If you go down to the Woods today 🌲🌲

We didn’t do a blog last week as we didn’t have the best week (stresses of adult life sadly) and we didn’t really get out for much of an adventure – I got up early doors last Saturday to take Toby for a mini adventure to Alderley Edge for him to have some one on one time.

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He had a whale of a time and it was a good start to the weekend!

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We didn’t get up to much else other than a late evening walk with both boys and a trip to the pet shop to stock up on goodies and to weigh the boys;
Toby is 8.7kg
Amos the tank is 18.4kg 😂😍
We had another less than exciting week (again adult life saga getting in the way of fun time adventures!) we got a few little adventures in but the weather has also not helped us getting out for adventures as it has just been too blinking hot for the boys!
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They’ve had lots of pool time in the garden and have been enjoying early morning walks and late night strolls to avoid the heat as much as possible.
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We ventured to Spud Wood on Wednesday evening for a little adventure which was lovely and somewhere different for the boys to explore! It was a really peaceful walk too which me and the boys really enjoyed!
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We woke up to rain on Friday morning which was bliss! The boys had a delightful morning sniffari on Friday enjoying all the fresh smells in the wet grass 😍
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This weekend I wanted to make sure the boys got to go to somewhere fun – so we headed to Llandegla Forrest.
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I knew Llandegla would be a challenge for Amos as he gets confused by the noises that bikes make – but from memory the bike and walkers paths don’t cross all that often!
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Amos struggled a little to begin with as every time he heard a bike he woofed, he’s making progress though as once it had gone past us he stopped woofing and carried on sniffing 😍
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Towards the end of the walk he was doing a throaty noise rather than full on barking so he’s improving constantly!
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It’s a slow old slog with Amos, he has some great days and some terrible days and sometimes things that he’s been fine with (noises wise) can completely freak him the next day!
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It’s all a learning curve – but no one can say he is having a boring life – he’s getting to adventure and explore with his pal Toby and is enjoying all the new experiences!
Hopefully this week will be better all around (for adventures and the pain in the bum adulting I need to do)
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Hope you have all had a much more fun filled few weeks!
Thanks for reading!
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Cheshire Heat wave = mini adventures! 🐾

This week has been sprinkled with mini adventures due to the heat!

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 The boys also have the paddling pool in the garden have been spending most of their days this week rotating between napping, paddling, sun bathing and repeating!
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 We’ve seen all the posts being shared on social media about not walking dogs in this weather – and to some extent I agree – obviously I wouldn’t walk them in the middle if the day or when the temperature is too high, but both of the boys (and me) would go completely stir crazy if walks were completely stopped.
At the end of the day you know your dog best and as long as they are happy and comfortable that’s all that matters!
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We’ve been doing more indoor enrichment to keep their minds busy and making sure they get a semi interesting walk in the evening!
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On Tuesday evening we went for a late night adventure to Teggs Nose Country Park, which was lovely and peaceful and we got to see the sunset which was beautiful!
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 That’s been the first uneven terrain we have walked Amos on since his op and he did amazingly well!
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It made for some beautiful pictures whilst we were out to!
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 Wednesday we had a late night lake trip which was cut slightly short as we found a stray dog so had to try and re-unite him with his owners – we did after about half an hour or find out who he belonged to – he’d managed to escape the garden!
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Thursday evening is training night for Amos so Toby has a peaceful evening at home and a solo walk when I got back.
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Friday evening after a hectic day in work I took the boys for a late night climb up the Cloud in Congleton, this is more rocky underfoot and there are lots of big  jumps that Amos needed to navigate, as usual he used Toby to work out his surroundings and followed in Toby’s mountain goat footsteps!
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The trip up the cloud also meant Amos bagged his first trig point photo (he has been walked at the cloud before but never made it to the top as he wasn’t able to walk that far)
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 We also got some more beautiful sunset photos! (It’s been the week for them!!) the only slight problem which I had not considered was the descent from the top of the cloud takes you through a woodland – which was pitch black by the time we were walking down! So we quickened the pace down back to the safety of the car!!
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 We’ve had a very relaxed Saturday, a trip to the pet shop to stock up on treats and frozen goodies to help the boys through the hot spells and to get some new stuff for them to try!
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Our Saturday evening has ended with the boys tucking into the bones we picked up from Ginger and Browns – Amos has taken his out into the garden and Toby is sat on a towel in the living room eating his delicious frozen beef bone 😂
Billy and I have finally had our date night to celebrate our third anniversary – we went out for a meal whilst the boys napped 😍
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We hope you’ve had a good week and you or the pups aren’t suffering too much with the heat!
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#10Mountains10Months Part 6 🏔⛰

Today we tackled our sixth mountain – which was Cadair Idris in Wales.

