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100 posts down still blogging!!

Wow so I made it to 100 posts! When I started this blog I wasn’t sure I would even have anything to write about but the more I write the more I enjoy sharing my life with you guys. I’ve had so much lovely feedback and support from you all over the few months I’ve been doing this and love keeping you upto date on my braces,  fitness goals, family life and Poppy the cockapoo as she approaches a year old! 

So for my 100th post I can tell you I have reached my walking goal of 60 miles in May! Woohoo I’m so pleased I managed to achieve this! For anyone that doesn’t know I work 3 days a week, am a Mum, wife and puppy owner so am not able to just pick up and go walking any minute I choose, it has to be a carefully planned and scheduled event around all other duties! Plus the great British weather doesn’t always play the game so quite often it’s a washout and walking is cancelled! So now for the good news, I’ve not just reached my target I’ve actually smashed it with a total of 72 miles!!

So how do I feel after walking this much in a month?

– I feel better in myself, fitter, I’m able to walk 3 or 4 miles and not need a nap straight after now! I feel proud I’ve set a goal and stuck to it.

 – I’ve made myself go out and walk on evenings where I would really rather not and I’ve always felt like I’ve achieved something after.

– I feel like I’ve finally started to explore the area I live in more and I’m finding new routes all the time so walking isn’t boring to me.

– Mostly I’ve enjoyed walking Poppy so much, I love being a dog owner, getting out and meeting other dog owners and dogs is so interesting and fun for me and Poppy. She is now learning not to be so scared of other dogs and I’m learnim how to deal with it when she is nervous thanks to puppy classes so walks are now so much more enjoyable.

Tips from walking 72 miles in a month

– Good, comfortable shoes are a must. Yes I sound like my Nan but you can’t walk very far with blisters can you? I remember my first week at walking group being nervous that I would be the only one wearing walking shoes but getting there and seeing everyone was wearing them! I would never have been able to walk so many miles without them, fact.

-If you don’t want to walk on a certain day or at a certain time then don’t! I’ve had days I really didn’t want to go out so I made a promise to myself I would make up the miles another day. This is meant to be fun not a chore!

– Food and hydration are key! If I know I’m going to be out a while I will always make sure I eat and drink enough before I go or take something with me, for me and Poppy, usually if I’m thirsty so is she!

-You can never explore too much. Just when you think you are getting to know your area you can bet there will be another route you will find you never even knew about!

My goals for walking in June

Well I only have 3 weeks to walk in June as we are away for a week so I plan to try and manage at least 16 miles a week. I think before and after our trip this should be easy as before I will be sad I’m leaving Poppy for a week so will take her out lots to compensate and after I will need to walk/run to burn off the holiday pounds I have gained!!

So far I have learned I really love walking, getting out and exploring, seeing the countryside and finding new places to go has been so much fun so here’s to many more miles!!

Thanks for reading!

Lou x

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An eventful week for Poppy 

Well this week has been a busy one for Poppy our cockapoo. Firstly the week started with awful weather so we had a few long walks in the rain and some short walks in heavier rain! 

I have spent the week teaching Poppy to leave her treats until I give them to her and trying to complete the challenge set by our trainer at puppy class to have a treat on her paw and her not touch it. You can see I got a little carried away with this 😉 It’s not my fault Poppy is such a willing participant.

Poppy has spent plenty of time chilling with T as usual.

Today Poppy finally got groomed again! It has seemed a long 8 weeks and she was looking a bit scruffy so now she is back to a shorter more manageable coat and looking adorable once more! Today Poppy also came into season for the first time! This is our first dog so we are not too sure what to expect from her behaviour or if we won’t even notice a change at all, she is fairly late at 10 months but once we have this over with we will look at getting her booked for her op. 

Today the sun finally came back out so we were able to get a nice 3 mile walk in after her groom, felt good to get out again. 

Hope you are all having a great week, would love to hear what you have been upto!

Thanks for reading 

Lou x

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17.89 miles = new record!

This week I’ve really tried to get some miles in for my aim of maybe walking 60 miles this month. It’s been an average week weather wise but I’m getting used to walking in unwelcoming dreary weather now, I used to be a sunshine and hot day only walker.
I’m so chuffed because today I beat my all time best week of walking and this week have managed to walk 17.89 miles! This is in a week of working and with no walking group as my orthodontist got in the way! So I have a little over 2 weeks left and have walked 32 miles already, I just need to keep this momentum going and my 60 mile target is in my reach! 👍

Here are some pictures from my longest walk of 4.5 miles on Thursday.

This was our route today round both lakes and home in the rain! I found the walking was a good distraction from the pain i’m feeling in my braces today!

I hope you have all had a great week and I’d love to hear what you are getting up to this weekend!

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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Why is your dog growling at mine?

