Teddy’s first week home

Sunday 11th – Saturday 17th June 2017

Teddy has settled in very well during his first week with us. The first two nights he slept on the sofa in the living room as he wouldn’t come upstairs. On the Monday he discovered he could do stairs after all and spent a lot of his time running up and down them. After that he slept on a duvet on the floor for one night, and then on my bed thereafter. We have to watch him first thing in the morning though, as if you don’t take him outside quick enough he can’t hold it any longer and wees on the carpet. He hasn’t learnt how to ask to go out yet.

On Teddy’s first full day with us Chris took him for a walk in the morning and then in the afternoon I took him over to Upton Heath. We walked over, as I used to do with Jez and Max when they were younger, and then walked up the Roman Road and out onto the heath. Here is Teddy at the top of the hill.

Teddy on top of Upton Heath

Looking into the camera.

Teddy in close-up

It was quite breezy, and every now and then as we walked down the hill he’d stop and gaze out across the heath. Well, he is a sight hound after all.

Teddy with the wind in his fur

And here’s another one of him.

Teddy

I’ve not been taking photos every day. But as the temperatures started to rise we took Teddy out early in the morning and then to Delph Woods, where there is lots of shade and water, in the afternoon. This was taken on Wednesday afternoon when it was time for a drink in the stream in Delph Woods.

Time for a drink

Another close up.

Teddy

And one more of him in the woods.

Teddy

On Thursday afternoon I took the EOS 6D into the garden to get some photos after Chris bought Teddy home from his walk.

Teddy in the garden

And my favourite – Snoozing with his head in the daisies.

Shhh! Teddy's asleep

On Friday morning it was overcast and I took Teddy down to Lychett Bay. No photos of Teddy from today, although he did have to try out the seaweed, but a couple of the boats down there. As you can see the tide was out.

Boats at low tide

And I quite liked this photo of a rowing boat.

Stranded

And lastly, a photo from Friday afternoon which shows just how much Teddy is settling in.

Teddy dozing

That’s it for this week, but I hope you’re going to enjoy my new adventures with Teddy.

It wasn’t supposed to rain today

Sunday 21st August 2016

This afternoon it was quite hot and sunny, so I thought I’d take the dogs to Delph Woods where there is shade and water. And what happens? It immediately clouds over and we arrived there in the middle of a short shower of rain! Fortunately it soon stopped.

Our walk at the Delph was slightly different today, but we still started off heading for the lake.

Max in the lake

Jez soon joined Max in the water and after she had cooled off she came to stand on the bank while I continued to throw Max’s cones so that he could have a swim.

Jez has heard something

She soon got bored with just hanging around, though, and decided to try and eat a tree instead.

Jez tries to eat the tree

Today, instead of heading straight for the scout field I walked in the general direction of Gravel Hill. I normally avoid going over this part of the woods as if the dogs run off after deer it’s a bit close to the road. As the road is currently closed, however, I thought I would take the opportunity.

There is another small ponds here which, although it can tend to be a bit mucky, currently has waterlilies flowering on it.

Max by the lily pond

We walked around this pond before eventually heading back to the scout field. En route I took this photo of Max.

Max

And here is Jez on the scout field.

Jez on the scout field

We sat and played on the scout field for a while, then walked down to the stream. After that we headed back to the car and home.

A year ago today

We went for a walk on Upton Heath.

Looking across Upton Heath

Jez and Max in Delph Woods

Saturday 16th July 2016

Today was a scorcher, so in the afternoon I took Jez and Max to Delph Woods and I knew there was shade and there would be water for them. Although we did walk through the woods all of the photos are taken on the Scout field, with the exception of this first one of Jez cooling down in the lake.

Jez cools down on a very hot day

Max went in the lake too, but his tail was splashing the water around too much for me to get a photo of him, so here is a photo of a sopping wet dog waiting for me to throw his ball after he’d been in the lake.

Max

Here they both are on the Scout field.

Jez and Max

Jez likes to sit around and hassle me for treats. Meanwhile I throw the ball for Max. You can see there is a cricket match going on in the background.

Max comes back with the ball

I also eventually manged to get some decent photos of Jez, who normally walks off every time I point a camera at her.

Jez

And this one.

Jez

And lastly, just look at that tongue!

Tongue

She’s no doubt preparing to beg for more treats.

A year ago today

Well, actually a year ago yesterday. We went for a walk round Lychett Bay.

Reflections

We go to Delph Woods on a hot Sunday

Sunday 5th June 2016

Today was hot. There was no doubt about it. Even this blackbird took the opportunity to have a bit of a sun bath.

Blackbird taking a sun bath

It was also a bank holiday week-end, which meant places like the river and the beach were going to be crowded. So, despite the fact they had been there with Chris is the morning, I took the dogs to Delph Woods in the afternoon. For one thing, there is lots of shade there.

Delph Woods

For another, there is lots of water for them to cool down, which is precisely what Jez is doing here.

Jez wades across the lake

Of course, Max went in the water too, but he just wanted me to throw his cones for him.

Max in the lake

After the dogs had cooled down in the lake we walked to the Scout Field and sat down. We’d only been there a few minutes when our friend Judy came along with Jasper, the lurcher.

Judy and Jasper

Here’s another photo of Jasper.

