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" Dylan of Loweswater "

Date : Wednesday 2nd to Saurdayt 5th April 2014.

Location of Start : Gunnerdale Dogs, Stanley Crook. County Durham. (NZ 166 379 )

Places visited : Stanley Crook, Durham and home to Loweswater.

With : Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather : Dry enough to get out into the garden quite a lot.


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Well ... he's arrived and life won't be quite the same.

Dylan is a fluffy bundle of mischievous fun and running rings around Harry and us. 

The task in hand is to show him who's boss . . . in the nicest possible way . . . now where was that book on puppy behaviour ?

After our trip to Swansea for a few days, we detoured across to the A1 and the east side of the country

to call in at Gunnerdale Dogs in Stanley Crook, County Durham.

There we collected our new golden retriever puppy, and gave him the name of Dylan.

The name was chosen for a number of reasons  . . .  take your pick :- 

  * delete as appropriate.

* Our Welsh  connection (Dylan Thomas)

* The Magic Roundabout character (Dylan the Rabbit)

* The musical connection (Bob Dylan)


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Our first stop, just twenty minutes down the road, was to see our friends Dee and John.

Well, we were so close we'd never have been allowed to drive past without letting them see the puppy too !

Their daughter Emma has a cuddle before we go.
Resting at our home . . . it has been a busy 24 hrs for him.

We had a straight forward trip home to Cumbria with Dylan sleeping on Ann's lap all the way.

After breakfast and a run around he crashes out, curled up in the corner of the living room on my shoes.

(No comments please about them smelling nice !)

Perhaps Harry is relieved that he's stopped rushing about

or is he asking " Is this a permanent feature or is he just here for the weekend ? "

Time to introduce him to the wider world.  The weather is fine and dry and there's plenty of work to do in the garden.

Time to teach him his new name and to pay attention when called.

Hold your cursor over the picture, call him yourself and see if he turns !

While we were away we've had a new fence erected.

We checked it out and decided it was dog (and puppy) proof as designed . . . it was also an awful lot stronger than the one that was there before .

Photo time . . . I don't think Harry can quite believe what's going on.

That's what you call a matching pair . . . Dylan ten weeks old, Harry ten years old.

Now I have the chance to clear up the old fence in the background while the weather is dry.

Through the garden gate . . . we have visitors it seems.

Angie and Dave Beaumont (from Barnsley) become the first web site viewers to see the puppies.

They were over here to climb Hen Comb and spotted me working in the garden.

It has been a busy day and the little one crashes out again as only puppies do.

In the evening  Ann and I relaxed . . . joined by our two furry friends . . . whilst watching a little TV.

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Playtime . . . Dylan find a snake in the toy box.
A 'Half Nelson' . . .
Going for the submission . . .
. . . but it ended up tying him in knotts.

Too much like hard work . . . where did I leave those comfortable shoes ?

A good time for photos is when he is not moving around too fast.

Harry teaching him how to relax.

But he's still very aware of what's going on . . .

Is that a camera in your hand ?       What does it do ?      Can I eat it ?

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Nikon P520 digital camera.

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