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The Poppy Diaries – Lazing Around

I don’t know about where you are, but it’s raining again here in Abingdon today. Yawn. Poppy is well and truely fed up of getting wet, wearing her coat and needing to be dried off everytime she goes outside. Not only that, but she refuses to go outside when it’s raining. Yep, she barks at us when we open the door to try and get her to go outside to the loo! So we’ve shortened out walks and at times, when the rain has been really heavy, gone down to just one walk a day, not that Poppy minds much. She’s happy to walk as much or as little as we do. Plus, with both me and my OH being poorly, we’ve not been up to much. So I thought I’d share some of my favourite recent picturs of Poppy, some of which really make me smile! (These were all taken on my iPhone, so apologies for the quality. Poppy does not like having her picture taken so you have to be really quick.)

Dog yawn

When it’s nearly time for Poppy to have her tea, she very rarely settles until she gets it. If you’re sitting on the sofa, she will walk all over, and over the back of the sofa, until she gets her tea. She’s a demanding little diva!

Sleepy Poppy

She’s exactly the same in the morning too. I normally get up, do some back & knee exercises and a few yoga and pilates exercises. Almost the whole time I’m doing them, Poppy is in my face, climbing over me, sitting on my yoga mat, until I’m done and can go and feed her. Once she’s been fed, she’s ready to go back to bed. Looks like butter wouldn’t melt doesn’t she?

proud Poppy

I love this picture of her as you can see almost all the different breeds in one go: Her Spaniel head and a few Spaniel curls in her lower back fur, her basset front paws and ears; and her long Daschund body and tail.

Poppydog

This picture makes me laugh. If you deign to disturb Poppy while she’s sleeping, you better be prepared to rub her belly. Or you get this scathing look!

Awkward Poppy

Again, apologies for the quality of this one, but I had to take it quickly. Every now and then, Poppy does something brand new that surprises us and makes us smile. Like getting up on our footstool and sitting there quite nicely, which she did the other night. Then, she fell off as her back legs weren’t on it properly. Bless. Made us chuckle though! She is quality entertainment. What’s the funniest thing your pet has ever done?

Poppy loves Cath Kidston

A little while ago, Poppy received some very pretty things from the lovely people over at Cath Kidston. I have been a Cath Kidston fan for a long, long time and I’m pleased to report that Poppy is most definitely a Cath Kidston dog!

Poppy the sun dog

One thing I find frustrating about dog accessories that you find in pet shops is that they are often dull, over the top (what dog needs a diamante collar?!) or expensive. With the Cath Kidston range, you get something pretty, reasonable and lovely. I really like the collar that Poppy received, as it’s nicer than a lot of others we’d seen, but it’s only £8 so it doesn’t break the bank.

Poppy on squirrel patrol

We also received a matching lead, but we keep that for ‘best’. We mainly use a retractable lead for when Poppy is in squirrel hunting mode. The other day, we turned a corner in the park and saw 8 squirrels. Poppy didn’t know what to do with herself! But when we’re walking through town or stopping at the pub for a drink, then the Cath Kidston lead is ideal. It’s hard wearing, pretty & perfect for getting Poppy to walk closely. Plus, when we stop somewhere for a drink, I can put the handle of the lead round the chair leg to keep Poppy close, which isn’t something you can do with the retractable. I really like the accessories that they currently do, but would love for them to expand the range even further. A Cath Kidston harness – I’d buy that. Cute spotty dog coat, yep, Poppy could do with one of those! Heck, I’d even Cath Kidston poo bags! Anything to brighten up that job!

Poppy the sleepy dogThis bed is probably Poppy’s most favourite thing. I hadn’t finished getting the cushion in before Poppy got in it! She loves it. She likes resting her head on the edge, as well as having something to lean against when she’s curled up into a little ball. It’s such a lovely, cosy bed, she spends almost all day in it. Just wish I could have one for me!

Poppy treat tin

We also received this lovely treat tin, which we keep some of Poppy’s treats in. We’re trying to train Poppy to go into her bed in the kitchen without being asked and stay there. When she does it, she gets a treat from the tin. These treats are only used for this purpose & a bit fancier than her regular treats. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. We’re working on it!

We’re always working on something with Poppy. At the moment, it’s about getting her to wait for her dinner. As soon as it gets dark, she’s jumping over you, climbing over you, anything to get you to get up and get her dinner. She is one demanding pooch!

*While the Cath Kidston dog accessories we received were free, my review is my honest opinion.

