- November 3, 2016
An occasional and irreverent look at life from the viewpoint of Woody, a Trailhound Ambassadog. Go to page 2 to read the first of Woody’s posts
Do you want the good news or the bad news?
- October 21, 2016
Sue felt I was lonely living on my own without Lotty. Recently, a lovely 7 year old hound called Meg came in for rehoming and we got on so well that she is staying as my companion. Meg, who raced as Tiagress, is very tactile and loves to snuggle up and use me as a pillow. So that was my good news.
My bad news is that in September a tumour was found in my mouth. Although benign, it had no room to grow so needed to be removed. On 19/10/16 I went into Edinburgh Royal Dick Veterinary Hospital to have the tumour and about 7cms of my jaw removed. As you can imagine, I am very down in the dumps right now. The vet told Sue that I may have a slight permanent dribble and my tongue may sometimes droop out. I don’t know how that will go down with the ladies. Ooops – sorry Meg, I know I shouldn’t be playing the field now you are here!Anyway, here is a lovely photo of me in the spring in the bluebells and one taken recently with Meg. Didn’t think you wanted to see me wearing a cone of shame!
Sleep tight, my lovely Lotty xx
- May 7, 2016
Happy 15th birthday, Lotty
- February 25, 2015
Another year and another birthday for my dear girlfriend, Lotty. We met up with lots of our friends for a celebratory walk. Lotty was showing off her new coat and collar. Sadly Sue doesn’t know my birthday so I don’t get to enjoy these luxuries! It was a very cold and windy day and unfortunately Lotty’s balloon blew away. I think she is mellowing in her old age as she doesn’t tell me off anywhere near as often as she used to do. Love you, Lotsy! Click on picture to enlarge.
Death by scan-gulation!
- June 14, 2014
Today I am feeling quite worried and may need a bit of reassurance. Sue asked me if I fancied helping out at a local animal charity stand at the Cumberland Show. She said I would be getting lots of fuss and attention and would be fed lots of treats so she sold the idea on me. I had a feeling there was a catch by the strange gleam in her eye but I am a sucker for food so off we went. What she failed to tell me was that I was going to be a stooge dog for the children and adults to practice their skills at scanning a dog for a microchip. So I ended up with about 100 people scanning me all over to find my microchip, and very ticklish it was too! Now here is my worry – are those things toxic? I mean, have I been zapped with gamma rays or something? I keep checking the mirror to see if my fur is falling out. Oh dear, I have gone all faint, I think I need to go and lie down again.
Happy birthday, Lotty
- February 25, 2014
Happy 14th birthday to my dearest companion Lotty. She wears the trousers in this relationship but I don’t mind. We share lots of fun experiences together and are great friends. We are sometimes partners in crime when it comes to ambushing people having a picnic on the fells! CLICK HERE to see video of me and Lotty playing on her birthday!
- July 12, 2013
Earlier this week Sue had a long chat with me. She said we were going to a place called ‘school’ where she was going to talk to some children about the importance of being kind to animals. She told me if I was very good, I would be allowed into the school to meet the children. (I found out later that she told the children if they were very good, they would be able to meet me!) She went ahead into the school to talk about things like grooming, training, poo bags (yuk!!) and all sorts of things about what a pet needs to make it happy and healthy. Finally my time came and I met the children. One little girl said that she would stand at the back of the class cos she was afraid of me but she soon saw what fun her friends were having stroking me, and she came over to say hello too. Unfortunately, I did choose that very day to start my summer moult so there were a lot of hairy school uniforms by the time we finished! The children enjoyed our visit so much that they sent me and Sue a card with their drawings on, to thank us for visiting them.
Why trailhounds dont have handbags!
- February 10, 2013
Today Lotty and I went for a run at Golden Valley Common on the Malvern Hills. I met up with my best friends, Ben, Cassie and Jenny. I got so excited when Ben’s mum got out of her car that I leapt up at her, managed to loop my leg and head round her handbag then went racing off around the (extremely wet, muddy, puddle filled) common, with her handbag in tow. By the time I stopped, her lovely blue bag was plastered in brown gooey mud. Sorry, Auntie Laraine!
My 1st agility competition – I’m afraid I tore up the rule book!
- March 18, 2012
Today I went to Scotland to take part in my first ever agility competition. It was really exciting with nearly 100 dogs competing. I knew it was very important to remember everything I was taught in training. In my first 2 classes I …….well……. forgot pretty much everything I was taught in training! Ignoring Sue’s instructions in my excitement, I raced around randomly jumping whatever I felt like, I squeezed through a gap in the fence and ran over to say hello to a cute little bichon frise, I decided to introduce myself to the judge by leaping up and planting my front paws on his chest nearly knocking him over, I loved the tunnel so much that I ran through it twice, I clambered all over 2 stewards who were sitting on chairs in the ring. Finally, realising that Lotty wasnt there to watch my debut (or debacle as Sue later called it) I shot off though the car park to fetch her out of our car. When I practice agility, Sue has a number of hand signals and verbal instructions to help me. Today she seemed to be doing a new one that I hadn’t seen before. It consisted of her holding her hands over her eyes and groaning the words “Oh no oh no oh no”! At the end of the 2 rounds I had scored a total of 95 points which I thought was quite impressive till a haughty collie explained that they were penalty points! I even overheard one collie say to another, “What do you expect from a silly hound dog?” That really spurred me on to try harder in the next 2 rounds (the fact that Sue asked the judge for permission to carry a piece of sausage in her hand may have been a deciding factor too, of course!) Class 3 was definately better but my crowning moment was Class 4. Apart from one jump that I knocked over, I did a perfect round, even doing the weaves and seesaw properly. Out of 22 dogs in my class I came 5th and won a rosette!! Hmmmmmm, think I may have a go at sheep dog trials next – that would really be one in the eye for the collie brigade!! Click picture to enlarge
Agility, my new hobby – bring it on, collies!!
- October 2, 2011
I race around the course at Crufts as fast as I can, listening out for Sue yelling instructions to me and pointing the way for me to go. I am the last to go and the time to beat is 49.7 seconds, set by a world class border collie. Sue yells TUNNEL and I fly through the tunnel, barely touching the sides. When still in the tunnel Sue shouts RIGHT GO so I turn right on exit then leap over the jump in front of me. Sue screeches GO GO and I clear the next 2 jumps then hear her scream WEAVE WEAVE WEAVE as I bash my way through the poles. Almost at the end now, Sue calls SEESAW and adds a quieter STEADY just to remind me to slow down and make the contact. Then its GO GO GO over the final 3 jumps. The crowd leap to their feet, clapping and cheering. I leap all over Sue who is crying with emotion. She says ” We did it, Woody my boy, we beat the best”. Then I hear her say “Woody….Woody, wake up. You’re twitching in your sleep”. I open my eyes and find myself at home on my bed. Ah well, my agility stardom was just a lovely dream! I have been going to agility classes for quite a few months now. OK lets be realistic, I am never going to compete at Crufts, probably I am never going to compete anywhere but it is lots of fun. At first I couldnt even go through the poles with them 2 feet apart but now I am improving all the time as you can see from my video on youtube HERE. I think I am getting the hang of it, and as long as Sue carries a piece of sausage in her hand to give me at the end, I’ll keep doing it!!