Two Dog Shows in a Week

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.

Looking across the showground Show Ring #1Margaret Green Animal Rescue The wind was a bit chilly at first – as you can see, Chris felt the need to put his hood up.

Chris and Teddy

Teddy, who can be nervous of people, particularly if they are carrying big wooden walking sticks, seemed quite happy to meet and greet.

Saying Hello to Teddy

He missed out on the treats that were being handed out though.

Anyone for a treat?

I entered him in one of the classes, Margaret Green Rescue best male, but he only came 6th out of not very many.

Me and Teddy in the show ring Me and Teddy in the show ringMe and Teddy It was nice to see a staffy win it, though.

The winner of the Best Margaret Green Rescue (Male)

And while I was in the ring Chris busied himself taking photos of a couple of other dogs, like this French Bulldog…

French Bulldog

…and this lovely little staffy girl that I wanted to take home with me.

I loved this little staffy girl

After that we bought some lunch and sat an ate it in amongst the crowds.

Lunchtime

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…

Snoozing

… and then looking slightly more alert.

Teddy

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.

Looking across Canford Heath to Poole

Here’s Teddy on the path across the heath.

Teddy looks across the heather

And looking cute and teddy bear-like.

Teddy

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.

Panorama over Combe Heath

The heath is currently grazed by English longhorn cattle.

English Longhorns

And for one little chap it was still lunchtime.

Lunchtime for this little one

Further round the path a group of artists were making the most of the stunning views.

Painting the landscape

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.

Friendly dog

And this lovely wire-haired Vizsla pup.

Wire-haired Vizsla pup

Who, after playing with Teddy, needed a scratch.

Time for a scratach

At the other end of the age scale was this 15 year old, frost faced staffy.

Frosty chops staffy (15 years)

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.

Teddy and his friend, Tanner

Tanner was there with his friend Moose.

Tanner and Moose

And here is Teddy and Moose.

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.

Teddy

A bit of a damp week

Sunday 23rd July to Saturday 29th July 2017

I didn’t think I had much to share with you this week, as we’ve had quite a damp, showery week. But it turns out I have more than I thought, including 3 bits of video.

So I’ll start last Sunday, when I took Teddy down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy. It used to be a favourite destination of Max’s, but since they’ve started charging for the car park I haven’t been back. Anyway, it wasn’t a particularly nice afternoon: fairly breezy with squalls of rain. I don’t think Teddy has been to the beach before as he didn’t seem to know what to make of the waves.

He did find the seaweed quite tasty though (you would think he was never fed).

Teddy finds seaweed quite tasty

And he had a great time chasing the wagtails along the beach and then the seagulls into the water. Monday we actually had some sun for our walk over to Upton Heath, and Teddy made a new friend at the pond: a young German Pointer. Here they are having a great time.

Tuesday was another nice day and I decided to take Teddy out to Wareham Forest. We hadn’t been there long when we met two 13 week old French Bulldog pups.

Teddy meets two 13 week old French Bulldog pups

They wanted to play with Teddy until he started chasing them and then they got scared, so I put him on the lead and walked him on.

As I said, it was a very nice day, as you can see from this photo of Teddy approaching the Dragonfly Pool (on the left).

Walking towards the Dragonfly Pool

And here is said Dragonfly Pool, looking rather lovely in the sunshine.

Reflections in the Dragonfly Pool

I took Teddy for a slightly longer walk today and chose I route I used to take with Jez and Max but which I don’t think they’ve been up to walking for the past 3-4 years. It bought us back along the side of Decoy Heath.

Looking across Decoy Heath

Although it looks like grass it is mainly bog, covered in grassy hummocks in places and reeds. Walking along Teddy spotted a crow out on the heath and took off after it. He was doing fine until he fell into one of the boggy pools, at which time he came to an abrupt halt. Just look at the state of him afterwards.

Guess who fell in the bog

All that mud can make a little dog quite frisky though.

I tried to wash him off in the Gruffalo Pool but he wouldn’t go in, choosing to run after a horse and rider that I thought was far enough away before I let him off the lead again. Fortunately no harm was done but I’ll have to hold onto him for longer when we meet horses in future.

So I arrived home with a very muddy dog, and had to bath him, which he did not appreciate. I had a nice clean, dog afterwards though.

