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" D-Day for Dougal of Loweswater "

Date & start time:    Wednesday 26th September, 2018.   9.45am start.

Location of Start :   By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited :         The Copper Mine Pub Crook , Stanley Crook, Durham and home.

High point :                Meeting the puppy !

With :                           Ann and our dog Dylan, Susan and Mike Timmins, Dee and John and more.

Weather :                    Cool in the west, sunny in the east, thick cloud over the Pennines on the way.

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D-Day has arrived and we travel over to County Durham to pick up our new puppy.

We met Dougal four weeks ago and today he joins the family.

He is introduced both to Dylan, to his new home in Loweswater and to several friends along the way.

First we have to find our way over to County Durham to meet with Debbie again.

She runs the Gunnerdale kennels where both Dylan and Dougal were born.

Dougal is the son of Dylan's litter sister Jenny . . . so it's Uncle Dylan from now on.

First we arrange to meet up at midday with friends Sue and Michael Timmins at the Copper Mine Pub in Crook

It's a very dog friendly pub as Dylan will testify . . . and they served us a really nice lunch from their extensive menu.

Photo of Susan, Mike and ourselves, courtesy of one of the members of staff.

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Sue and Mike joined us as we drive the last few miles

from Crook, via Billy Row to Stanley Crook

and to Debbie's door,

where we were greeted by Debbie

with her arm in plaster.


She had broken a bone in her wrist just two days earlier.


The same fall injury as Ann received last December

but Debbie managed it on a dog walk

without the black ice.


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With five of the eight litter already gone, and with someone baby-sitting the remaining two today,

she was able to cope with the task of introducing us once again to Dougal.

Where was he ?         Under the table !

He was encouraged out . . .

. . . and we were all able to have our first cuddles.

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Paperwork done, it was time to introduce him to Dylan . . .

Dylan seemed a little unsure of this new puppy in his life . . . well meet your young nephew . . . Dougal.

After a minute or two he got the idea . . . though he still doesn't seem very pleased.

While Dylan jumped out to meet Debbie . . .
. . . Dougal hid under the dog bed.
However you can't spend all your life hiding . . .
. . . you might miss something.

Everything sorted out, it was time for goodbyes to Susan and Mike and to Debbie.

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We had the offer of a cup of tea from Dee and John in Durham . . . so that could see the new puppy on the first possible occasion.

They live less than half an hour away . . . so it was not long before we arrived at their house.

John's the one in blue . . . Dougal in light golden . . .
. . . and Dee in white, so you're not confused.

Just do this and not say . . . aaaw !

The two dogs get chance to stretch their legs on Dee and John's lawn.

Look at the expression on Dylan's face . . . priceless.

I don't think he's seen anything move so fast for quite some time.

One minute he's behind him, the next he's round at the front . . . Dylan sits down just to keep his balance.

A young puppy . . . I can't see a new puppy !

But then a quick game of chase round the garden was in order.

Time to have a sit down . . .
" Why ... I was enjoying myself ? "

Well, if you're having tea and scones then we might as well make ourselves comfortable.

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A few hours later and 70 miles further west there are more chairs but on a different floor.

Dougal arrives at his new home.

He's offered some supper and a few new toys.

Just look at those eyes . . .

. . . but those eyes look just a little sleepy.

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In the morning he explores all the nooks and crannies that he can fit into.

He checks out his new companion and a few of the other toys on offer.

Dylan, who doesn't smile for the camera as much as Harry did, is nevertheless looking decidedly confused at what is happening now.

Dougal has a visitor . . . Yvette from Buttermere.
"Is she going to cuddle me too ?   (she did)

In the evening Annette and Shuffs came over to meet him too.

They have been staying across the road on their holiday and have been looking forward to seeing Dougal before they leave tomorrow.

" Look into my eyes "

Don't panic Dylan . . . you haven't been forgotten.

Well it's been a busy day . . . I think I'll crash out here.

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[ I think you'll be seeing more pictures in days to come so I'll stop now. ]

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera, and various phones.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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Previous walk - 22nd September - Walla Crag and Ashness Bridge

A previous time up here - 30th August - Sam, Hamsterley and Dougal

Next event - 1st October - Dougal and Visitors - take two

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