Snow Dogs

Hello!

It’s me, Arran!

This weekend I got to have some really Scampy fun. We went to a really interesting place called ‘Snow’. I have seen snow falling from the sky before and looked at it, but I have never been to Snow before. Mum heard it had snowed, but we didn’t get any because of the salty sea air, so she said to Dad, let’s go find some, because Arran is nearly three. And we did!

We drove a bit inland and went up a little higher onto the Cumbrian Fells onto Cold Fell and there we found… Snow! It was all white and sinky and also cold. I suppose that makes sense. Mum says that it is called Cold all year round and there is only Snow sometimes, but snow is always cold. I think my head hurts.

Here are some photos!

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I’ll just keep this stick on my fur for later.

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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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All around Ennerdale

Hurro, it me, Ludo!

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

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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)

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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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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!

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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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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 1

Hello, Dee here, taking over the blog for a couple of posts. Over New Year we had a very special event! The Elanmore people (Elanmore is Ludo and Arran’s kennel name, if you are new to the blog) – Katharine, Laura and Jack, came on holiday near us again and so we got to have a couple of Sheltie meets! They brought their dogs; Becky and Charlie who’ve been on the blog before and Arran’s litter sister Beryl and his younger sister Phoebe! We were also joined in this part by his younger brother Foxy (Phoebe and Foxy are litter mates) and Foxy’s owners Anna and Bob, they also live in Cumbria. It was a real sheltie fest and lots of fun! Anna showed us some photos of her previously beloved shelties, one was very like Ludo, and it was wonderful hearing all about them, they really do seem to be a breed that stays in your heart.

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Foxy, Phoebe, Arran, Ludo, Beryl, Becky and Charlie!

I asked Katharine what all their kennel club name’s were so they are… “Foxy’s name is Elanmore Encore, Phoebe’s Elanmore Exactly Right, Arran’s Elanmore Beach Boy, Ludo’s Elanmore Blue Flash, Beryl’s Elanmore Beach Babe (of course after you wanted to name Arran Beach Boy it had to be!) and Becky’s is Elanmore Royal Empress.” Poor Charlie got half cut off the photo! I’d look out for Beryl and Phoebe’s name as I think they are going to start showing soon. 🙂

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Helping!

It is me, Big Scamp! That’s right, I am big now, 16 months old. I am still a puppy though, because my Mum, ladee says I am.

I am a very helpful puppy. I like to help with the cleaning…

Helping wipe my paw prints off the wall by the ‘window I like to look out of and bark at things from’.

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Helping attack the horrible noise thing. I even start to go nuts when I hear the plug go in! Keep away from ladee, noise thing!

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And Helping with the mop thing because it is really fun! It goes back and forwards super quick and I chase it!

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Oh, not helping anymore, come on, mean old Ladee, let me in! I can’t help out here!

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What’s a good puppy to do?

Speaking of helping, a while ago our Mum, ladee, posted about a charity run that she and Dad were doing, well, we didn’t get to go, although we helped practice and I think I could have done it but ladee said there were too many people and I would have been worried. Although some people did take dogs!

They enjoyed it a lot, but it was very hard work, it was more like cross country running than a normal 5k. Whatever either of those things are in people terms… Here are some photos!

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Well, that’s all I have to help with at the moment.

Wiggles, Arran!

p.s. From ‘ladee’ Some of you have asked when this wedding thing is, it is in April! 🙂 I’m sure one of the boys will tell you all about it. 😉