Teddy after his bath

After that the weather got worse and it was either overcast or raining and I didn’t take any photos until we went to Delph Woods in the rain on Saturday afternoon. We had had strong winds overnight and I came across a fallen silver birch tree alongside the stream.

Tree down

With all the rain Teddy looked very bedraggled and sorry for himself.

Teddy's not happy about all this rain

Even the lake looked pretty dismal.

Rain on the lake

So we were happy to get back to the car and the dry.

At the end of a wet walk

I’m hoping for slightly better weather in the coming week. Perhaps I’ll be able to get some of my washing done.

Max and I go to Eye Bridge

Tuesday 6th September 2016

Once again Jez did not feel like joining us for our morning walk. Today I took Max out to the River Stour at Eye Bridge and without Jez in tow we were able to do our full circular walk.

It was a lovely, still morning along the river.

Along the River Stour - going

The teasel flowers have all gone over now and I loved the backdrop of the clouds reflected in the river behind the teasel seed heads.

Teasel

As usual we stopped for Max to play in the big, shallow bay in the river.

Time to play

And then we walked on to the place where he likes to have a swim.

Time for a swim

When the swans came along and started taking an interest in him, though, I decided it was time for us to continue on.

Swans

Poor lad – with the low water level and his dodgy back legs he couldn’t get out by himself and I had to hang onto a branch. lean over, grab his collar and haul him out.

As we haven’t been along here for a while I haven’t had the chance to photograph some of my favourite oak trees. So here is the oak tree in the middle of the field.

Oak Tree

And, of course, along the currently dry stream bed is what I call the ‘Oak of Many Faces’.

The 'Oak of Many Faces'

I love this really old oak and have so many photos of it. I just can’t resist.

The 'Oak of Many Faces'

And here’s a photo from a bit further on of Max in the dry stream bed.

Along the stream bed

We walked on round back to the big bay so that Max could have another play in the river. We were just leaving when some people came along with their dogs including this really cute, 13 week old, Border Terrier puppy.

Pig wants a treat

She’s called Pig because she was born on a pig farm. The lady who owns here also had a year old Springer Spaniel who was very tolerant of Pig.

Time for kisses

And Pig absolutely adored her.

I love you

We walked back to Eye Bridge and today I actually took a photo of the bridge as it was reflected nicely in the water.

Eye Bridge refelection

Here’s Max on the bridge, cone in mouth.

Max (with cone) on Eye Bridge

And here’s the view from the bridge looking upstream …

Upstream from Eye Bridge

… and downstream towards Wimborne.

Downstream from Eye Bridge

We’d had a really lovely walk.

A year ago today

We went for a walk at Broadley Inclosure in the New Forest with my Dad.

A Sunday afternoon walk in the New Forest

A dog show at Upton Country Park

Saturday 30th July 2016

Jez is still a very stiff and sore little dog after her fall on Thursday. Although she had a hydrotherapy session yesterday the vet cut it short as she clearly didn’t want to be in the water walker. So we’re letting her take it easy for a short time. She went out with Chris this morning so I thought it best not to take her this afternoon. Instead I walked Max over to Upton Country Park where Dorset Dogs were holding a dog show.

Dorset Dogs Dog Show

Mind you, we nearly didn’t get there. Max did not want to walk along the street with me and took a lot of persuading. Which remind me: I forgot to say that Max also had a vet appointment on Thursday as his hind legs appear quite weak and wobbly at times. The vet said he has ataxia and is worried about him. He’s running some blood tests initially and if they are clear Max will have to go in for an X-ray on his spine.

So, back to the dog show. We got there eventually, as you can see from the photo above, and one of the first dogs we met was this gorgeous 16 week old German Shepherd puppy.

GSD Puppy

There was another white German Shepherd 2 weeks older than him, but she was so lively I couldn’t get a decent photo of her.

Max and I started off by walking around the stalls, including the Dorset Dogs stand.

Dorset Dogs stand

They still have an old photo of Jez on the boards, although you can’t see it in that photo. Max enjoyed visiting the stands as he was given a treat at each one! We then went and sat down for a while by the show ring.

Max has a rest

We were next to a Clumber Spaniel and at one point Max went to say hello. I just love Max’s expression in this photo.

Max and Bailey, a Clumber Spaniel

After a time I took Max on to the stream so that he could cool down.

