9th May 2007
goodness, I can't believe it's been over a year since I last wrote my diary.
I've been so busy I just don't know where the time has gone to.
last entry we had a bit of a problem as Mummy hurt her shoulder at Crufts. We
don't really know how she did it, but it was very sore for a while. It took ages
to sort out and she had to keep going to the vet for injections. After a few
months she could run properly so started going to shows again, but she had to be
careful as it would come back sometimes. Eventually by the end of the year it
seemed fine, and the vet cut the injections down to every couple of months.
I had some
good times in the show ring and managed to win a couple of best of breeds, plus
I did quite well at the benched shows too. We even too Morsey out to one show
and he also won a rosette!
has been a whole new chapter in my life. We started out really well as Mummy and
I went to a show in Wales. I won best lady and best in show, Mummy won best
mature dog in show and we won the brace class together. It was a really lovely
day and I had plenty to tell Morse about when we got home.
went to Crufts again this year although it was just Mummy and me showing, then
me and Morse doing discover dogs. When we did Discover dogs we met a famous lady
off the telly. She was really nice to us and told us all about her reds. George
said she reads news or something, not really sure what that means, but
apparently she did something called ice-skating as well.
this we all went on our holidays to the kennels for a couple of days. Whilst we
were there Mummy started getting pains in her tummy. As soon as we got home
George & Cheryl took her to see the vet and they said she had a bug. They gave
her some injections and tablets and she seemed a bit better for a while. Then
she started to get poorly again. Cheryl took her back to the vet and they
changed her tablets and scanned her tummy with a machine, but couldn't find
anything wrong. The next day she was a bit brighter and was able to eat some
breakfast, but then the day after she started feeling poorly again. By the
evening she didn't want to eat anything and just wanted to sleep all the time.
George & Cheryl were really worried about her so they took her back to the vet.
They said they were worried now too so they looked inside Mummy's tummy.
Apparently she had something very serious called Cancer on her liver so the vet
said he couldn't make her better. He said that she would be in a lot of
pain and it would be best to leave her asleep.
later George & Cheryl brought Mummy home and dug a big hole. Morsey and I went
to see her, but she wasn't moving and didn't speak to us. I think she must be
having a really long sleep. We watched as Cheryl pinned some rosettes to Mummy's
collar and wrapped her in her favourite bed, then put her in the big hole. I
don't really understand why she had to go in the hole because we can't play with
her or talk to her now. We both really miss her and I know everyone in the house
misses her because they keep crying.
day I was taken in the car for a ride to a lady's house who has lots of cats.
She put some funny stuff on my tummy and then put a machine type thing on me.
She said I was pregnant. (Apparently that means I was having babies!) My
boyfriend will be pleased. I think I mentioned him ages ago, but haven't seen
much of him lately. His name's Zac and he's a really handsome chap.
weeks went by and we all still really miss Mummy. My tummy got bigger and bigger
until last week when I felt the babies coming. It was quite a painful experience
and there was a lot of mess, but by the end of the evening I had 5 lovely sons
and 4 lovely daughters. The next day one of my little girls stopped feeding and
went limp. George & Cheryl tried to feed her with a funny little bottle thing,
but she wasn't interested. After a while she passed away. I was very sad to lose
my baby and don't know what went wrong, but she was quite small so perhaps she
wasn't quite ready to be born yet. George buried her with Mummy so they will
keep one another company.
babies are 6 days old and getting bigger almost by the minute. I'm really proud
of our children and I can't wait for them to meet their Daddy as I'm sure he'll
be proud too. I haven't decided what to call them yet so I'll have to give that
some thought. For now, I just need a sleep. Being a mum is hard work!
Thursday 2nd February 2006
I canít believe itís February
already. I was going to begin with Happy New Year, but I
suppose the moment has passed now.
has happened since the last time I wrote my diary that I
hardly know where to begin.
beginning of December we went on our holidays to the kennels
for a few days. That was quite interesting as there were
some new dogs there who I hadnít seen before. There is a dog
who lives there who we often see, I think heís called a
German Shepherd. Heís really big and hairy with huge great
paws at least twice the size of mine. He plods around the
yard with his owner who lives at the side of the kennels. He
seems quite nice, but doesnít say much. In the kennel next
to us was a very small dog who wore a red coat and shook all
the time. He says he feels the cold, even though he has a
heater in there,so he has to wear his coat as well. There
was also a brown and white dog a bit smaller than me who had
a black and tan puppy with him. He was really cute and
wanted to kiss everyone he met. We were only there for a few
days this time, but we enjoyed making some new friends and I
always like to walk around the field there. The only problem
is I always manage to get really muddy!
after returning home from the kennels and being bathed we
went to another show. This time it was a smaller one without
benches. There were quite a few reds there and I went in
before Mummy this time. I must have been quite good as I won
a blue. Then Mummy went in and got a red. Iíll get another
one one of these days.) She then went on to get best Irish
and got a special certificate which qualified her to show at
Crufts. She hasnít had one of these before, but sheís
already qualified to show there for the rest of her life
that was Christmas and pressie time! I enjoyed seeing what
everyone had for presents, ours were food based, just the
way I like them. Nick had another guitar which makes a
different kind of noise to the other one he already had.
Itís certainly a lot louder.
yearís eve was the usual loud fireworks going off
everywhere. I donít mind too much but Mummy and Morsey donít
like them at all. Eventually the bangs stopped and everyone
was able to get some sleep.
following weekend we went to a benched show that was a long
way away. It was in a sports centre and it was quite cold in
there. We had to wait a long time before it was our turn to
show. I went in before Mummy this time and got a white card,
but there were lots of girls in my class so I thought that
was pretty good. Then Mummy went into her class and won
again! That is now 4 shows in a row where she got a red.
This meant she had to stay to compete against the other
ladies. When she went off with Cheryl I couldnít see very
well what was going on as our bench was nearer to the dog
ring, but George went to watch. I could just about make out
that they all ran around again then I heard some clapping,
shortly followed by a cheer and clapping. I was getting
quite excited in case Mummy had got best lady again.
