It’s 9pm on Sunday night and we are both ready for an early night. It is officially the end of the Half Term Holiday and it’s back to work for me tomorrow. For 4 weeks and 4 days, I might add. (not that we are counting!)
Although I have only had the 1 week off with Coop I’ve tried to make the most of it. I always aim to take him to new places or places that aren’t our usual walks. We both love an adventure but sometimes getting Ryan to be so enthusiastic can be the hardest part.
As for this week, we have visited 2 local parks that we haven’t been to before and 2 parks in London that Cooper hadn’t visited before. With pictures from the week to share with you of course!
Monday then, I had done some research on Sunday of the nearest beach to us. West Kirby, according to Google. I was adamant I wanted to take Cooper to the beach for the day with a trip to a dog friendly pub before we came home. That didn’t happen. The weather was awful, but I was still determined not to be doing the normal walks near us. So we resorted to a local farm, Northycote. It’s a lovely walk that is almost always without many people. It’s far enough to not be a walk we do all that regularly but close enough that I don’t have to allow for hours and consider the time of the day etc.
Here we found Snowdrops, which caught me by surprise as I didn’t realise we had them so close!
Tuesday saw a trip to our local park, which I had not visited since I was very young. Meaning I had forgotten just how big it really is! The weather was much brighter but still very muddy, especially with Ryan throwing the ball for Cooper. He deliberately aimed for every muddy puddle going, giving me one very dirty pup! After a couple of miles around the park we decided an ice cream was a fantastic idea, with Cooper having the last bit at the end. Then it was home for a bath for Mr Coops!
I was whisked off to London on Wednesday to see Matilda (which was fantastic!) but I made it up to Coops by taking him on Thursday to visit my Aunty & Uncle. We had a very relaxing visit and Cooper was a very well behaved pup. Even when he decided that he now doesn’t like their kitchen floor so refused to go in there to eat or drink. We visited Paddington Recreational Ground on Thursday for our walk and Hyde Park on Friday.
Our 7:30am walk around Hyde Park was beautiful and a great start to the day, although it did confuse Cooper that there were people swimming and I wouldn’t let him. It was far too cold for that!!
Friday night saw us visit The Crown Joules pub not far from our house for a meal. I really didn’t want to leave Coop at home so semi-demanded that plans were considerate of him coming with us. He was very well behaved and made me proud, with him getting lots of fuss from the locals.
On Saturday we visited Sutton Park, taking Molly along with us. Molly is my Mom & Dad’s Westie that came to live with us when she was 3 after a pretty rubbish start in life. Me, Ryan & Molly did a very nice 4 miles around the park. Cooper, on the other hand, did more like 8? I am really intrigued by the Pet Trackers as I would love to know how far he goes on these walks.
Sutton Park saw a lot more mud, some water and even an ice cream for us again! Both pups then had to have a bath when we came home as neither of them resembled their true colour.
Today has consisted of a 2 mile walk just me & Coops. As much as I love the walks where he doesn’t need to be on a lead, heel practise is still very much required. Annoyingly, it is me that has done all of Cooper’s training with him & lately we have been doing quire well with the heel work off lead, but he walks better on a lead in new places for Ryan. I have absolutely no idea why but it grieves me to say the least.
So there we go, that has been our week. Summarised in 740 words I’m told…
The Brands of the week for me this week have definitely got to be Cotswold Pooch, Dogrobes UK, Equafleece and PitPat.
Cooper has a Dogrobe which has been absolutely fantastic. Whether he has been in the sea or the bath, within half an hour of wearing his dogrobe he’s dry. Plus he looks so cute wearing it!
Talking of cute, his Bow Tie and Bandana that he’s been wearing this week are both from Cotswold Pooch and I just love them, they’re adorable and perfect for a mud loving spaniel as the wash brilliantly between adventures.
As for Equafleece and PitPat, these are 2 brands we don’t own yet. This week has made me realise just how much I want to know Cooper’s true activity levels. As for Equafleece, as fantastic as Cooper’s dogrobe is when he is wet, I do want to get him an Equafleece for when he is cold. I hate to see my poor little boy shiver and think a jumper would be extremely useful during our adventures or our holidays.
I’m hoping that PitPat and Equafleece will be at Crufts when I visit on 11th March.
It’s taken me an hour to upload the photo’s and tell you about our week. Cooper has given up on me and gone to bed so I think it’s time I did the same. We hope you have a fantastic week.
Loves & Wags,
Kate & Cooper
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