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Sunday Afternoon Dogs

December 30, 2012 1 comment

This afternoon, I took Barney out for a walk over on Tunbridge Wells Common. I fancied a change from the Southborough Woods as they are so boggy at the moment and many of the paths are like a mud soup. Maggie, my middle one came too, on the promise of stopping by at Wellington Rocks and a hot chocolate afterwards somewhere near the Pantiles.

I must admit I was a little unsure of where we might go for a drink; I do like a bit of people watching and (obviously) dog spotting and the outside seating areas along the Pantiles are great for this but didn’t really fancy sitting outside in the cold. So I turned to Twitter and thanks to @twrumours @royaltunwells @oneillholly @laurentphotog and @vegpatchsaf for your suggestions and help on this matter.

As we headed through The Grove and down on to the High Street, we came across a pair of what looked like Bearded Collies. On speaking to the owner, it appears that Storm and Misty are Cyprus Poodles. That’s a new one on me. The story behind it is that these two were found in Greece on a rubbish tip with their 16 puppies! There’s a charity called Greek Animal Rescue that’s doing great work in trying the get abandoned and ill-treated dogs into new homes. The Greek financial situation hasn’t helped and has resulted in more abandonments. In this case, the dogs were rescued, found new homes via the website and transported back to the UK.

Storm (left) and Misty, Cyprus Poodles

Storm (left) and Misty, Cyprus Poodles

Heading up on to the Common and Wellington Rocks, it wasn’t long before the next dogs appeared. First there was Wheezy, a three year old Cocker Spaniel followed by Mickey a five month old English Springer Spaniel. I didn’t really intend to photograph lots of dogs this afternoon but it just happened. Come to think of it, it always happens like this – who am I kidding? I didn’t have my cameras with me, only the phone. It is a good camera phone and when I got it, this was one of the the must haves as far as incorporated gadgets go, but it’s not the same as using the proper gear, but it will do for a back up. I think Barney enjoyed having a run around with these two. Poor old Wheezy had to stay on the lead as she apparently does a runner when she gets the chance and Mickey was very generous in sharing his ball – that wouldn’t happen with Barney.

Wheezy, Cocker Spaniel

Wheezy, Cocker Spaniel

Mickey, English Springer Spaniel

Mickey, English Springer Spaniel

Mickey, English Springer Spaniel

Mickey, English Springer Spaniel

Mickey, English Springer Spaniel

Mickey, English Springer Spaniel

So after a good run about, it was down to the Pantiles where we first walked to the end checking out the possibilties for a coffee and a hot chocolate, indoors in the warm. That’s when we came across little Bert the Daschund in his dog wheelchair. Poor Bert had had two operations for a slipped disc and was using the walking aid in place of his back legs. The owner very kindly let me take a picture of him and let me know that he was doing very well and they were hopeful that he would make enough progress to walk unaided again soon.

Bert the Daschund with his dog wheelchair

Bert the Daschund with his dog wheelchair

Bert the Daschund with his dog wheelchair

Bert the Daschund with his dog wheelchair

Bert the Daschund with his dog wheelchair

Bert the Daschund with his dog wheelchair

Walking back down the other end, we met Poppy the Pomeranian and Noodles the Poodle. Both parties had been sitting outside with their drinks but after a quick chat and a picture, Maggie and I heading into Blends Coffee Company once we had checked that they were cool with Barney coming in too.

Poppy, Pomeranian

Poppy, Pomeranian

Noodles, Poodle

Noodles, Poodle

We weren’t the only ones with a dog in Blends with a dog as another family had Belle the Dalmatian in tow. Here is the the old girl after I nabbed them on their way out.

Belle, Dalmatian

Belle, Dalmatian

For me, as a dog lover, I like to find places that are happy to accommodate both me and my dog when we’re out. I appreciate that not everyone likes dogs or wants them around in eating establishments and that there is often seating outside giving you that option. I heard an interesting program on Radio 4 this week ( I think it was You and Yours) where they were speaking to cafe owners in Keswick in the Lake District, which is appparently the most dog friendly town in the UK. Because there are so many walkers and holidaymakers with dogs in this part of the country, if you say ‘no’ to dogs coming into your cafe/pub etc then you’re shooting yourself in the foot as plenty of others would be happy to oblige and help you spend your cash. Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

As we walked back from the Pantiles, the last dog we saw was not so lucky. To his credit, he was being extremely well-behaved and sat there very nicely. I hope his owners gave him a little titbit when they came out of Juliets in the High Street. I may be wrong and they may welcome dogs inside but as a punter walking past looking for a place to go with my dog in tow, I think I’d be walking straight past.

Sunday afternoon dogs

Sunday afternoon dogs

If anyone would like to suggest any dog friendly cafes/bars/pubs etc in the Tunbridge Wells area, feel free to leave a comment.

