Word-full Wednesday: Crufts Eve Links and Leads

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It’s seems like ages since we started the competition to win some of Ellie’s tickets on Facebook and gave them away. But now Crufts is upon us! Tomorrow marks the start of the four-day spectacular and we cannot wait. Although Ellie won’t be joining us of course, she still has dreams of what it would be like to win something at this giant celebration of dogs. We both agree she would easily walk away with the doggy dancing crown. Ellie does the best pirouette you ever did see, and we WILL show you one day (furry promise). Myfie wonders if there’s an eating competition, and naturally Millie thinks she’d take Best in Show! What about you? Which prize would be yours for the taking, do let us know!

Anyway, since the pups do miss out on the actual event, like many of you who are from overseas, I thought it might be handy to give you some links. Of course, I will be going, but only for one day so I too will want to know what’s going on for the rest of the time.

My freind and I (this is an actual human! I do know some, honest) have chosen to attend on Friday… for, well, no particular reason. Crufts is a great days entertainment whenever you can make it. If there is anything you would like to know about more specifically, or anything you want us to check out please do let me know in the comments. I will be most happy to. For example, Myfie has asked me to take some pictures of some cute looking girls. Well, he actually wants me to find him a wife, because apparently these posh pups like a bit of ruff! But yeah, whatever Myfie, I can’t do magic.

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The action from the arena will be live streamed every day on YouTube, Huzzah! The arena is where all the ‘activities’ take place, the doggy dancing, the flyball and agility, demonstrations, breed judging… everything! Click on that there cute little picture link above, and be taken straight to the Crufts channel, subscribe and you will be able to see more than those of us who are attending will. Oh there’s such a sweet video right there on the home page, it gave me goosebumps!


For those of us in the UK, More 4 will be covering the event LIVE as usual with the lovely, Claire Balding hosting. You can also watch OnDemand and More4+1 should you miss it first time around.
I’m not sure if those outside of the UK can access this content, but what I think you WILL be able to do is vote in the ‘Friends for Life’ comp. You can view the entrants stories on the Crufts YouTube channel if you have difficulty doing so via the More 4 website, but cast your vote from here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/crufts#vote – please have tissues at the ready for these beautiful stories.

Information as it happens will also be rolled out on the Crufts website: http://www.crufts.org.uk/
And if you can stand to listen to me bleating on about it, I will also be sharing information and fun bits and pieces via our social media channels 🙂

Lastly, I would love you to check out this very informative, and very serious press conference…

… My money’s on Fritz, what about yours?
Thanks for battling through this post, if we’ve missed anything please let us know!

 

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Crufts 2015: Win Some Tickets, Yay!

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It’s that time of the year again! The time of year where I start getting ridiculously excited and practically foam at the mouth. No, it’s not Christmas, but it does begin with the letter ‘C’… and it’s all about dogs so thinking about it, it might actually be my favourite time of the year! Yep, it’s CRUFTS! Ta Dah!

Well, it’s the run up to it at least, because the actual dates are Thursday 5, March – Sunday 8, March.

Crufts, as always is held at the Birmingham N.E.C. We’re lucky enough to be able to pop along ourselves again this year and even better than that… we get to invite you too! Some of you, at least, four to be exact.
Ellie is kindly offering to share a pair of her tickets with two lucky winners.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS OF THE COMPETITION:

✭ Competition entry is over on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/PawedCouture and the post is pinned to the top!
✭ Winners will be drawn on Sunday 22, February
✭ I will notify winners via Facebook and will need to obtain a postal address
✭ Tickets will be posted by Ellie the next day
✭ Due to timescale, I’m afraid this draw is for UK residents only (unless you happen to know you will be in the UK and able to attend on the dates AND you have a UK address for us to send tickets to).

