We have just had our first camping weekend of the year and what a scorcher it was. This is a rare experience for us as readers of the blog and book will know; our camping life began 2 years ago when we took Susie-Belle to the Peak District for her first, and our first camping trip and the weather was far from kind which set the tone for most of our subsequent camping. But this weekend it was like high summer, perfect for under canvas living, a bit too warm for walking the dogs so we adapted the weekend to suit ourselves, be sociable, but make it right for Susie-Belle and her sisters. A look at the photos on the link above 2 years ago show the wet and cold weather gear we all wore, this was how we looked on Saturday:
Susie-Belle is undergoing a regime of limited walking at the moment to progress the healing of her cruciate injury she did back in November, so she wasn’t able to do any of the main walk, so stayed with Michel. He is also recovering from a foot operation, so much of his weekend was spent with his feet up…
…or sitting chilling by the river, or on a bed somewhere with Susie-Belle awaiting her sisters return after a couple of hours walking through magnificent scenery…..
While Susie-Belle and Michel took it easy and waited for us, I walked along the route with Renae and Twinkle and our friend Dean and his handsome boys, Rupert and Watson.
Michel spotted us coming along in the distance and came over to greet us with Susie-Belle….
Renae seemed pleased to have a rest on her back and a quick tummy rub after her exertions in the warmth of the day….
As we’d set off at the head of the main group, we arrived in good time at the tiny village of Milldale and had a chance to grab a drink and snack before everyone started spilling over the stone bridge and into the group photo shoot. There were over 100 schnauzers walking the route, quite a sight for the tiny, normally quiet Milldale. As this is the third year the walk has happened, they must be getting a little used to the sight….and sounds….of a gang of lively schnauzers.
After the walk, we headed back to our campsite, where several of us were staying, it is set in an idyllic location with 360 degree views of marvellous countryside….
During the weekend I caught up with old friends, made some new and met a lot of lovely people and dogs. It was great to chat with people about Susie-Belle’s book and the state of breeding today and to know there are people who support our efforts to raise awareness and one day end the bad business. To be able to share my passion in such an inspiring location, with so many caring and good people was a real joy. The weekend will stay with me for a long, long while as one of the best.