Christmas time!! Photos (of course) and a few sobering words.

As we are winding down for the Christmas holidays I am still trying to find time to catch you up on all our walking fun from the last few months. Hopefully next year I will have the internet up and running again in my home and be able to get back on track with making these blog entries a more regular and consistent event!

It will seem a little odd looking at fairer weather photos now considering how awful the weather has been here in Edinburgh the last few months. Winter has hit us hard, cold and wet weather pelting us at every turn making our walks a soggy affair. Perhaps a little reminiscence therapy of milder days gone by is exactly what we need right now! Though if I am honest I absolutely love Christmas time! I am a huge geeky Christmas fan at heart! I wish I could fill this blog posts with snowing dog photos haha. Sadly we have only had rain and sleet here, no snow as of yet. I live in hope we have some snowy days in the not too distant future.

To start us off, a beloved handsome face. No one ever believes that this stunning boy could be a rescue. Truth be told, Winston much like my own Molly-dog, stands as a testament as to how amazing rescue dogs are. You should never make snap judgments about why a dog has ended up needing a new home. Rescue dogs can carry a stigma that something is ‘wrong’ with them or that they are a ‘bad’ dog and is quite simply the biggest pile of dog poop! Take from someone who has worked in rescue centers both here in the UK and abroad, the vast vast majority of dogs given up for re-homing has nothing to do with them as individuals at all! It does however have everything to  do with the people who hand them over.  Some have genuine heart braking reasons for why they can no longer care for their pet. But all too many just lose interest, can no longer be bothered with the effort involved or did not seriously consider the costs behind owning an animal. Many many rescues like my Molly or Winston here are quite simply just a bit behind on their training due to previous owners not putting in the time required, that’s all!  With training, patience, understanding and a great deal of love and affection you have quite simply the most amazing loving loyal companion! Who after having a rough start with ahem, ‘dodgy’ humans, thinks you fart rainbows. IMG_7157[1]

Rescue dog are without a doubt the most fantastic dogs, I can’t stress this enough. Perhaps as it is the Christmas season I feel the need to talk about the amazingness of  rescue dogs even more. I really hope that with this following story as an example you will understand more fully as to how many dogs end up in shelters especially around this time of year, and how they are truly just innocent victims of circumstance. This weekend a man tried to buy Gus my French Bulldog in a pub because his daughter, ‘…wanted one of them for Christmas…’ like he was some sort of fashionable toy. It was a horrific experience especially as the man proceeded to become angry and insulting when my partner refused asking him in return which of his family members he would like to sell for a Christmas present! He even waved cash in my partners face and seemed totally perplexed as to why we wouldn’t jump at the chance to sell our beloved Gus for cold hard cash. As if ANY amount of money would make us part with our heart and soul. When I volunteered for the SSPCA Boxing Day would greet us with dogs and puppies being abandoned in droves, the result of children and adults already bored or overwhelmed having not thought carefully enough about the care or attention a dog would actually require. Some poor souls were even tied to the gate waiting for us before we had even opened the center. I have no doubts that an individual who thinks it is acceptable to try and rudely haggle a dog from clearly horrified owners in a pub, just because his teenage daughter fancies the look of one for Christmas, would also not hesitate to dump said dog again as soon as the novelty wears off.  Safe to say, as I clutched Gus closer to my chest, we were not very polite in letting the man in question know that Gus would never EVER be for sale! But with so many puppies being punted on gumtree as ideal presents for the big day, I can’t help but think what ever pooch that man does get his hands on for Christmas will not be long destined for the local shelter. So my last parting word on this matter would be that if you are seriously considering introducing a dog into your family, please please take your time, do your research THOROUGHLY, and don’t shop, please adopt. There will no doubt be many more confused and frightened unwanted Christmas pups waiting for new loving homes as soon as the day is over.

On with the photos! You know I love my group shots!

