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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Counting down the summer days…

We will do another one tonight to try and work through this mountain of images! Then I will leave you to digest all the cute doggie antics until next time!

Blue skies! Where have you gone?

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My wonderful mother accompanied me on some lovely weekend beach walks this summer. We had a lovely time with the dogs. Love my mama xIMG_1826[1]IMG_1901[1]

More Bulldogs, all the Bulldogs, never enough Bulldogs!!!!IMG_1902[1]

Cute Bully girls. A good example two of how this breed can differ so much depending on breeding and lineage. IMG_1903[1]

Archie just being his super-cute self!IMG_1912[1]

Hugo!!! Rocket-Dog was back with his Nana and Papa in Ireland this summer and boy did they take good care of their grand-dog! He was in peak condition! Well done Nana and Papa!IMG_1922[1]IMG_1924[1]IMG_1926[1]

My two sleeping with their heads together on a car trip down south. Inseparable my two, a match made in heaven.  IMG_1990[1]

Moomoo!!! Looking amazing and in perfect condition after a little weight loss. We all have indulgent summer, don’t lie! Don’t worry Moomoo, you’ll get no judgement here 😉 IMG_2289[1]IMG_2290[1]

Ruben and his kissable mug.IMG_2291[1]IMG_2292[1]

Winston the chocolate tank…IMG_2319[1]IMG_2328[1]

Miss gorgeous Dixe-Bell xxxIMG_2430[1]

I love my job…IMG_2431[1]

Happy to be back!

Well we had a fantastic time away, but it was fantastic to come back to work too!! We missed all our friends on four paws, and judging from the amazing welcome we got they missed us too!

Poor Mr Honda has a sore leg, but has been in good spirits and is slowly recovering. Woop, woop! We have been taking it easy on lead walks and resting too. It has been very warm this week, Indian summer! So we have all been enjoying little stops along the way for drinks and cooling down.

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A very sunny afternoon on Craiglockhart Hill, every time I walk up here with the dogs I am sad that Edinburgh Council have sold the nature reserve and university buildings for development. Its a crime….

Wee-man Hector chasing Ruben and Louis!

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Happy happy trails, I love this sight 😀

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It has been very warm this week as I said, but we have also had some very very foggy mornings too! When the fog burns off we have been left with blazing sunshine and cloudless skies. I could definitely get used to this weather! Autumn is on its way…

Molly and the gang walking at the edge of the world!

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Pretty spider webs in the morning dew…

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Murphy, Smudge and Hugo, ‘Throw the ball Auntie Andie!!’

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A happy Irish Terrier in the morning sun…

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Maud-monster has been in the puddles 😀

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Knackard after the walk, ‘Can’t keep….eyes….open….ZZZZzzzzz.’

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Ruben out with the chocolate labs and sunning himself in the afternoon sun enjoying the view.

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Looking out over Arthur’s Seat…

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We are all very much enjoying our luxury new ride, whoop whoop, traveling in style! After starting out the week in tragedy (some horrible person smashing my back window then driving off and leaving me without so much as a note!) we are now all settled in and I have to say super impressed with the custom dog-guard and boot divider. The spacious Volvo, who we have named ‘Zeus’ 😉 , has also been kitted out to perfection with a back seat dog-hammock and brand new doggie seat belts throughout! Oh yeah, pimpin puppy wagon….

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Giorge taking five in the shade…

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The loving couple 😉 So funny, they always pose the same way!!

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A beautiful morning in Colington Dell.

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It’s been a fabulous first week back, Gus’s Friday face says it all!!

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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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Mud-Pie and Bluebells…

It has been a little while since my last post, we have started building up some footage of our walks again for another little Four Seasons Movie! So watch this space! I was inspired to make another one after watching the amazing youtube clip below. I have to admit pretty openly that this video is amazing and I’m WELL jealous!!! I think that its a better music video for Pharrell’s song ‘Happy’ than the official one! Plus that cat must literally be the coolest cat that ever lived, surfing and swimming like a dog…oh yeah!

We are enjoying the springtime sunshine when we can get it!

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Mister Ruben was sporting a sore shoulder last night. Even though he was fine this morning and bouncing around like his typical Boxer-pup self we though it best to have a leash walk today…colour Ruben none too impressed!! Its just to be on the safe side puppy honest! Back to normal tomorrow!

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Lush green woods…

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Everything is so beautiful this time of year!! What you can’t see in these photos is the sheer number of bugs though :/ My legs (and weirdly my ahem….bum) are COVERED in bites…..ARG!!! SO ITCHY!!

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Maud and Colin make a bee-line for the muddiest puddle! Part dog, part hippo…

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Proud as punch with herself now!

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Molly whizzing past, I’m surprised I managed to take a photo of her at all 😉

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Enjoying some dappled shade…

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Everyone with their head in a bush….

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Off to play chase in the paddock, woohoo!!!

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Some Bluebell shots from the start of the week…

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