Answers to July Piran Post Quiz


In Homer’s The Odyssey, Argos was the faithful dog of Odysseus


Gromit is the animated dog in Wallace & Gromit


Evie is Nicky’s dog (Piran Pets Adventure Treks)!


Copper is the bloodhound from Disney’s The Fox and the Hound


Barry Manilow’s dog


Muttley was Dick Dastardly’s sidekick in the Wacky Races


Nipper was the dog that featured on RCA Records with the old style phonograph horn


Bruiser was the name of the chihuahua in Legally Blonde


Blondi was Hitler’s favourite german shepherd


Nana was the nursemaid dog in Peter Pan


The famous Blue Peter dog with John Noakes – the famous saying ‘get down Shep’!


The pet dog of Dennis the Menace in the Beano


Beagle belonging to Charlie Brown


Cairn terrier in the Wizard of Oz

I hope you enjoyed the Dog Quiz!


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The July edition of the Piran Post can also be found in the centre pages of the July copy of The Bolster, hope you enjoy reading it!

Piran Post – June edition

Walk 4. Polberro & Cameron Estate

Walk distance 3.5 miles

Me and Evie really enjoyed this walk today as it took us along a lane we hadn’t walked before, so here goes……

We started the walk at West Polberro in St Agnes, along Trevaunance Road from the village then turn right as signposted towards West Polberro. Follow this road until you come to a path on the left taking you across the quarry.

Follow the path until it widens and then head left until you reach a wider track.

Again, turn left so you are walking towards the Beacon.

When you reach Beacon Drive, turn right and walk along the road until you reach a gate and a lane to the right that looks like a path to the sea.

Follow this path to the end then when you reach the large stone turn left.

At this point take the right hand path

At this point take the left hand path then cross the road and continue along the narrower path and onto the Cameron Estate. Keep walking along this path until you reach the road, turn left then almost immediately left back onto a track. Follow this path towards the Beacon.

At this point, follow the left hand path that takes you past a field on your right and towards a style. Follow the road to a gate and turn right back up towards Beacon Drive.

Upon reaching Beacon Drive, cross the road as if you are going to walk up the Beacon but take the lower path to the left of the National Trust sign. You will be walking across the bottom of the Beacon with the sea on your left.

When you reach Beacon Road turn left and walk until you reach the junction with Beacon Drive.

Cross and follow the lane with the cottages on your left. This will take you back towards the quarry.

Look out for this narrow track on your right as it will lead you back to West Polberro.

I hope you found your way back ok !

Dog Training Walks

When I first started dog walking all those years ago, the dogs in my care used to run rings around me. They would pretty much do their own thing, run off in the opposite direction, not come back when called and over play to the point where they just didn’t listen. My handling of the group walks was pretty poor, and I made so many mistakes.

One day I realised it just wasn’t good enough, that if I was going to be the professional dog walker I aspired to be, I needed to do some research and go on some training courses. I attended a two day course run by the Institute of Modern Dog Training that was brilliant and prompted me to attend their four day course in providing dog training the following year. This was also amazing and equipped me with a better understanding of how to deliver training and positively influence animal behaviour. Training gave me the confidence and the knowledge, my walks since have been much more orderly and so much more enjoyable. Of course, things don’t always go to plan, they do say never work with children or animals!

On our group walks I now always use lots of training and games to maintain and positively reinforce good behaviour. I practice recall, play ‘find it’ games and use lots of training as part of every walk I do. A far cry from my clueless beginnings! But there is a limit to how much you can train and impact on individual behaviour when out with a group. It is very different managing a group of dogs to managing one. When I first got Evie, my sprollie, she was introduced immediately into pack walking. It is only since lockdown that I have had the time to really focus on one to one walks with her, with the training opportunities that has given. She has come on in leaps and bounds (we both have)!

That is why I have designed individual training walks specifically aimed at addressing some of the more common issues you face.

Does your dog keep pulling on the lead?

Does your dog ignore you or play hard to get when you call, especially when there are distractions?

Does your dog continually jump up on people you meet?

Does your dog ignore you when you ask for a ‘sit’ or a ‘down’?

Do you ever walk your dog in isolated areas where the bad behaviour won’t be a problem?

Well don’t panic, I can help! I offer two training walks new for 2020.

Dog Training Walk 1.