HERE ARE SOME DETAILS ABOUT THE ACTUAL TICKETS:

✭ The competition is for a PAIR of tickets
✭ The tickets cannot be re-sold
✭ The tickets are valid for one day of your choosing from the four.
✭ If you choose to go on the Sunday, you cannot use this ticket to view ‘Best in Show’ in the arena, further costs will apply should you wish to see this. The ticket IS valid for the rest of the spectacular that is Crufts, though.
✭ You can’t take your own pooch I’m afraid 😦

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HERE ARE SOME DETAILS ABOUT THE SHOW:

Crufts takes place from 5 – 8 March 2015 at The NEC, Birmingham
Show opening times each day: 8:15 – 19:30

2015 Group Schedule (who’s being judged on that day):
✭ Thursday 5, March – Gundog
✭ Friday 6, March – Working and Pastoral
✭ Saturday 7, March – Terrier and Hound
✭ Sunday 8, March – Toy and Utility

But, of course, Crufts is about way more than judging breed standards these days. It’s a PACKED day and you need a little bit of planing beforehand to see everything you want to. Here’s just a little bit of info about what you can expect:

✭ 22,000 dogs competing for the world-class title of Crufts Best In Show
✭ The Arena showcasing fantastic displays and competitions
✭ Good Citizen Dog Scheme training ring, the UK’s largest dog training programme
✭ Dog Activities Ring, where you can learn how to unleash your dog’s potential
✭ Over 400 trade stands with special show offers and exciting new products for you and your best friend!

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Crufts has competitions for everyone – kids, crossbreed dogs and more: http://www.crufts.org.uk/content/whats-on/
✭ Breeder’s Competition
✭ Eukanuba Friends For Life
✭ International Junior Handling
✭ Junior Warrant Competition
✭ Scruffts – Best Crossbreed

Discover Dogs / Finding the right breed http://www.crufts.org.uk/content/whats-on/discover-dogs-at-crufts/Get your paws on some actual fur!

If that’s not enough to convince you you’re missing out if you don’t pop along, why don’t you have a read about our day last year, here: https://pawedblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/crufts-2014-so-much-woof/
Don’t worry if you can’t make it though, particularly our overseas friends, we’ll be blogging along and boring you silly with this… lots! ❤

Don’t want to take the chance of missing out on tickets? or you’ve come to this post all disappointed because you didn’t win Ellie’s tickets?… I don’t blame you, worry not, click the link below and you can buy some right there.

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PAWS CROSSED FOR OUR WINNERS!
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Black & White Sunday: Pup Takeover

Myfie: Hey guys 😀 It’s Myfie here
Ellie: And Me!
Millie: And most impawtantly, me!… do you see what I did there?

Myfie: Yeah hilarious, but I am in charge today! My idea and I’m the boss. So there, shush! Where was I?
Ellie: You were trying to sound clever.
Millie: He IS clever, Ellie. The cleverest… I ❤ you, Myfie.
Ellie: *Yawn* Can you just get on with it if you’re gonna do this please?

Myfie: Yeah so… Hi! Mum hasn’t posted for a long time
Millie: And we were worried our fans missed us!
Myfie: Ahem… No, we missed YOU guys in blogville and we wondered what you were all up to? Mum is being reeaaallly lazy just lately, and sulking loads
Ellie: MYFIE!! That’s so mean, you can’t say that!
Myfie: Well that’s what it’s looked like to me!

Ellie: Mum has been poorly, and she’s worried she’s let everybody down and she’s been a bit sad recently.
Millie: Tell them how ace we are though. We’ve been looking after her and everything for ZERO PUBLICITY.
Ellie: That’s our job, Millie! Our job is to love, that’s all.
Myfie: So what about the work in the Shed!?
Ellie: That’s… we do that because it’s fun! And if mum sells loads of collars, she’ll buy us many Dentastix (other brands are available 😉 )
Millie: I need to speak to my agent!

Myfie: Right so anyway, since mum has been ‘poorly’ and what not, we thought we’d just take to our paws and do this thing ourselves. And to be perfectly honest, we’ll do a much better job. We know how this thing works by now!
Millie: You’re so right, I ❤ you, Myfie. You’re the only thing I love more than myself.

