to all the other new members from April & May - many dogs (oops! and owners of course!) we had the pleasure of meeting at Dorset Dogs 'pit stops' out at places where you walk or at events - we've got some interesting little snippets & queries here - do read on!
DOG BINS - here's 2 contrasting experiences reported by new members:
- ISLA a Springer, Jan says they moved from Gloucestershire to be here on the coast. They walk many places including Kinson Common, Cuckoo Woods, Hengistbury Head, St Catherine's Hill, Southbourne & Poole beaches and Stour River walks - they are both enjoying these and discovering new walks and Jan adds: " Good supply of dog waste bins so far, sad to find more than a few owners ignore them down here also".
- BEN a Welsh Border Collie & BONNIE an English Springer. Vivien is really fed up with "Not enough dog bins..and what there was was overflowing. One has been removed from our local park and now the mess is not being cleaned up in the park" - dog bins are certainly a big issue for many people and many land managers are trying to get locations right so that there's a balance between the expense of emptying them and the benefits of having bins. At Dorset Dogs we will continue to feedback comments to land managers as this can help to highlight particular problems.
- Well, what do Ben & Bonnie think? - well of course sorting out the poop is down to all of us - the things that are important to Ben & Bonnie are that Ben loves the sea - and Bonnie can dig to Australia!
CADBURY the lab from Branksome - Frances would like us to know that 'Durlston is most unusual in its welcome [to dogs]' - yes we agree - dogs can go in the galleries, visitor centre and cafe as well as the rest of the amazing Durlston Country Park
OZZY a bichon frise/schnauzer mix from Gillingham - interested in places to walk in that area - suggestions please we don't have much info for the Gillingham area - email email@example.com
PEPPER & TOPSY, a couple of Cavaliers who enjoy the South West Coast Path and walk around Dorchester, West Bay, Bridport, Burton Bradstock and Lyme Regis - Jacqueline would like to see dog friendly pubs & restaurants on the website - not surprised that's a lot of walking!
HENRY a 1 year-old black lab who enjoys Upton Heath with Patricia.
BEANZ a Patterdale/Springer cross & LILY a West Highland White, Sarah is another fan of Hengistbury Head but adds that she generally walks where there are no livestock to avoid their terrier instincts coming to the fore!
MAISIE a working dog (labrador retriever) from East Yorkshire.
MYLO a Jack Russell from Ferndown who likes 'lovely big spaces'.
YODA a Chorkie (is that a yorkieXchihuahua?) of just 13 weeks old - Tracey says "as a young very small puppy everywhere seems big compared with him, he's doing well though, he doesn't seem to be bothered by any of the sights & sounds & loves people and attention, the field we live near is a good size for him at the moment and we also visit Mudeford Quay".
RUBY a lurcher who came along to a 'Dorset Dogs pit stop' at Stanpit Recreation Ground with Peter. She tends to wander off so needs to go to places that are relatively 'safe', one of the places she enjoys is Blackwater Arboretum in the New Forest. Peter tells Ruby's story: "We adopted a rescue Lurcher about 2 years ago. The first few months were very stressful because of her tendency to just walk off and keep avoiding our attempts to put her back on the lead (however subtle we tried to be).
This can still be a problem but is now managed with an orange dayglow coat/ SatNav collar ('Retrieva' - sold in Pets Corner) and pork pie. (The other great bit of kit is a 'Petloc' (only available online) locking collar/lead which makes it safer leaving her outside a shop).
We love her to bits and wouldn't change her for the world BUT would warn prospective first time dog owners that rescue sighthounds can be extremely challenging (many whippet/greyhound owners never let their dogs off the lead) and frequently run off into the distance! Thanks for the advice Peter!
FINLAY an English Springer & REGGIE a miniature smooth Dachshund, who enjoy Talbot Woods, Redhill Common, Strouden Park and Ramsdown Plantation - now there's a list of places that are in the queue to go on our 'Out & About' pages! Thanks for the reminder Jackie! now all that's needed is time...
