Merry Christmas!

Thanks to customers, family and friends and other dog care pals for your support this year (and all the lovely prezzies). Wishing you all a fantastic festive season and a very happy and healthy 2015!!!

Despite being mad busy and only having two pairs of hands and walking dogs in groups, I’ve fought the odds and somehow managed to achieve some Christmas photos in the last couple of days last week. The outtakes are hilarious – we’ve had antlers chewed, buried and covered in mud and slobber, some weren’t so keen and needed some bribery and some of them didn’t want to take them off – spot the posers!

Photos by Leanne Warren  @Whickham Walkies, December 2014

Autumn Blog


Dapper Dogs

A huge congratulations to Jasper and Dodge’s Mum and Dad who have very recently married at the base of the Old Man of Coniston in the Lakes and are looking fabulous on their special day. As you can see from the photo, our much loved ring bearing cockapoo duo really dressed to impress, giving a whole new meaning to the word ‘dapper’. Eat your heart out 007!


Prior to the wedding their groomer gave them a much lighter trim than normal to showcase their good locks. Thank you so much for letting us share this beautiful photograph!

Wedding Photography by Kirk Elliott at Twilight Weddings.

Superhero Cyclists Save the Day

Also this month we owe a very big thank you to the cycling father and son duo – Kevin and Colin from South Shields – who saved the day when we got into difficulties during a walk at the Derwent.

They are our superheroes and I’m just so grateful that a pair of total strangers were willing to stop and help and it’s so nice to know there are such kind and nice people in the world. Thank you so much for everything – you were superstars and Oscar and Murphy say a very big thank you, even if they didn’t show it at the time!


Frisbee Face

When we stocked up with toys for the new term it is without question Frisbees that have proved to be the biggest hit of the season so far, followed by a close second… safe sticks. Frisbee hoops are a hit for me because they are washable, and the hoop type can be carried by the doggies around their necks if they get bored of playing with them. For the doggies – well because they are just fun, fun, fun.

We have been working on the controlled fetch of Frisbees with a few of our guys and gals which works well as they tend to land flat and not roll on like balls do. Even better they make for a very fun game of tug of war, so everyone can get in on the action. Watch a video of two of our lovelies Oscar and Paws having a good old game of tug of war…

Cockapoo Birthday Celebrations

Bouncing Birthday Boy!

Sam the classroom cockapoo, who we told you all about in the last news update has just turned one and as part of his birthday celebrations has met up with all his cockapoo brothers and sisters and Mum and Dad! Unfortunately they didn’t get shots of everyone together but you might be as surprised as I was when you see the variety of colours from this cockapoo litter…


Sam’s Mum Caroline explains:

The black one on the left is Rofl, the mam, and there’s Sam next to his sister Lola with Pip at the front (when he was born he was smaller than a hamster and they thought he wouldn’t make it – now he’s one of the biggest and bounciest!). There’s also Elmo, a three month old pup who came for socialisation. All the dogs in the picture except Pip ‘work’, or will work in the future, at school with disadvantaged kids!

Missing from the photo are: Barney (the dad) and Bobby (a brother) who were off scampering about somewhere and Bonnie (sister) who couldn’t make it. It was fabulous and of course Sam found the muddiest puddle to jump in (none of the others did!!)

Happy Birthday to muddy pup Sam and thanks Caroline for the update and the photo.

More Birthday Celebrations

Also a very happy Birthday to Paws who will also be celebrating his first birthday in a couple of days…


Whickham Walkies is also very happy to be another year older and would like to thank primarily all of our doggies for just being so them; and of course to our loyal customers. I’m really proud to be celebrating another birthday and although we’ve no grand plans to lay on a soiree, put up the bunting or hire a brass band, I would just like to thank each and every one of my customers for choosing Whickham Walkies, it’s really appreciated. Thank you xx

Identification Tags

While we were out and about this month two ten month old bouncing boxers bolted off from their owner and decided to join our walk. Unfortunately I was left totally baffled about what to do with the energetic pair with no owners in sight, as the two very energetic pups weren’t wearing identification tags. I had no idea who they belonged to, as I hadn’t met them out and about before and don’t carry a microchip scanner so had no way of knowing who their owners were or where they were.

Thankfully the  owner eventually appeared and they were happily reunited but that could have been a lot less stressful for everyone if they were wearing a collar and tag as I could have just called her on her mobile to tell her I had her dogs. It’s such a simple thing but please remember your dog needs to be wearing basic identification (and of course it’s a legal requirement).


Without question it has to have been one of the nicest summers that we’ve had a in a long time and we have lots of photies from the summer months…

Summer Snaps

There’s a variety of summer snaps that are currently getting uploaded to the website so check them out if you get the chance and check back soon for more news and views…



Buttercup fun

For me if there’s one thing that will improve a miserable rainy day, it’s seeing our guys and gals playing in the buttercups… As you will see from the snaps, at times it quite literally brightens their faces and definitely puts a smile on mine!




Spring Blogathon

We’ve got a busy spring blog, not really sure how it’s May already? There are things on here I’ve been meaning to upload for ages… so here goes…

Travelling in style…

Two of our cockapoos have been having fun-times, off out with their mum and dad on a sixty mile charity bike ride in the Lakes. Some of it running alongside them and the rest of it travelling by doggie carriage. The pair were a bit pooped out the week after their run, but I’m sure Mum and Dad were probably worse! Well done boys and to their Mummy and Daddy!


Making a splash

Our most adventurous and water loving dog (if there’s a rock he has to climb it, if there’s water he has to splash in it) has been for a swimming lesson at the hydropool at mypetstop. With the help of the swimming instructor he managed to swim without a swimming aid – resulting in a very proud mummy. Check out the pics…


Here he is sporting his lovely new super absorbent toweling coat, post swim – he’s such a dapper dude…


First Time Face Time

It’s very exciting news for one of our long term pooches who’s family have decided to expand their clan and rescue a dog so he’s got a new brother!! This handsome addition had a pretty hard start in life after being found in a shed in Ireland with his sister. In the search for a new home he’s been passed from pillar to post. Much to the delight of his owners he has settled into his new Whickham forever home fantastically well (thankfully his sister has found a forever home too). We’re made up that he’s now part of the Whickham Walkies gang. He’s already made some new buddies and will be meeting the rest of his play mates over the coming weeks…




While we’ve been out and about this month we’ve bumped into Jill Lawther at Waggytails giving the dogs an extra opportunity for some socilaisation and new playmates and my goodness did they play!

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Sunshine and showers

Here’s some snaps of the gang enjoying being out and about on walks and with their buddies in April’s sunshine and showers…


And of course we can’t forget to include some sunshine funtime/sprinty snaps from our walks…