I posted this on my Facebook page last week and wanted to share it with people.
I pass the gentleman's house every day several times and cannot stop thinking about him. No photos of dogs/pets having fun this week because this is more important.
Last month I received a phone call from a local man who needed his dog transporting to the groomers. A gentleman in his late 70's with a blind 15 year old arthritic dog.
No problem i thought and i provided the service for them.
The gentleman was very friendly, had lots of stories to tell and loved having someone to listen too. Your typical grandad type and it was a pleasure spending time with him.
He mentioned his dog needed it's booster jabs soon and would contact me so i could take the dog for him.
Today he rang me.
Except this wasn't a call i was prepared for. He said it was more than likely to be a one way trip to the vets.
He asked if i was busy and i left what i was doing and drove to his house. Already the poor man was in tears.
Ben the dog was all he had left in his life.
Upon being told the vet was ready for us i asked the gentleman if he wanted me in the room with him. He replied 'If you want too'.
After some checking over of Ben his owner decided enough was enough. The dog hadn't eaten for several days and he didn't want to see his boy suffering.
I had spent probably 90mins in this mans company in 2 meetings and was told by him 'Reece you are a good friend'. He shoved some notes in my hand to which i refused but he wouldn't have it.
God knows how hard it must be for him to go home to an empty house and like he said at the vets he hopes his dog has gone to doggie heaven.
Dexter was back from his holidays this week and he certainly had a spring in his step. I captured possibly some of my funniest photos ever this week while we were having fun on the fields behind our house.
Even though we are a stones throw away from the M60 motorway its doggie heaven where we live. This is one of the reasons i moved to this area because you have the best of both worlds, being so close to Manchester City Centre, a 40 minutes drive to the Peak District, 60 minutes drive to Snowdonia and 90 minutes from the Lake District.
But then on my doorstep I literally only have to walk across the road to a park, cross a bridge over the M60 motorway and then i could be out for several hours around the trails and I wouldn't even have to touch tarmac.
In the past i have walked my dogs from Northern Moor to Pets at Home in Stockport (8.5 miles) and only had to spend 200 metres on tarmac.
I have the Manchester University Sports Fields within a 2 minutes walk from me, Kenworthy Woods, Chorlton Water Park, River Mersey, Sale Water Park, Turn Moss Playing Fields, Fletcher Moss Park, Millgate Fields all within a 4 mile walk from my house without walking on a road.
So to say I live in an area that is doggie walking heaven is 100% correct.
To make things even better there are even pubs in the area where I can take my dogs.
For a better look at loads of dog friendly pubs check out this site: Doggie Pubs
We have the newly refurbished The Bridge Pub & Dining which if you haven't checked out yet you really should. Not only is it a wonderful place to spend outside on a sunny day right next to the canal but inside is really fabulous too. There's also Jacksons Boat which is right on the River Mersey and very popular with dog walkers because the location is fantastic.
Both of these pubs i can walk my dogs too without either A) walking more than 2 minutes on tarmac or B) walk on a road ( i have to walk on tarmac but its a pathway alongside the canal).
Heres some photos from this weeks walk and you will see what i mean by 'A Spring in Dexters Step'.
Hope you all have a good week.
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A much quieter week this week with Dexter going away on holiday with his owners so i treated Alfie to 2 new walks for him.
With Monday being a Bank Holiday it gave my wife Vanessa a chance to join the good life and she came with us. I decided to take a trip to one of my favourite local areas that being Styal Country Park and Quarry Bank Mill.
I have done loads of walks around here and the routes can be varied with lots of different paths to take with a previous walk totally around 13 miles. You can also include a fantastic walked called Manchester Airport Runway 2 Trail that coincidentally i took Alfie around this week as well.
This walk is not only an awesome walk for dogs but it gives me a chance to take in one of my other passions and that's aircraft spotting. There cant be that many airports in the UK where you can get amazing views of a great percentage of the runways and also get very close at times to the aircraft.
Seeing the Emirates A380 come buzzing over your head face on is a daunting task the first time you do it.
We also did my local sports fields a couple of times which has a total of 20 football pitches and can incorporated Kenworthy Woods and Chorlton Water Park. I am so lucky where i live for dog walking as once i walk the first 200 metres from my house i don't actually have to set foot on more than another 400 metres of tarmac in a 4 hour walk. Plus there's so many different routes and trails i can take there's always somewhere different to go.
