Equipment that will make you a “Pro” Canicrosser or Bikejorer!

I have decided to write a post about equipment as there are a lot of posts on facebook where people are asking for what is the best!

I am not an expert but I have learnt a lot in last few months being involved in the sport. So here’s my experience and only my opinion (you don’t need to agree).

Canicross

Let’s start with canicross. As of yourself, you will need something comfy for running:

It is an easy choice for people as there are a lot of different running companies that sell the right gear, but when it comes to dogs gear that’s another story. When I started my adventures with canicross, I couldn’t find much or I found information that now I know they were misleading. A lot of companies are trying to say their equipment is right for running with dogs, but I have learnt that a lot of them are purely business and money orientated and know nothing about canicross, and not talking here about faster pace sports like bikejor or scooter.

Dogs equipment

I struggled to understand and find something that will be good for Roger. He has an unusual shape. So I made him run in his walking harness (what a stupid idea that was, note on that my own gear wasn’t good either). I have decided to buy my first equipment back in Poland. DC Grizzly belt for myself, manmat bungee line and Roger had his walking harness. We were very slow but we enjoyed the runs (as per photo above).

Eventually, I have learnt that it is very important to have the right equipment:

  • A dog can get injured, if harness is incorrect for pulling.
  • Dogs should be able to use their shoulders without any restrictions.
  • The harness shouldn’t be too high on their throats.
  • Bungee line has a different length for different sports.

So my first equipment was a wrong choice. My belt hurt my lower back. Now I use this belt for hiking and it is just perfect. My bungee lead was too long (bikejor line) and it was harder to work together as a team. Also, Roger harness made restrictions on his running style and choked him.

Right choice

I still struggled to find the right equipment. I thought I went in the right directions and ordered a customised harness for Roger. Well, once again wrong decision. I was close to giving up when I decided to go and ask for recommendations from folks who do the sport for years. They know the sport and they know what is right for the sport and why.

My old equipment ended up in a bag. Roger got his brand new harness from Dragratten. How surprised I was on our next run, his pull was stronger. I noticed that more often when he saw his harness he got super excited. Note from me: his harness was tight, it wasn’t loose, it worked really well with his running style.

I have changed my belt for the lightweight and it was sitting on my hips too. Amazing, no more pain in my lower back. Bungee line was a bit shorter and the whole experience of canicross has changed. We started to progress with our times and I could see it helped as to become stronger.

My younger dog got her pro harness straight away. She will probably grow up from it soon, but it is defo worth the money as she learns in the right equipment from the start. She was 10 months when she got her first proper sled dog harness. 

Why use a collar?

I decided to keep Roger as he pulls a lot during a walk in a harness, but it is a different one than his running. Laferra walks on the collar, which helps before races that I can keep her on the collar when she is trying to be mental. Also during training, it is handy with her to have the collar to cool her down or walk her to start point. When I am nearly starting running I clip her on harness so she knows she needs to pull.

Bikejor and scooter equipment

Ok with caniross you can make mistakes and learn from it, but when it comes to faster speed sports you better with the right equipment. So what do you need here:

  • MTB bike or scooter.
  • Helmet and gloves.
  • Bikejor/Scooter bungee lead (longer than canicross).
  • Dog harness.
  • Arm antenna to keep the lead away from wheels.

People ask why do you have arm antenna on your bike. Ok on the photo above you can see lead is a bit slack as Roger slowed down due to big stones and hill. Arm kept the line away from wheels so I didn’t have an accident. I tried bikejor and scootering without the arm and instead of having fun I was thinking about line and brakes all the time.

Once again a lot of money if you think, but again it changed the way we train and how much we enjoy all this. I use same arm antenna for my scooter.

Equipment is very important

I have learnt: it is all worth the money! The dogs love it more and you can really push your team at training and races.

There are a lot of companies who say they are great for canicross, but think twice. In last couple months, I have managed to stay injury free and my dogs got excited when they see harnesses.

Think twice about your dog health! Use the right equipment, ask experienced folks for advises! It changed my experience and I hope you will find the right path to the right equipment yourself!

I am not an expert but been to may races in UK, I watched and observed, I have learnt out of my own mistakes!.Be happy, enjoy your running with furry friends.