Dog Friendly Cornwall

It seems like an absolute age since we were on holiday in Cornwall. I’ve been so busy/disorganised that I haven’t finished blogging about it yet. I was really impressed with how dog friendly Cornwall was. The only downside was that we were there in the last week of the Summer Season, which meant that many of the beaches that weren’t dog friendly were still closed off to Poppy. This was a bit of a bummer, as it felt like a lot of the dog friendly beaches were either miles away or not as nice as the ‘human only beaches’! We stayed in Little Sandcastle, which is a dog friendly cottage in Cadgwith Cove. Pretty much the whole of Cadgwith is dog friendly & Poppy was a big hit with locals & holidaymakers alike!

Cadgwith Cove

Obviously, the coastal path was dog friendly, which was great as we could access it directly from Cadgwith Cove, where we were staying. Poppy loved walking along the coastal path & navigated the path very easily. Though she didn’t seem to appreciate that she’s a bit more agile on muddy paths than we were! We discovered some beautiful places along the path and next time we go, I’d like to walk along more of it. If we do, must remember to take a map!

PorthlevenWe had high hopes for Porthleven beach, but getting to the (very small) dog friendly part of the beach took ages because it wasn’t clear where it started. Plus, we were there in the morning and the tide was still in so we only had a really short bit of beach to walk on. However, that being said, I’d love to go back to Porthleven when the tide is out/out of season because the beach is massive! Well worth a visit (after checking the tide timetable!)

Kynance BeachKynance Beach was an interesting one. We didn’t actually walk on the beach, as it wasn’t dog friendly until October. But we wanted to try out the cafe so walked down the ‘easier’ coastal path section that avoided the beach. This was a lovely walk, not as steep as the other path & there were livestock about so dogs on leads please! However, while we were enjoying our lunch (I had a jacket potato as big as my face!), other dog owners walked across the beach to access the steeper walk. We went back up the way we came down, as I was in agony with my back & needed to take it easy. The beach is quite small, so I’d only go as part of a bigger walk with a cheeky cake stop at the cafe!

Lizard Point

The Lizard Point was a real adventure for us, though I think Poppy got a bit bored! We took loads of pictures of her being the most southwesterly dog, but she doesn’t look impressed, does she?! We parked in Lizard and walked down to the point. This is a nice walk and it’s sectioned off from the road, which is good as it’s mainly a single lane. We also had a look at the lighthouse and Poppy was welcomed in with open arms (which was good, because the fog horn went off & freaked her out a bit!) The only bit she couldn’t visit was the actual light bit, but there’s an area where you can leave dogs if you want to see it.

Coverack Cove

We went to Coverack Cove on one of the greyest, dampest days of our holidays. But that didn’t stop us! The beach is full of pebbles, so sturdy shoes are a must. We were the only people on the beach for most of the walk, so we let Poppy off the lead. She loved it! She’s really growing in confidence on the beach and loves exploring rock pools. She’ll run on ahead for a bit, then turn back to check where we are. At one point, she started to go back up to the steps towards the road. Panicked, I called her with her ‘Get here now!’ call and she jumped off the steps. It’s about a six foot drop. Yep. Ol’ Basset legs, who isn’t supposed to jump so as to stave off arthritis as long as possible, jumped from that height. I nearly cried! She just trotted up to me & wanted a treat! We walked back along the beach after the tide had gone out a bit and there were lots more rock pools to explore. A great find!

Roskilly's

I’m not going to lie to you, we went to Roskilly’s for the ice cream! We knew it had a walk, but we weren’t sure what it would be like. It was ace! On the walk, we saw ducks swimming around on a pond, bees buzzing around their hives, a hidden orchard & a we walked through a field of cows. This was an interesting one, as we were not sure if Poppy had seen any before. To say she was unsettled might be an understatement! She didn’t know whether to bark or run. We kept her on a short lead and moved quickly & quietly through them. The cows didn’t pay us any attention! Poppy took a huge interest in sniffing where they’d been walking – wonder if she recognised the smell of their hooves from the hoof chews she has at home? Poppy also sat with quite nicely with us in the courtyard, while we tried some of their delicious ice cream! A must visit!

GunwalloeOn our last day, after a visit to Halzephron Inn, where Poppy was pretty much loved by everyone, we headed down to Gunwalloe beach. We turned a corner & looked out onto miles & miles of dog friendly, empty beach. We could not believe it! All the time, we’d been driving by this massive beach where Poppy could roam free! We let her off the lead and headed across the beach. There’s a reason it’s dog friendly – it’s really difficult to walk on. It’s made of tiny pebbles that are tricky for anyone who isn’t on four legs! I really earned my wine that day! It was a fab beach to visit though. Poppy was off the lead for most of the walk. She kept running to and from us quite happily, though she was a little too interested in climbing the rocks! She definitely enjoyed herself though.

There are loads of other places that we didn’t get a chance to visit, which we’re hoping to go to next time. Have you been to this part of Cornwall? What are your dog friendly top tips?