Sunday, 22 June 2014

National Microchipping Month


This month in the UK it is National Microchipping Month which is a campaign to try and get all the peeps who have dogs to make sure they are microchipped and, if they are already, to check their details are up to date. Sadly many peeps get their doggy family microchipped and then move house and forget to tell the microchip company which is no good if their dog goes missing after that :-(


We all have our little information chips with our details and my peeps make sure all the puppies leave here for their new homes with a microchip already for their owners so they know they have been done. From April 2016 it will be the law in the UK that all dogs must be microchipped and their details registered on a national database. Many dogs go missing from their homes every day and they may never find their way back to their family if they don't have a microchip with all their right details to let the rescue peeps or the vets know who they are. 


This is a map of the UK showing how many dogs are listed as missing in the different areas - over 16,000 altogether :-(

Watch this little video which shows how much we dogs love to be with our own peeps and how sad it can be if we are not around to welcome them home :

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Garden Party Fun


This is young Pip wanting to know what's going on.....well on Sunday our peeps and all of us dogs were invited to a very special Garden Party raising money for COFEPOW ( which is Children of Far East Prisoners of War). Most of the dogs there were affenpinschers from all over Britain but there were all sorts of others too. We were free to roam the garden while the peeps ate the foodables and chatted.


Here I am having a good furtle round to check any pee-mail before I headed off to see the foodables and help to clear up any crumbs that might have fallen.


Anyhow as well as the munching there was a fun dog show and we each went in for one of the classes. Pip got 4th place in Best Puppy:


                                            And then I was chosen as Prettiest Bitch :-)

After the dog classes there was a fancy dress competition and me and Pip stayed to watch as Trilby, Crybbe, Aoife & Saoirse all got their costumes on. Judith had spent a few evenings working on these and they did look rather smart :-)


                                Can you guess who they were? Trilby was Cardinal Richelieu.....


                                                And the affens were the Three Monkey-teers! 




Of course Saoirse was being a real little monkey and kept taking off her trousers and wanted to wear her hat at a jaunty angle but everyone loved them and they won First Prize! The competition had been strong though:


                                                               The zebras crossing


              The Hairy Maclarys - who are Babs and Bodsie from the same house in Scotland      
                                                     where our Crybbe was born :-)


                                     And two little film stars from AffieFilms - Cassie and Pippa :-)

After the Fancy Dress there was a last line up of all the dogs who had won a class for the judge to pick Best in Show........and guess who won?..... It was me!!!!!


My peeps were more surprised than I was but very proud and we got a beautiful trophy to take home too.


This was such a fun day and all the dogs and peeps said they had enjoyed themselves very much. Judith and Leigh got to meet some Facebook friends for the first time like Babs and Bodsie and their peeps and Cassie and Pippa the affen divas with their peeps......and it didn't rain :-)


We were all very tired though with all the excitement and Pip fell asleep before we got home.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Bramham Horse Trials 2014


Last weekend was the Bramham Horse Trials near where we live and on Saturday we schnauzer girls went along to check out the dressage and wander round all the stalls.


A lot of the stalls were selling things for the horsey peeps but we found this one for us canines :-)


Here we are checking out the stock before it began to get VERY hot. We have not had much sun for ages so we soon began to feel the heat and out came our cool coats to keep us going.


Well maybe they are not as cool as I might have liked in the fashion sense but they were just right for keeping us from getting overheated. The peeps had got them soaked in cold water before we left home just in case :-)


This is Zara Phillips on her horse High Kingdom - she is the daughter of Princess Anne who also used to compete in horse events for Great Britain. She did well at the dressage but at the end of the whole competition it was Aoife Clark for Ireland who took the top prize :-) You can guess which little affen was proud as punch about that!

Anyway we did also meet up with the Tailwagger Club peeps - that was where we used to go for training classes and they let me and Trilby have a go on the little agility course.


                                           Here I am going over one of the jumps.


                                           And Trilby needing a bit of persuasion.


                                            And then it was time for ice creams :-)


                        Just making sure that Judith doesn't move that hand too quickly :-)


                                            Pip looking cute in her over sized cool coat


,             All in all a pretty good day out - especially as the day after it poured with rain all day!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Fun at the Beach


Last Saturday I went for a trip to a dog friendly beach with Pip and Saoirse. As we live nearly 50 miles from the coast it is not often we get to a beach but our peeps wanted the pups to experience the sand and the sea as part of their 'socialisation' and I went along to keep them right on how to behave off lead :-)


Well it was a grey day but we all had fun and I was kept busy keeping an eye on the little ones.


                       We did plenty of recalls for treats and that was the best part :-)


Saoirse was not sure about getting her paws wet which I can understand but in the end she managed a bit of shallow paddling.


                                  Here are some more pics of us enjoying the sands.





                   Maybe one day we will be able to go back when it's a bit more sunny!