From having snow in March, to almost constant rainfall and blistering cold winds, I really am ready for warmer weather.. This late April I feel like it’s finally arrived. As I waited for the delayed season, I gathered some ideas of things to do this spring (and summer which is quickly approaching now) with your pooch.
*Remember now the days are getting hotter to you make sure you and your pup stay hydrated. As well as this, do not leave your dog in a parked car in the heat, even a few minutes in a hot car can be fatal. If you come across a distressed dog in a parked car call 999 immediately.
Visit flower gardens
Despite the snow not giving the snowdrops or daffodils much of a chance to appear this year, they still managed to perk up for a short period of time. Rocco Gardens, located in the Cotswolds, have a gorgeous display of spring flowers which I’m very keen to visit! The bad weather stopped us this year but it’s definitely on the list of ‘things to do’ next year. Unfortunately, the daffodils that brighten up our walks briefly are now slowly leaving us, but the gorgeous yellow rapeseed is finally starting to grow! Even though rapeseed isn’t a flower, it still makes a lovely spring photo! It won’t be long now until the bluebells (late April-May) and lavender (June-August) flourish. There’s something so magical about seeing the woodland floors laden with bluebells, the tranquility of it is so relaxing and a great stress reliever. We will be going to Cotswold Lavender farm this year. They also have a cafe that is perfect to end a pleasant day out.
Last year during spring we hired a boat for a few days and went along the River Thames. I can’t emphasise enough how much Maximus enjoyed the experience, it was heart warming to see him so happy. I don’t think his tail ever stopped wagging! Immediately, he took on the role of the captain’s four-legged helper, jumping off at the locks to give a helping paw and running back and forth along the deck to keep up with all the boating action! As soon as the sun rose every morning, he’d jump out of bed and be on the lookout straight away, ready for another exciting day along the river. A boat trip is definitely something we plan on doing again this year, I highly recommend it. You can also hire a boat for the day which is super fun!
Explore new places
I love exploring new places, and there’s really no excuse not to now the sun is finally making an appearance. Investigating new walking locations also prevents your dog from getting bored from the same old walks we tend to stick to in the winter. As well as finding new walks, it’s also interesting to visit new places (that are dog friendly of course), a couple of weeks ago we visited some Cotswold towns and villages that are well known for their beauty: Bourton-on-the-Water, Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter. It was a lovely day out with many photo opportunities.
Day out at a wildlife park
I’m a big fan of wildlife parks, it’s an ideal summer day out. We tend to go to Cotswold Wildlife park a couple of times a year with the dogs. Maximus loves looking at all the animals just as much as me, perhaps with different intentions but it’s still nice to see him so curious! He particularly loves the penguin enclosure because of their pool that he always looks so enviously at, wanting to join them for a swim! As well as wandering round the enclosures, why not bring a picnic along with you? They are more affordable and the cafes are always heaving on sunny days, the last thing you want is to spend ages in a queue.
Go to the beach!
Max and Oscar absolutely love trips to the beach, getting the sand in the paws and sea air in their fur, it’s their favourite. We have already had a few beach trip this year and hope to have many more. Throughout my childhood our family would regularly go to Sandbanks in Poole with some family friends, it was always lots of fun and I have many fond memories there. We also love the Cornish beaches that we visited on our holiday in Cornwall last October, the rocky cliffs and attractive seaside towns that surrounded the beaches were gorgeous. The coastal town Port Isaac was one of my favourites as it’s exactly what Cornwall is known for, as well as St. Ives, which I hope to visit at some point.
What’s your favourite thing to do with your pooch when the weathers nice? Do you have any plans for this summer? I’d love to hear them.
I hope you enjoyed this blog. Don’t forget to go out and appreciate the big outdoors, it’s a truly beautiful place with endless opportunities that we can sometimes take for granted.
Thanks for reading,
Charlotte & Maximus x