Newfoundland dogs are primarily designed for water activities. Although many breeds can be successfully trained for water work, such a Labradors and Spaniels who work as gun dogs, the Newfoundland is distinguished by its size and strength, which together with its webbed feet, double coat which assists buoyancy, renders it suitable for boat work and water rescue. Additionally, their swimming stroke is closer to a breaststroke, with the front legs moving sideways rather than a doggy paddle, which means that they appear to glide through the water without splashing at considerable speed. [Read more…] about Newfoundland Dogs Water Work in Chandler’s Ford
Chandler's Ford is glorious with pets - cat, dog, chicken, lizard (skink and gecko), snake, fish......Do you have a story about your pets in the community? Is your social life built around your pets? You can send your pets' pictures to Chandler's Ford Today, and share your pets' stories with us. We would love to get to know you, and your pets.
I think it is correct to say that most dogs love snow, especially the thick coated dogs that are protected from the cold. My Newfoundlands, with double coats, will roll about in the snow, eat it, and will sleep undisturbed if allowed whilst the snow covers them. [Read more…] about Newfoundlands in the Snow
Earlier this Summer we were invited by a ITV company to bring one of our Newfoundlands to appear in a programme which required a large dog, with sound temperament, who would work with strangers and be totally relaxed with people, crew and dogs. We chose our brown dog, Monty, who was then just over a year old and extremely friendly towards other dogs and people.
Although Monty’s father, Berkeley, has appeared in several TV shows this was Monty’s first appearance. [Read more…] about Monty’s Acting Debut in Celebrity Showmance
Hello, I am fairly new to the blog, so I ought to introduce myself and explain my connection to Chandler’s Ford. I arrived here in 1973, as a student, having hitchhiked my way from Swansea, heading for Southampton University where I had been offered a place to read for my PhD.
In those days hitchhiking was a popular means of transport for young people, although it is rarely seen today. The kind person who gave me a lift for the final stretch from Newbury, dropped me off in Chandler’s Ford at the junction where Leigh Road meets Bournemouth Road and I was pointed towards the bus stop where I could make it by public transport for the next few miles. However, I had a look at Chandler’s Ford, took a walk up Fryern Hill and saw an advert for a bungalow to let. I must have made an impression on the agent who offered me the property, and several weeks later my wife and I moved into our new surroundings. Later we bought a house in Chandler’s Ford and remained here until this day. [Read more…] about Carting Dogs in Chandler’s Ford – David Lamb
This is a blog post about…fog.
We went for a walk in the wood yesterday afternoon, and saw Chandler’s Ford through fog.
We walked through Flexford Wood, then through to Valley Park.
The birds were chirping, and dogs could be heard barking from the distance. [Read more…] about Walking in Flexford Wood on a Foggy Day
Update: 20th September 2016: Baby tortoise Tara has been found and safely returned home.
Original post below:
Have you seen a baby Tunisian Spur Thighed Tortoise?
Kirrin Chahal from Tyne Close, near Knightwood Leisure centre, has asked Chandler’s Ford Today readers to help find their baby Tunisian Spur Thighed Tortoise Tara. [Read more…] about Missing: Baby Tunisian Spur Thighed Tortoise
I must admit winter is not my favourite season, much as I enjoy Christmas. Aside from the cold and the storms, the nights draw in that much earlier which limits the evening walks my better half and I can enjoy with the dog.
We love walking Mabel along The Monarch’s Way and the bridleways around that area (though right now it would be more accurately called The Muddy Way). [Read more…] about Winter – Ugliness and Beauty in Chandler’s Ford
This must be the happiest news ever!
Ted is found! Ted is safe!
The missing Cocker Spaniel which was lost in Knightwood since last Thursday was found safe at about 3pm this afternoon. [Read more…] about Ted is Found!
My name is Sandra Gordon. I’ve lived in Chandler’s Ford for nearly twenty years.
I moved to here from Kent but knew it a little from visiting family when I was a child.
I’ve worked at Hiltingbury Junior School, Otterbourne Junior School and Chiltern Tutorial School in that time.
Poetry is my passion. [Read more…] about Sandra Gordon’s Poem: In The Garden
Note: November 2016:
Tropic Exotics closed its door on 19 Nov 2016. [Read more…] about New – Tropic Exotics in Eastleigh Town Centre
How many lives do you have? One? Two (the one at work, the one at home for example)? Three (work, home, involvement in amateur dramatics or the church, say)?
I have had multiple lives in Chandler’s Ford but will focus on two: before becoming a dog owner and since then and before becoming a writer and since. Chandler’s Ford has influenced both. [Read more…] about What Has Chandler’s Ford Done for Me?
I have been writing online on WordPress for 7 years. Writing has become a habit and I don’t normally stop.
I know too well that a short break is fine, but if you take a lengthy hiatus, it’s more difficult to find the same momentum in writing again.
What happens if you find the writing goddess has suddenly withdrawn her inspiration? [Read more…] about Online Writing: What Do You Do to Recharge?
Our cat Billy ran away, stole food, and got himself injured.
Now a lady from the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has just called me and we had a nice long chat this afternoon.
She understood that we didn’t mistreat, neglect, or abuse our cat. [Read more…] about A Phone Call From RSPCA
Our cat Billy went missing for months. Last Friday we got a phone call from a nice lady called Bobbie and was told that Billy was badly injured. We picked Billy up from Tuscan Walk near Waitrose in Chandler’s Ford, but he soon escaped as my son returned from the Scouts later in the evening. Billy rushed out and limped all the way back to Tuscan Walk, a journey of 1.5 miles, [Read more…] about Shall We Rehome Our Beloved Cat?
The dairy puts the milk in the bottle,
My mum puts black jam in her tart,
I put my words down on paper,
But you put the hope in my heart. [Read more…] about I Take You Not For Granted
My husband entered the house with a tub of mealworms and a tub of 6 cockroaches. I nearly phoned a solicitor.
We have a lizard (a blue-tongued skink) and she eats strange food.
Today my mum was upset because our cat Billy has caused some problems in the neighbourhood. Billy keeps running away and stealing food.
Yesterday Niki Jenkins from The Picture Framing Shop in Chandler’s Ford left a beautiful comment on a post I wrote five months ago.
She also sent me pictures of Teddy, their lovely shop dog, who is renowned and well-cuddled in Hiltingbury.
[Read more…] about The Picture Framing Shop: Meet Teddy The Shop Dog
Walking to Andersons News in Hiltingbury yesterday morning, my son and I saw this notice in many places:
“My Yorkshire Terrier Ruby was attacked at Hiltingbury Recreation Ground by a lurcher / greyhound-type dog.
The attack happened on Wednesday 14th May at approximately 11:15 and… Ruby is very poorly [Read more…] about Chandler’s Ford Dogs