Hol-ee-day, just for me!

Hurro Efurryone! It me, Ludo!

I told you I was going camping right? Well something really exciting happened after camping at the agility show. My TND turned up and instead of going home and the people’s going back to work we went to a hotel! Mum and TND said it be a trip just for me because we has not beed on a hol-ee-day for a while and I love going to hotels!

First of all, I had a nice time camping. I did not get to do agility, but I got to go on some walks and hang out with Mum and I got to sit and watch whilst she helped on a ring and watch some other dogs and bark at them. We made our tent nice and cozy although Mum did not let me sleep on her pillow like I really thought I should. It rained a lot on the Saturday but me and Arran didn’t get wet, only Mum and it dried for us to go for a walk and cook Mum’s dinner. Mum and Arran didn’t really get their act together to do any winnings but Arran did manage to get one 5th place rosette and it does be a very big show with 10 rings so Mum thinks he did well. (Of course, I got 3 rosettes last year…)

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The show just in between Cumbria and Lancashire and it on the canal for nice walkies.

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There be lots of shelties there. Can you spot us?

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We beed very happy to see TND. I love staying in hotels and we stayed in a very nice little Inn in Kirkby-Lonsdale called The Sun Inn

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We had our own goody bag in our room

The peoples bed did be very comfy and we had a nice quiet room where we didn’t has people walking past so Arran did not do guarding of the door. The Inn had a little section of the dining room just for peoples who wanted to sit with their doggies so we got to eat breakfast and dinner with our pawrents and we got lots of lots of tidbits.

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I got duck and fish and chicken and creme brulee. I even got to eat some wheats (I intolerant to wheats)! The people working in the hotel all be very nice to us and of course you has to be nice to them acoss they bring the food!

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Give me food!

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The next day we went for a walk around the Forest of Bowland, I can still do walkings but I is not very good on runnings as I am too ouchie and I has to go nice and slowly but my peoples doesn’t mind. When we headed to the car me and Arran both said ‘no we wont go!’  and pulled back on our leads. But it ok, because we just went on a walkies and did not go home and we comed back to the hotel again!

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Let’s go on an adventure!

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Stones from old houses that got removed when a reservoir got made.

We got back to the village and had a late lunch in a dog friendly Cafe called The Crossing Point. I got in everyone’s way but I is pretty sure no one minded. The waiters just stepped over me. Well, you cas not see what be ON the table if you sit under it like Arran does. Kirkby-Lonsdale seemed very dog friendly. It had some nice independent shops which Mum liked to go in and a nice smelly old church to explore and lots of walks around it.

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The next morning we explored the village and went down to the River Lune  to see ‘Ruskin’s view’ He thought it be a lovely ‘English’ view of river and pasture.

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At the bottom of the ‘Devil’s steps’

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I had a super ‘last-trip’ thank you so much to The Sun Inn for letting me and Arran come and stay.

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Arran sniffs me all the time now!

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Good bye Sun Inn

I wanted to thank all my friends who has gived me power of the paw against the cancer lumps. I is sure it working to keep me comfortable but the vet says nothing can make it go away now, not even good wishes, and I know I has a whole bunch of those. . My ‘golf ball’ in my groin seems to get bigger every day and I has new sores on my front leg. I has some more medicines to keep me ‘comfortable’ but the vet talked with Mum and TND about supporting their decision once they decide that I is not comfortable anymore.

Right now I am happy! Mum says she is not ready to say Goodbye yet so she hopes I can stick around for a bit longer. You know I will do anything for treats right? So I is sure I can do sticking arounds too!

~Lickies, Ludo!

When I went to Oxford

Hurro, Ludo here!

You know, Mum was looking through some of our photos the other day and she realised there a lot of stuff we planned to blog about and she neglected my blog never got around to posting. So here an adventure from 3 and a half years ago, afore Arran comed along, when I went on Holiday to the Cotswolds and visited the city of Oxford.

Oxford a city in the UK and it famous for it’s colleges and big fancy buildings also, it has no cars inside it.

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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!

Hol-ee-day in Lancashire and poppies!

Hurro, Ludo here! A few weeks ago we went on Hol-ee-day (Holiday / vacation) to Lancashire, in the UK, we stayed in the Arnside and Silverdale area of outstanding natural beauty. I did not decide that, that just what it called. We had a very nice time and we all did lots of walkings and relaxings. It a very dog friendly place to has a hol-ee-day and we had a great time!

Just afore that Mum and TND went to London to visit family and we stayed at Grandpawents.

They went to go see the poppy display at the Tower of London whilst they be there.

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And they went out for some people sushi food.

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Then they comed to get us from Grandpawents and off we went to hol-ee-day.

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Haweswater

Hurro, it me, Ludo!
I thinks I can remember how to do blogging. The peoples (and we) has just beed very busy. I does has lots to show you.

First of all this something we did at the beginning of summer.

Haweswater be a lake in the Lake district in Cumbria where I live. It also a very special place because it the home of the only (known of) Golden Eagle in England. Regular readers may has noticed that my peoples like to go out birdwatching, especially TND and he especially likes birds of prey. We has beed to Haweswater afore but we did not see him then. So TND decided we would go back when the RSPB volunteers be there to try and see him.

It beed a bit drier this time.

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Haweswater actually be a water reservoir to store water for drinking. When the water be low you can see some fences and stuff from the farms that used to be there.

We walked up to the RSPB look out and TND chatted with the volunteers. Mum feels a bit sad for the Golden Eagle. He has beed on his own for about 10 years since his mate died. There is some thoughts of reintroducing a mate for him but the RSPB would prefer if Scotland’s population picked up and some of them naturally came this way instead. This time the peoples did spot him. But no piccures cos they could only see him through these big looking things.

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Mum and TND thought he beed really cool! Me and Arran went round the other side of the wall to see what be so interesting but we could not see him. Apparently he can see us though and he probably about the same size as me + wings!

I went to explore the RSPB’s little house. I did not find any food. I did manage to snag a whole Muffin from the picnic bag though. Mum and TND know it be me cos they saw me eating ‘something’ and did not realise a whole muffin be missing till later. hehe!

We stayed a couple of hours watching and then headed back.

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The peoples beed hungry then, (not because I ate their picnic of course!) so we stopped at one of our favourite pubs, The Pheasant for some food. They is very nice and friendly in there and we always feel very welcome and get treats from the staff, which make up for Mum being a silly vegetarian and never hasing any good food to share!
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~Lickies, Ludo

pee ess: If you ever do go to Haweswater the RSPB peoples is only there at weekends in the summer if you want to use their telescopes. It a bit of a long walk to the view point but not too far and very pretty. There sheep free grazing though so if you chases you must stay attached to your people by your string because they can just come out of no where!