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We set off early doors this morning to avoid the heat as much as we could so we left at 7:00am and arrived at Cadair at 9 ish!
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We got so lucky with the weather – it was a really clear day so the views were amazing! I’d read that even on good days there can usually be cloud at the top so we were very fortunate!
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It was a warm one but there were a few sections that were breezy and a few small streams along the way for Toby to paddle in!
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There was a few mini waterfalls along the route also which Toby really enjoyed paddling in!
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We did some research on the different routes as there are four main routes up Cadair Idris, we opted for the Pony Path so parked in the Ty Nant car park (£5 for the full day parking) the route was fairly easy to follow, not signposted as such but fairly easy to find our way.
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The route we were supposed to be following was meant to be 6 miles, but both my fitness tracker and Toby’s PitPat have clocked 9 miles (Toby did 9.7) as he was off lead for a few little sections so I’m not sure if we detoured off at some point or went a long way round … but hey hum!
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We walked for a total of 5 and a quarter hours today, we didn’t really rush – as always we stopped for plenty of photos and had a nice sit down in the sun for the food stop!
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It was a tough walk – more because it was warm then anything else, but there were a few sections that were harder underfoot, with lots of loose rock and scree, which was difficult to negotiate as Sophie has a problem with one knee and I am having problems with one of my feet (Plantar fasciitis 😫) which made walking on the loose and jagged rocks a smidge painful – but it’s for two amazing causes so whatever little niggles or pains we have aren’t as important as why we are doing this challenge!
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Toby managed admirably as always – he is a little mountain goat after all, the last section to get up to the trig point was a scramble (which I love!) and Toby was a complete trooper! I had to help him down a few of the steeper scramble sections on the descent but he was more than happy to have a lift 🙈
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We hadn’t necessarily timed this walk so well as there was a Welsh Three Peaks Walk going on whilst we were walking – which meant less people were inclined to stop and talk to us, either because they assumed we were with the other challenge walkers or because they were on the challenge and rushing as they still had another mountain to go!
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We did manage to speak to a few people who stopped us to ask a few questions – Toby’s backpack is always a great conversation starter – today he was wearing his “let’s talk prevention” labels.
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The couple we spoke to had personal experience of mental health problems in their family so were interested to hear about the work of Papyrus and CALM they were very complementary about what we were doing which gave us a nice morale boost before the scramble to the top!
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We’ve thoroughly enjoyed today’s walk and it is one I would definitely do again – I’d be interested to see it in more moody weather some time!
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Once again thanks for reading and thank you for the support for our challenge to raise awareness for mental health and the prevention of young suicide.
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We hope you have had a great Saturday! ❤️🐾

DogFest #teamnorth

This weekend we have been at Dogfest with the dogs home!

