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Sunday, 22 December 2019

Keeping Fit with Bertie

My Welsh Terrier puppy Bertie is almost 17 weeks old and his walking distance is getting greater all the time. He would just keep going and going but  it's not good for him.
From tarmac to dirt
Tree lined lane
I'm blessed that I live in a semi rural location, surrounded by fields with public footpaths and public bridleways. The road I live in was actually the entrance to a large  farm many years ago, all the homes are different styles and ages. A few doors away from my bungalow that was built in 2000  are what I believe to be workers cottages built in 1914. The farm has been broken up and sold off over the last 25-30 years. One of the fields is now a stable block and can only be accessed via a dirt track in my road. The owners dont live on site but they have 2 large horses, hens, geese and ducks.
Another part of the field  has been given over to a couple of small workshops that aren't currently used, I think because access is pretty awful due to the dirt track. Behind our bungalow is what's left of another farm. I understand that  one farmer now runs what's remaining  of both farms from a base  half a mile away.


Down the lane there are mushrooms, sloe berries and all sorts of great foliage that I hope to use next year on a wreath. 

Bertie loves checking out what the farmer is growing. The only downside is I feel our lovely walks have been spoiled by the constant wet weather. Quite frankly I've never known Essex so wet as it is this year. Poor Bertie, all he's known is rain, rain and more rain...not that he minds,  but I do. I'm praying for a dry month. 

We have been doing some recall training with him, whereby we had a 15mtr training lead and a tub of sausage tit bits. Everytime the lead was fully extended  we would call him back and if he did what we asked he was rewarded.  Last week we let him off the lead for the first time  and he came back every time. Yeah!! I'm so proud. 

I'm feeling a little better and getting out and about is certainly helping. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, back in the New Year. Bye for now. Tx

21 comments:

  1. It's been dreadfully wet, hasn't it? EVen round here there's some flooding.
    Bertie's comoing on, isn't he. A well trained dog is an absolute delight!
    xx

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    1. Like children putting the hard work in early pays dividends later in life. I do love him.x

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  2. It's great to get out walking with a dog. I do still miss mine.
    I hope you've got a good pair of boots with all the wet weather we've been having.
    Bertie is gorgeous. 🐾

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    1. I have both wet proof walking boots and Wellingtons. A must at the moment. I'm loving having him
      X

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  3. I think Bertie will be getting a few baths. Fed up of the mud here as well.

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    1. He had a wonderful shower yesterday. The farmers fields are fairly well drained thank goodness.

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  4. I am sorry that you are getting so much rain. Bertie is a good boy for coming back when called.

    God bless.

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    1. I wish we could send this torrential rain over to Australia to help them put out such dreadful fires. X

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  5. Love Bertie, and he is doing so well. We are in North Yorkshire now and all the fields are still waterlogged and all paths/road etc are constantly wet. I have driven back to Hampshire a couple of times and to be honest all the country is the same to one degree or the other. Really hoping that January is dry, even if it means up here it will be cold. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas - see you on the other side!

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    1. I'm certainly offering up a prayer for a dry month. Merry Christmas to you and yours. X

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  6. It seems to have been grey, wet and very gloomy for a long time now but good that you're still able to get out and about with Bertie. Hope you and the family have a lovely Christmas. xx

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    1. Thank you, he is my reason for getting out. I love it. Have a great Christmas. X

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  7. A dog is a wonderful excuse for walking isn't it, but frankly if you offered me sausage treats I'd come walking with you too! I'm still (vaguely) mulling over getting one but I'm not convinced (for me) yet as I'm out and about too much. And if it makes you feel any better, I've NEVER known it as wet as it is here in France either. I'm thinking about looking up designs for arcs!! In the meantime, merry Christmas Tania and I hope 2020 is good to you and yours. Anna

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    1. Yes, getting Alls fog is a huge commitment and they are a tie. We've put it off for many years but do glad we went for it. All the best to you too Anna.

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  8. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Tania. I hope things start drying out for you, you must be getting webbed feet!! We got quite a bit of snow the last couple of days so it will definitely be a white Christmas.

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    1. I think Europe as a whole have experienced some really extreme weather. It's going to be a mild Christmas in Essex with a lower chance if rain!

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  9. You and Bertie will have some fantastic walks together, walking is so invigorating. x

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  10. It’s been terribly wet everywhere, hasn’t it! Well done Bertie (and you!) on his recall training!

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  11. Thanks Anne, I know we are much luckier then some who have experienced extreme flooding but the constant wet conditions do get you down.

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  12. We’ve had so much rain, haven’t we! We had some sun yesterday, I almost forgot what it was like! Well done on Bertie’s training, he’s doing brilliantly. I bet you can’t wait for drier weather, those muddy paws!

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