Agility Update

Hello, It is me, Arran!
I decided I would tell you all about what we have been doing in agility. Because I like agility now and I am not very scared of going to competitions at all!

I started doing KC agility competitions last year (I did 3) and this year I have done 4 and my Mum – Ladee has hardly let me say anything about agility.
In agility I compete in small size, whereas Ludo competes in Medium, so we are not up against each other, but I bet I would beat Ludo because I am faster! Ludo had won up from grade 1 to grade 3 so I had to start at grade 3 too. That’s just how it works!

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Me and Ludo at Lune Valley’s show last year.

Going to shows is kind of strange. You have to spend a long time driving in the car, which I don’t really like doing. When I first started competing I would get very worried about anything, like people clapping the dog before me, or the people who sit at the ring side, or having to run in a circle on the course and I would try and run away and leave the ring, I also got very distracted by all the pretty lady dogs. I still do a bit and Ladee tries to make me concentrate and not sniff. Then I decided the contacts (those are the big things you run up) were scary, even though they were not scary at training and so every run I would run around the contact and feel really worried. Maybe because I was a bit too excited I leapt off the seesaw a couple of times before it hit the ground and I didn’t like the bang!

Ladee thought I was faking being scared out of habit! Luckily we had some nice judges who let me try the contacts again once Mum had called me back and given me a cuddle and I suddenly realised they are ok. Now, Mum picks me up before we take our turn and that relaxes me. Everyday when Dad comes home from work and I get all excited I ask him to ‘pickmeuppickmeup’ and then I sit in his arms for a while. Ladee thinks it is just like being in a cattle press for me, whatever one of those is.

But, I do like to stick to my habits!

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Recently I have started to realise that it is actually quite exciting and not scary and in October I got my first ‘not E’ Mum Ladee was really happy and I like to be happy with her and get cuddles and treats. Of course, I get cuddles and treats even if I didn’t pay attention very well, but I can tell when Ladee is more happy than usual even though she doesn’t have a tail to wag.

Then two shows ago, at Platinum show I got my first ever clear rounds and I got two first places, Ludo showed you that a couple of posts ago. We just went to another show called Wigton and we camped for two nights.

I like camping and guarding the tent, although I don’t like it when Ladee walks away from the tent. I can get out under the tent and I make sure I find her and say ‘here I am!’ At Wigton I got a 1st in Agility and it was a clear round. I ran really fast and so did Ladee and I got lots of cuddles afterwards. I just love cuddles, don’t you? That makes me grade 4! Ladee isn’t sure we are ready for grade 4, but we will just have to be! Because there I am.

Ludo had a nice time at agility too. He enjoys barking at the other dogs that are running and just relaxing. He had some rounds of being silly and having fun and not listening to Ladee but he also had a ‘fantastic’ run a combined 1-5 jumping class and he won it! He already had two other jumping wins. (Ladee says you need an agility win or 3 jumping wins to move up a grade at our level) so he is grade 4 now too. He said he was not about to let me over take him. We went to the presentation and clapped everyone. We like barking when there is clapping.

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Here we are, modelling our rosettes and trophies from the last two shows we went to.

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I got more rosettes than Ludo! I think I will have to have my own display for rosettes and awards. Ludo has one in the spare bedroom, where he sleeps at night.

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Our new friend Sophie, from Pendle Pawtography took some photos of us. I had a bit of a stand off with her big dog Theo. He just got too close to my Mum! I like to protect her and stand between her and other dogs that get too close.

In October Grandpaw came with us to a show and we stayed in a pub over night. It was something called a ‘good experience’ for me. I was a little bit unsure but Ludo is always so relaxed when we do anything new that I knew nothing bad could happen.

Since Grandpaw was there he managed to record some videos of us and we have some from other friends of Mum’s too. None of them are our winning runs, but you can still see us, if you like.

Hm, Ladee will have to get another video of me to show you!

There you go, that’s my official, agility update.

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!

My Birthday! Win Prizes!

Hurro Efurryone!

Today be a very special day because it my Birthday!

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‘Me’ – Ludo’s 8th Birthday

I is a whole 8 years old. Mum says 8 be a very lucky number because 7 a lucky number and she always says ‘plus one more for luck.’

Since it such a special day (and we missed my birthday last year acoss of my pawrents getting married) we is going to do a lot of celebrating over the next couple of weeks. Grandma already got me a card and treat and Mum gonna take me out to pick a present tomorrow! Birthdays is very fun, they is like mini Christmasses that you all can join in with!

If you would like to join in and do helpings of the celebrations you can take part in my birthday give-away.

Since my blog not only about me, it about the place where we live (Cumbria) we would like to use my birthday to celebrate Cumbria. We have some wonderful little prizes for your peoples from one of our favourite Cumbrian companies Herdy. Plus I will pick out some treats for you too.

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All you has to do is send us a picture of you appreciating where you live, maybe enhancing some scenery… like this. (Thanks to my pal Bertie for the description)

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Or of you with something your area is famous for (for us that could be Cumberland sausage, or Herdwick sheep). You can send the pictures in to ludovanpup@live.co.uk or if it is easier, click on our facebook link over to the side there and post the photos on our page.

I will get Mum to help me post the photos over the next couple of weeks and we will pick a winner before Arran’s birthday on the 15th of May.

I is hoping Mum will let me bring some of my friends over for a party like this one too.

~Lickies, Ludo!

Eskdale with Poppy

Hello, It’s me, Arran, again.

I am going to tell you about how last week we took Mum’s niece Abi and cousin Poppy the puppy Sheltie out with us to go on a nice fun long walk around Eskdale. They is settling into their new home in Cumbria very nicely and we is all trying to show them the sights.

Well, I guess I told you it all already so I will show you some photos too!

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Eskdale is a valley that you can do lots of different walks in. It doesn’t have a lake but it has lots of nice streams and rivers.

It has a really super fun one, with stepping stones in it. I am the only dog who can get all the way across without touching the water! Ludo can get across to the one Abi (holding Poppy) is standing on and then he jumps into the water and just walks across. Poppy can only do the first two and then she had to be carried.

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Look at me go!

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I guess they are pretty big for a puppy. We went across and came back again, since we did not want to go that way.

We had a very nice walk in the sunshine, it was just before Ludo went away for the day and came back all sulky with thorns in his belly. So at least we had a nice time together before then. Poppy is getting much braver at going past other people and dogs too.

I cannot wait until Ludo can go on walks with us again!

Wiggles, Arran!

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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