When i get time one day i want to start looking into writing reviews and a guide to different places in the area people can take their dogs. I can thank Gary Box who runs Northampton Dog Walker for the idea.
So onto another week of dog walking and i hope everyone has a good week.
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Usually i would love a 4 day long weekend where i am not working, but as i am now in a job i love i get great satisfaction caring for the pets while others enjoy time off.
This weekend meant i got the chance to spend time with some gorgeous cats. The cat visits over Easter were Betty, Cali and Leo who were all adorable, cute and very funny to spend time with.
Betty was up to her usual tricks of sitting in the sink and pawing at the tap to get water droplets coming out while Cali and Leo kept me entertained by either trying to open the zips on my pockets or running through their play tunnel.
During our dog walking Poppy and Dexter were up to their usual tricks of chasing each other around like lunatics. Now and again Alfie would wind them up and join in too so all 3 of them would end up shattered after the walks. So much so that Poppy joined Dexter on a 2 hour walk for him one day and then joined up with Alfie on his 1 hour walk.
We had visits this week to Wythenshawe Park, Turn Moss Playing Fields, Wythenshawe Sports Fields, River Mersey, Kenworthy Woods, Fletcher Moss, Chorlton Water Park, Styal Woods and Quarry BankMill.
Plenty of variety on our dog walks to keep them all entertained.
An unexpected surprise this week was receiving an Easter egg from Alfie and his owner. Little things like this (although the egg was huge) are always nice and make it all worthwhile.
Here’s to another great week dog walking
A completely dry week with the weather and as usual the dogs were on form this week. It’s also funny how the further they get to the weekend it’s like they all wind down. I guess it must be all the fun and adventures catching up with them and by Friday they just want a casual walk about.
Dexter and Poppy were up to their usual tricks of chasing each other around and even Alfie was getting in on the act. He makes me laugh so much with the way he winds them up. He will stand there staring at them and all of a sudden do these little crazy movements to get their attention. By the end of the week he was jumping up at a friend’s dog on his back legs and it was like he was shadow boxing.
Saturday I had the pleasure of some cat sitting and met the gorgeous Betty. With 2 visits to see her it was lovely to see her meet me at the door for both visits. What was funny was when she decided she wanted to sit in the kitchen sink and was quite content sitting there too.
This week coming ends with a long weekend for some being Easter and although it’s always nice to have a long weekend in my previous jobs in this job I don’t actually mind working. No Alfie or Dexter over Easter but I do have a couple of cat visits and if anyone else needs their dog or cat looked after over Easter weekend then please give me a call on 07938 699 623 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org as I still have places available.
Have a great week everyone and enjoy your Easter holidays.
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This week has possibly been the best weather wise and it cannot get any better than working outside and walking dogs.
I did things abit different this week so it gave the 3 dogs plenty of time together and also met up with a few other local dog walkers which was also awesome for the dogs because it gave them a chance to socialise and also nice for me to get to know more people doing the same job as me.
Its always good to meet up with other dog walkers because at the end of the day we all want whats best for the dogs and we can always help each other out.
We had some funny moments on our walks this week and the funniest was seeing Alfie the Pug chasing Dexter the Vizsla around. There was no stopping Alfie and hes certainly a loveable character.
Poppy and Dexter were also up to their usual mad selves and had several sessions chasing each other around. So much so that come Thursday it was like they were on 'wind down for the weekend mode'.
Lets hope next week is as nice with the weather.
What started as a very wet week turned into glorious sunshine by the end.
Not that the dogs are bothered about what it’s like outside, although it means Alfie doesn’t attack the towel when he needs drying lol.
Monday I decided to visit someone new with Dexter and had a walk around Gatley Hill which he thoroughly enjoyed while splashing through the mud and puddles. Then another new visit while out with Alfie around Hollyhedge Park which was thoroughly amusing due to Alfie flatly refusing to walk through any puddles.
Then on Tuesday the weather although windy was blue skies and sunshine. Another new one for both Dexter and Alfie as well who visited Manchester Airport and Northenden/River Mersey/West Didsbury. Wednesday Dexter took a trip to Sale Water Park and couldn’t resist going for a swim while Alfie went for a walk around Wythenshawe Park where he no option but to dip his paws in the water due to it being waterlogged in several areas.
