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

 

Gus and Molly do Scotland (Part 1.)

 

 

Well it has been a very eventful week! We simply cannot wait to see all our friends tomorrow!!Yippee!!!

Here a little blog post on what we did with our time off, we would just like to take a moment to promote the amazingly wonderful Dugs N Pubs folks, whose fantastic website helped us plan our amazing camping trip! If you haven’t visited it already, get yourselves over there to ogle all the amazing trips and places you can visit with you four-legged best friends!

http://www.dugswelcome.com/

First stop for us was Belhaven Bay. It was an amazing weekend weather wise with the first day being one of the hottest! The sun shone until the very last-minute, it was stunning and we had a blast rolling about in the sand and enjoying the epic blue skies. All this and only 40mins drive from Edinburgh!!!

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Happy sunbathers…

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Yes don’t mind me guys, just have a wrestle right next to my face…ta!

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My BEAUTIFUL girl. Words simply cannot describe how much I love my fuzzy teddy-bear.

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The big-man posing for me. He knows how to work the camera!

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Sun setting over Belhaven Bay.

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After breaking camp the next destination was Tyninghame Beach! It was not a sunny but believe me it was hot!! I so wish I had brought my swimming costume! The water was crystal clear and so inviting.

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You could be forgiven for forgetting you were in Scotland here, this stunning stretch of coast looked more like New Zealand!

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Fluffy teddy paws in water 😀

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Molly-moo swimming in the sea…with just a little encouragement 😉

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Gus as you can tell is not up for it haha! Though he did have a little paddle with Mums help and support. He is not the most confident in the water, though it is the fastest way to cool a hot doggie.

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Thanks to a lovely local lady we met out on the beach walk we were directed to this fantastic wild camp ground just over the ridge from the beach. Gorgeous….

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Molly the next morning refusing to get up! After two days of extensive beach walks my two munchkins were very sleepy and more than happy to laze about in their sleeping bags whilst I read my book 🙂

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After our super lazy morning we then broke camp and carried on along the coast to visit Tantallon Castle! I have to boast just a little bit now, the lovely man at the front desk said that although the dogs were perfectly welcome (on-lead) into the castle it has steep steps, and so we would probably not be able to see it all as the dogs may struggle. Did they heck!! My doggies got loads of attention from other tourists, taking photos of them as we climbed all over this amazing relic. My darlings were beyond well-behaved, wowing the men who were there to supervise visitors with their calm and obedient behaviour. Proving once again that your dogs are at their happiest when they are with you and will overcome any obstacle as long as you are there to guide and support them. They relished the challenging terrain, Gus especially was loving bouncing all over the castle and insisted that I lift him up to look out over the surrounding coast when the walls were too high. He even asked to be lifted to look down the staggering 36foot deep well!! (And no need to worry folks I had a firm hand on him each time so he was in absolutely no danger)  They took the whole thing completely in their stride. I couldn’t be prouder, I could have burst with pride!

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‘None shall pass!’

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At the top, ‘Yup check us out Mum, climbed the castle, like a boss!!’

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A stunning boxer we met outside Tantallon Castle, ‘Please come and play with me!’

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Next stop, North Berwick!

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Exploring the man-made swimming pool on North Berwick beach. What a lovely sea-side town, could happily live there! Such a beautiful part of the world in general, everyone should head here at some point for a fantastic doggie day out! We even had lunch and a pint at the dog friendly pub ‘The Ship Inn’ situated in the town centre about ten mins walk from the beach. All in all we had an amazing camping trip and I will be returning to this area for sure! Perhaps with some of clients doggies at the weekend when we have time, after all its only about a half hour drive away from Edinburgh! Look out North Berwick we will be back! xxx

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