Category: Poppy

Sunny Summer Walks

Having a dog has been the best excuse to get out into the fresh air. So this wonderful spell of warm weather is being enjoyed by us all here at Crafty Chai towers! We’re very lucky where we live, in that there are loads of lovely green spaces where we can walk Poppy, lots within walking distance of the house. One of her favourite walks is a nearby meadow. I know she likes it because she wags her tail the whole way around the walk!

Pretty walk

Not only that, but she really loves walking through & jumping about in the long grass. I can only imagine what she can smell but she finds smells that she wants to track. No wonder she loves it so much!

It’s quite a long walk around the meadow so she’s always really worn out when we get back, which is why we don’t go there every day. But when we do, Poppy is really in her element!

Poppy on the Beach

Last weekend, my OH & I went to visit my Mum & sister in Pembrokeshire. It was the first time they were going to meet Poppy & it was a weekend of many firsts for Poppy. First up was the lengthy car journey, made even longer by some pretty hideous traffic in the usual hot spots of Newport & Port Talbot. Poppy was ace the whole journey. When we adopted her, the previous family said she got really travel sick. But that hasn’t been the case with us. She got in the boot outside our house & didn’t make a peep until we stopped at the services to let her stretch her legs. The biggest challenge was going to be sharing the house (and me) with another dog, Harvey. Harvey is my sister’s dog & is getting on a bit. He’ll turn 13 this August & is going blind & deaf, as well as having a few other health issues. I was quite worried how these two were going to get on. Was Poppy going to get really jealous of the attention I paid to Harvey? Was Harvey going to accept another dog in his home?

HarveydogWell, it was quite interesting. Poppy desperately wanted Harvey to play with her, but Harvey wasn’t particularly interested in that. They seemed to tolerate each other, although Harvey did growl at Poppy a few times – when she got in his bed (after Harvey had been in hers), when Poppy tried to take back one of her chews (after Harvey had taken it off her) and when Poppy kept on sniffing him, again and again! Poppy did keep on following Harvey around but he wasn’t keen.

Poppydog

Another first for Poppy, as far as we know, was the beach. As we’d never been to the beach with her, we were looking forward to how she’d react to the sand and to the sea. (Because of Harvey’s age & poor health, we didn’t take him to the beach with us. He wouldn’t get very far at all!) Poppy pretty much loved the sand, as it had so many smells for her to enjoy. But, as I’d suspected, she didn’t like the tide much & ran away from it every time! However, she did enjoy playing around in the rock pools, especially if it meant getting closer to a seagull.

There were quite a few jellyfish on the shoreline & it wasn’t long before Poppy was taking quite an interest in them. She sniffed quite a few before she started to pick them up & try to eat them! We think that one might’ve given her a bit of a sting, as she then spent ages licking the sand, as if her tongue was itchy. (She consumed quite a bit of sand, as it came out the other end the next day!) After that, she pretty much left them alone!

Jellyfish

We walked from one side of Fresh Water West to the other & back again. The weather was amazing, warm & sunny, perfect beach weather. Fresh Water West is my favourite beach in Pembrokeshire. It’s long & sandy and due to the strong currents, isn’t packed with tourists during the high season. Plus, it’s a great place to walk dogs.

Smelling sand

Poppy on the beach

Poppy on the rocks

I think it’s fair to say that Poppy loved the beach. She loved being at my mum’s too, as she got double the love & attention, which is becoming quite the norm whenever we take her anywhere! I can’t wait to go back to the beach with her – Being by the sea reminded me how landlocked Oxfordshire is and there is nothing like the sea air in your lungs. (Plus it’s the perfect excuse for an ice cream or a cream tea, like the one I enjoyed below at the Castlemartin Cafe! Delicious!)

Cream Tea

Poppy’s first mini-break

It’s been a while since I wrote about Poppy, although if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’re probably sick of the sight of her! Anyway, she’s settling in really well and has now been with us for over 3 months! I can’t believe it’s gone so fast. In some ways, the training that we’ve done has paid dividends, but in other ways, as she’s gaining in confidence, she’s getting more & more naughty. Training was really good for her and us. We know what we need to work on and we’ll keep on with it. However, it was quite difficult sometimes, as she was the smallest dog in the class and she got quite frustrated by it. She let us know by barking – a lot! She also lets us know when someone walks by the house, shuts a car door, knocks on someone else’s house etc etc by barking a lot. It’s difficult to manage this behaviour as if you try to calm her down, any attention you give her is rewarding the barking. So you have to try & ignore it. Which is very difficult & very annoying! So we’re working on that!

Poppy had her first mini-break this weekend too. While my OH & I were at a wedding on Saturday, Poppy spent the day with my OH’s mum & stepdad. She loves spending time with them, and fortunately they feel the same! She was really good at staying with them and slept well during the night, which was good for all of us! We’re going to stay with my Mum for the weekend soon, so it was really good to do a test run. Here are some pictures they took of her while she was there.

Poppy chewingPoppy sniffing

Poppy posingPoppy sleeping

I love how Poppy can look different in photographs. I posted a video on Vine last week & someone asked if she was a black basset hound. We’ve seen her with a few Daschunds lately & she looks more like them than anything else. Whatever! She’s supercute & that’s all that matters. We’ve managed to feed her up a bit too. When we got her, you could see her ribs all the time. We got her up to 11 kilos by the time she became unwell a month or so ago, but she lost almost a kilo in 12 hours so we’ve been feeding her plenty, on the vet’s instructions. She looks a lot healthier, but that doesn’t stop her scavenging for gum & all sorts when she’s out on a walk!

She’s going to have her first ever bath on the weekend so I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures. I’m pretty sure her obsession with the bathroom will be reduced after that!

Walking with Poppy – Summer Outfit Wishlist

I am learning very quickly that dog walking requires a wardrobe of it’s own. You need to have sensible shoes, clothes that are waterproof & easily washed, as well as having lots of pockets. I also hate changing my clothes throughout the day, so whatever I put on in the morning has to keep me warm throughout the day. It’s a whole other world for me to dream about! So here are a few things that I need (Note – need! They are essential items!) in my wardrobe this Summer. So far I have the sandals and the jeans – just keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t need new glasses at my opticians appointment next week then I’m getting the Joules jacket!

Joules Womens Nautical Jacket

Joules Womens Nautical Jacket

I tried this on at Burford Garden Company last weekend & it fits like a glove. It’s really thin, which is perfect for summer showers. Plus blue is my favourite colour!

Fat Face Ankle Grazer Jeans

Fat Face Ankle Grazers

I have finally bought a pair of jeans that aren’t bootcut. Yep. I’m no fashionista! I dress for warmth & comfort! But as I’m not a massive fan of shorts, I thought these would be great when out walking with Poppy when it’s warmer. Lighter than my regular jeans, but great for tucking into wellies when it’s raining.

Clarks Originals Kestral Soar 

Kestral Soar White

I have been a Birkenstock girl for many years. But I think it’s time for a change. Poppy walks quite fast so I need a sandal that stays on my foot by itself & I love the retro look of these sandals. I hate having hot feet so when the weather was really nice (remember that?!) wearing trainers wasn’t an option so I found a pair of these in the right size & bought them. Then the weather turned so I’m hoping it won’t be long before the sun comes back so I can try them out! They are obviously popular as Clarks have removed them from their website & when I contacted them about sizes, they told me that they’d sold out of them in most sizes!

Do you have specific clothes for walking the dog? Or maybe a few Summer wish-list items of your own? I’d love to know!