Chatsworth Easter 2018 blog

The Easter weekend has been a damp one so far but today Easter Sunday 🐣 looks about the best day. Hoomans decided it was time for a trip to Chatsworth House

We parked up fairly close to the house and had jackets and Easter bandanas on before heading into the gardens. The first thing we saw was Hoomoms favourite sculpture has moved outside

I think it’s her favourite as there is a mini me on it. So from the tiny to the big 🐴

These chaps are giving rides up and down the path. Sadly dogs aren’t allowed on them. As you can see on the first photo across the house are wicker animals.

The first ones we came across were by the weather station.

Another small animal but the next animals we came across were huge !

We then headed along the path next to the emperor fountain and canal pond

This takes you to a small coffee stand that today was open but really only opens in the summer. Left towards to the maze. By now I was getting tired and had a rest.

Dad took Star round the outside of the maze and saw a great view.

But she is not always the best at standing still and posing for photos and this is a good example.

They came back to us and I then found some rabbits.

You can tell they have been busy in the gardens in the winter opening up space in the rockery and putting down lots of mulch. It didn’t seem to bother Freddy fox 🦊 much though.

I do like walking round Chatsworth gardens as there are lots of streams to cool your paws off in or get a drink.

By now my 12.5 year old paws were getting tired so it was a walk along the middle path.

Although I was tempted to take a seat.

But we plodded on to the top entrance of the garden. At the carriages shops Hoodad got a chair and laid our fleecy blankets out and covered us with our blankets (Mr Mole Blankets)

Whilst Hoomom went in the house. She came back 40 minutes or so later but said it was really busy in the house.

I didn’t get to see all of the wicker animals so if you do get to Chatsworth send me a photo of the ones you find.

We popped into Bakewell and saw our friends in Orvis Bakewell they are very dog friendly and have lots of great doggie stuff. Today they were doing a charity photo shoot for Ashbourne Animal welfare I had to be carried up the stairs but the photo was well worth it

Happy Easter 🐣 everyone.


Dogs Trust Christmas Fair blog

So after leaving the Coventry Greyhound Trust show I travel 9 miles to my old kennels were I spent a month before going to my forever home.

In the car park was an extra large dog glammed up all festive like Star and I.

There were stalls inside the reception area. A favourite of mine a dog tombola

But hoomans were fresh out of luck . I think the lady before them won 3 prizes with 5 tickets. But then I spotted a huge Christmas tree πŸŽ„ and its was time for my second tree shot of the year. Underneath it is loads of donations for the hounds in the kennels.,

Talking of kennel hounds the reception area was very busy with prospective new owners. This year they have rehomed over 1200 dogs. Here are the dogs looking for forever hounds.

There’s a Rolo looking for a home as well hoomans also got some great Christmas cards as they have a soft spot for cards with dogs on. There was more of the fair at the side of the meet and greet exercise area. Where they had a bottle stall with bottles of Wine 🍷 or Water πŸ’§ ? If it was beer 🍺 or water πŸ’§ hoodad would have spent a fortune. There was a lucky dip and folks talking about sponsoring a dog. At the bottom of the path is a wooden hut where SantaPaws has been in the past so I got excited thinking he may be there this year. But no it was more great stalls.

Lots of great dogs trust stuff but not the poo bags Hoomom wanted. There was also a brick and brack stall.

There was a great refreshment stall selling hot soup, tea, coffee, sausage rolls, scones and lots of lovely cakes. So where was Santa paws ??? how did I miss this sign by the gate. Luckily I read the sign and it told me where the bearded chap πŸŽ… was. I spotted one of the things hoodad likes as well a selfie frame !

But when we arrived at the grotto SantaPaws πŸŽ… was already with someone so we got fuss from his little helper.

He had moved into a lovely grotto although I did check out his Christmas nuts as I don’t have any of my own.

Star and I posed for a couple of photos in the grotto I

before having our photo with SantaPaws even though we weren’t allowed on his lap.

