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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2016 3:06pm (Mar 6th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Took Kasper out again today for a big walk, this time we went somewhere we had never walked before...I looked online at a site that lists public footpaths, and together we organised a route that should be scenic and not walk by too many busy roads.

    We were out for a few hours and Kasper had a blast, apart from at the very mid point of the walk - guess what he did? He stopped walking, looked back at us, sat, lay down, walked a bit, lay down, then rolled onto his back - AAAAGH! What's wrong, what's wrong??

    I checked all his paws whilst Lyle fed him treats, I checked his legs and his tummy, everything seemed fine. So we sat down for a few minutes, he sat on my lap...then when we stood up to see if he would carry on, he was fine. And he was fine for the rest of the walk!

    Weird...we thought maybe he pulled something bouncing about over the sheep (which was just before) or maybe his belly was empty & hungry and it felt weird / sicky?! Dunno...

    Hopefully he will be okay though, and no sickiness!

    Pics incoming ;)

    Someone was excited about walkies!!

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    He was a star at waiting for the traffic lights by the roads

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    Despite it being very sunny and surprisingly warm, the mountains in the distance are still covered in snow!

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    As soon as we joined the canal the first thing Kasper did was dive into the water and have a swim :sarcastic:

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    And what do you after swimming in March? Roll on the ground like a loon of course!!

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    Hahahahaha

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    Now we usually avoid walking along the canal, especially at the weekend...the path is narrow, there is no way to easily avoid people / kids / cyclists / aggressive dogs, and also most the dogs we see on the canal tend to be pretty badly trained. So we just don't walk there with our dogs. But the route we had planned joined the canal for about twenty minutes, on the quietest part - we were lucky and only saw one dog up ahead :smile:

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    The further along this part of the canal you walk, the prettier it gets :)

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    More coming!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2016 3:13pm (Mar 6th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We came off the canal and followed a narrow road with no pavements towards the train tracks...the road wasn't an issue at all though because it was pretty quiet and you could see any oncoming cars

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    We left the road and joined another small path this time following a river; on the right there were lots of sheep!

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    I appreciate the fencing protecting the sheep, as most dogs won't be able to jump over - how cool!

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    This was the point on the walk where Kasper was acting off, so here's a photo from him on our laps, resting :rolling:

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    There were lots of tiny lambs everywhere...flash back to Lottie haha!

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    The narrow muddy path took us under a motorway, which was weird...

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    ...and then on the other side we were by a massive lake with lodges that are rented out to tourists.

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    Hopefully last post next, sorry!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2016 3:23pm (Mar 6th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The public footpath disappeared here, it was just a jungle ahead! We floundered for a few minutes trying to find a way round, but there wasn't one. We had to fight our way through some trees & join the path that goes around the resort!!

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    This made for beautiful pics, but I was slightly concerned as dogs aren't allowed on the resort. What do they expect you to do if the footpath on their grounds isn't kept in order though?!

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    I think the ducks were surprised to see a dog haha. Lucky Kasper barely paid them any attention

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    Lovely

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    At this point we stumbled across a gate, and just to the left we saw a public footpath sign that had been knocked over...we went over and opened the gate and sure enough the footpath was back! Walking along the footpath we saw these unhappy hens - there were at least two in there ):

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    After leaving the footpath (which the resort had hidden behind a huge welcome sign) we struggled to find the path that connected to it...we walked all the way around a very busy roundabout before finding it...yeah, not so much a footpath huh? :rant_red2:

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    We found a way to join it up ahead through some brambles and followed it quite a way before having to cross an A road with no crossing - aaagh! Once we managed that it was time to go under the train tracks instead of over!

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    Another walk along a quiet lane past farms

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    Pretty soon after we found ourselves in the village close to us!

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    Oh, we also saw someone walking an OFF LEAD dog here :sarcastic:

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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2016 3:40pm (Mar 6th 2016)
     
    Oh My what a wonderful adventure and such a brilliant walk. Kasper might have had a little wobble due to being in such cold water. Tim's dog was just the same saw water and had to get in it No matter how cold it was. Glad he recovered real quick. Its so nice to see your pictures made me feel I was along there with you and couldnt wait to get to the next picture to see what was around the corner. Fantastic Viewsxxxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2016 8:14pm (Mar 6th 2016)
     
    What a lovely day you all had; will Raiden soon be able to walk with you?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2016 11:37pm (Mar 6th 2016)
     
    Maybe he just wanted to pause for a few minutes and take it all in!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2016 11:25am (Mar 7th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's true NN about the cold water, especially as he hadn't eaten for a while. Ah thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos - the second best thing about going on adventures for me is taking the camera :bigsmile:

    Thanks CC! Raiden does get walks, I promise :rolling: He's just a pretty low energy dog, and if we try take him further than 30-40 minutes he will ask to be carried :rolling: I'm not complaining though, it's nice to have one dog who will walk for hours and one who enjoys shorter ones, but it means we can't explore new places with Rey because we can't get him far enough!! It's funny though because Raiden is 8.5 months old now and only needs 1.5 hours walks in total - at 9 months Kasper needed 4 hours off lead exercise every day!!!

    :rofl: He's not a take it in kinda dog Kate; normally if I stop to get a stone out of my wellie he's whining and pacing :rolling: