Family Walk at Ennerdale

Hurro! Ludo here!

Last weekend some of Mum’s sisters visited and so we had a big family walk at Lake Ennerdale. Auntie Toni couldn’t come but Mum’s nieces and nephew brought Poppy along. Poppy is the other sheltie who looks a bit like Arran.

Grandpawents dog Rusty comed too and we met Auntie Tracey’s dog Wilbur who be a shitzu x yorkshire terrier and Auntie Tricia had Lily who a staffie x jack russel. It be a typical Cumbrian day. Not quite raining but just about to. Although it did get a bit sunnier at the end.

Here we is!

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Hol-ee-day, just for me!

Hurro Efurryone! It me, Ludo!

I told you I was going camping right? Well something really exciting happened after camping at the agility show. My TND turned up and instead of going home and the people’s going back to work we went to a hotel! Mum and TND said it be a trip just for me because we has not beed on a hol-ee-day for a while and I love going to hotels!

First of all, I had a nice time camping. I did not get to do agility, but I got to go on some walks and hang out with Mum and I got to sit and watch whilst she helped on a ring and watch some other dogs and bark at them. We made our tent nice and cozy although Mum did not let me sleep on her pillow like I really thought I should. It rained a lot on the Saturday but me and Arran didn’t get wet, only Mum and it dried for us to go for a walk and cook Mum’s dinner. Mum and Arran didn’t really get their act together to do any winnings but Arran did manage to get one 5th place rosette and it does be a very big show with 10 rings so Mum thinks he did well. (Of course, I got 3 rosettes last year…)

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The show just in between Cumbria and Lancashire and it on the canal for nice walkies.

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There be lots of shelties there. Can you spot us?

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We beed very happy to see TND. I love staying in hotels and we stayed in a very nice little Inn in Kirkby-Lonsdale called The Sun Inn

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We had our own goody bag in our room

The peoples bed did be very comfy and we had a nice quiet room where we didn’t has people walking past so Arran did not do guarding of the door. The Inn had a little section of the dining room just for peoples who wanted to sit with their doggies so we got to eat breakfast and dinner with our pawrents and we got lots of lots of tidbits.

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I got duck and fish and chicken and creme brulee. I even got to eat some wheats (I intolerant to wheats)! The people working in the hotel all be very nice to us and of course you has to be nice to them acoss they bring the food!

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Give me food!

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The next day we went for a walk around the Forest of Bowland, I can still do walkings but I is not very good on runnings as I am too ouchie and I has to go nice and slowly but my peoples doesn’t mind. When we headed to the car me and Arran both said ‘no we wont go!’  and pulled back on our leads. But it ok, because we just went on a walkies and did not go home and we comed back to the hotel again!

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Let’s go on an adventure!

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Stones from old houses that got removed when a reservoir got made.

We got back to the village and had a late lunch in a dog friendly Cafe called The Crossing Point. I got in everyone’s way but I is pretty sure no one minded. The waiters just stepped over me. Well, you cas not see what be ON the table if you sit under it like Arran does. Kirkby-Lonsdale seemed very dog friendly. It had some nice independent shops which Mum liked to go in and a nice smelly old church to explore and lots of walks around it.

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The next morning we explored the village and went down to the River Lune  to see ‘Ruskin’s view’ He thought it be a lovely ‘English’ view of river and pasture.

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At the bottom of the ‘Devil’s steps’

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I had a super ‘last-trip’ thank you so much to The Sun Inn for letting me and Arran come and stay.

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Arran sniffs me all the time now!

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Good bye Sun Inn

I wanted to thank all my friends who has gived me power of the paw against the cancer lumps. I is sure it working to keep me comfortable but the vet says nothing can make it go away now, not even good wishes, and I know I has a whole bunch of those. . My ‘golf ball’ in my groin seems to get bigger every day and I has new sores on my front leg. I has some more medicines to keep me ‘comfortable’ but the vet talked with Mum and TND about supporting their decision once they decide that I is not comfortable anymore.

Right now I am happy! Mum says she is not ready to say Goodbye yet so she hopes I can stick around for a bit longer. You know I will do anything for treats right? So I is sure I can do sticking arounds too!

~Lickies, Ludo!

When I went to Oxford

Hurro, Ludo here!

You know, Mum was looking through some of our photos the other day and she realised there a lot of stuff we planned to blog about and she neglected my blog never got around to posting. So here an adventure from 3 and a half years ago, afore Arran comed along, when I went on Holiday to the Cotswolds and visited the city of Oxford.

Oxford a city in the UK and it famous for it’s colleges and big fancy buildings also, it has no cars inside it.

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Will it ever stop raining in Cumbria?

Hurro, it me, Ludo!

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From the BBC

Today I has to pose a very serious question. Will it ever stop raining in Cumbria?

 

According to the BBC, the answer be ‘no’. cumbria underneath the bottom of that blob of rain, which going to come down so all that other rain waiting behind it will rain on us too, and I think we has already had quite enough. Oh sure, the rest of the North West (well, most of Scotland) will be getting rained on too, but I am a dog and I can only do worryings about so many things at once and I thinks it most important to worry about myself first, right?

Mum keeps on saying that we is so lucky that we has not been directly impacted and to think of all the people who has beed flooded and also all the other people in the world dealing with horrible weather right now. (I hope none of my friends in the US got snowed in!) But really. I think it quite wet enough now. It impacted on my walkies enjoyment.

Our paths has all turned to water. (Ignore Arran’s happy face, he a weirdo) The humans is wearing plastic all over their clothes! Look at poor soggy grandpaws sad face!

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I am going to has to rename our blog Soggy Shelties if this does not stop soon!

Even when it not raining all our water up really high, even our favourite lake, Ennerdale, attacked us. (You might need to click to make it bigger to see the splashing water. That water usually a few feet lower than that.

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*Sigh*

On Sunday we has our dog clubs annual fun agility match with other clubs in the area and it supposed to rain all day long and I is finally allowed to do some agility on the little dogs height, when so far all I has been allowed to do be the tunnel and running through the wings of the jumps, but I bet Mum will say it too slippery and I will not get to has my goes! Poor me.

~Lickies, Ludo!

 

pee ess from Mum: Aside from the inconvenience to Ludo, the rain has caused some real damage in our area and further afield. Not only to homes and businesses but to the landscape, roads and waterways themselves. The Lake District is beginning to resemble one giant lake.

However, Cumbria IS open. There is a handy guide here to keep updated on where you can still walk along with other flood information. I didn’t want to post horrible pictures here but a quick image search of ‘cumbria flood damage’ will show you a plethora of what it’s been like.

Those same places are battening down the hatches again this weekend as more severe rain and wind is forecast. Our thoughts are with those in our area and our neighbours in Scotland and the North East who are having to deal with the devastation first hand. We really hope we catch a break in the weather soon!

 

Compulsory Microchipping

Is your dog Microchipped? Both Ludo and Arran are microchipped and I think it is important for all animals who go outside to be microchipped. I know there are some people who are wary of the practice for various reasons. Whatever your personal opinion, if you live in England, it will shortly become law. So I thought it worth doing a post, in case anyone reading this from England was unaware of the changes.

“Under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 –  it will be compulsory for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks in England to be fitted with microchips from 6 April 2016.

Dogs will need to be microchipped and registered with their keepers’ contact details. All keepers, including breeders, must keep these details up to date. The only exemption from the requirement is where a vet has certified in writing that a dog is unfit to be microchipped.”  (site)

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