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 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…
A big welcome to this little cutie Leo, the Jack Russell who is 1 year old and very lovable!
Leo joined us today on a group walk and he thoroughly enjoyed himself! He went out with the 2 Dexters and Mickey, and he was so excited to have a set of new pooch pals. He’s a fast little runner too for such short legs – Dexter the schnauzer was out-run on some occasions!
Mickey loves him too and he always shows a bit more fondness when he meets his own kind – I was hoping for a little JRT for this reason.
Here are some pics of him in action…
We 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.
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.
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!
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.
Today, I visited Sully who is a lovely and playful chocolate Labrador, who is labr(adorable)! See what I did there 😉
Sully will be joining us for walks next week and his owners say that he loves to play ball and hang around with other pooches. They’ll be no problems arranging this for him!
He also likes to swim and have a paddle so in this nice warm weather we’ve been having recently, we’ll have to take him somewhere that has a lake or river. I was told he also likes carrots so there should be no worries about him missing the ball with his good eyesight.
Welcome to the team Sully and we’ll look forward to taking you out soon 🙂