Back in Cornwall…

While in Tiverton we had an opportunity to go see the town, and mingle amongst the locals there’s a weekly market, as well as an indoor market and local shops, a great laundrette (opposite Domino’s pizza where the tumble dryers actually do the job they are designed to do in a super fast efficient fashion which used much less money), most of the places we went to here Toffi was welcomed with open arms… but there’s always some places she’s sometimes not made so welcomed, the church here was one of them we showed her the notice… she wasn’t much impressed so couple of snaps later and we moved on…

 

Toffi had had her annual injections done last week and we had decided to have a couple of little lumps removed before they caused problems so she was booked into one of the local veterinary clinics “Vets4pets” on the 23rd January, I must admit I was highly anxious, with us not being locals and never having used these vets before now, but all the personnel in the vets seemed friendly and all thankfully went well we dropped Toffi off at 9am as instructed (she wasn’t impressed!!!) and with reception instructed to call me if they needed as she may well get overly stressed etc, off Pete and I trotted with reassurance that we will get a call if anything was wrong or when the procedure was over…

So feeling a little lost without Toffi by our side and worried for our sweet loved little pal, we decided to stay nearby for the next hour or so in case we were called back urgently… we walked into Tiverton town centre 5 minutes away and did something we are usually unable to do when we have Toffi with us, we made the most of the time and grabbed ourselves a good hearty cooked full breakfast and cuppa at a little cafe called the Blue Velvet, then walked back to the vets where I just had to pop my head in and make sure Toffi was doing ok… The receptionist assured me all was fine and even showed me a sweet photo she had taken of Toffi all settled and sleeping nicely on her own smelly blanket we had brought with us to comfort her…   with us reassured, off we set, although still reluctant to wander too far we went to nearby Knightshayes Court again where this time Pete got to come inside the house and have a good nosey around…

We arrived in excellent time as there was a National Trust volunteer just about to start a talk about the house and the history behind it, so in we settled to listen and ask any questions before walking around the inside of the house, with it being winter some of the rooms are being renovated there were 2 women knelt repairing a carpet in the main hall you could watch them work from the parapet above and other volunteers all giving information throughout the house…

Before we knew it we received the call to tell us Toffi was all fine and coming around from the Anaesthetic and that we could pick her up at 3pm, the time came and we picked up our pal… she was drowsy,  crying, full of self pity and just wanted cuddling all night and then all the next day too… It was awkward trying to keep her foot clean and dry on a very wet rain ridden, dirty, marshy, grassy, dairy farm camp pitch and we tried allsorts from covering her paw with all types of bags tied around her leg to succumbing to the knowledge that the best we could do was covering her wound with a simple clean waterproof plaster each time she had to leave the caravan!!!

Toffi was required to have a check up after 3 days and to all of our amazement her wounds were doing really well (her foot wound was great, her tail wound had wept slightly but was still good) and she was pretty much back to her old self personality wise, other than just keeping an eye on her making sure she didn’t catch or chew at her wounds and not over doing things etc she was almost good as new!!! I’ve promised her a trip to the beach when her wounds have healed just a little more!!!

 

On the pretty windy, nasty, cold, rainy, dull and muddy day of 27th January 2019 we packed up all our now extremely muddy dirty belongings in the freezing cold, hooked up the caravan to the car, said a quick thankyou and goodbye to the farmer and set off for a 2hr drive back to Cornwall… we decided to head back down country with the thoughts of waiting out just a bit more of the colder weather which the country was expecting in the next week before heading further up country, plus it gives us more time to catch up with family and friends we may have missed catching up with last time, so we’ve found ourselves back on our favourite little site Higher Lanhainsworth again this time for a month…

Pitching up when we got here was again like something out of freaking comedy central… you would think that by now we would both be experts, but no we are still far from it Pete is excellent at driving and towing but has some weird ideas on how best to pitch up and instead of simplifying maneuvers to one or two short movements and get our approach to each pitch up clear in our minds first, he seems to make pitching maneuvers over complicated, mainly because he fears maybe scuffing a bit of grass, so instead of taking the car forward just past the chosen pitch and either reversing the caravan in from there or unhitch and enable me to turn it and then reverse the caravan in with the motor mover into the pitch…. No… Pete insisted that instead he’d unhitch the caravan nearly a pitch and half away move the car out of the way and then use up all the power in the motor mover to get the caravan even near to our pitch… needless to say it was a total disaster, we were both irritated and freezing cold by the time we were pitched!!!

We still needed to stay mindful of and rest Toffi’s wounds for a while longer, after all it had still only been 5 days since she’d had her operation but she was doing really well… then came the weather the rain belted down heavily for hours before turning into a pretty impressive snow storm that lasted another few hrs, it’s the first time I had seen proper snowfall for about 5 years to be fair…

 

It was great, Toffi had a few minutes to enjoy zoomies and to charge around in the freshly laid snow before deciding she’d had enough and giving a big hint when she was ready to go back inside, I love seeing my surroundings covered in the white powdery snow it makes everywhere look so fresh, scenic and clean… although I was concerned the neighbours awning might have gotten damaged from the weight of the snow that settled on it… The snow only lasted for a couple of days before it had completely melted away & disappeared, but not before causing some chaos on the surrounding A30/A38 roads where lots of people were stranded for hours overnight after being caught out in the weather conditions…

