In the Garden

We have had a lovely, sunny, bank holiday weekend so far in Cumbria. It’s kind of unusual to get nice weather on bank holidays in England! I’m not sure if other countries have bank holidays, but I know the US at least has public holidays, so this bank holiday is a replacement for  Whitsun Sunday for us. Is it for you?

Bank holidays usually mean we get very busy at work, but we still got to enjoy some sunshine in our garden. We had a picnic.

Molly and Faline, The Rabbit-dogs, are getting quite old now. Molly will be 11 in August and he is really feeling his age now. He was a bit worried to find himself in the garden at first, as Faline hopped away and left him on his own on the lawn, but I put him in the flower bed and put Faline next to him and he felt her with his whiskers and followed her under the buddleia bush and then he was quite content to enjoy the sunshine with us. When the rabbits are in the garden if the shadow of a seagull goes over they run for cover. They must still have that prey instinct to hide from raptors.

No great shots of the boys as they stayed about 2 inches away from the picnic blanket hoping for treats the whole time.

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Pretty Faline

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Loves his TND

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Faline showing off her little white belly. 

Arran was there too!

We all had a nice rest in the warm spring sunshine. Our garden is finally coming back to life and maybe not as dead as we first thought after the rain/floods and winds of winter. We did have to replace a couple of favourite bushes and the weeds sure are recovering well, but at least plants are resilient!

Last summer we dug a little wildlife pond. It still needs bedded in properly but Mr. Toad has already found it!

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I hope we get lots more days to enjoy the garden but I thought I’d better make the most of this one, just in case!

-Dee

The Wedding!

Hurro! It me Ludo! Here be the long promised wedding post. Only 3 months after it happened. It might get long! Mum did be in two minds about posting this, but, since some of our very dear friends have waited so patiently she decided to share.

We had lots of visitors to our house in the days afore the wedding, lots of comings and goings and busy peoples and we went to the groomers.

Our pawrents got married in a hotel in the Lake District, so we all travelled down and stayed there together the day before like a mini hol-ee-day. The hotel allowed dogs in some bedrooms and Me and Arran were supposed to stay in Grandpawents room, but actually we stayed in the bridesmaid’s room on the first night instead. The bridesmaids were two of Mum’s nieces Abi and Georgina who come and stay with us at our house sometimes with their Mum and we like them a lot, and of course, they like us a lot too! Mum and TND had decided that we would be at the wedding with them, but we did not has a ‘job’ in the wedding. Firstly, we did not be allowed into those parts of the hotel where the ceremony be, but more importantly, we (well, mostly Arran) would has got really stressed and worried about all the people and not knowing what going on and I would has totally wanted all the attentions on me. So we went and stayed with our family, but we stayed out of the busy ‘wedding’ parts.

What do you think we're doing here then Ludo?

What do you think we’re doing here then Ludo?

We had a look around the place and it beed a hot day! We had lots of grounds to explore and a very nice room with a nice cool bathroom and comfy beds. Whilst Mum and TND unpacked and sorted things out, Grandpawents, Auntie Toni and the bridesmaids tooked us into town for some lunch. Mum and TND seemed a bit stressy, usually they is very relaxed on hol-ee-day.

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Meeting Mary Ray

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Me!

Hurro, It Ludo!

Way back last year in March my dog club (West Lakeland Dog Training Club) hosted a cabaret evening with famous UK Dog Trainer Mary Ray. Mary be a very good dog trainer, probably one of the best known in this country and she be one of the pioneers of bringing Heelwork to Music or ‘dog dancing’ into the public eye. She performs a routine every year just before Crufts Best in Show and it really amazing! Mary be very successful competing in obedience and agility too and has beed for many years.

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Mary, Levi and Ozzy doing heelwork. 

In the cabaret evening Mary showed all the peoples how she trains her dogs. Which all be very positive, fun ways, lots of treats and letting dogs figure things out for themselves, using clicker training. Well, we dogs is very clever you know!  And she clearly gets lots of good results.

I love learning tricks and it just shows how useful they is for other stuff you want to do with your human (like, agility, or just being a Good Dog) and learning them together helps build a really special bond with your human too.

Mum loved the event, although she got a bit carried away trying to get good piccures for the club… and then lost the memory stick she put the photos on! But… she has done findings of it again now. But it did cause some very panicked searchings for quite some time!


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playing!

The crowd all enjoyed it a lot and Mary be very good and funny, answering questions in the interval and talking to everyone afterwards, even though she must has beed tired from coming such a long way, all the way up to Cumbria. Mary brought a few of her amazing dogs with her, including Lyric, who beed a little puppy at the time and did very well and enjoyed showing off what she could do and even learnt some new stuff there.

Mary also had her border collies, little Chihuahua Vinnie, Ozzy the sheltie and of course, the star, Levi, Who did a little dance routine at the end. Mum has also shared a youtube video of Levi performing at Crufts at the end of the post.

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Mary Ray's dogs pose

Lexi, Levi and Ozzy pose.

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Don’t get ideas mum, Arran’s not leaning on me!

Since the venue did only be a little way from our house, at the end when everyone wanted to talk to Mary, Mum rushed home and got us and so Mary very kindly agreed to pose for a photo with us! Did you know that Mary has owned and worked with two shelties with similar breeding to us? One of her dogs was my Auntie on my Dad’s side (Note from Mum/Dee – We got shown all about her and Mary when we first went to meet Ludo, Joseen, the Myndoc breeder was really proud.) and was also pretty closely related to Arran. In fact, when Mum brought us into the room, some people asked if he be Mary’s dog Gypsy, although Gypsy had passed away. Arran did be a bit scared and did not want to sit next to Mary but I thought she nice and I does not mind what I do, go to a strange room with lots of people and funny smells? No problem, I just goes along with it.

Lucky us, to get to meet one of Mum’s and ours all time favourite dog people, huh? We has had two of her books ever since I be a little puppy and we has learnt lots of things from them. Thank you Mary, if you ever read this, for your patience with Mum’s poor camera skills!

Ludo, Mary Ray and Arran

Mum says if you ever get to go to an event featuring Mary Ray please do go, it totally worth the opportunity just for seeing Mary’s skill with the dogs and their joy in performing and working with her, and Mum got lots of good training tips too.

~Lickies, Ludo

Pee ess from Mum: If you would like to learn more about Mary Ray, visit her Website Here.

Here is a video of Levi, Mary, Richard Curtis, who is another fantastic dog trainer performing at Crufts 2014 before Best in Show. Well worth a watch… or two… or three!