Sunday 6th August to Saturday 12th August 2017
Sunday was the day of the Margaret Green Animal Rescue Companion Dog Show at their lovely centre at Church Knowle in the Purbeck Hills. I wanted to go as Margaret Green was the rescue we got Teddy from. It was a sunny, although breezy day. and after we sitting in a traffic jam to get to Wareham for 25 minutes (yes it’s the time of year when I curse holidaymakers) we finally arrived at Church Knowle just before noon. Being in the Purbeck Hills the setting is stunning.
The wind was a bit chilly at first – as you can see, Chris felt the need to put his hood up.
Teddy, who can be nervous of people, particularly if they are carrying big wooden walking sticks, seemed quite happy to meet and greet.
He missed out on the treats that were being handed out though.
I entered him in one of the classes, Margaret Green Rescue best male, but he only came 6th out of not very many.
It was nice to see a staffy win it, though.
And while I was in the ring Chris busied himself taking photos of a couple of other dogs, like this French Bulldog…
…and this lovely little staffy girl that I wanted to take home with me.
After that we bought some lunch and sat an ate it in amongst the crowds.
We even had our photo taken by a photographer from the local paper. It’s a lovely photo but although I’ve tried to buy it the link doesn’t work, which is a shame.
And to finish for Sunday a couple of photos of Teddy taken by Chris. First snoozing…
… and then looking slightly more alert.
I didn’t take any more photos until Thursday as the weather wasn’t good. But on Thursday the sun was back and I took Teddy over to the far side of Canford Heath. This was the view looking back over Poole as we climbed the hill.
Here’s Teddy on the path across the heath.
And looking cute and teddy bear-like.
In the afternoon to go out to RSPB Arne and have a wander over Combe Heath; something that is possible now we have a second car again. I was ever hopeful of spotting an Osprey, but sadly it was not to be. Mind you, it might help if I had some decent binoculars. Ah well. It was really hot and I had problems stopping my neck from catching the sun. This was the view from the top of the heath.
The heath is currently grazed by English longhorn cattle.
And for one little chap it was still lunchtime.
Further round the path a group of artists were making the most of the stunning views.
But they were the only really half-decent photos from my trip. There is no doubt about it – I seem to have lost my photography motivation. I just can’t seem to get inspired to take that many photos, which suggests I’m no longer seeing the possibilities.
This conclusion was reinforced on Saturday when I walked Teddy over to our second dog show of the week: the Dorset Dogs Festival at Upton Country Park. It was almost as though I had to force myself to take photos of some of the dogs. There were a few cute ones though. Like this friendly chap.
And this lovely wire-haired Vizsla pup.
Who, after playing with Teddy, needed a scratch.
At the other end of the age scale was this 15 year old, frost faced staffy.
Towards the end of our time there we bumped into a friend of Teddy’s, Tanner, whom he sometimes meets when Chris takes him for an evening run at the Country Park. Tanner is also a Saluki cross, but he and Teddy look quite different.
Tanner was there with his friend Moose.
And here is Teddy and Moose.
All 3 dogs got on really well together and after chatting for a while we took them over to the enclosed training area so they could have a good run. After which they were all worn out. And so was I as by then we had been out 3 hours, so I phoned Chris to come and pick up up.
I’ll leave you with one last photo for today: of Teddy at the Dorset Dogs Festival.