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Help! Half my face is melting! lol IMG_7452[1]Brother and sister, my inseparable pair…IMG_7467[1]

Miss Tia! IMG_7468[1]

Also known as Miss Tia ‘Frog Legs’ haha! IMG_7485[1]

Giorge. IMG_7536[1]

But I wanna sit up front!!! Waah!!!IMG_7548[1]

More Frenchies, I can just never get enough!IMG_7549[1]IMG_7550[1]IMG_7551[1]IMG_7552[1]

Just a little reminiscing about the beautiful summer forest foliage.  Sigh… IMG_7586[1]IMG_7587[1]

Ready for home! Biscuits first please, of course!IMG_7611[1]This summer I took a few lovely beach trips. I was joined by Stephanie Parker who owns and operates Pawfect Therapies here in Edinburgh. If you haven’t already checked out Stephanie’s site I highly recommend you take a gander! She also offers walking with the city center and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough! (http://www.pawfecttherapies.co.uk/)IMG_7139[1]

Miss Stephanie dishing out treats, Molly in the background doesn’t yet realize she’s missing out hehe 😉   IMG_7158[1]IMG_7636[1]IMG_7637[1]

One last photo where we had a freak spell of, yes you guessed it, snooooooooooooooooow!!!! It only lasted about four minutes though! IMG_7638[1]

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone, lots of love from Gus, Molly and Andie xXXx

 

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Chasing Tails part II…..

Oh my goodness we might actually have caught up on all our photographs from the last few weeks!! Imagine that! Just remember folks if you want to see the daily photo posts please feel free to follow us on Instagram at ‘andreajackalleg’ or search for #fourseasonsdogwalkingedinburgh on instagram and we will come up!

Molly (or Blondie as I like to call her 😀 ) loves climbing, running and in general having winding all her boy-toys up haha! She loves a good game of chase or wrestle and the boys are more than happy to oblige!

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Trying to distract Louis from playing with the ball! “Chase me instead Louis!”

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Having a fantastic wrestling game with Archie and Smudge. So cute!

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Timbre!!!

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The forests are looking spectacular right now, explosions of colour everywhere.  Autumn is a beautiful time of year, sigh…unnamed (65)

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The gang at Squirrel Alley…

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AHHHHH!!! THERE IS A WOLVERINE IN THE WOODS!!!

Oh wait, its just Olly playing with a stick hehehe 😀 unnamed (48)

I love this photo, Ella and Ruben look like they are having a good old gossip 😀

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Spaniels and their heart melting eyes…they could get away with murder 😉

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Follow the leader!

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My little Ewoks need a fringe trim teehee 😉

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Honda paddling even in this weather! He is as gentle and wonderful as always xx

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Baby Giorge is fast loosing his puppish looks, he will be a big-boy before we know it!

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Poor Colin cut his pad on one of our walks last week and needed stitches 😦 Until he was all healed up we have been visiting him at home, which he was not so impressed with I have to say! On his mini walk around the block (with a waterproof boote on to protect his bandage) the tough wee lad kept trying to drag me to my car!  “Why aren’t we going walking?! I’m totally fine!!” Major guilt trip!! But needs must I’m afraid!! I’m slightly redeemed in his eyes by bringing cheese slices and beef twists! ‘Hmpf, well if that’s the best you can do Auntie Andie…I suppose your forgiven…maybe.”

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Louis, I think its super flattering that you only have eyes for me…but do you ever wonder why the others are pretty good at ambushing you? Lmao!!

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Woohoo!!! We did it!! Thats us all caught up folks. Time for bed, where we dream of tomorrows adventures with all our beloved friends xxx

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Chasing tails….

A lot of catching up to do! We have faced the tail end of a hurricane and the Autumn floods, but we never fail to enjoy all that Edinburgh’s magnificent open spaces have to offer us!

Olly-boy came for a short stay, which we always look forward too! Here he is with another mahoosive stick!

“Its mine, all mine, mwahahahaha!”

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Selfies with Molly and Olly 😀

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A massive kiss from Olly! Awwww I love you too!!! And…..eww 😀 xunnamed (39)

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Miss Jess, its not often I can get her to sit still long enough to take her photo haha! Its lovely when I do though because she is BEEEEAUUUTIFUL!!!

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Check out Honda’s amazing camouflage!! Pretty darn impressive!