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We’ve done lots of fundraising mixed with plenty of exploring around the stalls and dogwalk! Toby modelled the beds on the stand perfectly 😂
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It has just been me and Toby this weekend as Dogfest would have been far too much for Amos, too noisy and too many other dogs milling around!
We made sure to go and visit Toby’s pals at @PitPatPet and have a little posing session in their VIP area!
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Toby’s PitPat is still going strong after all his rolling around like a weirdo on basically any type of floor (he’s thrown himself and his PitPat round on concrete many many many times!!)
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We also LOVE the feature that allows you to see the distance now on the app – it’s mad to see the difference between the boys on some days! 🧡
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One of our favourite parts of Dogfest is always the Haybale race (Toby is a pro!) usually the Dogs home run the Haybale race but this year we didn’t get the chance to – we still went to have a go as Toby loves it!
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I think his fastest time on the haybales was either 5 or 6 seconds! Not bad for a little old man 😉
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He also had a go at Temptation Alley which was being run by the dogs home – Toby is also very good at this and doesn’t give in to any of the temptation! He did his temptation alley run in 2.13 seconds 😂
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We stopped by the Guru stand and Toby decided to become an honorary geekster! He’s got some new fishy treats to try, a cold pressed bone which we brought home for Amos and some Venison Sausage to share with Amos this week 😍
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We also got a super cute caricature of the boys which is beyond cute! We think we’re gonna frame it to put up 😍
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We stopped by the body shop stand and signed their petition to stop animal testing in cosmetics – Toby got a new bandana and managed a photo with bunny ears whilst we were there ❤️
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The weather wasn’t great this year – it was much better than it being baking hot and the Dogs suffering like thy did last year but bearing in mind it’s June I had a jumper on most of the two days and Toby had to rock his equafleece for
part of the day that was particularly drafty!
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We also got to speak to Chris Packham today – who was absolutely lovely! He even had a little photo taken with Toby ❤️
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We’ve had a great couple of days – Toby’s really enjoyed himself he’s completely pooped now and is having a well deserved nap!
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This weekend is always a busy one as Dogfest always falls on / near mine and Billy’s anniversary and Billy’s birthday!
It’s also been extra busy as Amos has had his stitches out today – which means no more Hearts for eyes! 👍🏼
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Hopefully you’ve all had a good weekend!
We’re resting up now ready for two days at the Cheshire Show this week! 🧡💚

Operations and Adventures 🤕🐾

This week has been another slightly stressful one at Wonderdog HQ.

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This week was the week Amos was due to have his operation, we have known he was having a double enucleation since before we fostered him as the eye specialist he saw as a pup advised that as both his retinas were detached and his eyes were not fully formed he had never and would never be able to see. The specialist also went on to advise that his eyes would cause pressure which would leave Amos feeling pain and discomfort.
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Although we knew he would be having it done we were still understandably nervous about the surgery and worried about the little guy.
He went for his operation on Wednesday morning and we collected him Wednesday early evening – he was a perfect patient we were told! 🧡
Toby was on hand on Wednesday evening as caring “big” brother and sat with Amos most of the evening 😍
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We have decided to not share pictures of Amos’ wounds as we don’t want to upset people / gross people out.
(We have edited the pictures that he is face on & used little orange hearts to cover the wounds – like I say it isn’t pleasant at the moment)
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Amos is doing well following his surgery – he isn’t a big fan of the cone of shame but let’s face it – who is?! He gets time without the cone of course – but as the wounds and stitches are on his head we need to
make sure he doesn’t interfere with them.
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Toby is also being incredibly brave as he is petrified of Amos’ cone (it’s very big) but he wants to comfort him so is trying his hardest to be brave when Amos has his cone on 😍
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Amos is also the perfect patient when it comes to taking his meds – literally no need to hide the pills just pass them to him and he eats them (what dog does that?!?!?) he’s such a foodie – even pills are food to him🙈
As Amos is still recovering from his op I took Toby for a solo mini adventure this afternoon 😍
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We decided to visit Loggerheads – as there is a bit of a climb but also plenty of water for Toby to have a paddle!
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The last time we visited Loggerheads it was covered in snow – so it was a nice change to go when the sun was shining!
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Toby had a whale of a time at Loggerheads – he loves it there as he can be off lead for the majority of the walk and he gets to paddle, climb and pee up things to his hearts content!
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We didn’t really follow a route as such – it’s a park we’ve been to lots of times so we just headed to our favourite spots for a play / paddle!
It was lovely to get some one on one time with Toby as since Amos had his op we haven’t had much chance to exercise them separately (trying to keep a close eye on Amos and his wounds) so today was well deserved for Toby.
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That being said we are excited for Amos to be able to join us on adventures again once he’s healed!
Toby is as always being completely incredible with Amos and continues to surprise and amaze me with how caring he is 😍
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Amos amazes me completely – he seems so much happier (except for the cone) since his op and has bounced back so quickly – we are making sure we don’t let him over do it with walks, time in the garden or playing with Toby to try and make sure he heals as well and quickly as possible.
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We hope you’ve had a good Saturday and have something fun planned for Sunday! 💚🧡

Thank the Woofs it’s the Weekend 🐾🐶

We have had a stressful week here at Wonderdog HQ so are super grateful the weekend has arrived!

