The forest has several different walking trails ranging from 2 mile to 5 mile loops. We chose one of the longer circuits and enjoyed breathtaking scenery of forests, countryside, and mountains as we made our way around.
The next day we joined some friends of ours and their 10 month old Chocolate Lab puppy for a look around the Loch of Skene.
Bailey and Angus hit it off right away and have been mutually wearing each other out. We thought it would be a good idea to get them together for the Jubilee holiday so we headed to Glen Tanar for a gorgeous 6 mile hike.
Unfortunately, the dogs had to be kept on a lead for most of the hike since its Grouse nesting season and Scotland understandably doesn’t want bird dogs such as mine disturbing the birds’ reproductive cycle.
This meant that Bailey drug me most of the way until Jonathan accidentally discovered that putting the leash under her front leg causes her to stop pulling. It was a miracle. We’ve had this baby girl for 6 years and have tried everything to discourage her from pulling on a lead, and all along the secret was so simple.
The trick worked on Angus as well so I think Jon’s going to patent this million dollar idea and we can just retire and go hiking everyday with our non-leash-pulling dogs.
Bailey and Angus did get to spend some off-leash time in the river and Bailey even almost fetched a stick. Being friends with a Lab might be a good influence on her retrieving skills. First we’ll teach her to get sticks and then it’s only a matter of time before she will learn to fetch my slippers.
The highlight of the Glen Tanar trip for me was doing a photo-shoot with a field of sheep.
Since I’m still new in Scotland, I want to stop and take pictures of every sheep and cow that I see and our new friends were kind enough to oblige me.And now, I’ll be kind enough to share the pictures of these cutie patooties with you.