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Greyhound Style

We've learned a lot about how to deal with obstacles on our dog walks. We do try to travel equipped to cope with all sorts of challenges, and have learned all srots of useful strategies. One of the commonest obstacles we encounter is the ladder stile . JJ the labrador struggles over a typical ladder stile at Llanwrst These have proved to be quite a barrier to greyhounds , especially. Getting a greyhound over a ladder stile can be a bit like pushing a giraffe through a cat-flap. The legs go everywhere, and you're instantly aware that greyhounds are only built for speed on the flat, interspersed with dozing on sofas. We were delighted when Archie the greyhound took up the stile challenge, and mastered it! Thrilled with this success, Archie himself has collaborated with his human colleagues to produce this charming tongue-in-cheek publication illustrating his amusing take on the whole business of getting over stiles. It's available to  buy on Amazon , with all prof

Dog washing

Spotted by my son whilst travelling in Sydney, Australia - a coin-operated dog wash! It seems that these are catching on here in the UK, too. Just the job for your muddy pooch! Coin-operated dog washing facility, Sydney, Australia (Photo credit: Aled Greenhalgh) Apparently, these sorts of self service dog washes are available in the following North Wales locations: Farm and Pet Place, Mold  |   Pet Place Abergele  |   Farm and Pet Place, Gledrid, Chirk  |   Farm and Pet Place, Llangefni  |   Texaco Service Station, Beach Road, Bangor   

What makes a good dog walk?

In the last 18 months, Madog Dog Walks Group have led over 100 dog-walks. We've had all sorts and shapes and sizes of dog (and their humans!), and we've covered all sorts of terrains. We've all learned a lot, and shared a lot. Group dog walk along the coast at Porthdinllaen (Photo: MDWG CC-BY-SA) Before we schedule a group dog-walk, a leader always goes out in advance and reconnoiters the route, as close as possible to the date of the event.  This is so that we know clearly what to expect, and can describe it in a way such that prospective participants can decide themselves if it's suitable for themselves and for their dogs. It's often difficult to determine this from published walking guides, so many of which are written without dog-walkers in mind. Here are some of the things that we look out for, to make a good dog-walk great: Variety and focus We believe that a good dog walk has plenty of variety along the route, and some sort of focus. It's not

Circular hike around the slopes of the Moelwyns

4 mile hike skirting across the slopes of the Moelwyns, using a very convenient old tramway bed. The start point from the road is already quite high, which makes the onward ascent towards Moelwyn Mawr much easier. Old tramway Parking is roadside on the gated minor road between Tan-y-Bwlch and Croesor , uphill from the entrance to Penrallt (farm). Parking at roadside summit of minor road                                        What to bring Wear stout footwear, and expect it to be boggy in places. Bring a packed lunch, which we can eat while resting high up on the tramway, whilst admiring the sweeping view down to Croesor. Moelwyn Bach Head of the incline Obstacles: There is only a one low stile, high up on Moelwyn Mawr and about half way round the route. Contemplating the stile on Moelwyn Mawr The ascent is a long steady slope. Can be boggy after rain. You may want to scramble around the old mine buildings, but otherwise the going and the gradient is

Short (steep) walk in Cwm Pennant

Short and initially steep walk (of only 2 miles) up through woodland to reach the restored Cwm Cypwrth copper mine. Inspecting the old copper-mining equipment The riverside pool is a great place for paddling and picnicing (so maybe arrive early with a picnic ?!!!) Riverside parking place, excellent for a picnic and a paddle Parking place (and starting point for walk) is here: The first 200 yards are across a sheep pasture - (so dogs on leads!). There are two substantial post-and rail stiles, (which may need a bit of dog-lifting assistance for the less agile!), but no other sgnificant obstacles. One of the two stiles encountered en route The short ascent through the woodland is by a reasonably steep stony path, though there are several points for a rest on the way up. At one point the route currently diverts around a fallen tree. There is a good viewpoint for a proper rest after the second stile, so time to take a break and a