Norfolk by the Sea – Part 2 🏖🛶

So we left the last post just before we headed out to for dinner at the Nelson Head in Horsey.

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This was Amos’ first pub trip so we were well prepared with an array of goodies to distract and entertain him!
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Toby had obviously had a serious word with him about how much fun being a “pub-dog” can be as they were both amazing!
We had a beautiful meal (I was too full for pudding which makes me very sad) but the staff were so lovely and very accommodating to my weird requests to make a veggie meal I’ll enjoy!
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We had a lovely evening and got to chat some more to the lovely Vicki and Dean all about Norfolk by the Sea, dogs and holidays!
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Thursday 26th April
Toby and I had an early morning beach trip and left Billy and Amos to sleep in.
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It was beautiful weather – the best weather we’ve had for our stay here so Toby and I made the most of the sunshine playing on the beach for a good hour or more before heading back to the house to get Billy and Amos up!
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 The beaches are beyond gorgeous and so quiet – every time I have been to the beach whilst we have been staying here I have only seen a handful of other people / dogs each time!
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Perfect for a relaxing walk and play in the dunes and on the beach 🏖
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 We planned that on Thursday we would also go to another beach close by (thank goodness it was the day with the best weather) to go on an expedition to see if we could see the seals at Horsey Beach!
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We took the boys to the new beach and took their summer attire for a sunshiney beach photo!
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We were so excited to actually see the seals – we would definitely recommend if you are in this area to pay a visit to Horsey to see the seals! 😍
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We stayed for a little while just watching and listening to them – I just found them fascinating and watching them swim in the sea and wiggle around on the shore was just amazing!
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After we had had our fill of the seals we let the dogs have a bit more of a mooch around the beach and up into the dunes before heading to Norwich to nip to Pets at Home!
We stocked up on some training treats and lamb spaghetti for the greedy boys to munch on later that day!
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We also went for a little exploration to the church ruins that is within walking distance of the houses we are staying in – which was just beautiful and made for some gorgeous pictures of the boys! 😍
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I’ve still yet to decide where to take Toby on Saturday morning for his last stretch before we leave (Amos will get a smaller walk as he is still not able to do as much as Toby whilst he’s still growing) it’s a toss up between the church walk or the dunes walk!
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We had a really nice evening we made use of the beautiful kitchen once more and cooked a meal – which once again was just made so easy by the design and set up of the gorgeous kitchen!
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I even managed to snap a gorgeous picture of the house we are staying in with the sun set in the background! 😍
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Friday 27th April
Our last day of hollibobs 😫
We had planned a really relaxed day for today – as we needed to pack and sort ourselves out for leaving tomorrow, I had a little pamper session booked with Vicki at The Lavender Room http://thelavenderroomnorfolk.co.uk for a facial in the morning – what can I say it was utterly amazing! So relaxing and just a perfect addition to the holiday!
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The Lavender Room is literally minutes walk from the holiday properties so is perfect to give yourself a little holiday treat.
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Vicki is just amazing and makes you feel right at home and relaxed from the moment you arrive! – which for me being my socially awkward self is always something I love 😍
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The Lavender Room like everything else at Norfolk by the Sea is just beyond beautiful and well worth a visit if you are in the area of the holiday lets.
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After my pamper session it was back to the house to pack some stuff (the dogs have too much luggage!!) and then some inside games and training with the pups whilst the weather wasn’t the best, I made the most of the games that are provided in the houses – there was a jigsaw too but I though that would be unfair on Amos as he can’t see to help build it …. at least with dominoes I can tell him the numbers 😂😂
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We then made use of the tonne of training equipment I had brought to use with the boys and did little bits of training with them individually – Toby is proudly modelling “training corner” as we fondly named it!
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We had to brave the rain after that however to take the pups for a walk to the beach to let them burn off some steam!
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We went for a play on the beach and had a game of fetch – which Amos managed to join in on as Toby was having a vocal game so Amos couldn’t miss him or his toy 😂
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It was lovely to see Amos running around with Toby as he doesn’t often run he is one of life’s plodders so him running around having fun was just heart warming to see! Especially after Toby running rings around him the previous day on the grassed play areas – he finally enticed him to join in!
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We payed a final trip to Dunes Cafe and made the most of one of their huts to sit with the boys and have a hot chocolate out of the rain – we went without cake today (possibly a mistake) but the hot chocolate is divine all by itself 😍
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We are having a cosy evening in tonight- preferably making use of the wood burner (it was Billy’s homework to read up how to use it!) to finish off what has been the perfect first holiday for Billy, the boys and myself!
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I cannot recommend Norfolk by the Sea enough, it has been truly amazing and we are already planning to return next year! ❤️
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We are sad to be leaving after having such a blissful break, but can’t wait to come back and do it all again!
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Toby and Amos have had an amazing time and everywhere we have been has been so dog friendly and having them with us has made the holiday even better – they are suitably pooped from our exciting week! 🐾
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Thanks for reading! 💚🧡
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Norfolk by the Sea – Part 1 🏖⛱

