Staying up in Lower Largo,
in Scotland this week. It is very cold but we are still
managing to do loads of walking on the local beaches and
fields. Most places we go to I like very much, but I really
do not like this cottage at all, I just feel uneasy staying
here and most days I refuse to go into the house until
Boss Woman gets cross with me. We had a lovely walk down
the coast path to Crail, where we helped Boss Woman try
to find a famous fossilised tree on the rocks on the beach
but even though we spent ages looking, we couldn't find
it anywhere, although Boss Woman did find a load of other
interesting fossils embedded in the rocks. We
went to the pub for lunch and me and Polly got to share
we are going to be famous. Boss Woman took me and Amber
down to Golant in Cornwall to be filmed for a programme
called To B & B The Best. We were the test guests at
Debbie's bed and breakfast. We were filmed for 5 hours for
just 5 minutes of showing. Michael the cameraman was very
nice and took some good shots of us. It was very cold down
there and we got very muddy walking through the woods. In
the evening me, Amber, Boss Woman, Debbie and Rufus (Debbie's
labradoodle) went to the pub for dinner. Debbie had made
me and Amber some welcome doggie biscuits but Rufus ate
them before WE had the chance. We stayed overnight and came
back home the day after. It was a very nice house, although
a bit small, AND we shared Boss Woman's breakfast sausages.
Mmmm very tasty they were. I thought
Ed the designer was a bit weird.
a couple of days up North and went for a lovely walk on
the North York Moors AND we saw the famous Flying Scotsman
train. Boss Woman got some good pictures of it with me and
Amber stood on the platform at Newtondale Halt. A man told
her that someone had deliberately opened his newspaper on
one of the platforms, just so he could block the other people
from taking pictures, then apparently then someone had a
fight with him and then someone else had fallen off the
platform onto the track and loads of people got into trouble
for walking on the tracks. Honestly, these grown men need
more training on self control, they really ought to behave
themselves. If me and Polly were out
of control like that we would be in big trouble and put
a ride on a steam train this morning on the Chinnor and
Princes Risborough Railway. Dogs apparently, are made very
welcome, travel free, and because Boss Woman took a cover
for us, we were even allowed to sit on the seats. Everyone
made a big massive fuss of us and we gave them big licky
kisses to show that we liked them as well, so obviously
all the volunteers who run the railway are dog lovers. Afterwards
we went for a nice walk on the Ridgeway which runs nearby
the railway. We had a really good
day and I even got my picture put on their website.
another trip up to Scotland and stayed in a very nice cottage
in Aberfoyle this time. We sailed on SS Sir Walter Scott
to the other side of Loch Katrine and then walked the 12
miles back to the beginning. It wasn't the best walk we
have ever done because a lot of it was on the road and not
very comfortable on my paws but it was nice and quiet and
there was some lovely mountains to look at. We did some
walking in Glen Coe and then went onto the Falls of Falloch
where we saw some Indian guys filming for a music video.
They had a drone flying overhead with a camera on, which
I didn't like and I tried to grab it out of the sky when
they flew it over my head which they seemed to find amusing
until Boss Woman told them to stop doing it. Grrrrr. On
another day we went over to Loch Lomond for another lovely
walk and called at the Falls of Dochart on the way back,
stopping off near Loch Achray so Boss Woman could have a
conversation with some Highland Cows. Most mornings we went
to Loch Chon for a morning swim ~ well me and Amber went
for a swim, while Boss Woman stood at the side and took
photos. We had a really good time and it was very nice to
be back in Scotland. On the way back
home we called at Seahouses for fish and chips.
to the DogFest at Windsor Great Park to see Noel Fitzpatrick.
We had a great time and Boss Woman entered me for the Best
Rescue Dog competition but I didn't win, a little 3 legged
rescue dog won instead. We met Noel Fitzpatrick and had
our photograph taken with him. He is a very nice man. Big
Guy bought us a black bandana that said "Pets, hugs
and rock and roll".
Guy is still working in Scotland so Boss Woman has rented
a cottage in Alston, Cumbria, which is on the way to Scotland.
