Dog Walking

This has been one of my worst weeks ever, with too many sad events and too much bad news.

We had to say good bye to our lovely Dylan.  He has been ill for a while and he deteriorated very quickly in the last week.  I had no idea that this would have been his last walk which was in the woods over the road, a couple of weeks ago.

3 dogs in woodsIt was freezing cold but he always liked a paddle in the water.Dylan in water 3 dogs for walking

He was such a lovely dog.  He was kind and gentle.  None of us can recall ever hearing him growl.  He barked at the gate but never growled.  He loved going out for walks and it was hard not being able to take him out much in the last month.

He enjoyed his last trip to the beach when we took him to Ramsgate 3 weeks ago.

Ramsgate 10-1 22

Dylan would always leap to his feet to welcome you home or even to greet you as you walked around the house.  He has left a big gap in our family.  We were lucky to have loved him and been loved in return for 10 years and we wish it had been longer.  But he was too ill so we had to say good-bye which was heartbreaking.  It is so hard to think he won’t come trotting through the door again, with his tail wagging and being all pleased to see us.IMG_0974 He won’t come on any more walks with us.woods 28-4 7Or enjoy being with us all.Bs and Ws dogs and water M and D drinking Harvey and dogs at Bodiam

Dylan in bed

D H and MMilton will really miss him as they spent all their time together, 24 hours a day.dogs in bed by rad

A couple of years ago, Harvey won first prize at a dog show in Tenterden with Milton and Dylan.  He was so proud of them show 2 I was proud of him as he had to show them on his own and he did brilliantly.dylan at dog show dog show 1 dog show Dylan SissinghurstBoth of my kind hearted children love our dogs and their hearts have been broken this week and that has been hard to bear.L, H, M and D

M H and D HemsteadM H and D in car M D and H with view dylan close up with tongue Dylan's head Dylan's eyes dogs in the sea M and D under stairs Dylan by back door 3 boys, 1 stick D and M at Sissinghurst dogs in water over road dogs at Camber

Dylan, you were a wonderful dog and we will all miss you very much.  Thank you for protecting us and loving us as you did.  Thank you for all the lovely walks we did together and for being such an attentive brother to Milton.  Bye bye xxxxDylan in sunshine

I have been eating really badly lately and not exercising enough which is making me fatter and unhealthier, not thinner and healthy.  I woke up with a hangover after a night with my lovely local ladies friends, playing cards, chatting and obviously drinking too much.  I was determined to eat well and basically I did.


I chopped up carrots, butternut squash and red onion, added salt and pepper, a little oil and roasted them in the oven for nearly an hour.veggies in roasting tray 30-1-16 While they were cooking, I made a smoothie from 2 ruby grapefruits and 2 bananas.grapefruits and bananas Plus tea, lots of tea.tea and smoothie 30-1-16 I ate the veggies with tenderstem broccoli.
lunch 30-1-16 2 They were really good and very filling.lunch 30-1-16 I then had a delightful afternoon which was much needed.  dog walking A lovely long dog walk at Penshurst place.3 dogs and shadows Milton has been lonely without Dylan and really enjoyed the time spent with other dogs.3 dogs It certainly was a beautiful afternoon.tree and blue sky 2 tree and blue sky So was the company.  After a lovely walk we had tea/coffee.  We had to sit outside because dogs weren’t allowed inside and Billy is only a puppy and we didn’t want to leave him in the car.  We had so much to chat about but got cold so ……….Sally, Lucy and Billy we decamped to a nearby pub, The Spotted Dog.  It was a lovely traditional country pub and we enjoyed a beer before heading home.The Spotted Dog I had a tub of tofu that needed using up and a new vegan cookbook to try out.keep it vegan and tofu I marinated the tofu and made it in to a scramble.  It was very easy.  The marinade was made from 4 tbsp miso paste, juice of 1 lime, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tbsp tamari, and 2 tbsp sesame oil.  I pressed the water out of the tofu, chopped it in to small pieces and marinated it for an hour before frying it with an onion.tofu marinade I served the tofu scramble on mixed salad leaves in a wholemeal wrap.  We had 2 each.  It was ok.  Not amazing but ok but as a quick and easy meal to prepare, I would do it again.tofu scramble


About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to Dog Walking

  1. Yaw it’s so nice to see all of the photos! Both of the dogs look like they had a very lovely life with a very lovely family! They can’t be much more lucky than that! Xxxx

  2. laura1952 says:

    My heart hurts for all of you. May Dylan love Rainbow Bridge and being able to run free again and go in the water with glee. Take good care of you. Dylan would want you to so you can still take him on his walks in your mind as your heart remembers all the fun memories he brought to all of your lives.

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