Scottish Holiday

thumb_IMG_1772_1024August was my first holiday, first time on the beach, first time in the sea, first time in the mountains, first time swimming in mountain pools. It was fantastic.

We went up to Wester Ross which is a long, long drive up to Scotland’s west coast. It’s a beautiful place. We couldn’t do too much mountain walking as my body is still growing and knitting together, so we picked out places where the walking was not too far or there were plenty of stops on the way.

I really love swimming, especially in mountain pools with waterfalls. Swimming is good for me as it exercises my muscles without stressing my bones. Swimming in the sea is good too, I get the ball every time as I am a stringer swimmer than Olly.

I still practised my obedience lessons on holiday and I am getting pretty good now. But sometimes I just don’t want to do it so I ignore my handler, then I get in trouble and have to do it right. My handler keeps muttering something about it being time to get it done.

I have started training during the week with groups of other SARDA dogs too which is brilliant. The more I train and the more I do with other dogs the better I will get.

I am getting near my registration test, where I show that I can behave and be obedient, once that is done then I will go on to Stage One of learning to be a search and rescue dog.

Author: Paul Besley

Writer I have spent most of my life escaping into the Peak District National Park, I have grown to love the solitude it can bring. I also have an interest in the growing field of psychogeography particularly, in post-industrial landscapes. I am the author of Dark Peak Walks published by Cicerone Press. I am also studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University.

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