This is Halloween

Happy Halloween friends!
Hope you all have your trick or treating outfits sorted and of course your Halloween film of choice! There is disagreement in our household, I love Nightmare before Christmas and the other half votes Hocus Pocus every time!

Toby is looking forward to donning one of his four potential outfits to help answer the door to trick or treaters this evening!

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Other than Toby we are unprepared, the better half still needs to carve his pumpkin and I have a tiny squash to carve 🎃
We also need to decorate the kitchen window in a super spooky manner!
And we need to do a sweetie run!!

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Toby got into the Halloween spirit a few weeks ago when we attended the Dogs Home Spooky Woodland Walk… but I’m a wuss so we didn’t brave going into the woods where the scary folk were hidden!
It’s run every year so if you are looking for a dog friendly Halloween event, keep checking with the dogs home for next years date! There is usually a dog show, a disco and much more!

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I am lucky with Toby that he doesn’t mind being dressed up, so we can get fully into the swing of Halloween, Christmas etc.

He also LOVES the tiny folk so hopefully he’ll have lots of fun answering the door to them this evening!

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Let us know which is your favourite Toby Halloween outfit in the comments 😘

Happy Halloween Folks!! 🎃

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Adventure Equipment!

For our adventure equipment – we are big fans of Ruffwear

So Toby has 4 Ruffwear harnesses
– 2 Webmaster
– 1 Front Range
– 1 Approach Pack (his backpack!)

We also have two leads from Ruffwear (our standard adventure leads)

It’s safe to say we are big fans!

They make the most amazing adventure proof equipment!

So they aren’t cheap, but they are amazing quality and human adventure equipment isn’t cheap so I’d expect no less from dog adventure gear!

Toby’s first Webmaster (Red) has been going strong for 5 ish years now, and has been on countless adventures!

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We only purchased a second Webmaster (Blue) as the colours were updated (and were super pretty) and Toby deserved a treat before he his biggest adventure – doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks!

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I originally purchased a Webmaster to help Toby on our adventures as after his back injury when he was younger I have to be careful what he goes down (nothing too steep) and Webmaster Harnesses have a useful handle on the back, meaning I could lift him easily if I needed to carry him down a steep sections on our adventures.

The Webmaster is also a great harness for escape artist Dogs as they have an extra strap under the belly making them difficult to slip out of!

The Front Range is more of an everyday kind of harness (still adventure proof of course!) it doesn’t have a handle so I tend not to use it on huge adventures.

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The Front Range has the clip section at the front so is a good one for training loose lead walking, with the two clip points! The Front Range comes in the biggest range of colours and is a gorgeous looking harness and as I say really practical too!

And now to our newest and favourite ….
Toby’s Approach Pack.

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This was one of Toby’s birthday presents this year (8th birthday) the reason behind this purchase are as a result of our summer adventure – walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
Toby has never been as fit and lean as he was after all the training we were doing for the Yorkshire Three Peaks, fair enough really as we were walking 18 miles most weekends of the summer.

When he had his checkup at the vets before doing the 25 mile walk they were amazed with the condition he was in, how good his joints and muscles were doing, so I started looking into ways to keeping Toby as trim and fit as he was.

The Approach Pack is a front loaded harness (so no strain to his old injury) and is the same design as the Webmaster, just with the added width of the pockets.
Toby has been wearing a Webmaster for 5 ish years so the style of the backpack is perfect for him and causes him no bother!

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Toby started wearing the pack completely empty to get him used to the extra width and then slowly increased to a tennis ball in each pocket, then 2 in each pocket then empty 33cl water bottles. At the moment he has the water bottles in less than a half full (I don’t recommend walking next to him if you need a wee, you can just hear sloshing water constantly 😂)

I’ve consulted with my vet about all of this and the amount he’d eventually be carrying and they are more than happy with the use of the pack to keep him super fit.

At his last check up they were again amazed at the condition he is in for his age!

We highly recommend Ruffwear Products and if you are looking for doggy adventure equipment I would give their website a look!!

See you all soon!! 🐶🐾

Monday is Toby Therapy Day

On a Monday Toby visits Lostock Lodge a local residential home.
Lostock Lodge is a fairly new home, it opened in January 2017 and provides residential and Dementia care.

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Toby and I have been visiting the home since August this year. Toby is a therapy dog with the Charity Therapy Dogs Nationwide.

Therapy Dogs Nationwide is a fairly new charity and has been run since 2016, it is run entirely by volunteers.
They have two main services, visiting Dogs and Paws and Read.
In order for a dog to become a Therapy Dog they must pass a temperament assessment to make sure they are suitable to visit and it’s something they would enjoy of course!

At the moment Toby and I just visit the local home, hopefully once we have volunteered for a while we may branch out into the Paws and Read programme, which is more aimed at schools (Toby is a BIG fan of tiny human folk so would no doubt love this!!)

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Toby has quite a few fans at the home (naturally) and as we have been visiting for some time now there are some residents who really look forward to seeing Toby each Monday and greet him with a giant fuss 😍 and the odd one who smuggles him shortbread biscuits!

It’s really nice to see the residents build up a relationship with him, he absolutely loves seeing them (to the point that when we do a road walk last thing at night he likes to pull towards the home each time we pass it! 😂)

This is one thing I regret not doing earlier with Toby, he was assessed when he was much younger but wasn’t ready for it as he was too giddy, then sadly my life, Uni and work got in the way and I didn’t get him reassessed for another 6 or so years.

It’s so rewarding for Toby and I and I hope to be visiting for a long while. He definitely brightens up my days so it’s nice to see him have such a positive effect on others too!

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Hope you all had a happy Monday!

See you all soon! X

 

 

 

National Trust Day Out

Today’s day out!

Our National Trust passes have finally arrived and so we went for our first official National Trust day out! (We had a National trust day out last week with my better half – but no passes mean not officially official! 😋)

We decided on Lyme Park 🐾

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So for all you folks that aren’t National Trust members should note that it’s £8.00 per car to park.
However if you are planning on a day full of adventure it’s worth it!

There are lots of walks around the grounds, usually you are given a map of the grounds on entry – which is very helpful, unless you aren’t very good at maps like me! I just tend to wing it and go with the adventure pup where he fancies! 😂
For those of you with woofs the lovely National Trust warden sometimes has a little present for them 🐶

We were there for about 2 hours today, we explored some areas we’ve been previously and found a path we haven’t walked before, which meant we could go round the back of the house and see some of the gardens which we have never done!

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I found out today that the second weekend of each month is “dog day” in the garden (free for National Trust members) so we will definitely try that in the next few months!

Toby made sure he went in as many puddles as possible to make up for the fact he was bathed yesterday before his groom!

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I would highly recommend a walk up to the Cage whilst at Lyme Park, and of course keep your eyes peeled for the deer! We didn’t do either today but that was more as we only had a short trip today, there’s always next time!!

If anyone has any other National Trust recommendations (Dog Friendly of course) please let me know!

That’s all for now!

See you all soon!

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