Friday, December 31, 2010


Ozzy has escaped from his garden and has been missing for quite a few hours now.
If you have seen him, or know of his whereabouts, please call Jim on 07771 332839
Eyes peeled everyone!

Friday, December 24, 2010

...and a Merry Christmas to us all!

We hope your Christmas walks are enjoyable and look forward to seeing you all soon! Take care, thanks for your company throughout the year and all the best to you and yours! A,L&A.
P.S. It's technically weak, but very cute. I couldn't resist one more photo of Noggin!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Best Laid Plans...

Once you were up there, the weather seemed particularly kind, as it was absolutely stunning. However, it's not so kind when it makes it difficult to get there in the first place! The car park was the quietest I have ever seen it at Haughmond, so we weren't too surprised not to see anyone up there. That said, Archie and Lily had a great time anyway and the sausage bap at the bottom was divine! I'm sure we can organise something else another time. All the best. A&A.
p.s. 4 posts in a day is a new record! Keep them coming!
p.p.s. Thanks for the info Jill, thanks for the thanks Bec, and great pies Sarah!
p.p.s.s. Did anyone go to Moorlands?

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone enjoyed a nice snowy walk over Haughmond this morning. Sorry Busby and I couldn't make it. Just want to say thank you for making us feel welcome when we moved to the area in the summer and if we don't see you before, then have a great Christmas!

New Year Peace Boats

Hi Hope all the intrepid dog walkers enjoyed the winter wonderland of the hill. Hope you have some great pictures.
Wanted to remind everyone of the new year eve peace boat tradition ( must be all of ten years old) of Castlefields. There are no organizers or rules and time is difficult to gauge as the children start earlier and the big boat builders fall out the pub at about 5:30ish. The aim is to send a boat with some kind of light over the weir. Very few manage this, but it is great fun watching with the help of mulled wine and mince pies or refreshments of your choice.
Basically, any type of home made boat which a) floats and b) holds a tea light or other type of light, LED lights have been successful but don't, in my view , have the same effect. The launch of these boats can be tricky depending on if you lower the boat over the bridge and have given due consideration to a) how to let the string go without tipping the boat over and wetting the light, and
b) if the river has risen or fallen since you last assessed the length of said rope. Many a disappointed boat builder has fallen at the first hurdle. Some launch from the towpath ( better for the children) but difficult to assess the eddies and currents,and boats frequently hit the path or other boats resulting in a spectacular fire.
The builders and designers really go to town with some boats having fireworks and rockets , many boats are made from old paper lampshades . I have known dead pet mice that have been given the full viking funeral.
So I hope to see the Dog walkers make a stunning effort. Can anyone willow weaver a dog shaped boat?

Mince Pie Anyone?

Thanks for organising the haughmond walk but those snowy roads are going to keep us on castle walk this morning so im going to make some mince pies and see if me and Cadbury are the only ones around, hope were not! should be coming out of the oven about 9.30

Friday, December 17, 2010

All I Want For Christmas!

This is Noggin everyone! He's a beautiful tri-colour Border Collie and at the grand old age of 12 weeks he was making only his second ever outing on to a very snowy and cold Castle Walk this morning. Needless to say, I was captivated, but Archie paid him absolutely no attention and just wanted to keep playing in, eating, catching, and chasing the snow! There were quite a few out this morning which meant that we stayed out far longer than we intended and got very cold feet. It was interesting to see how Noggin and the others reacted to each other and this sort of behaviour always fascinates me. Noggin was understandably nervous, Lloyd's brain was a good fifteen minutes behind the rest of him (as usual - but he's still one of my favourites!) and he just bowled straight in there, and Lydia had a face on 'cos she was cold. Elsa, being Elsa, waded in after Lloyd, but it was all good clean fun in the end and great to welcome a new face.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sorry meant to ask what does #39 mean
9;30 sunday morning Who are you kidding!
What time is the walk on sunday and do we need to bring pies and wine or buy them there?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Away days...

It's been mentioned in passing several times, and this Sunday it's happening! Regardless of the weather, the hardy souls that make up our merry band are meeting in the car park at Haughmond Hill for a little away day and change of scenery. As usual, all are welcome, spread the word, and if you're up for it, myself, Archie and plenty of others will see you there at 09:30 am. The plan is... there is no plan. If you want to be festive, be festive, if you need a hip flask and a bit of stollen to enjoy at the top, then bring it along. Any suggestions or ideas are welcome, but the most important thing is just to turn up and do what we do best, enjoy the fresh air and make our dogs happy!
P.S. Cheers for another fun night on Monday and well done to all of those who answered a question. It seemed like everyone had a good time and we'll definitely do it again. Watch this space!Thanks also to those of you who responded to our little appeal for 'bits and bobs' for the less fortunate dogs at Roden and Hilbrae. Lynds took everything in to work today and it was very well received. See you Sunday if not before. A&A

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Game on!

Just a quick post to confirm that a bunch of us (about two teams worth, at the time of writing!) are heading to The Abbey Pub on Monkmoor Road, this Monday @ 8, for the quiz. All welcome!
Follow the link below for more info. and hope to see you there.

Also thought I'd post a flyer for the Moorlands event I mentioned previously.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Quiz Fever and Christmas Cheer

Hi All. Well, assuming anyone still reads this, the school holidays are almost upon us so I might start posting a little more regularly over the next few weeks. This post is actually three in one as given the time of year there's quite a bit going on! Are you still with me... then I'll begin. Firstly the all conquering and newly named Dog and Pheasant quiz CHAMPIONS, "We love Lloydy" are really enjoying their 'quizzing' at the moment (not to mention the good humour, cheeky drinks, and laughter that somehow goes hand-in-hand with the questions), that for one reason or another we are seeking new challenges. Rumour has it that there is a quiz night at the Abbey pub on Monkmoor Road each Monday and Wednesday, not to mention the Dun Cow on a Monday... Several of us were chatting a little this week and were planning on a little 'reccie' this coming Monday and would love it if you could either join us, or let us know a little bit more about the quizzes themselves or what's involved. As soon as a firm plan is in place, I'll post it, but as always, the more, the merrier!

Secondly, this might appeal to the generous and loving Greyhound and Lurcher folks in our group... Yes, more wine, but all for a good cause and given the history of some of our most adorable (Lil) and ever so slightly noisy (Jack the lad) characters, something you might want to consider...
Hounds and Carols!
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Saturday 18th December
@ Moorlands Kennels
Join everyone at the kennels for mulled wine, mince pies, Santa, gifts, Christmas Lights and carols accompanied by a brass band!
Call Sue Tipton on 01743 872395 for more details or e-mail or visit http.// for more info.
...and thirdly, at Lyndsey's place of work there is a big drive to collect dog toys, bedding, food, bowls, leads, old towels, blankets, chews etc. to help out local dogs (and cats) homes this Christmas. I know it's asking a lot and you may already help out elsewhere (Moorlands for example), but if you have got anything extra or feel like donating, catch me on the field some time before the 16th and we can make sure it gets to either Dogs Trust Roden, Hilbrae or if you want to help the felines, Telford Cats Protection. Thanks in anticipation... and that's all from me.
Stay warm and catch up soon.