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I'm Shelley and I run Pads n' Pets, Pet Sitting, Dog Walking & Home Security Services in Leeds.

 

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By PadsnPets, Jul 11 2014 12:42PM

Dog walking... Well, it’s a walk in the park isn’t it?! Well, aside from the pun, sometimes it’s a little trickier than you think...


As dog walkers, we make it our business to know the dog we are walking. From its temperament to its foibles, it’s our job to know what situations the dog is and, more importantly, isn’t comfortable in.


So, why isn’t it the same for some dog owners?


Recently, I’ve experienced a few incidents, which have almost resulted in injuries to my own dog, Pedro, and can only be put down to sheer irresponsibility of other dog owners out and about.


The first was in a local park – not only was the dog involved a breed, which sometimes has a reputation of unpredictability, it was also OFF its lead and ON a children’s play area!! Unbelievable! Then, when the dog in question spotted my dog (on a lead and not in the children’s play area) it made a bee line straight for him – and not in a friendly way!!


Not only did the dog attack my dog, it continued to harass the poor pooch (and me) as he cowered in my arms.


What did we get from its owner? An apology....? Nope! Just a angry woman who shouted at her dog, claiming how she “couldn’t believe” it had just done what it had. Hmmm…


Our second encounter happened at the coast, as we casually walked along the front in Filey, passing an elderly couple sat on a bench with their Jack Russell sat at their feet, again OFF lead. As we passed by, said dog suddenly and angrily jumped to its feet and attacked Pedro, leaving him yelping and shaking. Once again, not even an apology!


It’s a dog owners duty to know their dog. It’s their responsibility to keep their dog under control at all times. Had the said dogs been on leads, this wouldn’t have happened. I find it hard to believe that these dogs have never done anything like this before. In both these cases there was no reason for the dogs to be off lead.


The majority of dog owners abide by these simple, common sense, rules. Unfortunately, it’s the minority that don’t who give us all a bad name.


It’s simple – if you know your dog like you should, you wouldn’t put it in a situation where it could get hurt or, worse still, hurt another dog or human.


I'll get off my soapbox now! Thanks for reading.... time for a walk in the park... :)

By PadsnPets, Jun 23 2014 03:38PM

My youngest son came home from school the other day and told me that Dogs Trust had been in to his school that day. He was so chuffed that they had got to stroke the dogs and were able to talk to the Dogs Trust people and find out all about them. They had also asked all the children to design a poster. So I asked what the poster was for, to which he replied, “to pick up the poo!”


This made me smile!! As young as my son is, he knows that when one of our dogs does a poo either inside or out of the garden, it must be picked up. I said “well you know plenty about that don’t you?” to which he replied with a giggle, “oh yes!”.


It does amaze me when I’m out and about, how much dog mess I see everywhere, do people not realise that they can get fined for this if they ever get caught? Also, how much of our council tax money it costs to clean it up?!? I also wonder if they are aware that if a young child gets it in their eyes it could blind them! It really is truly ridiculous and does anger me.


Yes, I am the crazy lady in the park who will call you back when your dog has dropped one – I make no apologies for that! I’ll gladly give you the bag though to pick it up, so there really is no excuse.


When I am out running, it also annoys me that I have to dodge every pile of poop along the way, to which I have now officially crowned myself an “Olympic Gold Winner in Dog Poo Jumping”!! Now that would be funny to see at the next Olympic games!


So, in support of the Dogs Trust The Big Scoop campaign and to be fair, I bet the majority of you reading this will already clean up after your dog, but we really need to educate other dog owners to please pick it up! Otherwise, I can only rely on karma and if you don’t clean up after your dog the next time you are out and about, I hope you step in a huge steaming pile of it!!


By PadsnPets, Jun 16 2014 11:42AM

As you may know we recently welcomed Pedro the puppy to our family and I’m so pleased to say he is everything we had hoped for in a family dog! He is a very good boy who loves his family and is brilliant with the kids, although they do have a tendency to treat him like a baby!


He loves all other dogs, especially ones who want to have a play with him. He can get a little boisterous with his best mate Lola the Springer, although being double his size, Lola soon puts him in his place and he’s happy to share a treat or 2 or 3 or 4 (you get the picture!) with her.


A couple of weeks ago we decided to take Pedro on his first break to the seaside. We headed for the Yorkshire Coast to a fab, family run, dog friendly Caravan Park called Crows Nest. It’s located on the cliffs close to Gristhorpe Village between Filey and Scarborough. I highly recommend this place if you have a dog. The caravans are lovely and the park has a dedicated dog park where you can let them off the lead to enjoy a good run and get their exercise. It also has a conservatory area in the bar where dogs are allowed. So you can enjoy a few drinks on an evening without worrying about leaving the dog.


