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The amazing world of dogs

 

Delightful dog stories

 

We love a good doggy backstory on our Trails, whether it’s the antics of the faithful boxer Trixie on the Amberley, Box and Minchinhampton Trail or the mystery of dog trainer Ruby Dubidoux on the Aylsham Trail. Of course, we’ve got a few backstories about salty seadogs, but they’re not quite the same…

But, there’s something extra special about the furry friend in our Edinburgh Greyfriars Trail! Bobby was real and also one of the most amazing dogs!

 

Bobby the amazing dog of Greyfriars

 

Edinburgh Greyfriars Amazing Dog Story

 

When John Grey moved to Edinburgh with his wife and son in 1850, he struggled to find work in his profession as a gardener. So, to avoid the workhouse, he took a job as a night watchman with the Edinburgh Police Force.

For company on the long, lonely nights, John took on a new partner – the very good doggo, Bobby. The Skye Terrier became his watchdog, and the duo were inseparable, becoming well-known by the city’s residents.

Sadly, John Grey contracted tuberculosis and passed away from the disease in 1858… but the story doesn’t end there. Loyal until the end and beyond, Bobby stood guard at his master’s grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Come rain or shine, Bobby was there – even when the gardener tried to evict him!

The story of Bobby’s vigil spread through Edinburgh, with crowds descending on Greyfriar’s to peek at the loyal pup. He was well looked after, with the gardener eventually erecting Bobby a shelter and a local Coffee House providing him with a daily meal.

 

Bobby's Collar - now in the Edinburgh Museum
Victuallers, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

 

Even when unlicensed dogs in the city became illegal in 1867, The Lord Provost of Edinburgh stepped in to save Bobby by paying for his licence and presenting him with a collar, which is now on display in the Museum of Edinburgh.

After 14 years stood guard over his master, the ever-faithful Bobby passed away in 1872. To commemorate the loyal dog and his heartwarming story, the President of the Ladies Committee of the RSPCA, Baroness Angelia Georgina Burdett-Coutts, sought permission to have a fountain built with a statue of Bobby on top of it. Now the story of Greyfriars Bobby will never be forgotten.

 

Bobby the amazing Skye Terrier

 


Daring dogs with important jobs

 

Dogs with jobs

 

Bobby wasn’t the only amazing dog who had an important job to do. In fact, dogs have had jobs for centuries, with references to working dogs as far back as Viking Norse culture! From hunting to tracking, herding to sniffing out contraband, these brave pups have been just as busy as their human companions. Check out these amazing working dogs below!

 

Lagotto Romagnolo

 

The Lagotto Romagnolo, also known as Italian Water Dogs and Romagna Water Dogs, were originally bred to hunt ducks and other waterfowl in the wetlands around Romagna.

But, after the marshlands were drained and the ducks departed, these fluffy finders were given a new job – tracking down truffles! They are, in fact, the only breed of dog in the world that is specifically bed for truffle hunting. With a keen sense of smell and a love of digging, they’re the perfect pups for the job – and treasure-seeking!

 

Lagotto Romagnolo

 

St Bernard

 

As well as being loving, slobbery companions – we’re looking at you, Beethoven – St Bernard’s have had a vital job for centuries! All the way back to the 1600s, St Bernard’s were bred for rescue work by the hospice of the Great St Bernard Pass.

Made famous thanks to their bravely in alpine rescues in Italy and Switzerland, the working dogs were never actually given formal training from the monks. Instead, the younger dogs learned from the older ones! The most famous St Bernard (apart from Beethoven, maybe) was named Barry and lived between 1800-1814. He saved the lives of between 40-100 people, and there’s even a monument to his bravery in France.

 

St Bernard

 

Siberian Husky (and friends!)

 

Sled dogs have been used in the Arctic for 2,000 years! They were super important for transportation in Arctic communities until snowmobiles were invented and are still used today in some rural areas.

There are many breeds of dogs that can be sled dogs. Their suitability can depend on many factors, including size, strength, stamina, speed, endurance, temperament and appetite – plus the ideal qualities changes depending on whether the sleds are for racing or carrying. However, the most common sled dogs are often the fluffy Alaskan and Siberian huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Canadian Eskimo Dogs and Samoyed.

 

Siberian Husky

 


Brave pups who’ve completed explorer training

 

There are five tell-tail signs that a dog makes the perfect treasure hunting companion, from their sense of smell to their alert level. So there’s no surprise that some dogs are actually being trained to track down historical hoards!

Roxie, Moxie, Pacy, Grizzly and Scout are five very good dogs with one important job – sniffing out ancient artefacts! They’ve undergone rigorous explorer training in America to become part of the K-9 Artefact Finders squad. Although they won’t be tracking down the treasure at historical landmarks, they will be making sure that naughty travellers don’t pinch important relics when on holiday abroad. You can learn all about them here!