It's very nice here in the cottage, a bit small and just
about big enough for all of us. It's very nice and quiet
but Boss Woman has been complaining that there was no mobile
phone signal and no wifi. The house is surrounded by hills
and fields so looks like we will be doing a lot of walking
Climbed up Steel Rigg today and walked on Hadrians wall
path over to Housesteads and back. Steel Rigg was really
steep but because we are good climbers, we managed fine
without falling off the steep steps. Verly interesting walk
it was and me and Amber climbed and walked on a lot of the
wall. It started raining very heavily and by the time we
got to Housesteads we were wet through and muddy so we didn't
stay very long before going back. Some
cows in the field scared Boss Woman but we kept right away
from them and walked next to the wall so we had chance to
jump on the wall if they chased us.
drizzly today but we still went on a lovely walk from Alston
over the muddy moors on the Pennine Way to Lintley Halt.
There was a very nice man with his son and they walked with
us up to the top of the moor because there was some cows
and Boss Woman was really scared of them. At Lintley Halt
we caught the South Tyndale Railway little steam train back
to Alston. I must say I was a bit worried because it was
the crockiest squeakiest steam train we have ever been on,
none of the staff were friendly AND it is the first EVER
train that Boss Woman had to pay for me and Amber. Mmm
not impressed at all.
nice walk today over to the Lambley Viaduct and down to
the South Tyne river for a paddle and nice cool drink from
the river. We met 2 really nice ladies who made a big fuss
of me and Amber. They walked some of the way with us because
they weren't exactly sure where the path went so Boss Woman
showed them the way using the GPS and viewrange on her phone.
Returned home today from
Alston and called at High Force in Middleton in Teesdale
on the way back. It is a spectacularly powerful waterfall
and I really did not fancy a swim in the raging water.
The waterfall was really noisy and
scary and me and Polly didn't like it at all.
a short 4 mile walk over to Weyland Smithy today because
of the heat. It is just too hot to walk anywhere that is
not in the shade. Good job Boss Woman
took plenty of water for us because we were dead thirsty.
a green woodpecker in the garden this morning, eating some
of the 1000s of ants we have in our lawn. Good, I don't
like the ants, they bite me when I sit on the grass. The
woodpecker should eat more, eat faster and get rid of the
horrible biting things.
Guy took us over to Cheddar Gorge for a few days with the
caravan. It's a very nice caravan but a bit squashed up
and me and Amber have to sleep on the floor between the
bunks. Boss Woman was supposed to go in a hot air balloon
this evening but it was cancelled because of the wind.
walk on the top of Cheddar Gorge but we had to be really
careful near the edge of the path in case we fell or slipped
over the edge. At the top of the gorge we had a good view
of Glastonbury Tor in the distance. Saw (and chased) loads
of rabbits but didn't catch any and met some people near
the top of the gorge that didn't like me or Amber and glared
angrily at us. Ah well, their loss,
they missed out on our doggy kisses.
A lovely walk on the long beach at Brean today and then
a climb up to Brean Down. It was a very nice walk on Brean
Down, the grass was nice and short and very comfortable
on our paws, with lovely views over the beach and sea. At
the end of Brean Down we found an old Napoleonic fort that
Big Guy found interesting but I much preferred walking on
the grass than traipsing round old stinky buildings. More
rabbits to chase.
Went with Boss Woman and
Big Guy to see a boat being delivered to some friends
of theirs. It was made in Poland and when it got to France
on the way over here, they found some migrants hiding
in the cabin. Anyway when we saw it being delivered, the
migrants had already gone luckily, otherwise there wouldn't
have been enough room for me and Amber to go aboard. It
is a very nice boat and our friends Coco and Louis are
going to live on it with their Boss people.
a slow worm in the garden and it's not the first time we
have found them wandering about our garden. Considering
they are supposed to be called slow worms, they can't half
move quick. Me and Amber were following around the garden
and it kept hiding in the grass to get away from us. Big
Guy picked it up and moved it out of the way because he
was worried in case we hurt it. Well I was only putting
my paw on it to keep it from moving ...
walk today over at Stonehenge. After a bit of road walking
we walked down the Cursus and over the very soft grass to
see the ancient stones. Because I was very good at not chasing
the sheep, Boss Woman let me stay off lead.There were a
lot of tourists so it was difficult to get a good view from
outside the fence. We didn't go in because dogs aren't allowed
and anyway, Boss Woman said it was expensive to look around,
but we had a good view from the outside fence and Boss Woman
got some good pictures of the stones just as the sun was
to Heathrow Airport with Big Guy this morning, to pick up
Boss Woman from her holiday in Borneo. I have missed her
so much but we had Big Guy to look after us so it wasn't
too bad. Anyway, she survived being kidnapped by pirates
from the Philippines, being stranded in the South China
sea in a broken down boat, being attacked by monkeys AND
going white water rafting so i am glad she is back safe
now. Yes, I am so glad to see her
again as well.