HOULI a labrador retriever with another list like Finlay & Reggie's above - Muscliffe, Throop and the Stour Valley - some smashing walks along there.
SASHA a German Shepherd from Hampshire with a caravan in Dorset and 'The Limes' his favourite B&B - so he can visit places like Studland & Durlston!
LILY the Maltichon (Maltese cross Bichon?) who Louise says is 'the most travelled doggie ever... She comes with us in our motorhome & travels throughout Europe every year. We plan on taking her transatlantic next year - she just loves to travel!' In Dorset Lily loved Badbury Rings & Mudeford Quay.
LOTTIE, a very sociable Bassett Hound from Eastleigh.
BELLA a labrador who at 5 months is very playful and wants to know everyone & everything - Garry takes her to Baiter Park so she's having lots of opportunity to meet other dogs, it's a Poole doggy hotspot (not recommended for dogs who don't like bicycles though!)
HARVEY a collie cross from Upwey who walks in places we don't know well and must investigate - Upwey & Teddy Bear Woods in Weymouth, and Pirates Cove, Wyke Regis.
DOYLES who currently lives with vet nurse Claire who is looking to move to Dorset and set up a dog walking/boarding business.
LEIGHA a staffie and ECHO a husky who enjoy Hengistbury Head with Catherine.
HOLLY a German Shepherd who visits Meyrick Park, Talbot Heath, Branksome Rec and Branksome Chine with Andy.
BEAR, EBONY, SHELL (might be 'Shrek' - let me know Ian?), EXLEY, BRUCE & BETTY all from Hamworthy - Ian adds that the Cafe Nero & Deli on Poole Quay are dog friendly cafes
HONEY a 10 year-old minature poodle who is scared of other dogs but Lydia says she "still loves to run just like a puppy".
BARNEY from Bournemouth, Susan's West Highland White - "Quite a cheeky chappie... but mellowing with age!" he's another Slades Farm fan.
Other April joiners included:
CASSIE a Golden Retriever from Poole, OBI a lab x gsd from Cheltenham, SHYLA, LUCKY & SISSI - Border Collie/Collie crosses from Ferndown, BUDDY from Poole, HATTIE & OTTO from Southbourne, RINGO a Bichon from Ferndown, JASMINE a minature Schnauzer, DIEFENBAKER-BONGO & NOODLE a Northern Inuit & Toy Poodle, ROSIE a Border Terrier from Bournemouth, BOB, TARA, JEM & LILLY all English Springer Spaniels, DAVE the Jack Russell, ALFIE a Springer Spaniel, MOLLY a cocker from Boscombe and MOLLY & ELVIS a Cockapoo & Yorkiepoo from Bedfordshire.
Other May joiners included:
CLAUDE a well-mannered Welsh Border Terrier from Kinson, SWEETIE & NALA Border Collies from Kinson, BELLA from Langton Matravers, SCAMP & ZUCCI a Maltese x Bichon and Springer x German Wirehaired Pointer, ROSIE a lab from Corfe Castle, POPPY a boxer x lurcher from Christchurch, MAX the Patterdale cross who loves hills! COOPER a young Cavalier, LILY & ELSA Cockers from Canford Heath, HELE a small cross who loves Durlston (Helen J have I got the name right?), JESSIE a Golden Retriever who enjoys sociable Stanpit Rec, HARRY a staffy cross, JOEY & APRIL poodle & shihtzu x cavalier from Bovington, ANGUS & KIRA who are both Staffies 'Good as gold' from Swanage, HAMISH a Border Terrier, BO, a Cavalier, for whom 'every walk is a big adventure', BENTLEY a Boxer from Wimborne, JACKSON a Flat-coated Retriever ('lovely but mad' according to Molly!), TURAN, PEGGY & BRODIE an aussie shepherd, aussie x beardie and poodle,
New members who've already used the 'join us' form or who joined at pit stops but haven't sent a photo remember you can always add your photos later, just send to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and joining month!