I had a great time at the fair – keep up the good work Dogs Trust – Merry Christmas πŸŽ„πŸŽ‰πŸŽ….

Better news for you guys reading this blog the fair is also on Tomorrow Sunday 3rd December 12-4pm.

Greyhound Trust Coventry Christmas Fayre Blog

So it’s 2nd December and no better reason to go to a Christmas Fayre. I knew my collar making friend Felicity from pinkfluffykitty was going to be there.

We decided as we haven’t been there before

to dress up for the occasion.

It was in the Scout hall but no dip dip dip password to get in. We were then greeted by a new Twitter friend Izzy whippet @Izzy_whippet aka hound to the PinkFluffyKitty gang.

I also had a sniff of her and she seems a sweetie but a bit lively for me. Hoomans then went Christmas shopping at PinkFluffyKitty for Star to match her new jacket and for grandads little yapsta Betty. She got the fluorescent pink one as we have also bought her a flashing night light.

Also at the show was Sarah who makes fantastic boards that you can put stuff behind the ribbons without the need for pins. We have 3 of them and bought 2 as presents. She also makes great stools – got 1 of those too!

The trust also had some of the hounds that need rehoming a black boy called Billy and the fawn Flandy.

Lets hope they find a forever home for Christmas. The I spotted one of my favourite games – sausage bobbing !

I think I started a craze as Flandy had a go but was much better after his muzzle was removed.

Vince was there selling his excellent greyhound calendar and showing his photo packages @HartHartstone

There was also a tombola to have a go on. Hoodad won a packet of biscuits I think he was trying to win booze.

There was a craft stand

Refreshments were also available selling cakes, mince pies and drinks but we had another Fayre to visit at my old home the dogs trust. It was a fun morning and I hope they raised lots of money for the hounds. We also donated a couple of tins of food for them to enjoy.

Langold Country Park Tweet Up Blog

Those of you that know my origins you will know that my hoomans got me from Honiley dogs trust. So when I saw a tweet from dogs trust to say they had installed signs at Langold Country Park I thought great a tweet up !

Hoomom has had a pinned post on my twitter account for the last 10 days and on Saturday confirmed numbers with everyone. The reason being she wanted to make biscuits for everyone. To be true to try out her name maker.

But Hoomom said I had better have this one – something about quality control.

Although there were spares for others that may have turned up on the day.

It was about 80 miles for us taking just over 1h30 others were traveling from Wakefield, Nottingham and Barnsley to name a few. Hoomans got there early and tried out the cafe and had a quick scan of the park.

We met outside the cafe

The last to arrive was Alfie and Molly who’s blind. But I think it was Alfie’s fashion that was slowing us down.

We were luck as @Aero_Senna Hoomom put on the group tweet that you turn into a housing estate onto

But the auto correct said it’s Ramadan Avenue – Bol

Hoomom started the walk whilst dad and Star did the counting – 18 ! 14 greys 1 Lurcher and 3 whippets. We decided to follow the purple signs that was advertised as about an hour.

The purple route is also named the long legs walk. I know the whippets were going to be fine. We went anti-clockwise round the lake. After a while we stopped for a group photo.

We saw that the end of the lake was close so we decided to turn off to the right and follow the orange signs. This did mean walking through some light woods.

Then up a hill. The sun had come out by now so it meant a quick rest at the top for drinks,allow everyone to catch up and for Andrea (aka Spratface) to hand out the sprats.

Murphy (@WitchMurphy) checking out the sprats.

We then descended down the hill and then someone said they saw a purple sign again

On reaching the path again we had another stop to look at the lake although we thought the geese were coming to join us.

As well being a sprat feeder Andrea also takes a good photo.

Just before we reached the cafe we came a across a lovely greyhound called Gracie who is nearly 12 but has only got 1 eye and 3 legs.

All the group said hi to her and apparently she loves bouncing about in the buggy – the bouncer the better ! But she still goes for small plods in her own time.

