A very big welcome to Sephy, who joined Dogs Buddy on her first walk today! Sephy (full name Persephone) is a lovely Beddlington Terrier full of character. I came to meet her owner’s house and she was very sweet and quiet. I soon found out today though that Sephy is a real terrier under that ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ look 🙂 She loves to play chase, do playful barking and run at the geese and ducks who who were enjoying the sun in Chorlton Water Park . We were out for over an hour and she loved every minute! Plenty more of that on our future walks.
This cheeky little chappie is called Charlie, a very lovely 8 month old Springer Spaniel! He came with us on his first walk today, and had bags of energy as you might expect at his tender age. He is my youngest client so he will definitely keep me on my feet. I discovered that Charlie likes to play in leaves, chase sticks and play with other dogs. He also likes to chase the ball…he just doesn’t like to give it me back! Charlie is also friends with Rosie the labradoodle and Barney and Bella, so he’ll have no problem on days out with the other pooches although I somehow think Rosie may be his age range for continuous play! Watch out for more updates on Charlie’s adventures!
Well, another perfect day for being out and about on walks in the glorious sunshine! We always seem to have a nice few days of this weather in March, in recent years. Makes me so glad I had the conviction (and encouragement from my partner, friends and family) to set up Dogs Buddy. I suppose I won’t be saying this when it turns grey, cold and rainy again so I’d best make the most of it. I woke up with a big smile on my fave looking forward to the day, and a new doggy client which I’ve mentioned about in another post. I picked up the girls Petra and Connie, who gave me a great welcome as always and day by day it’s getting quicker to get them ready so they must be eager to get out. Connie always stands the same height as me when she jumps up to greet me (and sniff out treats from various pockets in my clothes) whilst Petra barks with excitement. Petra is still unsure about getting into the car so I have to gently lift her in. She then howls for a bit of the journey but then for some reason stopped and sat looking out of the windows. Perhaps it’s the soothing tones of Ken Bruce on Radio 2..?!! We went along to Chorlton Water Park where they explored and got excited by other dogs passing by, and also went over to Kenworthy Woods where it was a little quieter. Here are some pics of them on their adventures.
By the afternoon I was on my second visit to Longford Park, after Rocky’s walk, this time with Elsa the Cocker Spaniel. Elsa always loves it there and did her usual thing of exploring, playing, chasing and coming back for a stroke and a little treat! Elsa was also worn out by the end off the hour so my work had been done for the day – happy pooches all round. An even busier day tomorrow so bring it on…
This handsome chappie is Rocky, who joined Dogs Buddy on his first walk today, and loved every minute! I usually see Rocky and his owner in the small local park as he plays with Mickey most mornings. Rocky loves to chase for sticks and explore. We went to Longford Park where he met some other doggy friends and played along with them in the sun. He didn’t want to come back home by the end of his walk but he was certainly worn out from all his excitement.
Elsa joined us for her first walk and we went around Longford Park. Elsa loves to have a good sniff around and enjoy a bit of chasing a ball or a stick. She looked a bit scared of other big dogs that came over to say hello but saw them off with a playful bark. Mickey came along too and enjoyed her company. I think he’s getting used to all this female attention from our other female doggy clients 🙂
Today we took the indefatiguable Cleo (the Jackapoo) to Longford Park for a bit of light exercise in the sun. 90 minutes later our arms were like jelly from throwing the tennis ball so often, but Cleo had hardly broken a sweat! Even Mickey was exhausted!
Dogs Buddy gives a big welcome to cute little Cleo, shown in the picture on the left. Cleo is a lovely little Jack-a-poo and joined us on a couple of walks today, and will be along for more walks and play during this week, and the weekend!
Mickey was also pleased to see her and they played ball together, and must be loving all this female attention. At least Cleo was more his size as his other lady friends do tower over him!
A very big Dogs Buddy Welcome to Daisy, the Border Collie. Daisy had her first walk today in Chorlton Park. Daisy is lovely and was very excited when I arrived. She was running around all over the place wanting me to throw a ball and even sticks. Plenty more of that in the days ahead!
Continuing with the Mersey Valley, we go the furthest end to the other side of Chorton Water Park and recommend Sale Water Park . If you fancied walking the whole scope of Mersey Valley it would take you a good 90-120 mins to cover all of this and you and your dog(s) will be nice and exercised afterwards. You can reach this by either walking along the top of the brook, or by taking a route left from Jackson’s Boat. From the Jackson’s Boat route you can enter the Park by crossing over 5 stepping stones as the Lake narrows off at the end. It can be very muddy after recent rain fall so be careful if you do this route. The Park can also be accessed form the car park near Deckers Restaurant, which can be entered from M60 motorway, junction 6.
The lake isn’t as big as the one in Chorlton Water Park however, you do get a lot of sail boats and water sport activities especialloy in the summer. There are also lots of geese and ducks so if your dog(s) tend to run at them you may be advised to keep them on a lead until you pass by. There is also a shelter to watch a variety of birds in the marshes so don’t fotget your binoculars.
For dog walking, I take a trip to Longford Park, on a regular basis as it is only down the road from where we live.
Longford Park is the largest municipal park in the borough covering approximately 22 hectares. The park is located in the Stretford Area of Trafford.
The park hosts many events during the year, including the annual Stretford Pageant which has been held since 1919. The vision for the future development of the park centres on its role as a diverse leisure facility for both local and community use and those from within the wider catchment area who use the park for both formal and informal recreation. You can enter the park from various entrances and it offers many facilities such as;
- Longford Athletics Stadium. Firswood Community Centre, Trim Trail, Tennnis Courts, Basketball Courts, Bowling Greens, Junior and Senior Play Areas, Longford Hall Gardens and Seating Area, Larry Sullivan Gardens and Seating Area
One of the main attractions here is Pets Corner, the cute little animal sanctuary. Here they have rabbits, geese, ducks and exotic birds, however, dogs are not allowed in this section for obvious reasons so you may want to go in individually if there are more than one of you taking your dog out walking.