Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

All Weather Dogs


People tell me Springer Spaniels are ‘all weather dogs’ ready for the off what ever the conditions. But when I opened the door this morning to let Spud out for a pee, he took one look at the raging storm and sat his bum down firmly on the door mat and shot me a ‘I’m not going out in that!’ sort of look.

It was lashing with rain and blowing a gale and not weather to turn a dog out in; but on the wind I could hear a mans voice, shouting; I couldn’t pick out the words. I called Tom in for a second opinion, yes, he could hear it too, we decided none of their neighbours would be out for leisure or pleasure in such weather conditions, so who was it? Well it could have been a fellrunner or a walker, after all  Mr Uhdd was out, competing in a race (it’s what we expect of him what ever the weather). We decide to investigate, what if someone was lying in a crumpled heap at the foot of the stile and we’d simply shut the door on them? Tom pulled his dressing gown tight and announced he would get the binoculars and look from the bedroom window, whilst I donned my little red Welly boots and full waterproofs and set off down the field.

From the bottom of our field I could see what the problem was, a couple of fields away a neighbouring farmer was trying to get his Border Collie to round up the sheep, it was far more interested in staying in the back of the Landrover out of the rain and wind than it was rounding up sheep, very sensible dogs, very sensible, I trudged back up the field. A little while later it wasn’t just my dripping coat that made a puddle on the kitchen floor.

Smoke bush-2

The storm knocked off the remaining leaves from the trees, it’s just the smoke bush in the garden that is hanging on to it’s glorious colour.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

15 thoughts on “All Weather Dogs

  1. Oh, my, what a good story! And the splash of red leaves from the smoke bush is the perfect accompaniment to the reappearance of the Red Wellies! We’re in for it now, as the winds are wheeling around to position themselves for maximum inconvenience to human affairs. Nice to know we’re not alone on this lump of rock, eh?

  2. Dogs aren’t daft are they?! The mental image of the sheep dog staying in the landrover made me chuckle. 🙂

    Beautiful smoke bush.

  3. Well, in my mission to get everybody cold and muddy and appreciating home, I dragged both man and boy out in it on Sunday. I decided they weren’t really dressed for the hills so let them off with a park instead. But it was a start! There was no staying in the car or porch. Also, I bought the boy his first pair of walking boots … because on Friday he was walking up hills in the Lake District! Yes, his knees are getting better and the physio is paying off. In fact, he shot off and up and left me standing at the bottom gob-smacked! Now to ebay to buy some wet weather gear.

    • Try Aldi for cheap wet weather gear.

      The rules said I had to have taped-seam overtrousers for the mountain marathon (The OMM) I did a week ago, and seeing how little use they get, I wasn’t prepared to spend big money (£100) on some OMM branded ones. At the suggestion of someone on the OMM Forum I called in at Aldi and bought some for £10. A bargain, and they’re now passed on to Tom.

      • Ha! Yes! I bought a fantastic weatherproof jacket at Aldi just two weeks ago! It’s got everything, except a Berghaus label on the front. I wish I’d bought three now. I looooove that shop!

  4. I’ve known cats like that as well! Your second last sentence make me smile. Superb photo! xx

  5. The color of those leaves is gorgeous!

  6. All weather and very intelligent dogs 🙂

  7. And don’t the cold just make (wo)man and beasties want to wee wee more? I wonder if the collie had a wee accident in the back of the motor. My collie is so far an all weather girl, but then Patty has such a sense of humour that may only be so she can take the wee wee out of me in my ginormous Australian outback coat that I got cheap by buying off USA ebay – there’s a tip for you all, it works out far cheaper because the USA doesn’t have to pay so much import tax as we do, or something like that.

  8. Our Border Terrier, Harvey, is the same. He doesn’t mind going out in the wind. He doesn’t mind a spot of rain. But he absolutely will not go out when it’s blowing a gale, with rain bucketing down, and with a definite chill to the air.

    When I tried to let him out on Sunday morning—he sleeps in our boot room—he peek around the corner of the door, sat down, and growled very, very loudly. Not an angry noise, mind, just a “you’d better not try to put me out there” growl of disgust and displeasure.

    When I did get him out later, he went about two feet away from the house, cocked his leg, peed as fast as he could, and then bolted back inside where he dived back onto his bed. He sulked for a good hour afterwards.

  9. That’s a smart dog, that is. I wouldn’t have gone out in it, either. As for the collie, they’re famed for their brains (although my friend had one who was so thick he regularly got his head stuck in the cat flap – obviously the exception who proved the rule!).

  10. My Hungarian Wiredhaired Vizsla is very reluctant to nip out into the garden for a pee if it’s raining; but if it’s walk time, the perfect storm could be raging and he would be raring to go.

    Funny animals dogs.

  11. Beautiful photo! Aren’t those the most lovely bushes? Great to hear your story. I know that look oh too well. Our dogs often will hesitate until they really need to go potty to go out in that kind of weather.

  12. What a great post, this really made me laugh, I can just see both Spud and the border collie!

  13. That is funny
    very funny
    Spud seems such a character. Im glad you have found such a great dog

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