I take your dog on an individual walk, reinforcing the better behaviours you have been striving to achieve, in a structured way. Your dog receives one to one attention so we can focus on the training elements without the distraction of other dogs.

Dog Training Walk 2.

Do you ever experience issues when out with your dog and wish that a dog trainer was there to assist you at the point when your dog is not listening to you. Well now you can call on Piran Pets and I will join you and your dog, witnessing the behaviour you wish to change first hand to offer tips and advice. This walk won’t be available during lockdown.

Imagine a day when you are out with your dog and you are able to walk with your head held high. Imagine your dog returning to you to go back on lead. Imagine your dog sitting on request. Imagine your dog not jumping on people for treats and listening to you.

If you would like to find out more about these fantastic dog training opportunities and change the way you interact with your dog, please contact me……………….

email: nicky@piranpets

tel: 07737843781

Proceed With Caution!!!!

At Piran Pets we are taking a very cautionary approach to the services we offer. So for now, we will be walking dogs from one household at a time – to protect our clients and keep others safe. We will continue to follow guidance as provided by the Government and Cornwall Council.

1. If you are shielding or self isolating

On collection, we will ask that you stay at least 2 metres away

We will bring our own lead that will be washed in soapy water after every use

We will walk your dog from your house (It will be an individual rather than a group walk though your dog will have me and Evie for company)

During the walk we will ensure we socially distance from others

On return, we will wipe your dog using anti viral spray and dog wipes

I have water and soap on board and will be cleaning my hands constantly

2. If you are a keyworker

All of the above outlined in number 1 applies, but in accordance with Cornwall Council Guidance, we will have to walk all keyworker dogs last

3. If you are not shielding or self isolating

As outlined in Option 1, though we can transport your dog to a safe walking area if this is preferable to walking from your home. If this is the case, that area of the van used by your dog will be cleaned between every use

4. If you have covid 19 symptoms

If you have covid 19 symptoms we will not be able to walk your dog until your period of self isolation has ended.

If you have any questions or concerns?

Please contact nicky@piranpets or telephone 07737843781

The virus has not gone away, your safety is our number 1 priority at all times.

Walk 3. Beacon towards Mingoose

Distance 2.7 miles (approx)

Starting at the Trelawny Road car park, take the lane located between the recycling station and the scout hut, walking past the garages on your right.

Turn right onto Polbreen Lane and then proceed onto Whitworth Close. At the end of Whitworth Close you will see a triangular piece of grass.

Follow the path behind the houses, turning left at the signpost towards ‘The Beacon via Cannonball Farm’. At the end of this path you join a wider track. Turn right and after a few hundred yards you will reach Cannonball Farm.

Cross at this point and continue upwards along the path, passing some houses on your left. The path then narrows before reaching an open green at the bottom of the Beacon. Walk across the top of this field and over the stoney style. Continue straight along the bottom path.

At this crossroads in the path turn left. Continue along this path, passing one path on the left hand side then taking the second turning left.

Follow this path until you reach a wider track, turn right at the bottom and you will come out on Beacon Drive. Turn left then almost immediately there is a public footpath on your right.

Follow this footpath to the next road, cross over then continue down along the track

Once you reach this point, turn right onto a narrow footpath

Follow the narrow footpath until it crosses a small stream, then turning right (you will be heading down towards Chapel Porth)

When you reach a fork in the path, turn left and follow this path up and around the outside of the field. There are cows in the field but it is fenced (though Evie had to stay on lead as she could get under fence).

Once you have walked around the field you will arrive at a steel gate, go this gate then walk across the top of the fields to the end and cross the style.

Cross the style and head left back towards the Beacon. There is a gate at the bottom of this track. Go through the gate and then after about 20 metres turn right and head along the track with houses on your left.

The track will bring you out onto a road. Turn left. When you reach the staggered crossroads, turn right and walk along Goonvrea Road. As it veers to the left there is a track on the left (opposite a bench). Take this track and it will lead you towards Cannonball Farm (though you don’t want to go that far)

Turn right immediately past this fence, and proceed along a narrow track behind the houses. At the end, turn right and it will bring you to the grass triangle. Then retrace your steps along Whitworth Close and Polbreen Lane and back to the car park.

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Walk 1. Wheal Liberty & Jericho Valley

This walk starts at Peterville and is 4 miles long.