We are currently on our first family holiday and Norfolk by the Sea was the perfect choice of dog friendly location!

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We were welcomed with a lovely basket of goodies – even some for the pups!
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They have four properties (all of which are utterly gorgeous!) http://norfolkbythesea.com/m.index.html
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We are staying in the property called Pinrush which is simply gorgeous – the house and garden are just perfect for Billy the pups and I , there is plenty of room for the boys to mooch about and explore!
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Billy even gets a gaming room on the second floor 😂
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Toby as always has taken it all in his stride, found a comfy spot near the wood burner (we’ve yet to use this) Amos has bumped his way around and can now negotiate the downstairs with out too many collisions, the downstairs is set out beautifully, very spacious (which certainly helps Amos) and has everything you could think of.
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The kitchen is so beautiful (I feel like I just aged several years for making that comment – but it has to be said!!) it has everything you could think of and more included!
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I cooked myself and Billy a meal yesterday evening and everything was in a logical easy to find place and everything we needed was ready for us which was a great relief and really adds to the stay!
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Norfolk by the sea is a fifteen minute walk away from the most beautiful beach and sand dunes which Toby has thoroughly enjoyed exploring so far!
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I took Toby to the beach first thing to scout the route out for later in the day as Amos is still on shorter walks due to him growing and I also needed to see how busy etc. The route was before we tried to take Amos that way!
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Toby and I had a whale of a time at the beach (the beach is a happy place for me and Toby!) so we went back later that day to take Amos and Billy for an explore!
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Our venture to the beach was rained on – but we all still had fun and that’s all that matters!
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After a rainy beach walk we headed to Dunes Cafe to warm up with a hot chocolate and slice of cake and to finally get to meet Vicki (who manages Norfolk by the Sea) – the hot chocolate was amazing as was the caramel shortbread! I would highly recommend stopping there if you are visiting the area! https://dunescafe.weebly.com/
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This was Amos’ first cafe experience and Dunes made it super easy for us as they have little dog huts you can go and sit in with your pups! Which limited the amount of distractions Amos had to deal with 👍🏼
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We also made sure we had his licki Mat to keep him occupied – which was a complete hit!
Wednesday 25th April!
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This morning Toby and I made the most of the grassy play areas that are available to use at Norfolk by the Sea and had a mooch about and a game of Frisbee whilst the other two slept in (lazy boys!)
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Once the other two boys were up and ready we headed out to explore the Norfolk Broads!
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We hired a boat for a few hours and Billy became Captain Billy with co-captain Toby!
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The boys have never been on a boat before and they both did amazingly well!
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Both boys had their lickimats to help settle them in then were very happy and relaxed – Amos was slightly more sensitive to new noises – which we expect in most situations but took it all in his stride and did us proud – they both did! Toby was a good lad and made sure that he sat near Amos to reassure him and let him use his back pack as a pillow 😂
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Once we had semi successfully moored the boat back up we headed back to the house to have some lunch!
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I took Toby for another beach walk in the afternoon and Amos and Billy stayed at the house doing boy stuff (game room … 🎮)
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We got rained on again! But the weather never puts us off! We love the beach no matter the weather!!
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We have another few exciting days of holiday left and will post another update before we head home!
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We are off out for dinner tonight so I must go and get the boys dolled up in their Dickie Bows!
Happy Wednesday all!! ❤️

#10Mountains10Months Part Four 🏔🐾🏔

Today we tackled Kinder Scout via Kinder Downfall for part four of our 2018 challenge!

