Café Country & Portrush Trip

During our time off earlier in the month we decided to pay a return visit to Pet & Country Dog Friendly Café and Pet Shop. It is a fairly long but lovely drive to the café with some beautiful scenery. I can never seem to capture the true beauty of it from the car, maybe next time we will stop to take some proper photos!

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Lush rolling hills

We had a look around the shop and then ordered a hot chocolate and a tray bake each. We had the hot chocolates the first time we came here and they were as delicious as we remembered! Bonnie settled well and the staff member who served us was lovely. We asked her to please ignore Bonnie as she can get overexcited and she listened to our request and didn’t try to make kissy noises, distract her from settling down or try to convince us it’s fine (whereas a lot of people try to interfere even after asking them not to).

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Learning to settle
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Yummy treats!

Afterwards since we were already quite far from home we decided to drive a little further out to go to the seaside town of Portrush. We had a dander through town and went over to the pet shop Pets at the Port to have a little nosy. They had a pretty good selection but we just bought a Frozzy treat for Bonnie as it was quite warm out.

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Down by the sea
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Happy to be surrounded by food! Pets at the Port
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Taking in the scenery
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Enjoying her Frozzy!
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She got a bit too into it!

After Bonnie finished her treat we decided to walk further through town to the park that we had our re-enactment event at over the summer. I can’t even begin to describe how impressed and proud I was with Bonnie. She was able to walk past probably 100 people in close proximity. She walked past kids, adults, slow elderly people, people sitting outside a café and eating. And even more impressive was she did it mostly on a loose lead! This would’ve been unthinkable even a few months ago!

Bonnie being a total star

After all her good behaviour and great impulse control she was able to have a break and have a bit of fun off lead in the park. We mostly played around but did some recall training and I also did some work with “premacking” chasing birds. This meant that I asked for her to perform a cue then I would give her “permission” to go chase the pigeons nearby – the hope over time is that she will look to me for a decision when she sees a bird rather than immediately go to chase it. The great thing was after giving her access to one of her favourite things was that she actually kept coming back to re-engage with me as I was having fun with her rather than constantly restricting her.

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You seriously gotta zoom in on this photo – her face is hilarious!
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Chilling out and taking it all in
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Recall in action
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Panoramic shot of the park

After our fun at the park we travelled back through town to the fish shop. We bought a fish supper to share between us and went to sit down by the beach to eat it and enjoy the fresh sea breeze. I don’t think eating battered fish and chips get much better!

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A very patient doggy waiting outside the fish shop
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Family photo before we tuck into our food – just a bit windswept here!
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Digging in the sand

After I had my fill of the fish supper I thought I would leave my partner to enjoy the rest while I went down onto the beach with Bonnie. As she was behaving so well on an off lead I thought I would let her drag her leash and have a relaxing stroll along the beach with her. Unfortunately Bonnie had other ideas!
As soon as the leash hit the sand she spied a seagull and immediately took off! I hopelessly run after her shouting her name “Bonnie! Bonnie come here!” She takes absolutely no heed completely absorbed in her mission, the seagull flies off and Bonnie stops for a second. “Bonnie over here!” She spots the sea and it’s waves lapping onto the beach and sets off at full speed again. I’m still shouting and running after her – god can she run fast – terrified that she will start swimming out to sea as she loves water and swimming whereas I am the weakest swimmer you can come across!
She finally slows down tracking along the water’s edge and I get close enough to grab for her lead – got it! Then I realise the elderly man nearby was laughing his head off at the whole thing. And I look back to see my partner just calmly eating the fish supper (he said it was like having popcorn at the movies xD cheeky sod). Needless to say she stayed on lead for the rest of the time!
After all that adventure it was a long journey home and a very tired pup and 2 humans!


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10 thoughts on “Café Country & Portrush Trip

    1. Haha no it’s fine to have a laugh, once I got her safe I had a good chuckle too 🙂 Hehe yea I think she was just reinforcing that no matter how much you train there will always be something to work on and even then at the end of the day they never will be “perfect” they all have their own quirks and personality 😀

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  1. This is such a perfect outing and Bonnie is behaving so well! 🙂
    Don’t worry about that last bit of madness, she’s a dog with lots of energy after all, and wouldn’t be Bonnie if she didn’t have the odd mad moment. 🙂
    After 9 years with my own dog LM I realise there are times she will just run off after something, and depending on where I am, I either hide, or whistle then run the opposite way from her and she will always come running after me. 🙂

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    1. She really was perfectly behaved until the beach haha yea I definitely don’t hold it against her, maybe she thought that was the reward for all her hard work that day 😀
      Those are great ideas, and I usually use them too but I totally forgot in the panic!

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      1. I still makes lots of mistakes with LM, but at least we still try and are heading in the right direction! 🙂
        I so admire your patience with Bonnie, and it is all worth it, to see her relaxing and becoming all she can be! 🙂

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  2. Only because you caught her, and a stranger was laughing, and your partner felt like it was popcorn with a movie, I laughed, too. I can see myself in the same situation – scared and mad at the same time.
    All in all the day sounds wonderful! I think it’s so cute that you wore a skirt! Fancy!
    Bonnie is adorable. And such a good girl! This is one of my favorite posts – thank you for writing.

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    1. It really is funny to think back on, can’t help but laugh at it since nothing came of it except me looking and sounding an idiot haha.
      It really was a great day out for all of us. Thanks I never normally wear a skirt so was a bit strange but a nice change.
      She is a little cutie and yes I was so pleased with her behaviour – seriously a far cry from when we got her. Thank you that’s so nice of you to say 🙂

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