 

Treasure hunting dog

 

But if you’re not convinced your furry friends are going to track down the lost loot without expert training, think again! Monty, a pup from the Czech Republic, found fame as a historical hoard detector after he unearthed 3,000-year-old buried treasure while out on his walkies!

While happily digging away, he discovered a cache of relics, including sickles, axes, spear points and bracelets, all dating back to the Bronze Age! Most of the artefacts were still intact, which is very rare for that period in history. Monty and his human, Mr Frankota, were given a finders fee, and we’re sure Monty will have been rewarded with ear rubs and treats!

 


Time to put your tracker dog’s skills to use!

 

Did you know that over 70% of our Trails are dog friendly? That’s right! And, what’s more, we now have an easy way for you to decide which Trail adventures to choose! There’s no excuse not to bring your fluffy companion along. Now you’re really in with a chance of getting Rover to sniff out that treasure trove! Check out our list of dog-friendly Trails and get out for some family fun with your amazing dogs!

 

 

The filter is super easy to use. Simply choose your region from the options and the dropdown list will show all the dog-friendly Trails by county!

Not only will your beloved pooch enjoy their quality outdoor family time, but they can also be a great asset to your Trail-solving team. Whilst some Trails may have parks or other areas perfect for a runaround, on the whole, dogs will need to be on a lead. This means they can easily tug you in the right direction to keep you on track. So get ready to explorer with your pooch, you never know, they might sniff out some real treasure and join the amazing dogs hall of fame!

 

Family Fun - Dog Friendly Trails

 


Discover even more exciting ideas to get you and your tails wagging!

 

We’ve got lots more doggy content about amazing dogs to help you celebrate National Pet Month! Plan your next Trail adventure with our top 15 dog-friendly Trails and discover the five tell-tail signs that your dog is a top explorer.

PLUS, tap into your little grey cells to crack this pup-themed Virtual Trail! You’ve got until 11:59pm on Monday 19th April 2021 to submit your answer. Get it right and you’ll be in with the chance of winning your next Trail adventure on us! I bet that perked your ears up…

 


12th April 2021

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Our top 15 dog-friendly Trails

 

If you’re looking for dog-friendly walks with a difference, look no further! Your four-legged companions are just the ticket for helping you out on your next Treasure Trail adventure!

Did you know that it’s National Pet Month 2021? To celebrate, we asked our local Trail Writers for their top picks for dog-friendly Trails in their area. Here’s what they recommend:

 


1. Box Hill (Surrey)

 

Explore with your dog in Box Hill

 

Enjoy a day out hiding from enemy agents with your four-legged friends on a spy mission Trail around Box Hill. Apart from a couple of open grass areas for a good run around, it’s completely in rural woodland. Plus, with so many interesting trees there’s plenty for your tracker dog to enjoy!

 

2. Preston Parks and Gardens (Lancashire)

 

Dog friendly walk in Preston

 

Your furry agent won’t know what’s hit them when they see how much open space they have to explore! Get the lead ready, call ‘walkies’ and get going on the Preston Parks and Gardens Trail! They’ll even get the chance to sneak beside the River Ribble as they sniff out intel on this spy mission.

 

3. Amberley, Box and Minchinhampton (Gloucestershire)

 

Explore with your dog in Amberley, Box and Minchinhampton

 

Treat your pup to an extra-long walk on a 4-mile Trail – one of the longest in our catalogue – through Amberley, Box and Minchinhampton! Trek across the wide-open spaces of the National Trust owned Minchinhampton Common and soak up the magnificent views over the Stroud Valley as you search for lost loot on this treasure hunt Trail.

 

4. Ampthill (Bedfordshire)

 

Dog friendly walk in Ampthill

 

Your doggy will have to be patient as you crack the first half of the Clues while weaving around the streets on the Ampthill Trail. However, the second half of your top-secret assignment will take you across Ampthill Common, a lovely wide open space where dogs can run off lead. Great views and a bracing walk!

 

5. Danes Dyke Woods (East Yorkshire)

 

Explore with your dog near Bridlington

 

Your scout dog will get the chance to do what it does best on the Dane’s Dyke Trail – dig up buried treasure in the sand! As dog-friendly walks go, this one is right up there! You’ll venture around this nature reserve and through a large wooded area before reaching a beach, halfway along, with the North Sea for adventurous pups to swim or paddle in. (Note: the buried treasure isn’t guaranteed… but the fun is!)

 

6. Duthie Park (Aberdeenshire)

 

Dog friendly walk in Aberdeen

 

Your four-legged friend will be sniffing away on this treasure hunt Trail through Duthie Park, home to a beautiful floral paradise all year round, with rare and exotic plants on show from all over the world. Plus, there are some stunning views overlooking the River Dee for human Explorers to enjoy.

