Well it was supposed to be a quiet Sunday stroll, after a busy week both Snuggy and Carol were in need of stretch of the legs. The mini Wagtimer had a competition at the Lochore Equestrian Centre and the Wagtime taxi was required:-) So we decided to do a tour of Lochore while the competition was going on. Full story continued below....
When we arrived at the stables carpark we realised it wasn't going to be a quiet walk. We had wandered into the final leg of the Bruce Triathlon! We were surrounded by very fit people and marshals, a bit like Prince's Street the last Saturday before Christmas...
Snuggy tried to join in with the race much to the disgust of the exhausted Triathletes who had already swum 750m in open water across the Loch, cycled 24km and were now doing a 5km run!
I personally felt a bit inadequate as these fine specimens of humanity ran past me!
Eventually we left the race and headed off following the blue arrows and some fellow walkers who looked like they knew what they were going. Sometimes this is a bad idea but it turned out fine this time around.
We took a detour from the path and walked across a meadow to the water's edge where we met up with some fishermen and Rusty the spaniel. Snuggy hypnotised the fishermen into playing ball with her and it nearly ended in tears when Rusty decided to nick her ball! Never a good idea to steal the Snugster's ball! She was remarkably patient and waited while Rusty's owner prised the ball out of his mouth (Rusty didn't give in easily, growling away good style!)
We continued on our way round the loch, passing swans, yachts, canoeists and more fishermen. We took a quick shortcut through the woods just before the visitor's centre where we found a cycling skills area. I tried to persuade Snuggy that this was an agility course but she was having none of it!
We got back to the visitor's centre in time to miss the Triathlon Prize giving and they had run out of Stoats bars (love the raspberry and honey ones). We had to make do with a pose on the Podium - so Snuggy and I won first prize for walking round the loch, a much more pleasurable way of doing it than putting your heart and lungs through torture.
We made it back to the stables, just in time to find out that the mini Wagtimer had won 2nd prize in the Dressage taking home a very nice rosette and a golden horseshoe.
We are already looking forward to our next visit to Lochore Meadows when Wagtime will have a stand at Bark in the Park run by Second Chance Kennels on Sunday, 4th of August. Around 2000 people plus dogs usually attend with lots of fun things to do. Pop along to see us and your doggy might get a treat:-)
BTW a big shout out to Snuggy's boyfriend Dave the collie from the Cedar Inn at Aberdour for being the first doggy competitor in the dander for Mary - a sponsored 80 mile charity walk along the Fife Coastal path starting on June 27. Dave has his own Facebook page davethedogcedar- for details click here Way to go Dave! Snuggy and I will be cheering you on:-)