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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Mini holiday to Overwater hotel

Hurro, it me, Ludo!

I has my stitches out now although I am still a bit sore, my results has not come back yet on account of those bank holiday things over Easter.  So, while we wait I thought I would do tellings of our recent mini hol-ee-day to a place called Overwater hotel.

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We just went a little way away, in the Lake District, for Grandma and Mum’s birthdays. We took Dad and Grandpaw and Rusty (Grandpawent’s dog) too.

TND found the Overwater on a list of 10 best pet friendly hotels.  I has already been to one of them, Trigony and now I has been to this one. So there only 8 more to go. Mum says some of those very nice hotels is out of our budget, so  I is happy to settle for going 8 more times to the same ones. Mum?

The Overwater be a very nice ‘Country House hotel’ with big grounds and very nice foods.

On the way there we stopped off for a walk at Whinlatter forest. Whinlatter a very nice place to walk, even when it wet, because the trees protect your furs a bit. The forestry commission closed some of the paths though the trees because of the recent flooding.

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It stopped raining near the end so we dried off a bit before we went to one of our most favourite pubs for lunch…

The Pheasant! I had chips! Well, I had some of TND’s chips! We seed an Airedale in there, like our furiends Mitch and Molly.

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We arrived at the Overwater and had a very nice greeting from the owners, they seemed very pleased to see us. I knew right away that we beed on a hol-ee-day so I marched right in there and followed the man up to our room. So far so good on the pet friendly (and friendly in general) scores.

Me and Mum and TND and Arran had a big room with a four poster bed. That like a fancy people bed that dogs is not allowed on. They seemed to think it be comfy. I prefer to sleep on the bathroom floor pawsonally, but I has never seed a people do that yet.

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Mum got a bath and TND went to the bar with Grandpaw. Arran stood guard at the bathroom door. He always wants to get IN the bath. He a weird, weird, weird, weird-weird dog.

Later Mum tooked us down the stairs to the bar. I had a good vantage point from here.

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Hehe! (Dad made me get off)

Long time readers may know that I ALWAYS get on the furniture. E
ver since I beed a little puppy and followed my cat brofur Pepe onto the sofa I has decided if peoples is on the chairs, so should Ludo be! But sometimes Mum says ‘no’, I is not allowed on furniture. Sometimes though, other peoples help me. Likrustye when we went to a restaurant with all Mum’s family and she went to the toilet and when she comed back they had got
me my own chair at the table. Not this time though.

We went to go relax in our room whilst the people went for dinner in the restaurant. Well, Rusty did not relax so he had to go sit in Grandpaw’s car.

The peoples had a very nice meal. Grandma especially enjoyed her food and her special birthday mini hol-ee-day! We even got to try some of Grandpaws steak, they wrapped it up for us. I must admit I did not get to taste it very much, on account of me eating it very quickly, but it sure smelled amazing.

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The next day we explored the Overwater’s grounds. It has a nice wooded walkway.

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Until the next 8 times (don’t shake your head at me Mum!) This concludes our mini hol-ee-day.

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Have you been to any dog or pet friendly hotels lately? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.

~Lickies, Ludo!

 

Will it ever stop raining in Cumbria?

Hurro, it me, Ludo!

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From the BBC

Today I has to pose a very serious question. Will it ever stop raining in Cumbria?

 

According to the BBC, the answer be ‘no’. cumbria underneath the bottom of that blob of rain, which going to come down so all that other rain waiting behind it will rain on us too, and I think we has already had quite enough. Oh sure, the rest of the North West (well, most of Scotland) will be getting rained on too, but I am a dog and I can only do worryings about so many things at once and I thinks it most important to worry about myself first, right?

Mum keeps on saying that we is so lucky that we has not been directly impacted and to think of all the people who has beed flooded and also all the other people in the world dealing with horrible weather right now. (I hope none of my friends in the US got snowed in!) But really. I think it quite wet enough now. It impacted on my walkies enjoyment.

Our paths has all turned to water. (Ignore Arran’s happy face, he a weirdo) The humans is wearing plastic all over their clothes! Look at poor soggy grandpaws sad face!

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I am going to has to rename our blog Soggy Shelties if this does not stop soon!

Even when it not raining all our water up really high, even our favourite lake, Ennerdale, attacked us. (You might need to click to make it bigger to see the splashing water. That water usually a few feet lower than that.

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*Sigh*

On Sunday we has our dog clubs annual fun agility match with other clubs in the area and it supposed to rain all day long and I is finally allowed to do some agility on the little dogs height, when so far all I has been allowed to do be the tunnel and running through the wings of the jumps, but I bet Mum will say it too slippery and I will not get to has my goes! Poor me.

~Lickies, Ludo!

 

pee ess from Mum: Aside from the inconvenience to Ludo, the rain has caused some real damage in our area and further afield. Not only to homes and businesses but to the landscape, roads and waterways themselves. The Lake District is beginning to resemble one giant lake.

However, Cumbria IS open. There is a handy guide here to keep updated on where you can still walk along with other flood information. I didn’t want to post horrible pictures here but a quick image search of ‘cumbria flood damage’ will show you a plethora of what it’s been like.