Millie: Here’s my selfie…
Myfie & Ellie: NOT YET!!!

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Millie: Why not?? Too many words without a picture of me! mum wouldn’t do it like this!
Myfie: Well it should have been ME first, I’m the writer!!
Ellie: Don’t mean to sound like a know-it-all but you should have put it at the top. I thought you said this was easy and you could do better?
Myfie: Know-it-all!

Myfie: Here I am, some sort of annoying stain next to me though. :p

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Ellie: HEY! I wasn’t ready.
Myfie: Hehehehe. Can we have a treat now? This is done, right?
Ellie: Who’s gonna do THAT? Mum doesn’t even know we are doing this!
Myfie: I didn’t think of that 😦 … what was the POINT!? I’m outta here!
Millie: At least people got to see my our pretty face faces!

Myfie: Come on! Let’s go make big eyes at mum so we get treats anyway!
Millie: You’re a genius, Myfie. I ❤ you!

*Myfie and Millie, gone like a herd of elephants*

Ellie: OI! WE AREN’T DONE!! What about the editing and the posting and stuff??

Myfie: *from afar* Pah ha! You snooze, you lose!! Make sure my name is BIG!!

Ellie: *grumble, grumble*

THIS IS A BLOG HOP! Black and White Sunday is lovingly hosted by Sugar and Nola … Thank You! ❤

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Halloween Spooktacular: This is HOWLoween

We are delighted to join in with the Halloween Spooktacular blog hop! We’ve been having lots of fun and Mum has been taking lots of pictures (as per usual)… here are the spoils.

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That giant orange friend we were introduced to met his demise yesterday. Mum stuck knives and pins in him and said some words that turned the air blue. She said she has never carved a pumpkin before and this was her first attempt. We totally believe her because this is what it ended up looking like! We weren’t really sad about him meeting his end though, because he smelled soooo good!

Then we moved onto things that were much better looking…

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That’s us! Mum muttered something about photo quality and light, because she is so unorganised it was nearly dark out by the time we posed for these. But anyway, we think it doesn’t really matter and you’ll get the message.

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Ellie makes a great witch, she doesn’t really need a costume but mum put one on her anyway!

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The trouble is her hat always slips over her eyes, and when that happens it makes her sleepy. She wondered if this would be spooky enough in a Pirate-Witch kinda way. It didn’t really work but she wasn’t giving it up.

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Next up is Myfie, we call him the Great FrankenMyf! Yeah his costume is a bit of a mish-mash so he ended up as a sort of Frankenstein-come-wizard type dude…

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He’s pretty happy with himself still, he says the spookiest thing about the whole event is how devilishly handsome he is anyway! (…yeah whatever dude)

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Millie is the cheeky little witch she always is, just with more colour! She didn’t really want to have her photographs taken, she was too busy sashaying around in her costume… until she saw us having ours taken and thought there might be some treats involved.

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She was all smiles then… Kinda!

We hope you all had an ArrrWwwOooOohHhhHHhHhHHHHh-ing good Howloween! Special thank you for the hosting of this special bloghop too!!

Won’t ya join in?

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Black & White Sunday: My Writing Process Blog Tour

Hi everybody, we are going to be hopping and touring all over the shop today! Last Friday (I know, shame on me) the lovely Whitley (the zombie-huntin’ Westie) invited us along on this special blog tour all about our writing processes and when I took some photographs to show the process, well they worked best in black and white, so this post with the longest title ever was born 🙂

There are three questions to answer and we will try to do them justice. We’ll then be nominating some folks at the end of this post to keep this tour, touring 🙂

Allow me to pass you on to the genius behind this blog (they made me type that).

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1/ What am I working on?

Ellie: Mum’s blog! We are working on mum’s blog and making sure it is all about us! Mum is always down in that shed and she is working on making collars and leads and things from material with crazy patterns on them and stuff. We have no idea why she thinks we need so many, we would much prefer to just have one and go on more walks.

Millie: No! It’s very impawtant to look your best when greeting adoring fans, Ellie!

