Hello, I'm Joe. I'm an 4 year old Labrador. As my humans started this blog, I thought I should paw a few words so the puppies amongst you will know where you can go and what there is to sniff in the Peak District.
This picture is of me now - I used the cute puppy picture on my humans page to draw you into my page - though I'm still cute!
Now, you're probably thinking about your holidays for this year and where to go. Have you thought about staying in a cottage in the Peak District? Oh, it's just smashing... lots of walks suitable for youngsters (the mix of villages, open country and hills are so good for their education, I think) to those in their prime (see my current picture!) and the more mature members of our packs (we have pubs within yards of all our cottages). All those incredible country smells... you know what I mean. Anyway, when you've cleared it with your owners and chosen one of our cottages you'll have to supervise them packing for your needs.
Make sure they remember:
And finally Don't forget that toothbrush...
After a day jumping and playing in the wonderful Peak District, you need to allow your owner to have a rest and a recuperative drink.
Many like to go to the local pub, and all the cottages have good pubs locally that welcome well behaved dogs. Here are my suggestions:
Church Corner Cottage: The George Hotel only 1 minute from the cottage welcomes dogs in the tap room. At the other end of the village - 5 minutes walk - the Farmyard Inn also makes us dogs welcome.
Joiners Cottage: The Bulls Head, 3 minutes walk from the cottage welcomes dogs in the bar.
In the Peak District us dogs need to be extra careful not to leave our owners. I think it is best to insist to your human that you stay on your lead at all times when you are near the farm animals.
The people at Natural England have published a countryside code, which we all need to keep in mind when we visit the countryside.
During your stay your owners will be taking you out with them hopefully on long walks around the Peak District. However, when we are closer to home, us dogs like a little trot out for a quick sniff and things (you know!). I have tested the facilities near all the cottages and can report they are very good. Here are my favourites:
Church Corner Cottage: Get your human to walk for a few minutes down the hill by the church and you are in Bradford Dale. You can have a nice walk along the river to stretch your legs. There is even a circular walk through the dale and then back up through the village - a nice 15 minutes stroll before you go back to lie by the log fire.
Hillocks Cottage & The Nook: There is a little lane next to the pub (50 yards from the cottage). Walk up the lane and you come to open fields where you can have a good look round. Veer off to the right when you are in the fields and you can walk round to the top of the village and then back down to the cottage. All done in 20 minutes, but a lot longer if you want to walk further through the fields - follow the right of way signs.
Joiners Cottage: Just 50 yards from the cottage is the River Wye - there are some lovely walks along the river bank. And if it is really warm you can cool your paws in the water as it is just about the right depth for a paddle, but don't upset the ducks!
And don't forget to ensure your human brings some bags with them; one full of treats and the other just in case of a deposit (you know!).
Whenever you go to someone else's cottage it is always best to understand the house rules before you go. In conjunction with my humans, I have agreed the following house rule on behalf of all dogs staying at the cottages:
Ensure the humans keep off the floors at all times - these are strictly for dogs to lie on. If they must sit down make sure they use the chairs provided. To ensure they have no excuse for sitting on the floor, you should not get up on the furniture.
I have found that the humans have some odd bedroom and washing habits. Therefore, it is best that you keep out of the bedrooms and bathrooms at all times - stick to the living areas of the cottage where you can be cosy and the bonus is you avoid their snoring, which only keeps you awake all night.
Do not allow yourself to be left at the cottage on your own. How would they like to be locked in a strange place alone? It is your holiday too and those humans need to find places to go where you are welcome - and there are plenty of them in the Peak District, so there are no excuses!