while the humans drink tea in bed.

Shhh I'm snoozing.
Shhh I’m snoozing

After we’ve all got up and dressed, I go for my Saturday morning walk on Holt Heath with daddy where there are lots of things to sniff and some great puddles. The humans tell me I’m a mucky pup because the heath grit and dirt gets everywhere, so after a walk comes the bath. I’ve also heard about the dreaded Alabama Rot so I always get my feet and legs washed when I’ve been in puddles and boggy stuff.

Bath time

I get bathed in my bright green trug which mummy fills with nice warm water and some of my favourite Neroli shampoo to make me smell nice, along with a separate bowl of warm rinse water. This time of year it’s way too cold to get sprayed with the cold hose pipe. After the bubble bath and rinse, I get towelled dry with clean fluffy towels – if I’m really lucky mum puts them in the tumble dryer for five minutes to make them all soft and warm! Pampered pooch or what!

Some's been watching towel folding videos on YouTube.
Someone’s been watching towel folding videos on YouTube

And after all that washing, I am back to being a clean dog… ready for another nap.

Clean and dry again.
Clean and dry again

Late Christmas!

Today Mr Postman knocked on the door because he had a parcel that wouldn’t fit through our letterbox! Mum had told me that one was coming all the way from my Newfie friends that live in Ohio, miles and miles away..

I sniffed the box and I’m sure I could smell their gorgeous newfie-ness. Mum had to take off the sellotape, naturally I could have done it myself but it would have taken me ages to chew my way through the box.

Sniff, sniff… I know this smell!
Oh my, look what’s inside!
Squeaky flat critters!
And some Beggin’ Strips
Nom nom, my favourite bacon treat.. apart from the real thing of course!
All that excitement has worn me out..
time for a little nap

I wish I could meet up with my Ohio friends but it’s a very long way away and we’re still waiting for someone to invent a time machine we can use. Thank you very much for my lovely surprise late Christmas present.. I like having a bit of Christmas in January!

My first Holiday

It’s holiday time and we’re off to Deerpark in Cornwall again! Just me and mummy and daddy. Pickle and the beastly bengals are staying at home with a house sitter. I was only 7 months old when we last went and this time I’ll be 10 years and 5 months old – somehow I don’t think I’ll be able to sniff out any of the pee mail I left last time.

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I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last got mummy to do my blog for me. We were really busy getting ready to go on holiday and mummy had lots of work to do and then she wanted to clean the house before we went.. don’t know why she bothered because I can undo all her work in about 5 minutes.

I don’t know where to start, it was such a fun holiday.. we left on the Friday and got there at about tea time. I had my travel crate on the back seat of daddy’s car which was really good because I could see where we were going, but I mostly slept.. a growing pup can never get too much sleep. We were at a place called Deerpark at Herodsfoot near Liskeard in Cornwall and had a wooden cabin in the woods to stay in.. it was…

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Ten

This year I will be ten.

Ten years ago I was one and I had the most fabulous birthday party!!

I’m hoping that this year I will be having another birthday party with new and old friends… sadly a lot of my friends that came to my first birthday party have gone over the Rainbow Bridge, but there are lots of new friends.

Anyway, do click the link above if you’d like to see the party photos, it was such a lot of fun and I really hope I have another party. While you do that, I’m just going to carry on snoozing! That’s what an almost ten year old spaniel does!

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Caught in a Snow Storm!!

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! I’m stuck indoors with kennel cough.. and that’s a thing and not a handsome young pup. Not allowed to go on an exciting walk until I’ve stopped coughing… So I’m just remembering some of my best walks… this one was great because it snowed on us!

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Well, it’s probably a bit of an exageration, calling it a snow storm, but it was definitely more than a rain shower!!  Anyway, to start at the beginning, on Saturday afternoon we decided to visit the secret valley again. We last went there inMay when the wood was a sea of bluebells so it looked a lot different this time.. the bluebells were just starting to sprout but it was all very brown and muddy.

