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FRIENDS CAR PARK WALK ☆ Ashdown Forest:
19th January 2015 - by Jean Miller

We could have had a slightly better start for our first walk of 2015. The forecast was for bright sunshine, but that proved not to be the case where we were heading. Although not raining it was dull and promised to be very cold. It was still very pleasant to get out in the fresh air after all the Christmas festivities.

However, when we checked numbers twenty-six hounds were counted, plus one miniature Dachshund. As several of our regular walkers were absent we thought this quite a respectable number.

It was good that Frankie was able to be with us, and we also welcomed three new families with several small children and hope they and their hounds will enjoy all our various activities in the future.

When we started off I noticed that my Cass was really having difficulty walking, and his back legs seemed very wobbly. In case I was doing more harm than good I decided to let him rest up and returned to the car with Terry. Jill and Brian also did a shorter walk with their three, as Leah is getting a little older.

I understand from Frankie and Tony that the walk went very well, except that everyone came back really covered in mud.

Hugs and John will have a nice surprise on their return from Belgium as one of the new families is also from Belgium, now living permanently in Sussex.

It is always a pleasure to meet up with our Basset Hound family, especially on the New Year walk, when we can look forward to 2015 and all its, hopefully successful, get-togethers.

N.B. After visiting the vet the next day, it was thought that Cass could have a slipped disc and should rest for a week with a return visit to the vet on the following Thursday. Cass goes so mad when he goes up or down the car ramp and I think that's probably when the damage to his back happened.

Thank you all for your good wishes on his behalf.

(Ed. Cass continues to make excellent progress, he is no longer under veterinary supervision. He comes along to ‘meets’, but only for a very short walk and to meet his hounds friends.

Yes, Jean, this was a very muddy walk - obviously, no hounds complained about this, but some owners slipped and slid around this circular walk. The inclines did not make the soft ‘going’ any easier, and I, for one, look forward to our hopefully drier and brighter summer walks).

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown
Friends walk ☞

We could have had a slightly better start for our first walk of 2015. The forecast was for bright sunshine, but that proved not to be the case where we were heading. Although not raining it was dull and promised to be very cold. It was still very pleasant to get out in the fresh air after all the Christmas festivities.

However, when we checked numbers twenty-six hounds were counted, plus one miniature Dachshund. As several of our regular walkers were absent we thought this quite a respectable number.

It was good that Frankie was able to be with us, and we also welcomed three new families with several small children and hope they and their hounds will enjoy all our various activities in the future.

When we started off I noticed that my Cass was really having difficulty walking, and his back legs seemed very wobbly. In case I was doing more harm than good I decided to let him rest up and returned to the car with Terry. Jill and Brian also did a shorter walk with their three, as Leah is getting a little older.

I understand from Frankie and Tony that the walk went very well, except that everyone came back really covered in mud.

Hugs and John will have a nice surprise on their return from Belgium as one of the new families is also from Belgium, now living permanently in Sussex.

It is always a pleasure to meet up with our Basset Hound family, especially on the New Year walk, when we can look forward to 2015 and all its, hopefully successful, get-togethers.

N.B. After visiting the vet the next day, it was thought that Cass could have a slipped disc and should rest for a week with a return visit to the vet on the following Thursday. Cass goes so mad when he goes up or down the car ramp and I think that's probably when the damage to his back happened.

Thank you all for your good wishes on his behalf.

(Ed. Cass continues to make excellent progress, he is no longer under veterinary supervision. He comes along to ‘meets’, but only for a very short walk and to meet his hounds friends.

Yes, Jean, this was a very muddy walk - obviously, no hounds complained about this, but some owners slipped and slid around this circular walk. The inclines did not make the soft ‘going’ any easier, and I, for one, look forward to our hopefully drier and brighter summer walks).

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown
Friends walk ☞

first published in LOWDOWN

editor Tony Roberts

 Friends walk