Monday, 13 January 2014

Winifred: a Gop Virgin

This morning there was a brief sunny window in the dismal winter weather and I wanted to take full
advantage of it, so I decided to take Winifred and the other dogs for a walk up the Gop.
Before she came to us, Winifred had never really been taken out for long walks
So I have been building her up for " the big one" so to speak
We started from the Memorial Hall, where the Welsh Flag was flying
The dogs waited until I took some village photos for the Community Council webside 
we then slogged through the mud to the summit




The view was worth the slog

45 comments:

  1. Was Winifred OK or did she get out of puff? How is your cold now John?

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    1. A lot better thank you for asking x

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  2. Oh my God ........is that ever beautiful!!!!!

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  3. i am still snotty (as you may hear on the video) but much better.... as for winifred..... she outpaced the other dogs put together..... shes only 4 and is very fit and healty for a bulldog.... she is also blessed with no breathing problems ( a common thing with the breed)
    Meg is nearly 9 , and the others are going on 7, so she is the younest

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  4. It looks like you are on top of the world....what a beautiful view. How did Winnie make out? I'll bet she had a good nap when she got home.

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  5. you live in a beautiful country, john! and that pix with the doggies on hold at the gate...priceless!

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  6. Such beautiful views of a glorious country! The furr kids look so happy to be out and about. Hope you are feeling much better.

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  7. Your pals are a blessing to you, John. They make you smile, and also make you get outside for a good walk instead of being a couch potato indoors!

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  8. I bet they loved their outing. My friend rescued an airedale from a puppy farm. She had been kept in a cage for breeding and had never been taken out. She is a beautiful dog and gradually learning the concept of walkies and playtime.

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  9. Gotta say - these are absolutely breathtaking views!!

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  10. Thanks to your blog, I see a whole tourist industry springing up in Trelawnyd. If I'm ever in Wales, I definitely want to visit the Gop.

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    1. Look me up ... I'll give you some eggs

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  11. What a beautiful bit of the world you live in, John! Thanks for the tour.
    Barb

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  12. I'd say it was worth it, John! Stunning photos/views. Thanks for sharing this.

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  13. I'm afraid that the whole concept of 'taking dogs for walks' is rather alien to most French dog owners. I imagine people think we're nuts, taking them out 3 times a day. Love The Gop.

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  14. Wonder if Winifred thought so? We are having a lovely day too. Love the Gop - what does the word mean?

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    1. Pat,
      GOP is a name for the hill which is the same in welsh and English

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    2. As far as I know GOP has no specific meaning

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  15. So exciting for them - and such a 'big adventure' for W. (The views are spectacular too). I bet when you got back home it wasn't long before they were all flopped out and you had a cacophony of snores to endure - which, in its own way, is so satisfying to hear. (I love to hear my own pussy Blackso snore. It's a very reassuring and comforting sound.)

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  16. Is Winnie yawning or panting ? What a marvelous time she is having with you all, it's lovely x

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  17. Wonderful !
    When I see George I miss even more my Little Black Square Gud Dug Lady, Kirby.

    cheers, parsnip

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  18. Definitely worth the slog. Glad you're feeling better and that the jowly one is fitter than she looks.

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  19. Thank goodness you educated us about the Gop some time back.
    Our current Cairn rescue is a puppy mill mama who couldn't walk up the road or climb stairs when she came, at ten years of age. Shes a spry gal now, and gets herself upstairs to bed with alacrity come bedtime.

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  20. What a pretty day for a walk! I love the wind blowing the fur right back from your Scottie's eyeballs! hee hee

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  21. Looks like Winifred is talking in the last photo - wonder what she would say, love your characterful dogs and their exploits they bring a smile to me - Dogs their secret lives im ssandwhiched between 2 as we wait for it to come on!

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  22. I am struck by how similar the topography of your area is to where I live in Canada. And it looks like it was a beautiful break in the weather.

    Love all your dog pictures :)

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    1. Can you send me some photos?
      Jgsheffield@hotmail.com

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    2. I've emailed you just now with a couple photos.

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  23. That is quite a view. My boys are curious about the dogs barking on the video. They are searching for other dogs now.

    Love,
    Janie

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  24. The views are breath-taking - no wonder they were waiting patiently by the gate - I bet they all revelled in it when you got up there.

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  25. How very, very beautiful. Did you have to carry Winifred home after her exertion?

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    1. She steamrollered home better than the terriers

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  26. I've been to Prestatyn Hill . Is that the same as the Gop? There was a lovely view to the wind farms out in the sea.

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    1. It's only half a miie to the north
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  27. Now that's what we call a 'Fotoreportage' in Germany! It was like watching an Olympic event! Well done everybody!!

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  28. It looks ruggedly beautiful. Now who set the cows running away?

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  29. Your view is always worth seeing, John. You are very blessed.
    Have a wonderful week. ♥

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  30. well behaved lads, all of you!

    Love the view - i could actually breathe in the green of that photo of yours...

    xoxo

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  31. Gorgeous pic of George (my fav) in the wind.

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  32. Stunning views from the top of Gop John. Your beautiful Welsh countryside looks very much like the Willamette Valley where I live in Oregon. It was so nice to see Meg & William playing with one anothe in the video clip. George seems to enjoy letting the fierce wind blow in his face. That feeling must be why dogs like to have their head outside the car window. Did you sense any of the "dark feminine presence" during your hike up the hill? Good to hear girl-tank Winnie was able to let all her muscles get a good workout on the hike. The terriers seem to have so much fun chasing each other, Has Winnie learn to to play without needing to dominate the others or is she still working on learning how to share?
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos & video of your hike to the top of Gop. You are so fortunate to have such a special place minutes from your home & fortunate to have such good companions to keep you company.

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  33. Great views John. Wini and the boys did well. Glad your cold is getting better.

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  34. It's a shame animals don't actually appreciate the view (or I assume they don't). Probably all they're interested in is unusual smells and retrievable sticks. But I bet they enjoyed the long walk.

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  35. Gorgeous views, we really are very lucky in this neck of the woods aren't we :-)

    You set all my dogs a barking with that last little clip, they are currently searching the house for the doggies involved as I type ... lol!!

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  36. Yu had sunshine! Is that Welsh flag at half-mast?

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