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Active Holiday

July at last! Warm weather we hope and holidays! A chance to get away to re-charge, enjoy some dry dog walking, dry boots, clean cars and a good book to read whilst sitting in the garden with something nice in a glass!

We all look forward to a break, some people like to be active on their holiday and some don't want to be. However all the dog owners who have active dogs and whose dogs are used to being out and walking in all weathers bring their dogs to me for their holidays – they usually book the dogs in before they book their own!

Active holidays here means 4-5 hours off lead walking in a pack over the fells. However all our guest dogs have to be obedient and livestock proof, otherwise if they don't come up to the required standard after a trial run they can not come.

We have to be careful of course where we walk, and we have special permission from farmers who kindly let us walk over there land, likewise on the fells. One of my favourite walks is through a beautiful pine wood, down a little twisty path which leads to a kissing gate and out onto open fields which has a river running through it where they swim – it leads to a wooden farm gate then through farm land , it's a wonderful circuit and is perfect for warm summer days as the dogs can swim in the fresh water river.

We have our regular guest dogs who come all the time to stay so they know exactly what the routine is and in fact I think they could properly take me for a walk as they know exactly where they are going.

One guest dog who comes to stay with us is Toby Duff. Toby is now into his senior years and he arrives with his very smart navy blue and red ruck sack - this has a label attached to it with his name on, so sweet. He has all his bits and pieces in it and also biscuits to share with his friends - he never arrives without it! His owners carry his sack of food in for him as this is too big for the ruck sack.

Toby is going to have a new friend living with him now as his owners have bought one of my puppies, Bertie. I am looking forward to seeing whether Bertie Duff arrives with a little ruck sack of his own when he comes to stay in the future.

We go off every morning on our long walks, and we cover quite a distance the active holiday walks are chosen to suit the dogs that are staying here. It's no good doing 4 hours up a steep fell with a 14 year old dog that can only potter. Our days are long and busy starting at 6.30am and finishing at 10pm, seven days a week.

The fells, woodlands and swimming in the rivers are great exercise but more importantly they keep the guest dogs fit and mentally active so that at night after a full day they can relax and sleep (under heat lamps when cold and wet) and feel secure in the knowledge that tomorrow will be a different walk with different smells.

Pity that when the owners come back to pick them up sometimes they haven't enjoyed their holiday as much as there dog!

Blendbetter Carlisle. Blendbetter Pet Foods, Westlinton, Carlisle. CA6 6AA. 01228 791608
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