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.

Introducing Teddy

Saturday 10th June 2017

After losing Jez and Max in such a short space of time Chris and I found ourselves with a huge hole in our lives. Our whole routine changed, and although we did still go out for walks from time to time, it just wasn’t the same. So we started to search for another companion. Last weekend we found Teddy at a local rescue.

Teddy

He is a young lurcher of some description (I believe they are also known as Longdogs in the US), approximately a year to 18 months old. The centre had called him Yeti. They didn’t know his name as he was picked up as a stray by a local dog warden. He had been microchipped but his details hadn’t been updated. He is very gentle and was very calm and we said we’d have him. We went back a few times over the course of the week, during which he was neutered. This was taken on one of our visits.

Teddy licks his lips

And today he officially became ours and we bought him home.

Teddy's home

He’s a very pretty boy, as you can see.

Teddy

And very good on the lead. Once he’d had a while to settle in I took him round Creekmoor Ponds for a little walk.

Teddy's first walk with me

But with all of the things that had happened to him during the day he was soon worn out.

I think Teddy's settling in ok

And it wasn’t long before he made himself at home and discovered the joys of a sofa.

I just about managed to squeeze onto the sofa

There was just about room for me.

After which it was time for another snooze.

Teddy has worked out where he wants to sleep

Trees and Dogs at Broadstone Rec.

Tuesday 5th July 2016

For our walk this morning we went to Broadstone Rec. Jez hadn’t wanted to walk much yesterday so I wanted to go somewhere where she could take it easy. As usual we walked followed the path round to the north of the cricket pitch, and I paused at the war memorial and took a moment to think of those who fought at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. In the gardens a bit further on I noticed how pretty is this tree that is in flower next to the acer.

Trees

We continued on and Jez led us past the children’s playground and down the central path towards the sports fields. There is a maple along here that is beautiful in autumn. I realised, though, that it is beautiful in summer too.

Maple

A little further along the path we met our friends Twink (the lurcher) and Twiglet (the whippet). They are lovely dogs and Jez is always excited to see them.

Jez with her friends Twink and Twiglet

And I loved the way Twink lay on the path with her front paws crossed.

Twink

I chatted with their owner for quite a while and then we walked on to the playing fields, where, for the sake of fairness, I took this photo of Max.

Max

And then we headed back through the woods to the cricket pitch and the car. It might not have been a long walk in terms of distance, but we managed to take over 90 minutes walking it.

A year ago today

We went to the River Stour at Cowgrove.

Jez in the River Stour

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

Our Monday morning walk on Upton Heath

Monday 12th October 2015

Jez decided to come with Max and I for our walk on Upton Heath again this morning, so Chris drove us over and dropped us off. Having said yesterday that I found my first Shaggy Inkcap of the year, I found another one as soon as I walked through the gate onto the heath at the corner of Beechbank Avenue this morning.

Shaggy Inkcap

It was a lovely sunny morning and the heath was looking rather nice.

Looking across the lower heath

We walked to the pond and en route met our friend Judy with her lurcher Jasper.

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Sadly Jasper isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (Henry the pointer is terrified of him), but we get on ok, and you can see Jasper’s softer side in this photo where he’s looking up at Judy.

The look of love

After we left Jasper and Judy we walked on round the lower heath. Here the sun is shining through the siver birch trees which are starting to turn yellow and lose their leaves (you can most probably also make out Jez in the shadows).

Sunlight and shadows in the silver birch grove

Although most of the Fly Agaric in this area have finished fruiting I did find this little one, not yet showing it’s red colouring, pushing up through the soil.

Fly agaric

And so we headed on to the Roman Road.

Walking towards the Roman Road

After that we walked home through Creekmoor where the dogs had a dip in the ponds just to round off their walk.

After we got home I did my grocery shopping, and then after lunch started to clear away the remaining cuttings from the hedge. We had piled the branches up by the footpath and when we were moving them I suddenly spotted this toad nestled in amongst them.

We found a toad

We were very careful not to squash him.

And one final piece of news for today. We heard this morning that our God-daughter, Lucy, gave birth to a little girl last night. Maisie Belle arrived 5 weeks early but is doing well. So very many congratulations to Lucy and Jam.

A year ago today

We went to Canford Heath for our walk, where I spotted these little Mycena fungi.

Mycena Fungi

Jez decided she wanted a morning walk

Tuesday 23td June 2015

It’s quite unusual nowadays, but Jez decided that she was up and wanted to come with Max and I on our walk this morning. We went to Canford Heath. Here you can see the two dogs walking up the hill.

Jez and Max head up the hill

At the top of the hill were the cows.

The cow watches Jez just before chasing her off

As you can see, this one is eyeing Jez up. Just after I took that shot he decided that he was going to chase her off. As he thundered towards her Jez sensibly raced off. After that she had to have a rest.

A little dog needs a rest after being chased by a big cow

After a little while we wandered on and when we got near to the Red Brick path we met our friend Moby.

Our friend Moby

And then, as I walked them back up the hill towards the deep pond we met Tink and Twink.

Our friends Tink and Twink

So it was a good walk, although with Jez in tow it did take us rather a long time to go not very far.

A year ago today

Jez and I went for a walk in Broadley Enclosure in the New Forest.

Jez heads into Broadley Inclosure

A day for dogs

Tuesday 7th April 2015

Sorry about this, but we’re back to Upton Heath again. This morning though we met our friend Janet with her old Lurcher, Oakley, and her new Lurcher, Jake. And it was Janet’s birthday, so we walked part way round with her and I took a few photos. So firstly, here is Janet with Oakley, Jake and Max.

Janet on her birthday

The bench they are sitting on, which is along the old railway line, is a memorial bench to Janet’s late husband.

While we were there and I had the good camera I took the opporutnity to take a photo of Oakley, who I’m very fond of. He’s 12 years old now.

Oakley

And this is Jake, the new boy whom Janet has had for a couple of months now. I doubt if you can see it, but I am reflected in his eye.

Jake

As well as meeting Janet we met Sid the Staffy, who is a lovely friendly boy.

Our friend, Sid the Staffy

We also met the Exmoor ponies, who were having a bit of a problem with the wind blowing their manes about.

Exmoor Pony

And, of course, there was Max, playing in his pond as usual.

Max

A year ago today

It looks like we went to Upton Heath again, on a pretty murky day. I only have one photo from that walk: of Jez and Max in the stream along the Roman Road.

Jez and Max in the stream