Friday, 13 February 2015

The Grove Exmouth

The Esplanade

We visited The Grove on the 12th of February at lunch time whilst in Exmouth for a playdate with friends (my sisfur Tilly and Ontie Claire to be precise!). It was very quiet when we got there, we were the only ones there and we took up residence at a table that was next to the log fire (although it wasn't lit at the time!) and it had a lovely rug in front of it that looked perfect for 2 houndies to snooze on.
The part of the pub we sat in with the rug infront the fire

We all settled down to look at the menu's and ordered drinks. The hoomans took ages looking at the menu and picking what they wanted to have for lunch; in the end they decided on the mushroom and Camembert burger (for my vegetarian girl) , the cod cheek scampi (for my hooman boy) and the stuffed pumpkin (for Ontie Claire). Myself and Tilly had bought our own snacks so we settled down to munch those and then took a short nap.

When the food came out; which it did pretty quickly, it was all HUGE portions! The mushroom burger was a portabello mushroom, a inch thick piece of Camembert cheese , caramalised onions and spinach in a bun and it was served with chips (in a cute little bucket!) , the stuffed pumpkin was again huge, it was stuffed with risotto and vegetables and haloumi cheese and it came served with potato's and salad and the cod cheek scampi was a good sized portion and was served with chips. All the food was amazing, very good quality, amazing sized portions, hot and well cooked and a decent price (most meals were between 9 GBP  and 12 GBP but for the portion sizes that's a good value meal!)

There are dog bowls throughout (Although these were all empty at the time of our visit I imagine they will be well filled in summer months!) and dog biscuits on the bar (We didn't try these as we had brought our own snacks as I previously mentioned!) The signs outside indicate in several places that The Grove is dog friendly throughout (They are also hooman pup friendly if you have one of those!) The Grove no doubt gets extremely busy in summer months (You can book a table on their website or by telephoning them!), it has an outside seating area, is directly opposite Exmouth beach (although the entrance to the beach is a few mins walk up the road!) and a short walk from the main area of Exmouth with its shops, cafes and attractions.

We had a very nice visit and would highly recommend you pop in for a drink or some lunch. We will definitely be returning in the future!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Looking back on 2014 ...

... Like any year 2014 has had its up and downs, its pawsome days and its sad days, its been filled with fun and zooming and snoozing and nomming and lots of luffs. So here we shall look back at some of the things we got up to in 2014.

 Well the start of the year was a wet and windy one here in Devon and as most of you would of heard our railway line fell down and was washed in to the sea. Unfortunately my hooman girl duz live in one of the flats that stand on the road that was washed away and so she came home to stay with me for a couple of weeks and then she went and stayed in a caravan in a local holiday park until she was allowed to move back in to the flat once the important hoomans were more convinced it wasn't going to fall down and she got some electricity back. Alot of our friends were very helpy and sended money and clothes and things so that hooman girl and her neighbours could have some clean clothes and food and things and dat wuz soopa nice and makes us happy, These are some foto's from when the road fell down in February!

I got to attend a few southwest sighthound walkies with friends and got to watch some playful lurchers zoom and wrestle; I even tried to join in occasionally. I made new friends and got to spend time with some old friends and checked out a new dog friendly cafe/pub.

Me and my friends the Vincent Hounds went to a doggy show ; well we went to a few actually but at this one in particular we had a really nice time. Me and Georgie entered two classes for similar doggies and got placed in both, I won a rosette for veteran and Shadie got placed 2nd in his class too.

 Sadly a few days after this show Shadie made his journey to Rainbow Bridge after being poorly for a long time. here's the tribute video we made for him.<3

I had a very wet walkies with my pointy nosed friends in Goodrington - it was soopa soopa fun with lots of bitey face and zoomies.

We went up to Newmarket for the RGT Greyhound extravaganza and had a really soopa day, we saw friends, entered the show, did some shopping and tried some foods from the stalls. It was a reeeeeally long way to travel for the day but it was worth it to say I've been to the extravaganza and to see so many luffly friends. My friends Orla and Dixie are real life littlemates and they entered best pair and came 1st so they got to go in BIS and .... they won!!!! :) 

I had a little birthday party with some friends; we went to a dog friendly pub and the hoomans had dinner and we had cake and my friends brought me presents and we shared treats and fusses. 

I had to go visit my dogtors quite a few times this year as I am now 13 years old and I have a growing list of medical issues. I was feeling very old, slow and in pain by the autumn this year, I couldn't walk far and when I did walk I did it really slowly. I couldn't zoom or bounce any more even when I really wanted to play. We went to talk to the dogtor and see if we could get some medicines to make me less owey. Whilst I was at the dogtors we talked about some other issues, my breathing, my eyes and some wee wee issues. So below is what I have everyday now to help me feel less old. I take 2g of Seraquin to help keep my joints healthy, 40mg of Onsior (Robenacoxib) its an NSAID , it stops my legs and hips and wrists hurting so much so I can run and play. 1 scoop of  "hold-it" to help stop me doing wee-wee's in my sleep and I have 1-2 drops of artificial tears 2-3 times a day to help my dry eyes. The dogtor thinks I have Larangyl Paralysis which we have thought for a long time any way but we have decided not to formally diagnose or treat it as it would involve anaesthetic and surgery and pain and at the moment it isn't causing me much trouble, I still cough and wheeze and I do sometimes choke and need help to not choke so I need be watched when I have food or treats but *paws crossed* I'm doing OK.  I had blood tests taken from my arm and they listened to my heart and lungs and poked and prodded at my tummy and  took my temperature so I had a full MOT and they all came back clear so I dont have any underlying illnesses like cancer or kidney disease but I need to have 6 monthly blood tests now to keep an eye on my kidneys and liver because of my medicines can affect that. So I need collect my pawket money up so I can afford to pay for my tablets and tests. 

After my visits to the dogtors and starting my new medicine I took  my legs for a test run. 

As you can see the medicine is helping me get my bouncing legs back on (This was 4 days after starting my medicine.) I also did a spot of squirrel spotting / stalking at Stover. 

I have managed to squeeze in a few dog show classes this year too and managed to add to my rosette collection. 

We visited some new dog friendly pubs and cafe's - our new favourite is The Ship in Weymouth. 

We went on a 2 week tour of UK, 1st we went to woofstockuk, then to Southampton, Then to Nottingham for GGG and then we went to Weymouth. It was soopa fun but soopa hexorsting. We camped with other pointy noses in Nottingham and I won a rosette at GGG. Woofstock was my 1st festival/concert and I enjoyed listening to some moosic wiff mine hoomans. 

I even did a spot of swimming ... 

I took part in Dogs Unite - a sponsored walk for guide dogs and we walked 5 miles. Thank Dog fur mine new medicine. We raised 140 pounds ;)

Unfortunately some of my good friends have had to go to rainbow bridge this year and I miss them lots but I also have met new friends; although they dont replace my friends now at the bridge they are becoming greyt friends themselves. 

There's been so many memories to talk about I cant cover them all but I look forward to many more soopa memories to complete 2014 and in to 2015 too. 

Here's me with my friends and are hoomans recently at a pre-Christmas walkies and lunch in Stroud, Here you can see some of my newest friends. Bella the lurcher in the orange bandanna on the left of the picture and Teddie the black greyhound just behind her and the over on the right next to me is Lucy the moo greyhound who is Elfie's new sisfur.