 

Good shop with equipment: https://www.k9trailtime.com/shop/

 

 

 

All the fun begins

Training dogs

This week we will focus on training the dogs. You would think it is easy, just go for a run and that’s all. But it isn’t that easy. I am still learning myself but I will share with you what I have learnt so far. When you think how to train your dog you should see it as how you train to improve your running. If you train for some certain distance, you built for it. You run intervals, you run longer distances, you work on pace and heart rate. It is exactly same for your dog.

The training plan is important but also please make sure your dogs are well hydrated for exercises even if it is just fetching the ball.

My dogs love fetching the ball, even Laferra discovered it is fun to catch the ball, as Roger is chasing her and then she gets a lot of strokes from me for bringing the ball. On that note be careful what ball you are using, as I have read a lot about tennis ball being swollen by dogs but also that it is bad for their teeth.

Balls recommendations and interval training

Personally, I would recommend you those three balls:

  • Ruff ‘N’ Tumble Five senses- it appeals to all five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and feel (it smells like beef, got tiny bell inside). Amazon has it for 4.99 GBP.
  • Rosewood Starmark Durafoam ball– extremely durable design, even Roger can’t destroy this one and it is lightweight but easy to throw far away. Amazon has it for 6.92 GBP.
  • Chuckit Ultra Ball– developed to have a high bounce. Amazon has it for 5.49 GBP.

So my two Muppets play with a ball once a week, usually the beach as Roger can be off lead without any stress. They both sprint to catch it and just jog back, which is ideal.

Canicross

I feel lucky as three times a week my dogs are being walked by a dog walker, who takes them to the beach and both dogs run for an hour. I consider that when planning what are we doing in the morning or evening. They received a bit more food on those days too.

Canicross training is all start and stop up to max 6km (which we do with cani-fit classes). Again I feel lucky to have cani-fit classes, but you can always do it with your social group runs. I do that 3 times a week, but I switch dogs, so probably one dog will do it twice a week.

Bikejor or scootering

This is a new part added to my training for both dogs (it used to be just for Roger). I have learnt that building strength of your dogs is as much important as other training. So once a week short rides that the dogs constantly pull. Roger has no problem with a scooter or a bike. On the other hand, Laferra doesn’t feel as confident near it, but she loves running fast. She is slim, lean and doesn’t really have many muscles yet. So we will do once a week short distance, Laferra pulling constantly with the scooter. Again I feel lucky that I won a scooter, it seems to be very important part of training. Recently Laferra started making that funny noise like purr. It was just for food but now it seems it is for her running harness and scooter. Does that mean she loves the scooter? I hope you watched the video that we posted yesterday?! If not here it is:

Working on her homework! Amazing Sunday morning. what were you up to?

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Fun

Ok ok training, training, but where is the fun? These all are fun, my dogs love being just out with me running around the woods. Laferra’s prize for hard work is that she can be off lead and hunt birds or bunnies, where Roger would be 5minutes play with a ball or nice sardines in his bowl when he comes back after the run.

Hydration

When you think about hydration, think twice. How do you feel when you finish run and you won’t drink enough water? A headache, you feel sleepy and very tired? Dogs would feel same. Roger is good and drinks a lot of water during the day normally. Lafie doesn’t drink much at all. An hour prior leaving the house, I put bowl full of water for both dogs. Yes, they won’t drink just a water. I use few things to make them excited every time:

  • Icepaw- Salmon Oil or Cod Oil. 9.99 GBP. It can be any other fishy oil.
  • Icepaw- Fish Powder. 4.99 GBP. (Laferra’s favourite).

When we leave the house dogs are ready to pee all that water! I usually drive to trails which are around 1h drive from the house. That means the dogs drunk 2hours prior training. It works for my two but watch your dog, you know it the best and will know when it was ok to give water to the dog.

After a run, my two wouldn’t drink water. I usually put something in their water:

  • Few Pedigree biscuits. 1 GBP per 500g.
  • Icepaw-Sproutten- two bags 11.99 GBP (it last for a month).
  • Sardines- Lidl 0.37 GBP.

Food

I discover that my two definitely run better on empty stomach, so I feed them an hour after training. Please make sure you don’t feed your dogs before ANY running even if you are going for a walk and they will be off lead running.

This may predispose the dog’s stomach to bloat or twist. Generally Google says an hour prior and afterwards don’t feed your dogs. Depends on how hard they work, they get more or less. I keep an eye on Laferra, as a young dog, we can’t keep same weight on her, so I started feeding her double portions. She managed to gain 2kg in 4 weeks. Let’s keep it this way now.