Take the turning opposite the Greenroom in Peterville (Rosemundy), then the first left onto Water Lane. Walk the entire length of Water Lane – it bends to the left and goes uphill to the point at which it comes out at a T junction opposite Goonlaze Yard. At the T junction turn right. Walk along the main road until you come across farm buildings on the left and an open gate. Go through this gate and follow the track around the farm buildings and past the wind turbine.

Enter through this gate and follow track around the buildings

Once past the wind turbine take the gate immediately ahead.

walk around the outside of the field in an anticlockwise direction until you reach the viaduct.

Walk through the gap in the hedge and through a kissing gate. Follow the track down some steps and across a stream. At the end of the track you emerge onto a lane. Turn left and walk until you come to a sign on the left for Wheal Liberty.

Turn left towards Wheal Liberty and follow the track back under the viaduct. Walk until you reach the gates for the house on the left. Immediately opposite is a public footpath, just past the telegraph pole.

The footpath takes you past a field, down onto a track over a stream, follow this path for about 10 minutes – you will then come upon the St Agnes to Perranporth road (B3285) by the thatched cottage at the bottom of the hill. Cross the road and continue along the footpath. At the end of this footpath turn right and then over the footbridge towards Jericho valley, signposted Trevellas and Blue Hills.

At this point, turn right and proceed over the bridge

Follow the stream past Jericho Cottage and towards Trevellas and Blue Hills. At the end of this footpath you will come out by Trevellas Porth.

Turn right and then left to go to Trevellas Beach

At this point you may want to visit Trevellas. If so, turn right then immediately turn left onto the path leading to the beach. Otherwise, turn left at this point and walk for about 40 yards until you come to the track leading up to the coast path. Follow this track upwards and then stick to the coast path until you reach a bench above Trevaunance Cove. Turn left along the path signposted to the village.

Follow this path until it brings you to Quay Road. Turn left and in about 100 yards you will find yourself back at Peterville.

Heat Warning for Dogs!!

Dogs don’t sweat like humans do, so they get hotter faster. they mostly respire through their tongues and paws. As a dog gets hotter, it’s tongue hangs out more so that air can pass over it and cool blood that circulates to the rest of the body. So when you might think it isn’t too hot, your dog will be overheating, potentially leading to life threatening damage.

Dogs with short snouts are more susceptible to heat issues as are younger or older dogs or sick dogs

Prevention of Heat Stroke

Keep your dog cool on hot days

NEVER leave your dog in a vehicle without air controlled ventilation (and be aware that even if you do have a/c it can break down) An open window will not help air flow in a vehicle on a hot day.

DO NOT walk your dog on a hot surface

Avoid excessive exercise. Walk your dog in shaded areas with water or at cooler times of the day. Don’t throw balls or encourage over stimulation of your pet

Make sure your dog has plenty of cold water available to it

If you do have to leave your dog in a vehicle, make sure the air con is on high, park in the shade, visit the dogs at frequent intervals and cover windows to keep the sun out and the cool in

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

  • Panting
  • Dehydration
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Increased Body Temperature
  • Little or No Urine
  • Sudden Kidney Failure
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Irregular Heart Beat
  • Blood Clotting Disorders
  • Small Pinpoint Areas of Bleeding
  • Changes in Mental Status
  • Muscle Tremors
  • Wobbly, Uncoordinated or Drunken Walking
  • Unconsciousness
  • Shock
  • Heart and Breathing Stop

What to do if your dog has Heat Stroke

Lower the dog’s temperature slowly by spraying with cool (not cold) water. Cooling the dog slowly is the key. Give your dog a bath in cool water or wrap in a towel soaked in cool water.

Use a fan to cool your dog

Use cool water on your dog’s foot pads, groin and in their underarms

If your dog will drink, give it cool, NOT ICY, water.

Get your dog to a vet as soon as possible

What do Piran Pets do to keep your dog’s cool on hot days?

  • Walk in cool, shaded areas where there is lots of water
  • Keep air conditioning on in the van at all times
  • Have water available for dogs to drink both in the van and on walks
  • Restrict ball throwing or high energy games
  • Keep air conditioning on when picking up and dropping off dogs
  • Ensuring dogs have adequate water at home on drop off

Contact Nicky@piranpets.com

Telephone 07737 843781