Eventually she came back to the bench and Cheryl was
carrying a pink rosette and a green & white card. I still
wasnít sure if this was good or not, but Mummy soon told me
she got reserve best lady. We still had to wait though as it
meant that if the other lady got best in show Mummy would
have to compete for reserve best in show. As luck would have
it the lady won so Mummy had to go back in. Unfortunately
she didnít beat the man, but she was just pleased with what
sheíd done anyway so we all went home very happy. I was very
tired and pleased to get to bed.
there must be another show coming up soon as weíve had our
feet and ears trimmed again and I heard mention of baths
either tonight or tomorrow.
has been indoors for the last few weeks as Iíve had lady
problems. I can hear him talking sometimes. Every time
someone has something to eat I can hear him complaining
about where his bit is. I also heard him get told off for
using the hall mat as a skateboard. Apparently someone came
to the door and he came flying in from the lounge and jumped
on the mat which slid all the way to the door where he
landed with a crash.
heíll be coming back in with us soon and Iím looking forward
to playing with him again. I will be able to have proper
races around the little field then, although if Iím having a
bath I might not be allowed in there until after the show. I
suppose Iíll just have to wait and see.
ages since I had a chance to sit down and write my diary and
lots of things have happened so I thought I had better
Following Mummyís success at our last show we went to
another one, this time at the place with big hills behind
it. The rings were nice and big, and there were lots of
reds and people there. I saw some of my friends and while
we were waiting for our classes we had plenty of time to
look round and have a good run.
Mummy went in first again and she won her class again!
Thatís two shows on the trot where she got a first. She was
really pleased with herself and we all hoped she might win
best lady again.
The day soon passed by and then it was my turn to go in. I
tried really hard to stand still and I didnít jump around
when we moved round the ring. There were quite of lot of us
though so I wasnít confident of getting a card. When we had
all been seen we stood in the line waiting for the man to
choose. He was quite quick at making up his mind, and chose
me for the red card! I was really excited and found it hard
to stand still while he wrote things down. My friends were
all really pleased for me and Mummy said she was very proud.
Of course George and Cheryl were pleased with me too. It was
at this point that auntie Sandy spotted some fluffy bits on
one of my paws which were hastily trimmed off. (Donít know
how Cheryl missed that!)
It was soon time for us all to go back in for the man to
choose his best lady. We all lined up with Mummy at the
front, then another lady before me. The man had a quite
quick look and chose the lady standing between Mummy and me
as his best lady. He then got the 2nd to her in
and gave her reserve best lady.
I thought weíd finished and was ready to go home, but I had
forgotten that Mummy still had to compete against the man
dog who won Ďmore mature malesí. It was quite some time
before they got to this point and I couldnít really work out
what was going on, but there seemed to be quite a lot of
activity in the ring and I heard someone say that the
referee had been called. I thought this might mean there was
going to be a fight, but it turned out that when the two
judges canít agree on best in show or best whatever, the
Eventually Mummy had to go back in the ring again and the
other judge who had judged the men dogs went over her and
moved her, whilst our judge looked at the man dog. They
obviously didnít agree because again they called the referee
in. The referee looked at both Mummy and the man and got
them to move around again, I could just about see them from
my bench as they were in the closer ring now. After a short
while I saw her walk towards Mummy and give her a big
rosette and a funny looking piece of material that was red,
white and green. There was lots of clapping, but then they
still werenít finished as they then started taking lots of
photos. I was beginning to think I was never going to go
home, but eventually Mummy came back to her bench and once
sheíd had a drink we packed up the bag and went home.
There are lots more trophies on our mantelpiece, and at
least one of them is mine now. The funny material thing
that Mummy won is apparently called a sash. She had to have
it put across her back for her photos to be taken.
The weekend after that show I knew something was happening
as Georgie came through with the ladder and there was lots
of noise and activity in the house. It turned out I was
right as that weekend the boys came in and gave us all a hug
and a kiss saying they would see us in a couple of weeks.
Then a couple of days later I saw our
things being packed up so I thought we must be off to the
kennels. Yep! Sure enough the next morning we all got
into the car and were taken to the kennels. We all had
a hug and a kiss goodbye and then George and Cheryl left us
to have our holiday. It was pretty relaxing really, a
walk every morning and evening, lazing around the kennel
talking to the other dogs on their holidays, plenty of food
and drink. Then before we knew it they were back to fetch us
As soon as we got home we all had baths, which was fine
because it was a nice day and I had a long turn under the
dryer. But only a couple of days later we all had
baths again! I couldn't work it out, two baths in one
week. The only explanation could be a show, so when Saturday
came and we all got into the car I wasn't surprised.
It wasn't a long journey, and it was bright and sunny out.
Mummy was first in the ring this time and at this show she
got a blue. Morsey was being a pain so eventually he
went back in the car and didn't show in his class. He kept
singing to everyone and bouncing up and down on his bench!
Boys, they're so embarrassing sometimes. Later in the
day it was my turn. There were loads in my class. A
few girls I knew and some I hadn't seen before. The lady
went over us all one by one and we all moved and stood, but
this time I didn't get chosen. I know I was fidgeting a bit,
but I didn't think I was that bad. Anyway, we packed
everything up and went home where Georgie made our tea.
The next week everything was pretty normal until Thursday
night. It was dark and the bath came out again. Morse went
and hid in the kennel and I tried to hide in the garage.
Mummy had her bath first, then George came and found me and
put me in the bath. It wasn't too bad and the spell under
the dryer made up for the nasty bit. But the next day
everyone went off to school and work as normal. I found this
really confusing, but once everyone got home it all became
clear. The boys went off somewhere once we'd had
our tea, then a little while later I saw the big black bag
being put into the car. Soon we were all travelling
down the fast road, but I had no idea where we were going.
As we turned a corner I recognised the road to the kennels.
I started to try and tell them we'd gone the wrong way, as
we couldn't be going there again so soon surely! But
no one would listen to me, they just said I shouldn't talk
so loud in the car. A short while later we arrived at
the kennels and the back of the car went up, but the lady
only took Morsey and Mummy and I stayed in the car.
Now I was really confused. How come he was getting another
Next thing I knew we were back on the fast road and it was
very dark. The road seemed to go on forever, so I
decided to have a little sleep. When I woke up we were
coming off the fast road into what looked like a car park.
I couldn't see any other dogs so I didn't think we could be
there yet. George got Mummy and I out of the car and
we all went for a little walk around. It was very cold
and windy so I was quite glad when we got back in the car
again. We had a drink and chewy and soon set off again.