Myfie: She doesn’t have any adoring fans, she’s a grumpy walker and she shouts at everybody!

(*Myfie and Millie snigger*)

Ellie: I just like who I like, shut up! Notice who controls the mouse here.
Anyway, so mum is in the big dog kennel a lot which means we have to take control of things. She has told us that she would like to write more posts about what she is doing down there. Nobody wants to read about that though do they?? Why would you, when you can read about us?

2/ Why do I write what I do?

Carrie: I write what I am told I should write… if I had my way this blog would be…

Ellie: *yawn* BORING! This blog would be boring.

Myfie: We write about our adventures and experiences. It’s a good way for us to remember, because remembering things is tough. I think we should write about the food we eat and then we can see what other pups eat and that would be amazing because…

Ellie: Ahem… it is a great way to document things and meet other dogs with crazy humums and hudads from all over the world.

Millie: and show them how beautiful I am we are, and gets loads of fans and become famous and RULE THE WORLD!

Ellie: Millie, you’re such a little Shih Tzu! Can you two take this seriously please?

(*Myfie and Millie snigger*)

3/ How does my writing process work?

Myfie: Bwwwwhahaaaa rarely mum, it rarely works.

Carrie: I’m editing that out y’know, dog?

Ellie: Well, mum has been part of the puperazzi for a long time. She always has some kind of magic picture taker in her hand.

Myfie: It doesn’t always take magic pictures though, if I have anything to do with it!

Millie: you keep that up, Myf! The more you two refuse the more pictures there are of me ❤

Ellie: So yes, mum takes all these pictures and then if she had managed to get a good enough one she will write a blog post about what we were doing when she took the picture. Sometimes though, for a post like this one,  she will have to have a subject in mind and take the picture to match the subject. Then we all sit down together and we tell her what she is allowed to put in the post, and filter out any pictures that make us look silly.

Myfie: She doesn’t like doing these posts if there are no pictures does she?

Millie: Of course not, what’s the point if people can’t see us!?

Ellie: *sigh* Millie! I know that mum would love to post more but (she says) she is really busy, so she likes to have a structure. If there is time, she likes to write posts in between but her favourite days are Sundays (for Black and White Sunday) and Wednesdays (for Wordless Wednesday). They are like little goals she can work towards and she knows she will get a post out!

Myfie: Is this done yet? Do we get a treat for this?

Ellie: Who said treat??

Millie: LAST ONE TO THE TREAT TIN IS A LOOOOSER!!!

*Yip, yip, bark, bark, squabble, run, run…. gone*

Err… thank you for taking the time to read through that! To keep this tour moving (hopefully with better answers) we would like to nominate:

Easy!
Marty!
Bentley and Pierre

But if you want to join in, please do!! And tell ’em we sent ya 😉

 

THIS IS A BLOG HOP! Black and White Sunday is lovingly hosted by Sugar and Nola … Thank You! ❤

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Wordless Wednesday: Birthday Girl

My little Millie turned three years old today! She’s still the baby though, so here are some of my favourite pics from her puppy days ❤

(P.S. So sorry, We are running HUGELY behind on the blog, but hoping to catch up ASAP… thanks for being patient with us)

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Black & White Sunday: Cut Short

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We’ve been a little short on time this week here at Maison De Pawed, and so in celebration of that I had Myfie and Ellie have all of their hair cut short, too!…
No, that’s a lie, of course. But we did manage to squeeze a much needed grooming appointment in for my overly hairy hounds. I think the cuts get the paws up, because both were more than happy to strike a little pose for Black & White Sunday! What do you think? It’s about time, right?

In all seriousness though, this week has been manic for one reason and another (and another and another) so I am running a little behind, with both my blog and checking in with you all! So sorry, but I hope to make it up to you and be back on track really soon!

Much Woofs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x
P.S. Happy Star Wars Day… May the 4th be with youuuu x

 

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Millie’s Obedience School Diaries: Week Eight – School’s Out!

