Compulsory Microchipping

Is your dog Microchipped? Both Ludo and Arran are microchipped and I think it is important for all animals who go outside to be microchipped. I know there are some people who are wary of the practice for various reasons. Whatever your personal opinion, if you live in England, it will shortly become law. So I thought it worth doing a post, in case anyone reading this from England was unaware of the changes.

“Under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 –  it will be compulsory for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks in England to be fitted with microchips from 6 April 2016.

Dogs will need to be microchipped and registered with their keepers’ contact details. All keepers, including breeders, must keep these details up to date. The only exemption from the requirement is where a vet has certified in writing that a dog is unfit to be microchipped.”  (site)

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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.

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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!

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. 😉

Crufts – Agility

Dee here again with my reports from Crufts. You may have noticed that we like agility. Ludo just started competing last year and after a shaky start we’re getting into the atmosphere of shows.

I’ve always loved watching agility at Crufts so I’ve made sure I spent some time in the main arena. Remember you can still view the rest of today (the last day of Crufts, boo!) on the live stream. Plus you can follow links from there to see agility clips from the main arena . For anyone who doesn’t know KC agility in the UK is split into sizes small, medium and large. Your dog is measured and competes against others of a similar size to it. We start in grade 1 if you are new to agility and progress through the grades by getting so many clear round wins or points until you reach grade 7 and championship level. Crufts has competitions encompassing all the sizes, and grades from 3 up as well as international competitions and special ABC (anything but a ‘border’ collie) classes.

They also have rescue dog team displays. They have teams of 5 with a baton change in a centre box.

Various rescues were represented, these dogs are not usually as experienced as the competing dogs, but they are great ambassadors for rescue dogs, really showing what they can do.

Some of the charities represented in this event were Many Tears, Valgray’s, Battersea dogs home, the National Animal Welfare Trust and the Blue Cross.

Sorry the photos are not great quality, they were all moving so fast!

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Sam a lurcher originally from the National Animal Welfare Trust

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Look how happy!

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I also got some photos of the singles heats Round 2, Agility. It was a tight course, lots of obstacles in eye line in the middle of the course. I do believe that in Large Greg Derrett came 1st and 2nd and had amazing runs (with two different dogs obviously). I didn’t catch the final, but I’ve just looked up the results online and he came 1st with his dog Detox, but got E’d with Rehab, which just shows even the best can go wrong.

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Greg Derrett – I hope… (Great journalist, me.)

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Showing the course, the next obstacle is the wall (not in picture) just where the dog is pointing.

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Of course I had to finish on a sheltie!

-Dee