The life and times of an English Airedale Terrier puppy

Monday, January 29, 2007

Walk Your Dog Day

Well, I get 2 or 3 walks every day anyway, but during the week they are mainly around our neighbourhood & I mostly stay on my lead because there are roads & cars.

Weekends we go to exciting new places where there are loats of new smells to sniff, doggies to meet, places to explore & fun to be had!

As Sunday was "Walk Your Dog Day" on Dogs with Blogs, I asked mum & dad if we could go to my favourite walking spot, Nightingale Wood. It's on the Tara's Trails website, but we had managed to find this one on our own a while back.

So, off we set in dad's car, which is now adorned with my lovely Christmas present from Miss Sunshade

There's a handy map at the entrance to the wood, though it's actually very easy to find your way around as it's nicely signposted & with good non-muddy paths. And yes, I did steal that wellie boot to play with!

As soon as we got going mum got that blasted camera out! For pete's sake mum, can't a guy enjoy a nice stick in peace? I'm NOT posing!

As it's still fairly cold & wintry here, there was hardly anyone about. Look how much space there is to run about in!

We did meet a 2 year old Boxer. He was on his lead so dad called me back & put me on mine in case he wasn't friendly. Quite the opposite! He was really cool & just wanted to play. His mum & dad said he just has to stay on his lead as he is naughty & doesn't come back when called. I am working hard recall at the moment so I could sympathise with him. He showed me some of his best boxing moves & we had a whale of a time until the parents said we had to move on.

These woods are really geared up for us doggies, even having a state of the art "Dog Dip". I didn't fancy it today as it didn't look as nice as where I had my swim last weekend. I'm sure it will be good in the summer though.

Mum & dad were wandering along holding hands (yuck!), whereas I just wanted to get on with the walk. Trouble is I'm a bit of a wimp & only go about 50 metres ahead before stopping dead & waiting for them. Added to this they keep hiding when I'm not looking so that I have to go & find them. They say it's to help with my recall training, but I think they're just meanies!

Today there were lots of men running through the wood. Dad said they were doing cross country racing. One man was going ahead & laying this white stuff on the floor in blobs & arrows. Dad explained it was so the men knew where to run. Trouble was I just couldn't resist eating it. Mum panicked at first, but dad promised her it was only flour. I hope no-one got lost because of my impromptu snacks all along the route!

There are 2 routes around the wood, & we did both today as I was having such fun & being such a good boy. What a great mum & dad I have!

We even went off trail & did some stalking through the grass & baby trees. This was the best fun, much better than walking on the paths.

There were lots of smells to trail, and I felt quite at home sniffing about. I didn't find anything to chase though. Maybe they were scared off by mum & dad crunching after me in their wellies!

We were out for AGES & I was totally pooped when we got back in the car. Even my ears look tired!

Oscar x


Sunshade said...

Hey hey hey Oscar, did the flour taste good???

What a fun day you had!! I gotta tell you something, that picture of you looking back while your evil parents were hiding from you, you got a nice muscle butt. Mum calls me that too....

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

Kevin the Collie said...

That looks great, mate (and thanks for your message over at mine) - but I am bit jealous about your gift from Miss Sunshade as she said she only had eyes for me!! I guess she prefers a younger, bigger dog (typical female)?
Kevin the Collie

Boo said...

hey oscar,

i wonder if any runner complaint their marking is gone since you have so much on your way. LOL

wet wet licks


Loui said...

Oscar the bed come from TK Maxx and cost £12 mum says.

She got this one at the Hatfield Galleria TK Maxx and there was a black one left.

Loui xx

faya said...

C'est vrai que des dimanches comme ├ža il pourrait y en avoir 7 par semaines.... Big bisous mon Oscar
PS : Atis n'est pas aussi beau que toi ...

Maggie said...

You have the best walks Oscar! I need to jet over to your house and hang with you for awhile!

Love ya lots,

Chelsea said...

these days I am not enjoying my walks. It is snowy here and the hoomans throw big pieces of salt on the snow and it hurts my paws.


Joe Stains said...

you are a VERY good dog, if mom took off my leash I would be halfway to california!

Loki said...

Can i go out and walk with you??
The place seems nice!

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Oscar,
That sure was a nice walkie you had. It's kind of like the woods behind our house. You would like it here. We even have a creek and the river back into the woods.
Snickers put up a heart throb slideshow on our blog, and guess what? your picture is in it, hehehehe!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Simba said...

Is the dog dip like cheese and chive dip only made from dogs? Good map reading skills very handy.

Simba xx

Nugget said...

Hi Oscar, What a great adventure! I love it when I can play off the leash and meet new freinds.

JJ said...

Great Pictures, we really enjoyed it!!!

Kevin the Collie said...

Hi Oscar

kev's Mum here - Thanks for your get well wishes over at kev's blog. I just want to let you know he is fine, but very sleepy tonight. However, he was the loudest do in the hospital before I collect him (my Boy!) We hope to be posting tomorrow. Hugs and kisses, Flora xx

Marvin The Dog said...

Tired ears! Always a good sign of a brilliant walkies!

That sounded such fun Oscar!

love and licks
Marvin xxxxx

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

Yup, you ears really looked tired. We bet your tail too feels the same way rite.

Boy n Baby

Huskee Boy said...

Hi Oscar,
Hope that no hoomans lost their way because you ate up all their markings!
That looked like a very nice trail.. lucky you!