Every Saturday at 11.00, I fetch Meggie and Badger and take them for a lovely walk. It is one of the highlights of my week after spending hours sitting in front of a computer. They don’t care where we go or how long we are out. They don’t even care about the weather. They just want a bit of time to run around and express their personalities.
There’s a fabulous walk we often do, from their house to the park, and then on to the river valley where they can jump in and out of the water to keep cool, and we can all enjoy the shade of the trees.
Dogwalkers are very sociable people and we’ve met lots of regular walkers and made lots of doggy friends over the summer. Bonbon the chocolate labrador and Stanley the spaniel have a really cool blue toy which they are happy to share.
Sometimes I fancy going somewhere different, just for a bit of variety. But I’ve avoided taking the dogs further afield because they don’t like the car very much. Badger won’t settle; he jumps from the back seat to the front and then onto my lap. Basically he wants to drive the car. And Meggie, typical neurotic collie, is stressed by Badger not sitting still, and freezes on the back seat. I have recently solved this by installing a new seat cover on the back seat. It attaches to the headrests front and back to create a sort of hammock. There’s now enough of a barrier between front and back to stop Badger jumping forwards, and they can’t fall off the back seat into the footwells. So they feel much more secure travelling in the car and we’ve had a couple of lovely walks checking out new footpaths on the edge of town.
On the way back, they are tired and happy and relaxed and they lie down on the back seat for a snooze till we get home.
At home the routine is, treats, fill up water bowls, and chat about our adventures whilst I give them both a lovely brush. My goodness they are much easier to brush than cats! They both love it. Meggie sits still like a princess having her hair done. She even gives me her paw if she thinks I’m stopping. Badger rolls over on his back and offers me each side to make sure I don’t miss a bit.
Then I say goodbye and I miss them like mad until the next Saturday.
Volunteer dogwalking and pet care is arranged for free by The Cinnamon Trust.