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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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Flattie Memorial Mayhem

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Following the recent sad loss of Charlie and so many of our loved flatties we thought it would be lovely to have an annual walk in memory of all of our rainbow bridge flatties all over the world beginning here in the UK and Scotland with Janice Bella Giusti.


*this video is only available from a pc



The idea is to have Flatcoat Walkies set up all round the Country, as many as possible, all taking place on the same day. Thus hundreds of flatties will be doing what they do best, causing mayhem, and we can all reminisce about our loved flatties antics from days gone by.
We’ve picked the 3rd Sunday in March as the date for the annual flatcoat memorial walk and come up with the title “Flatcoat Memorial Mayhem”.
We do hope you all love the idea and will join in. It does, of course, need people to set up walks in their area.

Here is an updated list of all memorial walks happening :

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Flat In Me Kitchen

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Sometimes we do other stuff for fun,
and for Lisa, a member of flatcoat walkies and friends this was no different.
On the sound of Rat In Me Kitchen , by UB40, she has written this piece:

Flat in me kitchen UB40 (adapted 😂)
There’s a flat in me kitchen what am I gonna do?
There’s a flat in me kitchen what am I gonna go?
I’m gonna kiss that flat that’s what I’m gonna do,
I’m gonna kiss that flat.
🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐾
When you open your mouth you don’t talk, you woof
And then you give the puppy the blame,
But when I open the fridge,
There’s some cheese for him too
And you got no one else to blame
🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐾
There’s a flat in me kitchen what am I gonna do?
There’s a flat in me kitchen what am I gonna go?
I’m gonna feed that flat that’s what I’m gonna do,
I’m gonna feed that flat.
🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐾
There’s a flat in me kitchen
When you out on the street,
You eat fox poo
And you scandalize my name
But when I catch you up
I’m gonna pull you up
I’m gonna try puppy training again 🙄
🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐾
There’s a flat in me kitchen what am I gonna do?
There’s a flat in me kitchen what am I gonna go?
I’m gonna kiss that flat that’s what I’m gonna do,
I’m gonna kiss that flat.
🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐾
When your paws are in the cream,
You make everyone scream
And I know it’s so unjust
But when they catch you up
They will lock you up
‘Cause a counter-surfing flat you cannot trust
🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐾
There’s a flat in me kitchen what am I gonna do?
There’s a flat in me kitchen what am I gonna go?
I’m gonna feed that flat that’s what I’m gonna do,
I’m gonna feed that flat.
🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐾
You invade my space
Make me trip all over the place
And you just don’t give a damn
If you had your way
If you had your say
I expect I’d feed you ham
🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶
There’s a flat in me kitchen what am I gonna do?
There’s a flat in me kitchen what am I gonna go?
I’m gonna kiss that flat that’s what I’m gonna do,
I’m gonna kiss that flat.🐾

Below is my own version of the first part, you will notice I am not a singer, more of a radio guy, so if you want to keep your ears working, do NOT play the soneg 😛

If you have a way of recording your voice,.. please send it to me via email (hush79@gmail.com or upload it to youtube and send me the link!

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Mega Flatcoat Walkies 3rd edition (2017)

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Get this date in your Diary now!
Saturday September 2nd, 1PM

Start booking your holiday, Bigger than ever!
Spread the word!
More info here soon.

email us if you need info on holiday places or places to stay (admin@flatcoatwalkies.co.uk)

Will we break our record of 76?

Details of the event here:

MEGA Flatcoat walkies 3rd edition.

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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

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What is Flatcoat walkies? Dogcast radio

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dcr

Dogcast radio,

A radio station for everything dog related.
SO that means thet Flatcoat Walkies belongs in there just as well!
A month or so ago, I spoke to Julie Hill about flatcoat Walkies.

My part of the interview starts at 38 minutes inwards

Listen here

To see more dog news, go to http://dogcastradio.com

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Heatstroke lesson,.. the hard way

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We took Perry to the vets on sunday after he collapsed on a morning walk in Cambridge (it was an organised walk) We usually take him swimming every day, but this place had no place to swim. Perry was in top shape when we started the walk, he was very happy as he did not have a wood walk in ages, plus he met up with some old doggy friends. we all had water with us too.

