Saturday 27th December
had a couple of emails asking what I've been up to lately so
I thought I had better update my diary. I've been so busy I
haven't had much time to write things down but I'll try to
remember some of the events.
Wednesday 19th November
What a time
we've been having! A few weeks ago we went to stay
with my brother Chester. It was great fun and he lives
in a lovely big house.
Tuesday 7th October
We have been busy this last couple of weeks. We've been to 2 shows and travelled lots of miles. The first one was quite a long way, mostly on those straight roads and we had to get up very early. Morse (as usual) was up first. By 5:30 he was jumping up at the gate wanting to get on the way! All the time George and Cheryl were packing the bag and the car he kept whinging and bouncing. Mummy and I just wanted to stay asleep in our beds, but we couldn't get any peace with him carrying on all the time.
Eventually we arrived at the show. I'm sure we haven't been to this place before and Mummy said she didn't think she had either. It was a very long way from the car park to the benches and it was quite cold to begin with. All our benches were in a big long white tent and there were lots of trees around where the rings were. As we were walking to the tent I could see some other dogs in the distance playing so I think this must have been some kind of park. I wondered if we might be able to go for a run and a play afterwards, but being a show day there probably wouldn't be time. As we lay on our benches, I looked around for a familiar face, but there didn't seem to be many other dogs there. In fact it was very quiet and I started to wonder if we had come on the right day. Then I heard George telling a lady that we had come early because he wasn't sure how long it would take to get there. Eventually the other reds began to arrive and soon there was a buzz of people talking and laughing.
George took me for a little walk which gave me a chance to have a look around. There were lots of people milling about and our ring was just outside the tent. I could smell food cooking and there were several people with buns in their hands that smelt delicious. I got quite close to getting a taste at one point, but they moved their hand just at the last moment. (Shame.) Then it was back on the bench for me and it was Morse's turn for a walk round.
Soon it was my turn to go in the ring. Our judge was a very tall man, but he spoke kindly to me and wasn't at all rough when he stroked me over. We did our running around bit and ended up with a yellow. It was lovely and sunny, and because there were quite a few other girls in my class it gave me a chance to have a laze around in the sunshine.
Then it was Morse's turn. I heard Cheryl telling George hoe naughty Morse was, because he wouldn't stand still. He still managed to get a green though. Mummy was in a really big class like me and she must have been good because she also got a green.
It was a long journey home again and it rained most of the way so I just went to sleep.
The rest of the week was pretty uneventful until Friday. The dog bath was brought out and Morse went and hid in the kennel. I tried to keep out of the way too but eventually we all had baths. At least the water was nice and warm and the weather was nice. Then we all had to take turns in going under the white blowy thing. Mummy went first. She didn't seem to mind it at all and I watched her getting all dry and shiny. Her coat looked really nice when they finished with her and then it was my turn. I wasn't too sure to begin with, but it felt lovely and warm and after a while I decided I rather like it. It was really nice to just sit there with my eyes closed and feel the warm air blowing through my coat. When I was dry it was Morse's turn. Even he didn't mind that bit, but I offered to go again just in case.
Saturday morning came and we all piled into the car. The boys with their cricket set and us with our blankets and brushes. It was quite a shortish journey and I soon recognised that we were at the place with the quite airplanes. It was quite quiet in the hall and there didn't seem many people to begin with but it soon filled up and I could see my friend Bronte on a bench opposite. We all did quite well with me getting 2 grey cards (haven't seen one of those before), Mummy got a green again and Morsey got a pink one! He wasn't impressed, he says pink should only be for girls.
Later in the day Bronte was telling me about a test she had done as she proudly displayed her green and white rosette. It was something to do with being a good citizen (whatever that means). She said she just really had to be good and well mannered. She had to sit still for a while and meet someone without jumping up and walk nicely on the lead. She even had to walk between the benches without talking to all the other dogs. I'm not sure I could do that, she must be very clever.
Just when I thought it must be nearly time to go home, Cheryl came and fetched me and Mummy with show leads. I couldn't imagine what was coming next. We went into the ring together where two ladies looked at us and some other dogs then we had to run round together. They then gave us a blue card and a little medal thing. Afterward Mummy explained that this was called brace and the judges were looking at us to see how alike we were. I think I did this once before with Morse, but he's a boy, so how could we be alike?
Eventually it was time to go home and we had to pack everybody and everything in to the car. It didn't seem to take too long and before I knew it I was back in my own garden eating my tea.
It's raining again today so I don't feel much like going out to play. Perhaps it will be nice later. That hole needs a bit of attention, I'm sure I can't be far off finding out what lives down there.
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