The new dogs-buddy mobile on the road soon…

2013-09-03 15.49.55If Batman has his bat mobile then Dogman (as I’ve been referred to when collecting our lovely pooches) can have his!

Although it won’t have super gadgets, the new mobile has been undergoing some changes to make the journey for your pooches even more enjoyable! It will be fitted with a padded waterproof flooring, and large cages with a comfortable surface which will have water bowls attached for a drink after a good run and play in the park.  It is a smooth drive so will be picking all your hounds up in due course.  Here are some sneaky pics of the mobile…

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Victoria Park, Stretford

2013-08-03 12.02.44We discovered this little gem of a park last weekend, and I can’t believe I haven’t been here before! It’s one of the nicest and cleanest parks I’ve been too. If you’re familiar with Stretford when driving through it’s situated at the back of the houses not too far from the Arndale Shopping Centre.

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Victoria Park, Stretford was opened on the 15th November 1902 which is the date showing on the plaque by the magnificent gates leading into the park from the corner of Victoria Road and School Road. These gates were presented to the park to celebrate the reign of Queen Victoria and it must have been a grand unveiling and opening in Stretford.

The park itself was built to replace ‘The Rec’ which was a football pitch sized area of land on the site of Henshaw Street (very close to Victoria Park’s situation today). ‘The Rec’ came into being around 1890 and had separate playgrounds for boys and girls. We know that the coronation celebrations for Edward VII were held on ‘The Rec’ on the 26th June 1902 and so presume that Victoria Park must not have been open at this time.

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We started off in the garden of tranquility, and admired the perfect floral designs. If you have lively dogs it may be worth keeping them close so they don’t run too mad of the flower beds! This is a long stretch of flower designs and there are more situated all around the park.  This takes you up to the sun-dial and took a few photos there. A bit further up are 3 tennis courts which were busy being in the peak summer time on a Saturday afternoon. Other attractions in the park are a football pitch, Bowling green, Wild flower gardens, roller hockey pitch,  over 5’s play area, under 5’s play area, and a basketball court!

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They even provide pop bags which are funded by the Friends of Victoria Park charity which is something I’ve not seen in a park before so there’s no excuses!

I highly recommend giving Victoria Park a visit if you fancy a trip somewhere different.

Professional pictures of beautiful Boris!

IMG_1183When I collected Boris for his walk yesterday, his owner showed me some pics he had taken during their walk in the week. There were lots of really nice pics of the good-looking lad and he just loves to have his picture taken!

I asked if he would be kind enough to send them to me so I could share them with you good people. When I take pics of the pooches on our walks it’s from my phone camera, however, these were taken from his professional looking large lens camera with lots of functions to allow great pics from various angles.

There were lots more pics taken and these were just a few he has shared with me. If you would like some professional looking pics taken of your pooch or of anything else you may want, then please let me know and I shall put you in touch with Boris’ owner.

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Welcome to Tilly!

Tilly!We had a new member to the gang today – Tilly!

Tilly is a 3-year-old golden Labrador, who joined us on her first walk today. I met with Tilly’s owners yesterday, and had a good chat about her and we decided to start the walks from today.

I took her to Longford Park with Mickey, and she had a good time mooching, sniffing and enjoying the sights! To begin with she will be on her lead so we can build on her trust and recall, and we’ll introduce her to new pooch pals very soon.

Here are some pics from today, and there will be more over the next few weeks.

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Hello to Kia for a few days

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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.

Here are some pics of her in action…

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Welcome to (little) Rosie!

2013-06-19 12.37.13We have another Rosie who joined the gang today! We’ll have to call them Little Rosie, and Big Rosie to avoid confusion, although they were confused today when I was calling Rosie and the one nearest to me was looking up as if to say “I’m here”

Little Rosie is a lovely 7 month old Cock-a-poo who came out with Cleo and Big Rosie. She had lots of fun chasing, playing and enjoying the sun! She was very well-behaved and I can see she’ll have plenty more fun in the weeks ahead. Here are some pics..2013-06-19 11.36.33Big Rosie & Little Rosie2013-06-19 11.46.15

Chorlton Ees – Ivy Green route

chorlton-ees-path-ecotherapy sessions manchester wales cheshire lancashire derbyshire england united kingdomI’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. ivy green

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!

Didsbury Park

downloadWe were going for a drive out to Fletcher Moss Park, on Sunday, and decided to give Didsbury Park a look in.

If you’re local to the area of Didsbury then you’ll have been here however, if you fancy a stop off on the way through or if you’re visiting Fletcher Moss then why not give it a go.

It’s not massive but it is a fairly decent size for a leisurely walk with the dog and/or the kids. It has a children’s play area, bowling green, bird garden and football pitch although this is mainly used by the school.

Here is a map and location of where the park is:-

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Welcome to the fun, Boris!

2013-05-20 14.05.25A big welcome along to the gang for Bouncing Boris, who is a cute silky brown Cocker Spaniel!

I met Boris and his owner a few weeks back prior to their move over to Sale, which happened over the weekend. Boris joined us for his first walk today, and despite all the stress with moving and new surroundings he hit the ground running and bouncing about!

He was very cagey when I first met him which I was told he is like with most new people he meets. No worries on that score though after a couple of treats and a run around Wythenshawe Park with Mickey, Monty and Smokey, I was his new best friend.

Boris will get to meet more new pooch pals and explore new areas over the next few weeks so look out for pics of him soon.

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Turn Moss Playing Fields

I’ve not done a write-up for a while so here’s a local one to Chorlton, which is a favourite spot for dog walkers. Turn Moss Playing Fields which is just over the road from Longford Park, is a very big field which is handy for playing ball with your pooches as you’ll mostly likely see when you pay a visit there. It is there for football games and will be quite busy on weekend mornings, or when there are organised football games on.

It is actually part of Chorlton Ees Nature Reserve (which I’ll cover very soon) and if you’re out walking your dog through the paths of the Ees you’ll find your dog will be excited to run onto this being a large field for them to let off some steam and have a good run! If you just wanted to walk around all of the field this could take about 40 minutes or so and you could definitely fill an hour of playing chase the ball if you wanted to give your dog some good exercise, or just a good mooch and sniff around.

I was there on Saturday on taking Millie and Henry out and here is a couple of pics:-

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The address is

Turn Moss Rd, Stretford, Greater Manchester M32 8Q