This week’s guest blog comes from our Explorer Amy and her lovable pooch Piper. Pipes has been attempting to pack her suitcase for the Waggiest Weekend but got completely confused on what to take other than her toys. So this week Amy is writing the blog and giving her a paw.
What to Pack for the Waggiest Weekend?
Hiya, I’m Amy!
You may have noticed, that previous blogs I have let Piper compose and whilst I love my little ball of fluff dearly- she does lack in the packing department, therefore she has very kindly given me permission to write this on her (our) behalf… All it took was an hour of constant belly rubs, agreeing to play her idea of ‘fetch’ for a week and a couple of treats!
In our house we like to think of ourselves as seasoned campers (Ramsey excluded as he is yet to experience his first full summer), but last weekend when we had the pleasure of staying at Top of the Woods it became very clear that we rely on more experienced campers who join our adventures to pick up the slack for us!
In light of this realisation we will remove the title of ‘seasoned campers’ from our family resume and instead we have compiled a list of camping/Waggiest Weekend must haves!
Don’t forget the basics like clothes, but more importantly bring your walking boots or suitable footwear! Some of the hikes can get a tad muddy, and as we all know the British weather is known to be a tad bipolar.
Bring some snacks, whilst breakfast and dinner can be purchased on site you will also need to remember some goodies for lunch and those in-between moments! There are some kitchenette facilities on site. (Alcohol is also on my list, you will be able to purchase some local ales etc. during your stay but it’s a holiday- so bring the beer*)
*Your preferred beverage, beer is not mandatory but I will greatly accept any going spare
A portable charger, as much as we all love to think we can handle a weekend without contact to the outside world it is a lot easier said than done. The Dutch Barn has some outlets, but I would recommend a portable charger to ensure you are never caught short!
Towels- bed linen is provided for those in the glamping tents/pods, but don’t forget some towels. They always come in handy, especially for muddy pups!
While we are all crossing our fingers and paws for sunshine and a pleasant heatwave, this cannot be guaranteed and no one wants to be cold, wet and (let’s face it) grumpy during your holiday!
Bowls, food, treats and maybe some bottles to fill with water for the hikes. Poo bags, because no-one likes to be caught short!
Dog blankets and towels to clean off any muddy paws and make sure your prince or princess is warm during the evening.
A lot of us need our favourite pillow to get a good night sleep, your fur baby also loves their home comforts and familiarity to be able to settle and rest. Also, dog’s aren’t allowed to sleep on the glamping bedding at Top of the Woods so be sure to bring their bed with you.
If (like Piper) you have a loveable diva on your hands, don’t forget their cool mat because if we are hit with a heat wave they will find it harder than us to cool down!
Leads- whilst most of this weekend and activities will allow your precious pup to roam free, we also need all owners to remember that some of the other doggy guests might be a little more nervous and need some space. We ask that everyone be mindful and respectful of this and ensure they have leads to hand for areas this is required. The site also has some livestock, so in the main area dogs will need to be under control so they don’t chase any chickens!
Outfits/accessories: might sound a bit random, but don’t forget we have a professional photographer on site all weekend to capture the special moments and there is also the fun dog show prior to check out on the Sunday! Your pup will want to look their best to claim the title of Dog of the Weekend!
See You Soon!
We are so excited to host this weekend and enjoy all the events we have planned throughout! The site is also located close to beaches and towns, for those that might want to skip the longer hikes and explore this beautiful part of Wales.
Side note: I am very proud that I managed to type this one handed, whilst giving Princess Piper her required belly rubs, but I must dash as Ramsey needs some cuddles too! We can’t wait to meet you all