The DogPeople Blog
  1. Murphy back at the vet’s for more tests

    Murphy has been back to see Radu at Toachim House. He’s had more problems with frequent and irregular bowel movements and is still passing blood. Since his last polyp removal procedure (see blog entry in August) he had a course of antibiotics to try and clear up an episode of diarrhoea and blood loss. The medication had the desired effect for a while but, sadly, he relapsed. I think both Murphy and Radu are getting a bit tired of rectal examinations!

    Murphy is now booked in for a more extensive ultrasound scan and blood tests. Alan is charged with collecting stool samples too. Alan fears this is not going to be easy to resolve ….

    Murphy has been very picky about his food too – not a good sign for him. Happily, he still has plenty of energy most of the time. He manged Kinder Scout on our recent trip to The Peak District more easily than Alan (see more here) and yanked Alan off his feet after we returned home from our self catering holiday trip whilst in pursuit of a cat under a car (Alan was the only one to sustain injury!).

    A little worryingly, Murphy has shown some signs of cruciate problems since he’s been home – maybe he didn’t do himself much good lunging across Alan even though he walked well before his trip to the vet’s.  Mercifully a couple of days of ‘light duties’ of dog walking seem to have settled his leg or knee.

    Fingers crossed for good results later this week.

    dog rests in pub after a long walk

    Murphy at rest in a dog friendly pub after his Kinder Scout walk

  2. Take a tail wagging holiday from now until the 18th December and your pets go free*!

    We are delighted to tell you about the latest dog friendly holiday offer from Hoseasons By Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Take a tail wagging holiday from now until the 18th December and your pets go free*!

    There are lots of holiday opportunities with Hoseasons including pet friendly UK Lodges, dog friendly Holiday Parks and dog friendly Boat holidays.

    *Pets Go Free offer applies to new bookings confirmed between 01/09/17 – 09/10/17 for arrivals starting and completing between 01/09/17 – 18/12/17. Excludes October half term breaks between 20/10/17 – 27/10/17. The offer must be applied at the time the booking is confirmed. Only applies to dog-friendly properties where a pet charge is made. If there is no charge to take your pet the discount will not be applied. Pets Go Free applies to selected UK Lodges, Parks and UK Boating locations and selected accommodation types. We reserve the right to withdraw or extend this offer at any time. All bookings are subject to availability. Booking terms and conditions apply.

    Dogs welcome on holiday

    Dog tired after a busy day

  3. Murphy’s circular walk from Hayfield over Kinder Scout

    Murphy completed 8.7 miles with over 3000 feet of ascent in conquering Kinder Scout. As you might expect the route was dog friendly with no stiles but some care was necessary not least, in Murphy’s case, because there were plenty of sheep on the hills. There were bovines too at Oaken Clough on the way down. These included the biggest Herefordshire bull Alan has seen in a long while; happily, he wasn’t at all interested in us!

    information sign on the mass trespass 1932

    Info on The Mass Trespass at the start of the walk

    information sign about path to The Snake Inn

    Historic Footpath Sign

    Our route started in Hayfield on Kinder Road. We started the climb via the famous bridleway used by the mass trespass in 1932 to leave Kinder Scout and where some of the leaders were arrested. The first section is also Snake Path; an earlier victory for public access to the hills. We followed the path and bridleway up to a T junction just below a couple of buildings. The path goes left to Glossop but we turned right to follow the bridleway towards the reservoir (marked to Edale at first). We stayed left of the reservoir and climbed above it, then descended to cross a bridge before climbing to the ridge path at Kinder Scout (Pennine Way).

    As predicted we heard Grouse – but only saw one.

    information board about Grouse on the hills

    Snake Path Grouse information board

    Once on the ridge we turned right (south east) and followed the clear path with its deep peat on the left, great views to the right and rocky gritstone outcrops along the way. It was blowing a hooley so the downfall was spectacular with its ‘blowback’ sending spray back uphill. Sadly my ‘phone camera didn’t really capture how impressive it was.

    Spray blowing back at Kinder Downfall

    Spray blowing back uphill at Kinder Downfall

    We kept to The Pennine Way as it turned south along the ridge but where it turns east, we turned right on to a much more minor path (west). We followed this down over Oaken Clough and Broad Clough then close to the trees above the reservoir. When we reached the road we turned left and followed it back to Hayfield passing our start point en-route.

    Satmap GPS profile for Kinder Scout walk

    The profile for Murphy’s walk

    We took a map and recommend this – it’s Outdoor Leisure 1, The Peak District, Dark Peak area.

  4. The Borehole dog friendly pub and micro brewery joins

    Dog friendly pub Staffordshire

    Sparky Spaniel with the new dog watering system

    Come along and meet Sparky Spaniel at The Borehole, a dog friendly pub and micro brewery. Dogs are welcome in all areas of the pub that are open to the public. There are great facilities for dogs including treats, dog towels, dog beds and second-hand recycled dog toys!

    For the humans, Lymestone Brewery is a family-run micro brewery brewing beer in the town of Stone, Staffordshire.There are log burning stoves, comfy chairs and a selection of permanent and seasonal cask beers. It all sounds great to me!

  5. Murphy walks in Hamish’s tracks

    Murphy walked Buxton Country Park and up to Solomon’s Temple on 10th September 2017. A few things have changed since Hamish walked there back in 2003 but, if anything, it’s now an even better place to walk your dog. On the downside, there’s now a charge to park your car – but there’s plenty of street parking a couple of minutes’ walk away (we parked on Temple Road). The country park has even better laid paths with several waymarked routes. There are even more information boards to improve a family experience – these didn’t interest Murphy but he had to have a second look at a very impressive wooden sculpture of a Grin Low lime burner! Once he’d given the statue a sniff Murphy was happy to sit by him for a photo (shame it was rather a dull day).

    Dog sits by impressive wooden statue of a lime burner

    Murphy sits by the very impressive wooden statue of a lime burner

    We followed one path up to the top of the ridge and walked the field to Solomon’s Temple. There were bovines in the field but they must be well used to visitors with dogs as they paid us no attention. Murphy wasn’t bothered either – but he was on lead well before we got close. One thing that hadn’t changed was the stiff breeze at the top. It was mizzling too – but the views were still good. We returned via a different path into the country park before joining up to the main route down again.

    Dog and walker by Solomon's Temple with Buxton views behind

    Jo and Hamish by Solomon’s Temple with Buxton views behind