My first holiday

I knew something wasn’t normal. I went out for an early walk and then had breakfast far earlier than usual. The car was loaded with some bags and I was put in my travel crate. We were soon on the motorway and heading north. I had no idea where we were going, but I knew it was a long way. The traffic got heavier and we got slower. I did wonder where we were going, and if we would get there. When we turned off the motorway, it was getting dark and I only just made out the sign that said “Welcome to the Lake District”.

I woke up early in the Lake District. I wondered if the hills and lakes would still be there, or was it all a dream? When I nosed around the curtains in the living room, I was so pleased that it was real. The hills must be high though, as they were draped in clouds which made me wonder more about them. Once we had been for a quick walk to the shop for some supplies and had breakfast, we were busying ourselves for the day ahead. I kept on checking to make sure the hills were still there, I couldn’t believe that I was actually here. I was harnessed up and then I knew it was time to explore this wonderland. We went across the beck which I think is what describes a small river. It looked more like a normal river to me. We went through gates and  then past drystone walls.

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I was allowed to stroll through mud and then stood in the water running off the fells. The paths were quite stony and we were going up hill and down hill. It was great fun. We stopped on a grassy knoll and the view was brilliant all the way back across Ullswater  to Glenridding.

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We kept strolling around the edge of Ullswater, and I even got to sniff in the ferns and the trees around the path. Sometimes the path went down quite steeply and I had to be good and walk to heel. This was quite difficult as I was really excited and I wanted to explore everywhere and everything. We seemed to go for miles and it was great. I still couldn’t believe I was here, on a holiday, in the Lake District. We kept on stopping to enjoy the views. Even I could appreciate them. I was getting tired but I still had excited ears. We were wandering back and we met a BT called Buster who was 13 years old. He said he had been here before, walked something called Striding Edge, but liked the lower paths now. He was really nice, we woofed for ages. We came off the hills after some considerable time and decided we would go to Glenridding for some quick noms for M&D. We wandered about and found a nice spot to eat a sausage roll. It should be noted that I got no sausage roll. We sat by Glenridding Beck, which sadly flooded in winter 2016 and caused a lot of damage to the town. We wandered down onto the edge of Ullswater and I went for a paddle.

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It was great, I loved the cool water on my paws and that it tasted nice too. There was a spaniel playing fetch the stick from the water. She was having great fun, she said I should try it. I explained that I’m not allowed off lead as I’m rubbish at recall and would run away.

We got back to the cottage and I fell asleep on my bed. Apparently I was twitching in my sleep and snoring quite a lot. I don’t know what they were talking about, I didn’t hear anything. My first day was great, I looked forward to the next day, and hoped it was as good.

Dog Show

I went to a dog show on Saturday. It was organised by the rescue centre who looked after me before I arrived at my forever home. My humans thought it would be a good idea to try and get me more socialised around other dogs, as I tend to be quite exuberant and excitable sometimes when I first meet other dogs, or a situation is quite new to me.

So off we went to the dog show to try and continue my education and see if I can be calm around other dogs and people. It was a very warm day, which helped as I am slower in the heat, and don’t tend to pull as much on the harness. I enjoy car rides, despite my early encounter with a car when I was a pup. Seeing somewhere new, especially if there are hedgerows involved is always exciting for a Beagle Harrier. We arrived after it had started, which was probably the plan knowing these two humans I adopted. There were two main show rings, and plenty of other stalls with food, drink and toys to buy. It looked great fun. The first time we went around the stalls and spoke to people, I was very excited and wanted to woof with as many dogs as I could. You should understand that I hadn’t been socialised when I was a pup, so I missed out on my very important formative years. Because I can be over-exuberant some dogs take umbrage with me. I am getting better though, I approach with my tail wagging and I am always smiley. Anyway, we strolled around and I was having a great time. We watched the judging for one of the classes. I managed to sit still for all of three seconds.

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It was interesting as I met many different breeds and types of dog, most of whom were rescue. My humans were speaking to others who had also taken on rescues and I think it was reinforcing their view that we are worth it, we are hard work sometimes but the rewards are there for all to see in the end.

So, having wandered around and chatted to dogs and humans, I got some presents for later when I got home. The packets smelled of food but they were put away from my sight. I wasn’t entered into any classes as I thought it better to allow other dogs to win “Loudest Aroooo” or “Dog that can’t sit still for more than three seconds”.

I was calming down after 15-20 minutes, I even managed to lay down on the grass. It was very warm and there were plenty of water bowls. Eventually we found some shade, fortunately near to a hedgerow and I was allowed to sniff about.

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It was a good learning experience for me. I have improved so much since I arrived that, as I woofed in my last blog, I am apparently a different dog. It has taken some time to realise that I have to be gentler around other dogs. I can play, but I have to be a little more careful and see the signs if some dogs don’t like my bounciness.

Thank you to Chilterns Dog Rescue Society for organising the day, it was great and I enjoyed myself. I’m learning new things every day. This was an important step for me.

Adventures

I went on a big walk this morning with my humum. It was great as I got to sniff, explore and pull an awful lot whilst on my harness. We even saw my hudad who was out for a run, apparently training for a marathon, whatever one of those is?

I like where I live as I have plenty of countryside to explore, with fields, woods, hedgerows and parks. A true Beagle Harrier paradise.

After we got home, I had some breakfast and then supervised in the garden, which is always a fun thing to do. I get to watch as they work on my flowers and plants, and I get to snooze on my bench, and mooch about making sure they are doing everything well.

Then I got a surprise as I was shackled up again and we were off out. Now I was quite tired but don’t tell anyone. We went off on a different route to normal and but we were going through streets I recognised. Then we were into a park I had been in before and I got to sniff around in the long grass.  It got better when we went into the woods as there are always squirrels and deer, so I kept a sharp lookout. Every now and again we came out into the open and the view was lovely.

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I was going to places now I had never been and this was exciting, a true adventure for me. Its always good for a Beagle Harrier to see and smell new things. Maybe not for the humans who are in tow. We arrived at our destination and were greeted warmly. It was a pub I had not been to before and I wanted to explore. We went into the garden, and there were some children playing happily. I wanted to join in, but I wasn’t allowed. How mean.

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So we sat in the garden for a while whilst the humans had a beer, and I drank some water, still whining a little as I wasn’t allowed to play. Did I say I thought this was a little mean? It was getting a bit chilly so we went back into the pub and I saw a Spaniel. We had a quick woof and he said it was a good pub. I had to agree as everyone was very kind and nice and pleasant and it is dog friendly. I think we will be going back to the Black Horse in Chesham Vale. I even got to talk with a horse, but he didn’t seem to like me very much.

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In fact, I think I might make it my local.

Now I am curled up in my bed, after a long and happy day.