Platinum Agility show

Hurro Effurryone!

It me, Ludo! I has not blogged for a couple of weeks because Mum has beed ill but I wanted to tell you about a couple of weekends ago, when I went to an agility competition.

It be up in Scotland over on the East border in a nice place called Kelso. Mum entered it before I got my diagnosis but I am still doing fine so we could still go.

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Arran and TND comed too and we stayed in a hotel for a couple of nights. TND stayed at the hotel and went for bird watching walks and relaxed whilst we went to the show. The weather be just perfect for me. No rain, but not too hot.

We started off with a jumping round each and we both got a clear round (no faults). Mum be very pleased, especially with Arran as it be his first ever clear round! Mum decided to trust him to get his own weave entry and she tried to run fast so Arran could not get distracted. We had a wait for our next classes so Mum had some breakfast and helped on a ring and then we had more jumping rounds. We both got clears again because we is amazing! Mum did not know what came over Arran. I had gived him a stern talking to about not being silly in the ring!

We did our agility classes next and I did a couple of things which were really Mum’s fault for calling me off too quick and so I got a refusal on a jump and then had to redo my weaves acoss I stopped to bark at Mum and came out of them. Arran went round a jump and also got a refusal. We both got E’d on our last agility, it be a quite fiddly course though so we did not expect too much from Mum in being able to get us around it. BOL!

Whilst Mum sat around she heard Arran’s name called out and she could not believe it, he had got a 1st place! Then Arran got another! He also got a second place for his agility. Show off! Arran has some points for his record book now. He seems to really be enjoying agility now and not finding it so overwhelming, he does be faster than me, but doesn’t do tellings him that, ok? I got a first place in my first jumping round too Mum got a little bit teary when she got my rosette but she managed not to make too much of a spectacle.

 

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I is still the best dog, Ok, Arran?

Whilst we were away at the hotel Mum promised us a ‘no posing’ day.

So here be some photos from where we stayed at the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel. You can see the ruins of the Abbey from the hotel. We had a very dog friendly hotel, we could eat with our pawrents in the bistro and we could go in all the places in the hotel except the restaurant and one lounge. We had a lot of fun trying out an old wooden revolving door, I learnt to put my nose right on the edge and push it. The hotel had a swimming pool for the humans too.

And here some walkies we did nearby. I decided halfway across the bridge that it did be scary but Mum comed back and walked with me and I ok then. We did not even bark at the statues in the ‘muses temple’ that we found. It a lovely riverside walk with lots of flowers and wildlife. Mum and TND decided that we must go on a local hol-ee-day again soon.

I will add it to my bucket list!

What a great weekend!

~Lickies, Ludo!

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Trip to Trigony and the Multiverse

Hurro, Ludo here!

I bet you is wondering what a Trigony and a Multiverse be?

They places in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland where we went a few weeks ago for a weekend away.

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I has been to Trigony afore with Mum and TNP, back when he still be the new person and we has wanted to go back ever since. It a very dog friendly hotel and does very nice food so it has things we all like!

We got a very nice welcome box from our dog hosts and we had a very big room with our own garden too! It a lovely peaceful relaxing place.

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Our Garden

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Although I is always the best boy, Arran did pretty well at not barking at the noises of other guests and not getting scared of things.

Trigony be a great place because they let us join our pawrents for breakfast and dinner in the bar, we met other dog guests too.

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DSC_0917I taught Arran to pretend to be all nonchalant and pretend we is not interested in the other diners’s food until the waitress comes with our people’s food. Then we can say ‘oh we be so good’ and get some of theirs.

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He learned pretty fast!

We had a nice time relaxing in our room and garden. Mum sat outside with us and did some cross stitching (she been working on that thing forever and I doesn’t think it getting any bigger and sometimes it get called ‘oh buggar’)

In the mornings we be joined by the resident dog Roxy, I met her last time I comed too. Here I be reminding my TNP he should be stroking me and not Roxy.

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Last time we comed to Trigony we went to a very cool sculpture park that the people liked a lot and I did not so much cos I did barkings at the statues. (I is a bit older and wiser now) They thought about going there, but then the people at Trigony told us about a new place what opened called the Cawick Multiverse, so we decided to go there.

It be really great! It a place that used to be a coal mine and it been restored by the Duke and an artist called Charles Jencks, it represents things that are up in space. We has a very nice autumn day for our visit and we had a lot of fun not obeying the guidelines by running up and down the spirals of the galaxy instead of going round and round them. Arran especially liked doing that! Also it had lots of different textures and things at different heights to explore. Dog paradise! If you ever get the chance to go, we really recommend it. I rolled around really well at the top of Andromeda, just so future dog visitors know I was there first!

