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Thread: Hello from Horwich in Lancashire

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    Hello from Horwich in Lancashire

    I came across the blogg via a link from a walking forum, so as I have three dogs of my own I thought I'd better join. My name is Mal Firth and I live in the northwest of England in a little town called Horwich. It’s in an area known as the West Pennine Moors, which makes it an excellent town for me and my three dogs to live. Why? Well I like walking and there’s plenty of that available around here. With all the moors, reservoirs, rivers, woodland and meadows there’s lots to see and plenty of room for my dogs to charge around. I also enjoy photography and that’s a hobby I can indulge on my walks.

    My life is enriched by the company of three Border Collies; they are energetic beyond measure, inquisitive, friendly, and never tire of being in the great outdoors. I got them at different times and under different circumstances, and they each have their own individual personalities.



    I got Sam in July 2005 when he was nine weeks old, having decided I would like to have a dog to accompany me on my walks. He has grown up to be a very self confident dog who is people friendly and dog friendly. He really enjoys meeting people, including children, and is a master at training them to throw sticks for him. When he’s not chasing sticks or eating he likes to chill out at the top of the stairs, master of all he surveys.



    I got Brett in July 2006 when he was 14 months old, under quite funny but unintended circumstance. I took a friend to Manchester Dogs Home because she had expressed an interest in having a dog of her own after meeting Sam on many occasions when she came out walking with us, and then later having us at her home for a meal. In the event she didn’t get a dog from Manchester Dogs Home, but in the process of taking her around we came upon Brett in one of the enclosures and I immediately decided I woud like to own him. After introducing him to Sam to make sure they would be alright together, and there was instant rapport between them, he came home with us. He is “Mr Enthusiasm” when it comes to playing, and there’s nothing he likes better than collecting sticks (he’s had as many as five in his mouth at once).



    Molly joined us in December 2011 when she was one year old, again under unusual circumstances. I was out with Sam and Brett on one of our local walks when I met a fellow dog owner who lives near me, and she asked me if I would like another Border Collie. It seemed that a friend of hers had bought a puppy for his wife and daughter just after Christmas 2010 but had quickly discovered that puppies soon grow up, and in the case of Border Collies need a lot of physical and mental exercise that they were unable to provide. By the time she was one year old she was getting difficult to control, so they decided it would be best to give her to someone who could provide what she needed. So, after introducing her to Sam and Brett, again to ensure compatability, she came to live with us. She is a little on the small side for a collie, and a bit timid when meeting people or dogs for the first time, but she is quick on the uptake and soon makes friends. Like Sam and Brett she enjoys our walks, and has rapidly become more adventurous as she has got older.



    If you have the time to spare you can read about some of the places we walk by following the link below to my blog.

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    Beautiful collies Mal. Good to see you over here too

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    Beautiful dogs and I loved learning a little background about each one Welcome to the forum
    Find Kim and Zilla on You Tube for clicker tutorials and tricks

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    Welcome. I have to thank whoever posted the link on the walking forum for getting us new members.

    Your stories highlight why I cannot go to a dog rescue centre. I have enough trouble resisting the dogs you see posted up for rescue in the local paper. Seeing them in real life would just be to much of a temptation.

    Looking forward to reading about your walks with the dogs. You are in an area I have never been to so it will all be new to me.
    John

    I started at the bottom and I like it here

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    Your dogs look great - and they all sound so different. Although I live in Scotland I'm from down your way (Rochdale) so it will be great to see some pics from that vicinity

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    Fantastic looking dogs and lovely story for each one, looking forward to reading about your walks, they look like a very happy pack

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