Just come back from 2
weeks in France. On the way down we called in Bayeux so
Boss Woman and Big Guy could see the famous Bayeux Tapestry
and then we went over the spectacular Pont De Normandie
on the way to St. Nazaire near the Atlantique, where we
stayed in a cottage for a week. We had some good walks
on the massive beaches and went paddling in the sea. Second
week we stayed in a cottage in Roche au Vent in the Loire
Valley, which was very nice and we met Milo the resident
Collie. The cottage was lovely with plenty of room, even
though the man that owned it was a bit weird, Patricia
the lady was very nice and liked me and Amber. We had
some nice long walks in the woods, walks by the Loire
river, visited some Troglodyte houses and helped Boss
Woman collect chestnuts.
to Salisbury today because Boss Woman was supposed to have
a balloon flight for the one that was cancelled in August.
Anyway, this one was cancelled again allegedly because it
was too windy, although actually it was not very windy at
all. Big Guy decided that we would go down to the New Forest
for a nice walk while we were out. We went to see the famous
Rufus Stone where William II was struck by an arrow and
died, and then went for a nice long walk over the moors.
We saw loads of horses roaming about and some of them were
eating the leaves off the trees they were so hungry.
We called for fish and chips in Andover on the way back,
we were all well hungry.
of bother today. After a very nice walk over to Streatley
on a new path that Boss Woman discovered, we had to pass
about 15 men all with their shotguns shooting anything that
moved, mostly pheasants. It was very scary and me and Amber
were trembling with fear as we walked past them. They were
only about 3 metres away from the public footpath and shooting
straight over the top of us. It was REALLY loud and frightening.
Luckily we managed to get back home without getting shot.
We met a couple and the man asked Boss Woman if me and Amber
were Pitbulls! Seriously. Boss Woman
thought he was a fool.
walk around the Thames path today, the only thing that spoiled
it was a stupid irritating child aged about 9 years old.
He kept hanging around Boss Woman, showing off and getting
in the way for attention and then he kept running around
me and Amber and running away. Boss Woman told me to ignore
the little Twonk and he ran back to his mother crying "Mummy,
mummmmy, that lady called me a Twonk". Mmmmm well she
could have called him a lot worse. People really ought to
keep their children under control, or on a lead.
Evil cat walked past Boss Woman today, she got startled.
Well because I was stood near her, the evil cat attacked
my face probably thinking it was me that startled her. She
really hurt me with those nasty claws and I cried. Big Guy
had to take her to the vet because she was attacked by a
an even bigger evil ginger cat and she has got a very sore
eye. Well unfortunately Big Guy brought her back and I was
really hoping that he would leave her at the vet forever.
Apparently she has had an antibiotic injection to make her
Did a lovely circular
6 mile walk by the river and in the fields and woods around
Henley today. Tell you what, Henley is like one of those
horror films where everyone is like zombies. No one hardly
spoke, no one hardly smiled and they certainly do not
like dogs like me and Amber. Well seeing I am a therapy
dog, I think I would need to go back and give them all
therapy because there is something very odd about almost
everyone we saw. The walk was good though. There
was one woman trying so hard to not walk near me that
she almost fell in the river. Ha Ha.
worst nightmare this morning. Everyone knows that I don't
like ANYTHING flying above my garden, which includes red
kites, planes, helicopters and especially power gliders.
Well there must have been a power glider convention today
because 4 of them flew over my garden. I kept them away
but it took me a while to see them off because they kept
circling around. Anyway I must have scaerd them off because
in the end and they decided against landing in MY garden
and landed in the nearby field instead. I
went to help.