The Gang Reunion.

There was much excitement in the fields around Bridge of Weir today as four of the long-standing ‘Lunchtime Gang,’ met up again after many months apart. Sadly, two of the original members, Marley and Jazz, are no longer with us, but Dougal and Cali carried on where they left off and chased around the hill, until old age reigned them in and they decided the offer of a biscuit was a better option.

(Left to right) Misty, Dougal, Bramble, Cali.

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“We were going to put it back, honest …”



Shadow and Ghost decided to have their own foam party today, while their owners were at work.

Or perhaps they’re hinting for a ‘ball pool’ as their first birthday present, next month?

Whatever – they look pretty pleased with their handiwork.


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Meet Jura and Clivey.


It was a big day for Jura, an eight month old collie – the day of her first walk with the Leading Petcare pack. Unfortunately, Roxy, the golden retriever was unwell, so she only had Cali, the black lab for company. But that didn’t appear to diminish the excitement factor in any way.

The weather was pretty miserable too – but since when did a collie let that get in the way of a good time?

Later in afternoon, we welcomed Clivey, a twenty-nine year old timneh parrot who has come on holiday for a few days.

(I better watch what I shout while watching football on the tv this week!)

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“Are you kidding …?”

It wasn’t just me who was not too keen to walk in the howling wind an driving rain. 🙂

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Night Night, Ozzy.

Ozzy - November 2016It was so sad to hear today that my wee pal, Ozzy, had passed away suddenly earlier in the day.

Ozzy (and his ‘brother’ Sam, and later his ‘sister’ Gem) had been walking with me almost since I started Leading Petcare over twelve tears ago. In fact, his first walk was back in January 2008, so twice a week, every week since then, we’ve been scrambling around Gleniffer Braes in Paisley, dodging the cattle and deer.

I make that roughly 1,196 walks! Or five hundred and ninety-eight hours together!

Ozzy was a happy, bouncy dog. He loved chasing balls – he just wasn’t very good at bringing them back! He’d run off into the woods and stash them!



Both wee Gem and Sam had passed away over the past few years, so it’s an end of an era for Leading Petcare, and of course, for his devoted owner.

I’m gonna miss his wee smiley face.

‘Night, pal.

OZZY, SAM & GEM - Sept 2015OZZY & GEM - October 2015

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1976: I join Bank of Scotland.
2001: Bank ‘merges’ (!) with Halifax BS (No – it’s true!)
2004: Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) makes me redundant.

2007; I start my Leading Petcare Business.

2009: HBOS falls on its arse and is taken over by Lloyds Banking Group.

1) I have not recorded any losses;
2) I have not made anyone redundant;
3) I have not had to pay away any compensation;
4) I have not received any bad press;
5) I have not been involved in any dodgy selling scams;
6) I’m still in business in my own right.


(Happy Business Day to me … 12 years today!)



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Jump on board, Ghost & Shadow.








Eighteen week old Husky pups, Ghost and Shadow, took their first walk with Leading Petcare today. It was an exciting time for the two, who had to investigate every fallen twig and every new scent. Of most interest was the cattle feeding trough and the mudbath that surrounded it – but they were persuaded it was probably a good idea not to get too close.

Was it something I said …?

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Introducing …

Dog walking in the cold, wind and rain of November can be … uncomfortable, I guess.  But this job does have it’s perks to compensate – like spending time with an eight week old puppy.

It will be a few weeks yet before she gets to meet the rest of the pack, but today was her first puppy visit and her excitement was only surpassed by her cuteness!

Everyone – let me introduce you to Luna.

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First walk, new friend.

Roxy, a nine month old retriever took her first walk with Leading Petcare today – and look who she met along the road.

Welcome to the pack, Roxy.





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See you around, Dougs!

I reckon that since I started visiting Dougal as an eight-week-old puppy back in September 2010, we have been on around nine hundred and sixty walks together.

During that time, he’s got up to all sorts of mischief with his many pals, including Marley, Jazz, Molly & Murphy, Harry, Buddy & Jet, Cali, Misty & Bramble and Big Louis and Li’l Louis.

I think these photos from his final walk earlier today, illustrate just why wee ‘Cheeky Chops’ will be missed.

See you around, Dougs!








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