On reaching the cafe hoomans got teas and coffees served in smart mugs. They were lovely and so were the hoomans pre walk sausage and bacon sandwiches and very well priced. Hoomans then handed out the biscuits to the dogs. Pumpkin and peanut butter biscuits (named ones) sardine muffins, blueberry & banana biscuits (aka deafie biscuits as my deaf pal @deafiedog gave me the recipe) and polenta and mint balls.

@HollyGreyhound gave out fish biscuits and @treats2sit4 hoodad Paul gave out dried sausages.

Hoodad did laugh at this photos as it looks like a massive poop from the fish or a torpedo chasing the fish.

Then more time for chats, photos and lemon drizzle cake.

All the hounds were very behaved and there was no need to call the hotline.

I do think this is a great idea but I’m a massive Dickybag fan- Dicky Bags as it means the bag is locked away in an odour sealed bag until you reach the next bin.

Hoomans had to take a bed back to Orvis in Bakewell so they eventually got home at 5.30pm and dad had a well deserved cuppa in his new mug. From Kathryn Anne Rowell Greyhound mugs

Thanks everyone for coming. See you at other tweets ups like Yorkshire Sculpture Park 12th November.

Hardwick Hall NT blog

Sunday I was taken to Hardwick Hall National Trust.

The hoomans have apparently been there before about 9 years ago with their previous dog Flash (🌈). It’s a one way drive in and out to the house as it’s a narrow lane. Once parked Star & I had our bibs and bandanas on and walked to the visitors centre.

We nearly got allowed access to the house as the man taking the money thought my bib made me an assistance dog 🐢 Bol. I know greyhounds make great bark and read and PAT dogs but assistance dog ?? How to find the sofa maybe !

Once through the visitors centre I checked out some wood carvings

Before spotting something much more interesting.

A big deep bowl so I dunked my head in. How convenient being under the tap – as it needed a refill after my slurping.

Hoomans had to nip to the toilet so it was the first of the being held by 1 hooman whilst the other does something else. So I took the weight off my paws. Hoomans then took a look at the walking leaflet they picked up in the visitors centre. They decided on the sculpture walk which meant following these signs Down the hill through a gate and down the steeper part of the hill. Then across the fields to the first small lake. We continued to a much bigger lake by now I was in need of lie down and watched the fishermen.

After a rest we continue along the path and then to a confusing sign – which way ? It was decided right and then to a sculpture and a bit about the stone used to make Hardwick After ascending the hill we came across another lake and sculpture before turning right towards another gate. At the gate I was horrified it said left up the hill. As we went up the hill the views behind us were great. I turned back to admire them and even had a sit down. Hoomans had to catch their breath.

We then continued going back to the split in the road and took a left up to the Hardwick old hall.

Great for us hounds as all of the old hall is accessible for dogs. To the kitchen I went. There were a number of other dogs having a look at the old courtyard and servants stairs. To save my legs Mom passed my lead back to dad through the rope barriers after Star had gone down the stairs and up another lot to get out the correct way (not good at stairs).

Mom won the toss to go in the house first so Star and I chilled until she back. Then I sent dad in to get photos for me as though I had gone in.

The front enterance was good for me Into the great hall with a big fire place and a large dining table. The house has loads of embroidered hangings on display including this happy chap They showed people and events that were going on. There can’t of been many squirrels on those days. You went upstairs to many more rooms .

Wouldn’t have enjoyed all those stairs. But dad did come across a room I would enjoy That would have been great for zoomies but in those days it had another use. Then onto the resting room. He then descended downwards to the servants sections and saw more rooms complete with snuffle mats.

Plus another great long dining table. Dad the came back to me where I was still chillin. All in all it was a great hall with lots for Hoomans to see and some great walks for us dogs.

