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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.

Diva Dogs Day Photos 5

October 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s the last lot of photos from Diva Dogs Day that I’m going to blog. The rest are on my Facebook page and I’m uploading all of them to the Online Shop part of my site in case anyone would like to buy prints or other items.

Tinkerbell, Chihuahua

Tinkerbell, Chihuahua

Diva Dogs Day

waiting in the queue for Diva Dogs Day

Diva Dogs Day

Diva Dogs Day

Euro (at front in blue) and Bo (in red), Chinese Crested

Euro (at front) and Bo (behind), Chinese Crested

Chica, Afghan Hound

Chica, Afghan Hound

Dillian, Lurcher

Dillian, Lurcher

Bella, Chihuahua and Coco, Pomeranian/Shih Tzu X

Bella, Chihuahua and Coco, Pomeranian/Shih Tzu X

Minnie, Yorkshire Terrier (teacup)

Minnie, Yorkshire Terrier (teacup)

Morticia, Miniature Pinscher

Morticia, Miniature Pinscher

Trockie, Yorkshire Terrier

Trockie, Yorkshire Terrier

Tilly, Maltese

Tilly, Maltese

Tiffany, Chihuahua

Tiffany, Chihuahua

Nancy (at front) and Ned, Yorkshire Terriers

Nancy (right) and Ned, Yorkshire Terriers

Dog show categories

Dog show categories

Frankie, Shih Tzu

Frankie, Shih Tzu

Gracie (left) and Angel, Bulldogs

Gracie (left) and Angel, Bulldogs

(left to right) Pippachoo, Boo and Chi Chi, Chihuahua

(left to right) Pippachoo, Boo and Chi Chi, Chihuahua

David Van Day with Alfie, Yorkshire Terrier

David Van Day with Alfie, Yorkshire Terrier

Diva Dogs Day

Diva Dogs Day

Butler, Bulldog

Butler, Bulldog

Bo (right) and Euro, Chinese Crested

Bo (right) and Euro, Chinese Crested

Binkels, Jack Russell/Chihuahua X

Binkels, Jack Russell/Chihuahua X

Flora (left) and Bella, Maltese

Flora (left) and Bella, Maltese

Rodney, Chihuahua

Rodney, Chihuahua

Papillon at Diva Dogs Day

Papillon at Diva Dogs Day

Betsy, Chihuahua/Yorkshire Terrier X

Betsy, Chihuahua/Yorkshire Terrier X

Taco, Chihuahua/Jack Russell X

Taco, Chihuahua/Jack Russell X

Billy Bum Bum, Poodle

Billy Bum Bum, Poodle

Best in Show at Diva Dogs Day

Best in Show at Diva Dogs Day

Thanks to you all for looking, commenting and liking The Dog Snapper Facebook Page

Don’t forget you can see all the pics on the Facebook page and they have all been uploaded to the Online Shop in case anyone would like to buy prints etc.

Diva Dogs Day Photos 3

October 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s the next installment of dog photographs from the Diva Dogs Show event at the weekend.

Rocky, Chihuahua

Rocky, Chihuahua

Honey, Chihuahua

Honey, Chihuahua

George (left) and Bella, Pugs

George (left) and Bella, Pugs

Diva, Shih Tzu

Diva, Shih Tzu

(left to right) Prada, Coco Chanel and Gucci, Chihuahua

(left to right) Prada, Coco Chanel and Gucci, Chihuahua

Chica, Afghan Hound

Chica, Afghan Hound

Daisy, Lhasa Apso

Daisy, Lhasa Apso

Mr Cuddles, Daschund

Mr Cuddles, Daschund

Daisybell and Tallulah, Chihuahua

Daisybell and Tallulah, Chihuahua

Rodney, Chihuahua

Rodney, Chihuahua

Miley, Jack Russell

Miley, Jack Russell

Poodle with pink fairy wings

Poodle with pink fairy wings

Henry, Bulldog

Henry, Bulldog

Trockie, Yorkshire Terrier

Trockie, Yorkshire Terrier

Olly, Papillon

Olly, Papillon

Diva Dogs Day

Diva Dogs Day

Sara Abbott, Animal Portraits

Sara Abbott, Animal Portraits

Odin, Bulldog

Odin, Bulldog

Star, English Pointer

Star, English Pointer

Diva Dogs Day

Diva Dogs Day

Boo, Chihuahua

Boo, Chihuahua

Bo (right) and Euro, Chinese Crested

Bo (right) and Euro, Chinese Crested

Bo (right) and Euro, Chinese Crested

Bo (right) and Euro, Chinese Crested

Scooby Doo, Mastiff/Labrador X

Scooby Doo, Mastiff/Labrador X

Best in Show at Diva Dogs Day

Best in Show at Diva Dogs Day

Sonny, Yorkshire Terrier

Sonny, Yorkshire Terrier

There’ll be more coming tomorrow and at the end of the week I shall upload all the pics to my Online Shop where you’ll be able to buy prints etc.

Please leave your comments about the pictures and like my Facebook page if you’d like regular updates of what I’m up to. I shall also be added all the pics to my Facebook page at the end of the week.

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