31 May 2008
There was a rabbit lurking around the garden the other day. I let the dogs out to come help me take the wheelie bin down to the gate. The rabbit lay down low in the grass and Cody and Briagha ran straight past! As I approached with the bin, mister rabbit decided to make a run for it, and hopped off toward the field behind the house. Briagha glanced up as it went, but paid no great heed whilst Cody was too busy elsewhere. As we headed back up to the house, the dogs passed the spot where mister rabbit had been hiding. Suddenly they realised that something very interesting had been here, and they sniffed around for ages. 'Hey mum we've found an interesting scent over here!' 'A bit too late, the rabbit is long gone' I laughed to myself.
I'm sure mister rabbit was laughing too.
Thank you Marie aren't they funny and Mr rabbit lives to to tell another tale!
30 May 2008
For the past year of planning this trip, it has been an adventure. Some good, some bad and some, just downright confusing. All of the rules and requirements of the British government, to get a dog into the country were a bit daunting, but, we got it all done. The day arrived and Miss Pie and I were off to the airport. 12 hours later, we arrived in Paris, got to the train station, went to Calais, got the ferry and landed in Dover. We were only 2 hours later than expected. So, I am sure Billy had already had 3 heart attacks.
We got to Sunderland rather late on Friday evening and the next day was a whirl of grooming for the Birmingham National on Sunday. That was when the REAL fun began. I got to my first English dog show and started meeting all the Bedlington folks there. First, Lesley and Sandra and then Dawn, who helped me with the groom on Miss Pie. Everyone was sooo wonderful to me, I felt like royalty. (Whoops, bad expression in a country that has Royalty. Sorry!)
The next week was spent sightseeing and getting to meet many super people. Of course, I did have to remind Billy that I am not 46, but 64. That man about walked this Yankee’s legs off. But, there was so much that I wanted to see, I could not quit. Coming to England has been a dream for me for many years, as my Dad was born in England though he was raised in the states. So, your country is a big part of my heritage. And, now I can say that I am VERY proud of my heritage. I hope you all realize how proud you should be of your country and of yourselves as people. I have never visited any country that made me feel more welcome and where the people were s gracious. “A BIG AMERICAN THANK YOU”, for the time and trip of my life. I hope that I can return the hospitality to anyone of you who comes to my country.
My last weekend was spent going to Scotland to the Scottish KC Show. Another wonderful experience and again, really beautiful dogs. Mr. Bell’s BOB bitch was breathtaking and his BOS boy was a real charmer, too. Once again, I was able to follow his judging and his decisions. I wish we had more judges here that were as consistant as both of the judges I watched in England and Scotland. I was disappointed that I did not get to say “HI” to Janet Gilleys in Scotland. I had the pleasure of meeting Janet in the states when she came over for our Montgomery County Terrier Specialty a few years ago.
After a couple more days of sightseeing and shopping, it was time to bid a very sad farewell to everyone. Billy Bob and I headed for the states. I felt like I was leaving my own family. Billy and Diane made me feel like part of their family and I did not want to leave. At that point, I had to reflect back over the past year of plans and deciding to bring Miss Pie to Billy. I had a lot of different reactions to it. People here said I was crazy to let her leave the country and that I should keep her here, the same as you all felt about Billy Bob leaving the UK. I had one gal from England post to me and tell me that if I cared about my dogs, I would not let one of them go to Billy, as he didn’t care about his dogs enough. Well, I am including a couple of pics of what I found at Billy and Diane’s home while I was there. This young woman did not realize that I already knew how Billy’s dogs lived long before I got there. I know that Miss Pie has the best home she could possibly have with Billy & Diane, just as they know that Billy Bob has a wonderful home here with me. Miss Pie was raised in my home with the whole dog family and people around her from the day she was born. She could not have lived any different life from that now. And, Billy Bob is being raised the same way. In fact, he is wrestling with Miss Molly as I write this in my family room. And,, his next stop will be onto Ray’s lap for some TV and quiet time before he heads for his bed for the night. I know that many people have their own thoughts about importing/exporting dogs. But, I feel that Billy and I are going to contribute to the gene pool in both of our countries. And, that can only be a good thing!!!!!!!
On that note, I think I have written quite enough for one evening. Billy Bob will be showing on June 20, 21 & 22. We will have a report for you all then. We will try to fly the British Flag with pride. (Too bad I forgot to purchase one for him while I was there.) I was going to get a small one to go on his crate. Oh well, thanks to the Beatles,, I’ll bet I can find one here in Florida.
So long from across the pond. Will post news as we have it. Again, THANK YOU to each and everyone who welcomed me so warmly.
Off to Newbury for Southern Counties straight after work today. The camper is full of booze and stuff from the Tesco nearly out of date counter so we are well set up come rain or shine. The forecast looks pretty good so lets hope it's right.
Pat has sportingly had to cry off with a dose of kennel cough which is a shame because Johnny is in lovely coat at the moment and an article in Tassels and Tails by our judge was very complimentary about the colour of the English Bedlingtons. Unusual for an American. Be Interesting to see what he thinks of Maurice.
I've been in dock with a gammy leg this week, X-rays and all that to see what's wrong. Half a bottle of Scotch should dull the pain for Saturday so I'm not letting you off the hook unless I really have to. Anyway, Angie can handle them just as well, if not better than I can. Went to The Highclere Show on Monday. Spent 11 quid to get in and spent an hour sheltering with the lovely Tracy in the Countryman's Weekly tent before giving up and coming home. The rain was horizontal, the dogs were soaked and so, despite all my wet weather gear, was I. It's not often I give up but that was not a joke it was a ruddy pantomime.
