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8 essential items for mountain adventure dogs

8 essential items for mountain adventure dogs

Gearing up for a mountain trip soon? I am! The humans are busy planning for our next adventure.  Here are 8 essential items to take or consider for your dog on a day out in the mountains or even just a ramble:

  1. Collapsible water bowl – easy to carry in a human back pack, but I find this ideal for journeys, walks and camping.
  2. Water – don’t forget to take your own bottles of water. It’s thirsty work going up mountains on four paws!
  3. Harness – the human particularly finds this useful for hauling me up on steep sections.
  4. Poop bags –  take plenty of poop bags and always clear up after your dog. Remember there are no dog poo fairies!
  5. Supervision – always know where your dog is. Put a lead on your dog if you are near livestock or near steep drops.
  6. High visibility dog collar – pawfect for being seen, when out and about in the dark.
  7. Treats – of course I would have this as a number one priority, but vital to keep those energy levels up and for a reward when reaching the summit!
  8. Old towel – worth keeping in the back of the car, so you can dry your dog off if need be.

Read more advice for walking your dogs in the mountains by the BMC here.

What would you take on your next doggy adventure?  I would love to hear what you think about my blog – leave me a comment on the blog, like me on facebook follow me on bloglovin’ or twoof me @rubys_rambles on Twitter.

*waggy tail*

Ruby Dog X

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Dealing with Humans

Are you in need of learning some essential tips for dealing with your humans? If you are having difficulties with your humans, maybe Ruby dog can help… here is my advice on some common problems and some words of wisdom to put your humans in their place.

  • Next time your human pretends to throw the ball (when really they still have it in their hand), I recommend you pull the “don’t lie to me you stupid human” face.
  • If you are made to look silly, simply poke out your tongue to show your dissatisfaction and demonstrate that you are not impressed. I would use this look when made to wear clothes.
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I do not wish to have my photo taken!

  •  When you are caught by your human, doing something you should not be doing, like chewing the furniture, then you need to pawfect the puppy dog eye look. I find this works best if you tilt your head ever so slightly and give your best innocent face. I guarantee this works approximately 99% of the time.
  • If a human uses or takes one of your possessions, then in this situation you need to use the “giving evils” look. Remember what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is also mine!
There is a human in my bed!

There is a human in my bed!

  • Sometimes you may have to practice the “talk to the paw, because the face isn’t listening!” Use this wisely though, as you never know when they may have a treat in their hand!
  • If you really want to annoy your humans, I suggest the best place to lie down is in the middle of the kitchen. The bonus for you is that you can practice the side eye look, to monitor the current situation and decide if it is worth your while to put the time and effort into moving, for example, going for any dropped food.

I’ve shared this with Eco-Gites of Lenault Animal Tales linky.

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I would love to hear how you deal with your humans – let’s bark about it! Leave me a comment on the blog or twoof me @rubys_rambles on Twitter.

*waggy tail*

Ruby Dog x

“…I began a life long love affair with a pile of rock”

Coniston Old Man

The Old Man of Coniston

“…I began a life long love affair with a pile of rock.”

Edward Abbey

I have “bagged” a few mountains, as they say. It is one of my most favourite things being out in the fresh air, sniffing here and there! There is always a guarantee of a treat for me at the summit! Here is my list of those mountains bagged so far…

  1. Snowdon – Wales.
  2. Moel Hebog – Wales.
  3. Red Screes – England.
  4. Catbells – England.
  5. Skelgill Bank – England.
  6. The Old Man of Coniston – England.
  7. Brim Fell – England.
  8. Pen y Fan – Wales.
  9. Corn Du – Wales.
  10. Cribyn – Wales.
  11. Fan y Big – Wales.

I would love to hear what your favourite mountain is to walk up – let me know by leaving a comment on my blog or twoof me @rubys_rambles on Twitter.

*waggy tail*

Ruby Dog x

3 Dog friendly walks in Snowdonia

Looking for some where to walk your dog? Maybe I can help! Whether you are looking for unspoilt beaches, mountain climbs, coastal paths or just a leisurely ramble, Snowdonia has it all… plus the views are free!

Beddgelert – A beautiful village in the heart of Snowdonia is a place of legend. A short walk from the village leads you to the resting place of “Gelert” – the faithful hound of the Welsh Prince Llewelyn the Great.

The legendary "Gelert"

The legendary “Gelert”

The story written on Gelert’s tombstone reads:

“In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, ‘The Faithful Hound’, who was unaccountably absent. On Llewelyn’s return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infant’s cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood. The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound’s side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog’s dying yell was answered by a child’s cry. Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but nearby lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain. The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again. He buried Gelert here”.

At the end of your scamper, return to the village and pop into the Saracens Head for a drink or a bite to eat. By the way muddy boots and paws are welcome in the bar here.

Black Rock Sands – A huge sandy beach, so huge in fact that you can drive on it! The name comes from the headland rock dominating the beach to the West.

The sandy beach and caves of Black Rock Sands

The sandy beach and caves of Black Rock Sands

Here you can explore the beach, rock pools and low level caves. This is a location where a picnic is a must. Watch out there are doggy restrictions!

Enjoying sniffing and exploring Black Rock Sands

Enjoying sniffing and exploring Black Rock Sands

Snowdon – Walk up Wales highest mountain standing at 1085 metres above sea level. There are six main footpaths to choose from including: Pyg Track, Miner’s Track, Snowdon Ranger, Watkin Path, Llanberis Path and the Rhyd Dhu Path. The Snowdon Sherpa shuttles around the base of Snowdon connecting the paths, meaning you can go up one path and down another.  When you get to the top, have a well-deserved cuppa and snack at the Summit Visitor Centre – Hafod Eryin. The views are just pawsome!

Hafod Eryri - Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre

Hafod Eryri – Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre

Don’t fancy walking? No problem, your humans can get the Snowdon Mountain Railway from Llanberis. The Snowdon Mountain railway is just over four miles long from Llanberris to the summit and is the only rack and pinion railway in the United Kingdom.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway

The Snowdon Mountain Railway

Stay in Llanberris with UKbreakaways at The Royal Victoria Hotel – dogs can be accommodated by prior arrangement.

*Waggy tail*

Ruby X