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Last Saturday the beloved adventure-mobile took us on our last adventure.
She’s been in the family for 16 years and has done us proud racking up a whopping 134,500 miles of adventuring but alas she is unwell and we’ve been advised she’s not going to have a miraculous recovery 😔
I’m in the process of looking and researching for a new suitable adventure-mobile but she’ll be a hard act to follow! 😔
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So although this has been a four day week – a four day week without my own car has dragged! I am of course very grateful to all the lovely folk who have given me lifts this week (mainly my better half and the utter babe that is Billy ❤️)
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Last night we made the best of having no vehicle and went for a wander to the local field – sadly it has now been turned into a crop field and the clear path across has disappeared!!
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We did some “wait” practice on the park and carried on our walk working on concentrating around distractions 🐾
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Saturday I have been allowed to borrow Billy’s car which meant we were able to have a mini adventure, I was dropping Billy at work (returning the favour) so decided that we’d go to the Forrest super early – we dropped Billy off at 7:00am so were walking in the Forrest from about 8:00ish!
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It was Amos’ first time in the Forrest and he had a blast!
Baring in mind it was somewhere he had never been before he can usually be quite stressy but he did so well! He barked at a few things that startled him – but we can’t blame him for that!
He managed however to not get himself into a frenzy about the things that startled him!
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We did the walk around the Forrest starting at Barnsbridge and up to the Old Pale – we came across cows, other dog walkers, cyclists, runners and even some horses!
Amos and Toby were both good as gold and did me proud!
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I’ve spent the rest of the afternoon (partly because I’m not overly confident in Billy’s car so didn’t want to venture too far) doing some cooking and cleaning whilst the boys napped – we’ve been home a good 5 hours and neither of them seem to want to move 😂
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I’ll tempt them back out to the park later with bribes 🙈
We aren’t sure what adventures next weekend will bring – partly due to the adventure-mobile status and also as Amos as having his eye op this week, so we’ll gauge how he is before we decide what’s on the agenda next week.
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Hope you’ve all had a good week and enjoy your weekend! ❤️

Freedom weekend! 🐾❤️

Today we decided to Hire a secure field so that Amos and Toby could have some freedom.

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More so for Amos as he is always on lead unless in our garden. As he is a foster dog he is not allowed off lead as that is a term of the foster agreement, also for Amos going off lead would be even more scary as he is still very nervous of new noises and situations.
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This was Amos’ first real experience being off lead as if we go somewhere that isn’t busy etc. He does get more freedom but is on his training line so still can’t properly mooch or play as much as he may like to.
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We booked a field at Fido’s Fields and were fairly impressed – it was £6 per hour for the field (we had two slots booked) and it was plenty big enough for the boys to have a good old run around!
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The track to get to the fields is rather bumpy – I wouldn’t recommend driving down the track if you need a wee 🙈
We will definitely be taking the boys back soon for another session!!
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Amos loved the freedom he mooched around had a good old sniff played with Toby, posed for photos and we practised some training.
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He also found some bird (a big bird!!) poop and decided to roll around in that for a while …. but it was his first off lead experience and what does a bit of poop matter between friends? 😂
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It was really nice for Toby too – as most walks at the moment (unless it’s a Toby time walk just me and him) he isn’t getting to go off lead as much, as we are focussing on Amos’ training and making sure he’s well managed (reducing the amount of woofing at people and noises) which make it harder to have eyes on Toby, he does of course still get his off lead time but isn’t as relaxing as it was pre Amos!
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Hiring the field meant there would be no people or dogs to have to worry about so they both had compete free reign to do as they pleased!
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Amos joined in on Toby’s game of frisbee as best he could and had a whale of a time chasing Toby and trying to convince Toby to play with him!
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We did a little bit of training practice whilst we were there – but I mostly just wanted the boys to mooch and play and have some freedom so nothing too taxing for them!
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They are both completely zonked now – the wrestling and chasing and sniffing must all have been too much for them, I’ve never had such a peaceful afternoon!
I don’t feel like I’ve walked much today – but it makes a nice change from last weeks mammoth walk!
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Normal service will resume next weekend and Toby and I will no doubt be out for a larger adventure followed by a mini adventure with Amos!
We hope you’ve had a good Saturday!! ❤️

#10mountains10months Part Five 🏕⛰

This weekend we were half way through our 2018 challenge!

