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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Trip to the beach

Millie's first visit to a beach (possibly) and first trip in the campervan (definitely).

Verdict:  she was an ABSOLUTE STAR.   We made her secure in the back of the van using another of the "Slow Ton Dog Seatbelts".   These are quite brilliant, and came in a pack of two so one for each vehicle.  We can adjust them so that Millie would be restrained in the event of a crash, but has enough room to move around when she wants.   Sadly no photos of her seeming to enjoy travelling in the campervan 'cos Management could not reach his phone to take some pictures whilst I was driving.  But he did take these earlier in the day when we were setting up the strap:





Back to the beach - we decided to stop at Allonby instead of going as far up the road as Mawbray.  I think Millie was a bit confused to start with, but once we were over the pebbles and onto sand she got the idea that running around was possible.  Unfortunately what was not possible was letting her run like she might have wanted to.  I had a 15 metre trailing lead and had rather hoped I could use it like a lunge rein but Millie did not read the instruction book . . .   a long lunge will work fine if your animal is going to run a predictable circle round and round.

That's not how Millie does zoomies.  Millie zooms in zig-zags, in figure-of-eights, in pretzel shapes.  Which is great in the garden - not so great when there's many metres of webbing strap to get knotted up in.  Which happened to both of us and, no surprise, I fell over πŸ˜†   Sand is not too hard to land on . . .



Despite the slight equipment failure, I think Millie enjoyed herself.  She certainly enjoyed trotting around with large pieces of seaweed in her mouth.



"Slumming it" in the van before we came home:









She was an extremely tired little girl last night, and today is fairly quiet and sedate (by her normal standards).  We are all going to have a gentle day.



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  1. Caring for Millie sounds a lot like caring for Lily. Similar energy and similar beach zoomies! ;)
    I'm glad it was a success. She looks so pleased with herself. X

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    1. Ha ha! True, but I don't see you attaching a 15m lunge line to her 😊 πŸ€ͺ

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  2. It looks and sounds like Millie really enjoyed herself, especially with the seaweed. You seem to be doing a lot of falling over just recently - sorry, but I giggled at this one as it sounds like you came to no harm :) I like the second shot of Millie in the back of Bill, it's lovely. I went to Allonby three times when I was up there for my camping breaks but for some reason never went on the beach - something to be rectified with the girls next time I'm up there.

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    1. It's OK Eunice, I generally laugh when I fall over too . . . after all, getting p*ssed about it is not going to miraculously put me upright 😜

      I thought of your trips to Allonby yesterday afternoon. x

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  3. One very happy doggie, lots of sand for her to run on, did she dip her paws in the sea? We used a lunge line when we first had Annie, they do tend to get in a tangle though and shame you took another tumble. Millie certainly looks pleased with all her exciting new adventures.

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    1. No paddling in the sea Eileen, but she's not afraid to get her feet wet - very different to Daisy.

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  4. I'm pleased to hear that Millie had a good trip to the beach. Sorry to hear of your fall - at least you had a soft landing! Those leads are brilliant I think whilst training the recall. Better safe than sorry, esp. as Millie's a bit of a runner. Plus the doggy seatbelt - she's in the best hands!

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    1. Thanks Mrs. The lead would be great with a dog who didn't dodge and weave quite so much . . .

      She is making a little progress every day and this morning came dashing up the garden when I used a whistle.

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  5. Happy to hear exploration looks promising!!

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    1. Thanks FFG, it certainly was a good start πŸ‘

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  6. oh, I am so glad all went well ... and just look at that pretty girl posing so sweetly-the "lead dance" and its accompanying twists and turns must have looked a bit like the game of "twister"! i am really impressed by Miss M's willingness to wear her coats and harnesses- someday I must tell you about Olivia and her "bikini experience" ... I'll tantalize you with 5 words though ... pink and white polka dots ... and tell it later when her sassiness has reached a level that needs to be brought down a peg or two by a small dose of humiliation-she and I are off to her "salon" today ... I spied a F.L.E.A. which must be dealt with and commercial products available around here give her "doggie acne"- I wonder if you are beginning to think about all the trips you can begin to plan now that you have a new traveling partner-
    the usual regards from what is quickly starting to feel like the innermost circle of hades
    Texas in the summer is truly a pain-
    barb-

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    1. If you are embarrassing Olivia in pink & white polka dots you deserve all the retaliation she can dish out 🀑😸😎

      I still think she needs her own blog! Hope you got your "little problem" sorted today.

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  7. Your dog is lucky to have such caring family to take care of her. :) I'm glad you had a nice trip.

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    1. Thank you Dianna, and welcome to Bag End. 🌸
      I am sure we are spoiling Lady M. something rotten . . . but it keeps me out of mischief πŸ™‚

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  8. Dear Jayne
    Glad to hear all went well, except for your unexpected fall! You'll be covered in bruises!
    Hopefully it has been a quieter day for all today.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thank you Ellie, I was surprised to find a bruise on my hip this morning . . . and yes, today has been much quieter for all of us, mostly πŸ™‚

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  9. What a girl!
    And such a happy experiment - I can see many more jollies out in the van!

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    1. Thanks Kate. She was amazing in the van, and has been in the car a few times today as we've gone back and forwards doing errands . . . and is now jumping in the car on the drive if we leave a door open. Having got used to Daisy viewing all vehicles as Weapons of Mass Torture, this is more than we could possibly have hoped for.

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    2. We are fortunate that Moss loves the car, to the point if we are working around them she would like to sit in the back and observe what we are doing!

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    3. Miss Moss is a very clever lady. πŸ‘ Ollie used to do that all the time. We reckoned he had worked out that if we were Leaving Home then we'd do it in a vehicle, so if he sat in a vehicle he couldn't be left behind - you cannot fault that logic and he was (regularly) too smart for his/our own good.

      We suspect Lady Millicent might be heading the same way, which would be wonderful 🐾 πŸ• 🐾

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  10. I've been following your stories about Millie with interest. She is gorgeous but you probably already know that! It's good news that she coped so well in the van and on the beach ... it seems like she's the perfect addition to your family.

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    1. Hi Eileen, lovely to hear from you.

      I don't know about perfect {smile}, but she is certainly a character and in such a relatively short space of time has coped brilliantly with all the new things we have thrown at her.

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  11. I've just had a big catch-up and read all about Millie - I'm so pleased for you. Her Ladyship seems to be settling in very well and learning the rules. x

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    1. Hello Mrs T, glad you enjoyed reading about Millie. Don't know about learning the rules . . . she's a little mischief maker at heart, but a very adorable one 🀩

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  12. After many tears reading your blog after losing your lovely Daisy.It's so lovely to peek into your world and see the lovely photos of Millie and read how much pleasure she gives you.much love to you both and dear millie.Linda j

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    1. Thank you so much Linda, I would like to think that the pleasure she gives us is equal to the pleasure we are giving her :-)

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  13. I did leave a comment earlier but with all the issues I was having leaving comments on some blogs, it must have disappeared into the ether, somewhere out there, with others that went weeeeeeee........ Looks like Millie could be a good travelling companion & once a little more mature , a good walking companion too. She is a sweetie. Take care & huggles.

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    1. Susan, thank you so much for persevering to leave a comment. It must be so frustrating for you at present having limited internet access, but I hope it is not spoiling your holiday.

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    1. We'll go back soon Pauline, maybe when my bruises fade . . . πŸ€ͺ

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