Our Last Day Together

Hello everyone,

Well, I said I had some pictures to share of Ludo’s last day with us, and here they are.

We decided a couple of days before that Ludo was in too much pain and not able to enjoy things like he wanted to and so we had booked his vet appointment. He was such a brave boy, right to the end and if anyone had seen him in good moments they would have thought he was mostly fine, maybe just a bit hobby, so we were able to enjoy our last day together. 

I took the day off work and we headed down to the beach with a picnic.

The sun was shining down on us and it was such a beautiful day. The water sparkled in the sunlight, there were other happy dogs around and I let Ludo chase the ball as much as he wanted to. It felt like I was getting a little glimpse of where Ludo would be headed next and I am so happy we got to have that happy day together. I am sure my photos don’t do it justice but I hope they capture a bit of how beautiful it was. 

We started off with an ice cream. The locally made kind and Ludo got a whole cone to himself. He couldn’t believe his luck! (Arran had a little bit in a paper tub)

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We sat on the rocks and watched the world go by. A whole class room of school children were doing something with geography near by, but they didn’t come too close. Then Ludo sat and watched my lunch be eaten and helped out with the challenging iced bun cake part of it.

It felt like we were the only ones there and I thought of all the fun we’d had exploring these shores together.

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I wonder if all those people know what a special day it is today…

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Belly full of ice cream but ever hopeful for more.

Arran explored for a bit on his own, but we managed to get one photo with all 3 of us together. It felt like rather a timeless moment.

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But time waits for no Mum, especially not when you have a shetland-rabbit dog, waiting to continue their last adventure!

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Let’s go have fun Mum!

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Wait for it…

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Catch me if you can, Ludo!

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The rock pools looked so inviting. He couldn’t swim but he still enjoyed a nice wade through the water…

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Someone got very sandy! He usually liked to roll around on the dry sand or grass after being in the water to try off his face, but his tumour was stopping him going too far over so I dried him with some tissues.

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I’ve zoomed in on this head shot, because I could see myself in his eye. ūüôā

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Running to the horizon

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We stayed for hours, I didn’t want it to end, but it had to, as all things must.

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My boy

So, he went with sand in his fur and some cheese in his mouth and I think he would have been pleased with that.

Thank you for sticking with me, through these sad days. My friends, what would I have done without you all and your kind words and your loving of Ludo?

I’m not quite sure what to do with the blog. It’s always been his. So I think this will be it for Seaside shelties. Arran still has some things to say, so maybe we’ll start again someplace else. I’ll be sure to let you know if we do. But for now, I guess all we have to do is wish you lots of Lickies, Love Ludo and Mum. (and Arran and TND and Molly and Faline too. xx)

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Family Walk at Ennerdale

Hurro! Ludo here!

Last weekend some of Mum’s sisters visited and so we had a big family walk at Lake Ennerdale. Auntie Toni couldn’t come but Mum’s nieces and nephew brought Poppy along. Poppy is the other sheltie who looks a bit like Arran.

Grandpawents dog Rusty comed too and we met Auntie Tracey’s dog Wilbur who be a shitzu x yorkshire terrier and Auntie Tricia had Lily who a staffie x jack russel. It be a typical Cumbrian day. Not quite raining but just about to. Although it did get a bit sunnier at the end.

Here we is!

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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!

Dog bucket lists

Hurro, it me, Ludo!

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A bucket list be sort of like a human joke thingy of stuff¬†to do before you die… It not a funny joke, like: squeak-toys-at-Mum-but-don’t-let-her-get-them, or pretend-to-bite-Dad’s¬†nose, but who understands people humour anyway?

Before I had any troubles with cancer mum started doing a post after reading this article:¬†’50 Things to do in Cumbria before you die’¬†and we¬†started thinking about things that might be on a dog’s ‘life’ list, because, lots of peoples has started doing ‘bucket lists’ even though they doesn’t have a ‘reason’ to.

I guess you could call them Goals.

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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!

Love where you live – Birthday contest entries

Hurro! Ludo here!

You may know I is doing a birthday giveaway . All you has to do is send me a picture to ludovanpup@live.co.uk of you (your pet if you is a human) appreciating the area where you live and you can win some stuff from where I live, here in Cumbria. I has already had some wonderful entries!

Hover over the photos for information or click to make them bigger.

Beckett and Keltic entered a few photos of them enhancing the Canadian scenery and their Mom gave some links too which I thought you might like to see.

http://www.thehopewellrocks.ca/¬†–¬†http://www.uppercanadavillage.com/

How will we ever choose a winner!

~Lickies, Ludo!

pee ess: Some of our lovely entries keep their own blogs where I is sure you can see more photos of the wonderful places they come from.

http://bouncingbertie.blogspot.co.uk
http://helenshomeworld.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.speedyhousebunny.com
http://4dogcraziness.blogspot.co.uk
http://sargespeaksout.blogspot.co.uk