So we have just got back from a 3 mile walk around the lake. T biked and I walked Poppy, it was windy and the sun was trying to break through the clouds but it felt good to be out and getting my girls some exercise. Once we get across the road and across the little railway bridge into the country park Poppy comes off the lead for lots of reasons; because its safe, there are no more roads, she loves to walk along next to T on her bike and also loves to run between me and T wearing herself out. She will come when I call her, sometimes when she has finished sniffing but if we are too far away for her liking she will run like mad to catch up. She doesn’t have a bad bone in her 10 month old body and is mostly happy to stay away from other dogs and just follow us.

If you haven’t met my cockapoo Poppy here she is:

So as we walk mostly we have a great time, Poppy is brave with some dogs and will sniff and say hello and then run back to us,others she isn’t so brave and will burn past them to stay with T on her bike. (We know she could be braver and hopefully the socialisation classes we are starting next weekend should help with this.) Sometimes Poppy will trot along next to us and other dogs will run up to her, this mostly scares her especially if they are big bounding dogs that look like they would flatten her with one paw! In this situation what usually happens is Poppy starts running which makes other dogs think she wants to play and then the chase follows. They never run away, just usually round and round in circles until me or the other dogs owner manage to get of them distracted enough to go in a different direction!

All this is learning for Poppy, earlier we were approaching a gate and coming towards us were 3 people each with two small dogs on leads. They passed through and Poppy just walked along beside me brave as anything, through the gate and past the dogs who also didn’t bat an eyelid. Amazing.

Other tests along our walk include children, big and small, these are usually ignored as all Poppy wants is to keep up with Tiana, people on bikes, this is mostly fine as long as we see them in advance we can get her to walk alongside us or stop and wait for a treat, buggies, still not a favourite of hers we might have a bark before she runs off in the other direction, swans, ducks and other pond life, she is just really inquisitive and seems to have no fear of these, and finally growling dogs. Now I would say in the last month we have seen at least 4 dogs that have growled at Poppy, with two being today. The dogs that growled were both on leads and at the time Poppy was also on her lead  as we were on the way home. The owners had made no real attempt to move out of my way and Poppy had a brave moment. So how it usually goes is the dogs come to a stand off, Poppy sniffs their nose and is met with a growl/bark/jumping/ a snap. Every single time this has happened the owners simply say “oh come on” to their dog and move along leaving me, T and Poppy stunned at what has just happened. I just don’t understand why if you know your dog doesn’t like other dogs you would let it sniff or be sniffed by my dog, why would you not forewarn me that your dog is grumpy/doesn’t like to say hi/has issues or just walk out of my way?! Not every dog is perfect,some come with history and from terribly neglected backgrounds and they all deserve a chance but should they honestly be walked in a busy public place which is full of other dogs on and off leads and families with children if they aren’t happy to be socialised? My dog is scared of bigger bouncier dogs and runs in the other direction usually and the one time she decides to be brave and say hello to something twice her size your dog growls at her for no good reason at all! This also upsets my daughter who doesn’t enjoy watching her dog get scared by your dog. Dog owners have a responsibility, if they can’t trust their dog not to growl at another dog when it simply gets sniffed on the nose it is my opinion that they should not be walked in a busy public place on a bank holiday while the rest of us are just out for a drama free walk with our friendly/well behaved if a bit shy at times/loveable/happy little dogs!

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Poppy at 9 months

So our puppy Poppy is approaching 9 months now and there are a few things that we have learnt about having a dog that I thought I would share.

Firstly you can only go so far in the rules with what you should be doing, and the rest of it has to come from what works for you. Poppy loves to be with us, she is  real family dog. So for the first few months we left her downstairs in the kitchen while we got ready in the mornings, she used to cry, bark, whine, do anything to get our attention but we hadnt got so far where we could trust her not to  have an accident if we let her upstairs so we had to manage it. After a while we got more confident with her toileting and so now she comes upstairs with us in the mornings. She loves nothing more than lying on our bed waiting for us to get ready. Or if its the weekend when she barks in the morning its not because she needs to go out, its because she wants to come up, this makes her the perfect Sunday morning chill dog and we love her for it!

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The next thing is dogs will only live up to their type so much, the rest is them and their own little personality. We have a small dog which are meant to be yappy in their bark and quite often get small dog syndrome when out on a lead. Poppy rarely barks and when she does its more of a half bark half gruff sound and as for other dogs when out on a lead she is usually scared of them and hides behind us at first. Sometimes it can be quite embarrassing when there is another dog hurtling towards your dog just wanting to play and your dog literally pulls your arm out of your socket to get away! We get away with us because of her size and age, “Sorry shes still a baby, shes scared of everything.” I’m not sure this excuse will work forever Poppy so can you please man up some time soon!