What seemed like days later, we finally arrived at our
destination. It still wasn't a show, but a place with cars
and a building which had lots of lights on. George and
Cheryl disappeared for a short while, then came back and
took us for a walk. It was still really cold and windy, but
this time we didn't get back into the car, we went inside
the building. It was very warm and bright inside and
we went through a door and along a very long corridor. Then
we came to a door and went inside. It was like a big
bedroom but with a sofa and telly in. Mummy and I had
a good sniff around and soon found our beds. It wasn't
long before I nodded off to sleep. It had been a very long
The next morning we all got up and George & Cheryl took us
for a quick walk. We were soon back on the road again
and on our way to the show. Or so we thought! After
quite a distance the car stopped and we could see some other
cars stopped too. It turned out they had closed the road so
we had to turn around and go back the way we had come. We
then followed little roads, round twisty bends, up and down
hills. I was beginning to feel quite travel sick! I thought
we would never get there, when suddenly we were back on a
big road again and I heard George say he could see the
showground. What a relief! I was so glad to get out in
the fresh air again.
We soon found our way inside and our benches where we
settled down to wait for our classes. We had some
breakfast and a drink, then we were given some more chewies
and left to have a rest.
Some time later Cheryl came and gave us both a good brush
and got our leads out. Soon I found myself going in
the ring while Mummy and George watched from the side.
There were quite a lot of girls in my class and the lady
standing next to me gave me a treat. She said she enjoys
reading my diary and that I shouldn't forget her when I
write next time. So hello lady in the black and white
jacket, and thank you for the treats. We all tried
hard to be good and I don't think I could have been too bad
as the lady who was judging chose me with some others to
have another look at. I didn't get a card in the end,
but at least I got through the first pick.
I noticed then that I could no longer see Mummy. I knew she
was supposed to be in next and there was quite a lot of
activity for a while. Then a lady took me back to my bench
while Cheryl went to find George and Mummy. It turned
out she was in another ring because she was entered in
something called a stakes class. Unfortunately they hadn't
finished judging when she was due to go in her breed class
so Cheryl had to fetch her out before she found out if the
judge liked her. Mummy did say that he made a fuss of
her though and seemed nice.
Anyway, Mummy made her class on time. This time she was in
the class called Open as there weren't any just for mature
ladies, and this time she got a blue. She was really
pleased with her blue and stayed to watch the winner to see
if she got best lady. I gather that best lady went to
another class winner and then the man dog beat the lady for
best Red. Before I knew it we were back in the car and
back to the hotel (I heard George say that was what the
building was called), having first visited our favourite
By the time we all got to bed I was really tired, and I just
don't know where the day went to. It seemed to go so
We're all home again now, including Morsey and I think I
need a couple of days to get over all that travelling. I
wonder where we're off too next?!
Friday 7th October
Things have been a bit mad in
our house this week. We went to a show last weekend at the
place with the quiet airplanes. It started off a bit cold
and dark, but the weather improved during the day. When I
went out for a little walk it was really sunny and quite
warm. We had all had a bath the day before which was
great because it meant I had a turn under the dryer, so we
were all clean and shiny. Even Morsey came this time,
although he kept singing and bouncing on the bench. He
went for a nice long walk, but it didn't lessen his
excitement so eventually he went for a 'quiet time' in the
Mummy went in her class first. There were loads of them,
even though it was the class for more mature ladies. The
lady took quite a long time to go over them all, feeling
them carefully and watching them run around the ring. After
a while she chose some and let the rest go, then she wanted
to feel them all again and see them all move again.
Eventually she chose Mummy as her winner. It was
really exciting. She won the same class last year and the
funny thing was that the same three ladies who were first,
second and third last year were in the same places again
this time! Mummy came back to her bench all pleased with
herself. I think it must have tired her out though because
after she'd had a treat and a drink she went off to sleep
for a short while. Later on it was my turn. The lady got us
all to run around the ring a couple of times before having a
closer look at us. I had to go first. She stroked me all
over and talked to me, then I had to do my triangle and run
up and down. Again there were lots of girls in the class,
but I was lucky enough to get picked out. We all had to run
again, then the lady started to choose her winners. I tried
really hard to stand still, but I kept getting an itchy foot
so I had to move it. I got told off for not standing
still, so I thought I would try leaning against Cheryl to
see if it helped the itching - it didn't. After the
lady had chosen a couple she came back to me again, then
walked away and chose another girl. Then she came back again
and chose me this time so I got a green. I was really
pleased with that, especially since there were quite a lot
of us. I went back to the bench to tell Mummy, who by now
was awake and ready to go for another walk, what I had done.
She said she was very proud of me and that I must have been
Eventually all the ladies classes had been judged and she
had to choose her favourite. Mummy had to go back in, so I
wished her luck as she left the benches. I couldn't see much
at the time, although I did hear the cheers, but Mummy told
me what happened when she came back.
All the ladies had to line up together and Mummy was asked
to stand at the front (presumably because she was the
oldest), then they all had to run around twice more before
standing up for the judge to look at again. She went over
Mummy and then the next lady and worked her way round all
the other girls. Then she stood back and had another look
before going to the table and picking up a card and rosette.
Mummy thought the lady was coming to have another look at
her, but then she gave the card and rosette to Cheryl and
everyone cheered. Mummy was really excited, she knew she had
done something really special and lots of people came and
hugged her and Cheryl. I could hear lots of noise from
where I was but didn't know at the time what was going on.
The judge then had to choose her next best lady. She asked
the one who was second to Mummy in her class to come in and
decided to give it to her. Then they both had to run around
the ring again together whilst everyone clapped and cheered.
Mummy said it was wonderful.
When all the noise had died down Cheryl came to fetch me off
my bench again. Apparently my Dad wanted me to go in a class
with him for family members. I didn't really know what to
expect although I think I did this once before when I was
very young. Anyway myself and some half brothers and sisters
had to line up beside my Dad in the ring so the judges could
look at us all. Apparently they were looking to see how
alike we all were or something.
Unfortunately no one else turned up for the class so Daddy
won, but I'm sure we'd have done well even if there had been
lots in the class as my Dad is really handsome.
