Miss Pink’s First Ascent – Craig of Monievreckie

At last the winter sun shone and myself, Cap’n Jack and (the very colourblind) Miss Pink took to the hills.  Miss Blonde was left at home, young Lottie being too young to cope with tasks greater than sneaking onto the setee and savaging poor innocent rottweilers.  Was it too big a hill for the 6th month old Miss Pink?  Not really. Craig of Monievreckie’s tourist route is barely a hillwalk and tackled sensibly (keeping Miss Pink’s natural exuberance in check) is a lightweight in terms of both distance and gradient.

Miss Pink's first bit of uphill

Miss Pink’s first bit of uphill

the last section of the forest track...before we take a trail to the right

the last section of the forest track…before we take a trail to the right

Cap’n Jack braves the elements in short sleeves…I have 3 layers on by this time.

Cap’n Jack braves the elements in short sleeves…I have 3 layers on by this time.

The view from the first bump to the summit of Craig of Monievreckie

The view from the first bump to the summit of Craig of Monievreckie

Cap’n Jack will now demonstrate the 3 stages of untangling and “accidentally” throttling a puppy.  What is not on camera is the terrible retribution wrought upon Cap’n Jack by a severely piddled off Miss Pink.

Stage 1

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 3

Once Miss Pink was suitably untangled we had a chance to have a look around.

The Lake of Menteith

The Lake of Menteith

Looking west over Aberfoyle glimpsing Loch Ard and Ben Lomond in the background

Looking west over Aberfoyle glimpsing Loch Ard and Ben Lomond in the background

The Graham: Ben Venue – to the north

The Graham: Ben Venue – to the north

To the east the Marilyn of Beinn Dearg

To the east the Marilyn of Beinn Dearg

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Ben Led

Puppy training is a constantly ongoing process so even on her day out Miss Pink  must be put through her paces. Cap’n Jack would appear to have his own, quite distinctive, methods although, looking at the photos, I’m not so sure this is his primary area of expertise.

I'm sure he's got the situation under control...

I’m sure he’s got the situation under control…

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I think the expression says it all!

It is fair to say that young Mabel coped easily with her first excursion into the hills and Cap’n Jack…well…he managed another wee hill without the need for more than a base layer. I feel jealous…and old and cold!

I’ll leave you with a couple of photos of (the very colour-blind) Miss Pink.

I need something...

I need something…

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…oh yes, a bloody good scratch!

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10 thoughts on “Miss Pink’s First Ascent – Craig of Monievreckie

    • Because she drives straight through the lights when they are at red! : shock:

      Unfortunately there was no Mr Black in Reservoir Dogs but there was a Mr. Pink. It therefore seemed logical to make Mabel Miss Pink and make out she had taken that name because she was colour blind…a bit of “Pup Fiction” you might say. 😀

    • I think the “Tails” will be left with Maisie in the old blog. What I’ll call the stories this time around goodness knows. Early days. :). Just now, with the limitations of the pups it’s not clear what type of adventures we’ll be having.

      Yep, now that The Fatdog Broadcasting Corporation has gone we will need a new tag line won’t we. I dread to imagine how this might pan out. 😦 😆

  1. Is Cap’n Jack really ‘disentangling’ or is he attempting to fly the dug like she’s a kite? I think you may need to have words….
    Great views. I think you may have posted about this hill before?

    • It was a rather embarrassing episode, Mark 😆 . Having said that, on the short, steep(er) summit approach, Mabel towed me up as if she was hoping that I’d take off behind!

      I checked back my records – we did this hill 10 months before the blog started so I don’t think the “tail” appeared on Where The Fatdog Walks. It was on scottishhills.com. We did do a couple of the other bumps on this little range at a later date so it might have been that story you remember. I’ll check up later today and post a link. 😀

    • Well done Amanda…you tracked me down 😀 .

      Sorry I haven’t replied to your last comment on FOtUT; we were just heading off to Ireland when it came in and I needed some time to do a bit of digging before I replied. In fact I still need to do a bit of digging 😆 . It was a great story and I can see you’ve been doing quite a bit of work on the subject. I discovered that same website just after I got my result and realised that I didn’t appear anywhere on it. SDNA result says my W is rare or unique…but possibly human! I am going to check my markers against those posted by people on the Facebook page to see if I can find any correlation.

      Like yourself I wondered about all the gumph sent by SDNA about Mohenjo Daro and the timescales involved but realised that it was more to do with the density of existing DNA clusters used for comparison which of course makes the assumption that a very dense cluster today suggests the origin of marker way back in time.

      Given the rarity of my W mtdna it would seem odd that any assumptions could be made as to the route it took to Scotland. If I look at the routes provided from Pakistan on the website you recommended mine doesn’t appear as I have no number to my W eg W1 W2 etc.. On that basis talk of Doggerland is a bit of a wild fling.

      Was your W any better defined than mine?

      Many thanks for the links – things will be back to normal next week (my wife’s easter hols just now) so hopefully I’ll be able to put a bit more thought into the subject.

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