Category: Poppy

Poppydog’s New Coat

When we adopted Poppy from the Blue Cross, they recommended we get her a coat. She’s pretty small so needs a little something extra to protect her from the rain. We got soaked in a downpour in Oxford on the weekend – Poppy looked like a drowned rat & then got cold, poor little pooch. So we ordered the Element Dog Jacket from EzyDog. It’s showerproof & windproof, as well as having a fleece lining to help keep her warm. It’s easy to get on, though with Poppy’s giant ears it’s a slightly tricky to get off! It has a zip on the top, so we can attach her lead to her harness. She’s very comfortable in it – not that it encouraged her to go out in the rain this morning. Point blank refused to leave the house!

Dog coat

One of the reasons we wanted to get her a coat was because her harness gets soaked when the ground is wet. The water flicks up on to her chest because she’s so low to the ground. I was really hoping the coat would stop this, and I think it will, but this morning, we walked after a massive downpour so even her jacket was soaked underneath. The only thing I’m not 100% happy with is the straps used to do up the coat. They dangle down quite a bit & get quite wet. I’m hoping that a little fiddling around with them will solve this. I was worried Poppy would find it awkward but she didn’t seem to mind it at all!

Poppy on holiday in Cornwall

During the last week of September, Poppy, my OH & I went on our first holiday together to Cadgwith Cove in Cornwall. Cadgwith is an adorable little fishing village on the Lizard & has become somewhere I want to go back to again and again. One of the reasons is because it was really dog friendly, which made Poppy very happy!

Cornish coast

As soon as we arrived at our holiday rental, Little Sandcastle, Poppy made herself at home.

Little Sandcastle

The bed was the same height as the window, which meant perfect viewing for Poppy! She barked at the seagulls, other dogs & passers by. Pretty normal really! But as it’s best to access Cadgwith on foot, it was pretty quiet. This made a nice change for all of us, as at home, we get quite a bit of traffic on our street & Poppy has quite a job of letting us know that there are people about!

One of the best things about the holiday for Poppy was spending time with us, especially morning cuddles, which she enjoyed immensely (as did I!). We wore her out quite a bit with the amount of walking we did, but she loved it.

morning cuddles

On our first full day, we headed out of Cadgwith along the coast path towards the Devil’s Frying Pan. It was slightly steeper than we’re used to in Oxfordshire & gave us all a workout, Poppy included!

sleepy

We walked much further than we intended to & all of us were covered in mud when we returned. Poppy really enjoyed walking along the coastal path, and wasn’t phased by kissing gates or anything! She did get frustrated by our slow & cautious pace, but she took it all in her stride. That being said, Poppy does love a good beach walk, even if she’s not a fan of the sea! There’s still lots to smell and space to run around on – it can be quite tiring!

Over tired

For a brief moment, she was the most southerly dog as we walked along the Lizard Point. She was really patient, posing for photos, which she hates! She hates being still & has started to let us know when she gets fed up by barking her frustrated bark at us! She did get lots & lots of love from locals & tourists alike, however, and we had to explain her weird breeding a lot.

Southerly Dog

One of the major downsides of going during September was that a lot of the beaches still had dog restrictions in place. This was really frustrating as most beaches were empty (The weather wasn’t really suitable!) and sadly, most of the ‘dog friendly’ beaches aren’t as nice as the others. But that didn’t stop us and because the holiday season was drawing to a close, it meant that most of the time, even the dog friendly beaches were quiet. Therefore, we let Poppy off the lead on one or two of the beaches. Needless to say she loved it! She didn’t venture far. We noticed that after she ran for a bit, she would stop & turn to see where we were.

As we couldn’t leave Poppy in the cottage on her own, she came with us everywhere & became really well trained in waiting while we ate our dinner or cream tea. As Poppy doesn’t play with toys, we have to keep her entertained with food. Pizzles are the best for this, as they last longer than most other chews. I was so impressed with the number of dog friendly cafes and restaurants in Cornwall and so many places welcomed her with treats and water.

pub pooch

Walking around the area was really lovely, as there were no squirrels for her to chase or get stressed about. She just explored new places, found new scents and came across new things, like sheep & cows. She wasn’t particularly keen on either, though while she just barked at the sheep, she seemed slightly more perplexed by the cows. After a while it dawned on us, that as we were walking through a field of cows, she was sniffing where they’d walked so could smell their hooves. Poppy chews on cow hooves all the time at home so think this must have had something to do with it!

Rock pool dogPoppy got a little bit braver in the sea at Cadgwith, exploring some of the rock pools. Because Cadgwith is a fishing village, there were loads, and I mean loads, of crab claws all over the cove! Poppy was really interested in these so we had to keep an eye, especially after her suspected allergic reaction to a tuna baguette!