Wolves in Wolves part 2 Blog

Another 15 great Wolves to tell you about. (Me refers to roving reporter my sister Star @MissStarhound)

After leaving 21. Wolf McWolf it was over the bridge and down to the Chubb locks building. In there is a lovely cinema and cafe and they kindly let me into the foyer to grap a photo with 22. Sacred Grandfathers

It was then up the hill to Lichfield street to 23. Beanstalk that was in the foyer of the theatre. The glass reflected the Wolf but a great photo of me !

Hoomans had wanted to take me on the tram to Wolverhampton but sadly I'm not an assistance dog so dogs aren't allowed ! Boo ! But as you can see from this happy little fellow you can get there by bus 🚌

Continuing up the road to the gardens by the memorial cenotaph by St Peters Collegiate church for the correctly name 24. Fallen . Around the wolf were names of those sadly killed in WWI

The gardens are also next to the art gallery (free entry) but again hoomans had to take it in turn to see all the wolves as no dogs allowed in the gallery. There are also loads of small wolves in there.

The two big wolves on the above photo are 01. Wild (top right) and 02. Colour. (Left wolf). As you can see Hoodad also managed to find a selfie frame. He also looked at some of the other exhibits in the gallery a puppet exhibit and a dinosaur exhibit.

They also have a paying exhibit well worth seeing.

On leaving the gallery it was right to the top of road and left to the top of Queen Square where we found 28. Beowulf where they had water fountains. Rolo would love trying to drink these dry but I wasn't so keen to get my paws wet never alone drink the fountains.

Down the road and right towards the civic centre on the plaza was 27. Zeus

Then just at the end of the building it becomes the register office where I found 03. Love. Apparently at the register office hoomans declare their love where my hooparents did this had shut down. Fortunately their love is still going strong.

Not only was it a great pink colour but it smelt good. By now the numbers of people wearing black and gold had multiplied more and more kick off time was approaching so we followed them down to the Molinuex football ground. Those not in the know or my readers further afield home of Wolverhampton Wanders FC.

Yep found myself in the middle of busy football ground. I got some friendly patting and one bloke even offered to make a donation thinking I was on meet and greet and wondered where the collection tin was.
Eventually we found the wolf in the Wolves Museum foyer.

The reflection was terrible but one of the lovely security guys let me in for a quick photo.

Hoodad went to look into the megastore and was amazed at how many shirts there were. On leaving he looked at the security guard on the door with a clicker. He uses one for walks 72 being a good walk. She had clicked 2245 and loads of fans were still going in – wow !!

We left the ground and back under the underpass of the road and then released we had missed 04. Hunter outside the university.

We went back up the hill to the Arena Theatre again I waited outside whilst hoomans got a photo of 25. Fenrir (an Anglo Saxon wolf) that even has its own leaflet to explain what each of the symbols mean.

Then we realised we had missed one outside the main entrance of the civic centre 26. Wolf Ver-Hampton

We then headed to the mander centre where I chilled with mom

Whilst Hoodad went into the centre to get 29. Mander

When Hoomom went into the centre she also found the WolvesinWolves merchandise store on the first floor next to new look. Then we found 30. Claude that's is in a mystery location which we found out where it was from their twitter account – @Wolvesinwolvo

1 final stroll to find the last wolf 06. The Sitting in the WV Active central

Then across the car park and back to where our car was – the facts

First wolf photographed at 11.02
Last wolf photographed at 15.52
Total all 30 wolves found
Time spent 4 hours 50
This all equals – 1 tired hound.

I hope you enjoyed seeing them they are on until 24th September follow the link Wolves in Wolves Website For more details. Well worth seeing for yourself. We were following the Wolf Mapometer link

Thanks to all the sponsors that have helped make this possible.

Keep your eyes peeled for blogs on my finding bears 🐻 in Birmingham's big sleuth trail The Big Sleuth site

Wolves in Wolves Part 1 Blog

Saturday 29th July my hoomans were off to find the Wolves art sculptures in Wolverhampton. The walk was going to be 4 plus miles so I sent my roving reporter sister Star @MissStarhound it would be too far for my old legs. (Any reference to me is actually Star)

Hooman has only ever been to Wolverhampton twice before once to see Ken Dodd (very funny) and a meeting. So walking round the city will be fun sightseeing also. They parked up on the outskirts of west park (top left of the map).

