Today we decided to Hire a secure field so that Amos and Toby could have some freedom.
Today we decided to Hire a secure field so that Amos and Toby could have some freedom.
This weekend we were half way through our 2018 challenge!
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!
For Part five we walked Crinkle Crag in the Lake District.
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 😍
We camped at Great Langdale Campsite – which is a National Trust Campsite and was reasonably priced and really really beautiful.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
The walk itself was beautiful but so tough! There were lots of loose rocks to negotiate and difficult sections of path to navigate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Thank you to everyone for all of the support and positive comments about our challenge to raise awareness for these two amazing charities.
Thanks for reading and we hope you had an amazing weekend!
This weekend we are celebrating the triumph of the week!
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.
So we left the last post just before we headed out to for dinner at the Nelson Head in Horsey.
We are currently on our first family holiday and Norfolk by the Sea was the perfect choice of dog friendly location!
Today we tackled Kinder Scout via Kinder Downfall for part four of our 2018 challenge!
Today we took Amos for his first experience of the Peak District!
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!
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.
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!
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 😂
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.
The boys loved a good pet shop mooch all the interesting smells and cuddles from members of staff and free treats obviously!
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.
Then for a relaxing evening in (whilst billy watches the football) with the two sleepy woofs!
Hope you’ve had a lovely Saturday! 🧡🐾
Today we decided to take the boys for a beach day as both Billy and I were off!
It would be Amos’ first ever beach trip so we wanted to take him somewhere more likely to be quiet so he could enjoy it without the distractions of other people or dogs – so we decided to head to Anglesey.
We checked the weather and it didn’t look the best – but that hopefully meant there would be even less people about!
Toby loves the beach! He always has done – he doesn’t like swimming but he does like paddling and playing fetch in the water.
We thought Amos might be a water baby as he seems to seek out all the puddles – and this is exactly what he did on the walk down to the beach, paddle in ALL the puddles 😂
When we arrived at the section of beach that we had visited last time was completed covered with water 😮
We had tried to check the tide times for the beach but when we checked on the map we couldn’t find the name of the beach, we just knew it was near RAF Valley 🙄
It didn’t matter either way as we just took the boys up and over the dunes to the other side of the beach where there was a stretch of beach to play on – the completely drowned side of the beach / carpark was a good place for Toby to play fetch without the waves pinching his toy as like I say he’ll paddle but not swim 😂
This is my favourite outtake from the day – Toby looking at his most beautiful 😂
Amos took it all in his stride – the noise of the waves and the birds worried him a little but we let him think it through and he was soon up and paddling in the sea like a pro 🏊🏻♂️
He followed Toby in a few times but couldn’t join in the game of fetch – Toby ran the toy towards him a few times but Amos didn’t join in so he gave up on that pretty quickly.
We hope you’ve all had a fun bank holiday – hopefully with better weather than us!!
Thanks for reading! 🐾❤️