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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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!

 

Don’t worry Mum, I feel fine!

Hurro!

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Ludo here, I is being a doggy scarf on my favourite spot on the sofa. In case you missed the last post I recently had a small lump removed from my back leg and it comed back from tests as being a kind of cancer. On tuesday Me, Mum and TND all went on a long car journey. I be pretty excited cos we only do that to go on holiday mostly. Arran stayed behind at Grandpawents house on the monday and he tells me he sulked all night.

We got there and had a walk around and then went into a building. Ok, it did not has the usual charm of the holiday cottages we usually go to and there be other people and dogs in there, but I knew it did not be my vet. We went into a room (well, I tried to go out the front door again) with a nice man who stroked me all over and spent a while chatting to Mum and TND, but then he did that very unpleasant thermometer thing. It did be a vets after all! I is tricked!

Then another man called an oncologist came and talked to Mum and TND some more. I got kind of bored lying down and went over and made him stroke me. Then he looked all around me too and carried me off into another room! I got kind of sleepy after that but soon after I woke up I got tooked back out to that first room and Mum and TND tooked me back to the car. Talk about a rubbish holiday huh? Who goes to the vet on holiday anyway? Not me usually. Mum said it tooked hours and they went off and had a nice meal at a pub. Without me! We drove to my Uncle’s house cos he lives near to the weird vet holiday place and had dinner and then back home and to bed. I felt a bit cold underneath and had a couple of hurty spots.

Bare belly!

Bare belly!

Mum said I had lots of scans and some biopsies.

Arran came home the next morning (I thought I had got rid of him for a moment!) and we had to do waitings for the results. Well, not me, I just carried on as normal. We went to the lake afore my vet holiday… I thinks my belly would be too cold for swimming now.

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Lake Wastwater

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Poppy’s first lake.

Beach walkies

Beach walkies

What toy shall I play with today?

What toy shall I play with today?

Oh sorry Mum, did you wants to put your feets there? hehe!

Oh sorry Mum, did you wants to put your feets there? hehe!

On friday the peoples got the results and although it has not spread very much, a thingy called my inguinal lymph node did has cancer cells in it, I doesn’t know what that be, but it means I has ‘stage 2’ cancer. Which means Mum and TND had to do some important people thinking stuff.

It be a hard thinking because they didn’t really want me to have more surgery. I got kind of worried to have the stitches in there afore and it did not be nice to feel all woozy from the sleepy stuff, but Mum said the oncologist man did not have very encouraging things to say about how long I might be around if we did not do it (and maybe, even if we do.) So I is going back to the faraway vets on wednesday to try and get more of the cancer cells out of my leg and to take that lymph thing out too. But that ok, cos I doesn’t think I needs it very much, apparently I has more of them and so does you all too! Handy huh?
After, I might need some special medicines called chemo, but Mum and TND will has to do some more thinking about that too and see how I go as they want me to still be having a nice time. Also, I is being tested for the MDR1 gene, which can affect pastoral breeds like me and might mean I casnot has the medicine anyway. Mum is trying not to feel sad and I is helping. Because I is very helpful of course.

I might not be able to tell you more until I is all healed up, so don’t do worryings, I feel fine!

Up Yewbarrow

Hurro! It me Ludo!

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I is here to tell you about our expedition up a mountain. You might remember Mum wants to climb Scafell, England’s highest mountain in order to be a proper Cumbrian? Well, we thought we better start with some smaller ones first. Since we is not the kind of dog/Mum who does climbing, we prefers nice strolls. TND tooked us up this littler one called Yewbarrow.

According to the internet it be 2,060ft high, a mountain has to be 2000ft to be a mountain so it really a baby one. BOL! We did not get right to the tippytop, because we came round the back way, walking along a stream so it would be more scenic, but the back way to get to the top via a bit called Stirrup Crag did not be safe for us doggies in our pawrents opinion, so we turned back around instead of going the last 20ft or so.

Firstly of all, we went on a saturday. Saturdays is good days because TNP does not work. First the peoples got up and had breakfast (and so did we) then they went to get dressed. We has a good sniff of TNP’s selected clothes and yup, we could tell, they was not work clothes, they was walking clothes. Hurrah! So we started jumping around and barking like crazy. I always jump up next to TNP, whilst he gets his walking trousers on. One time my legs went inside the trousers where his legs were going. He thought that was funny! Sometimes I donk him on the nose with my head and that not so funny for him.

Anyway, off we went…

Ready!

Ready!

See that sun beam? Mum had to go pretty slowly at first cos she just had a wisdom tooth out under sedation the day afore so she beed feeling a bit dopey. But we did not want to waste our sunny saturday!