Before the show could end Mummy had to compete against the
man dog who had won best dog. He was a really big, strong
looking man with lots of coat, very handsome. I gather that
the men often win when it comes to this point, and today was
no exception. Mummy wasn't really surprised, she was just
pleased with what she had done. There was quite a spell to
wait whilst people took lots of photos, then Cheryl had to
collect all the trophies Mummy had won. You should see our
Then it was back in the car to come home. It was dark by the
time we arrived and Georgie had our tea waiting for us. I
suddenly realised I was quite hungry. I hadn't had anything
since I stole part of George's sandwich at lunchtime. Mummy
on the other hand had been given two beefburgers from the
snack place that they had left over! I was quite glad
when we were all settled down in the conservatory watching
the telly, cuddled up on the sofa. Well Morsey and I were
pinning George down on the sofa, Mummy was curled up on
Cheryl's lap on the big chair. It just goes to show that no
matter how much we win and how exciting it all is, when we
get home we're all just part of the family again.
Mummy at the ISAE champ show
after winning the Challenge Certificate October 2005
Since I last
wrote my diary I've been to 3 more shows and seen loads of
my friends. It's so nice to be out and about again.
Mummy and I went to a show by the big hills which was just
for gundogs. When we left in the morning it was really
cloudy and it didn't look like the day would be very nice,
but it soon brightened up and was quite nice by the time we
went in. Mummy went in first as she was in the class
for mature ladies, she got 3rd. She said she got a bit
excited when she ran around and got told off for being
naughty after the class. It wasn't because she didn't win,
but because she didn't give herself a fair chance by playing
around. It was quite a long wait after that for my
class. I soon found there were a lot of other girls for me
to compete against. I tried really hard to be good and
managed to stand still for quite a while. I got a
blue. I was really pleased with myself and Cheryl was
very pleased with me, she says I now have something called a
stud book number. I don't really know what that means, but
Mummy says she's got one too and it means we can go to
Crufts every year now. I think there's a bit more to it than
that, but I don't really understand. Mummy says it
just needs for Morse to get a place like mine and we'll all
have this special number.
After that we went to another show. This time it was a
really long drive to a place I don't think I've been
before. We all set off in the car about lunchtime, it
seemed to take forever to get there, but eventually we
parked outside a white house. George and Cheryl
disappeared for a few minutes then came back and we set off
again. I was beginning to think we would never arrive,
when we turned off the road into a big showground. We
went along a track until we came to some funny looking
things that looked like mini houses on wheels. George told
me they were called caravans. We stopped outside one
and spoke to some people then went on into a big field
surrounded by trees. Once the car had stopped Cheryl
opened the back and let us out of the cage. We all ran
around like mad dogs, stretching our legs glad to be out of
the car. We met one or two other dogs while we were
running around but then Mummy said we should go back to the
car so we ran over and lay down waiting for George and
Cheryl to catch up. As soon as the car was opened we
jumped in and had a big drink from our water bowl. We were
all tired then what with the journey and the run round the
field (it was quite big so it was a long way round!)
We drove back to the caravan where we stayed with the back
up for a while as the people were having a barbeque. Smelt
really nice. Eventually it started to get dark so we
were taken back for a quick run to the big field before
returning to the white house where we had parked earlier.
When we got there Mummy moved into the main part of the car
so she could sleep on the back seat, and Morsey and I
settled down in the cage part.
Next morning the traffic woke us up early and Mummy barked
to go out. Cheryl and George soon emerged from the white
house and took us all for a walk along the road and gave us
a fresh drink.
A short while later we set off for the show again. We went
back to where we had been the night before only we went to a
different track where the field was a car park. As
only Mummy and I were entered in the show Morse had to go in
the crŤche. He wasn't very impressed, but they were really
nice people there who gave him drinks and offered to take
him for walks. He got put on a bench next to another Irish
so he had someone to talk to, but he said the other dog
didn't talk very much.
Anyway, we then went into the show and found our benches. It
was already getting warm and sunny and it wasn't even nine
o'clock. We got comfy and were each given a
chewy. Time seemed to pass really slowly and it was
aged before it was my turn to go in. By that time the sun
was really shining hot, it was very warm in the ring.
The poor lady who was judging had been out there all day in
the heat! There were quite a few in my class again and
I wriggled a bit as I was quite hot, but she must have liked
me cos I got blue again! Then it was Mummy's turn. She
was good, well quite good anyway and she got fourth.
Then it was back over to the crŤche to fetch Morsey before
heading home. What an awful journey that was! We
pulled out of the field where the show was and crawled along
the road for about an hour. It awful. It's a good thing
we've got air conditioning in our car, we've got our own fan
too, but the sun was still quite hot. Eventually we
got onto the fast roads and we all had a bit of a
sleep. When I woke up we couldn't have been far from
home as things looked quite familiar and we were soon
pulling into the end of our road.
I was really glad to be back in my own bed, my dinner always
seems to taste better at home too.
Then last Sunday we went up to the place with the airplane
that make no noise. What a shock when we arrived, the place
looked like a bomb site. There were big lorries everywhere
and horse and people. I started to think we had come
to the wrong place, but I recognised the buildings. The only
difference was that there were horses in them rather than
dogs. We drove to the end of the field where there was a new
large building and loads of cars. It took ages to find
somewhere to park the car, but eventually we found a
spot. The boys went off to play cricket and we stayed
in the car whilst George and Cheryl went to have a look
around. When they got back they were clearly not
impressed. Apparently it had said in the schedule that
providing the weather was okay, all judging would be
outside, but all the rings were inside and there was clearly
no room for outside rings. There was talk of going
straight home, but as we had travelled quite a long way it
was decided that we would stay. There were Blondies in
before us and quite a few of them, so it was a while before
we went it. It was my turn first. I didn't like
it in the new hall, it was hot and uncomfortable, the ring
was small and it was very noisy. I didn't want to
stand still. I know I was a bit noisy but it really
wasn't very nice there at all. Eventually the lady
chose me and three other dogs to have another look at. We
all moved again and this time I got a yellow. There
was another class, then it was Morsey's turn. It was
the first time he'd been in the ring for several months so I
was feeling very nervous for him. Apparently he was
quite good, he didn't feel frightened of the other dogs so
he didn't grumble at anyone and didn't spend half his time
hiding behind Cheryl's legs looking frightenedly out
of the corner of his eye! He stood up to begin with
and stood for the judge, although he did sit down when she
touched his tail. At the end he stood for a while but
started to get a bit upset and sat down. Cheryl got him to
stand once more then just let him sit and talked to him at
the end of the class. He told me he didn't like the
place much either, and although he felt better because he
didn't feel so worried about the other dogs, he still felt
very nervous. I hope he'll soon get back to
normal. I know he's a pain, but he is my big brother.