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Maybe in 100’s of years people will come along and wonder what all these strange rocks mean? Maybe they’ll find a fossilised Ludo hair and wonder about that too?

We had a very wonderful trip and I casnot wait to go on the next one!

~Lickies, Ludo!

Pee ess: In other news, I had to have a little lump removed, which got diagnosed as a hot spot a few months ago, but Mum worried as it had changed and so the vet agreed we’d get it taken off. I had to go be left at the vets and has a surgery! I did be a bit worried when the vet carried me off, but Mum comed back for me after all. I get my stitches out Friday and the results then too. I hate the stitches, so I has to wear the cone now, but I doesn’t mind bashing that into people. Only, Arran does be a bit worried and keeps sniffing me and trying to lick my front legs where they put the needles in me, so we all keeps telling him off. Mum says he like Piglet, only I doesn’t know what that mean.

We also has some family staying with us, so we behind in blogging again.

Pee pee ess: Congratulations to Jo, who won our Discover Dogs tickets. We hope you enjoyed it!

Hunting Wildlife, with TNP

Hurro, more from my Hol-ee-day in Scotland up in Argyll.
Now as long time readers will know when me and Mum and TNP goes on holiday we likes to go out hunting for wild life and then TNP tries to shoot them (with his camera). Mum does not really try cos her camera not so good as TNP’s and they would just be little blobs, but she official spotter. You has to be very careful when hunting for wildlike and do sneakings around and no barkings or chasings. We especially like to try and find squirrels. Now I know lots of you like to chase squirrels but you is not allowed to chase these ones because they is called ‘red’ and that makes them special for some reason cos there nor many left in Britain and none down in the south. They look pretty scrawny anyway and always run up trees so really it more fun to just sniff things. I has got very good at squirrel hunting and I do it by just lying down and looking not interested and then I don’t get moaned at. Of course I always spot them first.

Mum and TNP was very pleased on this hol-ee-day cos they seed a squirrel on everyday and we even had one come in our garden.

I has more piccures from Mum but I thought I would show you these ones from TNP’s camera first cos they make Mum and TNP happy.

First, we stayed in a lovely little cottage with a big garden. It be comfy and cozy and we all liked it a lot. The sofa’s is cream coloured so of course Mum said no Ludo’s on sofa’s. But she went into the kitchen and came back and there I be, snuggled up next to TNP, on the sofa. So that didn’t last very long.

See how good I is at posing, I got on this convenient rock in the garden all by myself.

There a bird feeder outside the kitchen window and Mum and TNP liked to look out of it. I didn’t mind cos they keeps the food in the kitchen so it a good place to hang out. Although I did get very annoyed at Mum chucking food for the birds outside and not letting me eat it. Even If I doesn’t like peanuts.

Here some bird feeder pics. They might not seem like special kinds of animals to some of you who live in more exotic locations than me and see lots of things, but to us in England they is pretty exciting and TNP sounded kind of like he does when he watches football when the Woodpecker flew in and the squirrel came to visit.

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They is pretty cute huh and very ascared of peoples, but probably nicer than Faline. He thought all his Crispmasses had come at once Mum said with all the nuts they put out. Even though he kind of black and grey he still a red kind of squirrel, you can tell by his shape and size. Grey ones is bigger.

Mum loves his little hands, which hard to compete with cos I not a rodent and so I has paws and so I is not so cute as squirrels by Mum’s standards which not very fair really.

We had some rainy days but then we had some sunny days and we went to a place called Benmore Botanical Gardens. We walked all day long, through woods and plants and big trees and finally at about 5 o’clock we seed a squirrel. By this time I be so tired I had to lie down all the time.

Mum likes this little guy the bestest cos he has a cute face. TNP said something about the light and the wildlife not co-operating. They probably needs some trainings and to go to posing class 101 like us doggies has to.

Here some piccures from Benmore, it very pretty, lots of interesting smells and quite a few doggies. Only I couldn’t go off lead. Apart from when Mum let me anyway in the wood bits.

We also went to another gardens called Ardkinglas and seed another squirrel!! I did chase this one a little, just to sniff it. Well, it just instinct. It thought I wanted it’s chestnut. But I didn’t. It not a patch on a chicken wing! We also seed the tallest tree in Britain there. Mum has piccures of that it even taller than Honey!

