Thursday, 25 May 2017

A Trip to the Coast and a Show

Last weekend, I went all the way up to Scotland with my brother Danny and Judith for a Championship Show in Edinburgh. I have not been to many shows and I am still trying to make up my mind if I enjoy them or not. Danny loves strutting round the ring and meeting people and he gained second place in Puppy Dog class ( which qualifies him to go to Crufts next year).

                                               This is Danny looking just a bit smug BOL
I came away with Reserve which is 4th but we both have lovely rosettes to remind us of the day.

Anyway, as it was a long journey to Edinburgh for the show, we stayed with a friend in Newcastle upon Tyne on the way there and on the way back. While we were staying there, we had a day out at Newbiggin by the Sea and enjoyed a run about and explore of the coast.

The beach was quite stony but there were lots of interesting smells and some pretty flowers.

                                                  There was even a dog friendly café :-)

                           We had a fun time all round but we were happy to get back home too.

Friday, 19 May 2017

The Poplar Hawk Moth

 This picture is of a moth!! Not a cute affenpinscher moth like me BOL but a Poplar Hawk Moth. My peeps have raised some of these from tiny caterpillars and let them overwinter as chrysalides in the shed until the Spring...and now they are beginning to emerge.

This is the special house that the hawk moth caterpillars lived in when they first arrived here.

And this is one of the hungry caterpillars - they munched their way through the poplar leaves and grew bigger and bigger every day.

                   As they got bigger, they cast off their skin - you can see on this photo.

Eventually they stopped eating and began to spin themselves a chrysalis to sleep and transform themselves. These moths like to hibernate and transform under the earth so my peeps made an earth bed for them and put it away safely in the shed to wait for Spring.

A few weeks ago when the weather began to get warmer, the earth box was brought into the house and covered with a tall shelter of netting..and one by one the moths began to emerge. They came out one at a time and when their wings had dried and they were ready to leave they were released in the evening to enjoy the night air and to find a mate. Sadly these moths only live a short time, long enough to find a mate, for eggs to be laid and then they flutter away across the Rainbow Bridge.

Here is the last photo of this moth before it flew off into the night.

If you would like to see more about moths of the winged kind, there is a wonderful blog called  The Silkmoth Spinner - click on the name to visit the blog..

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Safari Village Visit

We still have four of the puppies with us as their new families are not ready to take them home just yet so Judith and Leigh are taking them out and about in the pet buggy to see the sights in Yorkshire. The other day, they had a trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and I went along to keep an eye on them.

Dogs are not allowed in the actual wildlife park where the animals are in case they scare them but we are allowed in the Safari Village with its shops and cafes. It is very busy there - just right for socialising puppies!

Here are the pups in the buggy at the café where the peeps had coffee and cakes. I managed to get a little smidgen of cake as you can see BOL

There was a pretty dress shop there and the lady who ran it invited us all to come in.

                    I kept a watch on the puppies while the peeps looked at the clothes.

The lady was very happy to see the puppies and came to have a closer look at them.

The puppies loved to see everything that was going on.

We spent quite a while in the dress shop but at last it was time to go out into the sunshine again.

                                               I posed for a few photos outside in the sun.

And then it was time to head home. We took a shortcut through the big shop selling animal gifts.

And I had a good look round and posed for another photo beside a big polar bear model!

It was a fun day out even if we didn't get to see the wild animals and the pups enjoyed it too.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Literary Benches

Yesterday I went for a stroll with the peeps through the nature reserve at Barlow. It was not a very warm or sunny day but I had a good time and we came across a lot of benches carved with literary quotations! This one read: A poor life this, if full of care we have no time to stand and stare.

This sign was showing all the kinds of creatures and plants that can be seen here at different times of the year. We saw some but not many of the ones on this picture.

Here I am setting off from the car park. Dogs have to be on lead as there are all sorts of wild creatures here that might be disturbed by dogs running free but I didn't mind.

The hawthorn bushes were all out in blossom - some peeps call this bush "May" as it flowers in May.

Here I am kind of posing by the bluebells. I did not want to stand still for the photo as you can see!

There were lots of rabbits around but they did not want to stay for long and kept hiding in the bushes.

As well as the benches there were carved posts along the pathway showing some of the plants and creatures that can be seen here at different times of the year.

This one said: Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience - I haven't quite managed to adopt that pace yet BOL!

And this one: In every walk in nature one receives far more than one seeks

        And: I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree...

We did not see any butterflies but I think it was too cold for them - they love the sun!

                            There were geese swimming on the lake there too.

      Well I hope you enjoyed seeing those benches - I had to be posed on every one!

But I did enjoy the walk and hope we can go back in the summer when we may see butterflies.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Good Citizen Raven

This is my Uncle Raven and yesterday afternoon he gained his Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Award after a test at his training class. We are very proud of him as he has found life quite challenging in many ways since he came back to live with us after being in a different home for several months. Doors have been a bit scary and strange as he lived in an open plan house and noises of all sorts get him very anxious especially high pitched noises, loud noises and children shouting. He has been trying hard to focus and concentrate on his training and is doing well :-)

Here are his rosette and certificate...only the certificate says that he was the handler and Judith was the dog BOL He will get a new certificate very soon! He had to sit still in one position for a whole minute and walk calmly on a loose lead, he had to wait calmly for Judith to go through a door first (very difficult for Raven who loves to rush through any open door!) and he had to come back when called straight away...and there were other questions that Judith had to answer about responsible dog ownership and his collar tag was checked to make sure that the details comply with UK law.

He has a lovely bronze coloured tag for his collar too :-)
We are all very happy for Raven that he did so well.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Puppy Updates Part 3 - A Trip Out to Harewood

The three boy puppies had a trip out in the puppy buggy the other day to see the sights and sounds and smells of the world outside our home. They went to Harewood House gardens with our peeps on the Bank Holiday which was a busy and noisy day with lots of peeps and their children playing and exploring.

But there were also places to go which were tranquil and beautiful like the Himalayan Garden where there are so many lovely flowers and plants of all kinds to see and smell.

          This lovely pink bush was just colour coordinated with the puppy buggy!

                                There are lots of ducks and other birds at Harewood too.

                         And then there were the beautiful tulips in the walled garden.

The puppies certainly enjoyed a colourful day out...and even got to see a pheasant as well!

                           They were ready for a nap when they got home that day BOL