This leads me on to her size, when we looked for a cockapoo we thought they all looked like a medium sized dog with short curly hair. (See random pictures of cockapoos I obtained from google)

What we got was a small dog with long flowing wavy hair! Every other cockapoo we meet looks different to Poppy. I suppose this is what you get with a crossbread but she is honestly the smallest one we have ever come across with the longest fluffiest hair! Well she was until yesterday when we had her groomed for the first time! I was struggling to keep on top of the knots that kept appearing in her fur and she was always so dirty after a walk it took a lot of washing and drying to keep her clean. So here is Poppy’s new look for spring!

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Poppy really is our little companion, she is so easily adaptable and can walk for miles without a problem or is just as happy curled up on the sofa. She isnt a lap dog, which in a way i’m a little sad about as I love having a little cuddle with her but that’s just what it is with Poppy, a little cuddle. She will be on your lap being fussed for a few seconds and then off she goes to the other end of the sofa! Its like she likes her own space to sleep and rest as long as its not too far from her humans!

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The last thing I will mention is that sometimes you may very well get a dog that thinks its a cat, like we did. Yes it may sound strange but honestly Poppy loves nothing more than climbing onto the sofa arm for a nap, often taking a while to get comfy and sometimes falling off in the process but she manages! Oh and then there is her love of tuna! We cannot possibly open a can of tuna without giving some to Poppy. I’ve never seen her so excited when she hears me use the can opener, unfortunately plenty of other things come in cans so she is a lot of the time disappointed!

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All in all your first few months with a puppy will be a learning curve for everyone including the puppy. Its so hard to believe its been 7 months with her now and we are still finding our feet with some things, like grooming! But we love her all the same and wouldn’t be without her.

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Our puppy, our new best friend

We have had our cockapoo puppy Poppy for 9 weeks now and she has filled a space in our home we didnt even know was there. Nothing can describe the feeling I get when I see my little T cuddle up to her telling her how much she loves her and Poppy just sits there on her lap just knowing. The bond between them is already unbreakable and it gets stronger every day.

Ever see a dog walk away to its bed and lay down when it’s had enough of being cuddled and carried about? Not Poppy, she will be carried from room to room by T, have her face snuggled right up to T’s as long as T wants to do it. This dog is as much in love with her family as we are with her it’s so clear to see.

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I’m not sure if it’s just the cockapoo breed as I did a lot of research before we got her and everything said they were people pleasing dogs but she is certainly that. In just this short time we have had her she has learnt to sit, give paw,  lie down,  stay and sit and look at a treat until I say she can have it. She loves to please us and make us happy, she loves to be with us.  She will often be in the room we are in happily chewing away on a chew and we will change rooms for a moment, turn round and she is sitting right behind you happily chewing her chew. Its like she is happiest wherever we are, whether she is getting attention or not it’s just better to be with us.

Now we are getting towards her being totally house trained we have started to let her on the sofa in the late evenings for a cuddle too.  This is yet another building block in our relationship with her and we all love it. What amazes me is Poppy knows she can only be on the sofa when we say and rarely tries to get up during the day, we are still working on this, and almost never gets up without us there. It’s like getting up is something she does to get close to us and why would she want to be up there if her family aren’t there?

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Last night we locked her in her cage for the night. This was the first time since that first night we brought her home, that night didn’t work out too well with howling every hour so since then she has had her cage door open and been able to sleep in there and walk around the kitchen. This may seem like a great idea but we found we werent really getting anywhere with night time toilet training with every morning still clearing up lots of presents. So we decided we would close the door and see if she would just sleep the night in there, Scott is up at 5.45 anyway so not like we lay in. Well it only went and worked! Poppy slept the night through with not a single accident and we couldn’t be more proud! This morning she will get an extra nice walk and a lovely brush as a reward 😊

Poppy love/puppy love really can be the same as having a bond with a child, from someone who is lucky enough to have both I now know that this is what I’ve been missing and what I really always wanted,to share a bond like this with all of my family, it just so happened it’s with a dog.Yes Poppy you really have made our family complete and we couldn’t love you any more if we tried.

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Visitors

So for the last few days we have had my Nan and her dog Baker staying. This has been fun for all of us but especially Poppy as she’s not really had another dog to properly play with since coming to live with us and oh my word do they play! Here is a rare moment where they actually sat still long enough to take a photo!  Continue reading “Visitors”

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Puppy love

Getting a puppy was always on the cards one day as my husband and I both had already owned dogs in previous years and so were excited to start the journey together one day. We have been telling people how she is going to grow up with our little girl and it’s mainly for her to enjoy 20161014_144039.jpgowning a pet and learning to care for one herself but as I sit here with my portable hot water bottle (the puppy) covering my lap I know I wanted this puppy as a companion for me just as much as my daughter did.

The love and affection a dog provides is similar to that of a child, they depend on you for not only food but love, stimulation and a safe and comfortable family home. Now while I sit here the greatful recipient of these puppy cuddles I am beyond happy we are starting this journey now and cannot wait for us to learn and grow together.

Here’s to many years of happy puppy adventures 🐾