We walked alongside this beautiful clear stream and sometimes we drank it and cooled our paws too.

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A cairn

Here Arran be showing Mum a Cairn he found. Cairns is little stones that show you is going the right way.

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And here lake Wastwater in the background.

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Up and up. It got darker and windier in amongst all the peaks. Plus some of the ground got a bit gravelly and slippery. That why it important to have nice thick sheltie fur and four paw drive. Or good weatherproof coats and shoes if you is peoples.

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Then when we got to stirrup crag via Dore head and started climbing. About here it started getting very climby. That easier for the peoples cos they has tall bodies, a couple of places we got a bit nervous and had to be passed from one people to another over a big rock, we got most of the way up but then TNP went on ahead cos we could not see the path anymore and he decided that way too steep for us. We still had a great time getting to the almost top though. Apart from Mum would have preferred to keep going up as she does not like doing the very steep bits down very much and sometimes had to slide down on her bottom like a caterpillar. Maybe next way we will try the front way via Overbeck Bridge instead.

We got back to a flat bit and had some lunch.

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Wastwater looked very pretty from high up.

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We joined back onto the path at the place most people go up… the front way and watched some people winding up to the top without doing the Stirrup Crag bit, but we enjoyed our scenic route anyway.

yew2Mum tooked a photo of me from on top of this style. I climbed it by myself twice. Little Scamp could not, he be too scared and Mum had to lift him over.

Great fun Mum!

Great fun Mum!

~Lickies, Ludo! (the mountaineerer!)

pee ess: We will not be around for a few weeks, although we might schedule some posts we wont be able to reply to comments. In two saturdays our peoples get married and they have been busy organising it too, so that why I has not posted for a while. See you soon!

All around Ennerdale

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Long time readers may has noticed that we go walk at a particular lake called Ennerdale quite a lot?

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Ennerdale

It nearby and very pretty, and quite quiet because a lot of the regular Lake District tourists doesn’t go that way and TND’s Mum lived there before she went to the Bridge so we could go for cups of tea after walking and she never minded how muddy we got.

We went a different route this time. Usually we park up, walk along the front of the lake, go for a swim, then go for a walk in the surrounding woods. (paw prints) or sometimes we walk along one side and back, or we has also parked up a stream called Smithy Beck and gone down to the lake that way. (the yellow two different routes)

Thanks Google maps

Thanks Google maps

A couple of weeks ago Mum decided that she has lived in Cumbria long enough (she used to be a southerner) that she should have climbed Scafell Pike by now. Scafell Pike be the highest mountain in England and nearly every Cumbrian Mum meets has gone up it, so she said she must too, to be a proper Cumbrian. TND looked a bit sceptical, since Mum not really the climby, adventurous type. I does not think me and Mum has ever climbed a real mountain! TND said we had better get in training with more challenging walks (for Mum) first… so this weekend we walked ALL the way around Ennerdale. It about 7 miles and some bits is a little climby and stoney. Mum only tooked her phone for photos, but here you is.

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When we set off it beed very misty, but it lifted in the valley and it beed mostly sunny, still frosty in places and some wet bits still frozen, Mum told me to walk like a penguin cos that how you not slip apparently. I has four paw drive so I did ok and Arran never seems to complain about anything! We just had one scary bit where we had to climb down a steep bit called Anglers Crag (we should has gone up, not down Arran new the right way, but he followed us. Mum worried about the slippy rocks, so she sat down and kind of scooted down.) Me and Arran could not make the step across, but it ok, TND and mum helped us.

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Anglers cragg ahead

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The mist came in some parts, but it never came right down so we could see the pretty scenery all the time. Arran does not be in all the photos cos he likes to go off to the sides to has a good sniff around, or he stays with Mum or goes ahead, he is always trot trot trot all over the place. I is a wise growed up dog now and I knows to conserve my energy.DSC_0023

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The people who in charge of looking after Ennerdale put big stones along the path wherever a stream comes down into the lake so people can still use the paths. We think the steppy stones be really fun, just like natural agility. On this walk we did not has too much trouble with the streams, they probably all frozen higher up, but it can get VERY wet!

Steppy stones

Steppy stones

Of course, we stopped for lunch/snacks when we got half way round. TND gived us that whole bag, even though he not supposed to. That just one reason why I love him!  We did the second half a lot quicker cos it not steep and it be proper paths for people with wheelchairs or prams. You can see the field we stopped in on the last pic.

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Ennerdale

Ennerdale

I sure hopes you enjoyed my tour around Ennerdale! One of the stars in the map piccure goes into the water. That’s cos I went into the water! Mum did not let me has a good swim though, in case my legs be tired. I still did not want to get back in the car though!

~Lickies, Ludo!

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. 

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