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LAST ONE
Today, Mum kept telling me that ‘it’s the last one’. As I have come to understand, that is not usually a good thing. When giving us treats mum usually tells us ‘last one’ and that means that no more come after that. So in the case of the treats this is practically devastating, but with school in mind… well I didn’t know what to think!

I felt extra nervous today. I enjoyed the journey a little bit, but as we were approaching I started to recognise familiar things and it dawned on me sooner, where we were heading to. When mum stopped the car on the big concrete field, called the ‘car park’ I tried to jump on her knee. I never do this normally, even when I was really scared of the car. I just felt like an extra hug today.

NO PUBLICITY
When we got to the classroom, I could tell there was nobody in there again today so I followed mum straight in and didn’t try to escape. I think this pleased mum, but it didn’t mean I wasn’t scared and nervous like most weeks. I jumped straight up on the chair next to mum and that pleased her too, I know because she tried to give me a treat. It wasn’t a food treat this week… I think she has finally got the message. Mum had only gone and brought my favourite toy in the whole wide world! But what was she thinking?? This is no time for play! So I refused that too.
Oh, I should tell you that I was in such a funny mood today that mum was barely able to get any photographs. Below is one that mum tried to take, and that’s the best she got..

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AROUND IN CIRCLES
When everydoggy else had arrived, we got straight into the walking to heel practice. I started off well, but quickly got bored and tired. Then Ella and Susie started to shout at each other again, you humans don’t understand but the things they were saying to each other would turn the air blue. Anyway, I was really frightened and decided I would let mum drag me around again if she wanted me to do this. Everybody thought that was funny, but I didn’t. The Lady That Talks A Lot said that we should sit in the middle of the room whilst everybody walks around us. So that is what we did, I went and laid by mum’s feet in the centre of the room and pretended to be asleep. That’s really hard when you are panting a lot you know!

DISQUALIFIED
Next the rest of the class was trying some different tactics to make us think about where we were walking, and where the human on the end of the lead was walking. So we all went in a big circle again, and as we were walking around The Lady That Talks A Lot shouted ‘Left’ or ‘Right’ to the mums and dads. They would have to turn in a big circle, then carry on walking normally. I didn’t mind this so much, I like things that make me think about what I am doing. The only trouble is, with this strange style of walking, it meant that us dogs sometimes bumped into each other. Well, OK, we didn’t, but we came very close. I didn’t like this one single bit. The Lady That Talks A Lot said we should sit this out. So mum and I went to sit down and watch the rest of the class.

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That seemed to go on for ages. After that though, we did a little bit of what we have been doing for all of the lessons.  The Lady That Talks A Lot said it was called a re-cap. I said that’s what ‘we’ did, we didn’t. I was panting and shaking so much at this point, that I just wanted to go home. So Mum cuddled me on her knee and we just watched and listened to the others. I don’t usually like to show the others I need cuddles off my mum, but today I didn’t care. I stayed there until I felt safe enough to sit on the chair by myself.

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SHY AND RETIRING
There was lots of talking at the end of the session. The Lady That Talks A Lot said that everydoggy had come so far in just Eight weeks. Mum said that actually, she thought I had regressed a little bit and The Lady That Talks A Lot agreed. She said I just wasn’t a very confident dog. Mum told her how confused she is because I am like a different dog altogether at home. I’m confused too, I didn’t think divas were unconfident.  The Lady That Talks A Lot asked if any of us were coming along to the other classes, Mum said that she didn’t think so because I seemed so sad. The Lady That Talks A Lot didn’t say anything.

THE END
Mum explained to me what she meant by the ‘last one’ in the car, it does mean we don’t have to go there again. I am so happy about that. But, it also means that this is my last diary installment. I wanted to thank everybody who has read and followed my adventure, it means a lot to me and Mum. As for the training, well, mum says even though we are not going back there again she is looking for something that might make me a little less shy… Please send help, friends!

