We climbed a mini mountain on Sunday! Mummy and daddy decided we were going to the Peak District to climb Shutlingsloe, the third highest peak in Cheshire. I knew something exciting was happening because daddy packed his rucksack and mummy packed my food and water and their walking boots. This is a sign that we are going out for the day so I was really excited in the car and kept telling daddy to hurry up and drive faster so we could start our walk, but I don’t think he could understand me as he kept telling me to be quiet. I was just trying to say how much I was looking forward to our day out.
When we (finally) got to the start, mummy looked a bit nervous as she had read the guide book which said we had to start with a “stark climb”. I think she just wanted a gradual walk up but no, this was heavy going. I loved it. I was off running ahead and sniffing around and chasing squirrels. Mummy kept telling me to slow down and pace myself..she doesn’t understand that I’m a finely tuned dog and can walk all day long!
There wasn’t much water for me to play in, but I did see what looked like a puddle, and went over it to cool my paws. Mummy then laughed her head off and kept saying I was like the Vicar of Dibley because it wasn’t a puddle; it was a deep hole and I fell in up to my neck! It was quite steep too so I had a little trouble getting out at first but I managed it without being helped. I did that thing where, I had to have a quick look around to see if anyone else saw me, but I think I got away with it!!
When we got to the top of the peak, there were 4 other dogs for me to play with so I kept chasing them but they were tired after the climb and didn’t want to play, so I picked up my lead and played catch with that whilst mummy and daddy had a rest. Mummy gave me some Cheesey Hearts for a snack, but they weren’t hearts at all, they were Easter Egg shaped cheese treats which mummy had iced for me. Delicious! Because the other dogs didn’t want to play with me, I didn’t share my treats with them and ate them all myself!
Then, it was downhill all the way………yippee!!