I was right, I
did go to a show at the weekend! We set off quite
early as Mummy had to be in the ring for 9am. Morsey didn't
come this time and got very upset when we left him
behind. Apparently he later went playing football and
chasing around the garden so he obviously didn't miss us for
It seemed quite a long way to the show, but then I haven't
done that many journeys in the car for a while. We
went to the place with the big hills behind us. It was quite
cool to begin with but George put our 'igloo' under the
trees and then set out the chairs. There were benches
there but we didn't go on them. I'm not sure if they were
meant for our show but some people did use them. After
a short while Cheryl took Mummy to a nearby ring.
There seemed to be some sort of delay as they were waiting
by the side of the ring for what seemed like ages.
There were quite a few people waiting to go in and there
were some men in red jackets and another man who later
turned out to be the judge, all standing in there, so I
can't imagine what the hold up was. Anyway, eventually
they all went in and Mummy was stood somewhere in the middle
between a blondie (golden retriever) and another dog that
looked like some sort of hound. This was a class for
older dogs but some of them looked really young, especially
the very small fluffy dogs. As the class started the
sun began to get really hot so they all tried to stand
in what shade their was and there were quite a lot of
them. It took a while but eventually it came time for
the man to make up his mind on his winners. It looked
as if he was looking at Mummy but it was hard to see from where
I was. After a while he pulled out a little fluffy
dog, then he pulled Mummy out. I was really pleased. When
she came back she said she was pleased too as she thought it
was a strong class with plenty of competition.
Then it was back into the igloo for a while. Mummy was
a bit excited after doing well and wanted to be allowed to
go and play, but we had more work to do later. When
she was getting a bit fed up she kept asking to be taken out
so eventually Cheryl took her for a little walk. I was quite
happy in the igloo. It's got a comfy bed in the bottom and
it was lovely and cool in the shade. A bit later on
Cheryl went for a walk and came back with some chews for us.
They were really nice and lasted ages, even for me! It
seemed to be taking a long time for our class to come round
so I had a sleep. When I woke up ages later the Irish still
hadn't gone in and the blondies were still being
judged. Everybody was starting to get fed up as it was
a very hot day and there was no shade over by the ring where
we were to be judged. George and Cheryl kept us in the
shade and just watched from a distance, and I felt sorry for
the people who were waiting in the heat by the
ringside. I can't imagine why they would put the
blondies in the same ring as us, especially when there are
so many of us in both breeds. Anyway, eventually
the blondies finished and it was the turn for the
Irish. Again there seemed to be some delay before they
began and people seemed to getting a bit annoyed by now. I
could hear several people who were standing near us waiting
to go in who sound quite cross. There were quite a lot
of dogs for the first lady to judge so it was a while before
they got around to us girls. Cheryl got me out of the
igloo and started to give me a good brushing. I love being
brushed by like to lay on my back to have it done. I kept
getting told off for laying down as every time I did I got
covered in dust and leaves again. We waited in the
shade of the tree until the class before mine had finished
then we went over for my class. There were only 3 of
us this time. I had seen one of the other girls before but
the other one was a stranger to me. Wow was it hot in that
ring! I was stood first so I didn't have long to wait
before being gone over. I bet the lady who was judging must
have been hot as she'd got to stand in the sun for all the
classes, not just mine. Anyway, I tried my best to be
good and stand still while the lady stroked me and looked at
my teeth. Then I rang round the ring which was quite
hard going even though I'm pretty fit. The judge then
went over the other two girls. She seemed to like all
of us as she kept looking from one to the other, but then
she decided and pulled us all into our places. I got
third, but didn't really mind. I was just glad to get
out of the heat. I thought I behaved quite well and
Cheryl said I was good so that's what really matters. It's
been such a long time since I was in a show I was worried I
might have forgotten what to do, but it all came back to me
once I was there. I'm looking forward to the next one
now. I don't think it will be this weekend as I heard
George and Cheryl telling Morse we're going for the group
walk again on Sunday. Great! That means I can go swimming
with Charlie again. I might try and go a bit deeper this
time. I wonder if we'll go to that nice river again?
Wow! It's been
really hot. On Sunday we all went for a walk with the group.
It was great and although it was very warm we walked a lot
of the time in the shade. We had great fun chasing each
other around in the undergrowth. I didn't much like getting
brambles stuck in my feathers though. Ouch! When we reached
the lake we all had a paddle. Morse and Charlie went for a
bit of a swim but I got a bit worried when I couldn't touch
the bottom so I came out again. There were some really tall
grass type things near the edge and I got a bit lost once
and found it hard to get out again, but I got there in the
end. There were not quite so many of us there this time, but
still plenty of people to play with. We went a slightly
different route this time too. There's a very young fluffy
boy called Samson who comes on our walks, but he got tired
half way round so his humans took him home. He's only
a baby, but I expect when he grows a bit he'll soon be able
to keep up with the rest of us.
We went to a river under a bridge which was lovely and cool.
It was quite deep in one part and had a sort of waterfall,
so it was shallow on the other side. Charlie the collie
jumped straight in and swam about. Morse tried to follow and
got a bit of a shock when it was deeper than he thought.
George had to pull him out by his collar. We soon
realised that if we walked on the waterfall part we could
choose to go on the shallow or deep side, and that was also
the best way out! Mummy stood on the side watching and she
had got quite muddy so George and Cheryl wanted her to have
a swim to clean herself off. She wouldn't go in so
eventually they pushed her in! She wasn't impressed to begin
with, but once she realised how lovely and cool the water
was, she had a swim around with the others and soon found
the waterfall step to get out. We spent quite a lot of time
there jumping in and out it was great. Eventually it was
time to go home. As we were walking back up the riverbank
Mummy spotted these big black and white animals in the field
by the side of the path. She went through the fence to
investigate and they came over to her. One put it's
head down really close and snorted at her. She barked
at it and ran away but then couldn't get back through the
fence. She'd forgotten where the hole was. Eventually George
had to lift her out. The black and white things just stood
there watching and eating grass. I think it would be
best to keep away from them in future.
We all made our way back to the cars and had a nice drink
before going home.
When we got back the boys were already in their swimming
pool. It was really hot by then so I went for a doze
in the kennel as it's always cool in there.