Woofs, Barks, Pants and Thanks,

Millie xXx

 

Millie’s Obedience School Diaries: Week Seven

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I won’t tell mum, but I am really starting to enjoy the car trips now. In fact, every time we pass the car, even to go on normal walks; I try to get in it. So today was great because when I tried, mum opened the door and let me jump in (which I can do all by myself now, not sure I mentioned). I was so excited. I like that as soon as she opens the windows I can climb up on the door ledge and smell all the interesting new things around us. It is also useful for seeing,

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DÉJÀ VU
I’ve even learned how to ignore mum’s awful howling now. I think she calls it ‘singing’ but she sounds just like Ellie when she’s moaning. Anyway, after a while riding in the car, we stopped and I had a sneaking suspicion I had seen THIS place before. ‘OH NOOOO’ we haven’t been here for ages, I thought we didn’t have to come anymore.

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ATTACKED!
Well anyway, once we got into the big room, there was nobody there again. We were the first and I really didn’t mind that at all. It was ages until anybody else turned up, but guess who it was? Ella and her mum! They came straight over to us, and mum didn’t seem to even mind. She stoked her, but Ella wanted to play with me. I backed away, but she thought I was playing! and she batted me with her great big paw! Right in the middle of my back! I squealed and I know I frightened mum, but honestly her paw is as big as my HEAD and it was really scary. Mum felt awful for not concentrating… and so she should, my life was in DANGER and she thought a cuddle would make it all ok? Well, NO!

Alright, I wasn’t really hurt, it was just the shock. I wanted to make Ella feel bad really, but that didn’t work and from then on for the whole of class she kept pulling on her lead towards ME. I milked this situation for all it was worth of course. Mum knew how upset I was so I knew she wouldn’t try to make me do much I didn’t want to today.

After that only two more families turned up! I don’t know where everybody else had got to, but I wish we had gone there instead, too. There are usually over double the amount of us. Still at least it was nicer and much quieter. For the first part of the evening, the mums, dads and The Lady That Talks A Lot all just sat around and talked a lot. It was all really boring but I used this time to try and sneak under the chair where I feel most comfortable. I was busted.

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GETTING TO WORK
We did some more walking-to-heel in a big circle, the room seemed much bigger since there were so few of us. I did keep up though because Ella was behind me and she kept speeding up to get to me. After that we did some more ‘Stay’ work, I didn’t do very well today because I was so traumatised, but mum wasn’t mad. The Lady That Talks A Lot even said I was being brave, because when mum crossed the room I followed her; walking (well, crawling on my belly, really) between Ella and Suzie to do so. But there was no way I was letting her out of my sight after I had been so viciously attacked.
The others did some ‘food refusal’ work but we just watched that … you know the reason why by now, right? The really stinky treats that mum brought with her tonight didn’t fool me.

I think the The Lady That Talks A Lot went a bit mad and forgot what we were doing, because after that she had us doing all of the walking-to-heel stuff again. I played ball last time, so this time I just flat-out refused and when mum started walking I laid down with my back to her. Did I care that all the mums and dads laughed at me?

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SOMETHING NEW
To stop it from being as boring, The Lady That Talks A Lot thought we might like to play a little game to help us with our heel work. She went to her cupboard, where I know she keeps all of the toys and collars and leads, and pulled out these tiny little cone things. Ella really wanted to chew on them but she wasn’t allowed. In fact, we weren’t allowed to touch them at all and this was the whole point. The Lady That Talks a Lot, put them right across the centre of the room and we had to weave through them. With all the weaving and changing directions, it was much too hard to let mum pull me along the floor so I had to stand up and do it properly.
The Lady That Talks A Lot then took away a lot of them and left us with just three. We had to go around them all in a big circle, then around the one in the middle and lastly the ones right at the end in a tiny circle. This wasn’t too hard since I was walking on the outside of mum so she was doing all of the hard work really. I just followed her lead. We all took it in turns, so there were no distractions from Ella the other dogs.

