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Black & White Sunday – The Bonnie Banks

Taz staring out into the Loch

Taz staring out into the Loch

A few weeks ago the writer at SimplyShaye emailed me to let me know about a cool photo campaign that DogVacay are running to see what city has the most dog spirit. Now, obviously, I was quite excited at the idea of showing off Winston in the Scottish countryside and strutting his stuff as if he owns the joint. But as it turns out Dog Vacay is an American company and so it was more a U.S based campaign. Although, I have never been one to play by the rules all the time so I decided to mix it up and do a little post entitled ‘I Love My Country!’ Winston, his friend Taz, my friends Colby and Siobhan and myself all took a trip up to Loch Lomond and took alot of photos.

When I got home and started shuffling through them I wasn’t very impressed with the photos and realised I needed to step up the mark.

So I decided to let Winston tell you about the different places we love in our home county, Ayrshire.

Enjoy

Our Trip to Loch Lomond

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The Kay Park

We love going to the Kay Park because it is just a five minute walk from the house. A few years ago some silly boys burnt down this beautiful monument but this is how the Mother wants to remember it!

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Barassie Beach

This is my favourite beach! We get out the car, The Mother lets me off the lead and BOOM… I’m off! Digging in the sand, rolling in the sad, kicking up the sand, everything in the sand!

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Dean Castle Country Park

I am amazed by this place! They have pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, donkeys and ducks. Real ones!

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Eglinton Park

My favourite of everywhere I’ve ever been! The Mother brings me here almost every morning and even when it’s cold it’s brilliant. We go such long walks aswell and we still haven’t seen it all!

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Winston Words – This is how I know!

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On Tuesday the Mother told you all about how I do some proper amazing stuff and it totally baffles her. But between you and me it’s pretty easy to tell whether or not the Mother is getting the hoover or my food out of the cupboard. She takes my bowl with her when she’s feeding me. As for getting a walk after she puts her uniform on, duh, it’s a uniform. It looks the same every time. She puts it on, I get a walk. Simples. And when it comes to having new toys or treats in the Mother’s shopping bag, she always tells me that she has them.

She always uses that silly baby voice she thinks I love so much. Really I just get all excited over the toys and let her think it’s because of  her. But the mystery of how I know she’s in the street before I can see her, I really am psychic.

What about my furry friends? I bet you have some psychic powers!

Winston

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It’s Puppy Awareness Week

All this week has been Puppy Awareness Week here in the UK. And to celebrate there has been loads of things going on, the most important is the new guidelines the Pet Advertising Advisory Group has set in place for puppy and dog advertising online.

The new guidelines include:

No pet is to advertised for a swap

No pregnant pet sales

Websites can ban vendors on a three strikes you’re out policy

And the way to find these bad vendors?

Keywords, when an advert is posted the website will look for key words such as banned and remove the post automatically.

Vendors will also not be able to set puppies underage.

This is a huge step forwarding in tackling puppy mills, however there is more that can be done. But since I am a glass half full kinda gal I want to continue the positive vibe with this story. Finally, people are taking the steps needed to ensure pet welfare is top priority when selling. Fingers crossed for the future.

 

We now have Instagram! I’m still figuring out how to work it because I don’t have the proper app due to my phone. But please follow us and we will update as much as we can. Find us here.

 

I have finally found my camera charger. Recently, I have been taking all my pictures on my phone because I couldn’t find me camera charger, which was super annoying. But it has been found! Yay, better and more pictures for all! Yippeeeee.

 

This is part of the This’n’That Thursday Blog Hop, where you have a little bit of this and a little big of that, but not much in the way of a proper post.

 

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This’n’That Thursday – Pampered pets, foxes and farewell Stitch

Welcome to our first This’n’That Thursday, a blog hop being hosted by 2 Brown Dawgs for when you have little bit of this and a little bit of that to talk about. Click here to join it yourself.

I have trouble sleeping at night and when I am trying to ‘tire myself out’ I sit and read various online newspapers for weird and wonderful stories. The other night on the Daily Mail website I found an article about a man who was faced with a fox, in his bed no less.

Leon Smith felt what he thought was his cat snuggling up to his back and licking his neck. He turned around to clap it and to hug his girlfriend – who he thought was still in the bed – only to find it wasn’t his cat, or his girlfriend… it was a fox. Click to read.

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For my American friends the fox is the British raccoon. Some class them as pests, others class them as cute and cuddly and others class them as dangerous wild animals. I think they look good but at the end of the day they are wild animals, which makes them unpredictable, a predator and in many cases dangerous. I tell you though I would not be very calm if I woke up to an affectionate fox in my bed. What about you, what would you do?

Channel 5 launched a programme on Monday night showcasing the worlds most pampered pets. While I personally do not agree with dyeing your dogs hair or cutting it into silly shapes I cannot help but laugh at some of the other pictures. The lizard on the chaise is my favourite! But when reading some of the comments on the article it is obvious that the animal loving public is article-2403071-1B807521000005DC-144_634x485divided into two sides; those would rather a dog be dressed up and pampered than beaten and abused and those who believe dressing your dog up is abuse on the same level. I’m with the first group. If a dog is being taken to yoga, fed good food and sleeping in a luxury pet bed next to their devoted owner they are being cared for and not abused. I would rather every dog lived that life rather than be subjected to neglect and abuse. What side are you on? (Don’t worry I won’t judge you. Much)

And finally, it is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of one of our oldest fans (by oldest I mean longest serving), Stitch of District Dog Designs, Vancouver, Canada.

Outwith friends and family Koolimut (Stitches owner) was the first person to follow this blog and for that I thank them and send out my deepest condolences during such a sad time.

Farewell Stitch, rest in the Carmel-by-the-Sea. Our thoughts are with your family.

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