Again off topic

A lot of folks tell me I am very dedicated to my dogs. Well, I feel I am ready to tell you a short story. Before I moved to Edinburgh my life was just a life, nothing exciting, just normal life. I was even depressed just before I moved to Edinburgh. Big decision and finally arrived in the capital of Scotland. A week later after my move here, I have met Roger via borrowmydoggie. My first thought was I wish he can be my pet. He was amazing, a rescue dog that had a lot of behaviour issues but he loved spending every minute of his life with humans.

I spent more and more time with him and I became happier. One day I adopted him and my life changed. From being a miserable and grumpy person, I changed to that happy outdoory person. Loved spending every minute of my life with Roger. He smiles every day and has such a character that everything else wasn’t important anymore. All my problems disappeared in a second that I was with Roger. I have a bad day at work I come back home and I totally forget about everything. Yes, I am dedicated to my dogs, as I know their life is short and I want to spend as much time as possible with them. I feel like a Hero for them and I know how much they love me. I hope they know how much I love them. Roger changed my life. So be happy and enjoy every minute with your 4-legged pals. They also help me with my health problems, but that’s one thing I rather not talk loud! I have those days that due to pain I just can’t crawl from bed, but seeing smiley Roger helps to fight and forget about it.

August

Anyway, enough all this happy tears notes. August is a month of pre-season training. We are taking it surprisingly very easy due to my injury and high temps. Weather is very funny at the moment, it is very cold for August or surprisingly very humid. No plan in place due to that so more of spontaneous wee trips.

This week back to Roger’s favourite Blairadam Forest. After some rain earlier this week, it was great to see streams full of fresh water. Nice run with Cani-fit  family. This time long loops with max speed for Roger. He is defo stronger after training on a scooter. I can feel more pull. However, I learn that I need to tell both my dogs to “get on” and stop letting them trot around. Roger is definitely strong enough to pull for longer. We are still working on Princess Laferra.

New hobby?

Recently my yoga studio re-shared an event for charity workshop to make dog beds and jackets. I thought what a great idea and we could bring dogs, so great option to socialise weird Laferra (she can be funny sometimes when indoor, she is still very friendly towards dogs tho). Unfortunately, due to some circumstances, I couldn’t take her but I decided to go myself. I had a blast and it was my first time that I was working with a sewing machine. Apparently, there will be more workshops like this, so keep your eyes on our fb page for more details. Here are few photos:

It was amazing and I have never knew that sewing can be so much fun. I really want a sewing machine now. Also as you can see below my dogs approved the bed I made for them.

Lubi Lykan thank you so much for rescuing those fabrics and letting me and others having fun and learn how to sew. I also manage to find best tweed bow ties for my dogs:D Lubi you are a star!

Happy Monday!!

 

 

 

Hello August.

Beach before the rain

I chose a right weekend to work, as it was heavy rain here. However, we have managed to have a good run at the beach just before it came.

There was no one else there, so I let Laferra off for a first time after some time being on the lead. You wouldn’t believe how much happiness that brought to her. She was crazy hunting seagulls. Such a happy pup!

The best Saturday morning, as Portobello beach isn’t that far away and not meeting anyone there is just a bonus. What do I mean by morning? Before 7 am.

MTB

Another day another beach walk before I could go and enjoy riding a bike.This time I was trying another 7 Stanes trail centre at Newcastleton. Surprisingly after Glentress and Innerleithen, those red routes were very easy and not challenging at all. A good fun day of 30km, which I definitely feel today. Dogs enjoyed the day walking near the river. I must say I liked it that there were no people. Nice trails if you are planning to have a trail dog, as nice and soft surface for their pads. Even tho it was a bit longer drive than normally, I have a good day out.

August

I really can’t believe it is already August and it seems very busy time ahead. Luckily Laferra’s “heat” almost finished so we can go back and enjoy our runs with the group. So it is a month to go until our first race of the season. I am really looking forward to the weekend away in Aviemore, although my car doesn’t seem to make that happen easier (stuck at the garage). Yes I said racing time, which means we need to push this month to make Lafie focus during 5km not just 2-3km like she does. So we have plenty classes booked and also Ruff Dugger, but I haven’t decided yet which dog will do it (probably Laferra, as to see how she is in a race environment, even it isn’t a race).

