So, here it is, my fourth car since starting the dog walking business, and hopefully the last!
As some of you know I started out with a silver estate which kept me going for a few months until I upgraded to a nice looking blue one which was modified with large cages and enough space to transport your pooches to their destination. Unfortunately, I was involved in a crash shortly afterwards when another driver went through a red light and smashed me to the other side of the road writing the car off!
I then rushed out to panic buy another car which was the same model but different colour and was a diesel, which is fine but I preferred the smoothness of a petrol car. This kept me going for 8 months until I saw one I liked and bought it. It comes in a nice light blue colour, and drives very nice and smooth indeed! The bonus feature in this though is the air-conditioning which has been a saving grace in this recent hot weather. When I’ve been parked up to go on walkies, we’ve got back to the car and it has been roasting so a blast of refreshing cold air works wonders for your pooches and keeps their walker cool too in time for the next lot of walks.
I have also had the side and back windows tinted to help keep it cool, and it also looks smarter and provides privacy for your beloved pets. I see that there are other dog walkers in vans and while this may be cooler for the dogs, (and a bit scary in a dark enclosed space) I like to think that the journey to the park is also part of the service and they love to look out and watch the world go by. They also get excited when we approach our destination and the look on their faces is great to watch.
It still has the 2 compartments which is a large cage, and the open space at the back with comfortable non-slip rubber mats. Each area comes with an attached water bowl which they go straight to after the walks and I take 3 or 4 bottles along with me. Hope you like it, and so far your pooches LOVE IT! 🙂
This good looking lad joined us for walks last week, and he eased into group walks and meeting new friends! Doodle is an 8 year old Collie/Lab cross and is very fast for his age. He loves to chase ball and can go at some speed. He was very competitive with his new Friend Tilly, who is also fast but had to put in a bit more work to keep up with Doodle 🙂
His owner said he would be fine off-lead and has good recall so I tried this on our first day and he didn’t disappoint. He’s a big lad and can take up quite a bit of space in the car but the good thing is he sits there nice and calm and enjoys looking out of the window on our way to the park.
Doodle has a great temperament and I’m sure he’ll get along with all his new pals over the coming weeks. Here are some pics of him showing off his glossy black and white coat and big smile!
We have a very young new addition to our walks, and she is a cutie indeed! Jeane is a 4 month old Lakeland Terrier and she came on her first walk last week and has enjoyed her time with us.
As she is so young and her owners have only recently welcomed her to the family, she is on short solo walks on her lead. Well, when I say solo she has been out with Mickey, who she loves as she is always walking by his side which is very cute to watch. She lives near Chorlton Ees so not too far for us to walk there and enjoy this lovely warm Spring weather we’ve been having.
We’ll see how she gets on with her next few walks and then maybe she can meet some new doggy friends, and maybe see how she gets on off her lead. Watch this space. Here are some pics of the little girl…
This will get a few awwws I bet! We were joined by a very sweet puppy called Crash, who was adopted by Leo’s owners and therefore came on our walks this week.
Crash is a staffie cross, and estimate her age to be around 6 months, so she our youngest member of the gang! Leo seems happy to have a new friend at home although from the looks of things, she teases him rotten! They cannot contain their excitement when I arrive to take them out. Crash is still getting used to her surroundings and occasionally stops for a look around in the park. She gets plenty of attention from other people in the park and it’s easy to see why.
At the moment, she is smaller than Leo but that will soon change over the next few months. She will be attending puppy classes and it will be a pleasure to see her progress, and learn new tricks. I can see they’re going to be a right cheeky pair when out together 🙂 At the moment she is on lead walks however, once her legs get stronger and she has some recall lessons we’ll see what happens. Here are some pics of Crash…
This week we had two new brothers join the group, a pair of dachshunds called Hugo and Winston who are both 15 months old.
Their owners have just moved to the Chorlton area so unfortunately, their usual dog walker was unable to carry on taking them out. they have a lot to get used to, new house, new area new walker and new doggy friends but thankfully they were very friendly and affectionate when I first went to visit them, and were very excited when they went out on their first walks with us. They both were a little nervous some days but once they were out exploring and mooching they were very happy pooches 🙂 and showed their appreciation by jumping all over me back home and licking me!
