Dog walk – jelly fish

Dog walk – jelly fish

We’ve had some very high tides recently.

They have washed up all the normal things – seaweed, rubbish etc but we have also been getting shells, which we generally don’t have and quite a few dead jelly fish.

The seaweed in some places has been 2-3 ft deep, makes it a bit treacherous for me as it is quite slippery but the dog loves it.

The weather has been quite warm so the dog has started paddling in the sea again.

This is the largest jelly fish I’ve every seen, the phone case is 5.5 inches long.

Update 20/5/2015:    I have now found out they are barrel jellyfish and are not dangerous.  I saw one in the sea yesterday, they are quite stunning, needless to say I didn’t do any paddling just in case.

 

Dog Walking – Last week or so

Once agin there is so much water lying around that the wellies have been in full use.  On the picture of the welliesI hope you can see the wet mark as to how deep the water was on some of the paths.  Any way the dog doesn’t care, love paddling and drinking his way through the puddles.

His summer allergies have cleared up and we are Hopefully back to normal until next summer.

Not much beach walking at the moment as we are in the middle of spring tides but should get back to normal next week.  When it’s not raining or hailstones – yesterday!!! – the sun is out and its like summer with a little chill in the air.  The beach on Monday was packed with people walking on what little bit on sand was available.

Have also met up with a couple of dog walkers who I rarely see over the summer, good to seem them and catch up.  They have gained a new puppy friend  and have lost a dear friend.

The deer are supplying the background noise at the moment but are not visible apart from the one in the photograph below.

Jaffa also went on his holidays to the farm, came back smelly, dirty and worn out – I think he had a good time with the other dogs, horses and trails through the forest.

Also the mushrooms are popping up.

Dog Walking – Summer Allergies

As usual this year, although it started really early, the dog started his allergies.  We don’t know what he is allergic to but at a certain time each year his paws start to itch and that means he starts to lick.

If you are a dog owner you will know that when a dog starts licking a patch they don’t stop until they lick it raw.

We tried to control it by washing his feet after every walk but we hit a hot spell and that was it.  One trip to the vet later and minus a lot of money we had a working solution that didn’t involve steroid tablets which the dog does not tolerate very well (joys of having a dalmatian, very sensitive stomach and sensitive to medicines).  He was put on anti-histime, 2 morning and night and a steroid spray which seems to do the job.  So fingers crossed now the spray has run out but the anti-histimine is still going that he will get through without any more licked patches.

Dog Walking – dog Walking recently

Yep its been raining yet again, but with the added gale force winds which make dog walking such a lovely experience.

The weather has been very much april showers with winds.  We get patches of sunshine followed by complete downpours of rain – Squally I think is the term for this.

Just when I’d put away my wellies and rain coat I had to get them out again  THIS IS JUNE where is the good weather.

This weather is good for somethings, we pass this fungus (I think it a fungus)  on one part of our walk through a dense covered path, in the last week it has grown from nothing to this below.  Sorry about the quality but I only had my Blackberry with me and  it was fairly dark on that part of the path.

You can just see how choppy the sea was due to the wind.

Any way the dog doesn’t care about any of this as long as he doesn’t get too wet.

Dog walk Today

On Saturdays and Mondays we walk a retired Guide Dog who still lives with his blind owner and her new guide dog.  Ingram is 12 years old, nearly 13 and since he has retired has been making the most of his retirement.

He is walked every day by a group of volunteers.  Although he is an old boy he has loosened those stiff joints and now trots and runs everywhere like a young dog.

On the lead Ingram is v.v.v. very obedient but off the lead he had no recall or attention to the walker what so ever, but we forgive him.

I took him to the local beach today, its a very mild day and not much of a breeze.

Freezing cold dog walk

Living at the coast we don’t get snow or big frosts or so I thought until last week.

Walking the dog on one of our beaches where the river water feeds into sea water what looked like foam was actually ice.  Never ever seen that before.

The main beach (sea water only) was fine.  Jaffa (the dog) loved it – tried eating it and decided to play in it.