As we turned the corner by the house at the end of the track we spotted these tombstones at the edge of the wood, for Hippy June 1934 – Mar 1937 and Mott Feb 1933 – April 1937(?) and also Jakie but his dates were covered up. The little stone was for Nat 25 August 1920 – 18 August 1932 and Sheila 1931 – 1946. I wonder who they were.

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Bath time

I’m almost 9 and a half years old and I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about a bath. It’s not that I’ve never had one, I’ve had lots, but I mostly have proper baths when I visit Hilary my groomer. In between it’s just quick washes outside, or sometimes not so quick, depending on how dirty I am.

It’s not very often that I get plonked in the big human bath upstairs. Today I was. What had I done? I wasn’t particularly mucky, I’d not rolled in anything… but I got put in the bath. Apparently I’d been sent some shampoo and I needed to try it. Really? They didn’t ask us to try it and take embarrassing photos, so was it really necessary? Best not to argue with the chief feeder. Dogs need to be bathed and I’ve not had one since my last hair cut.

I always look small and sad looking when I’m wet.

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After I’m wet I get lathered up, bubbles everywhere and at that point it’s not really very convenient for mum to stop and take photos because I always get an unstoppable urge to shake. Outdoors that’s allowed, but in mum’s bathroom? I don’t think so.

Anyway, after the rinse, it’s a rush for mum to get a big towel on me because by then I just can’t resist the urge any longer. It’s not very satisfactory shaking when I’ve got a towel over me but any shake is better than no shake at all. I’m not actually very good at shaking water off but it does feel good.

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Two bath towels later and I’m all dried of and looking fluffy… and smelling lovely. Time for another mini shake to reorganise my hair.

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Well this was today’s shampoo – it’s Neroli with soothing camomile and calendula and mum says it smells absolutely gorgeous. And now I smell absolutely gorgeous too. Personally I prefer things that smell a bit more ‘earthy’ or ‘natural’ if you know what I mean. It was sent to us by the lovely people at Chambers & Co

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It also comes in Peppermint & Lavender but I really like the Neroli smell which the nice lady thought would suit me because I’m a girl.

We like natural things and they also do some excellent Natural Tick Repellent that I’ve been using since June this year, it’s made with geranium and lemongrass essential oils and sulphur. Just a couple of squirts before going out on walks. It works really well for me, I’ve had a lot less ticks, in fact I’ve not had one for weeks and weeks now.

I’m still using it but I seemed to get brownish patches where I was sprayed. I always go a bit brown round the edges when my fur grows out but we did wonder if it was the spray so mentioned it to them and they offered to give a refund. As we’re actually very happy with it we said we didn’t want a refund but they sent me some shampoo instead. No one else has had this problem so it’s probably just my age or my very sensitive fur. So, if you have a problem with ticks and don’t like the nasty spot on treatments then why not give it a go. By the way, we bought ours on Amazon but it’s cheaper if you buy it from their website… just saying!

Well, time to show you the finished dog… here I am…

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Almost dry and ready to go out in the sunshine. It’s a shame they haven’t invented smelly-vision yet because I really do smell very lovely indeed.

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Eek, she put my collar back on upside down. That’s so annoying, when you’re out on a walk and realise that you’re not dressed right!

Uh oh… someone’s in trouble…

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While we were in the bathroom Kovu managed to sneak into the guest bedroom and made himself at home on the pillows. He rearranged the cushions as well, tee hee, obviously has good taste and can tell that they clash with the bedding!

 

Weatherby Castle

Woof! I’d forgotten all about this fab walk until someone reminded us about Weatherby Castle! We walked here in September 2010…

Teagan Times

Today was lovely – blue sky and sunshine, just right for a nice long walk. We parked over at our usual spot in Turners Puddle and started off by walking up Kite Hill and then through the woods and down the hill past the ancient monument we found last weekend. The footpath leads down to a track that goes right down to the main road.

When we got to the main road we stopped to have a look.. there’s a gate that goes through to a layby with a bus stop and a milestone.

It was a very old milestone, you can just make out the word Dorchester but not the distance which is about 11 miles.

Anyway, we went back through the gate and along the lane  and then walked under the dual carriageway! A kind of upside down bridge under the road, mum says its called a tunnel.

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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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