Whilst there, we were told about a local pub called, The Bull Inn which was within walking distance, located in Gristhorpe. We decided to head there for our dinner. It’s around a 10-15 min stroll through the fields; we were lucky as the weather was lovely so it was a really nice walk, which the dog thoroughly enjoyed! There was a large outside area where you could eat but as it was only May it was starting to get a little chilly in the evening, so the barman said we were more than welcome inside with the dog, which was great. The food was delicious and all home cooked. I had the steak pie, which was very tasty and served with veg and my absolute fave, homemade chips!


During our Yorkshire Coast break we also visited Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Hornsea. It was lovely to find that in all the resorts the shop and café owners had put bowls of water outside for the passing doggies.


We enjoyed breakfast outside The Waterfront café in Scarborough. Well I did until a massive seagull decided to do its business on my head! I was told that was lucky hmmm… it felt slightly more yucky than lucky!


Pedro also enjoyed his first dip in the sea at Filey and he even accompanied my son Alfie on one of the 50p rides outside the amusements in Scarborough (I told you they treat him like a baby!). One thing I did find was that I have never spoken to so many people I didn’t know, who knew that dogs are the ultimate icebreaker!!!


So, all in all, a very enjoyable, dog friendly, experience for our family and it definitely gets a big paws up from Pedro!


Amanda & Pedro




By PadsnPets, Jun 9 2014 08:30AM

As a family we recently went to the East Coast for a holiday and for the first time we took our dog, Lola, with us. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the best of weather but to my surprise we had our pickings of lots of doggy friendly places to visit and eat in.


We decided to visit Whitby for the day and the dog enjoyed a lovely walk around the Abbey, along with seeing the enactment of the Monks walk, which was fab. What was a bit disappointing was that the Abbey café only allowed assistance dogs inside, so we were unable to get a cuppa after being in the drizzle all afternoon, so we had to head back into Whitby town centre for lunch.


Here, lots of shops had fresh water bowls outside for the dogs, which was great and lots of cafes, restaurants, pubs and even shops would let her in, which was also great for us, especially as we were desperate to avoid the rain for a bit!


Eventually, we opted for the Humble Pie ‘n’ Mash which is a lovely, small shop, selling the most gorgeous steak and ale pie I’ve ever had in my life! All their pies are made using delicious, locally sourced ingredients and can be served with mash, peas and delicious gravy. I would highly recommend this place if you are in Whitby.


During our holiday, we also visited The Cottage Pub in Hunmanby, a large village not far from Filey, this lovely traditional pub has a dedicated doggy friendly area and also sells fabulous food, but do call to reserve a table, as it does get full very quickly!


So, if you are taking a trip to the East Coast and you want to take your dog with you, you will have plenty of choices, as lots of places now cater for you and your dogs.


Do let us know of any dog friendly places you have visited on the Yorkshire Coast, we’d love to hear about them.


Shelley & Lola


By PadsnPets, Jun 5 2014 10:18AM

So, I’ve been living with my new family for over a month now and, so far, so good!


They seem to be a really nice bunch; even the two small people like to play with me… I cannot say the same for the cat – not sure I’m on his Christmas card list just yet!


I had to stay in the house for 2 weeks when I got here, until all my injections had worked, but I was allowed in the garden and I chased the cat around a few times, which I think I enjoyed far more than he did!


Then, the great day came when I had my final injection and I was allowed out into the big wide world… Well, what a lot of things there are to see and do, when you’ve never been outside properly before!


First we went for a little walk near the house, to get me used to walking outside on the lead, but you’d be amazed how many things there are to sniff, right on your doorstep! To be honest I was a bit scared, still am a bit!!


At the weekend we went out in the car, which, by the way, is perfect snoozing time while you get to where you are going. When we arrived, everyone had fish and chips (I had a little taster myself – very nice too!) and we watched some huge metal birds taking off into the sky – think they call them planes!


After that we found a lovely doggy friendly café called Cockpit Farm Tearooms in Otley, where even I was allowed inside for a doggy treat!


This lot likes to go out, which is great because, since then, I’ve been to school with the small people, to the park, a pub, and even to the shops! Luckily my mum is a dog walker so I get to take lots of walks with other nice doggies too.


So, all in all, a very nice first month in my new house! I think I might keep hold of this lot, although the cat might end up on eBay if he doesn’t chill out a bit!


Woof Woof!


Pedro

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