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This weekend’s walk also fell in line with Mental Health Awareness Week – which gave up an extra conversation starter whilst we were out and about!

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For Part five we walked Crinkle Crag in the Lake District.

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We had decided a few weeks ago that we would camp the night before the walk this time, it was Toby’s first camping trip which I was very excited about – and as he is such an prepared adventure pup we made sure he had all the right camping gear, including his own sleeping bag 😍

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We camped at Great Langdale Campsite – which is a National Trust Campsite and was reasonably priced and really really beautiful.

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The drive to the Lake District on Friday night wasn’t the best as the traffic on the Motorway was horrendous – it should have taken us 2 hours to get there are it took us over 3, Toby travels really well in the car so it wasn’t too much of a problem for him – just very very boring!

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Toby took to camping life quickly and loved lazing around in his sleeping bag on the picnic blanket whilst us walkers had some food to fuel us for the tough walk ahead!

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Sleeping in the tent was a smidge confusing for Toby I think – he was very confused about being inside but outside – as soon as he saw his sleeping bad on the Air Bed however he was a happy bunny and snuggled down for the (surprisingly chilly) night.

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The following morning in true camping style Toby and I were woken at 5:20am by daylight and a bird making weird noises. It was really chilly still so we stayed snuggled up in our sleeping bags for a while before deciding to get up and get ready for the day ahead!

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This walk we also had some other people join us – some of Sophie’s friends came along to camp and walk – and be our tour guide for our walk in the Lakes!

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The walk itself was beautiful but so tough! There were lots of loose rocks to negotiate and difficult sections of path to navigate.

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It was also boiling hot – there was no breeze for quite a while and I was concerned about Toby getting too warm – I took his backpack off for some of the climb to try and make sure he wasn’t too hot.

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As I have mentioned in Part 4 – it is getting warmer and the walks are getting more tough for Toby – he is still managing them perfectly well and his health and well-being is top priority so we make sure that we have regular stops so he can get a drink, he has his cooling mat for when we stop for lunch or snacks.

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We make sure we find him areas of water to have a paddle in along the route. I also make sure on warmer walks to take some puppy milk to encourage him to re-hydrate himself and drink more along the route.

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There were a few sections on Crinkle Crag that Toby couldn’t manage as the rocks were loose, pointy and spaced far apart and his little legs just couldn’t make the jumps so he got lifted up a few sections and also lifted down a few steep sections on the descent.

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The walk was just shy of 14 miles in total and was completely stunning but tough to do – especially in the heat, thankfully the higher up we got there was more of a breeze!

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There was one section that was a sheer rock face pretty much – thankfully as there was so many of us we were able to climb down and then pass Toby (Thank goodness his back pack has a handle) from one person to another and down to another before I then climbed down – I was the last one to go down so had plenty of people to help guide my feet to make sure I didn’t fall!

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We were out for about 6 and a half hours in total – obviously that incorporated lots of water stops for us and for Toby and plenty of opportunity to paddle and dunk his feet in the tarns along the way.

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We managed to talk to few people along the route about what we were doing and why we were doing it – which is our main goal for this challenge, to raise as much awareness as we can for PAPYRUS and CALM.

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This was also Toby’s first challenge with his new custom made labels “PREVENTION PAWTROL” which are also a great conversation starter with other walkers!

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He has a few others also which he will be wearing throughout the next challenges. So keep your eyes peeled for photos of those too!

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We are amazed at how quick the last five months and the first half of #10mountains10months has gone and are looking forward to completing the second half of the challenge!

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Thank you to everyone for all of the support and positive comments about our challenge to raise awareness for these two amazing charities.

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Thanks for reading and we hope you had an amazing weekend!

Starting the weekend on a high! 🏆

This weekend we are celebrating the triumph of the week!