I know she looks great in a harness, but I wish she can run as good as she looks. Haha do I sound like a mean mum?! I am so looking forward to race season as that means most weekends away with the dogs to some great locations in the middle of nowhere!

Wee social run

For a change, we went to the social club for canicross to Almondell and Calderwood Country Park. It is located in West Lothian near river Almond. A lot of natural woodland with a home to a wealth of wildlife such as deer, foxes, herons and woodpecker.

 

 

 

 

Oh! What an evening. I lost Laferra, as she was a bit crazy running around. I actually didn’t stress and started running to the car while using a whistle. It was maybe around 10minutes and I could see happy Laferra running back to us from the car park. She got lost and ran to the car, which is fantastic (after all I must be a good mum for her). Rest of the evening she stayed with me the rest of the run. Another test for princess Laferra and another pass for her. She is seriously the easiest dog I could ever rescue.

Bike bike

At least my bike doesn’t break as much as my car! (touch wood). I was back with Dirt School for some MTB on a Friday night, as this is the best way to spend your Friday night right?! Another amazing dog free evening (well I missed them a lot). A wee 17km around Glentress on Friday night is the best way to start your weekend. I was lucky to be captured by Brodie Hood Photography.  

This is my first MTB photo and I must I am chuffed looking at it, as I look confident on a bike. Just after 3 months riding that’s not bad at all, but it is time for the new bike.

Beach is like a heaven

My dogs love the beach. Roger was taken out of the shelter for his first walk to the beach, Laferra was found as a puppy at the beach. You can see how much they love it, when they run free like crazy hounds.

First time ever we have travelled to Tentsmuir Forest. Just a 1.5h drive from Edinburgh, you are taken to a pine-scented forest and windswept sands. I really didn’t know it is such an amazing place with single trails for a canicross or a bikejor but also amazing pretty massive beach for dogs to be off lead. It also has fantastic facilities such as picnic tables so ideal for having BBQ and a massive car park. A fantastic day spent with our canicross friends on a social run.

Another day of the weekend and another beach. We were back to Yellowcraigs. I was gutted that I didn’t take my wetsuit as it was hot and no wind at all. It would be ideal for me to have a swim as I think I pulled my muscle so time for few days rests. I have decided we will be going swimming every day this week. Wish me luck as it isn’t fully light at 5 am.

I must say I am so happy it is August already! Just a month to go and we are back to our racing season! I would normally say let’s the hard training bein, but in my case let’s it heal quickly.

Have a good week People. 🙂

 

Already July!

The heart of the city

What a week that was. Most days that I was out and about the rain was pissing down. It didn’t rain, it was pissing down. No matter how good was your waterproof, you got soaked. As I live in Edinburgh it is a bit drive during rush hours, stuck in traffic to get to a nice country park. I totally forgot there are Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park about 5 min away from my place. In the heart the city, you can clear your mind and enjoy a bit hiking. I found nice soft trails and surprisingly tough hills. Even tho this place is in the city, there are a lot of wild animals there: birds and rabbits.

The advantage is that there is fresh water for dogs to drink (not loch water). Nice run around for approx 4km was enough in that rain. Especially Roger isn’t a big fan of paddles and mud. Surprisingly he did really well and wasn’t in a huff. I know Laferra always like to get dirty but yesterday she wasn’t really keen about paddles (maybe due to her pads not fully healed?). I think I will start running her first, as she is going to “break” my legs.Therefore I can’t cope with her speed, so time to play a different game and I need to work a bit harder running without dogs. Also, my conclusion of that late afternoon is that running in soaked clothes isn’t good fun at all.

Chatelherault Park in Lanarkshire

I really thought Scotland can’t surprise me anymore. Again how wrong I was. As usual, I took Roger first for a wee jaunt around this beautiful Country Park and as I allowed Roger to be fully a leader for our running trails, I needed to change that as we were running around a field with sheeps. Haha, I know what he is like! However, with my directions skills, we got lost and ran longer than I planned. The good side of being lost is that we really explore this place. Beautiful five-star visitor attraction is located just over an hour drive from Edinburgh. It has 500acres of countryside and woodland and over ten miles of routed pathways. I presume it has everything for everyone.