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For the first time the weather was on our side! We had checked the weather and it wasn’t due to rain until 4:00pm and we were very hopefully we’d be on our way home by then!
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The walk starts from Hayfield near the camp site and takes you on a beautiful route up the ridge and to the downfall (our designated lunch spot) 😁
Today we had also roped in my Mum and Dad to come walking with us – they did the Yorkshire Three Peaks with me last year for PAPYRUS so were more than happy to don their purple shirts again! Sophie thankfully had a spare CALM shirt so we were a matching set of two a piece for this walk which was really nice!
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It also meant we could actually get some photos of Sophie, Toby and I as my mum was on hand to be the Dream Team groups designated photographer ❤️
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My parents hadn’t seen Sophie for a good few years so they had a good catch up whilst we walked and it was nice to have some additional faces and walkers with us supporting these amazing charities!
The route we did today was approximately 9 miles and 620m of ascent with some utterly beautiful views of Derbyshire!
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It made such a difference walking in such nice weather (I have a sunburnt scalp, a face like a beacon and am rocking an uneven t-shirt tan) realistically I should have stocked up on sun tan lotion – and would recommend anyone going walking in the sunshine does and isn’t a dope like me!
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Toby as always was his usual mountain goat self and was in his element climbing and negotiating rocks and ledges.
He also LOVES the sun he is a sun-puddling extraordinaire!
Obviously when it’s hot I take more water for Toby and ensure he has regular drink stops, he got straight back in to the swing of it (he was used to having more liquids when we did our training for the Yorkshire three peaks as most of those were in fairly good weather) and his Kurgo bottle was a life saver so handy and means anytime I stop for a drink he gets a bowl too!
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The route up to Kinder Downfall also criss crosses a stream several times so Toby had plenty of opportunity to paddle and soak his feet, he also had a paddle whilst we stopped for lunch to cool down before our final push to the trig point!
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Kinder is a route I have done a few times before but the top at the trig can be confusing and we have done it before and gone down the wrong way (totally not my fault) so we were extra careful today to make sure that didn’t happen!
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There are two paths we’ve done in the past to come down – one on the higher path along the ridge and one slightly lower path which weaves just below the ridge – we went for the lower path today which is less well trodden but beautiful nonetheless!
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Both come out at the same point which leads to through 4 fields (thankfully no cows in them today!!) and then back o the road the campsite is on!
Toby also had an additional job today (first aid kits are job number one) he was responsible for safely transporting Sybil (#sybilontour) on our travels!
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Sybil is traveling and touring to raise awareness for Huntington’s disease, which is a degenerative neurological disease, sadly studies have been done that show an increased risk of suicide to individuals who suffer with Huntington’s disease so we are more than happy to also do our bit in helping Sybil travel further by joining in our adventures!
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Suicide is something that needs to be discussed more openly and we just hope that our challenge helps a tiny bit to dispel the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health – if we can additionally raise awareness for other charities and conditions that’s a bonus for us!
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We hope you have all had a great Saturday and we’re more sensible with your sun protection than me!
Thanks for reading! 💜🧡💚

A Peak District mini adventure 🐾🏔

Today we took Amos for his first experience of the Peak District!

