The rainiest Tuesday.



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‘Let’s take the dogs for a nice walk tomorrow morning’, I’d said to Mum, on Monday afternoon. ‘The weather’s been so nice today, and it’ll be beautiful up at the lake!’

Ha. Tuesday morning dawned grey and overcast, and the sky grew more and more ominous as the hours wore on.

By the time we had both dogs packed up in the back of the car (which lasted all of about three seconds, as Miss Elsie likes to squeeze between the seats and ‘sneak’ onto the lap of whoever’s riding in the front passenger seat), our wellies stowed in the boot, and were on our way up to the lake, the heavens had opened and the first drops of rain were falling on my windscreen.

The rainstorm was in full swing as we reached the lake, but, as any fellow dog owner will know, the needs of our favourite four-pawed companions came before our own, and so out the car and down towards the water we trudged.

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Not, I’m glad to say, without a quick pitstop at the cafe for an egg roll and a flat white a-piece.

A hot egg roll, it turns out, is exactly what’s needed to act as fortification ahead of a walk in pouring rain and driving winds. Teddy admired it with longing eyes, but didn’t get so much as a scrap…

It’s pretty hard to resist a face like this though!…

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Warmed and full-bellied, the four of us made our way out from the cover of the seating area and down towards the path around the lake.

It was Elsie’s first visit to the big lake, and I didn’t expect her to be too keen on the water itself as she’s always been to nervous to do more than dip her toes in the edge of the ponds near where we live.

She decided though, despite this being one of the coldest and wettest dog walks we’d ever been on, that it was time to live up to the reputation all springer spaniels have as being completely obsessed with water, and went bounding off down into the shallows and just started swimming right away!

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It took Teddy a fair few attempts to pluck up the courage to actually start swimming instead of just paddling when he was Elsie’s age, but Elsie went in all guns blazing. It was completely adorable, especially given she’s definitely much more timid than Ted on the whole in most other things!

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We didn’t make it anywhere near to doing the full four and a half mile circuit of the lake, since Elsie’s legs aren’t up to it yet.

And to be honest, it was a blessed relief to need to keep our walk fairly short, since by the time we got back to the car all four of us were pretty chilly and soaked to the skin.


I sometimes hear stories of dogs who take one look at the rain and refuse to be walked until the bad weather clears up. Do they really exist, or is that just an urban legend?

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  • Ala

    Haha what scamps! That egg roll sounds amazing too, hope you’re well :) x

  • Michelle

    It’s absolutely an urban myth, I tell myself that every time I’m soaked to the bone with my spaniels in tow (I mean lumbering along in their wake obviously!)
    Well done Elsie, that’s a huge first step too!
    M x Life Outside London

  • Beckie

    My parents have a rather energetic border collie who sometimes refuses to go out into the garden if he doesn’t like the look of the rain but he never turns down a proper walk….usually relishing the extra mud! :-) Beckie x

  • Kelsey Douglas Short

    As they get older they become less fussed I promise. I always find it so weird how my parent’s dogs will go out in rain, swim etc but if it’s a little bit wet in the garden pretty much refuse to leave the back step for a wee!


  • Ashley

    I have some serious dog envy right now! Lovely post and photos :)

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Everything about this post is absolutely adorable! xx

  • Jenna Williams

    Nope it’s not a myth, I have 2 miniature dachshunds who refuse to walk in the rain!!

  • Lauren Davis

    Such sweetness! I would have to agree with Ashley in saying that my puppy fever is in FULL force after reading this post. XO

  • Trudy Johanna

    These are such lovely photos! Such pretty puppies! x
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  • Pili G

    I love our photos so much. Love this ones with the weather like that. Truly amazing job Rosie!



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  • ninegrandstudent

    Nope, my dog refuses to go out in the rain! He used to go regardless, but now has to be carried outside… x

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  • Eline Punt

    Aww they are so cute Rosie! It’s definitely not an urban myth. Our Golden Retriever wouldn’t venture out unless she absolutely had too. Xx

  • Charlotte Swift

    Loving your photos so much, wish my photography skills become as good as yours! Looks like a great walk.

  • Sophie

    Beautiful photos Rosie! That egg roll sounds delicious, perfect for a rainy day!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  • Ekaete

    Your photographs are always stunning…

    Ekaete x

  • Kayleigh

    I do hope the weather gets better in time for spring, It’s been raining a lot lately and it’s still pretty cold out. Elsie is so cute, I do love your posts featuring her and Teddy! :)

  • claire

    Haha, I used to have a Lab and he would go out in all weathers, just didn’t notice! But my sister now has a staffi, and he hates the rain! If she manages to get him out in it he drags her back to the house lol!

  • Abby | Lace & Lilacs

    These photos are lovely! <3

  • Peta

    Such incredible photos :) It’s so lovely when fur babies try things for the first time and love it!!

  • Carlota Pardo

    Best plan ever, dogs make everything better. And yes, my boyfriend’s frenchie doesn’t like rain, he refuses to leave the house when it rains! xx

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