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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!

kay park

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!

barassie beach

Dean Castle Country Park

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

dean park

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!

eggy park

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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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Winston’s Words

A few weeks ago at work I got chatting to a customer who told me she owns a media agency and, the best part, that she is a massive dog lover.

She has a beautiful Border Terrier called Zak who is actually on their website as a member of the team. She was super excited when I told her about the blog, she gave me her card and told me to let her know when the new one was up and running. So I did.

She gave me some great feedback though that made me really think – since it’s The ‘Winston’ Blog there needs to be a lot more posts from Winston.

I like the idea of having posts from the paws of my little prince, what do you think?Image

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How to keep your dog SAFE!

The Facebook rumor mill has been on overdrive these past couple of weeks with stories of dog fighting rings stealing peoples dogs from their houses, cars and parks. The latest being that these dog fighting rings are marking people’s houses with stickers and paint blobs in a code that determines how many dogs are in a household and what size they are before someone comes along and steals them.

True or false? It doesn’t matter, you should always take precautions to keep your dog safe.

7 Handy Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe

1. NEVER leave your dog tied up outside a shop.

I can completely understand why people tie their dog up outside a shop. You can walk the dog and pick up necessities like milk and bread at the same time, two birds, one stone springs to mind. However, you are leaving your dog open to theft. For the past few years it has become apparent that some people want to steal dogs and sell them on. Sad, I know but it is true. Please don’t give this kind of heartbreak the opportunity to enter your life.

2. Don’t leave your dog in the car.

There are at least two excellent reasons to live by this, theft again and overheating. In 2011 Police officer Ian Craven was charged and suspended from the force after two dogs died of heatstroke in the back of his van. Sadly, this was the second time dogs had died from heatstroke on his watch. Many owners are caught out by the weather being cool when they leave the car, but it can take just 20 minutes for a car to become a furnace and a danger to your dog.

3.If you have to leave your dog in the house alone, get a visitor.

Winston gets left in the house on his own for a few hours a few days a month. However, we have the dog walker who comes in and sees him at 12 and then my mum a couple of hours later. I always ask them to look out for strange things in the garden, driveway or just in general. If you think you’re going to be out when day turns into night invest in some timer plugs. Set them for when you think it will be dark for your TV and lamps, that way it will look like someone is in when there isn’t. This is also good to deter burglars in general!

4. Always lock your doors and use an alarm if you can.

At night, during the day, home or not home, lock your door.

5. Don’t leave your dog in the garden on their own.

Leaving your dog to roam the garden on their own, or locking them out, is an excellent way to get your dog stolen or to just lose them. Dogs are crafty, if there is a way they can escape your garden, they will. And if there’s a way out for your dog, there’s a way in for a thief.

6. Be vigilant.

At the dog park, out a walk through the streets, at the beach or even just out in the woods be vigilant. Always know where your dog is and be aware of who is around you. All it takes is for you to turn your back and your dog is gone. Whether they have ran away or been taken.

7. Microchip your dog!

This is probably the most valuable tip you could ever receive. Micro-chipping your dog is cheap and cheerful and could reunite you with your them should they disappear. I have heard wonderful stories of dog and owner being reunited after months, and in some cases, years of separation.  But remember, update your microchip when you move, change your name or your number.

I don't have to worry about dog thiefsies, my Daddy will protect me!

I don’t have to worry about dog thiefsies, my Daddy will protect me!

Dogster also provides to excellent dog safety tips here.

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If you have any tips of your own, please feel free to share them