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April 2018

An ongoing series of informational entries

Willow Cathedral, Taunton, Somerset

April 2018

January 15, 2018

WOOF Taunton - Local walks in Taunton and the surrounding area

We are blessed with truly amazing countryside in Somerset.  WOOF Taunton would like to share some favourite walks for you and your dogs to enjoy in and around the surrounding area of Taunton.

Longrun Meadow, Taunton

Located between Silk Mills Road and Tesco, Tangier, Taunton

Open meadows and the amazing Willow Cathedral to sit and reflect in – see photo above.


Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

Access at various points along the canal

The canal which links Taunton and Bridgwater is 14.5 miles long and has many peaceful walks along its banks.

Maunsel Lock is picturesque and has tearooms - http://maunsellock.co.uk/

Car parks at Bathpool, Creech St Michael and Maunsel Lock


Netherclay, Taunton

Bishops’s Hull, Taunton, TA1 5ED

Local nature reserve with lovely wooded areas and open fields.


Ash Common Local Nature Reserve

Ash Priors, Near Bishops Lydeard, TA4 3LZ

A peaceful area for a walk. There is a circular trail to follow around the reserve.


Kings Cliff Woods, North Petherton

Dancing Hill, Bridgwater TA6 6NG

Beautiful and peaceful woods.


Fyne Court, Broomfield

near Bridgwater, TA5 2EQ

Nature reserve in the Quantock Hills with different walking trails and beautiful countryside.


Cothelstone Hill, Quantock Hills

Taunton, TA4 3DX

Lovely woods and walking trails with stunning 360 degree views. Visit when the bluebells are in bloom; stunning.


Thurlbear Woods

Thurlbear, Near West Hatch, TA3 5RS

Beautiful ancient woodland with open glades.


Wellington Monument

Near Wellington, TA21 9PB

A memorial to the Duke of Wellington owned by the National Trust on the edge of the Blackdown Hills.

There is a walking trail to follow -



Happy walking...


January 2018

Cute cocker spaniel

It's a Dog's Life

A Day in the Life of little OSSIE......

Hello.  My name is Ossie – that’s me in the photo above.  I live with my family and my two dog brothers – Bruce and Arnold.  Whilst my family were away over Christmas and New Year, Lesley from WOOF Taunton came to stay with us.  Although we missed our family, we had a great time with Lesley and she gave me lots of cuddles; well to be honest, she had little choice as I just launched myself onto her lap every time she sat down........

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Handsome springer spniel
Springer spaniel with stick
Springer spaniel with ball
Springer spaniel with ball

Meet my handsome brother, Bruce.  

Bruce and Arnold love playing with balls and looking for sticks.

Meet my brother, Arnold.  Lesley says he reminds her of a meerkat.


Bruce, Arnold and me are bouncing on the bed and around the bedroom trying to get Lesley up to let us out.  I don’t think Lesley is an early morning person as she didn’t seem to share the same enthusiasm as us for going out into the garden in the cold morning air.

Spaniels jumping around on the bed
Sleepy cocker and springer spaniels on the bed

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Me and Arnold on the bed.


We are ready to play in the garden.  Bruce and Arnold love to play ball but, as they are bigger than me and knock me over, I don’t like to play with them.

Springer spaniels playing with their balls
Cocker spaniel with ball

I have my own ball to play with.  Here I am looking very pleased with myself!


After a short snooze, we are wide awake and ready to go out in the garden again.  Lesley says we can have a “meditative” walk, ie no ball throwing.  As you can imagine, spaniels aren’t known for their “meditative” qualities.  I spend the time foraging around the moss under the trees – it’s surprising what you can find to eat!  

Cocker spaniel foraging under the trees
Springer spaniels amongst the leaves

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My brothers, Bruce and Arnold, search for lost balls and sticks.

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A group shot

A group of spaniels
Spaniels playing in the garden

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Me and my brothers in the garden


It’s walk time; yippee!  We get so excited by walks. Lesley takes us to the woods where we love exploring. Lesley ‘risk assesses’ us all off lead on our first walk and decides that I am the biggest risk!  I really don't know what she means....  Anyway, as a consequence, I am kept on lead.  To be honest, it doesn’t bother me too much as I continue in my own way and just drag Lesley along with me!  Hah!

Springer and cocker spaniels in the woods
Springer spaniels in the misty woods

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Arnold and Bruce in the misty woods.

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We love our walks in the woods.  One day we even had snow!  Here we are trying to keep still for a photo.  My brother Bruce loves the snow and Lesley throws snowballs for him so that he can catch them and eat the snow.  Arnold and I are not so keen.

Springer and cocker spaniels in the snow
Springer spaniel with his stick in the snow

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Bruce enjoying the snow - not his best look.  Think he is trying to smile but it looks more like a grimace!

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Arnold and Bruce

Springer spaniels in the woods
Sleepy cocker and springer spaniels on the sofa


We are all crashed on the sofa after a fun filled day. There is no room for Lesley so she has to sit on the floor!


Bruce and me cuddling on the sofa; happy and sleepy.

Cocker and springer spaniels cuddling on the sofa


October 2017

Dog snoozing on the sun deck

It's a Dog's Life

A day in the life of ALFIE......

Hi, I’m Alfie and I live with Mummy and Daddy, my older brother, Marley and the latest addition to our dog family, our little sister, Maisie.  When Lesley from WOOF Taunton came to stay in July, it was just me and my brother and we were on our best behaviour, even though Lesley calls me "Mr Naughty"; me I ask?  As if......  However, when she came to stay in September, Maisie had joined us and I don’t think Lesley was quite prepared for the addition of a puppy and the chaos that ensued .......