This meant a quick walk across the park to find number 7 Baylis – which was sponsored by the Nhs – Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group

Then round to Marston brewery shop which Hoodad had a quick look at but didn't buy any beer heavy to carry all the way round. (8. Thomas)

After walking under a massive roundabout via the underpass it was up Darlington Street to 9. Sunset

Round then a bit of a walk to 10. Support Life

To the end of the road and a right and left until the edge of the market where 11. Compton was.

We walked through the market where dad got some Black Country pork scratchings that he eat quickly so they must have been nice. After leaving the market went up school street to the Arena theatre where 12. Kiyiya was, unfortunately it was inside so no photos with me in.
Here the hoomans managed to pick up a couple of official maps rather than the printed copy from the internet.
A left at the end of the road into church street and then skirt round the outskirts of the Church of St.John in the square. Right into a left and right into George Street where at the end of the road was a rainbow 🌈 well actually wolf 13.Rainbow

Down towards the shopping area and off the the right the central library 14. Meditation

Having Star with them they went a slightly different way to come across 17. Endless Opportunities

But then they had to take it in turns to go and find the two in The Wulfrun Centre. Star had a drink a well deserved rest.

In the entrance was 16. Aurora

Further round the centre in the atrium was 15. Hope

Hoomans doubled back on themselves to 17. Then left into Market Street to find 18. Dynasty

It was now 12.39 and we started to see loads of people walking around in Black and Gold shirts – wolves were playing at home 3pm kick off so all the bars had big blokes outside of them ! (Bouncers) hoomans decided it was time to grap some lunch. Star and Hoomom found seats whilst dad went to get the McDonalds.

Food and rest had a left into queen street to find the fire brigade sponsored wolf 19. Flame 🔥

Star spotted a pet shop and promptly made hoomans take her in and £1 later 8 doggie sausages were bought. Then it was Wolves by transport the first 20. Garden was at the bus 🚌 station.

Then down Railway drive towards the train station 21. Wolfy McWolf

Time to stop half way through the trip it's late and I need walking before going to bed. Part 2 of the trip will follow tomorrow.

Northern Greyhound Gathering 2017 Blog

Sunday 16th July saw Star, my hoomans and I travel up North for the 3rd Northern Greyhound Gathering. For us it was 122 miles each way to get to Weatherby Racecourse.

I have attended the previous 2 gatherings at the Mining Museum and the old West Yorkshire kennels. The racecourse was clearly marked just off the motorway the important thing was turn right into the racecourse if you went left it was a huge car boot sale. Fortunately there were marshalls on duty with high visibility jackets with greyhounds silhouette on them.

When we arrived hoomans left us in the car briefly whilst they delivered goodies to the cake stall – lemon and lime 🍋 drizzle cake, Victoria sponge and a Raisin & cinnamon loaf. Also dropping off some wine for the raffle. Hoomom collected us whilst dad helped Bolly's dad (see Bolly to put up an event canopy.

The show started at 10 and judging in the show rink started at 11. The first class most handsome lad had 54 dogs in it.

The was a silent auction for some great things to bid for.

Sausage bobbing a firm favourite of mine and duly paid my £1 for a go !

Nail cutting that I quickly walked past as that isn't a stall I like to visit !

The show was across a big field with the stalls on a half U shape

I went on a plod to visit them. Seeing a number of my friends (orange hyperlinks to websites – Dogs on Bikes collars.

Added to our collection was 3 more collars and a tag collar. Then we visited Felicity at Pink Fluffy Kitty 1 collar each then onto Julie at Lilly Moo Lily Moo we got 2 bandanas and placed an order for me to have a waterproof and a summer wet coat made. Not forgetting treats from Stephanie and Paul at Treats2Sit4
Treats2Sit4 also provided the prizes for the classes. Talking of which take a look at the best in show line up.

