Swans don’t like dogs! 8

Yesterday the kids were bored and moaning they didn’t want to go out. They’d gone a bit stir crazy in fact and all the overly aggressive “playing” was worrying me. It was one of them days. After another time-out moment Blokey and I told them to get coats, shoes and the woofs lead. We hadn’t had lunch yet, and Blokey and I just needed to get them out of the house. We popped to a certain popular drive through to grab lunch without leaving the woof.


Mummy swan kept following us and was hissing badly towards Freya. Freya made no attempt to retaliate. Good girl!

The plan was grab treat food and take it as a picnicy late lunch to have on a country walk. Just as lunch came so did rain showers, so we ate in the car with Freya woof crying about not getting people food. Just about the time we finished the shower stopped. The plan was back on!

Blokey was driving, we went to a stretch of canal on the way to Stroud. I had never been to this area before. Blokey complained he was a bit disappointed as he thought the road was further away from the canal and path than it really was, so we couldn’t release the hound.


First thing I notice as we parked up.


The water looked solid because of algae and weeds.


D wouldn't bring his coat. Dad's jumper it is then laddy!


Run boys!


Funky colours.


Jen couldn't believe this was water so we poked and stirred it.

I never realised my boys might not recognise that a floating mat of pond weeds and algae wasn’t solid. They thought was like a mossy stretch of tarmac, rather than deep water. I’m glad they encountered this whilst I was with them, D admits he was going to walk over it to get a closer look at some ducks. They know canals and rivers are dangerous – but this looks different to any water they’d seen before. A valuable lesson!


Leaving me behind again.


These swans kept following us!

We had fun, and were walking almost an hour but these swans just didn’t give in complaining at the dog!
Yesterday we learnt…… Swans really don’t like dogs!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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8 thoughts on “Swans don’t like dogs!

  • Coombemill - Fiona

    The children (and adults) can get a bit of cabin fever and need to get out in the fresh air and burn off some energy! Swans can be very aggressive especially when they have their young and see dogs as a threat, at least Freya was well behaved and ignored them. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.
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    • JulieRoo Post author

      I’ve encountered swans before, been hissed at and chased. The boys always thought I was fibbing when I’ve said never try to stroke or get too close to swans as they bite. They believe me now. :-)

  • debra

    Those Swans can certainly be feisty, we had one crossing the road a couple of months back, near to where I live. It was hissing at the cars waiting for it to cross.
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  • BakedPotato Mummy

    It never occurred to me that kids wouldn’t recognise a weed-covered pond or canal as actual water! Definitely one to remember.
    We’ve been going a bit stircrazy recently, with al the rain keeping us in. Thank fully we got out this weekend to blow some cobwebs away.
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    • JulieRoo Post author

      It didn’t even occur to me that they might not recognise it as water. I used to play and walk my dog around rivers and brooks, and little pools and even an old reservoir. I thought it was instinctive to recognise water, seems I learnt that.