The Loch and a Shopping Spree
We had a slow start this morning … a sleepy daughter had to be prised from her bed by which time we had done the dog walk and three breakfasts. The plan was to take both dogs on the bus to a beach and then collect some groceries courtesy of a M&S gift voucher that was sent to me.
We caught the bus I intended and it was busier than I remember it being so we were limited in where we could sit with the dogs. It was a lovely ‘dog friendly’ driver but there were other passengers looking uncomfortable with Dog’s squeaking so I decided we would disembark in Forfar and go to the Loch for a walk.
Pup did not want to walk well on his lead and it took us a while to get to the park; once we did though Dog was allowed the length of his extending lead. This caused some logistical problems because he could see other dogs and so ran in circles to check them out meaning we were frequently wrapped or tangled in his lead. Once away from the road Pup was allowed off his lead and chose to come stay round my feet; I need to be taking him out daily for the next few weeks where he can be off lead so this is reinforced whilst he is still ‘too scared’ to get lost.
Dog got excited by other dogs and so we, at his request, applied his thundershirt (think dog in a tight grey t-shirt) which is reputed to reduce anxiety by ‘wrapping’ the dog. He also got a neoprene boot on his sore foot which he found odd for the first dozen or so steps and then forgot about. After a couple of hours we returned for a bus home to lunch for Pup and his crate so we could go dog free into Dundee.
Back on the same bus we had returned on 20 minutes later and a change of driver back to the morning ‘dog friendly’ chap. Bit of banter and catch up which was nice and his assertion that I should have stayed on the bus with Dog and not worried what folk thought was good to have too.
After a trip to a coffee shop we did a wee spot of fashion shopping – well my daughter did – and then to M&S for groceries. Not one of my regular food shopping venues but since it was gift vouchers nice to be able to do. Having said I wouldn’t use them for chicken because it is the only meat I have had for several weeks (it is practical because it fees me most of the week) we ended up getting a chicken and a half price pheasant. I intend to make a mixed stock which my daughter tells me is called Phecken stock! I added some sausages, some bread and milk, some veggies and some olive oil … oh and Earl Grey Tea!
Not many photo opportunities today … I will have to return to the loch without pooches and catch some of the things I saw there – but two things to share with you:
So it had been a really good day, included a smidgen of Community Council business to follow up; involved conversation with friends and walking, visiting new places as well as of course the dogs, birds (geese, ducks and swans at the loch), and temperamental madam (number 99) … and then …
… another food parcel from the neighbour! I will have to tackle this before it gets out of hand – it has to stop.