You can also find me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter (@thedogsnapper). I’ll be stepping up the blog posts in the New Year as I’ve let it go a bit recently. I don’t promise the one a day, every day, as in the first six months as before but I blame that on doing four days at Crufts and having ‘Dog Photo Burn Out’. It is a recognised medical condition but I’m fully recovered now and raring to go.

Happy New Year to you all.

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Olympic Torch Relay Dogs

July 17, 2012 3 comments

The Olympic Torch Relay hit my home town of Tunbridge Wells today but I nearly didn’t go. I wanted to get on with last week’s wedding pictures and but Mrs Dog Snapper made it very clear that I was required for child control business and was to bring my camera also. She always knows best.

The sun came out as the hoards walked along St Johns Road up to the town where we decided that just outside Alexander Boyes Estate Agency would be the perfect place to plonk ourselves. The man next to us pointed out a couple of ‘flag ladies’ who were handing them out for free, so that was that bit done.

With twenty minutes or so before the torch went by, the morning was to turn into a little dog snapping session. First up there was the two Labradoodles named after areas on the shipping forecast. Cromarty is the white one and Fisher, the black one. I was told that there is or was, also an Alsatian, aptly named German Bight. This was all looking and sounding very good. I’m part of a quiz team and the shipping forecast comes up quite a bit so I’ve made an extra effort to familiarise myself with it. Although, it has no practical use for me, there’s something quite mesmerising about listening to the shipping forecast when it comes on (a bit like hearing The Archers theme tune). I even miss it when listening to Test Match Special on DAB radio as they don’t break for it like they do on LW radio.

So after these two had been photographed, I had to see if there were any more and spotted a Springer Spaniel across the road, outside Sankeys restaurant (with their extra scaffold frontage!!) I’m not sure if this dog is the same Lily that I photographed in Grosvenor Park a few months back (she was a very wet dog then) but I did recognise the owner as being a girl I went to Primary School with. Some people just never get out of Tunbridge Wells.

Lastly, behind where we were sitting is Lulu, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, trying to get an elevated position on the steps for when the torch came by. I’m glad it wasn’t a really long wait and the crowds definately grew and grew as the masses came out of their offices. A helicopter signalled that they were near by, a few ‘official sponsors’ floats came past with happy, smiling, beautiful people on, waving at everybody. Then the real moment of excitement as the torch bearer wearing his ‘official tracksuit’ came by with a big grin flanked by four ‘official bodyguards’. I even made sure I got my kids in the frame on the right so they’ve got a something to look back on for the future. I’d like to let you know who this chap is but looking on the ‘official’ website, there’s no mention of him. Looking at the list of eight torch beariers coming through Tunbridge Wells, I could rule out four as they are female and he’s obviously not one of the men aged 43, 65 or 68. So he must be Alex Gerrity I thought, until I read ‘his’ biog and see that “My dream is to be the first Female Mayor of London…” I did go back to see if he was in fact a she, but no, he is definately a ‘he’, so I have no idea who he is. Someone put me right.

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Cromarty and Fisher, Labradoodles

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Lily, Springer Spaniel

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Lulu, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Photographers at Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Olympic Torch Relay in Tunbridge Wells

Annnnd, he’s gone.

Open Meeting of FoGH

January 28, 2012 1 comment

It was the FoGH Open Meeting at St Barnabas School this morning. It seemed very well attended and this must have really pleased the organisers. This newly formed group is doing all it can to promote the Park.

I even recognised a few people that I hadn’t even met before last Wednesday, when I first went to the Park to photograph some of the dogs and walkers. I ran a slideshow from the laptop of some of the dogs I have photographed over the past few months since the blog began and received lots of good comments, so thanks for that.

Here’s a few of the dogs that came along this morning, in between the table legs and shuffling punters.

Open Meeting of Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert (FoGH)
Open Meeting of Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert (FoGH)

Rupert, Miniature Schnauzer
Rupert, Miniature Schnauzer

Rupert, Miniature Schnauzer
Rupert, Miniature Schnauzer

Scamp, Tibetan Terrier X
Scamp, Tibetan Terrier X

Scamp, Tibetan Terrier X
Scamp, Tibetan Terrier X

Lazy Dog Walker

Scamp, Tibetan Terrier X
Scamp, Tibetan Terrier X

Scamp, Tibetan Terrier X
Scamp, Tibetan Terrier X

Musket, Springer Spaniel
Musket, Springer Spaniel

Musket, Springer Spaniel
Musket, Springer Spaniel

Baxter, Goldendoodle
Baxter, Goldendoodle (eyeing up a treat on the table)

Baxter, Goldendoodle
Baxter, Goldendoodle (wait for it)

Baxter, Goldendoodle
Baxter, Goldendoodle (gone!)