 

7. Robin Hood’s Major Oak (Nottinghamshire)

 

Explore with your dog in Sherwood Forest

 

Weave through Edwinstowe then into the legendary Sherwood Forest as you track down treasure on the Robin Hood’s Major Oak Trail. There’s plenty of stories and history for human treasure seekers to soak up, while scout dogs will love all of the green spaces and trees to zig-zag through.

 

8. Porthcurno Circular South West Coastpath Trail (Cornwall)

 

Dog friendly walk near Porthcurno

 

You’ll feel like a truly intrepid explorer as you trek along the coastal route on the Porthcurno Circular Trail. Although scout dogs will need to be kept on leads while they bravely venture along the cliff edges, there are some nice stretches where they can be let off the lead to run free, particularly up near the daymarks.

 

9. Bowness – Down by the Lake (Cumbria)

 

Explore with your dog in Bowness on Windermere

 

Your Bowness Down by the Lake mission, if you choose to accept it, includes some great stretches for pups to have a good run! There’s the chance of a dip in the lake, too, if your dog likes to get their paws wet, and lots of dog-friendly café options towards the end, including the Bluebird Café, which welcomes canine companions to their covered heated terrace.

 

10. Rouken Glen (Glasgow)

 

Dog friendly walk near Glasgow

 

Your mission will have you tiptoeing through Rouken Glen, one of the largest public parks in Scotland! From grassy areas and woodland paths to a Highland Glen with crags and cliffs, as well as a boating pond, there will be so much for your doggy agent to take in and run around!

 

11. Burnham Deepdale (Norfolk)

 

Explore with your dog in Burnham Deepdale

 

Put your sniffer dogs to the test on this detective mystery Trail through Burnham Deepdale. The route takes you along the North Norfolk coastal path, with lots of evidence for your four-legged friends to track down and a nice long route to stretch their legs. Dogs will need to be kept on leads for safety along stretches.

 

12. Holy Island Anglesey (North Wales)

 

Dog friendly walk in Anglesey

 

Now that Welsh residents can get out exploring near and far across Wales, the Holy Island Anglesey Trail will give super spies and tracker dogs the chance to soak up some of the best sights in North Wales. Plus, this driving Trail takes you to two country parks AND two beaches as you search for the intel.

 

13. Saltwell Park (Tyne & Wear)

 

Explore with your dog near Newcastle

 

Crack the code and save the day as you subtly slip through the sights of Saltwell Park, one of the most popular parks in the UK, on your top-secret mission. Mini agents will have great fun cracking the Clues, feeding the ducks, enjoying the play area and weaving through the maze, while tracker dogs can make the most of all of the open space to do zoomies in!

 

14. Exmoor (Somerset)

 

Dog friendly walk Exmoor

 

Turn a boring dog walk into a full-blown adventure as you slip into your undercover vehicle and head out on a driving Trail across Exmoor. Beginning at Dulverton, “The gateway to the moors”, and concludes at Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor, your fluffy friend will lap up the sights and sounds (and smells!) of the wilderness. This a full day out with a series of dog-friendly walks all rolled into one!

 

15. Belfast Botanic Gardens (Northern Ireland)

 

Explore with your dog in Belfast

 

Your furry companions will be baffled by all of the super smells around Belfast Botanic Gardens on this treasure hunt Trail! Although dogs must be kept on leads at all times, they will love exploring its floral paradise in the heart of the city while you boldly track down the treasure trove.

 


Did you know that over 70% of our Trails are dog friendly?

 

That’s right! And, what’s more, we now have an easy way for you to decide which Trail adventures to choose so that you can bring your fluffy companion along. So don’t delay, check out our list of dog-friendly Trails and get out for some family fun!

Not only will your beloved pooch enjoy their quality outdoor family time on their dog-friendly walk, but they can also be a great asset to your Trail-solving team. Whilst some Trails may have parks or other areas perfect for a run around, on the whole, dogs will need to be on a lead, so they can easily tug you in the right direction to keep you on track.

 

 

Family Fun - Dog Friendly Walks

 

PLUS, we’ve got lots more doggy content to help you celebrate National Pet Month! Take a peek into the amazing world of dogs and discover the five tell-tail signs that your dog is a top explorer. After this, you’ll be convinced the Treasure Trails make perfect dog-friendly walks!

 


How to win a Treasure Trail:

 

Talking of dog friendly walks, our pooch Buddy has been on a long walk and mislaid his bone! Tap into your little grey cells to crack his pup-themed Virtual Trail! You’ve got until 11:59pm on Monday 19th April 2021 to submit your answer to be in with the chance of winning your next Trail adventure on us! I bet that perked your ears up…

 


1st April 2021

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