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" Dougal's First Walk from home "
Date & start time: Sunday 14th October, 2018..
Location of Start : By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Our Paddock, Low Park, Crummock Water and back.
Walk details : A local walk of indeterminate length and time.
Highest point : New company on a walk out.
Walked with : Pat and Mike, Daughter Catherine and grandson Alexander, Ann and the dogs, Dylan and Dougal, Boris and Bilbo.
Peter, Lisa and Holly making a cameo appearance a few days later.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies.
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As lots of folk have been asking "has he grown" so I thought I'd gather a few comparative photos of Dougal
from the time we first saw him to more or less the present . . . he's been with us at this stage about three weeks.
He's getting to a weight where you have to start thinking how to pick him up rather than just lean down and scoop him into your hand.
The vet weighed him at 6.5 kilos . . . but he's more than that now !
He's been out in the garden running with Dylan so we thought we'd tire him out with his first, slightly longer local walk.
It's a lovely day and our friends Pat and Mike are over in The Lakes, along with our daughter and grandson.
This is the view they admired, looking down Crummock Water and over Haystacks to Great Gable.
They were interested in how the bottom garden has developed
so there's no better way than to go down the steps and sit and contemplate the surroundings.
Grasmoor forms the backdrop across the valley and here in the paddock the fruit trees are just starting to turn colour
. . . those whose leaves survived a slight sheep invasion and the recent Storm Callum.
Dougal seems up for a walk . . . his first real outing in his young life.
Coincidentally Pat was also here in 2014 when Dylan took his first longer walk out.
Bilbo and Boris check out the reflections on the pond . . . the water levels are high after the recent rains
and it seems that the water weed will need clearing back as it has grown rather too well.
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Time for that walk . . . and a group photo to record the moment.
Cathy, Pat. Alexander, Mike,and Ann
The full walk that included the lake would be too long for the puppy as a first outing
so Mike and myself decided to let the others go on, and to head back home a shorter way with Dougal.
The main party and the other three dogs head on down to Crummock Water.
Dogs prefer sticks as they haven't learnt the art of skimming stones . . . but they will chase them occasionally.
The water level is high after recent rains and even the large stone next to the beach is under water.
The calm waters and slight reflections will be spoilt for a short while.
Family photo showing Alexander has well exceeded his mum and our friend Pat in height.
"You want me to stand here in the water just so you can get an extra photo ?"
With the lake level up to the top of the dwarf wall it means there's at least an extra foot of water in the lake.
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Meanwhile Mike, myself and importantly Dougal had taken a shortcut . . .
We passed a neighbour's house and called in to find it full of family.
Dougal takes turns to talk to each of them . . . first Jane and Peter.
On our side . . . is Dougal getting large or is Ann pressed into the seat by his weight ?
Life is tough when you're nearly three months old and just had a big walk.
Hold your cursor over the picture to see if he has energy left to even lift an ear ?
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . another milestone under the belt . . . or is that collar.
Previous walk - 5th October - Fungi, Flowers and Friends
A previous time here - 16th April 2014 - Dylan's First Walks.
Next walk - 17th October - Buttermere with Alexander