Good lesson

Next it was Laferra’s turn and what a lesson I got from my pup. Unfortunately, she is still shy with some dogs (apart from her favourite Nismo-she even tried to steal kisses from him) and she wasn’t herself at all. I decided to stay at the back, be calm and enjoy the nice environment. Sometimes those moments are hard and it is difficult to stay calm, but it is for the best. I must admit I even thought for a second to take her back and just stop cani-hiking. I am not patient at all. We had sticked to the classes and Laferra picked up again. Always remember that you need to be patient and understanding, our four-legged friends can have a bad day or a headache too. Always make sure you finish training, walk or hiking in a positive atmosphere. Your dog is trying best to please you, but sometimes they need more directions from us. I am really thankful to both my dogs for teaching me life lessons.

Always remember that you need to be patient and understanding, our four-legged friends can have a bad day or a headache too. Always make sure you finish training, walk or hiking in a positive atmosphere. Your dog is trying best to please you, but sometimes they need more directions from us. I am really thankful to both my dogs for teaching me life lessons.

Lazy Sunday

I know our lazy Sunday turned into fun at the beach from early morning. This was the first time after a week that I let Laferra off lead as her pads are much better. I love those moments when my dogs can be just dogs and have fun around.

Rain is back

Actually it is good to see rain back, it was getting dry in woods and not many water stops. I am not the biggest fan of rain, but when I go out and all the running is done, I feel really good and it was always fun as no one there. So we skipped agility and went out for some fun in rain. I wasn’t in the mood to drive far so we only went to Cammo Estate,  which is usually quiet.

Roger and Laferra in action

Happy Friday.

Rainy rainy Scotland

As you all know now, I won a scooter and I couldn’t wait to try it out with Roger. I know the temperature was high, but we did only 2.5km and very easy pace. Here is the video how much Roger loved it.

Scootering with Roger

Even high temperature we tried our new toy! It is too hot but I know Roger and he can do 2.5km. OMG scooter is awesome 😀 check it out on the video. It is hard work… jelly legs??

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Our weekend was full of travelling so the dogs could enjoy different trails for running. Firstly Heatherhall Woods in Fife. Amazing quiet place, with so many easy trails for walking, running, cycling or horse riding. This place is a home of frogs, newts, red squirrels and deers. It was rainy morning for us, however, hidden in woods, we couldn’t feel how miserable it was out there. Officially Laferra managed to pull me to my dream speed at cani-fit class.

I felt really lazy on Sunday, however, we were booked on another fun canifit class. Cathkin Brae MTB Trails is a tough choice for those wanting to run there. It surprises you with quiet high hills and all that running on grass kicks into your legs and glutes. These MTB trails are tiny trail centre just off Glasgow. It only has 5.5km for riders. For us runners, it is a jolly as it has open fields and nice tiny woods. Just over an hour drive from Edinburgh, it has stunning views all over the Glasgow. I always like to stay a bit longer than and walk dogs and play fetch. I didn’t take my bike so I couldn’t enjoy it even more, maybe next time.

My life is pretty much full of adventures and training with dogs. There is one day during the week that I have dogs free evening so I can enjoy peace and quiet. In January I have decided to start doing yoga with PandaYogaEdinburgh. According to few blogs and people, the key benefits of yin yoga are:

  • stillness: calms and balances the mind and body.
  • stress and anxiety reduction.
  • increased circulation.
  • improved flexibility.
  • fascial release.
  • greater joint mobility.

It has been a few months already and I can definitely see the benefits myself, but also my colleagues mentioned that I look more relaxed. It also helped my body to recover quickly from runs and all rides. This yoga is just perfect as you stay in one position for few minutes.

I will take this opportunity to also explain to you what is canicross? Trust me it isnt cheating like a lot of people say/think. So what is it? Canicross is off-road or cross country running with your dog. You need to have special equipment to do it. Starting from your dog harness (it is different harness than walking harness), bungee lead and your own human belt. According to Cani-fit website (have a look at a guide for beginners): ” the human is the driver, directing the dog from behind with voice commands”. Below photo captured by Sharon Reid shows Roger flying from the start line. Some dogs are natural, some dogs need to learn how to pull and run in front of their human.

Sometimes everyone has those days, that nothing works well. I had one of those and decided to spend an evening on my own. I went up to Glentress 7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails. This is a heaven for all mountain bikers. As Roger and Laferra were with me, as usual, I wanted to spend some time with each one of them. Roger and I took a wee ride around blue trails. Oh wow, those hills are not stopping him at all. Later on, for the first time, I have decided to take and assess Lafie if she can be my trail dog. Wow. Just wow. Running in front on all uphills and behind me on downhills. She just surprised me as she looked like she knew what I wanted her to do.