Jasper

We sat in the shade talking for ages, while I threw the ball for Max.

Max studies his ball

Who duly bought it back.

Max, ball in mouth

Meanwhile Jez posed nicely for me.

Jez

And then, when we decided we’d been there for quite a long time, we walked back to the car with Judy and Jasper. A lazy, but very pleasant afternoon.

A year ago today

I think I made a mistake yesterday and post a photo from a year ago today (Lychett Bay). So today I will post from 2 years ago today again, when Jez and I were staying with my Dad and took a little trip out to Keyhaven in Hampshire.

Keyhaven harbour

Another trip to Delph Woods

Sunday 8th May 2016

It was very hot and sunny today so I needed somewhere to walk the dogs where they could stay cool. I decided the beach was out, as it would be packed, and it would be quite a long walk for Jez to the pond on Upton Heath. So we went back to Delph Woods. We parked in Broadstone at one of the entrances to the woods, rather than in the woods themselves as Chris thought the car parks would be crowded as Broadstone CC would be playing cricket. As it turned out they weren’t, but where we parked meant we had a short walk to the lake and the dogs’ chance to cool down.

Max by the lake

From the lake we progressed to the Scout Field again, and I took lots more photos of the dogs, although mainly of Jez. I’ll just share a few here. Here’s Jez with a very big stick.

Jez has found herself a stick

And Jez lying in the shade with her stick.

Jez with her stick

Jez looking up at the ball.

Jezebel

And Max looking up at the ball.

Max has got his eye on the ball

Happy dog.

Jez wants to play ball

Very happy dog.

Gone on then Mum. Throw that ball

Cheeky dog.

My happy girl

We spent about an hour on the Scout field, then walked to the stream and then I had to get Jez back to the car, which wasn’t easy as she wanted to head back to the main car park rather than in the opposite direction where we were parked!

A year ago today

We were at Upton Country Park where I caught these ducks snoozing.

Time for a snooze

Hot and Sunny in Delph Woods

Friday 6th May 2016

Being a Friday I went and did my grocery shopping before I walked Max. Today, however, Jez decided that she would like to come too. It was a hot and sunny day, and I thought the walk in the heat to the pond on Upton Heath (where I had been intending to go) would be a bit far for her, so instead I took the dogs to Delph Woods. This is where Chris takes them most days. The advantage of it, on a day like today, is that Jez doesn’t have to walk very far if she’s not up to it, plus there is a lot of water around.

So I parked next to the cricket pitch and Jez promptly decided to take a rest in the shade behind the sight screens. So I played with Max for a while until she was ready to move.

Max on the cricket pitch

Eventually I got her to the stream on the other side of the cricket pitch, and from there to the lake where both dogs had a bit of a cool down (although they had both been in the stream too). Then we headed back to the scout field (so called as it’s sometimes used for scout camps). Here’s Jez sitting in the shade there.

Jez on the scout field

And one of her lying down.

Jez rests in the shade

And here’s Max showing us just how long his tongue is.

Max wants to play

We hung around for quite a while and then eventually headed back to the car. Half way across the cricket pitch we met a young dog called Bella. She is 18 months old, a Staffy/Ridgeback cross and was very friendly and lively. And it was at this point that Jez, who struggles to walk properly a lot of the time, let alone run, decided to play with her. I’m not sure that it’s that good for Jez, but she has to have some fun in her life, so I let her play. She could only cope with it for a short time, and then had to lie down and rest. Anyway, here’s a photo of Bella coming to see me, with Jez lying down in the background.

Bella, an 18 month old Staffy/Ridgeback cross

And after that we went back to the car and then home.

A year ago today

Sheep at Upton Country Park. A pastoral scene

Christmas Day 2015

Friday 25th December 2015

I had originally planned for Dad to come to lunch today, but he decided he wanted a nice quiet day at home, so this year it was just me, Chris and the dogs for Christmas.

We had a nice relaxing morning, which started with coffee and shortbread biscuits in bed. Max desparately wanted a bit of biscuit. Here he looks imploringly at Chris, but notice he does not attempt to help himself from the box. He’s a really good boy and knows he’s not allowed.

Go on Dad, give me a biscuit

After Chris had eaten his biscuits Max turned those pleading eyes on me.

Oh please Mum!

You can’t really resist, but he only gets a little bit of biscuit broken off of ours.

Then it was time to get up and put my Christmas socks on.

The Christmas socks are on

They’re getting a bit old now. We opened presents and enjoyed a cooked breakfast. Then both Chris and I sat down at our respective PCs: him to work (!) and me to edit photos. Max commenced the all important job of destroying his Christmas presents.

Wee poor elephant did't last long

After lunch we all went to Delph Woods together for a walk.

A Christmas day walk in Delph Woods

As you can see, it was a bit wet and muddy.

Mud!

Here’s Chris with the dogs by the pond.

Chris and the dogs by the lake

And, as is becoming traditional, one of the trees by the Scout field has been decorated for Christmas.

Christmas bauble

Back near the car park we met our fried Jasper, the lurcher, with his owners and their son. And then we headed home where, after watching Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom we settled down to a lovely dinner of slow roast pork. Oh, and not forgetting watching Dr Who, of course.

A year ago today

Sitting down to Christmas dinner last year.

Time for the Christmas Pudding