A Motley Crew Send-Off

This morning we met Fred for breakfast at The Buttery …

We soon hurried over to Hampstead Heath to meet some friends for walkies. I didn’t know who to expect when suddenly this HUGE beast turned up and scared the daylights out of me.

I barked and howled but Mum was stroking him and saying how lovely he was. WHAT???!!! He’s a friend?


And then there’s Wilbur, a staffie. Another breed I am unsure of as I don’t socialise with them a whole lot.

And then there was Tess – a Patterdale Terrier.

She is “work in progress” as she was rescued from the Travellers. She is being “re-programmed” …

And then came Caroline – who was totally surprised to see us there. She’s leaving the UK in two days to go home to Australia.

Freddie doing his posing to get her attention.

We had all gathered togo for a walk on the Heath – soon we went.

Happy Wilbur!

Hey! Wait for me!

Hi Nelson! You’re very big! I can walk right under you.

But I think it’s a good idea to walk alongside you.

Hey, Nelson, you’re not so scary after all. You’re a big gentle giant!

So it’s nice to meet new friends, in this case breed of dogs. Getting to know them helps me to get over my preconceived notion of them.

So after walking next to Nelson, I learnt he’s just a big fluffy kind soul.

With that sorted, I went checking out the Heath that I am not very familiar with.

Rather pretty …

Oh look! Baby swans …

Fred, come look.

TEN baby swans going for a swim!

Oh, hello! You’re Koda, an Instagram friend.

Meeting poochie friends in London parks is quite normal.

And the Motley crew got to the end of our walk on the Heath – and that’s all it took focus the realise we’re a pack.

Tess left us to go home. She is quite a nervous dog but they are working on her being social as she was used by the Travellers to hunt small animals.

We went to a pub for a sit-down. And look at me. No longer afraid of Nelson.

Quiz – when you put a LeonBERGER between two fluffy buns – what do you get?

As for Wilbur, see what a softie he is.

Giving kisses to his mum – he’s a mummy’s boy, apparently.

And there were kisses all around.

Chunky wanted to come over to say hello.

Nelson and Chunky giving kisses.

But I has other ideas.


Mum gave me some – I didn’t steal any.

May’s comment: It was a lovely gathering of pooches and hoomans for a Saturday morning walk- and to say goodbye to our friend Caroline, founder and owner of Growlmama and Growlees is leaving the UK to return to Australia for family reasons.

We’ll miss her but thank goodness for the internet and social media, we will keep in touch.

Breakfast at The Buttery Cafe in the Burgh House and Hampstead Museum …

Blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

We also found out that Les Filles, formerly LLS is also dog-friendly. But there was a Saturday morning rush – and we didn’t have time to wait 15 minutes for a table. But will definitely return – looked nice and cosy.

The Buttery Cafe at Burgh House and Hampstead Museum is an informal eatery with a garden terrace, brunch service and British/European menu. New End Square, London NW3 1LT

Les Filles – serves healthy homemade wholesome ethically produced chemical free food. 95- 97 Heath St, London NW3 6SS

1 Comment

  1. Thank you so much for coming out and for this lovely write-up that will be a keepsake of that special day. Much love to you x

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