#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! ❤️🐾
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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! ❤️