Four Paws are:
Meg was our first dog. She was a Dartmoor bred Border Collie who spent most of her time running around the moors. She accompanied us up our first Munro on Ben Lomond and was there when I completed on Sgurr Eilde Mor. Meg was calm and content, equally at home following my horse across the moors, climbing hills or cuddling up together. During our holidays in Scotland Meg managed to climb 198 Munros and she also climbed all the named tors on Dartmoor.
Molly exploded into our lives in June 2007, she was a Border Collie from a working farm on Dartmoor. Loud, boisterous and excitable with endless energy, she was ideally suited to life as a mountain dog. We came on holiday to Scotland when she was year old and she climbed her first mountain, Beinn an Lochain, a Corbett above the Rest and Be Thankful. Moving to Scotland was perfect for her, she would leap in the car and pant all the way to the start of the walk. We have been airlifted off Liathach in a rescue helicopter when the hill was on fire, we kayaked up Loch Quoich to climb the remote Corbett Ben Aden, she completed the Rum Cuillin traverse, climbed the A’Chir ridge on Arran including two abseils and climbed to the summit of The Cobbler. In 2012 Molly became the first dog (known at the time) to have climbed all the Corbetts. I kept a log of all her hills and she climbed 1227 Munros, 312 Corbetts and 131 Grahams. She was slowing down during the spring of 2016 but still enjoying the hills. I took her to the vet at the end of June when she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. She did not respond to treatment and died 7 weeks later, at home on her favourite chair. Her last hill was Ben Stack, a Graham in the far NW at the end of June 2016.
Ralph joined our family in September 2016, only a few weeks after loosing Molly. He is a Border Collie from a working farm near Dunkeld in Perthshire. Ralph is a total softie who is scared of his own shadow. He climbed his first hill in February 2017 and has now turned into a confident and experienced hill dog. Ralph enjoys collecting litter whilst on the hills.
Milly belongs to my friend Heather but has spent a lot of time in the hills with us over the last few years. She is a retired SARDA dog who never managed to find anybody. Milly will follow anyone if she thinks they are likely to throw a stick for her. She eats poo and decomposing wildlife.