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We went to a little quarry that was perfect to let Amos have an explore without coming across too many other dogs or people! We only came across two other people the whole time we were there it was bliss!
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Amos has been doing really well dealing with distractions and him and Toby are working and training really well together I took them for a “busy” walk last night to work on distractions with Amos and he did really well – I managed to keep him focussed on me on 11 out of 15 distractions! Which is pretty good going I think!
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So as a reward for all their hard work yesterday I thought they’d like a more peaceful walk today – they had a whale of a time, lots of new things to sniff, Amos had Toby to chase, they did have a little wrestle whilst we were out too which is nice to see as Toby has always been very firm with his “I will not play” rule!
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We did some training whilst we were out also – everyday is a school day after all! We practiced waits and positions, Toby did some recall and searches too so it was still a busy walk for them both just in a fun way!
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We did have some other distraction work to practice – Amos LOVES fluffy toys so we took some friends out with us to play with whilst we were out!
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He had to concentrate on me instead of the fluffy friends for this picture! Which he did a sterling job of! Toby has a solid “leave” with toys so wasn’t too fussed about having little pals in his back pack which makes a change from his usual official first aid kit duties ☺️
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We then headed home to spend the afternoon doing a spring clean!
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Obviously I enlisted the help of the boys – for the purpose of the spring cleaning I re-named them Ginger Kim and Grumpy Aggy (he’s not really grumpy that is just his face) they were on board for helping but only if they stopped every three minutes for a snack – so I powered on without them 😂
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For our afternoon walk we went to another new place in a little village about 20 minutes away from us – the aim was to find the mere and walk round but instead we just followed a public footpath through some farmers fields – we didn’t stay out for long as I could see Amos was getting tired and he’s too heavy for me to carry back to the car! 😂
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We did get some recall practice in for both boys on our second walk though (Amos stays on lead for his safety and as he is a foster dog)  but he’s doing very well with his recall training – Toby always wins though he’s a speedy one is  Toby 😉
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We hope you’ve all had a productive / fun Saturday 💚
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P.S Next Saturday is Part 4 of #10mountains10months so keep your fingers crossed that we actually get good weather for this one 💜🐶👍🏼

Saturday with the mini monsters! 🧟‍♀️🐾

Today didn’t start off quite as we imagined – we had a vet visit with Toby as he had an issue with his gentleman area, nothing to worry about though the vet thinks he’s been bitten by an ant like critter which makes sense after his cavort about in the long grass and daffodils yesterday evening, but better to be safe than sorry!

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Then we had a joint mini adventure, Amos isn’t able to do long adventures as he’s still growing and as he gets very tired easily as he’s having to use his nose to process everything.

We decided to head to the Cloud in Congleton – to start getting Amos used to the noises and smells around there as it is a walk we do a fair few times throughout the summer.

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It was a mud bath – which Amos seemed to thoroughly enjoy, Teflon Toby isn’t too fussed about mud if he has to wade through he will if he can avoid it he will – usually he’s good to follow as he tends to find the least muddy route 😉

We didn’t do the full walk at the Cloud as Amos was starting to get tired but both boys had a good old rummage about in the woods and had a good play in the mud!

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The Cloud is quite an uneven footpath so that added additional work for Amos as he has to negotiate the rocks and tree stumps.

He did a sterling job though and takes it all in his stride. Toby as always was being his helpful self and waited with Amos when he stopped to think about new noises, he’s worked out it can sometimes take a while so will occasionally make the most of the mid walk rest period 😂

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We then headed off to Gus and Bear which began our pet shop tour for the day – lots of good exposure for Amos to get him well socialised in lots of different places and to work on his frustration in certain situations.

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The boys loved a good pet shop mooch all the interesting smells and cuddles from members of staff and free treats obviously!

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After a little nap / chew time at home we then headed off to continue the pet shop tour to bents – we didn’t stop too long at Bents as it was very busy and it was clear Amos was finding it tough.

Our final stop of the day was to Ginger and Browns (which is Amos and Toby’s go to pet shop!) to stock up on treats (all this puppy training and Toby training is getting through the good stuff) and pizzle sticks for the young monster.

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Then for a relaxing evening in (whilst billy watches the football) with the two sleepy woofs!

Hope you’ve had a lovely Saturday! 🧡🐾