Busy week ahead

It’s shaping up to be another busy week for dog walking and it’s only Monday! Just one of the dogs I’ll be visiting is in the photo above.

If your dog needs a walk then give me a ring on 07837 306824 to check availability. The more advance notice you can give, the better chance I have of being able to fit you in.

Another nice morning

It was another nice morning down at Vale fish pond yesterday. Lots of people were taking advantage of the good weather to get out and about on the old railway track, which now forms the Stockley Trail. It’s a great Dog walking location because it’s well away from any roads and once you’re on the old track, the surface is pretty good and not too muddy, even when it’s wet.

Autumn is here

The seasons are definitely changing at the moment. Although there are still some nice sunny days, I’ve noticed the trees are starting to change colour. It’s good weather for dog walking though. Not too hot and not too cold either.

Another bright morning

It was another nice sunny morning today, although it was a bit cold. Pippa still wanted her daily walk around Bolsover though, which included going through the grounds of Sherwood Lodge. The now empty Lodge is shown in the photo. Such a shame Bolsover District Council have allowed it to get into this state. It would make an excellent museum for the area and a much needed tourist attraction to complement the castle, which is a few minutes walk away.

Storm damage

Pippa on her walk
Pippa on her walk this morning

After the high winds yesterday, I wasn’t too surprised to find quite a bit of tree damage this morning. I haven’t seen any trees actually fully down, but while I was out for an early morning walk with Pippa I did see some big branches that had been snapped off. Pippa had a sniff at them, then just walked on.

Watch out for apples!

Rupert at Carr Vale Pond

It was a bit breezy in Carr Vale this morning. While walking Rupert I heard a loud thud. Then another thud, this time a lot closer. As I looked around to see what was going on I just happened to look up. And as I did so, I saw something fairly heavy fall out of the sky. Only then did I realize we were walking under an apple tree!

An increase in speed got us out of the danger zone. It has made me think though… I wonder how many people have been injured by falling apples?

Dog walking

Andy with Rupert
Andy with Rupert

If your dog needs a walk, you’ve come to the right place! Andy is happy to walk all types of dog, large or small, whatever breed they may be.

Some walkers don’t walk certain breeds, but that seems a bit unfair to us. It’s not your dog’s fault what size they are or what reputation their type may or may not have. They all want the chance to have a walk just the same.

Before you make a firm booking Andy will normally come to meet you and your pet. This visit is totally free of charge and it’s a great chance to ask any questions and to get to know each other.

So why not arrange your free pre-visit today?

Call Andy on 07837 306824 any time.

Measures during the hot weather

It’s been unusually hot and sunny for a good few weeks now. And with no end to the warm spell in sight, I thought it was time to let everyone know of the special precautions we are currently taking to make sure all our furry clients stay comfortable in the heat.

Firstly, I have changed the route I walk with some dogs to enable us to spend more time walking in shaded areas. Some routes that are inaccessible in winter due to mud and standing water are currently perfectly ok, so these are being used to keep us on less exposed paths.

I have also curtailed some walks down to around 30 minutes instead of the full hour. Most dogs (including Otis in the photo) are not enjoying their walks so much while it’s hot. So those who want to turn back early are being allowed to do so and usually spend the second half of their hour stretched out in the garden!

Finally, we are currently offering evening walks in place of normal daytime bookings at no extra cost. It’s a lot cooler after 6pm, so anyone who can switch their pet’s walk to an evening time slot is being urged to doso.

I’m pleased to report we’ve had no problems due to the heat. Thanks to everyone for understanding these temporary changes.

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