year things became just a little bit different to
normal. My master was taking me on much longer
walks than usual. People
came to the house to take my picture, which later appeared in a local
newspaper and I had a name tag put on my collar. This was to prove all
in readiness for the adventure that was to follow
One morning, things weren’t quite
like the normal routine.
were being gathered together and put in the motorcar like when
I’m being taken on holiday, but this time we didn’t
the caravan or go to pick up my friends, we went on a long journey to
After an overnight stop at a big house, master transferred some things
from the car onto a small bus and I joined him on another long journey.
I didn’t like it at first, I missed the security of my cage
kept slipping on the floor, but master soon made me comfortable between
him and the side of the bus and I began to enjoy the ride. I enjoyed it
even more when mountains came into view as I’ve learned that
meant lots of lovely walks, but I became confused when we carried on
and didn’t stop.
Our journey ended when we reached the sea and got off the bus. Master
put his pack on his back and gathered my lead. I knew then that we were
at last going walking. The man patted me on the head and said goodbye
and wished master well. I had no idea what was going on. All I knew was
that we were a long way from home and we hadn’t even got the
with us, so I put my faith in my master and after going on to the beach
we began walking along some cliffs. It seemed much like a normal walk
at first, but some mountains soon came into view and it began to feel
just like a normal holiday. There was even a stretch of forest walk,
which reminded me of great times spent with Bridie and Lottie.
After what was a long walk and soon after what was to be one of many a
wash in a stream, we arrived at a farm where at first I thought I could
hear my two friends, but no, we were being met by some farm
was a bit wary at first as I was a stranger to them, but they all said
hello nicely and made friends and I was allowed indoors and sat by
master as he had a drink and chatted to the farmer and his wife. The
subject soon got onto farming. I get bored with all that, so I laid
down and my eyes began to close as I was beginning to feel tired after
a long day
Only two of the dogs appeared to be allowed indoors, one of which sat
by and guarded the lady like I do master sometimes. The other dogs were
happy to stay out in the yard and were the ones that run with the
sheep. I bet they have great fun, but master gets cross when I do it.
We stayed the night at the farm. I had a blanket to sleep on which
master got out of the case, which had our things in, that had been sent
ahead of us and arrived at the farm earlier. He muttered to himself as
he discovered that he’d left my food-measuring mug behind, so
was borrowed from the lady. He later studied a map, so it looked as if
we were going walking the next day also. I soon got to sleep after
being taken out into the yard last thing.
Next morning the farm dogs woke me up early as they waited excitedly to
go off chasing sheep, lucky things! Master left me as he went off to
have his breakfast before returning to prepare for another walk. I
wondered what we would be doing. I said goodbye to my new friends as we
set off on our journey. We soon reached mountains, so he was happy, but
that didn’t stop him from keeping me from chasing some sheep.
bet those other dogs were having a wonderful time. I pressed on with
him, at least I was able to chase a rabbit and some squirrels. I loved
the new smells and looking into all the new places. I got a bit dirty
though and hoped I wouldn’t have to have another wash later.
day wore on and it was good fun by the lake and in another forest, but
whoops! Yes, it was another wash. I hated having to stand in the river.
Soon we came to a stop at a house where a lady came to the door and had
a long look at me, I expected it was to see whether I was dirty or not.
It looked like we might be staying there for the night. Another fresh
place! As we went up to our room I saw that the case had arrived again,
so I knew I would be having my food and bed. I later learned that I
wasn’t the only dog there. Black German Shepherds,
seen the likes of them before too. He wasn’t happy there, no
television or radio, so we both had a welcome early night.
The next day was rather uneventful so I played at being the faithful
friend – you have to humour them sometimes – We had
up and over crags on what was a shorter walk, but that didn’t
mean that I didn’t get dirty, so yes you’ve guessed
another wash. I could see why when we arrived at, yet another place to
stay, a posh hotel. Perhaps he’ll be happy with this one, I
thought. There’s me, one of the worlds biggest creatures of
habit, staying in a different place every night.
It was raining when we set of the next morning. As you will have
guessed, I’m not the greatest lover of water, especially
rain on my face, but there was worse to come with snow and heavy rain
as we continued to walk. I wanted to shelter, but he kept moving on. I
wonder why they do it. With water everywhere, I could no longer go
round or over it so I had to go through it. I was constantly shaking
water off my coat.
Next morning it was still raining and it looked like we are going
again. As we left, master was given some biscuits for me as I had
behaved well. Too tired to do much else, really. We went high up the
mountains that day with hail lashing my face and stinging my eyes. I
didn’t like that. Later I came across a sheep, sheltering
the wind, which ran from me. Master never said anything, so off I went
after it. I can’t hear him once I start and I
long, but boy was he cross when I got back. I had to keep close by his
side and never had my biscuits until we reached our next overnight stop.
We set off again, moving to a fresh place every day, but it was good
fun with all the new sights, sounds and smells to investigate and
keeping a lookout while he had his lunch. I even showed him which path
to take sometimes. We met some people and he stopped to talk. They
didn’t have a dog with them so I had to stand about and wait.
was nice not to have to walk in the rain and I think master liked it
better too. I had a wash as we were getting near to another overnight
stop. That time it was a huge room so I had plenty of room to stretch
The routine is the same next morning and we set off again. I kept my
eye out for sheep, but this time we came across some cattle.
not sure about them, so I gave them a wide berth in case I got chased
like once before. I wondered what Bridie and Lottie were doing, I bet
they were having to be shut up in their runs while auntie Susan was at
We had a man walking with us the next day who liked to see me jump over
the fences and stiles and I got wet again. Funny, when it rains when
I’m at home I don’t have to go out. There was a
where we stayed that night but it wasn’t allowed to say
sometimes think that not all farmers like me.
There were some old buildings to explore on our next walk where I came
across a man who wasn’t quite sure about me. I
understand people sometimes. The hills weren’t quite so big
there were fewer sheep, but more cattle. As we continued our walk I
chased some more rabbits and put some birds up.
Soon after our departure the next day, by some woodland close to a
river, there were rabbits and squirrels all over the place. I
didn’t know which way to turn. I do like this job, I thought.
got used to the routine and it went on for several more days, over hill
and dale, by rivers and waterfalls.
Guess what, I didn’t have to have a wash today and I even got
go a pub with master and laid under the table while he had a meal. The
lady where we stayed that night said that I was well behaved and that
she hardly knew I was there. I wonder what she would have said if I had
been able to chase her cat.
We came across some strange fences I hadn’t seen before a
of times. They were no more than a narrow gap in a wall. My master had
to help me through one as it was to high for me to get over, but I
couldn’t manage the other one so I was taken to the edge of
field to get through.
It all proved to be much fun, running through woodland, up and down
hills, running to look over the next hill, jumping fences and seeing to
things in general. I even had to walk through a river on one occasion.
You either come or you get left behind, I was told, so I just followed
him. It wasn’t too bad. My friends would have loved it.
Suddenly, out of the fog, we arrived by the sea again where we went
onto the beach – Had we been coast to coast, I asked myself
– but we didn’t stay, like when I am at home. I had
while he did some shopping, then the man with the little bus arrived
and I got to go for my first ride for sometime. Much to my surprise, we
later reached my motorcar.
It had been a lovely venture. I shall know what to expect if we do
something like that again. I could hardly wait to tell my friends about
it. I had got used to sleeping in different places, but it was nice to
get back to my old routine, back to my proper bed and keeping an eye
out for the postman and next doors cat.