For the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of walking Lewis and Islay, 2 lovely labradors aged 4 and 10. Lewis is the chocolate brown lab and Islay is the black one. She is 10 years old although very much manages to keep up with the pace on the longer walks.
When I initially met the dogs just a few weeks ago it was very clear that they were much loved by their owners. I don't think the owners had ever had to use a dog walker before but circumstances now dictated the need for one and I did pick up on some trepidation, which of course was totally understandable. We are now a few weeks into the arrangement and everything has gone swimmingly and it's all working out great for the dogs (and the owners of course). But mainly the dogs!
The labs themselves are a pleasure, Islay is very gentle and lovely to walk on the lead. Lewis, being younger is more playful and inquisitive but again is very good on the lead. He insists on walking on the left but Islay is happy on the left or the right. After a few walks I let them off the lead after speaking to the owners to see if this was OK to do so and again they were just brilliant! (my dog can sometimes be a bit of a pain off the lead as he'll wander off looking for food) but these 2 are never more than about 10 metres from me or each other and return on recall on the first or second time of calling.
We have a few routes to choose from on our walks and we recently went to the park at the Royal Quays but usually we end up walking into Tynemouth and/or North Shields Fish Quay. Walking the dogs through North Shields onto the quay gives them a good chance to be off the lead along the promenade and on the grass by Collingwood's monument. In fact I have them again later on today so I think we might drop in and see my mate Admiral Lord Collingwood.
Coastal Dog Walkers
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