I gather we won't be going on the group walk this weekend as
there's a show on somewhere. I've already had a bit of a
haircut so it looks like I might actually be going for a
change. I wonder who else will be there?
terrible thunderstorms yesterday and at the weekend. I
don't like all the banging and flashing and Morse really
hates it. He barks at it but I let him do the barking,
he's louder than me. It doesn't seem to help though. Mummy
gets really scared and shakes but she's allowed to sit on
Cheryl's lap and have a cuddle. I tried to get on too
but there wasn't enough room for all of us. I had to be
content with just putting my head in beside Mummy in the
mention of a show this weekend coming but I don't think I'm
going again. It sounds like just Mummy this time. It's been
ages since I went to a show, I hope I'll be able to go again
soon. I must be due for a haircut anyway as my feet
are looking very fluffy.
We had some
visitors a few days ago, a man and lady I haven't seen
before. They were both very nice and the lady really
liked us. She played with us and cuddled us and
stroked us. She can come and visit anytime!
The next door
neighbours had a party at the weekend in their garden.
It was lovely and sunny and we could all smell the
food. We could see George and Cheryl through the fence
but they wouldn't let us go round to join in. It
sounded like people playing games as there was lots of
laughing and music. I tried to jump up to see what was
going on but couldn't quite see over the top.
There's a bit of a gap near the bottom so I pushed my nose
through there to watch. I really wanted to have a
proper look but got told off for poking my nose through.
George said I would break the fence if I wasn't careful.
It looks like
a bit of a dull day today so no sunbathing, but at least it
isn't raining and so far no thunder! Think I'll go and
explore the little field. I found some frogs a little
while ago, I'll go and see if they're still there.
At last! I've
finally got some sunshine to lie in. It's been really
lovely today, so I've got myself a comfy spot by the fence
where I can sunbathe. Mummy and Morse have gone
indoors as it's too hot for them, but this is just right for
me. I might even have a lay in the hammock in a little
while. If it does get too warm I can always go
underneath it for some shade.
I think I must
really be in the bad books at the moment as I still haven't
been to any shows. And I haven't seen my friends in
ages. Mummy and Morse went out twice last week, then
Morse went out again on Sunday. They went to a show on
Wednesday after they had had haircuts and baths, but it
rained so hard it was a waste of time them getting
dried. It took Cheryl ages to dry them
too. Mind you I might not have helped with
that. I wanted a go under the drier. I know I hadn't
had a bath, but I wanted a turn so I kept pushing Mummy and
Morse out of the way to get under it. I got told off
though so eventually I had to give up and go in my
bed. On Saturday everyone went off and
left me. The boys had gone to visit their Grandma and
George and Cheryl took Mummy and Morse away in the car,
leaving me all alone. I needn't have worried as after
a short while Amy came to fetch me to visit the Blondies.
I was a bit shy as I haven't been to their house
before. I wasn't really sure if I should go in or not
so eventually Diane came and brought me inside. Cassie
told me I had got to be good because I was in her house now
and I don't think she liked it much when I played with
Oscar. We all had a bit of a play in the garden then
went back inside for a rest. I got on the sofa to lay
down and got told off because it isn't allowed in their
house. In my house we've got a sofa we're allowed on
and also one we're not allowed on. I'll know if
I ever go there again. Whilst we were all resting the
man ( his name's Dave) came in and was talking with the
lady. He was eating one of my favourite things, a
bacon sandwich! He was very engrossed in his
conversation and held the sandwich right in front of
me. I decided he must be offering me a bit so made a
grab for it. I got it but as soon as he realised what
I was doing he grabbed it back! It was very tasty!
Later in the
day it was getting to tea time so they brought me home
and soon after that everyone came home. I enjoyed my
visit to the Blondie's house, but I'm not sure I'll be
invited again. Mummy says she got a red at the show
and Morsey got nothing, because he was very naughty.
He's started being really silly and sitting down when he's
supposed to stand. Then he cries if Cheryl tries to
stand him up. What a woos! I'll just have to get
back into the ring and show him how it's done.
Sunday 8th May
I wish this
weather would make up it's mind! One minute it's
lovely and sunny, the next it's pouring with rain. I
had just got comfortable in a sunny spot by the back door
when I felt this horrible wet sploshing on my
nose. I was having a lovely dream too.
We've all gone into the conservatory now and are laying on
our comfy beds watching television.
We all had haircuts yesterday so I guess that means we'll be
going to shows again soon. I'm quite looking forward
to going to a show again, it's been ages since Mummy and I
went anywhere other than visiting and walks. Morsey
has been out a few times and apart from last week has been
doing really well. He got another Best Irish award a
few weeks back and he told me he also got best gundog and
then reserve best in show! His head is nearly back to
normal size now, but he thinks he's famous now. He
came back down to earth with a bit of a bump last weekend as
he didn't even get a card at his last show. He says he
was really good too. I think that's only the third
time in a year he hasn't had a card so he was a bit miffed,
but like Mummy says, you can't win all the time.
I was having a look through the hole in the gate earlier and
I saw the blondies off for their walk. I barked over
to them and Cassie barked 'hello' back but Oscar didn't
speak. I'm not even sure he could see me because the
car was a bit in the way. You can see all sorts of
things through that little hole. The man next door was
cutting his grass, the people over the road were planting a
new tree. Don't know what was wrong with the old one,
but they obviously wanted to change it. I saw a little
boy playing football over near the blondies house. I
would've liked to go over and play with him but I'm not
allowed out on my own.
Well I think I might have a little snooze. It's nice and
warm in here and very comfortable on our big bed.
Morsey is fast asleep beside me and Mummy is half on
Cheryl's lap and half on the floor. Actually I've just
realised that means there's a space beside George on the
sofa. That's it I'm off to beat Mummy to it!
Chester have been to stay for a couple of weeks, but they've
gone home again now. When they first arrived, because
of Mummy's ladies problems, they had to stay in the kennel.
I don't think they were very impressed as they kept shouting
to come out. Chester has got a really loud bark
too! At nightime Mummy slept in Nick's room, Morse
slept with George and Cheryl and Georgie, Chester and I
slept in the garage. That worked alright for a while,
but then my ladies problems started so I had to sleep in
with Mummy. The mornings were fun as Morse went out
first, then Georgie and Chester (while Morse got his feet
dried), then it was our turn. After a week Chester
went to stay with someone else so at least all us girls
could be together. It was a bit more peaceful then. It
was really nice to see them again and it was nice to have
Georgie to play with. She's really good fun and we have some
Morsey has been to a couple of shows without us and done
really well. Apparently at his last one he actually
stood still the whole time! He told me he got a blue
at both his shows and at one of them the dogs went all the
way round the ring so there must have been lots.
