Sheltie Shin-Dig – Part 2

If you didn’t see part 1, it’s here.

Our sheltie meet with the dog’s family continued the next day with a walk at Ennerdale Lake. Foxy and his parents had to go home so they didn’t come to this one unfortunately. Now… the sun was out in the morning, but typically, with the northern weather that pretty much changed as we got to the lake. Well, as I always tell visitors to the area, we have to fill the lakes up somehow!

I was in charge of TND’s camera (mine is still broken) this time and I’m not great with it, he did take the group shots at the end though.

Arran took some time to have a good sniff of Beryl this time. Did he remember her? I like to think so. I heard the other day that litter mates remember each other’s smell for about 2 years.

puppy photos courtesy of Laura. 

1048643_10200571635066692_1014702360_o 1064176_10200690931209021_19532638_o


Remember me?

Continue reading

Sheltie Shin-dig – part 1

Hello, Dee here, taking over the blog for a couple of posts. Over New Year we had a very special event! The Elanmore people (Elanmore is Ludo and Arran’s kennel name, if you are new to the blog) – Katharine, Laura and Jack, came on holiday near us again and so we got to have a couple of Sheltie meets! They brought their dogs; Becky and Charlie who’ve been on the blog before and Arran’s litter sister Beryl and his younger sister Phoebe! We were also joined in this part by his younger brother Foxy (Phoebe and Foxy are litter mates) and Foxy’s owners Anna and Bob, they also live in Cumbria. It was a real sheltie fest and lots of fun! Anna showed us some photos of her previously beloved shelties, one was very like Ludo, and it was wonderful hearing all about them, they really do seem to be a breed that stays in your heart.


Foxy, Phoebe, Arran, Ludo, Beryl, Becky and Charlie!

I asked Katharine what all their kennel club name’s were so they are… “Foxy’s name is Elanmore Encore, Phoebe’s Elanmore Exactly Right, Arran’s Elanmore Beach Boy, Ludo’s Elanmore Blue Flash, Beryl’s Elanmore Beach Babe (of course after you wanted to name Arran Beach Boy it had to be!) and Becky’s is Elanmore Royal Empress.” Poor Charlie got half cut off the photo! I’d look out for Beryl and Phoebe’s name as I think they are going to start showing soon. 🙂

Continue reading

Elanmore Beach Boy and more on Elanmore!

Hello everyone! It is me, little scamp! It took a lot of effort but Ludo ‘agreed’ to letting me post on his blog. He lets me do lots of stuff. I just get my own way by beating him up a lot and then running away really fast when he gets mad at me!

My lady person, mumDee said I had to learn how to express myself on the blog properly before she would type for me as she gets fed up translating Ludo’s ideas on grammar. I don’t know what grammar is but it sounds tasty! I like to eat everything!

I am called Arran, after an Island in Scotland. I have never been there because it is a whole country away and I cannot walk very far yet. I am a shetland sheepdog like Ludo, only I am a different colour.

I am also called Elanmore Beach Boy. My first family let my new people help name me. I have been to the beach already and I like running around with Ludo on it and picking up seaweed.

People that I meet outside like me a lot and I have gotten brave and like getting cuddles, but only from nice quiet ladys like my Laydee, or nice boys like my first family’s Jack. Then I lick them and roll on my back to show I like them. But they keep on asking if Ludo is my Mum!

I have my own dog Mum!  Here I am, inside her tummy! She is called Bridie.

Here I am as a small baby. Of course I am much bigger now and my Dadperson has started calling me Medium sized scamp instead of Little Scamp.

I am the one with more white.

I got hand fed too as I wasn’t putting on enough weight

Same tugger as first photo!
My sisters Jewel and Beryl.
I was not sure I wanted to go with this strange laydee!

My laydee is going to show you my dog family because I have gotten fed up with sitting still!

-Wiggles, Arran.

With huge Thanks to Arran and Ludo’s first family, Katharine and Laura (who we’ve met before on the blog) I have lots of photos to share!

Here are his parents, Bridie and Porgy, and the tail end of another sheltie. lol!

This is Arran’s Sire, Porgy (Elanmore King’s Double)

As a baby!

And Bridie, (Elanmore Sweet Dreams)

On Porgy’s side we have Arran’s Paternal Grandparents

Grandfather D-D
Doonelodge Double Deal
Grandmother – Elanmore Foxy Lady – as a baby

This next photo is Arran’s Great Grandmother Jill (Elanmore Shady Lady) on the right (looking up) and his Great Great Great Grandfather Roly (Dalsetter D’Rothschild)

Roly and Jill (Roly is Jill’s Grandfather)

Now this handsome fellow below is where Ludo and Arran connect. This is Elanmore Jack Flash, he is Arran’s Great Great Grandfather, Father of Jill above, and he is Ludo’s Grandfather, so they are kin.