Until,..

10 minutes in the walk he started to sit down, Which is normal for him as we did not play ball, he tends to sit and wait until someone does give him a ball.
I coached him further, and he did,.. 2 minutes later he went to lay down and since then in a matter of about 2 minutes he was totally out the weather, we kept cooling him with all the water we could find but then he started to fit. A friend of ours took his van as close as he could get it and we started to carry him to the van.

by then he was awake but unresponsive and a boiling hot tongue and was very difficult cooling him down.

10 mins later arriving at the vets in Cambridge, they took him out the van and started to cool him down.

ALL internals started to dis-function but after a few hours cooling him persistently they managed to get him to pull through., the job after that was a matter of getting his internals to work again,.. which took 3 days on a drip and antibiotics,.. he is still recovering but very happy now and back home with us with a nearly 100% recovery.

Weekly bloods taken to see if his liver is fully restored and if other organs are touched.
That is the story in short

Perry is a 5 year old (this happened on his bday) Flat coated retriever, black and does usually do well.. no pavements crossed he had plenty of shade.

I honestly think this could have happened at home too.

He is back now swimming with us every day and is still happy . these are taken today:

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PDC_3636

I do feel I need to share this as we thought we did everything right. It was a matter of all circumstances coming together which made Perry go downhill so fast.
When a dog pants, it can be normal but it can get worse very fast.
I even think this could have happened indoors at home. Perry is usually a very bright boy and very excitable, like any flattie.
And exactly that last bit did get him nearly fatal.

So please when you organise your next flattie walks. do it where there is plenty of water.

Please share and help others with our story,.. not all dogs pull through

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LOST: Liver Flattie in South East OX11

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Please keep an eye out for harvey
This was posted in the Flatcoat walkies group:

My friend from Hartwell near Oxford is missing her liver boy. Harvey took himself off at the weekend and has not been seen since. He was suffering from terminal cancer and was very weak. He is 8 1/2 years old and unlikely to have gone far. If anyone in the area sees him on one of their walks then please let me know as she would dearly like him home. Thank you. Sad times.

below the doglost details, if you can`t see it, click here

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Dog Profile: Oscar, medical assistence dog

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Flatties are more than capable to do anything you want or need them to do,.. here is an old interview I had with Becki Lang.

Oscar

Oscar

 

Name: Oscar
Age: 17 months
Breed: Flatcoated Retriever
Owner: Becki Lang

 

Favourite words:
“Oscar’s favourite words are ‘FIND IT’, there is nothing better than having to use your nose to find whatever is ‘lost’! I think he also quite likes ‘ are you hungry’ to which he always infers that he is by running and sitting next to his bowl.”

 

“Oscar is very laid back and calm. I’d describe him as sensitive, as he doesn’t like harsh commands, and looks like he is in shock if verbally reprimanded!
Oscar is willing to learn, and loves to please. He does have the cheeky flatcoat mentality which means he can act the clown, but its hard to be cross with him when it is so cheeky, and playful. They say the flatcoated retriever is the Peter Pan of the dog world, and I really hope my boy never grows up, as he is a joy to share my life with.”

Oscar is a Medical assistance dog. Becki, his owner is diabetic. 
What is so special about Oscar is that he is trained to help Becki finding her medical kit and alerting her when her medical condition is changing.

Becky explains more:

“For my specific condition, the dog alerts you to serious changes in blood sugar levels. He also can retrieve any medical equipment that I might need in an emergency situation. Medical detection dogs UK are also training dogs to help people with addisons disease, epilepsy and even cancer detection.”

Oscar is still in training.

“Oscar will be using his nose to help me. It is all reward based training so it will become a “fun” game for him rather than work.”

For some, a Flatcoat seems a silly choice for this job because of their reputation as the “Peter Pan” of the dogs.
This means that Flatcoats tend to never grow up. A very playful dog. 
Becki did choose a Flatcoat  and got Oscar with the idea to train him and maybe to prove people wrong.