We decided on a coastal walk next, so off we set to Carnewas, I have to admit it wasn’t my favourite of walks as I have a fear of sheer cliff drops and this walk had plenty of that malarky… The day was chilly but crisp clear and you could see the differing colours in the waters off the coast…

 

Our next trip was on the Sunday to the National trust property Trelissick House and Gardens, The house and gardens were off the cards for us having Toffi with us, so we decided to walk some of the grounds instead, although the place was far too busy for my liking, it would seem every man/woman and his/her dog were here today, and although there were polite notices asking people to stay off the grass to allow it too recover from all the winter weather and seasonal over use, the notices were sadly being totally ignored…

It was certainly also a challenge taking a strong reactive dog for a walk through crowds of free running and out of control dogs here and whose owners were simply failing to observe and control their dogs, I must admit there were also many much wiser and more experienced dog owners here too who were very good and did what any responsible dog owners would usually do… they saw Toffi coming towards them on leash and under strict control and at times we would wait back a little patiently while they gathered their pups and either leashed or safely herded their dogs past with a knowledgeable nod, hello and pleasant words of thanks…

But our first hurdle was an arrogant man with 2 rather large overweight french bulldog cross breed dogs who came running up, aggressively lunging towards Toffi, I managed to block their direct route to Toffi who was by now snarling back and warning them to keep their distance just as the male owner arrogantly shouted over from afar that “it’s ok love, they just want to play with your dog”, giving me a rather dirty look when I shouted back that actually “love” my on lead dog clearly doesn’t just want to play with your quite rudely aggressively approaching dogs, anyway after realising that I was blocking their approach luckily they soon lost interest in Toffi, but then went on to actually aggressively bite and attack a small west highland terrier that was also on lead nearby… the poor owner of this dog clearly panicking, ended up literally hanging her dog by its neck on its lead mid air trying to get it out of reach of these snarling biting dogs… while everyone was shouting at the french bulldogs owner that his dogs were clearly not actually behaving playfully… so much for his dogs just wanting to play huh? It beggars belief that if I had allowed my Staffordshire Bull Terrier off lead to retaliate or attack and hurt any of these dogs we would have been deemed the danger to society pretty much because of our dogs breed, but regardless of breed other people still think it is ok for their dogs to be out of control in a public area…

By this point it was obvious what kind of walk this was going to be and before we knew it Toffi was again being stressed out after being forced into a face off with yet another four off lead dogs all barking and pack lunging at her, while Pete was trying to stop her from retaliating and possibly eating whole a small but mouthy weiner type dog along with its pal a big black labrador, she got herself into such a pickle she somehow managed to wrap her lead around Pete’s leg… who then promptly tripped and stood on her poorly foot making her screech, I must admit by now I was absolutely fuming with these dogs owners, and made it known to them while they were all just stood there still ignoring their dogs out of control behaviour, and still not allowing us space to proceed through the pathway, fuming at their total ignorance of the overall situation…

Dog owners please it’s just common sense and pretty much common decency and good manners that when you see a dog on a lead coming towards you on the same narrow walk or pathway, you should regain control of your off lead dogs, the sight of an on leash dog alone should give you enough information you need to process and conclude that you have possibly either a reactive/nervous or perhaps a dog in training coming your way,  regain control of your dogs just for enough time to allow us all to pass safely and in a controlled way it’ll really help avert any possible incidents and really aid training!!! Please remember not all dogs want to be your dog’s best friend and it doesn’t matter how friendly/playful you think your dog is going to be, my dog loves people, but after being attacked as a pup by an out of control off leash dog she’s just not interested in being or having your doggy’s as her bessie mates… she’s also not keen on having her bits sniffed either, but maybe I should just let her make that known for herself in future!!! And for goodness sake pick up your doggies poopies it’s just nasty for everyone when you don’t, I witnessed at least 3 dogs pooping with their owners failing to pick it up in just the first 5 minutes of being here… just nasty!!!

I also heard news that more parks in Plymouth have become places that dogs are no longer allowed off leash roaming and people are in uproar… but to be fair after our experiences this Sunday I totally get the reasoning behind these decisions and I cannot say that I am unhappy about it, at least I will be able to walk Toffi in those parks in peace…

Trelissick House and grounds I am sure could have been a really lovely place to visit if we’d felt able to safely relax and enjoy the place… but it was far too busy this day and with at least 40 off leash dogs just running amok and causing chaos for other pet owners, and all this within the first half a mile stretch of the grounds which you pretty much have to pass through to get to walk any of the grounds, it really wasn’t a place I would feel a need to return too… perhaps fencing off a parts of the grounds especially for use for off leash dogs would help solve this problem? maybe then it would enable others with dogs kept on leashes to get past safely too, it was a shame really, perhaps it would be a better quieter place to visit during the weekdays…

 

Although luckily Toffi’s foot injury wasn’t opened up with Sunday’s incident and thankfully it hasn’t seemed to cause any further harm, we decided to allow her to rest her foot some more especially after Sunday antics, so we have just chilled on the campsite, it’s been wet and rainy since then anyway so perhaps we can arrange Toffi’s promised beach walk next week!!!

Catch up soon, Take Care Donna x

 

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