Blackberry Picking

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Is is officially the end of summer basically and the blackberries are out in force!

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I don’t really like blackberries to be honest, strawberries are an altogether different thing though. But my people didn’t take me strawberry picking, they took me blackberry picking.  So we walked down our usual route till we found the ‘bestest spot ever’, according to them.

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We stopped, dropped our stuff ans starting picking. What I learned is that people seem to be hurt by the plants, I stuck my face in them like usual and they didn’t do a thing!  Does any other doggy get stung by nettles? I know my ear fluff gets caught in the brambles and I have to bark to let my people know, so that they can come and untangle me.

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Well I had fun running around and playing with the cut grass. My people picked a whole tub full of blackberries, their hands got covered in pink stuff

+and so did my leg! I was pink for a little bit, till they washed it off. I don’t really want to be pink, I’d like to be white please.

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Boring

I have had such a boring week this week! We haven’t been anywhere different or anything fun.

Yes  I have had my favorite chews, and tripe sticks and the cats are nice enough to be around, (Bubbles is warm and fluffy), but I do wish my people could be here all the time.  What else can you do when they aren’t around?

My people have been working a lot this past week, I still get my walkies and I am still fed and played with, I just miss them a bit too much. They are my people I love them.  I show them I love them by wedging my head in between their legs till they cuddle me.

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 They did promise that we’d go out this weekend though 😀

Verdin Park

After all these outing this weekend my people decided to relax a bit and just take me to our local park, I haven’t been for ages!  So pop down the road along the main road. I have to behave here and walk along side my person, or I get told off. Something to do with cars and me being squished, but lets not think of that.

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Then up on to the walkway above all of the cars. The park is on a big hill so you can watch the little people down below.

Anyway we walked along the walkway and on the left are a set of steps. A big set of steps, I had to bloody well jump up every step as though it was a hurdle! My person should have carried me, that is what they are for right?

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So up the steps and along quite a cute little path with benches (for the people tired from walking up them steps!) , and up and along.

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You get to quite a good field where you can have a run and a play. We met two big Weimaraner doggies, which I had a good little play with but I wasn’t to happy when one stepped on my tail and pulled out some fluff! That is my fluff we are talking about, why would they do such a thing. I wouldn’t play after that, the insult!

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When they had left, I had a ‘mad half hour’ as my people call it. Basically I have a thing about running wildly in circles around my person. It is just sooooooo much fun to feel the wind in your fluff. I mean look at that photo, doesn’t it seem great to you!

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We walked past some big guy, he was green and funny looking. I am told he was and old man that did some stuff for the town. Supposedly he brought  a human vets to town. Why you’d make a pretend him I don’t know. People are funny things.

Then it was back down the other side of the hill to the main gates of the park. (Aren’t they pretty?) There were that many flowers I had to have a sniff and a little wee (I bet the gardens don’t like me now).

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It was out the gates and back home after that. I did enjoy my day, and fortunately there was no lasting damage to my tail fluff.

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Norton Priory

As a day out my whole pack of people (myself included) went for a look at Norton Priory. Now it was nice to be able to go somewhere with the family because normally I have to be left at home with them felines! So a 30 minute journey in the car and we were there.

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At first my people were worried about taking em through the information centre, but after paying for our tickets and talking to a lovely old dear, she told us that the ‘little doggie’ could go anywhere at all. The only restriction was that I had to sit in the outside area of the cafe. Any being a lovely sunny day who would mind that!

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My person tried to take some photo’s inside the centre but it was so dark they didn’t turn out to well. According to the people there this was a religious site, whatever that is. My people like them because they like history.

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I met a lovely poodle too she was a nice black fluffy girl (I forgot her name) I had a good play with her before we went outside. It is a very interesting thing and the smells were brilliant! There was an ‘undercroft’ (whatever that is) but on this really warm day is was lovely and cool. My person told me it was where all the food and drink was stored but I couldn’t find any.

We then ventured outside to see the ruins of the rest of the priory which were brilliantly fun. I was even allowed off my lead for a little bit!

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There were such smells and sights to see! I ran around jumping up and over the small walls. They were once huge walls that some funny bald looking people lived in. My person says they look like her dad! After having a wander round the ruins we found you could also walk round the grounds where a mini sculpture park was installed.

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We walked to the canal and back looking at the many things around.

After such a trying walkies we just had to stop in the cafe for a refresher! I was allowed a bit of crumpet and some doggie biscuits that were fetched from home for me. We went on to the walled gardens, which sadly I wasn’t allowed in. The lady at the desk wasn’t sure why she said it might be because I could ‘tinkle’ on the expensive plants. So my people had to take it in turns.

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Then onto the little stables where they now have chickens. I like the chickens and whilst my people were walking round the stables, (where apparently the gardeners lived above) , I just sat and had a rest while I watched them.

It was a nice day, we even went out for some tea afterwards!

(Note from Human)

If you have a dog, like history and live (or are visiting)  in the Cheshire area please check this out! The people were lovely, they offered a bowl of water to Alfie and even offered to seat us inside the cafe if the weather turned. They were brilliant, accommodating and just lovely. I would definitely recommend it to anyone with children or dogs.

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Cheshire Show Trip

Every June my family and I travel to the Cheshire County Show, it is about 15 minutes drive away in a huge field called the Tabley Showground.

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It is mainly an agricultural fair but it has food and shows and well lots of good things going on. It is a great day out for all of us doggies included. I am allowed everywhere apart from the small animal and food tents.

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They think I will chase the animals … me! I don’t chase things, I might taste them a little but I wont chase them! Although I am not allowed in the food tent, my people always bring me out a special treat. a but of bacon or sausage or if I am very good a teeny bit of cheese!

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Anyway when we arrived it was a bit dull and dreary we were expecting a classic British weather. My people had packed their coats (including mine), but were hoping the weather stayed nice. I can say that it was the most glorious day I have seen in a while. We started with a breakfast bacon butty, I sat under the table and nicked bits of the juicy bacony goodness. (Did I tell you bacon is great). We then had a walk around meeting dogs galore.

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This is me begging for bacon

Onto the food tent. my people take it in turns going it because I have to sit outside. Still every person leaves with either a burger or hot dog and I got a little bit of each!

We watched the shire horse parade, and the children showing the goats, them people on bikes jumping over stuff and I met a lady police dog I was very fond of; we even spotted royalty from afar!

I do love this day.