Dog Photography in Grosvenor and Hilbert Park

January 25, 2012 2 comments

Change of scenery this morning. I took Barney over to Grosvenor Park after being contacted by a local Tunbridge Wells group called Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park (FoGH).

FoGH launched in 2011 to support the Tunbridge Wells council bid for Heritage Lottery Funding. This process is still on-going and they are keen to promote use of the Park and have many events lined up for the future including an Open Meeting this Saturday (28th Jan) morning at St Barnabas School Hall.

Somebody from FoGH had seen my blog and asked whether I’d be interested in taking some pictures of the dogs that use the Park, so over I went.

I didn’t realise there was so much to it. I was born and brought up in Tunbridge Wells and have used the Park’s facilities, but only really to take the kids to the play area and the pond. There’s so much more to see further round and it’s a great dog walking space. I’ve got quite used to walking in the Southborough woods which are fairly enclosed and as a change, I really enjoyed being out in the open. Photographically, this made things simpler as I could spot dog walkers in the distance and shimmy on over.

Apparently there’s a group that meet up (could this be the Lazy Dog Walkers of Grosvenor Park?) on one of the football pitches each morning as a sort of social thing. I think I may have missed them by going a bit later but I will try to catch them in the next day or so.

Met some friendly owners and lovely dogs and I’ve grouped a few together here. Must mention Louise, the lady in red with the Westies (with the red coats). They all looked so colour coordinated. Louise sent me a lovely email after viewing my blog with suggestions about how to describe her dogs and much praise for what I was doing. There really are some nice people out there.

Suzy & April, West Highland Terriers
Suzy (left) & April, West Highland Terriers
(my favourite picture of the morning)

Suzy & April, West Highland Terriers
Suzy & April (right), West Highland Terriers

Suzy is a “cheeky little scamp and likes chasing squirrels, who always manage to run faster than her (thank goodness)”, she also has plenty to say for herself, unlike older and wiser April, who “is much more reserved and would rather be back at home curled up in front of the fire that traipsing round the park in the cold and wet.”

Daisy-May, Tibetan Terrier Cross
Daisy-May, Tibetan Terrier Cross (who is like “a hormone in a fur coat, if she doesn’t like a dog”)

Robbie, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Robbie, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

8 year old Robbie, is diabetic, needs insulin injections daily, has impaired hearing and only 25% vision.

Ness, Shih Tzu/Cairn Terrier Cross
Ness, Shih Tzu/Cairn Terrier Cross

Ness, Shih Tzu/Cairn Terrier Cross
Ness, Shih Tzu/Cairn Terrier Cross

Nina, Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Nina, Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Nina, Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Nina, Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Nina, now 4 years old, was rescued from her cruel owners at the age of one. She had been so badly kicked and punched that she had to have her front right leg removed. Luckily she was rescued by South Coulsdon RSPCA and rehomed by her loving new owner who told me Nina is “her best mate.”

Sky, Border Collie
Sky, Border Collie

Lily, Springer Spaniel
Lily, Springer Spaniel

Alfie, Shih Tzu
Alfie, Shih Tzu (has just had a haircut!)

Mia, German Shepherd
Mia, German Shepherd (“loves sticks”)

Mia, German Shepherd
Mia, German Shepherd

Poppy, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Poppy, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (has “a zest for life” but is prone to disappear)

Poppy, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Poppy, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (big yawn)

Grosvenor Park

Poppy, Shih Tzu
Poppy, Shih Tzu

Rosie, Labrador
Rosie, Labrador

Stick Thief Brian

January 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s Brian, a three year old English Springer Spaniel, who is a familiar face in the area. A lot of his siblings are still local too, including Marley, Riise, Dotty and Max.

The owner had stopped to make a call and was sitting on a log in the woods. Brian started eyeing up Barney’s stick and went in for the steal. Barney is such a wuss and gave it up far too easily for my liking. He then spent the next couple of minutes barking at Brian while he teased him about the stick. Barney is not really much of a barker but this really miffed him. Never mind Barney, plenty more sticks in the woods.

Brian, English Springer Spaniel

Brian, English Springer Spaniel

Brian, English Springer Spaniel

Brian, English Springer Spaniel

Springer Spaniel Pup

January 10, 2012 Leave a comment

I’m coming across lots of new pups on my walks at the moment.

This little chap is Archie, an English Springer Spaniel that’s just 3½ months old. The owners are now living locally after moving down from London.

Tricky to photograph, as he was such a live-wire, but really glad I did.

Archie, English Springer Spaniel

Archie, English Springer Spaniel

Archie, English Springer Spaniel

Archie, English Springer Spaniel

Archie, English Springer Spaniel

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