Gertie the black Labrador explores the rolling countryside of the awe-inspiring Cotswolds
Cotswold Dog Days offers luxury and exclusive walks, dog sitting and days out for dogs that live in or are visiting the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. Clients can choose a location for their dog’s day out such as in the Cotswolds or to Weston-super-Mare beach. Each day out includes photographs for owners to keep of their beloved dog having a fantastic time. As well as for locals, Cotswold Dog Day’s services are perfect for those on holiday in the Cotswolds as pick up and drop off at dog friendly cottages and hotels in the Cotswolds is also included. Cotswold Dog Days enables owners to explore less dog friendly areas of the Cotswolds stress free, knowing their dog is having a fun day out of their own. More information can be found on our website www.cotswolddogdays.co.uk
I recently took a gorgeous black Labrador called Gertie from The Shaven Crown Hotel in Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire for a day out in the Cotswolds exploring Crickley Hill Country Park in Gloucestershire.
Prior to the day out, Gertie’s owners had filled out a questionnaire about any health problems/allergies; favourite toys and treats so I was able to organise a suitable day out.
I suggested taking Gertie for an autumn walk at Crickley Hill Country Park, which has breath-taking views of Cheltenham, the Severn Vale and Wales including the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountain. Breath-taking views were perhaps not top of the list for Gertie but they make nice photos, even if it was a bit windy up the top!
The country park has multiple circular walks through shaded woodland and open fields. On our walk through the woodland Gertie had found one rather large stick which she insisted must come with us. Only problem was it was too heavy for her to carry and she was getting rather cross at it! I managed to make the stick more Gertie sized and she was very happy, carrying it with her for the rest of the day.
After some scenic walks Gertie and I stopped for a rest to take in the views whilst she refuelled with some water and treats.
Gertie enjoyed plenty of stick chasing, enabling me to get some great action shots. We then retreated back to my Cotswold Cottage so that Gertie could have some well earnt cuddles and a nap.
After Gertie’s nap we took one last walk, this time in my village, Compton Abdale in Gloucestershire. Gertie had a great time exploring more new smells and spotting the Pheasants in the bushes.
When we arrived back at The Shaven Crown Gertie’s owners were thrilled to see Gertie had such a fantastic day and commented on how happy she was. Gertie and I had developed such a great bond on our day out; she didn’t want to leave my side!
That evening I sent Gertie’s owners the photos of her day out and they were thrilled with them.
I certainly slept well that night after all the fresh air and am sure Gertie did too!
Naomi Hughes – Cotswold Dog Days