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 good looking lad joined us for walks last week, and he eased into group walks and meeting new friends! Doodle is an 8 year old Collie/Lab cross and is very fast for his age. He loves to chase ball and can go at some speed. He was very competitive with his new Friend Tilly, who is also fast but had to put in a bit more work to keep up with Doodle 🙂
His owner said he would be fine off-lead and has good recall so I tried this on our first day and he didn’t disappoint. He’s a big lad and can take up quite a bit of space in the car but the good thing is he sits there nice and calm and enjoys looking out of the window on our way to the park.
Doodle has a great temperament and I’m sure he’ll get along with all his new pals over the coming weeks. Here are some pics of him showing off his glossy black and white coat and big smile!
Location: Princess Parkway, Chorlton, Manchester, M20 1HP
I haven’t posted a blog for any places to visit with your dog, for a while so apologies for this. I have a few places in mind that I’ve been to, so I will endevour to add these on in due course.
One place that I have been to on a few occasions, is Hough End Playing Fields which is situated on Mauldeth Road/Princess Parkway. I wasn’t too sure whether to add this as I thought it was strictly for Football playing only, however, they do have dog control order signs with dog bins around it, so I guess it is ok to go there. I didn’t want to get myself in trouble with the Council for advertising this unless dogs are allowed. It’s one of those places I know is nearby yet somehow when I’m thinking of places to go, or where to take Mickey for an hour or so, I forget about it. It’s only since Hendrix moved nearby that I go there frequently now.
As the title suggests, it is a football pitch and a huge one at that. It will be busy at the weekend especially on a Sunday Morning, when most teams seem to play so if you’re looking for a quiet walk with space, I would suggest mid-week, or a weekend afternoon. There’s plenty of open space for your dog to have a run around although I would suggest keeping in the middle if your pooch tends to wander off especially as the Princess Parkway traffic is 40mph!
At the side of the fields is Hough End Clough which is located on the Mauldeth Road side. It’s not very big but nice enough to have a little amble along the stream path. There are Police Quarters nearby so try not to be alarmed by the police dogs that may bark from inside!
As for parking, it isn’t he best however, there is the main entrance which leads into the grounds on Mauldeth Road which is open most of the time. For access around the other sides I would suggest finding a parking spot on the outside.
If you live in Chorlton or Didsbury, you’re most probably aware of this field, but for those wanting a change of scenery then it’s worth a look!
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…
I’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 🙂
Here are some pics of Hendrix:-
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…
I’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.
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:-
The address is
Turn Moss Rd, Stretford, Greater Manchester M32 8Q
Well 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…
Dogs Buddy would like to welcome Dexter to the gang! Dexter is a black miniature labradoodle, and him and his owner yesterday to discuss walks. Dexter is very cute and could smell the treats on me when I arrived and that was that we became instant friends.
I was told that Dexter is a very sociable doggy and loves to explore around the parks, and can’t wait to get out with some new pooch pals! We’ll be doing plenty of that when he begins his first walk tomorrow, and he’ll be meeting up with some of our canine clients.
We went for a short walk as part of his initial meeting arrangement, and he walked by my side on his lead with no problems at all.
Look out for some pics of his adventures soon.