Look What I Can Do! (30 April 2014 – Wordless Wednesday)

Jimmy the Maltichon (Maltese/Bichon X) from Dublin, Ireland - Fluffy Tufts www.fluffytufts.wordpress.com

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Pogo at the Beach! (Wordless Wednesday – 23 April 2014)

Pogo at the Beach

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Fun at the Dog Park!

There is a lovely park close to where I live, Marlay Park. I often walk there with the gang. Sometimes, I will meet friends or my brother and we will sit outside the cafe and have coffee and cake! They do a delicious vanilla latte there.

Marlay Park was one of the first parks in Ireland to open a dedicated dog park. Usually in parks here, dogs are allowed off the lead in any area of the park at certain times of the day. I prefer this method as poor Casper is too anxious and overwhelmed when faced with all the other dogs at the dog park.  It is better for me to wait until the allocated times and choose a quiet area to let him off.

However, since Pippa joined our gang, I have found that I frequent the dog park more often. It is great to have a secure area where she can have a good run and really stretch out her legs. I made a video of a great day that Pippa and I had at the dog park with a friend and her two Swiss Shepherds, Okami and Yuki.

Would love to hear what you think of dedicated dog parks? Are dogs allowed to be off-lead where you live? How do you ensure that your dogs get enough exercise?

Flurries, a Fall and a Daring Rescue!

Jimmy at Wicklow MountainsWe have been having a very strange spring here in Ireland. From what I’ve seen on the news, we are not the only country to be experiencing unseasonal weather at the moment.

A week or so ago, right at the end of March, we woke up to a blanket of fresh snow! I couldn’t believe my eyes. We decided to pack up the car and headed out for a drive in the country with The Lads.

We drove through the Dublin Mountains and onwards into the Wicklow Mountains. Funnily enough, the further we drove, the less snow there was. There are many public walks throughout Wicklow, so we decided to stop off at one of these and take The Lads out for a hike.

Pogo the Poodle at Wicklow MountainsIt was really a lovely day. The Lads enjoyed exploring the forest, sniffing every inch of the place! They even had fun doing their own version of agility, jumping tree stumps, climbing steep banks and running along felled trees. While we were walking, a sprinkling of light powdery snow fell delighting us all.

Unfortunately, the day was spoiled considerably when Jimmy fell down a steep embankment!

Mr Fluffytufts had stopped to take a photograph of a waterfall while I continued along the path with The Lads.  Jimmy was trotting along the edge of the path when suddenly a pile of shale slid out from under his paws and he went rolling down the embankment. At first, I couldn’t see him as he had rolled into the undergrowth. Thankfully, when I called out to him, I spotted the red of his jumper moving.  Next, was the question of how to reach him… I tried but wasn’t able to climb down myself.

Me with Casper the BichonJimmy got himself out of the undergrowth but in his panic he went to bolt in the wrong direction. I don’t think I ever yelled so loudly in my life! Pogo and Casper joined in by barking, and together, we were able to catch Jimmy’s attention.

I maintained eye contact with him and asked him to ‘climb’. The others were encouraging him on by barking and whining for him. He tried, but the bank was too steep and he kept slithering back down.  I then instructed him to ‘wait’ and was relieved and proud when he waited perfectly till I was able to attract Mr Fluffytufts’ attention.

Mr Fluffytufts was the hero of the day! He came running up the mountain path and without hesitation, climbed down the bank through gorse and brambles until he reached Jimmy. We checked Jimmy over and apart from a few scratches, he was fine. Needless to say, everybody went back on their leads till we got back to the safety of the car!

The Lads enjoying a hike in Wicklow Mountains

Poodle Picnic! (Wordless Wednesday – 6 March 2013)

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Pogo at a Picnic, Marlay Park

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Pets – Cee’s Photo Challenge

Fluffy Tufts is taking part in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge! I am way behind with these, but I will keep plodding along exploring each theme as and when I can!

This time, the theme I am looking at is ‘Pets’. Given that Fluffy Tufts is mostly about my three dogs and two cats, I think my biggest challenge will be narrowing down my collection and choosing only a few!

Here is Jimmy the Maltese/Bichon cross getting down and dirty in Marlay Park, Dublin! I love the contrast between the brown leaves and earth and the white of Jimmy’s fur. I also really like the fact that the photo shows Jimmy in his element, mud and all!

Jimmy at Marley Park

Venus the rescue cat enjoying home comforts! Venus joined our household last September and made herself at home almost straightaway. She was abused and neglected before she was rescued by the DSPCA. Given her sad background, I am amazed at the trust she has placed in us. I love this shot of her as I took it not long after she arrived here and it indicated to me that she was settled and happy to be in our home.

Venus relaxing

Pogo the Poodle enjoying the sun.  I find it extremely difficult to get a decent shot of Pogo. He doesn’t keep still long enough! This photo captures a rare moment in which he is actually chilling out!

Pogo the Poodle sunbathing

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A Roll in the Hay (Wordless Wednesday – 27 February 2013)

Jimmy the Maltichon rolling in the grass, Marlay Park

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