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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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

Welcome to the gang, Sully!

Sully!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 🙂

The Bridgewater Way from Dane Road to Walton Park

2013-03-29 10.00.54The Bridgewater Way provides a pleasant amble on a sunny day . The towpath has been redeveloped in recent years, and is provides a very accessible path for all abilities of walking. The surface is smooth, and makes a nice alternative to trudging through mud, yet there a plenty of grassy banks for paws to patter along! The reflectons of the surface water on a sunny day.   Yesterday, we joined the towpath from Dane Road, parking on Brindle Avenue near The Bridge Inn. From here we strolled down the towpath, passing the Sale Waterside Arts Centre.

Waling the dog near Sale

Along the towpath, there are occasional information boards detailing some of the industrial history of the canal.

Continuing along the towpath, we saw the private moorings of the Sale Cruising Club on the opposite side (the ‘offside’) of the canal.Walking Bridgewater Canal The canal boats are in varying states of repair, but make a colourful background to the walk. There is a miniature man-powered cable ferry which provides access for members to the off-side: we spotted a dog making a crossing (pictured).

Following the towpath further down past Sale Cemetry, you will arrive at Walton Park. The park has an interesting history: shortly after its opening in 1939, part of the grounds were dug over to make way for vegetable allotments for the “dig for victory” war effort. In a tragic accident on 3 August 1943, at 11:50 pm, a Wellington Bomber on a training exercise crashed into the park, a 2 of its six man crew lost their lives. Its difficult to imagine that the park has such a sad history, as it is now home to verdant lawns and calm flowerbeds.Parks for dogs near Sale

Walton Park is also home to a small but enchanting model railway, where on a Sunday you will see miniature steam trains doing circuits of the park, which small children can ride on. The steam train is maintained by SAMES, and has been running since 1972 (“Sale Area Model Engineering Society).

2013-03-29 10.27.23After a turn around Walton Park, we followed our tracks back through Sale. At this point you can return to the start, or extend the walk to Crossford Bridge Playing Fields, which although less scenic, provides a good spot for a run around and a game of chase for your canine companion!

Our full route is shown here:

our route

A dog walk in Longford Park

For dog walking, I take a trip to Longford Parklongfordentrance2, 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.