Those same places are battening down the hatches again this weekend as more severe rain and wind is forecast. Our thoughts are with those in our area and our neighbours in Scotland and the North East who are having to deal with the devastation first hand. We really hope we catch a break in the weather soon!

 

Don’t worry Mum, I feel fine!

Hurro!

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Ludo here, I is being a doggy scarf on my favourite spot on the sofa. In case you missed the last post I recently had a small lump removed from my back leg and it comed back from tests as being a kind of cancer. On tuesday Me, Mum and TND all went on a long car journey. I be pretty excited cos we only do that to go on holiday mostly. Arran stayed behind at Grandpawents house on the monday and he tells me he sulked all night.

We got there and had a walk around and then went into a building. Ok, it did not has the usual charm of the holiday cottages we usually go to and there be other people and dogs in there, but I knew it did not be my vet. We went into a room (well, I tried to go out the front door again) with a nice man who stroked me all over and spent a while chatting to Mum and TND, but then he did that very unpleasant thermometer thing. It did be a vets after all! I is tricked!

Then another man called an oncologist came and talked to Mum and TND some more. I got kind of bored lying down and went over and made him stroke me. Then he looked all around me too and carried me off into another room! I got kind of sleepy after that but soon after I woke up I got tooked back out to that first room and Mum and TND tooked me back to the car. Talk about a rubbish holiday huh? Who goes to the vet on holiday anyway? Not me usually. Mum said it tooked hours and they went off and had a nice meal at a pub. Without me! We drove to my Uncle’s house cos he lives near to the weird vet holiday place and had dinner and then back home and to bed. I felt a bit cold underneath and had a couple of hurty spots.

Bare belly!

Bare belly!

Mum said I had lots of scans and some biopsies.

Arran came home the next morning (I thought I had got rid of him for a moment!) and we had to do waitings for the results. Well, not me, I just carried on as normal. We went to the lake afore my vet holiday… I thinks my belly would be too cold for swimming now.

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Lake Wastwater

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Poppy’s first lake.

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What toy shall I play with today?

What toy shall I play with today?

Oh sorry Mum, did you wants to put your feets there? hehe!

Oh sorry Mum, did you wants to put your feets there? hehe!

On friday the peoples got the results and although it has not spread very much, a thingy called my inguinal lymph node did has cancer cells in it, I doesn’t know what that be, but it means I has ‘stage 2’ cancer. Which means Mum and TND had to do some important people thinking stuff.

It be a hard thinking because they didn’t really want me to have more surgery. I got kind of worried to have the stitches in there afore and it did not be nice to feel all woozy from the sleepy stuff, but Mum said the oncologist man did not have very encouraging things to say about how long I might be around if we did not do it (and maybe, even if we do.) So I is going back to the faraway vets on wednesday to try and get more of the cancer cells out of my leg and to take that lymph thing out too. But that ok, cos I doesn’t think I needs it very much, apparently I has more of them and so does you all too! Handy huh?
After, I might need some special medicines called chemo, but Mum and TND will has to do some more thinking about that too and see how I go as they want me to still be having a nice time. Also, I is being tested for the MDR1 gene, which can affect pastoral breeds like me and might mean I casnot has the medicine anyway. Mum is trying not to feel sad and I is helping. Because I is very helpful of course.

I might not be able to tell you more until I is all healed up, so don’t do worryings, I feel fine!

The Wedding!

Hurro! It me Ludo! Here be the long promised wedding post. Only 3 months after it happened. It might get long! Mum did be in two minds about posting this, but, since some of our very dear friends have waited so patiently she decided to share.

We had lots of visitors to our house in the days afore the wedding, lots of comings and goings and busy peoples and we went to the groomers.

Our pawrents got married in a hotel in the Lake District, so we all travelled down and stayed there together the day before like a mini hol-ee-day. The hotel allowed dogs in some bedrooms and Me and Arran were supposed to stay in Grandpawents room, but actually we stayed in the bridesmaid’s room on the first night instead. The bridesmaids were two of Mum’s nieces Abi and Georgina who come and stay with us at our house sometimes with their Mum and we like them a lot, and of course, they like us a lot too! Mum and TND had decided that we would be at the wedding with them, but we did not has a ‘job’ in the wedding. Firstly, we did not be allowed into those parts of the hotel where the ceremony be, but more importantly, we (well, mostly Arran) would has got really stressed and worried about all the people and not knowing what going on and I would has totally wanted all the attentions on me. So we went and stayed with our family, but we stayed out of the busy ‘wedding’ parts.

What do you think we're doing here then Ludo?

What do you think we’re doing here then Ludo?

We had a look around the place and it beed a hot day! We had lots of grounds to explore and a very nice room with a nice cool bathroom and comfy beds. Whilst Mum and TND unpacked and sorted things out, Grandpawents, Auntie Toni and the bridesmaids tooked us into town for some lunch. Mum and TND seemed a bit stressy, usually they is very relaxed on hol-ee-day.

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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!