Its that time of the year when we try to make sure our walks are by rivers, streams, ponds and lakes so the dogs can always cool off and get a drink at the same time.
They all adore the water, apart from Doris, she won't go near it..... she doesn't know what she's missing.
Its been a Spaniel Bonanza here at Hanson's Hounds.
There is the young and spirited Diego, the golden Cocker Spaniel who loves to play and goes to bed cuddling one of my slippers! Nish even let him lay with her, she doesn't usually tolerate other dogs in her bed space!
And Zorro the black Cocker Spaniel who loves life and is super obedient. He loves his photo taken and like Byron he will pose for you.
Zorro and Diego are both a complete joy and so intelligent.
Diego got to meet Skye the Husky, Kato the Northern Inuit and Byron the Doberman.
Its not Zorro's first time at the Rodeo! He adores Byron and Geoff the Belgian Cattle Herder. He also got to meet up with Seb our wise old mastiff, Zorro was really respectful of Seb's space and Seb was quite intrigued my Zorro's energy.
Here he is....... Diego the 1 year old Golden Cocker Spaniel. He's new to the pack and has met all the big boys, he isn't the least bit perturbed by Byron our Doberman, Geoff our Belgian Cattle Herder and Pack Leader, Kato, the Northern Inuit.
Small in stature but big on personality, Diego joins in with the big boys and loves to play. He is great fun but that coat of his is a mud magnet and like Geoff, after every muddy walk he needs a thorough hose down.
Mr. Pig (left) and Milo are dog boarding with us this week. These two brothers are regulars and know the ropes.
Like Nish, my oldest bitch, they are the grand old age of 14 and love a walk and a sniff about.
But they also like to sleep in the warmest place they can find and Mr. Pig is a champion snorer!
As you can see they are quite well camouflaged in the snow and this morning it was hard to spot Mr. Pig in the snowy woods, as he is mostly white with just some little brown spots on his big ears. He does have a big shiny, black nose though which helps.
Meet Olive, another new member of our pack. She's an 8 year old Miniature Schnauzer.
She's a great little character and loves her walks with Max, Otty and Nish. She likes to be in front, leading the way. She gets on well with Otty, Nish and Max but if another dog seems a bit interested in us she can be bossy and send them on their way.
Welcome Olive, we'll have some good adventures I'm sure.
And here she is........ Doris, the new member of our pack.
Isn't she magnificent?
She is a four year old Irish Wolfhound X Standard Poodle. Also know as a Woofoodle or Wolfpoo!
I like Wolfoodle.
She reminds me a little of Scotch, same family - Scent Hound. She has a fantastic beard and lovely coat. She is wilful like Scotch and just like him, is not allowed of the lead as she gets a scent and she's off.
She has really lovely owners, who were very honest and told me she was quite untrainable. They attended many classes with her but when it got to certain level it was clear to them and the trainer, that she was a good as she was going to get!
I enjoyed walking her and she wasn't bad at all, in fact she was well behaved despite how inclement the weather got halfway through out walk! The top photo shows how beautiful the Winter sun was at Leeds 16 today but just 10 minutes later, this is what happened....................................
Our lovely boarder, Scotch, left us this morning for his new life in Barcelona. It was a very sad day and I have felt quite out of sorts. He was like one of my own as he has boarded with us on and off since July last year on a very regular basis. And since New Year has been with us full time while his dad got everything ready so Scotch could join him in Spain.
We went and got his doggy passport sorted at the Vets a few weeks ago, he had his rabies vaccination and a health check and his boosters, all ready for his travels.
You might remember that Scotch was a street dog in Bulgaria and his dad rescued him about four years ago. He has had a lovely life with his dad and they are devoted to one another.
He hadn't seen his dad for two months until yesterday. It was a very emotional reunion and Scotch was absolutely overjoyed to see him again. I do wish I had filmed it, but it was a lovely private time for them both. Scotch was so excited and literally leapt into his dads arms.
It was bittersweet to say goodbye to him as he got in his transporter van this morning for the two day drive to Barcelona. He was travelling with his dad all the way so he shouldn't be too anxious. They will probably be in France as I type this, resting up for the night before heading into Spain tomorrow.
My two girls are missing him and keep pacing around, especially Otty as she loved Scotch and they often shared the sofa together.
Scotch is a wonderful character and I hope I get over to Spain sometime to meet with him again. We will miss him very much. He adored Kato and Byron and our walks wont be the same without him. We had some great adventures together.
So farewell my lovely Scotchy boy, look after your dad and we hope to meet again someday.
I hope we haven't confused anyone but we are now just called HANSON'S HOUNDS.
As we have been so busy with the hounds we haven't had enough time for horses. We have had to turn away a customer recently because we couldn't accommodate their request for horse-care, we dont like to let anyone down.
So after careful consideration we have decided to concentrate solely on canines and carry on providing quality walks and boarding and not over-stretch ourselves by offering a service we might not be able to deliver. Sorry to our equine friends.
We do still have some space for dogs on some of our walks and have boarding availability after mid March so please get in touch if we can help. Have a great week everyone.
Poor Max, he's a bit fed up because he has a leg infection and also seems to have torn his anterior cruciate ligament. He has his xrays tomorrow and we will know more then what his options are.
So he is just on short, quiet lead walks and needs to rest up as much as possible. This is harder to do than it sounds. He's an active chap and on our walks with his pals he is usually trotting up ahead leading the pack. Sometimes when he meets other dogs, particularly if they are bigger than him, he's up on his hind legs, doing a bit of domineering.
His favourite thing to do at home is sleep in his mum's chair or snuggle by her on the bed, he is not supposed to go upstairs or jump up.
So we have a bit of a challenge on to keep all his four feet on the ground and stop him running about. He is missing his pals so we hope it isn't too long until he's fighting fit again. Poor Maxy-boy.
A BIT ABOUT ME......
We're two years on from the inception of Hanson's Hounds and its been a wonderful ride.