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Hagrid’s Holiday

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Hagrid, being the considerate Doggie lad that he is, has just taken us on holiday to the Isle of Arran – which has led to a disagreeable downturn in blog productivity of late.  Many apologies, but the perambulatory requirements of a splendid Saluki/Standard Poodle mix must be taken seriously, I’m sure you’ll agree.

As you can see from the image above, he was very taken with Scotland, this being his first visit since coming to live with us last Spring.   Lots of beaches, very few other dogs out for walks at the same time as him and weather which was mostly on our side – what canine could ask for more?

Hagrid and Mrs Rolling Eyeballs on Kildonan Beach, Isle of Arran, February 2013

Hagrid and Mrs Rolling Eyeballs on Kildonan Beach, Isle of Arran, February 2013

He was very taken with the scampering opportunities offered by the likes of Kildonan beach, Sannox and Blackwaterfoot Beach on Arran – as any doggie of distinction and taste would be.  If your dog likes to stretch their legs and go for a good old run, Arran is a fine place to consider for their next family break – if they are sufficiently generous, they might even allow you to tag along.

Word to the wise - if Hagrid is running like this at you, getting out of the way is a given...

Word to the wise – if Hagrid is running like this at you, getting out of the way is a given…

It was a particularly lovely holiday, especially as living in a city doesn’t allow you to let a big dog like Mr H. off his lead every day – particularly as some of his more challenging behaviour traits mean that he’s on a lead for the vast majority of his time.  It’s inspired us to be braver with him and find places local to us where he can have a run and stretch out his paws to the fullest of their capabilities, as well as investigating dog-appeasing pheramone collars to see if they can stop some of his overly reactive behaviour to every dog he sees.

Wish us luck, won’t you?

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Arran – the Foggening!

Yep, that’s a lovely way to begin your holiday, isn’t it?  Heading into what can only be described as the milky white unknown whilst walking your delightful, only slightly antsy terrier first thing on a Monday morning…

Still, at least it wasn’t snowing.

Yes, the weather on Arran is rarely a predictable thing and today was no exception – we woke today to a ominous curtain of fog making its way across the island seemingly from atop Goatfell itself and did a minor ‘gulp!’ at the idea that we would have to go outside and take Minnie for her morning constitutional.

Not to overstate things, but outside looked like a John Carpenter movie:

The unknown - it beckons!

Still, the biological imperatives of Miss Terrierdottir won out and so off we went, expertly (well, tentatively) piloted by your writer through weather which was nearing the pea-souper mystery mist of period detective movie cliche.  The pictures above are of an area of Brodick Beach which we thought would be a decent fit for Minnie in her current state – walking is still quite a bit of effort for her with her ongoing medical issues, so a softer sandy surface seemed like just the ticket for her.

Going for a walk, lots of sniffs to check out - back soon.

She did a fine job of things as it goes – not struggling too much, barely falling prey to the worst excesses of ‘wobbly leg’ (it’s the best way to describe her current gait) and demonstrating as much enjoyment of her stroll and of her surroundings as she has ever done.

We haven’t made a decision yet about where to take her tomorrow – we might take a drive to Lamlash tomorrow and give her another sniff of sea air, on light grassy surfaces which won’t vex her too much.  There’s other stuff to see there, too, so the humans will have a decent time as well.

More Arran reportings as they happen…

 

 

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The Arran Chronicles

Miss me? Blog traffic indicates that people (or web-indexing spiders) actually read this very repository of ephemera during my absence, so there exists the possibility that you may wish to know why I’ve been slacking off in the last week or so.

I was taking a holiday: I’m allowed one, apparently. What larks!

We went to Arran, which is off the West Coast of Scotland and must have something going for it, as my family goes to the island twice a year. Ironically enough, we managed to time our arrival so as to miss the fortnight-long heat wave which preceded our holiday and found the weather to be…changeable.

Allow me to illustrate, via the medium of camera phone pictorial:

This ferry is in dock at the Ardrossan ferry terminal. You had to back your car onto the deck. Our ferry was a mite bigger...

Nice blue sky, bright sunshine – good holiday weather all around, I think you’ll agree.

Arran's wonderful micro-climate, but one day later...

But 24 hours later, you’ll note, things were not quite as agreeable. I’ve yet to have a complete wash-out in Arran, but the weather was gleefully up and down during the first part of the week. As long as we get to walk the dogs, the odd shower and chill wind really doesn’t worry me.

I want miniature cannons by my front door. Why can't I have them? #Doormat Cannons

Fine venues like Brodick Castle exist for the history-minded tourist, but I prefer to just have a wander around their lovely, expansive gardens with the dogs and check out the funny nooks and crannies which add to your understanding of the building and it’s history.

The Ice House, Brodick Castle, Arran

Bringing back the Metal theme of recent posts, by going to Brodick Castle on Monday last week, I was a day late and could have taken in the sight of Arran’s own Viking re-enacting society running amok and generally being all Battle Metal. Crivens!

It’s not just the big, tourist things which delight about Arran – it’s the incidental stuff. Take my new friend, for example:

My new pal - I call him Billy Boulderson. Lovely lad, always smiling.

Idiosyncrasy – one of my favourite things in life and certainly a quality that Arran has in abundance.

Weird weather, quirky history and friendly locals – Arran is the kind of place that you want to keep coming back to.

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