See y'all Saturday.
29 May 2008
Thank you Viv for sending the photos and the very best of luck with little Bonnie today.
I called in on the way home to see Millies (the lurcher) pups, they are beautiful & so laid back for ones so young. Louise advises me that they will probably keep two of the pups, mother Millie does dancing to music / heelwork & they are hoping that these offspring will complete in agility? Looking at mother & offspring I think they would be better suited to the hills & countryside of Durham, doing what comes naturally to a lurcher! So if you are looking for a handy type of dog, get in touch with Louise.
It was good to catch up with the makems (Derek & Eileen) & Janette & Family, hearing of the progress of their litters of pups. As usual Derek & Eileen did not fail in the brew department, with a liberal supply of coffee & Yorkshire Tea Cake, thank you very much. It was good to meet up with Kevin & Ann Ovenden, we only seem to see them at this show nowadays, which is a shame. They always sponsor the Bedlington classes, I was lucky enough to receive £10 for BOB (will go towards the diesel!!). Unfortunately I did not make ringcraft this week as I had several things to catch up on, with the pups keeping us busy, hopefully we will make it next week.
Hope to catch up with a few people at Southern Counties on Saturday, I have Welf as co-pilot for the day, it will be a very long day, with a few miles to put on the clock. Good luck to all exhibitors, I hope you enjoy your day.
Monday we went to Ducombe Park Country Fair Athelmsley. We missed blue's class in the Lurcher show, so we entered Mouse and Sasca in the terrier show. There was a good turnout for bedlingtons, about 10 in total. Bedlington pup 2nd Sasca Bedlington bitch 1st Mouse also she went on to win Best Of Breed. Matthew
Well done to little Sasca and Mouse
28 May 2008
The pups are 8 weeks old today, and at long last we know which one is staying with us. I wanted nice summery photos in the garden, but it's rained so much here that I didn't get the chance and had to take some indoors. It's hard to believe it's almost June.
What a lovely pup Paula it has been a treat to see them change and grow over the past weeks. Do keep sending us updates, I really enjoy watching the blog pups growing up and following their careers at ring craft, obedience and anything else they get involved with.
27 May 2008
26 May 2008
Sarah, Lilly & Rosie.
25 May 2008
It's good news this week as there is now another dog to add to the KC Award list - Jake's just passed his bronze test. I thought we were doomed as although there were only 3 dogs taking the test at the same time - one of them was a white dog called Polo - who Jake loves and whines to be next to him. His lead work could have been better but other than that he did great and passed with flying colours. Photo is of Jake enjoying his reward after the test - liver treats.
An update on Millie from Sue & Liza....
Having promised news from Millie's agility class for this week's pet report, I'm afraid we have to miss the class again on Saturday. Millie is off to see Dawn for a good wash and brush up today instead, as she's entered in the Northumberland County Show on Monday, and would win nothing but the sheep shearing competition in her current state! As we're also missing one of Millie's obedience classes today, we went to a class Friday night instead. There were some gorgeous dogs there - a Saluki, two huge American Akitas (we'd only heard of Japanese Akitas before, but apparently these are different), and a cute chocolate Lab who just didn't want to be told what to do. Millie is getting better with every class, and can hold a sit stay for a full minute now, as opposed to the 5 seconds we achieved just a few weeks ago. We're convinced she only passed the stay in her Bronze test because she was rooted to the spot by hailstones at the time! With the way she's working now though, the Silver doesn't seem quite as unattainable as we first thought, which is great.
That's it for another week - remember, if you've got any pet stories, photos or questions regarding feeding, grooming, health, training or anything else please email me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next week, Louise & Jake.
24 May 2008
Please vote for me online as soon as poss, at www.headandshoulders.co.uk click midlands and a pic of me comes up, its Teena Curzons the hair team, click VOTE!
I have visitors here at the moment so haven't been on the blog much, but I have an email for the blog from Jane in Fife:
Both the girls have been enjoying being outside in the sunshine this week. Wee Mary is not so wee anymore she climbed up the silver birch tree we have and sat on top of the birds nesting box. It was quite funny but I'm glad there are no birds nesting in the box. Ginny sat at the bottom of the tree looking up with amazement, it was very funny to watch. We have a new summer house built and the girls think it belongs to them, they run down to the door and wait for me to let them in.
I will try and get some pics for you of them in the summer house. Another funny thing happened this week we had a small rabbit in the garden living under the shed,we have never had a rabbit before and Ginny knows that it was there she ran all round the garden to find it.The other day Neil was taking Ginny out for a walk, just as he was making his way down the drive the rabbit ran through his legs followed by Mary and then Ginny, they all ran round into the neighbours garden we laughed and laughed not sure who was chasing who.
Jane, Ginny and Mary
Here are Jack and Ralphie but what are they saying or doing? We need SONG TITLES with the artists as a caption. Many thanks to Ed and Rebecca for sponsoring the competition by sending a great picture and donating a Frisbee similar to the one in the photo as a prize. This competition will close on Saturday May 24th You can enter as many times as you like!
COMPETITION CLOSES TODAY 6PM
23 May 2008
Will keep you posted on our progress as we go. Billy Bob will be showing next month at 3 shows in Orlando, FL. Everyone keep fingers crossed for him and Lil Man that weekend. (June 20, 21 & 22)
Hugs from Billy Bob and Mary Lou.