Max cools off in the stream

And then we walked round through the Woodland Walk where I noticed that Bournemouth University are building a Dark Age house.

Dark Age Dwelling being build in the Woodland Walk

Having been very hot it had, by this time, clouded over.

View ocer Upton Farm

Max had not been walking too well so I phoned Chris to come and get me, rather than walk all the way home. The plan had been to leave Jez at home but she was having none of that and was in the back of the car when I put Max in. Although by this time they were clearing away the stands at the dog show I thought I’d give her a quick walk around the lawn. She was happy to go and meet the people who were left, especially Jo and Paul who run the training classes she and Max attended. And then she had to have a rest.

Jez rests after meeting her trainers at the Tricks 4 Treats stand

It took a while but I eventually managed to walk her back to the car and we came home.

A year ago today

Actually a year ago yesterday when we went to Badbury Rings. There were brooding clouds over the Point to Point course. Brooding clouds over the Point to Point course

Its a Mini-Max

Thursday 16th June 2016

Thursday means Pilates day, so this morning before my class Jez, Max and I went to Upton Country Park for a walk. No sooner had we arrived that we met Millie, a 14 week old springer spaniel. Here she is saying hello to Max.

Millie (14 weeks) looks up to Max (7 years)

She was really lively, but very good, and she even managed not to annoy Max, which is quite an achievement for such a young puppy. But look: she’s a Mimi-Max.

Max and Mini-Max (aka Millie)

After we’d finished socialising with Millie and her Mum Jez led us down through the Woodland Walk, where I was surprised to see foxgloves growing.

Foxgloves in the Woodland Walk

The reason for my surprise was the amount of shade they were growing in. We walked to the stream and then did a short circuit back to the car since Jez was with us. But it did mean that we walked past the wild flower meadow where I took this photo of a poppy.

Poppy

A short walk, but at least there was no rain.

A year ago today

It was a lovely sunny day for us to go down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy.

Panorama of Poole Harbour from Lake Pier

Jez goes to hydro-therapy

Friday 3rd June 2016

Today was Jez’s first proper hydro-therapy session. I packed up her rucksack with towels and a bag of chopped up chicken for treats and we made our way over to her vet’s in Bournemouth. We got there really early, which was great as we got to spend time with this little chap. Meet Copper, a 13 week old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

We met Copper (13 weeks)

Eventually it was our turn and we went on through to the hydro-therapy room where Jez had a rest while we waited for the vet to change into her wetsuit bottoms.

Jez waits in the Pet Fit Hydro

Jez wasn’t keen on the shower treatment but was happy enough to walk into the water-walker when the time came.

What are we doing in here?

She wasn’t even too put out by the noise of the walker filling with water.

Aly gently massages Jez

That is Aly the vet gently massaging her.

I also took a bit of video of her, including right at the end when Aly turned the walker on.

She really coped very well with it, but was quite tired afterwards. We’re going again for another treatment next week.

A year ago today

Max and I went to Upton Country Park where we saw the heron.

The heron is back

Meeting dogs on our walks

Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th April 2016

On Tuesday Max and I went to Canford Heath for our walk.

Looking across Canford Heath

En route round we met Luna, the French Bulldog. I don’t know if there are any of you reading this who would remember Luna, but we first met her when she was 6 months old, in 2013. She had been hit by a car and her jaw shattered, which meant it was plated and wired. Here’s a photo I took of her at the time.

Luna's jaw is plated and wired

And here she is now!

Luna

As you can see she made a full recovery. She’s a lovely little dog and very friendly. As for Max, well, he was happy to play in the pond.

Two cones to throw

In the afternoon I took Jez to the vet so that Duncan could have a look at her. He was quite pleased with the progress she seemed to have made since I took the video and sent it to him, so suggested we continue with a regime of short, frequent walks to keep her moving, maintain her muscle bulk, and to provide stimulation. Unfortunately he thought that her heart murmur sounded louder. He will scan her as planned at the end of May, though.

On Wednesday I took Max to Upton Country Park. The weather wasn’t great and I only have one photo to share with you. Meet Basil, a 13 week old Weimaraner.

Meet Basil, 13 weeks

What a beautiful little pup.

A year ago today

Max was looking mean and moody on Upton Heath.

Max