Well Hello,

 

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… and a very warm welcome to my dog blog. I’m so pleased that you’ve found me. I do hope you will enjoy reading about the trials and tribulations of my great adventure. I would love it if you joined in the saga by dropping me a line in the comments box. As you will see I’m going to need all the support I can get.

this my v. v. v big tail!

I started my blog in 2015 as a  young orphan puppy, from West Cumbria in the United Kingdom. It records how –  by walking over 1,000 miles and climbing the 282 Scottish mountains over 3.000 feet (The Munros) – I aim to raise £32,000 for two v. v. v good causes. I have promised not to use any of the dosh for even a tiny morsel of a treat, how hard is that?   Me, an agile young collie and my person – a creaky aging thing (called B) – aim to complete the task by the time I am 10 and she is 70. We are to spend many hours in some of the most wonderful and  remote parts of the UK: walking, camping, eating, drinking, writing and growing ever closer and closer.

Scary map of Munros completed 47, and those still to do 235!

This is our story from a canine perspective for a change.

The human story is very slow, but you can try to access it here and join the group: 

Facebook – Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

The money we raise will be spilt between a charity for search and rescue dogs, and Canine Partners, which trains assistance dogs to  support disabled people. These dogs are sooooooo clever. This is Bumble and Sandra’s story. I am in love with Bumble.

SANDRA BELL AND BUMBLE – Partnership study

There are film clips of the clever canines at work below.  If after watching them you think what amazing creatures we dogs really are, and you wanted to support their work, you could always drop me a penny or two for my fundraising, just here :

Munro challenge doggy bag fund – just giving

Please join in the chat, by adding your thoughts below and become part of the adventure. It will give me encouragement and I’m going to need it, by the bucket full

By the bye, all my blog posts are here, on my home page, but I have other more specific pages. You just need to click a mouse (ouch!), on the tabs below my lovely photo at the top, to access them:

  • Ben Speak – Understand the dogisms, and the odd philosophical musing in my blog.
  • Ben’s Annual Reviews – A summary of my little world, one post per year.
  • Ben’s Reads – My gift of reading just for you, in my recommended reads.
  • Ben, The Dog Poet – check out my back log of verse and doggerel.
  • Constitution/Donate/Contact  Check out my credentials, donate, or contact me.
  • Munro Posts – All my Munro posts, copied and arranged in chronological order from the start to finish, in one place.

You tube – Canine Partners at work

You tube – Search and Rescue dog doing their thing.

That was hard work, Need sleep.

Ben Asleep
And so to bed

Love Ben xx untitled 1

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Hello,

how lovely of you to visit me, thank you. This is my latest post in response to Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge The two prompt words this week, to be integrated synonymously, are dignity and success.

Me and my person did a long walk yesterday, up a v. v. v big mountain, called Great Gable, in the English Lake District. Right at the top, fixed to the summit, is a war memorial my person had come to see. This is the story.

On 6th June 1924 a group of people, who had survived the first world war, took this memorial to the top of this classic hill to remember their friends, who had not returned from the battlefields. They were part of a club that used to meet in Wasdale to go rock climbing, in what was then a remote mountain valley. They were the pioneers of this relatively new sport. The date they choose was the exact same day that George Mallory and Sandy Irving disappeared into the waves of rolling cloud with just two more obstacles to go before claiming victory – Mallory’s third attempt – at the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. They never returned and whether they made it or not is the greatest mystery in the history of mountaineering.

You can read lots more about it in a brilliant book called ‘Into the Silence’ by Wade Davis. He puts the quest to conquer the highest mountains in the world in the context of a generation of men made fearless through the barbarous conditions of trench warfare and the horrific sights they had been through, or known their friends had experienced.

My person wrote this poem about it:

memorial g. g.

Memorial placed

On high hill to honour men

Whose death won freedom

Unveiling the war memorial

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As for me, I got up to the summit, then bowed my head in memory of more than 400,000 horses, belonging to the cavalry units, that were killed.

Love Ben xx 0

Share My world Week beginning 7th May

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Dear ‘Share Your World Friends’,

How lovely of you to visit me, thank you. This is a snap shot of my world in response to the weekly questions posed in Cee’s Share Your World  post.

You can read all about my v. v. v big adventure by visiting my home page  and also, my Munro blogs. All my poems are here dog-poets page

If you were given $22 million tax free dollars (any currency), what is the first thing you would do? (This is just a dream question, remember anything can happen in SYW.)

I think I would be overwhelmed with all that money so I would give it to my person. She would be very methodical: some for family and friends; some for her favourite charities (lots of them are animal charities 🙂 ); she would hand in her notice at work; buy a lovely old cottage in the Lake District and go for the holiday of a lifetime. My one stipulation is that we would stay in five star hotels while on our challenge, and never have to sleep in the back of that old van again.

In what do you find the simplest of joys?

Chasing leaves in the wind.

What would be your ideal birthday present, and why?

An endless supply of tennis balls, because nothing makes me happier than chasing ball.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

My people making sure our old girl is properly groomed and washed every day. At 15 years old she is getting on a bit for a dog and, to my hyper sensitive nose, she can whiff a bit too. LOL

Just off to see what you have been up to.

Love Ben xx 0

 

Dog-poet tries again

Hello,

how lovely of you to visit me, thank you. This is the latest offering of the dog-poet in response to Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge The two prompt words this week, to be integrated synonymously, are belong and dream.

You can read all about my v. v. v big adventure by visiting my home page  and also, my Munro blogs. All my poems are here dog-poets page

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Orphan pup aspires

to being loved and sleeping

on soft furnishings.

By Ben, the dog-poet © 2018

Dog-poets latest #micropoetry #senryu

Hello,

how lovely of you to visit me, thank you. This is the latest offering of the dog-poet in response to Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge The two prompt words this week, to be integrated synonymously, are celebrate and sing.

You can read all about my v. v. v big adventure by visiting my home page  and also, my Munro blogs. All my poems are here dog-poets page

 

Meall a Choire Leith
Meall a Choire Leith

 

Wag, wag tail for each

hill climbed. Barking hosannas

punctuate  Munros

By Ben, the dog-poet © 2018

Ben’s world 30th April 2018

Dear ‘Share Your World Friends’,

My person has been v. v. v busy and my blogging gets put to the side at times like that. I hate it and I have now missed two weeks of Share Your World. However, I’m back now and I’m so happy that you have come to share my little world.

How lovely of you to visit me, thank you. This is a snap shot of my world in response to the weekly questions posed in Cee’s Share Your World  post.

You can read all about my v. v. v big adventure by visiting my home page  and also, my Munro blogs. All my poems are here dog-poets page

Do you use paper money? If so is your money organized sequentially according to denomination?

Nope I don’t use any paper money at all but that’s not surprising because I don’t use money of any sort. Now you have made me think about it I wonder how my dinner and all my yummy treats get on the table.

You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time?

Oh boy yes, it’s not so much meditative like Cee, more of very deep long zzzzzzzzzzzs

What is your greatest strength?

Unconditional love.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

A visit from Mr Mole on our forecourt. I seemed to be the only one amused by it though.

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I’m looking forward to reading about your world.

Love Ben 0

Dog-poet turns humourist

Hello,

how lovely of you to visit me, thank you. This is the latest offering of the dog-poet in response to Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge The two prompt words this week, to be integrated synonymously, are dance and command

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Ben sit, Ben stay Ben…

Whirligig libretto till

Music plays the Can-Can

By Ben, the dog-poet © 2018

 

All my poems are here  dog-poets page .You can read all about my v. v. v big adventure by visiting my home page and also, my Munro blogs.