I had an appointment this afternoon so we set off earlier than usual for our pooch mooch. Down the lane and onto the Estate we went and cutting down the woodland path back to the tree creepers bridge. From here I ventured along the track Johnny showed me the other day and then turned off down to the woods. This picture is looking back from the woods to where we had walked.
Pup was intrigued by the dyke here – it was much deeper and steeper banking than the other he is used to but that didn’t stop him popping down the bank aways before jumping across and scrambling up. A little further along I caught site of a blue pheasant popping into a pheasant pen; neither dog saw it then but Pup saw it later on running through the pen. On the way down the lane he had chased the crows again but as soon as they lifted off he just turned and came back – no follow through chasing and no uncertainty.
We then cut through the woodland, high branches in the first section, then an area of white grass (tussocky dead grass) and then finally a section of conifers with much lower branches that the path wove through until we came back out on the road and after a short right turn walk up the road we retraced our steps homeward.
That piece of woodland is ideal for training for Pup – a little game scent and varied terrain. We passed a huge steel pipe that had been recently lifted out of the burn and I took the opportunity to roll Pups tennis ball well along the inside before sending him in to retrieve; it was an exercise to build trust since he couldn’t see much and needed to believe me that there was something to go for.
We had a wee delay getting home because there was a group of around 10 people coming the opposite way on the pavement so I took the dogs down a side track to sit and wait. Once we did get in it was a quick tidy up and change for me to set off walking again; into Kirrie for my appointment. I was meeting with a member of the Steps for Health team about starting a walking group for health in Kirriemuir and about my “Take the Bus For A Walk” idea. It was a good meeting and I am to plan some short walk routes before we discuss again in a couple of weeks, with a possibility of training as a walk leader for me.
By the time I had walked home again I had added about 6 miles of serenity walking today; at this rate I could easily be walking between 30 and 40 miles every week and all on my doorstep. Okay I would rather be going further afield and walking on beaches and so on plus I would love to be using the buses – but at the moment local is where it is at and there is plenty of ground to cover while I train Pup.