Bernard's Dog Blog

Month: July, 2014

The Bestest Walk

So, as a dog owner, we have to go on many a walk and keep them as interesting as possible (for our sanity as much as the pooch). We try new routes, new treats, new games.. But Bernard LOVES his routine. This is his best walk accompanied by some photos – hold on to your hats ladies and gents, he makes it SO much more exciting than it is!! Take it away Bernard..

Hello everyone! I’m a dog so of course it is believable that I’m writing this and telling you my story. Mum said I have to tell you about my best walks but instead I will just show you photos that mum INSISTS on taking whilst we are out..

10577079_10152597812494467_2078814054175098670_nThis is Cuerden Valley which is close to where I live. Mum said Grandma and Grandad met here – cute.

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On the hill we walk down towards the river and the place we get to play fetch off the lead, there are millions of cows (Note from Mum: not millions. About 7 or 8…. Carry on B) as I was saying, MILLIONS of cows. I like kissing them.

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This is dad holding me, and me wanting to just get on with the walk. Mum said we are her two boys and wanted a nice pic – boring.

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I like running after dad, he is fast and it’s exciting because he usually has cheese or sausage for me.

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Before I tell you the story of what usually happens next, just admire the picture above of me looking nice and clean in mums nice clean new car.. When we have finished our walk down the hill, there is a river. I’m usually not that brave in water but I followed two cocker spaniel doggys into the water the other day but jumped off a ledge that mum said was about 6 foot and landed flat on my face. I didn’t hurt myself but mum swore a lot because she thought I had broken my legs or something – chill out. Anyway, after my adventure I always end up coming home like this..

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Oops. 

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Graduation!

After five weeks, Bernard has graduated from his first puppy class! Hooray! We have been so impressed with him and his behavior whilst in the classes, and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting other pups and learning new tricks and skills. If you live in the North West of England, you may be familiar with the Macfarlane Canine Services. This is run by a married couple who offer dog walking, doggy day care, puppy classes, one-to-one tuition and behavior consultations. We paid £70 for the five week course and it has been totally worth it. 

Prior to this course, Bernard had already mastered ‘sit’, ‘lie down’, and our personal favorite, ‘roll over’. Whilst on the course, he also learnt ‘stay’, ‘leave’, and good lead walking. These introductory sessions were primarily for puppy interaction and socialization and it has worked a treat. We are hopefully going to complete the good citizen awards with this couple in the near future.

I would recommend puppy classes to any new dog owner. I know there are a lot of people against them and I fully understand why, you can get a dog to do anything if you have food bla bla bla, but they have really helped Rob and I with how we approach training sessions (and have taught us a LOT of patience!)

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This is me with my certificate, I’m really proud of myself for not being too silly and giddy at class!

Message from Bernard: I LOVE Tuesday nights they are so much fun. I have my bestie Bruce, he is a Bedlington Terrier my mum said. I also really like Alan, the man with the cheese. Everyone kept saying “yay well done puppy class is complete” but I have no idea what that means. I’m excited for next week!!!!

Message from me: Awkward.

Woof-ly To Meet You

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Nice to meet you! I’m Bernard

As an avid blog reader, I thought it was about time I created my own. When thinking about what to write about, I decided that there would be minimal interest in what I do, what I wear, what beauty products I like – as every other beauty blogger seems to already have that covered. Something that does generate a LOT of interest in my life, is my four legged buddy Bernard.

Bernard was born on the 12th March 2014, and we brought him home on the 30th May – longest wait EVER! He is a Cockapoo (cocker spaniel cross poodle for those of you not up on the doggy lingo – you’re welcome) which is perfect for us, as my other half is conveniently allergic to dogs! He was sold to us as a ‘none molting dog’ – but this is definitely not the case!!

I have always wanted a dog, but was never allowed whilst living at home. With a move to Wales in the very close future, and after being accepted to play on channel 4 Deal or no Deal resulting in me winning a nice amount of money to afford a pooch, my parents gave in and said it was fine for us to get one – providing he packs his bags and comes to Wales with me.

Bernard and I are members on the Cockapoo Owners UK Facebook page, and always meet many four legged friends whilst out walking, but we want to spread our wings a bit and be social butterflies that share our experiences with all you lovely bloggers! Like I said, we are new to this – so any advice would be warmly welcomed!

Here are a few photos of Bernard on his recent adventures.. Enjoy!

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This is me and my buddy Reg. He’s an Airedale Terrier. I loved playing with him but he is a lot older than me so didn’t really appreciate me being giddy.. Sorry Reg

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Me at Southport Beach.. I was allowed to dig here and not get shouted at – result!