Mummy's ladies problems are finished now so I expect she'll
start going to shows again soon, but I've still got mine for
the moment so I'll be staying at home.
We went to visit a lady a few days ago who had some red
dogs. I think I've seen some of them before.
There was a really nice boy who I've definitely met
before... I remembered him. He was very flirty with me
and kept kissing my ears. He says he wants to be my
boyfriend. He's very handsome and very gentle so I
think I might let him. He's got lovely big brown eyes
and a really shiny coat. He told me he's won lots of
prizes too. I told him I'd see him again when I start
going back to the shows. I'll look forward to that.
just had a
really funny weekend; funny peculiar as opposed to funny ha,
Morsey had a quick bath followed by being brushed and dried
under the drier but Mummy and I didnít get a look in. I donít know what
was going on, but when I tried to get under the drier I got
told off. I was
not impressed I can tell you.
How come he gets to have a go and not me? Life is definitely
not fair sometimes.
One day last week some men came to our house and started
digging up the front garden.
I was a bit alarmed, but Cheryl was there and
didnít seem to be objecting so I supposed it must be okay. I barked at them and
told them to leave our garden alone, but Cheryl said it was
alright, she knew they were there. I tried to see what
they were up to by pushing my nose against the bottom of the
gate and laying on the floor.
I could see feet and a spade and some big wheels, but
not much else. They
certainly made lots of noise.
Eventually I had to give up trying to watch as it
wasnít very comfortable lying on the floor. Later in the day we
were put back in our beds and the men came to the side of
the house and I could hear water running. I still couldnít
see anything as the glass in our door has a pattern in it. After they had gone
at the end of the day we were let back out and I could smell
some strange smells, but Iím not really sure what they
the house was a hive of activity. People were rushing
around getting organized and I immediately thought we must
be going to a show, but the boys went off to school as usual
and then George and Cheryl went off without us or the black
bag. I was a
bit confused and wondered what was happening. After a while the
men came back to the house and the noises all started again. It sounded like there were more of them
this time though.
After a while George came in with a suitcase and got
Mummyís lead. Then
he took her with him and they disappeared. Now I was really
just Morse gets bathed, then just Mummy in the carÖ what
was going on?
A bit later
Cheryl came back and let Morse and I into the garden. I tried again to see
under the gate but couldnít see much more than the day
before except that there were, as I suspected, more feet! I felt someone
stroke my nose which came as a bit of a shock, and the men
were laughing at me putting my nose under the gate.
Things started to become interesting again as Cheryl came
and fetched the black show bag and then our bowls and some
food. We were
definitely going somewhere!
Eventually the boys came home from school, the men were
still working outside and I could hear lots of moving around
inside the house.
Mummy and George hadnít come back and the boys
appeared to be getting ready to go somewhere. Finally I heard the front door
closing and the boys saying goodbye. Shortly after this
Cheryl appeared with her coat on and got our leads out of
the drawer. She
took us to the car and we set off.
I had no
idea where we were going as this was not our usual routine. We travelled for
quite a long time and eventually stopped at a place in the
countryside. There didnít appear to be any
other dogs around, but then I saw Georgeís car with Mummy
in the back.
ha! Things were
finally coming together.
We were all taken for a walk around the little
village which was very quiet, then I went into Georgeís
car with Mummy and Morse stayed in Cherylís car. Later when weíd
had our tea we slept there until the next morning. Again we went for a
walk around the village and into an empty field before
setting off again in the cars, this time with me back in
Finally we arrived at the show! (I was beginning to
wonder where on earth we were going.) It was the place with the quiet
were already some other reds there but lots of other dogs
seemed to be two shows going on, one just for us reds and
another for all dogs.
We had a nice run around at the bottom of the field there
and then went back to the car where we could see all the
people and dogs coming and going. After a while Cheryl
came and brushed Morse and took him away. I was a bit miffed
as I couldnít see where they went, but when he came back
he said heíd been to the other show for all dogs and had
got a red and then a light blue for best Irish Setter. He said when he won
his class everyone clapped and cheered and he got a bit too
excited and couldnít stand still for his write up.
(Nothing new there then.)
But he had enjoyed himself and been given some
I didnít go into the show at all, but I saw Mummy
disappear for a short while.
She told me later that she wasnít shown either, but
had to stand for a lady whilst Cheryl went over her. I donít know what
all that was about, all seems very strange to me.
we all went for another run, although Mummy went separate to
us, and then made our way home. When we got back
Morse went indoors and Mummy and I stayed in the garage
where we had our tea. It
was then that she told me she had got Ďladiesí
problemsí and couldnít go into the show.
day all was quiet and no more men came to the house so we
had a lazy day, just playing with balls and digging holes. What I donít
understand though is why I didnít go in the show. I havenít got
ladiesí problems, I havenít got much coat either, but I
think I should have been allowed to go. I might even have
beaten Morse, you never know!
I hardly know
where to begin this month, so much has been happening.
The family decided to have an evening in watching a dvd film
with popcorn and fizzy drinks and all that sort of stuff, so
we all settled down for the evening in a huddle in the
conservatory. Mummy had her favourite place on
Cheryl's lap, I curled up next to George on the sofa and the
boys sat with Morsey. After a short while the popcorn
came out. I had been looking forward to this bit as I've
tasted it before. The boys had a big basket of it and
George and Cheryl also had one. As they passed it
between them I tried to reach a bit closer in the hope of
getting a little bit, but each time they ignored me. I
reached over so far I finally fell off the sofa and onto the
floor, luckily just as the basket was passing my nose.
Before they could stop me, I'd pushed my nose right over the
edge of the basket and grabbed a mouthful. I quickly
made my escape to under the table will I crunched away at my
prize as I was worried if they caught me I would be told to
drop it and Morse would grab it. It was really nice
and worth every bit of the telling off I got!
