Mud glorious mud!!!

4 Mar

This sunday turned into something of a group walk with some friends over Cleeve Hill. One of the gang, Jan, joins me every now and then and unfortunately for some inexplicable reason, our walks nearly always end with us hearing then seeing in the distance the Air Ambulance!! We have no idea how we seem to entice this sort of attention but it’s now a standing joke between us!! We can’t start the walk without the usual quips!

Anyway this time we managed the whole walk without hearing the distant drone so that’s a first!! It was a clear , bright day if not sunny but hey at least it wasn’t raining!! We all set off, me, my friend Sarah, Fi, Dave and their dog Digs and of course Jan and the conversation and laughs flowed really easily as we trekked up the track.

Happy days before the mud!!

Happy days before the mud!!

After a while the dogs found a discarded golf club cover . Rio had it in his mouth for a while running round then decided he was bored and dropped it. Digs ran across and grabbed it and as soon as he did, Rio decided he HAD to get it back!! There then followed a very comical chase scene with Digs trying to out run Rio who being a bit smaller can turn more sharply!!

So the game continued with us all in stitches and deciding Rio was like that annoying child at school that doesn’t want the toy ’til someone else goes for it!! They happily chased each other for about 5 minutes while we carried on walking.

We headed down to the sheep dip which involves a sharp and steep descent. ” Oh it’s fine” I said as we set off down the track. “We did it yesterday and it’s not too muddy”. Hmm  well that was true except somehow overnight it had got very mucky and slippery and our boots became so clagged up with mud we all ended up 3 inches taller!!

Having made our way down almost in one piece the reward awaited the dogs!! Digs especially loves swimming and we were soon joined by various other dog walkers and their canine counterparts . Rudy was more interested in doing his own thing as per usual and was last seen scaling a practically vertical ascent and then sprinting back down at the same speed!!!

Jan decided to throw a stick for the dogs to retrieve. Great idea. Except where she threw it was about 10 inches deep in thick, black, smelly, disgusting mud!!!! Cue one very dirty dog!!! Digs who is mostly white suddenly looked like he had had a mud wrap!! He was black/ grey nearly all over!! A happy filthy dog!! All us humans found it hysterical and I think Digs thought we were really pleased with him so he came and shook some of the prized mud over us!!!

Maybe Digs should have worn these!!

Maybe Digs should have worn these!!

Luckily he went back into the cleaner water and by the time we left he was white again…ish!!! Jan did offer to bath Digs if necessary but somehow I don’t think the offer was entirely heartfelt and genuine!!!


9 Responses to “Mud glorious mud!!!”

  1. janh1 March 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    I couldn’t help it that my stick-throwing is a bit rusty!! It was hilarious when beautiful creamy digs emerged half blue with mud though!

    Point of order, too. I didn’t offer to bath Digs but after seeing Fi’s horrified expression, I did offer to keep throwing the stick into the pool until he was clean again! 🙂 It was the least I could do….. ahem!

    • Jane Parry March 5, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      Poetic licence…maybe I thought you SHOULD have offered…bad woman!!! x

  2. 2browndawgs March 5, 2013 at 2:19 am #

    Sounds like a good walk, except for the mud. I always laugh a little when the goldens have to retrieve in a mucky pond at a hunt test. They come out black! A clean pond does wonders though. 🙂

    • Jane Parry March 5, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      It’s always funny when it’s not your dog!!!

      • 2browndawgs March 5, 2013 at 11:58 am #

        True. Ours get the muck on them, but it doesn’t show as much. 🙂

  3. scruffybertie March 5, 2013 at 3:06 am #

    look forward to reading more of your adventures …………… xxx

  4. Jodi March 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Mine don’t particularly care for ‘mud’ but they do love those mucky puddles. There is a brook in our field and Sampson LOVES to get his zoomies on, then he stops, lies down and does some funky fishing thing with his nose, which makes us laugh. We usually hose them down after that!

    Sounds like you guys had a great walk.

  5. Beaumont House March 11, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    I do love a bit of mud me. But then staying at one of Cheltenham Hotels for a relaxing weekend is the best. Nothing to worry about and to just forget about everything.

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