After Benmore I got really tired and my legs wouldn’t work anymore, I just had to sleep! I sat myself on the sofa in the dining room and after dinner when Mum and TNP went into the living room I wanted to go too, but my leggies were just too tired. So I cried and barked and Mum came through and carried me into my bed in the living room. You just had to know how to work them. I tried them same thing when they went to bed and TNP wanted to get me but Mum said no so I just had to drag myself up the stairs. TNP lifted me onto the bed though. Well, they shouldn’t have wored me out looking for squirrels for so long!

At Ardkinglass we also seed this weird little bird. He looked like a mouse running up the tree when Mum spotted him, but he a little bird called a tree creeper.

On one of my wored out nights Mum and TNP went out to dinner at an oyster bar so I got some peace and slept well and almost didn’t even wake up when they came back. Mum said they had really nice fresh fish, though she didn’t think much of her oyster. They oysters come from here, Loch Fyne and we went down and took some piccures of the sunset.

 Now TNP’s favourite piccure. This little robin fellow sat and watched us and wondered if we was gonna try and steal his patch! He look different to the American robins huh?

lickies, Ludo

Sunny (yes really!) Scotland!

 This post got lost with blogger being down over the last couple of days, but I has myself in my google reader and it appeared there so Mum copy/pasted it. Maybe you others who’ve lost posts can do that too?

Yous may know that Scotland be rather famous for not being sunny. But when we went it did be and we had a lovely time on my Scotland holiday. We got back a few days ago but Mum’s beed busy busy since then.

We had a pawtastic time and I did not want to come home at all! We stayed in a great location right inside the Galloway Park Forest which meant we could do lots of cool walks right from our doorstep without hasing to go in the car. So on one day when we did go in the car I ran away and would not go in cos I thought it meant going home time!

We stayed in a place called the Buchan. Right near to a loch called Glentrool and beside a couple of big hills. It be a place where a battle between some English and Scottish people when Scotland be fighting for it’s own independence, to be it’s own country and not a part of England many many many years ago when the calendar had a 1 for it’s first letter and not a two. Probably before Grandpaw be born too! I think.

The Buchan be kind of different because it out of the way so it not have normal sewage and electricity like most places in our country. Instead it gets it’s electricity and water from the ‘Buchan Burn’. (hydro) When we went it had been sunny for a while so we only really had enough electricity for the lights. Can you imagine my Mum without electricity? BOL. It had a big furnace stove to heat the water, which TNP did not let Mum touch, and it squeaked when you opened the door so he knew when she even tried to have a peek. BOL. They cooked on a normal gas cooker and had a kettle which went weeeeee when it boiled. Mum liked that. Infact Mum liked trying to turn the lights off and using all the candles instead to see around. Mum said it be ‘romantic’. It be a very old house and had lots of wildlife, including mice living inside! Mum seed footprints all round the garden and caught a glimpse of a deer but they very sneaky!

We did lots of pawsome walks around the Buchan, up the stream and in the ancient oak woodlands. Once again we sees evidence of people trying to make right things they made wrong in the first place because there be lots of signs up about how they conserving the woodland and trying to make more of it like that rather than the fast growing introduced soft wood species that all got planted some years before. Mum loved the woodlands and said ‘if only these trees could talk’. She said it be a writers paradise. And yes, I did find it paradise. hehe!


Mum and TNP went on the hunt for wildlife and seed quite a bit. Mum hasn’t got any piccures of them, but TNP might give me some. He be moaning about wanting a better camera now. They had fun adventuring and trying to sneak up on deers who did shoutings at us and I had an excellent time sniffing and climbing and doing lookings at everything! Mum doesn’t really like the climby bits, she not very much of an adventurer. But TNP found her a big stick and said she looked like a wizard and she liked using the stick to walk with. Mum and TNP played games at night and drank wine and sat in the conservatory to have dinner and even put together a really big jigsaw puzzle. Mum said it be like paradise, if only you could have a bit more hot water all the time and use the electricity when it hadn’t rained. BOL.

Ok, here be the piccures what Mum tooked. Warning. Lots! BOL!






peeess. I got a tick right on my eyelid. Horrid little thing! But the vet got it off for me and I feel fine.

peeeeesss: Mum just whacked me on my head with my clicker!!

p.s. From Mum: We were just practicing some dance moves for Honey and I just accidentally dropped/flung my clikstik out of my hand and it handed on Ludo’s head. oops, now he wont go near the clicker. Maybe we wont use a prop…

Sunny (yes, really!) Scotland!

