Happy Birthday Arran and Faline!

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Hello, it is me, Arran! Do you remember when I was just a little scamp, like this? Well, that was a long time ago now, because today, I am three! I am no longer a Scamp (sometimes). I am going to tell you all about my birthday and how grown up I am now. Oh, and it was my Sisfur Faline’s Birthday on the 12th, so I will tell you about that as well.

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Intruder alert!

There is going to be some building work starting by our house and somepup has to make sure they know not to come any closer!

We are off to help at our dog club’s agility show this weekend, we will be camping! I have been camping once before and I liked it. I made sure no one except me, Ladee and Ludo could come into our tent. So I will have to leave the intruder guarding in my Dad’s hands this weekend. Although, I am pretty sure he will not do as good a job as me!

-Arran!

Happy Birthday Arran!

Hello Efurryone! It’s Me, Arran! We are back from our blogging break.

Two days ago, on the 14th of May, it was my birthday. I was a whole 2 years old. I am all grown up now, although I still feel like the same little Scamp I always did.

I had a very nice birthday. The day before I went to agility training and that is always lots of fun. My mum, Ladee says I am getting much better at ignoring distractions. Distractions are fun because they are always something interesting like another dog running around. I go to my first show at the end of May so Ladee says I must try and listen.

Anyway, back to my birthday. I got a nice card and badge from Grandpawents and Rusty. Rusty is my best friend! He came to stay with us for two whole weeks whilst Mum and Dad went away on a thing called Honeymoon. That was lots of fun but it was still nice to have them back. It was really exciting when Mum and Dad came through the door, we jumped all over them. Rusty too.

Ladee got me a pinata for my birthday. I really wanted to play with it and I span round and round and herded it whilst Ladee held it up in the air but then as soon as it went down on the ground Ludo shouted at me and chased me out the way and then even though Ludo got made to go away I would not go anywhere near it so Ludo got to open it. Ludo loves opening things.   Arranbirthday1

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Ludo sure is mean! I had to hide on Mum and Dad’s laps to watch him open my present. He did not care about the stuff inside though.

We both got a pigs ear that was inside the pinata. I am wearing a badge that says two!

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Mum Ladee gave me the tail from the Pinata, but it did not look as interesting as the bit Ludo had. Ladee says usually I am the one bullying Ludo and stealing all his stuff so I had to suck it up.

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I got two toys!

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Well, It was a nice birthday anyway I guess and I got to play with the legs in the end. Plus Auntie came round with sausage and chips and gave us some. We love Auntie!

I regret nothing!

I regret nothing!

Wiggles, Arran!

pee ess: We will get some wedding photos up in the next few days!

Crufts 2015!

Hello, It’s me, Arran. You know, it’s not long to go now until the Winner of Crufts 2015 is announced! Mum Ladee says that it wont be me. I don’t know why I can’t win, but I suppose you do have to be there.

There’s been some lovely dogs picked as Best in Group so far, although not a sheltie, we think they all look very nice dogs. The Sheltie winner, Sid, was a very nice dog and he met the host of Crufts on the TV. I would not like to do that though. I live up to the breed standard of ‘being reserved around strangers’. Although, I am not reserved once you get to know me! We especially loved the happy smiley Flat Coated Retriever.

We know some at our dog training club and they are just as happy! Although I do sometimes have to tell Brody off cos he is a bit big and bouncy and I am the fun police you know. Who will win the toy and utility groups? Mum always likes the poodles.

You can watch the live stream from the main arena on YouTube. All day long! You can also see the other days too.

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Group winners

Of course, we’ve been enjoying watching the Agility. I could so do that! I am getting very good at agility now. Although I don’t think our Mum will ever get up to the standard of the Crufts handlers. Ludo is not very good at watching TV. He does not usually do it. He is so close his eyes are boggling.

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This video below would probably happen to my Ladee. Wasn’t the border collie very nice to go check she was ok?

Crufts has been sharing some really cool videos.

Hey Ladee, I want one of those GoPro’s!

Pawsome! I hope I get to go next year. Although Mum says it would be too busy and stressy for me and Ludo would enjoy it much more, I am sure I would like it. Don’t you think? Off to go do some training now. ~Wiggles, Arran!