“I have always had a dog, and my previous dog Woody passed away around the time that I became sick. I wanted another dog, but made the decision to get a flatcoated retriever because I had my heart set on having a dog that would work in medical detection. I was told that retriever and spaniel breeds were the most suitable, and so I began looking at retrievers online, and just loved the sound of the flatcoat.
I don’t think flatcoats are generally used as they have a bad rep. Someone I know did however meet a flatcoat guide dog so they are more than capable”

She had Oscar as a pup and started training as soon he was ready.

“We have worked towards the kennel club good citizen tests, and have passed bronze and silver – just gold left, which was a pre-requisite for the standard medical detection dogs expected of a self trained dog.”

 Oscar is a talented dog. He already saved Becki’s life twice waking her up because her sugars were dangerously low. 

“When your body runs low or high blood sugars a lot, it sets your internal “thermostat” at the wrong level – low or high can feel normal. For me, low blood sugars don’t trigger the normal response, sometimes I feel nothing. Low sugars should wake you up from sleep but mine don’t always do that. On two occasions, Oscar has woken me by barking and licking my face repeatedly. When he has roused me they are at 1.8, 2.2 etc normal is 4.0-7.0″

And that as a dog who hasn’t finished his detection training yet. Which is very impressive.
“I think any dog would probably do it, but yes it’s very cool. I think if a dogs owner is sick they pick up on it.”
You think any untrained dog would do the same?

“My parents own a spaniel and he’s never shown any indication that he notices.But my friends Labrador has. She licks my mouth when my sugars are high.”

 

As many agree dogs are life savers, not directly but they do give you love, attention and all you need in life. 
Dealing with any condition can be worrying but a dog like Oscar helps in many ways.
” I felt hopeless and thought I’d never drive or go out alone again and through having him he has given me so much happiness and hope. You can’t not get up in the morning and walk him and play with him, as I made a promise to him that he would have the life he deserved.”

I have heard that Oscar  is not a licky dog… WHAT? A flatcoat not being licky?
“haha they are licky dogs, i’m really disappointed that oscar isnt really licky,
I have to say ‘kiss’ and I only get one!
I think I was short changed on this one!”

The medical assistance training will teach Oscar a certain way of notifying Becki when her Sugar levels are dangerously high or low. That could be licking for example.
“He doesn’t always tell me in the same way and i have wondered why he is keeping on at me – jumping up, yapping and it turns out its dropped really low. My friends sometimes notice his behaviour more than i do and get me to test!

 with the medical dog teams help we can narrow down his way of telling me.
They will train him to use one specific way, I have chosen him to lick

 barking is annoying!”

Amazing isn’t it? Dogs that can detect certain aspects of an illness. Humans won’t notice the things dogs notice. They have a special nose for things. 
Dogs save people many ways but this is a very special way. That is why I think Oscar is an inspirational dog.
“Oscar is my inspiration for most things I do. I want him to be happy, so with him as my focus it keeps me from worrying about my own problems. He is going to give me my independence back, and that unconditional love is what keeps me going on the days when I feel really poorly and fed up.”
Oscar and Becki

Oscar and Becki

With the help of Oscar, Becki can lead a life with less worry thanks to Oscar.

If you want to know more about Medical assistance dog training please visit http://medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/
If you want to meet Oscar , he is on facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/oscar.lang.96

If you have a similar story to share or a story about an inspirational dog you own or know please comment below.  Of course you can also use the comment section to ..comment 🙂

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Flatcoat Groups on Facebook

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Flatcoats, we may not see so many when we are out on our usual walks, but there are plenty of them on Facebook.
Besides our own flatcoat walkies group, there are other groups,
Here are a few, This list is not complete it is actually an old list from when Perry had his own blog(2012).
So if you would like to see your group added, comment below.

So far the fanclubs. Now let’s see the creative groups.

I’m sure there are more groups like these but I am only joined with these. If you have a group that you would like to see added to this list, please let me know via email (hush79@gmail.com) or comment below

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Sheringham Flatcoat walkies, by PdcPhoto

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16 flatties, with a few honourable flatties made sure Sheringham knew the breed. No beach was safe, and I am sure the local school kids had something extra to talk about.

(quote from one of them:”LOOK A DOGGIE PARTY!!”)

Click here to see the gallery

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