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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Bath Time

Seeing as I haven’t been for a big outing in a while, I have somehow managed to go without a bath for two weeks. Hahaha people, how did you not notice?

But yesterday my person picked me up for a cuddle, and had to put me back down again with a funny look on her face.

I have been brushed every couple of days or so, so my fluff is lovely and pretty, just a little pongy.

My person called it “cheesy feet” because my little doggy feet smell. Personally I am quite fond of the cheesy, foot smell, you should smell my dad’s socks. They are fabulously cheesy!

Enough with the cheese I am getting hungry.

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(Look at me, no matter what face I made my person was determined to make me clean!)

I was kidnapped by my person and plonked quite ungracefully in the bath. I get showered and then the shampoo appears. It is all smelly and frothy, and squishy, it gets rubbed all over to make my fluff nice and my feet smell pretty.

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 After a long rinse to get the soap out of the fluff. I get to jump out of the bath and run madly round the house as my people try to catch me towel dry me.

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(I really want to escape from the bathroom)

I like to dry myself on the carpet. Carpet is great for drying yourself on.

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Eventually they catch me and the brushes and the little blowy metal thing appears (the people call it a hairdryer). It is a monster of undoggy proportions.  Still it is warm and means that I get dry quickly, which is better when it is colder because I don’t freeze.

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After the hair drying I am brushed and then set loose on the world as a little fluffy monstrosity, me and my fluff are coming to get you. x

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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Beeston Castle

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Beeston Castle is well a castle supposedly. All I was told is that some old guy may have buried some treasure here a very long time ago.  Though it wasn’t bones or chews so I don’t care really. Anyway, to get to the castle we first had to walk up a gigantic hill! A monster hill, the hill of all hills, basically a mountain for a short dog like me, I think I came down a few centimeters shorter too!

P1060166Halfway up we had to have a rest as my person isn’t the fittest of people, even the young skinny one agreed to a rest. I wanted to get going and get to the top as soon as possible so we could have our picnic.

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(Nearly there! There was a big ditch which I was going to walk down, but my people handily told me we could walk over a bridge)

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Once we got to the bridge and the main bit of the castle, (after our mountaineering) we had to have a look at where we had been. It is compulsory I tell you. (My people think this was the best photo of the day) I think they should rename the castle to Alfie’s castle, I mean how good do I look sat there on that bridge.

So we entered and had a walk around looking at the views and wondering what idiots would have tried to attack here. You can see for miles and miles. You can see the sea about 30 miles away and the mountain in Wales. That is a whole different country!

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I wasn’t allowed on the wall to see above it but I was told it was nice.

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Then after a while we had to stop I had hurt my paw and was limping a little. I was trying to tell my people there was something wrong but they couldn’t see it! They bend and twisted my paw but that wasn’t the problem, the silly things. So they let me carry on walking for a while till we sat down for a rest and they had another look. They found it this time! Some people had been cutting down plant on top of the hill and I had unknowingly stood on the head of a thistle OWCH! It was untangled from my foot fluff and I was happy once more.

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It was time for our picnic. My people had brought me my own special supply of ham and chicken, they ate more funky stuffs.

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Then it was back to the walking to walk around the base of the castle, we saw the caves and the catacombs and some scary thing I wouldn’t go into.

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It was time to go after all that walking, the castle was nice, but the hill of hills wasn’t.

It is nice to be able to go to places, with my people. If there are anymore doggy friendly places I’d like to know.

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FoAM Picnic and Meeting Lula

“It is often said that the Papillon is a big dog in a little dog’s body. They can do virtually all that a larger dog can do, but with less effort, upkeep, and space requirements” I don’t remember where I found this quote but I liked it. Anyway …. I recently went to a musical picnic with my family, and a friend of theirs. This is Lula (or Talula if you want her full name), she is a fuzzy little Miniature  Schnauzer.

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 I met Lula after just getting out of teeny metal box, and she was a little grumpy, and had a good bark at me. I ignored her and was ready to go and get walking! We didn’t walk too far till everyone stopped and decided it was resting time! (That was a quick walk I tell you!) My people set our a mat and started getting out a lot of food. So I didn’t mind the stopping so early in to my walk.

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We just sat and had a nice something to eat whilst my people chatted and I met other doggies. Lula was nice although she looked more like a boy than I do with that beard, I think she was jealous of my pretty looks.

 She barked a little too much too, there was no need to keep woofing, I was slightly embarrassed to tell the truth. And my people LIKED her. That isn’t fair I say, they are my people, you can’t just go stealing my people.

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Anyway she sat at one end of the mat and I sat at the other end. The picnic included Bacon, which was great, did I tell you how good bacon is? Well it’s good. After my bacon (and some strawberries). We went on a little walk around the area, it was a nice stretch and to walk off some one the bacon podge I am sure I had put on. I did feel a little better when her person told her that she wasn’t allowed any of the nice foods, because if she ate them she wouldn’t eat her doggy biscuits.

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With music playing and quite a few dogs about. I made a few new friends, and so did my people. It was a good day, the music was a bit strange but there seemed to be a lot going on.

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The park is a nice place to be but we shall save the rest of it for another day, today was picnic day.

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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New Basket!

I forgot to tell you! When I went for a trip to Chester , I  came back with a brand new, posh and comfy, basket just for me!

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My old one has been given to the cats to nap in; high up on their units in their room. But mine is a nice red basket to mach the living room! I also got a new leather lead, though to be honest I don’t know how long it will last; lets us see if I get a taste for leather! it is all red and shiny and supposedly matches my red harness. It is for my ‘dog about the town’ days. I prefer the basket to the lead. Did I tell you it was comfy.

Pop to Chester

My youngest person recently went to Chester for her driving theory test.

We went via train, which is a big horrible metal box which makes horrible noises and wobbles horribly and there are horrible smelly people, and it is big and scary. I didn’t want my photo taken on the train and my people were trying to console me a little. Either way when we got off I was okay.  We walked to the test centre and dropped of the youngest and went off for our walkies along the Chester canal.

P1050550At first it was all very urban and not the prettiest of walks, but as long as my legs  are moving I don’t mind.  There were also a lot of cyclists, my person got angry with a lot of them for not using their bell and warning her of their existence, (She isn’t polite when I am in danger).

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There were some lovely houses we got to right on the bank of the canal, they had little boats moored outside, and we waved to the people in their garden as we walked past.

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So we sat and waited with bated breath.

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So it was on to lunch and a mini picnic in Grosvenor Park in the middle of the city.

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I have never been before and neither had the youngest person so we were amazed to find an abundance of squirrels. I was very good and I didn’t chase one at all!

I was surprised to watch the little blighters walk right up to my people and start asking for food! That is my job! P1050568

I don’t like the sneaky things. But when I was told to sit and watch and sat and watched.

Eventually one the food was gone and we were ready to go I was allowed to bark at one of them.

Then it was on to the wall! There is a big wall in Chester you can walk across, with the youngest person never having been on it and me neither. My oldest decided it would be nice to have a look. P1050592

P1050594The view was quite nice especially with it being a quiet day in Chester, I was asked if I would like to continue our walkies ( Below is the face I made).

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We had a walk around and my people had a little shop around. Being cute and fluffy as long as they asked I was let into quite a few shops!

Some I had to be carried round in but I didn’t mind.

After a very long day it was back to that horrible box. But really it wasn’t that horrible I even got my own  seat this time and I had a kip on the way home.

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.