Agility Fun Comp

Dee here to tell you about our agility day. Our dog club hosts an annual fun competition, between us and other clubs in the area. Unfortunately we are the smallest club and since our dogs train there all the time are more likely to slack off, so we usually come last and this year was no exception. But we still all really enjoy it and the show like atmosphere is great training for new dogs like Arran. Thank you to Brendan Ashton from Barrow DTC for the use of the photos!

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The boys enjoyed themselves. It was Arran’s first go at a competition and his first time doing a full set of jumps as opposed to just little handling sequences.

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Ludo especially had a great time, since he got a treat bonanza. He did his first jumping run, which was a very nice clear, in which he got a 5th place. I put him back in the car and waited for the jumps to go down to small. When I got back to the car, Ludo had jumped through the gap onto the drivers seat, as he often does, but this time he’d gotten the treat bag (with magnetic closing) out of my back pack and had eaten all the treats. I was very annoyed! Poor Arran didn’t have any treats for his first run. Ludo did have the decency to look a little bit guilty but I think he felt very pleased with himself!

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luagility5Arran did not too bad on his first run, considering the no treats. He waited at a line of three jumps until called and didn’t go around the first one, which he sometimes tries to do when he’s in a wait, but for some reason went around the last jump of the three twice before going over. I suspect he saw something interesting that made him veer off. He didn’t do his weave entry correctly until I switched to the left hand side but over all it wasn’t bad and the judge who trains with us said well done.

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I was able to walk to the local shop and get some ham and cheese for later on and you know what? I put some ham into my bag and zipped the rest into my backpack and when next I visited the car, Ludo had once again, opened the back pack and eaten the ham! I don’t know how he’s doing it and he wont tell but he’s about to lose his sitting on the back seat at shows privilege.

I didn’t get a chance to walk the Agility round for Ludo, on account of going to the shop, so considering I got last half way through he did everything I asked of him.

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Good contact Ludo!

Arran’s agility run was a non starter as he left the ring to look at a photographer and then skidaddled his way to the back of the field, so I left the ring and recalled him, a few people with newbie dogs were carrying on after incidents like that, but I do not want Arran to think that is acceptable behaviour, so if he wants to do his own thing then he doesn’t get to have fun doing agility. He’s never completely dashed off in training so it just shows with the busier atmosphere how different it is for the dogs.

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Going to see the ‘tog

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Disappearing into the distance.

I think it made a difference as the next run was the pairs, and it was a similar course to the agility and aside from going past the A frame (which I didn’t mind as he’s only done it a couple of times in training) he did pretty well and listened, only getting slightly distracted a couple of times. We skipped the seesaw, since we are still training that. Ludo did fab in the pairs with our friends George and her westie Ruby, it was a lovely fast, flowy course and I just made one mistake, not cueing him for the tunnel quickly enough so he off shot it. But we came 4th in that.

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Lastly there was a ’round the clock’ game. 10 jumps and two tunnels in a circle with a cone in the middle and you had to go around the cone before taking each jump in sequence and coming in through the gap each time. Arran just about managed it, although he was very wide on account of looking at things. Ludo did very well and enjoyed going round the cone, although I think he got a bit fed up by the end and had a look of ‘we’ve done this enough now, Mum.’ but it was a fun handling exercise anyway.

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The clock

I’ll leave you with this shot Brendan got of Arran. Do you think he shut his eyes and hoped for the best?

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The winner is…

I’m sure everyone is eager to see who won the tickets to Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham? And perhaps more importantly, who won the right to pull a name out of the hat?

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Ludo has the experience, but Arran has the youthful enthusiasm.

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Ludo, slightly ahead

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Level pegging?

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Arran wins!

“Victory! I always win because I push Ludo out the way and I am a fast Little Scamp! Hurrah! I has never picked a name out of a hat, it sounds exciting!” Presenting, the winner of the Crufts tickets… all the names in a hat. Who will get to go?? Arran thinks he should… maybe next year.

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Congratulations Ruth, I’ll send you an email to arrange getting the tickets to you. I’m totally jealous by the way, since I can’t make it this year. Thanks everyone for joining in. You can of course, by tickets by clicking on the banner above. Look out for more of our Crufts posts coming soon!

P.s. Arran was a little unsure about getting the names out because the first time, this happened… and he doesn’t like to get things wrong. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx-DLS6ADPo

(So apologies for all the people who got picked out of the hat first, but I only had one pair of tickets, so decided to actually go with the one Arran ‘chose’, I did make sure I put them all back in though. Sorry also to Ludo for getting moved out the way there, but he’s used to it. :p)