Mist’s Blog

Summer Days

Mist has enjoyed her summer and the excellent weather that we have had. Actually that is not true, she does not care about the weather and hot can be too hot! Here are some photos of her enjoying herself whilst out and about on her walks. Hello... ...over the stile to start.... ...I think there are some deer down there... ...but I am starting to get...

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Why walk with a dog?

Mist, and Bracken before her, have been my constant companion on walks, whether struggling up the high fells or a simple half hour stroll round Long Preston beck. It may be obvious to anyone with a dog the pleasures that walking with one brings but for those who do not see it here are my top 10 reasons to walk a dog and an excuse to put some photos of Mist in to her summer blog. 1....

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The Winter for Mist

Not that slithering around the Yorkshire Dales bothers Mist one iota, but the lack of good snow or even cold dry conditions had temporarily curtailed my enthusiasm for walking. As any dog owner knows the winter has been a constant round of drying the dog, removing the mud and finding that actually it makes not one jot of difference and the walls and carpet remained covered in muck. However I...

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Walking the Galloway Hills

Snow was lying on the hills as I took the relatively short drive to these excellent fells in the far south west of Scotland. This was our first snow walking of the year and there was little doubt both myself and Mist would have a frollicking good time. We did. Day 1 we headed towards the Merrick but due to a late start never actually summited. However the snow was on the road in and knee...

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A Typical Walk

I was in Ambleside with Mist a few weeks ago and the family had decided, in their wisdom, to do some shopping in Ambleside. After 1/2 an hour I was becoming increasingly intolerant and grumpy so we mutually agreed to part. It was also becoming surprisingly warm and I had left Mist in the car; furthermore there was an area of fells just near Ambleside that I had never visited. Mist very rarely...

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Mist of all seasons

Whereas human's tend to migrate somewhat in the long dark and cold winter months it makes not a jot of difference for Mist. Her eagerness to be outside is the same regardless of the season  (although when she is inside she does try and hog the fire and when the sun shines she solemnly follows the patches of sunlight round the room). However it is the outdoors which is her greatest love. Here...

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Mist in the Moors

What a lucky dog! Day after day during our wet and very inglorious summer days I have headed out to walk the North Yorkshire Moors and its coastal fringes with my still young (2 and a half) and very eager collie at my side. At my side is how it should be but sadly Mist tends to roam a little and is not always on the path as she maybe should be. Despite her temporary disappearences it is a...

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Mist friendly accommodation

Mist does not care where she stays but her master and family have a higher spec, particularly in the winter months! The reality is that a lot of accommodation owners do not accept dogs, even in classic walking areas such as the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Almost inevitably the reason given is that dogs create an increase in cleaning efforts and are generally unhygienic, the reality...

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Loving Ullapool

4 days camping and walking in Ullapool is surely any dog's dream, it is certainly Mist's. Last week, myself and my two hill climbing brothers met in Ullapool for our annual pilgrimage to conquer the Scottish hills, mountains, rotten beer and midge. This year Beinn Dearg and a selection of the Sutherland Corbetts were on the agenda which, of course, meant nothing to Mist who just wants hours and...

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Dogs on Leads

High on the flat summit ridge of Blencathra I was walking with Mist and was disappointed, and actually saddened, to see a young couple approaching the summit with their springer hauling them up the final slopes whilst attached to a short lead. Great that the dog was out, very sad to see him or her straining away for the freedom that is so natural in the instincts of most dogs. There were not even...

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