Monthly Archives: March 2015

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NEW-Add your own events

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From now on it is possible to submit your own events . All you need is an account (register here)
Find above in the black bar, at the top ‘Add Event’, and fill in the form.
When finished, press submit for review. An admin will then review your walk and add it to the calendar.

When you register, you will also have access to the forums where you can request walks and meet more people.
I hope this will make things much easier for those that are not on Facebook. I regularly get emails from people that are not on Facebook but want to join the fun. So let’s not forget those and invite them along with the website.

Anyone who has registered before,l but did not have access to the ‘add event’ page, will have to register again.

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West Midlands Walkies 22 Mar 15 – Swimming & Cannock chasing!

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Nine brave flatcoats dragged their owners off to Cannock Chase on a bright spring morning for a walkies that maybe we should have called a swimmies?  The flatties managing to get a dip in 3 of the 4 pools of the doggy heaven that is  Birches Valley.

We met in the car park and it was great to see a good number of new faces on the walk as well as some from our previous walk.  All doggies (and humans) posed admirably for the group photo before setting off into the woods under the high wires of the Go Ape course, with flatties on leads until we got clear of the mountain bikers and the first enticing bog….

It wasn’t long before we could free the dogs and the explorer (Ted?)  found our first swimming pool.  Mayhem ensued with ‘only one stick’ on their minds at any one time… the ducks seemed unworried and swam about whilst the flatties carried on in typical style – jumping/ambushing and stick stealing in the water. And doing their darnedest to make sure that their humans got as wet as they did…

We the set off on the woodland fringe and the deep bracken where they got a chance to zoom and roll, and impressively climbed the huge stacked woodpiles – which was all good until the forestry commission chappies drove past and warned us that they stacks weren’t for playing on…. Clearly not familiar with the flattie concept of ‘the world is my playground’..

Anyhow, chastened we moved off up the forestry track with the dogs finding the boggy streams en route.  They then found some mountain bikers who’d foolishly got off their bikes – so hugs were demanded from them.  We crossed over the the small hill to the neighbouring valley and the chance for a swim.  An enterprising labrador tried to join the group for a bit there and then probably regretted his plan as got chased around by more than one sodden flattie.

The sun was well up in the sky, and spring very definitely in the air,  by the time we then strolled down the main path towards our last pool.  There were lots of other dog walkers, bikers and families coming into the chase at that point, admiring our very soggy band.

The flat coat walkies are a great way to enjoy the antics of these super funny dogs in the company of fellow flattie lovers.   Thanks to all those that made it over, especially those that had travelled far to join us.  We raised £20 for the Independent Flatcoated Retreiver Rehoming.

The wonderful photos of the walk are courtesy of Passarelli Photography – whose page can be found here..  Thanks go to Kate, Will and Moss as well for their help with selecting the route.

Our next walk is planned for May/June – I  hope you can join us.

 

 

 

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Mega walkies in Norfolk(UK)

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WALKIES NATIONAL

We are trying to bring a record of flatcoats together, National and international. To do this we are using a place with lots of places to stay and very accessible for dogs and their owners.
Caister beach is the place we are using. Walking up to California sands which has high cliffs, so hard for our dogs to escape.
Around Caister are plenty of holiday parks, caravans, chalets, and most of them are right at the beach and most do accept dogs!
More info on places to stay soon!

Haven caravan park and chalets:
http://www.haven.com/parks/norfolk/caister-on-sea/

California sands:
http://www.park-resorts.com/holiday-parks/east-anglia/california-cliffs/

Winterton
http://www.wintertonholidays.com/

Great Yarmouth
http://www.vauxhall-holiday-park.co.uk/

Great Yarmouth Caravan Club
http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/caravanclubapps/applications/uk-caravan-sites-and-parks/SiteDetails.aspx?csid=21895

Caister Private caravans for hire
http://www.ukcaravans4hire.com/caister.html

Enter the UK from the EU or a listed country
When you enter or return to the UK from another EU or non-EU listed country your pet needs to meet the entry requirements. These include:

a microchip
a rabies vaccination
a pet passport or third country official veterinary certificate
a tapeworm treatment (for dogs only)

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IMPORTANT: CHANGE OF MEETING PLACE FOR HIGHCLIFFE WALK

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IMPORTANT: CHANGE OF MEETING PLACE FOR HIGHCLIFFE WALK on Sunday. Hi all, Highcliffe Castle are having a wedding fair on Sunday and so I think we should park elsewhere. So please meet at 11am at the Highcliffe Cliff Top Car Park instead BH23 5DF. It is still free (until end of March) and we can walk onto the same beach from there. There is a café there too, called the Cliffhanger Café http://www.cliffhangercafe.co.uk/index.html
so we can get a drink and something to eat there after smile emoticon Looking forward so much to seeing you all then.
PLEASE LET PEOPLE KNOW if you know others who are coming!

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