Cadgwith Cove was a fantastic place for our first family holiday. Everything was so easy & relaxed. We will definitely be going back there, which Poppy will be pleased to know, I’m sure!

 

Dog Walks in Oxfordshire – Abingdon Lock

Living in Abingdon, I’m very lucky to have lots of places to walk Poppy straight from the house. One of the walks I like to do is to walk along the Ock towards Abingdon Lock. The Ock Walk has been perfect this summer, as it’s quite a shady spot so its remained cool in the heat. There’s no where to park if you join it at the Drayton Road entrance, but if you park in town, the nearest car park in on West St Helen Street and is free for 2 hours. We always join it at Drayton Road and it takes you into the centre of Abingdon, where there are quite a few choices from there. Last weekend, we headed to Abingdon Lock. We walked through Abbey Gardens to the lock. It’s a lovely place to walk, but it can be really busy with other dog walkers, cyclists etc so be wary if you have a nervous dog.

Abingdon Lock

It’s a lovely spot to walk along and once you’ve crossed the lock you can go either right or left. I think that it’s part of the Thames Path so again, you can keep going for as long as you want. We went right and walked through the fields by Rye Farm. If you want to head to the lock as your starting point, there are two car parks just off the main road by the bridge. (Note, some of them are free for two hours, some aren’t. Make sure you check!)

Abingdon On Thames

There are plenty of benches along the path to sit and take in the view. Abingdon always looks gorgeous in the sun and there’s something lovely about being near the river. Poppy is always entertained by all the smells about and there are always other dog walkers about to say hello to. It’s not a circular walk so if you do the whole thing, you have to double back. Though, if you parked at the bridge, you could walk through the field, up to the lock, through Abbey Gardens and back across the bridge. The Ock Walk is a lovely walk to do, especially if your dog likes to go for a dip as it’s easy for them to get in and out of the water!

The Walk: Abingdon Lock is on the Thames Path, so you can walk for as long as you like. As it follows the river, it’s quite a flat walk so perfect if you’re looking for something easy.
Cost: Free
Car Park: Free for two hours. (For more information on car parking charges in Abingdon, see the Council website.)
Refreshments: Yes. One thing Abingdon isn’t short of is cafes! Throwing Buns, Java & Co and Costa all have outdoor seats in the sun! A lot of the pubs in the area also have outdoor seating.
Toilets: There are public loos at Hale Meadow car park, as well as in Abbey Meadows.

Dog Walks in Oxfordshire – Bablock Hythe

There’s something lovely about going for a long walk on a Summer evening. The lighter evenings give you a great excuse to stop what you’re doing and head out somewhere. This is exactly what we did last Saturday evening. It had been a lovely sunny day and it was a great chance to take advantage of the lovely weather. We headed to Bablock Hythe and parked in the car park of The Ferryman Inn. The signs state that the car park is for patrons only, which is fine as we were going there for a drink afterwards.

Bablock Hythe

The walk takes you alongside the Thames and there were a few fishermen still out there trying to get a bite. At the time we went, the fields were empty, but think that there are sometimes sheep in these fields so that might be something to watch out for.

Sunshine clouds

It was a really lovely evening and we got to see the sun come and go. We didn’t walk the whole way, as it’s part of the Thames Pathway so we only walked for about half an hour. This does mean that your walk can be as long or short as you want it to be. There are gates at either ends of the fields, so when we’d walked enough, we just turned back towards the inn.

tree climber

Poppy really enjoyed the walk, as there were a few trees for her to try and climb, as well as lots of smells for her to track. She did try and roll in some fox poo, as well as try to eat some Crayfish that the fishermen had slung out of the river! As the fields were enclosed, and we knew there was no chance she’d head for a dip in the Thames, we let her off the lead for a bit. She loved it!

The Thames

As the walk follows the Thames, it’s an easy, flat walk with great views and people to wave at as they sail up and down the river! A perfect reminder to take life a little bit more slowly.

Delicious

Upon returning to the car park, we picked up a treat for Poppy from the car and headed to the inn, where we had a drink and a packet of crisps. They’ve got quite a few tables outside and there’s plenty of places to sit along the river too. Poppy enjoyed barking at the ducks, as well as sniffing out their scents – it was the perfect end to a perfect day!

The Walk: The walk is part of the Thames Path, so you can walk for as long as you like. As it follows the river, it’s quite a flat walk so perfect if you’re looking for something easy.
Cost: Free
Car Park: Free, but for patrons of the Inn
Refreshments: Yes, head to the Ferryman Inn
Toilets: Just ask at the bar!

Got a suggestion for a great place to walk Poppy? Just let me know!