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Oh-oh, incoming!! This might hurt a tad 😉

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Mini incoming 😀 This will hurt less so lol!

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Double trouble xxXXxx

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Autumn sunshine at Cramond Beach.

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So Ella, Smudge and I visited Edinburgh Zoo….just kidding 😀 It just so happens that the dogs discovered one of our walks on a nature reserve borders with Emu pen at Edinburgh Zoo. The dogs were very quiet and well behaved, but of course curious as hell about these massive scary birds! To be honest the Emus were very curious too and did not look the least bit concerned. The dogs however were I think VERY grateful for the high fencing between them lol!

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Dumplings anyone!

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Molly catching up on Olly, I think she may have the drop on you this time mate!unnamed (47)

Murphy proving that ginger is shown off best in the sunlight.

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Rocketdog sporting his Telly-Tubby mohawk hahaha!

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I love Bulldog Thursdays! (So does Archie and wee-man!) Hector is like, “I refuse to look at the camera, now get over here woman and lift me down from here, toot-sweet!”

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Puffed out and having a rest on Blackford Hill…

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More of the gorgeous puddings together xxx

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Ruben and his liquid eyes always ready to make me laugh xxunnamed (56) unnamed (57)

Who has the biggest tongue?? Louis or Winston….hmmmm…

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My angel, my princess, my girl xx

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Through the fog…

Last week we had some crazy foggy weather! It was so thick sometimes the dogs would almost disappear completely…almost 😉 One of my lovely clients asked if I was missing the warmer weather, but truth be told it has been roasting! Its so humid I have still been walking is shorts and t-shirt, albeit with some leggings underneath 😉

We have had some of our very dear friends come to guest spot with us over the last few weeks. It was absolutely wonderful to have Cocoa-Bean come to visit, we have known Cocoa since she was a little puppy and Gus especially thinks of her as his sister!

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It was also lovely to have Olly join us for a few walks again, we miss our Black Panther when he is away xxx

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A good photo to demonstrate the crazy fog! Giorge is like, ‘Eh, guys?? Where are you?!’

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Some stunning group photos…

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Two of my favorite squishy faces!

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This was a particularly damp and chilly morning. The fog was so thick we were getting soaked even without a single raindrop falling! Coats on…

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Selfies with dogs; I am getting the hand of this doggie hypnosis hahahaha! unnamed (73)

Its nice to get home and snuggle after a humid and damp day on the hills, Tillie agrees and thinks my legs make a pretty darn good pillow 😉

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Busy bees…

We have a lot to catch up on from the last few weeks! So without further ado lets get started!

Prince Boo-boo looking super handsome to start us off on another photo megathon!

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Waterfall photo shoot with Archie and Ella 😀

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It was my lad Gus’s 4th Birthday this week. We celebrated with walks with all our friends and venison cheese burgers! I feel so lucky to have Gussy in my life, this cool little grump-bag is my whole word. Love you baby xxx

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Gus’s Birthday walk with friends…

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Molly-moo had her hair cut this week also at Christines (http://www.christinesdogparlour.co.uk/). Here are some before and after photos! She is loving her summer cut, much cooler for these muggy days we seem to be having no end of!

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At home in the evening with Archie and Ella.

‘There were four in the bed and the little one said, roll over, roll over!’

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Playing chase on Blackford Hill, hoping the storm clouds blow over!!

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Fuzzy boys together 🙂

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We love our walks on the Observatory, Edinburgh is gorgeous!

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Paradise walks…

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Honda cooling his hot heels 😀

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Everything is just a tiny bit overgrown hehe 😉

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Olly is joining us again for a few weeks, yipee!!! Welcome back to our big black panther….who is indeed a total pussy cat 😉 Wintson is photo-bombing Ollys shot here hehehe!

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The lovely Miss Jess is away for her holiday and so had her last walk with us this week. Boo…..Have a great holiday Jess and we will see you in a month xxxx

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Fridays lunch walk with all the big boys (and girl ;)…) and wee-man Hector who is helping me keep them in line for the photo lol 😀

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