Yous may know that Scotland be rather famous for not being sunny. But when we went it did be and we had a lovely time on my Scotland holiday. We got back a few days ago but Mum’s beed busy busy since then.

We had a pawtastic time and I did not want to come home at all! We stayed in a great location right inside the Galloway Park Forest which meant we could do lots of cool walks right from our doorstep without hasing to go in the car. So on one day when we did go in the car I ran away and would not go in cos I thought it meant going home time!

We stayed in a place called the Buchan. Right near to a loch called Glentrool and beside a couple of big hills. It be a place where a battle between some English and Scottish people when Scotland be fighting for it’s own independence, to be it’s own country and not a part of England many many many years ago when the calendar had a 1 for it’s first letter and not a two. Probably before Grandpaw be born too! I think.

The Buchan be kind of different because it out of the way so it not have normal sewage and electricity like most places in our country. Instead it gets it’s electricity and water from the ‘Buchan Burn’. (hydro) When we went it had been sunny for a while so we only really had enough electricity for the lights. Can you imagine my Mum without electricity? BOL. It had a big furnace stove to heat the water, which TNP did not let Mum touch, and it squeaked when you opened the door so he knew when she even tried to have a peek. BOL. They cooked on a normal gas cooker and had a kettle which went weeeeee when it boiled. Mum liked that. Infact Mum liked trying to turn the lights off and using all the candles instead to see around. Mum said it be ‘romantic’. It be a very old house and had lots of wildlife, including mice living inside! Mum seed footprints all round the garden and caught a glimpse of a deer but they very sneaky!

We did lots of pawsome walks around the Buchan, up the stream and in the ancient oak woodlands. Once again we sees evidence of people trying to make right things they made wrong in the first place because there be lots of signs up about how they conserving the woodland and trying to make more of it like that rather than the fast growing introduced soft wood species that all got planted some years before. Mum loved the woodlands and said ‘if only these trees could talk’. She said it be a writers paradise. And yes, I did find it paradise. hehe!


Mum and TNP went on the hunt for wildlife and seed quite a bit. Mum hasn’t got any piccures of them, but TNP might give me some. He be moaning about wanting a better camera now. They had fun adventuring and trying to sneak up on deers who did shoutings at us and I had an excellent time sniffing and climbing and doing lookings at everything! Mum doesn’t really like the climby bits, she not very much of an adventurer. But TNP found her a big stick and said she looked like a wizard and she liked using the stick to walk with. Mum and TNP played games at night and drank wine and sat in the conservatory to have dinner and even put together a really big jigsaw puzzle. Mum said it be like paradise, if only you could have a bit more hot water all the time and use the electricity when it hadn’t rained. BOL.

Ok, here be the piccures what Mum tooked. Warning. Lots! BOL!






peeess. I got a tick right on my eyelid. Horrid little thing! But the vet got it off for me and I feel fine.

peeeeesss: Mum just whacked me on my head with my clicker!!

p.s. From Mum: We were just practicing some dance moves for Honey and I just accidentally dropped/flung my clikstik out of my hand and it handed on Ludo’s head. oops, now he wont go near the clicker. Maybe we wont use a prop…

Hurro! Ok, here TNP’s piccures from our hol-ee-day. We wented back to the same place nearly we went afore, Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, only we stayed in a little cottage right by the forest this time. We stopped off in a town and met some swans. I did barkings at them. They was big and scary and very near and I wanted to get them but I not be allowed. There a couple of piccures of our little cottage too.

We got to see lots of wildlife that the forestry peoples is in charge of monitoring. Like red deers, goats, and Red kites which has just beed reintroduced in Britain and is doing very well.

 Me improving some scenery ala Hamish.

 Mum puffed out from climbing a hill.

 We drove through the forest on a toll road called Raiders road. There not beed any other people on it and it beed so beautiful we kept stopping to get out and play.

Lots of these birds efurrywhere. We nearly ran them over loads! They is called pheasants and is for eating!

Here some kites. We went to a kite feeding station where they still leaves food about for the newly let free kites so they will not starve at first. We not sure how long they will keep feeding them, but they sure did make for interesting stuffs for the peoples. I had to stay in the car.

oh and they seed this buzzard driving along.

We went here on the way home. It beed pretty boring though.

~lickies, Ludo

pee ess: Mum has got stuck inside a book. Or a whole bunch of them when she gets out of it I will do catchings up on blogging!!