Hugo and Winston will be out with us every other week and will hopefully settle in to their new surroundings in no time. Here are a few pics of the cheeky duo…
This very cute little puppy is called Rolfie, who at 4 months old is my youngest pooch on walks! Rolfie is a black Cocker Spaniel and he came on his first walk and followed Mickey, all around the park who was very accommodating as he was jumping all over him 🙂
Rolfie was bouncing along happily and stopping for little breaks as his legs are not quite strong enough to keep up the pace. He had plenty of “AWS” and “Isn’t he cute” from passers-by.
For a few days this week, and early next week, little Kia joined us on our walks. Kia is a Staffordshire Terrier, and I used to see Kia and her owners on my early morning walks before I started work in my previous job.
Kia hasn’t changed with her playfulness and just loves being out with other pooches and having a ball to play with. This week she has been out with Charlie, Honey, Barney and Bella who she normally sees out on her regular walks.
I’ve done this route so many times I can’t believe I haven’t included it yet! This is a walk that would take approx 1 hour unless you wanted to venture out further then it’s up to you.
If you drive to the small car park named Ivy Green, which is just near the Bowling Green pub and nearby to Beech Road, and Chorlton Ville.
You will see 3 paths that lead out from the car park – left, middle and right. Take the right path (or the left and do this route in reverse order) and keep to the right at all times. On this route you will see an exit it on to Ivy Green Road, but instead just follow the path to the left of this. The further on you walk you will come up to a gate which you can walk by and once you are past this you will arrive at a big field which is Turn Moss, which I have done a write up about in a recent post. You may want to stop off here or you may have no choice if your pooch sees it and wants to go for a run in the open field 🙂 There is also another playing field to the left so you may want to give this a look.
If not, just carry on walking up the path and you will see some steps at the top which will lead to the River Mersey Brook. You can either walk up these and turn left, or just stay on the path below and walk left. There is a path you can take to the right but this will extend the walk and I’ll cover this in another post. So now you’ve kept to the left you should be more than half way round of this route. The path will lead you all the way around the playing field on the left just mentioned, and if you stick to this path it will lead you all the way back to the car park which will end on the path you saw on the left hand side of the car park. Sounds confusing but once you’ve walked this a few times you’ll find it easy – enjoy!
Today was Dexter’s first day of walks and we went to Longford Park, with Lester, Mickey and Monty on his second. Dexter wasted no time joining in the fun and making new friends and can see he’ll be having more fun and games over the next few days. I brought Monty over from Sale, and he certainly came out of his shy shell joining in with the chases and playing and making new friends.
I was joined by my friend Mickela who came along with the lovely Honey, and we also bumped into another friendly dog walker, Emilie from Happy Paws and her group of happy pooches. Lester the schnauzer was very pleased to meet Luigi another schnauzer from Emilie’s group. Here are some pics of their adventures..
It’s been a week of new canine clients this week, and it’s been very nice and they’ve all had a great time! First on a walk was Sephy, a lovely Bedlington Terrier who has been out a couple of times this week to Chorlton Water Park. Sephy loves to play, chase the geese and swans and pop in the river for a little paddle. She does look all innocent in her picture but she can certainly bark and be very energetic bless her!
Next for their first walk are Maddie and Arthur. Their previous walker had to move away so their owners needed a new dog walker. The first few days took a while for them to get used to me and they did run off for quite a distance when out in Alexandra Park, and Platt Fields Park. I had to have my eyes everywhere as they wouldn’t stick together when off somewhere exploring. They did come back eventually after lots of shouting and whistling! By the end of the week they stayed close by and enjoyed getting out for an hour’s play!
And last but not least, is Friendly Fred the Cocker Spaniel. Fred always gives me a lovely welcome when I go to pick him up. As he lives over in Sale, I bring along some other doggy friends for him to have a run and play with and usually go to Sale Water Park, and Chorlton Ees at the top of the river brook. Fred has a playful bark in the car, and when out and is just really excited. Fred also likes to go for a little swim. I didn’t take him out today, which is a god job really as the Spring weather was freezing! Not sure he would have liked the chill afterwards!
So all in all a very good week and I look forward to more adventures with them in the coming weeks!