Welcome to Hendrix!

2014-01-16 14.01.11I’ve only just realised that I haven’t yet posted a welcome blog for Hendrix, who has been on walks for 3 weeks now. So a big belated welcome to Hendrix!

Hendrix is a 2-year-old Boston Terrier and is such a cutie! Hendrix has been getting used to his new surroundings and has joined us on some walks with his new mate Mickey, who get along just great! Hendrix does like to tease him though. For a small pooch he can certainly jump quite high – when I arrive to take him out he cannot control his excitement and must have springs in his legs the height he reaches when jumping up at me ūüôā

Here are some pics of Hendrix:-

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Walk your dog in Priory Gardens

2013-09-24 13.06.50I’ve been on regular dog walks in Sale, and never really knew of this place until someone i was talking to in Worthington Park suggested it. I’ve driven past it on the motorway and on Dane Road, but never really noticed it.

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Not sure why they call it ‘gardens’ as it’s a just woodland and dirt tracks so maybe it used to be something years ago. There is no link to it on the website so couldn’t do any read ups about it. ¬†I visited Priory Gardens a few weeks ago with Fred and Basil and it’s not bad at all. If you want to walk your dog somewhere quiet and by this I¬†mean not many other dogs or people, then it’s worth a visit. It’s not like a quiet woodland though as you have the sound of the traffic from the motorway and also the metro link line which runs at the side of it. ¬†It does have paths you can take to get to Sale¬†Water Park so if you wanted to pad out your walk then have a walk over the big white bridge, or at the side which runs alongside the metro line.¬†

You won’t get lost as all the paths will take you back to the main car park area. It may be best to take some decent footwear on rainy days, or following any wet days as it can be quite muddy!

You can get to Priory Gardens from Dane Road, or by joining it from the Water Park.

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Hullard Park

Hullard ParkI’ve driven past Hullard Park quite a few times but never really gave it much thought as I imagined it was only small. I went there a couple of times recently and was pleasantly surprised by its size, and by the look of it too as I didn’t expect much from it.

Hullard Park is situated just off Stretford Road, and just on the border of Hulme and Whalley Range. It is looked after very well with lots of floral bed designs in the main area with 2 open spaced fields just outside of the circular bench area. There is also¬†a children’s play area and wildlife meadow. I have attached a link to the website however, it looks like they are updating the site so this may appear soon.

Here are some pictures taken whilst I was walking around and I would definitely recommend a quick visit maybe as a stop off for a quick walk with your pooch…which is just what I did.

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Welcome to Lola, the greyhound!

2013-10-07 13.43.49Lola is an eight year old retired greyhound, and joined us for her first walk today! We went to Longford Park with Mickey, Barney and Bella who are all of similar age and enjoyed each others company. She was very excited when I arrived!

Lola walks very nice and calm but was eyeing up all the squirrels in the park .Thankfully she didn’t go mad to pull for them.

Here are some pics of Lola and as you can see she is a beauty! I’ll look forward to taking her out on more walks and introducing her to new pooch2013-10-07 13.42.12 pals along the way.

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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.

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

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

A nice walk around Stamford Park

I’m a bit late at adding this place to visit as we came here after a family birthday lunch a few weeks ago on a Sunday. We had quite a lot to eat so decided to walk it off in the nearby park, and Stamford Park was highly recommended. This park is based on the borders of Altrincham and Hale, ¬†and if you click on the link for Stamford Park it will give you the map and directions of how to get there. It’s a nice family friendly park which isn’t huge but has plenty to offer including playing fields, ¬†cafe, duck pond, children’s play area, bowling greens, tennis courts, football pitch etc. ¬†Here is a map of the park details where the facilities are:Welcome map

In fact while the kids went for a play in the play area, I went for a stroll around with Mickey, which was pleasant and he enjoying exploring a new area. The duck pond was closed off at the time we went as it is being improved and should be open once Summer is in full flow.

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So if you’re in the area why not call in for a look around especially now the lighter evenings are upon us – enjoy!