This weeks guest on Pawfect Weekend is Baxter, a 5 year old lurcher mix from the Midlands. He has some unusual siblings, and most importantly is Audreys best friend! The two of them met soon after Baxter was adopted, and since then they have been thick as thieves.
1) Can you tell us about yourself?
My name is Baxter and I am 5 years old. My hobbies include digging up mice and moles, and chasing pesky squirrels. I live with my pawrents in Worcestershire. I have a younger puppy brother called Wilf, two tortoise sisters called Patsy and Edina, as well as three pure bred chicken siblings. The chickens are all a Belgian breed so their names are Tintin, Thompson and Thomson (the identical twins from Tintin).
I was rescued as a 7 week old puppy along with my 4 siblings from some people who had bred us but didn’t want us anymore. I was in foster care for a week before I was rehomed. I was rescued by the Evesham Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue. I now have a younger brother called Wilf and he is 9 months old. He was adopted from Noah’s Ark Rescue. Wilf was found along with his siblings in a cardboard box, dehydrated, anaemic and full of fleas and worms. You can see Wilf’s Happy Ever After video here.
Our Mum is an artist, (you can find her website at www.anneguest.co.uk) currently working on two projects: an Arts Council funded project with a group of cancer patients here, and a solo exhibition called ‘Fragile‘ at Number 8 Gallery in Pershore throughout May, exploring issues related to climate change. She also has a series of prints called ‘My Dog Is My Muse‘, for which Baxter, Wilf and some of their friends are the inspiration.
Audrey is my BFF (best friend furever), we used to live really close to each other but then they moved all the way up to Scotland. I hope we visit them very soon, even if our Mums make us do silly stuff like the second photo!
2) What is your favourite dog friendly town or city in the UK?
I am a country pup, and don’t often go into big towns or cities. However I did once have a very good experience in London, when I got to ride on a London bus and sit outside a Carluccio’s restaurant in the sunshine. So last weeks Pawfect Weekend with Tabasco I really studied because I’m hoping to convince my Mum to take me back! Thanks for so many good suggestions Tabasco!
3) Can you tell us about your Pawfect Weekend at home?
Obviously, if it really was my Pawfect Weekend then Audrey would be visiting us and we would do all of this together! My favourite walk at home is at the Earlswood Lakes fields and woods, where there are lots of different smells and space for zoomies (hopefully not running off though, my Mum doesn’t like it when I do that, and because I’m a lurcher I can run into the distance in just a few seconds!). Audrey can’t keep up with me!
We have this particular spot where we always go crazy together. Every time since we were just young pups. It is a shady spot in the woods with a stream running alongside, and there is a circular path around the trees and we run around and around at full tilt. Because I’m faster than Audrey she just barks and barks and eventually it turns into high pitched squeaks! When we have run out of puff we cool off in the stream.
Afterwards, we would take our Mums for lunch at the Bulls Head at Earlswood. The staff are so friendly and love us, we get lots of attention. By the fire they have a whole pile of dog beds that anyone can use by their table. How cool is that? Once on a hot day they brought us water bowls with ice in over to the table without us even asking. We love it there!
Back home, we like to go out into the garden to check in with the chickens. Don’t worry they are kept in a separate paddock so we can see them but we can’t get close to them. Just in case we think they are our dinner! We live on a country lane, and often horses go past. I’m more used to them than Audrey, she barks and barks at them!
Audrey and I would then tuck into a juicy raw bone. I think Audrey prefers my Mum to hers because she never gets bones at home as she has no garden. Poor her. Maybe mum should ‘rescue’ her too.
On Sunday, I would do some agility practise in the garden, as that’s one of my favourite things to do. I have won rosettes doing agility, Mum says I’m like Usain Bolt whoever that is. When we make a mistake obviously it’s always her fault and never mine.
We have a nice pub within walking distance called the Coach and Horses, and they let dogs in the bar and garden. There are always lots of dogs there, so it’s very sociable for us. It is close to the North Worcestershire Way, so if the humans need to ‘walk off their food’ whatever that means, then we plenty of options to choose from. This is one of our favourites.
4) What about your Pawfect Weekend away from home?
Our favourite weekend break is when we go and stay at the Penhelig Arms Hotel in Aberdovey, Wales. It has a great waterfront location looking out over the Dyfi estuary, and there is a lovely beach. Some of the beach is dog free, but most of it we can run to our hearts content.
The hotel is very dog friendly, we get to sleep in the room with our humans, and even though we have to eat in the bar, our humans get to choose from the same menu as the restaurant which they seem to think is important. Mums favourite beach ever is a short journey in the car from here, Worth beach.
Where is next on your wishlist?
I am not too fussy, but living in the centre of England, I do love it when we go to the coast. Audrey tells me they have lots of beaches where she lives now (North Berwick), so I can’t wait to get exploring them with her. Paws crossed that will be soon.
A big thank you to Baxter and his Mum for being our guests. I would like to stress that you don’t need to have a crazy family full of different animals to be our guest on Blog On A Dog! We are always looking for new guests for Pawfect Weekend so please get in touch if you’d like to star.