Paws and Rewind is a look back at the places, products, activities and events that we have been enjoying with Elsa over the past month.
I really don't know how we managed to fit so much into June! It was such a busy month, which is also why this post is a little later than normal...
BIG NEWS - Paws across Britain has been updated, revamped and future-proofed! The blog has been migrated from Blogger to WordPress and given a make-over, thanks to pipdig who did all the hard work (and more) so that the site looks picture perfect. WordPress is an amazing blogging platform so I'm having a lot of fun putting the posts together, and hope that you enjoy the added mobile and tablet features too!
We took Elsa for a walk at Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire in early June. It has a shaded path that stays cool, so it's a great place to take her on hot summer days. We also took part in another walk, organised by Hounds, in support of the victims of the tragic event at the concert in Manchester. The 'Barking Madchester' walk was part of the Newcastle-under-Lyme 'We Stand Together' festival and over 70 dogs took part, including Elsa (in spite of the rain!).
This was our second year at DogFest North, based at Arley Hall in Cheshire, and we made the most of our day despite the blistering heat! The highlight was when we met Chris Packham, who was there as part of The Big Tick Project - raising awareness of tick borne diseases. Instagram's @pepeandcompany also came over to say hi! She and Elsa were absolute stars posing for their picture together!
On our way home we stopped for some 'Posh Ice Cream' at Seven Sisters Farm in Cheshire where Elsa met some of the dairy calves.
June also meant that we headed to the polls to cast our vote in the British General Election, so Elsa came along for the walk and joined in with the #dogsatpollingstations trend!
She was invited to Charlie, Woody and Cinnamon's (Instagram @happiland_hounds) joint birthday pawty which was held at the Luosko Freedom Field. It's been a very hot month so we've also been keeping Elsa cool with lots of shade, an amazing water-activated cooling coat and plenty of fresh water. A dip in the pool also helped keep her little feet cool.
We've done some extra fundraising for Guide Dogs this month by taking part in The Great Guide Dogs Tea Party.
Elsa has also enjoyed lots of attention from her two best friends this month - Piglet and Harry. They came over for a BBQ and had great fun running around together in the garden. Harry even brought Elsa some beautiful 'our Harry' sweet peas! She is such a lucky lady...
Shopping - We had a quick trip to Dougal's Den in Leek and treated Elsa to a Frozzy's dog ice cream, and some new ZippyPaws toys.
It was Father's Day this month and when I saw these adorable 'dog Dad' socks on Not on The High Street (made by Solesmith) I couldn't resist!
We have spent so many days out this month so we put together a list of 'Doggy Day Out Essentials' to make sure that we always have everything we need to ensure that Elsa's needs are taken care of when we are away from home.
We finished off June by spending a couple of days in Shrewsbury with Elsa.
Not only is this town extremely dog friendly, it is also full of historic landmarks that celebrate it's connection to Charles Darwin. While we were there we took Elsa for a walk on The Darwin Town Trail, spent some time in Quarry Park, had dinner at The Loopy Shrew and then stayed overnight in Darwin's Townhouse. We enjoyed our time in Shrewsbury so much that we've already pencilled in another visit (or maybe even two) later on this summer...
The Paws across Britain Pack
We've added a new section to the site that features a collection of our favourite dogs and their preferred places.
In June we were joined by Lyla, Fergus, Harry, Freddie & Friends, Barnaby, Maisie and Poppy, along with a Very Important Pup; Doug the Pug Therapy Dog!
If you would like your dog(s) to be part of The Pack please contact us for more information by clicking here.
Next month - In the words of Charles Darwin himself 'A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.'
We will be keeping ourselves very busy in July! Our plans include visiting a few more dog friendly venues across Britain, and also returning to some of our old favourites. Elsa and Piglet have another doggy 'date' scheduled so expect LOTS of pictures! On that subject, we also have a professional photo shoot booked in with Staffordshire Phodography which we are very, very excited about! Keep your eyes peeled for some first-hand professional photography tips!
Elsa will be making an appearance as a 'bridesmaid' at a Dog Wedding that is being staged as part of the Canine Capers event at The Dorothy Clive Garden.
I'll be updating the Grooming post soon and telling you about some of our favourite grooming products that we use on Elsa. I'm also booked in for a one day 'groom your own dog' course with Four Paws Pet Services ... so please forgive me if Elsa looks a bit dishevelled by the end of the month!