Well Hello,


… and a very warm welcome to my dog blog. I’m so pleased that you’ve found me, Ben, a young Border Collie. 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 will record my big walking adventure – climbing the 282  Scottish Mountains over 3,000 feet. Me, an agile young dog 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. My primary purpose is to attract people who would like to follow me and see if I achieve my goal.  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?

Ben’s Map of all the Munros done, in blue, and all those to go, in red

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 too. You just need to click a mouse (ouch!), on the options below, or on the tabs below my lovely photo at the top, to access them:

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

23 thoughts on “Well Hello,

  1. Ben, please be careful, if you are ever in need of a rest or peaceful holiday there is respite in Devon.
    Where the landscape is rolling hills and moors. I bet you love the sea. We have lots of sea.
    Good luck. We will naturally sponsor you and promise to be generous.
    Try not to run too far ahead of your mistress as she will need to pause to rest those creaking bones.
    I think you are a wonderful dog and will make Bea very proud. x

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  2. Howdy! Someone in my Myspace group shared this
    site with us so I came to take a look. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m bookmarking and will
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  3. Dear Bill,

    It’s so exciting that you are reading my blog. I makes all the hard work worthwhile. What with having to sychronise four paws and all that spelling. I haven’t really got my head around proper grammer yet but maybe that will come in time.
    Thank you again
    Love Ben


  4. Thank you for leaving me a comment. I’m really pleased you like my blog.
    Sorry it has taken me so long to reply but your comment went into my spam box and I have just noticed it.

    I have no idea how to get on Yahoo News and amazed to know I was, just being a dog. What larks.

    Good luck with your blogging.

    Love Ben.


  5. On 21st May 2017, Julia Bradbury’s sister, Gina, replied my e mail saying,

    Dear Ben

    Thank you very much for putting paw to keypad – clearly a canine of many talents. Your message has come through to me Julia’s Exec Assistant and sister (or asSISTERant as I call myself).

    Can I suggest that you take a look at our website http://www.theoutdoorguide.co.uk where you could feature your blog in our blog section and we could help you and your aging mistress build some more followers. (That wasn’t kind of you to say that about her by the way – so no treats for you later!)

    Also if you look in the who we are dropdown you will find a furry friend.

    Let me know what you think.



    Gina Bradbury Fox
    Managing Director


    Wasn’t that brilliant. Thereby started my association with the Outdoor Guide, a brilliant place with tons of walks, even for canine partner people, and so much more – where to find soft furnishings, where to get my dog beer, everything you need to know about the great outdoors, all in one place :).


  6. On 23rd May 2017, Roy Hattersley gave my best writing skills a boost saying,

    “The canine contribution to literature is much underrated. I hope that Ben’s work will help to remedy the injustice.”

    Roy Hattersley


  7. On 26th May 2017, A big pet celebrity person (who I can’t name because his work could be regarded as a conflict of interests) wrote to my person,

    Dear Ms Bernadette

    I think what you are doing is highly commendable.

    Best of luck with your admirable fund-raising blog. Ben is a delight.

    Kindest regards



  8. On 6th July 2017, The editor at Elton John.com wrote,

    Dear Ben and Bernadette,

    Thank you for your email.

    We appreciate your clever and touching note, and wish you luck with your wonderful cause.

    Thank you for your interest…and best of luck



  9. Hello Jane,
    Thank you for holding out the paw of friendship. Funnily enough I agree with Finbar. I’d much rather be sitting in front of the fire, or chasing a ball in the park, but destiny has me flogging up 282 mountails and trying to haul my person up too. Thank you for checking out my blog, we love yours


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