Passo got reserve in show but the best in show was a very very nice dog

After best in show there was a break which meant many of us got together at the Hounds of Twitter canopy.

Flo (@FloMarg_Whippet) met little Flo Italian Greyhound (@funforflo) Unfortunately we don't have a greyhound in hounds off twitter called Flo otherwise it would be like Russian dolls .

But then we had a group photo.

Before going into the ring for the hounds of twitter class.
The hounds of twitter class was won by Dash (@Dolly_n_Dash) from Cardiff

With Kia (@casalindi) 2nd and Bolly (@BollyBigBolt) 3rd.

In the afternoon were classes for other breeds as well as young handlers.

You can Steve White (@BurlingtonBurlo) taking the all the photos as official photographer and he did an amazing job. You can view these photos here – NGG Photos

Once the hounds of class has been judged I gave some of the peanut butter letters out to fur friends Holly, Flo, Witch and Murphy, Tess, Ruby Olly but a few letters were left and formed a word

My shopping stall was just some of the stalls I went to but if you see the list below the variety of sales was really good.

Not forgetting hoomans also purchased a number of cakes from the very well stocked cake stall. Hoomans think they need 2 next year and to sell dog cakes.

There were some great photos were taken of Star and I

It turned out to be a hot sunny day and fortunately there was Stefs Pet Pantry selling my favourite cold snack Frozzys as well as various dried body parts.

The show this year was by far the biggest and best one and I think it was better than Greyhound Extravaganza and last years GGG so a big well done to all the volunteers for organising it.

Rolo goes boating Blog πŸ›Ά

So 9th July I went boating on “Indigo Dream”  which is a lovely 60ft canal barge. 

We were met at 10.00 on the towpath at Catharine-De-Barnes by Richard (aka skipper) and Alex Puppy (2year old grey). It was good to met on neutral ground in case we didn’t get on. He’s a bit nervous but with a bit of hound sniffing we were friends.

Hoomans were given a tour of the boat and a bit of health and safety. Sue (aka Alex’s Hoomom) just told us hounds to relax. 

I think we managed that. It was a lovely sunny day and its was ideal for traveling down the canal. 

After a while Skipper Richard asked Hoodad if he would like to have a go steering. It was a bit zig zaggy at times he only hit the bank a couple of times. Sorry Indigo for the scratches to the paint work. 

As well as Dad having ago at steering Alex was relaxing with us hounds whilst the 2 hoomoms chatted. 

Sue then made a lovely lunch for the hoomans of bacon and sausage sandwichs who eat them whilst we continued down the Great Union canal. We had some pilchard muffins. We even came to an old tunnel where the horses used to go through a small tunnel.  It was dark so the boat lights went on and the odd cold shower from leaking water from the roof. 

The boat had already gone through 5 locks and it was decided to go down Hatton Flights that’s 21 locks. So Skipper and Dad were on lock opening, winding the cranks to let water in and out of the lock and opening the lock the other end. Just before we went into the first lock another boat asked to join us in the locks and help with the lock work. 

We did go past a boat that wasn’t as good as Indigo Dream – a bit leaky

With all the lock work and the sun we were getting hot and we had brought Frozzys with us. 

After the Frozzys it was more chillin for us hounds. 

With waiting for 3 boats to come up the lock before we entered and the slower boat infront the 21 locks took us 3 hours. The boat was moored up and the Hoodads went in a taxi to collect the cars. Whilst they were gone us 3 hounds had a fridge feast so no food was thrown out – bacon, sausage, sliced beef and sliced chicken. Nommie ! 
It was now 20.30 so we all headed off to the pub for tea.  I shared some top life goats milk with Star and Alex. Hoodad had a pint of goats milk beer . 

So I travelled about 14 miles and did no walking at all -great for a old boy like me. 

Both the hoomans and I loved the boating day with Richard, Sue and Alex Puppy thanks it’s was fab 🐢😘