Here is Flash on holiday at 16 years old.  He is at the Rainbow bridge now.
This lovely old lady is Milady of Zeerust at Elanmore. She is Ludo’s great grandmother and Arran’s too through a different strand), she’s also his great great great grandmother somewhere… line breeding is, after all, common in pedigree dogs (and royalty ;p)

Speaking of Ludo, This is Ludo’s Mum Thistle (Meadowpark Blue Thistle from Elanmore) as a baby!
I have become a bit nerdy with all this pedigree stuff. I think it is really cool that through good breeders we can research the history of our dogs. They bigify.
Arran’s Pedigree
Ludo’s pedigree

 If you are interested you can see some more photos of Arran’s Maternal Grandparents line on Mohnesee’s site.

And just some more random photos from when we collected Arran.

Ludo meeting D-D

And two more beautiful past Elanmore’s, just because.
Elanmore She’s Magic -Ella
Elanmore Bossy Boots.

Excuse me, I have to go and stop a puppy from splashing in the water bowl now.

p.s. I’m really considering moving over to wordpress, I use an ipad a lot and wordpress blogs seem a lot friendlier to it. I even opened an account. But I don’t want to lose all the posts. 😦 What to do!

An Elanmore of Every Colour

Want to see a selection box of shelties?

Over New Year my cousin Becky on the Elanmore (my dog Mum’s) side brought her people up to visit for a little hol-ee-day. Her person called Katherine and Katherine’s daughter Laura and Laura’s son Jack. Katherine’s Mum be called Norma and she bred and owned my Mum Thistle and has been the Elanmore breeder for many many years! We met them in the summer too, they very nice and I will tell you more about them and the other Elanmore dogs in another post. On New Years day we met up and we also met up with my other cousin Benji. I has known Benji for a few years through my training club, but we did not know we be cousins until just recently when Mum got talking to Becky’s people. We all cousins, all from the Elanmore kennel, related through our great Grandma, Lady.

Becky (Elanmore Royal Empress)…

Benji (Elanmore Sir Harrington)…

I thinks you know what I looks like? (Elanmore Blue Flash)

It did not be very nice weather, but we had a nice walk anyway. The peoples chatted and we ran around and did some posing.

Benji’s people had to go home after the walk but Katherine, Laura and Jack comed to my house for a cup of tea. Laura has a dog who not a sheltie (but we will not hold that against him) called Charlie.
Mum thinks he very photogenic.
The sun comed out for a few minutes so we went back out to try and get some sunshine photos.

Look how big and brave I is. Jack a children and I sitting right next to him and looking and not even being chicken! He be a very nice young man though and does not do scary things like other childrens I see like run right up to me and make loud noises and stuff like that.

I hope you liked meeting some more of my ‘first’ family. I sure did and I will show you some more soon!
I thinks Katherine, Laura and Jack enjoyed their hol-ee-day in St. Bees and so did Becky and Charlie!
By the way, Laura been doing a challenge for Cancer Research UK this month. She beed a ‘dryathlete’, not drinking any alcohol. If you has some spare pennies and fancy donating to a good cause her sponser page here. Charlie helping on New Years eve. (Mum stole this pic from her facebook page. BOL!)
~lickies, Ludo!
pee ess: From Mum, Ok… Not EVERY colour possible. But… you don’t really get any colours other than sable, tricolour and blue merle deliberately bred for over here in the UK. Blue merle without the tan (bi blue?) is accepted, but not desirable. Black and white, like (Oreo and Morgan) is accepted and we have met one at an agility show, since you need a bi black to get a bi blue and bi blacks are rare, it makes bi blue’s even rarer! Of course you can get shaded sable (mahogany) like Becky, or lighter coloured (gold) sable, but they are all just classed as sable by the Kennel club. I’ve never heard of a sable merle being bred over here (and was a bit shocked when I found out it is bred in the US, since it looks very similar to shaded sable, it would be difficult to tell if the dog carried the merle gene or not, which means you could potentially breed two merle sables, thus creating double merles with all their ensuing health problems. Doesn’t seem worth the risk to me… but I guess it’s for the potential for blue eyes, which do look pretty on the gold coat) anyway, sable merle and colour headed whites are not recognised by the kennel club so I would imagine that’s why. If you want to see the UK standard it’s here.
Some fun links on possible colours if you want to be nerdy, more applicable to other countries… here, here and here.