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Showing posts with label dog. Show all posts

Review of the first PDSA Petlife festival

I hope the PDSA Petlife Festival becomes a regular event. Blessed with glorious sunshine the festival was a riot of doggy fun. Plenty of shady spots and paddling pools for the pooches to keep cool, and enough space to wander comfortably, the festival felt spacious and well managed.


Water bowls were placed almost every 5 metres, free snack samples (for dogs), agility courses, lectures, vets on hand for chats and advice, police dog displays, the list was endless for doggy fun, there was even dog diving in a large deep pool!

blue pool

If I have a moan (and no festival is ever going to be perfect) the organisers need to remember to enforce their own rules fairly. Declaring 'no chairs' and 'no picnics' to be brought in is fine, but extremely annoying when you later see people that appear to have come in with both!

Small border terrier and girl in sun glasses on a blanket on grass
Fizz and Raffy relax in the shade

And on the subject of picnics, if we are not allowed to bring food in then organisers need to think more about people food! While dogs were extremely well catered for, the human food offerings were less that great. No vegan options apart from chips and even the meat options were very limited. More food next year please!

bulldog puppy

But it was a great idea to hold the festival at the race course as there was great infrastructure there already, nice toilets and plenty of different areas that worked as 'rooms' with different themes, from the quiet areas to the main stage area, where the bands played late into the evening, excellent music selections and a good idea to keep dogs far back from the stage, Fizz and I snoozed on a giant deckchair while DD went down to the barrier to see The Vamps and Jessie J.

small border terrier and woman on large deckchair

We even managed to fit in a little shopping at the PDSA vintage clothing stall and we picked up some herbal anxiety medicine for nervous Fizz from Lintbells. (I'll let you know if it works!)
weird dog

It was a great day out and well work the ticket price (£38 each) and the three hour drive each way. We arrived home tired but happy and Fizz enjoyed an almost 24 hour nap to recover!

staffordshire bull terrier on grass

border terrier in a bandana

PDSA Petlife Festival 2018

Having told you about the festivals I'm off to this year I thought you needed a quick look at each one.

First up is the PDSA PetLife festival at Cheltenham. 


PDSA petlife festival

Founded in 1917, PDSA is the UK's leading veterinary charity. Operating through a UK-wide network of 48 Pet Hospitals, PDSA provides veterinary care to the sick and injured pets of people in need and promotes responsible pet ownership.

The Petlife festival is a one day affair held at Cheltenham racecourse, and featuring Jessie J, Kaiser Chiefs and The Vamps. Gates will open at 11am on festival day with main stage entertainment drawing to a close at 10pm.
Tickets are £38 for adults and £15 for children, and you can take your dog too! (Disabled visitors can take a carer with them for free, and their dog(s) of course) and a family ticket for four is £95. Your ticket also includes on-site parking close to main entrance and entry for your dog(s) - don't forget to register your dog on the website when you buy the tickets.

There are loads of other things happening as well as the music (like at most festivals) there will be famous animals to meet such as Finn the hero police dog, countryside dog walks to stretch your pooch's legs, the Paws for Thought dog agility team will be showing off their skills, while the Dog and Duck Show will provide superb family fun while educating the audience about dog behaviour. For younger visitors there will also be the chance to take part in some of the action! And there will be shopping opportunities too.

Grab your ticket's now and we'll see you there!

border terrier

Enjoying walking the dog by the river Adur

As the spring weather is here, I'm making more of an effort to get out and about, I'm also nagging myself to blog more!


I am still 'iffy' about using my stick when I walk - despite falling an impressive 3 times last week - because I worry it makes me look old. Obviously I don't worry that I'll look a prat if I fall over.



So a plea to other mildly disabled or wobbly folk - and to stick suppliers everywhere - what's a good stick to use that will still look cool? Feel free to let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter (links in the sidebar)


Anyway - on with the walk. Mr TS and I decided to take her ladyship Fizz the border terrier for a stroll along the River Adur. We only walked from the airport at Shoreham as far as the first car park but it was a nice meander, the weather was lovely as were the views and Fizz enjoyed herself.

Lancing College
Lancing College

dog walking by a river
Fizz, mistress of all she surveys

dog watching another dog while out on a walk
The mix of excitement and disappointment when a dog you want to play with is separated from you by a deep stream
 Despite the lack of rain and the ground looking parched, Fizz, of course, managed to run through the gloopy silt and mud minutes before getting back to the car.

On the whole though it's a good walk for dogs, minimal livestock on the west side of the river, and good views so that if there are sheep you have plenty of time to get the dog back on a lead. No roads nearby and a river for getting muddy in. Not too many walkers but enough to be friendly and enough dogs that Fizz had a nice play too.

dry parched soil
Dry April

Have you been out walking lately? 

A dog walk along the Rife stream at Ferring in West Sussex

It's rather nice having a dog again and now that Fizz is old enough to come out on a proper walk with the family it makes us all feel quite complete.

We are just back from a lovely walk along a local stream, where there are managed ponds and plenty or wildlife. It's a great place to walk dogs, away from the hustle and bustle of the town and yet not a long drive away. There are no roads really near and the paths are easy to walk.

Despite that I managed to take a tumble 3 times! Prompting Mr TS to demand I take a walking stick next time. I hate walking sticks. Although as I have Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (a neuropathy, affecting muscle strength and balance) I guess it's inevitable that a walking stick will be needed soon.

Of course delightful teen daughter found it hilarious when I fell in the mud, I think Fizz just thought I was unleashing my inner dog! And while it was messy I wasn't hurt.

South Downs in the distance
South Downs to the north

The walk has some lovely distant views of the South Downs, and had we walked along to the end of the stream we would have reached the sea, and a pleasant dog friendly cafĂ©, but we turned back at the half way point.

family and dog walking in the countryside
Towards the sea


wheat field
Across toward the farmland

The blossom was out on the blackthorn and we saw several butterflies. The ponds were full of plump tadpoles, which may grow up to be newts as there are newts, frogs and toads in the ponds.

blackthorn blossom
Blackthorn Blossom (sloes in the making!)

river bank

peacock butterfly on nettles
Peacock butterfly sunning itself on the nettles

Fizz spent the time discovering that water (if shallow) is fun.

border terrier on a walk
Fizz relaxing

border terrier in action
Action Shot

border terrier running
Fizz racing about after getting a cold tummy

border terrier leaping in water
Leaping

border terrier in water
pretending to be an otter

Curious Arts Festival 2016

So I expect you are all wondering, did I manage to see all of the things I hoped to at the Curious Arts Festival?

curious arts festival programme

Well, no. But I experienced all I needed. We arrived on the Friday and the cricket match was in full swing already, sadly it's a short walk form the camp site and the main festival site, and after pitching the tent in the scorching sunshine all I fancied was a snooze and an ice cold beer! Couple with the fact we had the small puppy with us (and she was panting in the shade) we decided to miss the cricket in favour of total non exertion.

Quiet Here isn't it?

I have a few blog posts half finished, something about festival trollies, and some walking stuff.

But I've suddenly found myself distracted from the blog. This short video might explain why!



Of course it does mean that as soon as she's got all her jabs I will have an excuse to do more country walks!

More from Fizz and I very soon!

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