Hi dog pals,
At the weekend we visited a place called Newstead Abbey. Newstead Abbey isn’t far from where we live and Human Mum (Hum) told me she often used to take the boys there when they were little.
It was great to see all the places they used to enjoy exploring. We explored the Japanese Garden where we jumped across stepping stones; crossed little bridges and generally had fun. Then we found the formal garden which was like a maze to me with all its little hedges.
There was a lake with geese and we met a lovely lady with Pip the dog. She lives in a great house overlooking the lake with battlements and everything. Very cool! Lucky Pip!
There were little passageways and waterfalls and bridges and so many different parts of the garden to explore. We spent about 2 hours with Hum reminiscing about the boys playing Billy Goats Gruff, Hide and Seek and having an Easter Egg Hunt. You can have lots of fun here whether you are a dog or a human.
Newstead Abbey is the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron and he was a real dog lover. In fact when his dog, Boatswain died, he wrote a poem and had it inscribed on a monument at Boatswain’s tomb! Here it is – why don’t you get your humans to take you for a visit to Newstead Abbey and see it for yourselves?
Epitaph to A Dog
Near this Spot
are deposited the Remains of one
who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferosity,
and all the virtues of Man without his Vices.
This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
if inscribed over human Ashes,
is but a just tribute to the Memory of
BOATSWAIN, a DOG,
who was born in Newfoundland May 1803
and died at Newstead Nov. 18, 1808.
4 paw print rating – only downside having to be on lead all the time.
Address: Newstead Village NG15 8NA