March fun

Somehow I’ve gotten five whole months behind with blogs, eeek!!! So… happy Christmas, happy new year etc. etc.

When I haven’t been walking dogs around Whickham or at the beach I’ve been spending a lot of time on my Rose Filtered and LEAPUP Etsy shops. I’ve spent quite a bit of time before Christmas designing the menus for Jasper’s Coffee House in Keswick and displaying artwork for sale which has been very exciting! Trying to set up two new businesses has caused me to get a little bit behind with everything else in my life… ooops! I love being a dog walker , it’s the perfect job for me. However over the last couple of months I’ve reduced my number of doggies to give me a little bit more time – it was a difficult decision but the right decision to make as it means less dogs on each walk and a more manageable day for me and it feels great to have improved the balance between working in my studio and being outside in the fresh air.

Anyway with all this going on I’m sooo behind with pictures but here is a little look at what the doggies have been up to this March, they’ve been awesome as ever – 99% of the time 😉 – and we’ve been having far too much fun, with basic training and games and especially on our trips to the beach 🙂

Bear Bells

Just a shout out for a great little product that I’ve never seen used before until last week when I was out walking at Causey Arch. It’s a ‘Bear Bell’ that your dog can wear which can help to alert prey that your dog is coming and also help locate your dog if they have a tendency to stray or prey into dense wooded or long grassy areas. Obviously not quite as effective or high tech as GPS but seems like a really great idea. The bell also includes a magnetic silencer for those times you don’t want it to be ringing away. Well worth a look – especially beagle owners!!!

I met a lady at Causey Arch whose dogs were both wearing them and they seemed like a very well made product and very good value for money… take a look here Just Dogs in Edinburgh is selling them for just £3.99 each which seems a bargain?!?!

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If you do use them then drop me a line as would be great to hear if you think the product has helped you with your dog?

 

Goodbye gloom

At last… after at least a solid week of rain, murk, gloom , mud and unseasonably mild weather, the sun eventually came out today. By the time of my third walk the sky was blue, the sun shining – it was just lovely.

I grew up right by the sea, a minutes walk from the beach and I miss it. I miss the happy memories I have of my first dog Poppy, when she was a pup and as she grew up. I miss the summer holidays, walking Poppy for a couple of miles down the long sandy beach to visit my Gran. I miss you Poppy, I miss you Gran. I think that’s why I like the beach so much, so many memories. No doubt we will be back to the beach very soon, it’s a very special place for me.

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Beach Bliss

It’s the first time ever that I’ve had a walk at Seaton Sluice beach and we’ve had the whole view completely  to ourselves, not a dog or human in sight for as far as the eye could see.

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The beach was completely empty for a good half an hour. This was definitely a blissful walk in the afternoon sunshine. It’s unbelievable to think that less than 24 hours later Whickham literally ground to a halt from a couple of inches of snow?!?!

 

Beach Buddies

We’ve had a number of excursions to the beach in recent weeks, a temporary escape from the mud for me, and well the doggies just love the seaside ❤ ❤ ❤

panobeach1 panobeach2There have been lots of pals to meet out on their walks, lots of splashing and most of all the space and freedom to run until their heart’s content.

We’ve had glorious sunshine, storm clouds, sideways rain, bracing winds and best of all we stayed late to watch a beautiful stormy sunset…

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