LOWDOWN Summer 2009 page 22

GILL’S LAP ☆ Ashdown Forest:
25th January 2009 ☆ Jean Miller

Normally, we do not have a walk in January; but on talking to members late last year, it was generally agreed that with Christmas over and January being a flat month it would cheer everyone up to have a walk with the pack in January.

We awoke to foul weather. It was so bad; Annie - who usually loves her walks - took one look and point blank refused to go. In fact, she went straight back on her bed. We don’t like leaving her for long, but decided we would take Cass, see if anyone had braved the weather, and if not, and get back home in the warm.

After we arrived, quite a collection of cars parked up, all with members and hounds. In all (we couldn’t quite believe it) there were seventeen hounds and their owners.

We started off, still the rain poured down and the wind blew, but nothing deterred our hardy group. The Bassets loved it - they didn’t get too muddy - but had a great time getting so wet that they were actually running through quite deep streams of water.

Needless to say, owners were almost as wet, but on getting back to the car park everyone agreed it was a most enjoyable walk. Well done to all who attended in the most dreadful conditions.

Normally, we do not have a walk in January; but on talking to members late last year, it was generally agreed that with Christmas over and January being a flat month it would cheer everyone up to have a walk with the pack in January.

We awoke to foul weather. It was so bad; Annie - who usually loves her walks - took one look and point blank refused to go. In fact, she went straight back on her bed. We don’t like leaving her for long, but decided we would take Cass, see if anyone had braved the weather, and if not, and get back home in the warm.

After we arrived, quite a collection of cars parked up, all with members and hounds. In all (we couldn’t quite believe it) there were seventeen hounds and their owners.

We started off, still the rain poured down and the wind blew, but nothing deterred our hardy group. The Bassets loved it - they didn’t get too muddy - but had a great time getting so wet that they were actually running through quite deep streams of water.

Needless to say, owners were almost as wet, but on getting back to the car park everyone agreed it was a most enjoyable walk. Well done to all who attended in the most dreadful conditions.

EDITOR’S NOTE: After this very wet, but wonderful, walk, I had the pleasure of presenting Trudy Allen (and Mollie!) with the WINNIE’S WHEELBARROW TROPHY. This was awarded to the best contribution sent in to LOWDOWN in 2008. Trudy won this for her accounts of chance encounters on a Cornish beach (see winter issue 2008/9, page 18). With innate journalistic sensibilities she had also used her mobile phone to take photographs. Well done, Trudy.

Engraved by Kara Slater, the glass award depicts a Basset Hound in a wheelbarrow -what else! It also has on it the winner’s name and is retained for a year.

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown
GILL’S LAP walk ☞

first published in LOWDOWN

editor Tony Roberts