Feeling hot, hot, hot!

2013-05-07 14.54.55Well after a nice Bank holiday break, it was back with a bang today, with lots of dogs to walk – 12 in total! Tuesday is usually a busy day anyway, so I’m usually prepared but the weather was gloriously hot today the pooches were all hot and bothered in and out of the car! Good job I took plenty of water with me!

I was out the door this morning by 8.15 and back home just after 5pm and in that period I covered Fallowfield, Hulme, Chorlton, Stretford, Old Trafford, Sale, and Northenden in picking the dogs up, and 4 parks – Platt Fields Park, Birchfields Park, Longford Park, and Chorlton Ees. I was definitely in need of a brew (and cold drink) and a good shower after all that. The pooches all had a good time and the difference of when they all get in the car, to when they are all travelling back is noticeable – happy and excited on the way, and flaked out on the way back 🙂  Job well done I’d say!

Here are some highlights…

Maddie and ArthurPetra and Connie enjoying the sunRosie and SullySmokey, Mickey, Lester and Fred

Fun in the Sun!

Connie ans Petra enjoying the sunWell, 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 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. Connie enjoying the River Mersey ViewPetra having a little break

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…Mickey and Elsa 20130305_143940

Welcome along to the fun, Rocky!

Welcome Rocky!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.  Mickey and Rocky

A big welcome to Elsa!

Hello to ElsaA big welcome to Elsa, the lovely black cocker spaniel! Elsa!

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 🙂

Mickey and Elsa

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.