I had a truly brilliant Christmas break away in the country with some friends and a couple of dogs. They’re not mine, but belong to the host’s family. We had lots of walks donw the lanes and across fields, and Iean real walkies, around 5 miles each time. Coming back with mud drenched hounds is no laughing matter and cleaning down has to be handled quickly and preferably by two people – 8 very shaggy wet muddy legs and paws could definitely cause carpet melt down! happily babysit the same dogs occasionally when their owners are away. I have learnt by trial and error just how to keep the house relatively mud free when the dogs stay over. It can be rather hit and miss in my case without the 2nd responsible adult! But having access to a professional carpet cleaning agency is such a boon. They come in twice a year and make a fantastic job of my honey coloured wool carpet!