(The weekend hiccups don’t change that!!)
After eight weeks of puppy training on Thursday evening Amos graduated puppy class!
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He has been amazing throughout the training and has completely blown through any concerns I had completing training courses with a blind dog!
Certain elements of the training we had to amend slightly to suit him but he just got on with it!
It’s been a massive joint effort – Billy and I, and even Toby have worked our socks off – and so it will continue!
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He’s got a couple of weeks off now before he starts on his Bronze Kennel club training!
This morning I decided to take them both to Moel Famau for a little jaunt – boy was that a mistake!
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I left early thinking it wouldn’t be too busy but it was 😫
I took the less well trodden path (thankfully I had never been aiming to get to the top today – as I don’t want to push Amos to walk too far too fast) and joined the main path for a short stretch.
It was heaving – which means Amos gets very (very) vocal – he doesn’t really understand the footsteps and the voices he can hear.
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This is usually the case until he has been somewhere a few times as once he is familiar with a place he is less likely to be confused by the noises.
Where we walk him locally he can easily be distracted so he doesn’t react to noises etc. And he is more inclined to focus on us instead of the distractions. It is more difficult in new places, but we want him to experience as much as possible and although loud he is manageable (just about – for a weakling like me)
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We still managed to have a fairly nice walk – I have one arm longer than the other now, I’m pretty certain a staffy head shaped bruise on my leg and extremely muddy pants but what can you do?! 😂
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We stopped off at Ginger and Browns on the way home to stock up on goodies for the boys – this week we gave the camel hide a miss (it STINKS!) and went for beef hearts and a few other bits instead!
I’ve spent the afternoon listening to the boys eat some of their weird chews whilst I did a spot of DIY 🙈
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I’m very impressed with what I made! It’s meant as a children’s storage space but I thought it’d be perfect for the boys!
After some synchronised chewing – Amos stole Toby’s bed and proceeded to fall out of it – it’s a small bed on a small raised bed – he was half on and half off 🙈😂
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Toby (wisely might I add) chose the comfort of chewing on the sofa 😂
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Amos spent most of the afternoon/evening napping so me and Toby snuck out for solo walk!
We went to Anderton for a little potter around and to let Toby have some off lead time as he didn’t get any this morning (sheep and so I could keep an eye on him as well as Amos)
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He had a whale of a time as always when he gets to have a sniff party and amble around at whatever pace suits him!
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We hope you’ve all had a good Saturday!
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Bank Holiday Adventure 🐾

We decided to get up and out early this morning as we had read the weather was supposed to be really good so wanted to make sure the boys had been for a decent walk before the heat of the day and also to avoid people as they are still quite stressful / distracting for Amos when he is out and about.

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Today was Amos’ first official climb – we took him to the roaches to see how he managed with the terrain and climbing and clambering over rocks etc.
With a little help from Toby, he was incredible! He has always body bumped
Toby to work out where he is so today Toby had to make sure he stayed on the right side to keep Amos following on the path!
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Amos took it all in his stride slowed down so he could fathom what was in front of him and went with it! Nibbled Toby as usual and played the “I want to follow you to nibble your tail” game which Toby tolerates admirably (usually because he knows he can’t reach him in time)
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One of the reasons we fostered Amos was because I wanted him to have a chance to have adventure! I feel like a lot of people would let the fact he’s blind stop him from being an adventure pup – but I can honestly say he loves it and he adapts so well and deserves the chance to explore and experience new things!
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Toby wasn’t as thrilled to have the big goofball join us on this mornings adventure – especially as Amos likes to nibble his face when they walk (extra points if you notice the photos where Amos has been “grooming” Toby prior to the photo!) however Toby is super tolerant of him and really makes me proud at how he looks out for him 😍
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We had decided we would try to make it to Docksey Pool today depending on how Amos managed the terrain.
I didn’t want to try and get to the trig point with him as he is still growing and I don’t want him to over do it especially as this was a new place for him with lots of new smells and new obstacles to deal with.
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As Amos did so well with the new terrain we managed to get to Docksey Pool so the boys got to have a little paddle and play in the water before we turned back to rejoin the other path to the car.
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That was where it got tricky – Amos is very confident on the up and the climb, he’s not as confident with the coming down aspect of exploring.
I let him take his time and coaxed him, Toby would trundle ahead and then double back to Amos to try and guide him down. There was one section I had to carry him down a few steps which now he’s such a beast was hard going! But we didn’t tumble into a ravine so that’s always a bonus! 😂
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The two boys have spent the rest of the day napping whilst I have been doing odd jobs, I’m doing some baking this evening (human) so no doubt I will have an avid audience for that.
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We’ll head to the park much later when it’s cooled down for another little explore!
P.S we hope you all made the most of Star Wars Day Yesterday 🤓
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