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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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A walk a day keeps the monster away.

Recently, I have been kind of neglecting Winston. It’s horrible to admit but it is totally unintentional.

Here is my daily (work days) routine:

6:15am – Wake up, take Jack to work (he works 12 hrs – 7am-7pm)

7:00am – Home and sleep for a couple of hours

10:00am – wake up, check Facebook, WordPress and youtube then get up showered, dressed, hair & make up done, housework done and let Winston run around the garden whilst I do all that

12:20pm – Leave for work. (shift 1-9pm)

9:35pm – Home, sit on the laptop for a while, hug Winnie

10:30pm – Let Winston out for final pee and bed.

And here is Winston’s daily routine:

6:15am – Mum & Dad get up, let me out for a pee and give me breaky

7:00am – Mum gets back – without Daddy – and we go back to bed for snuggles and a nap

10:00am – Mum wakes up, spends ages on that weird folding thing or her phone, then goes into the water cage, uses the silly loud thing that blows her hair, gets ready into a weird grey and green outfit and I get to run around the garden like a maddy!

12:20pm – Mummy hugs me and kisses me goodbye and leaves. I watch her drive away from the window.

4:00pm – Gran comes in and walks me then wines and dines me. I’m pretty sure she is my meal ticket.

7:30pm  – Daddy comes home and razzles around with me on the bed and we play tag through the house

9:35pm – Mummy comes home and hugs me alot then sits on that foldy thing again

10:30pm – pee and BED!

You will notice one thing in this equation that looks a bit… off. I don’t walk my dog. My mum is kind enough to nip in and walk Winnie when I’m at work so I don’t need to do it when I get home. Until recently I thought this was great because Winston was still getting his walks and I didn’t have to worry about doing them when I got home. But like I say, that was until recently. About two or three weeks ago Winston started being really destructive. He was chewing everything – remotes, the mouse for the laptop, my moisturizer bottles, shoes, any packaging of any kind he could get to, it was just becoming ridiculous.

It took me a while to come to my conclusion but I thought, maybe I need to spend more time with him. But as you can tell things are a bit mad at the moment with work. However, I was determined to fit some quality time in with Winnie get him out on a proper walk.

Jack works at a nursing home right next to a local country park and I thought instead of leaving Winston at home when I take Jack to work why don’t I take him with me and take him a long walk first thing in the morning. This was literally the best idea I had ever had.

I started the walks a week and a half ago and Winnie has been so much happier for it. We still come home and nap afterwards and he gets his lunch when we wake up rather than first thing in the morning. It’s the best of both worlds.

Winnie at Troon Beach this morning

Winnie at Troon Beach this morning

I also feel like these walks have done wonders for what little training I do with Winston. Before he would run straight for other dogs, not to attack just to say ‘hi’, but this often lead to some pretty worried owners and some pretty puzzled and traumatized dogs. He would eventually respond to my calls and back away but not before he had said his hellos and goodbyes. It got to the stage where I wouldn’t let him off leash as I was afraid people would see him as a dangerous dog. Yesterday, when we were out our walk we met a Golden Retriever and Winston began to run towards him. All I had to do was make a noise and he stopped, let out a little gruff and then ran back to me. I was astounded and excited. He showed such obedience I was so proud to be his owner, to be the one walking with him. Soppy, I know.

A daily walk with your dog is essential for many reasons, exercise, stress release etc but the most important reason I walk my dog now is for that bonding experience. It’s not something that you can get from just cuddling up on the sofa, playing around in the garden or napping in the middle of the day. Although they are pretty awesome!

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The Tradition Begins

Today Winston and I hit up the ol’ Eggy park again – it has become a fortnightly tradition. This time we ventured down a path we had never taken before and Winston really enjoyed walking along the rivers edge, although I think it reminded him of the bath so he kept a safe distance. All in all the walk took us about an hour and a bit.

Much to my delight my little grump has slept since we got back. Gotta love small dogs!

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Such swag!

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He wasn’t too impressed by the sound of the water

❤ Laura & Winston

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Diary Entry: A trip to Eggy Park

Yesterday I took Winston to the vet to get his claws clipped and to get his sty looked at.  He got the all clear, thank the lord. Yes, his eye is fine and the sty should go away itself.

In celebration we decided to hit up Eglington Park after I dropped Jack off at work. Winston did great on his lead, as always. But, he did even better at ‘public recall’! He came back on command, although sometimes he needed an extremely authoritative tone but he always came back eventually. I am so proud of him.

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Unfortunately, we only met older dogs who didn’t really have a lot of patience for Winston’s boisterous antics. But hopefully on our next walk were meet some younger friendly doggies and get some pictures up. ❤

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