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

Learn a lesson from your dog

If you are as lucky as me, then your human takes time and pride in training you in all things dog. BUT there might be a few things us dogs can teach you humans about life.  This is a special guest post from my human, Michelle. Over to you Michelle…

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Simple pleasures in life – Michelle throwing stones in the sea for me!

Thanks Rubes!

Have you ever thought about how a dog finds every day life exciting? I can be cheered on by Ruby’s enthusiasm for the simple pleasures in life. She can’t wait to go for a walk, go swimming, play with her ball, chase sticks, eat, see you come home or chill out until the next great activity. When we are happy, we spread positivity to everyone around us.

Dogs do not care if we are rich or poor. Just like us humans, all they want is food, a roof over their heads and love. They do not care if your hair is a mess or you have put on a few pounds! You will go through life together, your dog will be your pal no matter what.

Ruby inspires me. Why? She shows me how to be a better person. There is no worrying about what could have been or fretting about the future. Ruby lives in the moment – right here, right now and on her walk just about sniffs everything! On-going stress can be bad for your health, why not take time to find ways to destress – enjoy that dog walk (try being mindful and present).

Have you ever stepped on your dogs tail or got home from work late and skipped taking them for a walk? I have been guilty of this, but Ruby does not stay mad or hold a grudge. Maybe our human relationships would improve, if we were quicker to forgive.

Dogs know when you feel a bit down or depressed and what do they do? They sit by you or rest their head on you. They are just there – a paw to cry on.

So if you ever feel a bit blue or things are not quite going the right way, maybe it is time to learn a lesson from your dog:

no matter what life brings you, kick some grass over that shit and move on.

I don’t think my human could put it anymore bluntly than that! I hope you humans can learn some life lessons from us dogs!  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

6 tips to keep dogs safe in the snow

DSC_0166We are in the midst of Winter and my goodness it is cold on the paws! With the impending forecast of snow on the way, here is my dog advice for having fun and staying safe during a winter flurry.

Ruby’s top snow safety tips

  1. Never leave a dog in a cold car. This goes whether it is hot or cold.
  2. Keep a collar and ID tag on your dog at all times. Make sure your dog is micro-chipped and your contact details are up to date. From April 2016 it will be compulsory for all dogs in England to be micro-chipped.
  3. Watch out for yellow snow – chances are I made it!
  4. Ensure Antifreeze is kept out of reach – us dogs love the taste of it, but it is highly poisonous.
  5. Stay away from ponds and lakes that have frozen over. Thin ice may break under a dog’s weight.
  6. Have fun! I can’t make snowballs, but that does not stop me from shaking snow off my coat over the humans. They love it really!

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.

Stay safe and have fun!

*waggy tail*

Ruby Dog x

A dog called… Poppy

Yappy New Year for 2015 and welcome to my new blog post “A dog called…” Poppy has kindly offered to be my first barking chum guest and let us in on her doggy secrets!

A dog called... Poppy

Name: Poppy
Age: 14 weeks old
Breed: Labradoodle
Eye colour: Brown
Location: Buckinghamshire
Have you got a favourite toy?
“My squeaky cow.”
What is the naughtiest thing you have ever done?
“Pounced at Scott’s friend and caught his nose and today I pounced at Danielle’s neck.”
What is the most annoying thing your human does that you wish they didn’t?
 “Lock me in the crate when they need to pop out.”
What do you do that always gets your humans laughing?
“When a couple of TV ads come on and I run to the TV and watch them – apparently I move my head too!”
Where is your favourite place to ramble?
“Haven’t been too far yet, but do enjoy a circuit of the estate or one visit to Wendover Woods.”
Who lets you get away with more… Mum/Dad/Other?
“I probably get away with more with Mummy, although when I do things wrong, HuDad always says it’s because I am a pup!”

 

Thanks for talking to me Poppy! It has been pawsome! If any fellow twoofs would like to guest in a future “A dog called…” blog post, then please get in touch.  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

My walk in Tweets – Hill Head beach

I took the Humans to one of my favourite beaches at Hill Head – here is my walk in Tweets: 

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  • My driver is taking me on a trip to the beach at Hill Head #walkies
  • Just gone by a white horse with tinsel around its neck – must be Santa Paws horse!
  • We have arrived at the beach, parking up at Salterns car park, Hill Head – get me out of this car! #excited
  • Such a beautiful day for zoomies!

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  • Perfect conditions for splashings! #rubysrambles
  • Time to get ready to chase the ball! #walkies

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  • Impressive work by a Jack Russel! #respect

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  • Time to go home now! #embarassing photo

I would love to hear what you think about my blog – leave me a comment on the blog or twoof me @rubys_rambles on Twitter.

*waggy tail*

Ruby Dog x

 

Catbells in pictures

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I was just going through my holiday pictures and realised I never blogged about my trip up Catbells, so here it is in pictures!

I do not think much about cats, but I did like Catbells! Catbells is a family friendly fell in the Lake District. Overlooking Keswick and Derwent water, it has a height of 451m, making it a very popular fell to tourists. We should have walked up Coniston Old Man, but unfortunately the fog came in.  The decision was made to walk up this smaller fell, which ended up being a pawsome choice!

Making our way up to Catbells - sure this was a catch your breath moment.

Making our way up to Catbells – sure this was a catch your breath moment.

HuDad and me taking in the views over Derwent water. HuMum is sure HuDad has a bald patch developing!

HuDad and me taking in the views over Derwent water. HuMum is sure HuDad has a bald patch developing!

The summit of Catbells can be seen in the background.

The summit of Catbells can be seen in the background.

Catbells summit - 360 degree view point.

Catbells summit – 360 degree view point.

Looking back along the path we walked up.

Looking back along the path we walked up.

I would love to hear if you have walked up Catbells – leave me a comment on the blog or twoof me @rubys_rambles on Twitter.

*waggy tail*

Ruby Dog x

Introducing Poppy…

 

One for the family photo album!

One for the family photo album!

Last weekend I arrived all excited to see my Grandpaws. In I walked with my waggy tail, to find this little bundle of fun walking over to me – they had got me a new cousin to play with called Poppy! Poppy is a 13 week old, yellow labradoodle. At first my initial thought was “Who are you? What are you doing here?” However, we soon got on fine.

Poppy did not have all her injections, so we could not go out for walkies together, but we still managed to cause plenty of mayhem. I taught Poppy that us dogs share, so it was not long before we were drinking out of each others water bowls and playing with each others toys. Poppy particularly liked my Santa Paws ball.  I informed Poppy about the fundamentals of nose art – this can be done on any form of glass, particularly doors and the car boot window are best for this.

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Lessons in nose art

I have to say for one so young, I was very impressed at how Poppy was training her humans in all things dog. Already they are giving her treats, when she sits! More advice for dealing with humans can be found here.

Advanced treat training for Grandpaws.

Advanced treat training for Grandpaws.

At one point Poppy did become a little mischievous and started winding me up. Chasing after me, then she would run under the table for protection. Little so and so! It can be tiring work for a dog being so cute all the time, so Poppy eventually gave in and had a little snooze.

Tiredness brought on by extreme cuteness.

Tiredness brought on by extreme cuteness.

Me and my humans had a great day – I can’t wait to play with Poppy again, maybe next time we can go for walkies!

I would love to hear how cute you think my new play mate is – leave me a comment on the blog or twoof me @rubys_rambles on Twitter.

*waggy tail*

Ruby Dog x