Easy 12km spin around and I think she definitely did around 30km, as when I stopped she was running full beans into woods. One, two whistles and there she was back. After all this fun in Glentress I gave both dogs water full of sardines. Remember after runs no matter what weather it is you need to hydrate dogs. Mine don’t drink just water after a run, so I try to find out what my friends are giving their dogs after canicross. It seems that sardines are the winner. Also check your dogs pads for any cuts as that could be painful for them. I try to keep waxing them before and after runs, so they got stronger and more prepared for long running.

Keep an eye on a blog next week, some exciting news will be out!

I wish you all a great weekend and amazing adventures.

 

Reviews reviews!

I normally don’t do reviews and that is not a plan here! But I really wanted to share with you those three products/services.

Scruff Muffin https://www.facebook.com/scruffmuffins/

Scruff Muffins provides products for dogs. I had an opportunity to try their collars and blankets for dogs. Amazing, that is my word to describe it. Apart from that, you can choose any style you want but also Scruff Muffin owner likes challenges and new ideas. Also to mention collars come in different sizes.

Laferra loves blankets so much that she brings them all to one place and makes her nest.

 

Cani-fit https://cani-fit.com/

Our canicross, bikejor and scooter club. They provide training for you and your dog. I started attending to cani-fit class with Roger, as I enjoyed it a lot. Cani-fit showed me that this could be even more fun. They helped me to find the right harness for myself and Roger. They introduced us to different sports than just running too. Also they encouraged us to try but also to compete and race. If you ever wonder what is it like, go on the website and book yourself on a class. Cani-fit is for everyone.

Laferra’s training– how to introduce a new dog to the sport:

“My dog doesn’t canicross”… ” my dog doesn’t want to run in front”.. – I thought all that about Laferra… So I have decided to do proper training with her, and learn from the best canifit. So we did canihiking, where canifit leader talked and showed us how to do things. We had a lot homework to do… I was worried but every time Laferra just amazes me… When she turned 11 months we started going to canicross canifit class, it helped my dog to get some confidence to even lead a group at only 11 months. She started to be focused and enjoyed canicross even more.

Fitline Scotland

Fitline provides products which help me to achieve goals that I wasn’t able to do even I trained every day. I am very sceptic about supplements, so I have never really tried. It has been 3 weeks now that I take few products from Fitline and I can see how my body changes, recover and perform. I have tried: Activize Oxyplus, Restorante Citrus, Omega Q10, Proshape and Fitness drink. After chat with a friend this morning, I have realised how much it helped me and how much more energy I have now.

Busy weekend

Our best adventures are happening during the weekend as I have them off work. So last weekend we have joined our favourite Cani-fit on

Saturday

On Saturday we have joined our favourite Cani-fit on cani-hiking (more here: https://cani-fit.com/ ).

A fantastic route around Dalzell Estate & Baron’s Haugh on a very hot day. This estate has a fascinating history, which started in 843 and was owned by Dalzell family until 1647. It is recognised in Historic Scotland’s Inventory of Gardens and Designed Lanscapes in Scotland. It is located just off Manse Road, Motherwell ML1 2SD.

Then we were off for a walk around Perth as there were Scottish Open Volleyball Tournament. Dogs played around with the ball and we managed to fit in training to socialise Laferra with kids. This was a great opportunity as everyone wanted to say hi to us. She did amazing, but eventually, tiredness kicked it and she was just barking around, so I decided that is enough for my dogs. I try to squeeze dogs training every time I can, as every day is a lesson

Sunday

Sunday we went to one of our favourite places Devilla Forest and went for a bike ride to the Peppermill Dam which was clean and dogs could have a deep into the water to cool them down. For a Sunday the car park was very busy, however, we didn’t manage to meet a lot of folks on trails, which was great. The forest has fantastic scents for dogs full of deer, red squirrels, foxes and rabbits. Roger usually gets obsessed with scent in this woods, so he never gets off lead (apart from the deep into water). Laferra found herself amusing with darting dragonflies which she was trying to catch around the Loch. Great 8km around with 30min swim in Peppermill Dam was a fantastic treat for everyone. Overall it was great 8km around with 30min swim in Peppermill Dam was a fantastic treat for everyone.

Devilla is on the A985 between Dunfermline and Kincardine, and is well signposted from the road. Use FK10 4AS which is the nearest postcode.