Thursday I decided to try something different and Dexter and Alfie were joined by my youngest springer Poppy. Everybody had an awesome time chasing each other around by the woods, river and Chorlton Water Park. Dexter and Poppy spent the rest of the day relaxing at our house due to all the running around and I’m sure Alfie would of spent the rest of his day snoozing until his owner arrived home.
Then Friday and the weather improving as the weekend was approaching I brought Snoop our eldest springer out for an adventure and her, Alfie and Poppy met up with a friends group walk for a local walk with plenty of fun and socialising.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday also saw dogs4walks visit Lulu the Shih tzu as well as her housemates the cats Eric and Ralf for some house sitting and a walk.
We still have places available for group dog walking so if you live around Sale, Sale Moor, Northenden, Northern Moor, Wythenshawe, Gatley, Chorlton and surrounding areas then check out our special offers on at the moment via the dogs4walks website.
So as mentioned in last weeks blog dogs4walks decided to 'Go Beyond The Extra Mile' and travel further afield with the dogs.
On Monday we took a trip into Derbyshire and had a fun walk along The Longdendale Trail which is a disused railway line that used to run trains between Manchester and Sheffield.
The great thing about the trail is there's a couple of areas for the dogs to go for a swim and they can be off the lead for most of it.
As well as a few local walks we also went to Rivington Pike near Horwich which is awesome for dogs and humans. The views are fantastic on a nice day and even though the weathermen predicted an overcast day they couldn't of been more wrong.
The sun was shining from start to finish and it made the walk even more enjoyable.
There's woodland, water, grassy areas and some amazing sights that can be enjoyed in the area including Pigeon Tower, Seven Arched Bridge and a Japanese Terraced Garden.
On Thursday we welcomed an amazing character to join us on our daily walks. He maybe small but Alfie the Pug is a bundle of joy and has loads of personality. Hes fitted in really well already and it is a joy to walk him.
Then on Friday and Saturday we also had some cat visits to turn our attention too. Cosey and Anwen are 2 adorable house cats that are very affectionate and cuddly.
Caring and spending time with animals is an awesome job and they get treated like one of our own at dogs4walks. So if you need a one off walk or pet visit to something more regular then get in touch.
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Even though the dog's always need walking no matter what the weather is like it's always nice to have a week of virtually dry weather.
Our adventures this week gave us the chance to meet up with some friends group dog walks which are always fun. Socialising is a very important part of a dog's life and having happy dogs makes it great for everyone.
This week we have ventured to Turn Moss Playing Fields, Chorlton Water Park, Kenworthy Woods, Ashton Upon Mersey and Fletcher Moss.
dogs4walks has a special offer on walks at the moment if you book blocks of 5 or 10 walks. This is valid to the next 5 new customers and you could save up to 50%. Take a look at the Services and Prices for more information.
Next week check out our Facebook page for some different walks around the North West.
We love having different adventures here.
Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget we also care for other furry animals too.
No rest for me as a dog walker and I wouldn't have it any other way. We decided when we got our 1st dog that they were going to be a very important member of the family and we didn't want them to miss out.
So on a Sunday morning we get a lie in (but you said the dogs are important?).
Yes a lie in for us is 6:30am.
And when you take the dogs out at this time of morning and see this weather you are glad you took the opportunity.
So it's all systems go with my new adventure.
I decided to do something I am very passionate about and that's dog walking and pet care.
There is no better feeling than spending time with animals and being the owner of 2 springer spaniels I have had alot of funny times and awesome adventures.
So onto our 1st week which for me started on Tuesday and I had the pleasure of Dexter the Vizsla. We have visited several local places this week including Sale Water Park, River Mersey, Fletcher Moss and Kenworthy Woods.
Dexter is an amazing dog and such a character with lots of energy. It's been great as well because he get's on so well with my 2 springers Snoop and Poppy. So much so that Snoop has really come out of her shell and after only 1 week the difference in her has been very positive.
We also had the chance to meet up with a friend this week who was walking her dogs so there was plenty of socialising and loads of fun.
If you see us out on a walk come and say hello. You won't miss me in either my bright orange dogs4walks hoodie or bib.
Have a good weekend everyone
We are Reece & Vanessa and this is the dogs4walks blog where you can read about what we have been up to and things of interest to us that are dog related.