Before I start, I will introduce you to Marley and Maisie.

Cute dog smiling at the camera
Cute dog concentrating on his ball
Cute puppy with the biggest ears ever
Cute puppy with big ears sunbathing

My big brother Marley.  He’s a really nice brother but a bit obsessed with his ball.  He doesn’t like other dogs, preferring human company, and is very grumpy with our new sister, although admittedly she can be a bit annoying when we are trying to sleep and she is still wide awake.

My little sister Maisie.  She is a very lively addition to our family and the two of us love playing together in the garden.  Shame about her ears though...... But I do like licking them!


Marley and me out for our early morning walk.  Maisie couldn’t join us as she had not had her final inoculations. 

Lesley says I bark too much.  Really, I say to her, and carry on barking anyway; hah!

Cute dogs in a field
Dogs sunbathing on decking


Sunbathing on the decking in the garden – closely supervised by Lesley who said we may suffer with sun stroke/overheating if we sunbathe for too long....

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And a few other favourite things we like to do in the garden.

Maisie having a quick snooze on th​e picnic blanket.

Cute puppy sleeping on the picnic blanket
Jack Russell dog admiring himself in the garden mirror

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Reflection of me admiring myself in the garden mirror; a favourite pastime of mine!  You can see Maisie in the background; well, the silhouette of her ears.

And a few other favourite things we like to do in the garden.

Marley loves drinking out of the bird bath......

Marley loves drinking out of the bird bath......

Cute dogstanding  drinking out of the bird bath
Jack Russell dog sleeping on top of the sofa like a cat


Time for an afternoon snooze.  Me in my favourite spot on top of the sofa.  Lesley says I am more like a cat – a cat I ask; where?  One of my favourite things is to chase them.  Mummy, Daddy and Lesley are not at all impressed when I do this though; can’t imagine why.

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Marley and Maisie asleep.
Dog sleeping on the sofa
Dog and puppy playing rough and tumble in the flower beds


Maisie and me love playing together in the garden.  We love to run in and out of the flower beds.  Oops, sorry about the flowers, Mummy.

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Maisie and me in a tug of war.

Jack Russell and cute puppy playing tug of war
Cute dog with his tennis ball

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Marley prefers to play with his ball.

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Maisie and me playing hide and seek.

Jack Russell and cute puppy playing hide and seek in the garden
Cute dogs waiting looking hopefully for treats


Time for our afternoon walk in the fields.  Marley is hoping for his ball to be thrown.  I’m hoping for some treats.

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Me eating a maize husk.  Lesley tried to stop me but she couldn’t catch me as I ran off across the field; hah!  I managed to eat the whole thing and Lesley was not amused when I was sick for two days.  That won’t stop me eating them again though; they are rather yummy.  It did mean that I was kept on the lead for the next few days to stop me eating more of them; shame.
Jack Russell eating maize husk in a field
Cute dogs sleeping on the sofa


Us relaxing on the sofa at the end of a very busy day.  It won’t last for long as Maisie will soon be up annoying us all.  She only seems to ‘power’ nap and then she is off again...... Lesley says it is exhausting.....  We really hope she comes to stay again........


August 2017

Sleepy black labrador

It's a Dog's Life.......

A day in the life of HARRY - that's me (otherwise known as “Prince Harry” - courtesy of my Aunty Anita).

Whilst Mum and Dad went away on holiday, Lesley from WOOF Taunton came to stay to look after me and my big sister Pip (otherwise known as “Princess Pip” – yes, you’ve guessed it – Aunty Anita again).

We like it when Lesley stays as she takes us for lovely walks and lets us into the lounge all the time and gives us lots of cuddles. She doesn’t give us many treats though; I think that’s because Mum tells her not to..... something to do with putting on weight......

Labradors in the woods


Me and my sister Pip on an early morning walk.  Lots of exciting smells to build up an appetite for breakfast.

Did I tell you that Lesley's nickname for me is "Scooby Doo".  She says it's the way I walk that reminds her of that loveable cartoon dog.  I personally think I am much more handsome.....

Black labradors squashed in bed


After breakfast it’s time for a snooze. I really love my older sister, Pip, but sometimes she is a little too domineering. I was in the bed first, but she insisted on pushing in as well. You can tell by the look on my face that I’m not very impressed..... and it’s a tight squeeze.....

Black labrador practising yoga


Lesley gets her mat out to do some yoga. I soon put a stop to that by taking over the mat. Besides, her Downward Dog is not a patch on mine!  

Black labradors strolling along


We had a lovely walk in the woods. Here Pip and I are walking along on our best behaviour.

Black labrador sleeping upside down on sofa


Time for another snooze. Here I am lounging upside down on the couch. 

Scary black labrador

And a close up - I’m not sure that this is doing me any favours though; oh well, at least my mouth is closed....

Black labradors waiting for a walk


Pip and I looking appealingly at Lesley in the hope that she will take us for another walk. She sometimes forgets and mentions the word “out” when referring to something else other than a walk, which gets me and my sister very excited indeed as we know that “out” actually means “walk”. It has caused some confusion for all of us.....

Black labrador under the rainbow


We had a lovely evening stroll and the rain actually stopped for a short time. Who would believe that we are in August? Lesley took this rather artistic shot of me in silhouette with a beautiful rainbow in the background. 

Black labradors sleeping on the sofa


After a happy day of walks, good food and cuddles, me and Pip are relaxing on the couch.

We are going to do it all again tomorrow...... and the next day; can’t wait.....