We've been to a couple of shows again, and Morse has been a
complete pain. At the first one we were outside but
some people in a van next to the ring kept openeing and
shutting a sliding door. All the dogs in the ring went
barmy and Morse went even more barmy than usual. He
still managed to get a blue though. But once it came
time for him to stand still for his critique he started
bouncing up and down like a dog possessed. I
just got a yellow that day, but Mummy had very mixed
fortunes. She only got a white under the lady who
judged the Irish, but she went under another lady who judged
the 'mature gundogs' and won that class. That meant
she had to compete with all the other 'mature dogs' from all
the different groups at the end of the show. She
really showed herself off and the man who judged them must
have liked her as he gave her best veteran in show! She won
a big bottle of champagne and a bag of dog food. Mummy
was very proud, she even had a special photo taken by some
people at the show. It's got her name on it and what
she won too.
The next show was a bit different, we were inside but at the
same place. I went in first but didn't get anything at
all ( huh!), then it was Morse's turn. Just as he was
entering the ring a dog grumbled at him which set him off
being a wimp. He was crying and trying to hide behind
Cheryl's legs. Then he got upset as the ran round the
ring because the man behind was making clicking
noises. Silly boy! Eventually Cheryl managed to
calm him down enough to stand still, but he wasn't
happy. He got a blue, but I don't know how he managed
it. The lady said she really liked him, but he'd
thrown the red away by being so naughty. Mummy didn't
do too badly as she got a yellow, although personally I
thought she looked the best. But then she is my
mum. After that we all went home for our tea.
A week or so ago the boys were home from school on their
holidays. We were all playing outside as the weather
was nice, so I decided to do a bit of digging. First
of all I helped mummy with the big tunnel she's been digging
in the mound in the little field, then I decided to make a
new one of my own. I went right up to the fence as
something smelt very interesting just there. I dug
away for quite a while but couldn't find anything. We
were all called in for a drink and a biscuit, then I
returned to resume my excavations. Eventually I
managed to get a really big hole and I'm sure I could see
something the other side. The problem was the fence
was in the way, so I kept on digging and eventually the hole
was big enough for me to squeeze through. Yippee I was
on the other side! Unfortunately there wasn't anything
very interesting after all, just another garden quite
similar to ours, grass, trees, that sort of thing. So
I decided to go home. Then came the problem. I'd
managed to get through okay, but I couldn't get back!
I tried some more digging, but the earth just kept falling
in again. Try as I might I couldn't get through that
hole. Eventually I decided I needed to call for
help. I barked as loud as I could. For a short
while I could hear voices but no one came. I could
hear them calling my name, but still I couldn't see
anyone. Then George's head appeared over the top of
the fence asking what I thought I was doing. "Get
me out of here!" I said, he seemed to understand as
very quickly he came through a gate and grabbed me. He
quickly took me home and boy was I relieved to see
everyone. The boys and a couple of their friends
refilled my newly dug hole and then covered it with
slabs. They needn't have worried, I shan't be taking
that route again!
The other day the bath came out so Mummy and I hid whilst
Morse had his bath. Once the dryer came out we were
all queuing up for our turn, but we weren't allowed because
we weren't wet. So when the bath came out again the
next day I hung around as I must be my turn this time.
Mummy had her bath and got rubbed with towels, and I was
almost pleased when it came to my time. I think I
enjoy the towel rubbing bit almost as much as the dryer.
Anyway we all got our turn eventually, but I knew this also
meant a show must be imminent as we weren't that
dirty. Saturday morning came and off we went, although
this time in George's car. I thought this must be we'd
be going a long way, but it turned out that Cheryl's car was
poorly, so that was the reason.
We arrived at the show and found it was just for reds.
It was Morse's turn first. He was a bit of a wimp, but
not as bad as last time. He talked a bit and tried to
play about, but at least he wasn't bounding around like
usual. He got a blue. Then it was Mummy's turn,
she got a red. Then my turn, I got a green, then Mummy
went in another class and got a blue this time. It was
quite a long day, but it didn't seem to take too long to get
home. I was ready for my tea though and we had a
special treat of a long lasting chewy too. Then a nice
evening in front of the television curled up on the
sofa. What a life eh?
I hear we're off to the kennels for a couple of days soon,
then Chester and Georgie are coming to stay next month.
In the meantime I think I'll return to helping mummy with
digging her hole and stay where I know I'm safe.
I can hardly
believe that Christmas has come and gone, and we're already
facing the end of January. Wherever does the time go?
We went to a show just after Christmas where I did the best
for a change winning a blue over Mummy and Morse's
yellows. Last weekend we went to a benched show where
Morsey and I got nothing, but Mummy got a 3rd in the Open
ladies class. My friend Bronte had a good day though as she
won her class. We weren't together this time so we didn't
get a chance to play about, perhaps she did better because
we weren't being naughty.
Christmas Day was interesting this year. The boys were
busy opening presents and then disappeared to play with them
whilst we had our chewies. We all had a share of the
dinner though...roast beef, yorkshire puddings, vegetables
and loads of gravy. We needed a long sleep afterwards, it
was exhausting eating all that!
We've had a few visitors too, and while the family were out
for the day our friend Aimee came over to see to us.
She belongs to Cassie and Oscar, the blondies who live over
the road, but she comes to look after us sometimes
too. I like it when she comes, she's good at ball
games, until Morse throws them over next door's fence.
He catches it in his mouth and throws it in the air, but his
aim isn't very good.
I think we're off to another show this weekend although this
will probably be a local one as I haven't seen the beds
being put into the dog bag.
I've learnt a new game that I'm trying to teach my
family. When we've been out to play Mummy and Morse go
in when they're called but I wait at the gate. If I
wait long enough, or run into the little field when they
call me in, I get a biscuit to entice me inside. A
couple of times they've called me in for a biscuit and I
didn't get one, although Mummy and Morse did (which I
thought was very unfair), but mostly if I come in and sit
nicely I get one. I tried to ask for one after
breakfast this morning, but I don't think Cheryl liked me
barking at 5am. She said I was naughty and would wake
up the neighbours, so I didn't get one this time, in spite
of hiding in the garden, going in the kennel and getting
Cheryl to chase me into the little field in her
pyjamas. I think I may have pushed my luck a bit,
particularly as it was raining at the time.
Hey ho! I'll just have to devise another way of getting
biscuits. I found a great way of getting chocolates
even though I'm not allowed them. When we were at a
show a while back George was going round with a big tin of
choccies giving them to people. He put some in his
hand for Cheryl to choose one, but before she could take it
I jumped up, knocked the chocs in the air, caught them in my
mouth and swallowed them whole. What skill eh?
Mind you the metal type paper didn't taste very nice.
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