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Creature comforts!!

11 Feb

As my friends and I battled against strong winds and incessant driving rain to walk our dogs at the weekend high up in the beautiful Cotswolds, I had to question my sanity!! I mean really!! We were all soaked to the skin as when we left home the drizzle that greeted us was insignificant but within minutes of arriving at the start point it was pouring, so we had foregone the sensible waterproofs!!!

Rainy days!!

Rainy days!!

Oh well nothing ventured and all, so off we set like some intrepid fools head first into said deluge and all for what? Well to exercise our Canine companions of course!! To see them having fun running all over the hill and thoroughly enjoying themselves!! To witness their complete joy at being free, untethered by leads, completely unencumbered by anything!! Their sole aim in life at that moment was to have fun and enjoy themselves!!
I wonder how many of us humans can say we do the same? How often do we feel confident enough to rush up to new people and introduce ourselves regardless of status, creed, colour and age? Dogs don’t care who you are or what you look like, they just generally want to meet and greet. It’s very unusual for me to walk my dogs on a daily basis and not bump into another dog owner and stop for a conversation.
I have friends I have met solely through dog walking. I would never have met them if I hadn’t been out and about with the dogs. There is something of a community feeling to dog ownership. We have a common love of our 4 legged friends and we are not afraid to tell people!!! We talk to each other, share our worries (not all dog related), congratulate others on triumphs and sympathise with them when times are hard. Surely that must benefit us?
In fact research has shown that dog ownership can help with so many day to day medical issues. Having Rover in your life lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol. Stress levels can be greatly reduced by having your faithful friend greet you when you get home. The ecstasy you see in them when you have been separated even just for a few hours is incredible!! Who else would throw themselves on you as if their life depended on it?? Dogs don’t have moods, they just love you with all their hearts and in return you love them.
Dogs have even been known to detect early signs of cancer, seizures and hypoglycaemia in their owners. I mean how amazing is that?? I don’t know how they do it, maybe it’s something different in how we smell but lives have certainly been saved and I think that is mind blowing!!

Happy days!!

Happy days!!

At the end of the day thou a dog brings so much joy to our lives, from their wagging tails to their soulful puppy dog eyes when trying to wheedle a treat out of us!! Who can say no to the paw on the knee and the head tilted on one side?? After a trying day at work or a row with your partner or a touch of road rage on the drive home, you open the door to your most faithful and loyal friend thrilled to see you and you know everything will be alright!! As soon as you sit down and stroke your dog and fight off the licks because yes you love them but their breath is not the best, you relax and start to unwind safe in the knowledge your dog will love you forever. Unconditionally. And that’s a great feeling!!

Rain stops play?… Never!!!

21 Nov

The calm before the storm

The weather was against me today it seemed!! The drizzle that had persisted all morning started to get slightly heavier as I drove home from work to take Rudy and Rio out. By the time I had changed clothes into Dog Walkers Uniform and the dogs had performed their daily sofa acrobatics to show their excitement levels were reaching boiling point, it was raining properly.

It was only as I pulled into the car park on the hill that it actually became torrential!!! Obviously my nice new shiny waterproof trousers ( sexy I know ) were sitting at home neatly folded and perfectly dry thank you very much!!!

There was nothing for it, I had to get out and walk. As I exited the car my head nearly got blown off, my coat blew back off me thus choking me and the hood whipped up,  toggles slapping  me in the face!! Not altogether the best start!!

Still nothing ventured and all that so I let Rudy and Rio out of the car and off we  ran ( yes all 3 of us as they were still on their leads )  down the path. I let them off and then started to think as I walked bent almost double against the wind…Why do I usually choose the wrong coat to wear ??

You can guarantee if I choose my thick fleecy coat that is not waterproof it will rain and I will get so warm ( think Menopause ) that I nearly faint.

If I choose the thin waterproof , it will rain so heavily that said waterproof will prove that it is in fact only showerproof and leak in patches across my chest ( think Lactating new mothers ).

Then there is the all weather super fleece lined thick waterproof that will indeed keep out gusts of wind but weighs so much I can barely lift it off the coat rack at home. The hood of which while functioning perfectly, flattens my hair completely to my head ( think hard boiled egg).

And don’t even get me started on the fact I have had to wear wellies all summer. I wonder if I will develop webbed feet soon?? Needless to say Rudy and Rio had a fantastic time running everywhere, exploring the gorse bushes, ears flying wildly in the wind , loving every wet windy second!!

Soggy dogs!!

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