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After that, we did it the other way around. I walked on the inside of mum, closest to the cones. This meant that I really had to watch where I was going so as to not knock them over. The lady That Talks A Lot said to mum that she thought I enjoyed that because my tail started to come up, instead of being down all of the time. I think she was seeing things. But I suppose there was a lot more to think about than the other dogs, so my concentration was elsewhere…maybe?

Anyway, after that we were done apart from some more talking. Next week is our LAST SCHOOL NIGHT!! Hurray!But The Lady That Talks A Lot, was talking about ANOTHER course to start after this one. It was called the Good Citizen Bronze Award, which, if I’m honest doesn’t sound right for a Diva like me. All that work for Bronze?? Mum did say that she wasn’t sure I would do it, but The Lady That Talks A Lot said that not many dogs ever fail that course… sounds like a challenge to me! 🙂

Big Woofs, Millie x

Millie’s Obedience School Diaries: Week Six

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Woah! Yesterday was a really big day. It started off quite normal, nice and relaxing and then at about lunch time Ellie let off the ‘WooWooWoo’ siren *uh-oh* This means that the grooming van is in the area. It’s never wasted effort because she is always right; two minutes later and the big thing squeezed into the driveway. Mum had forgotten! So she hadn’t had the time to put Ellie’s ‘calm down’ top on her. I was shaking when Carol (that’s the grooming lady) took me, even though I quite like it. Mum reckons we caught it off Ellie, she’s probably right because she does wind us up by being so scared and noisy.

BETRAYED
Anyway, when I came out, mum and Carol were talking about school. Carol said she had ‘had a word’ with me about being so scared, she didn’t tell mum what was said… that’s our secret. The thing is she really is undoing all my good work, because I know mum was feeling bad about taking me when I hate it so much. Carol told her it was GOOD FOR ME, and that maybe mum should be TOUGHER! What even is this woman??

Anyway, when it came to go I was really excited. I always am! I know mum is confused by this, but I just like to be out with her; I don’t really mind where we are going. I even enjoyed the car ride this week. I didn’t cry or whine ONCE on the way there. I got up and looked out of the window a lot; it’s quite nice, you should definitely try that! Mum even treated me for having a good time. What?? haha I’m not complaining, though.

Millie so happy

SAVED BY THE PRAISE
I DID try to escape once we went through the classroom door again… but get this! There was nobody there! Just us and the Lady That Talks a Lot. I was so happy about this, I had a little trot around and gave mum by best smiles. I sat up on the chair and mum gave me a treat. Thankfully mum said I was a ‘good girl’ just at the right time, reminding me that I am too scared to eat here, so I spat the treat back out…*phew* I was thinking maybe this wasn’t so bad at all and really started to settle down. But then I heard a familiar bark, coming from the corridor.

Millie waits

ROLL OVER, OVER, OVER AGAIN
Ella. It was Ella the German Shepard *groan* and pretty soon after that the whole class were there *Boo* We were soon all up and walking around in circles… so dull! I couldn’t be bothered again, mum wasn’t happy but I find it really borinzZz. So I was dragging on the lead and every time we passed the Lady That Talks a Lot I tried to sit down and not move at all. Mum was having NONE of that this week, she just picked me up and put me back on my feet. *sigh* we did this for ages and ages, then we did a ‘health check’ *yawn* and then we practiced everything we had learned in the beginning; Sit, up, lie down, stand up *eye roll*. We practiced food refusal again ‘leave it, take it’… well we didn’t because, you know why! But mum insists on practicing this at home anyway.

TOYS!
Then we were allowed to sit back in our seats and the Lady That Talks a Lot went and got a huge box out of the cupboard and she tipped it all over the floor. It was FULL of balls and ropes and amazingness! She was telling all the mums and dads about the different types of toys and how to select good ones. She pretty much seemed to be saying that anything is good for us, unless they cause a choking hazard. Mum pointed out that a lot of my toys don’t have anything that I might choke on at first, but after a few moments of play that all changes. I don’t know what she means!
The Lady that Talks a Lot was telling us what her dogs like to play with, and that she doesn’t like them playing with toys that squeak because she can’t stand the noise, so she TAKES THE SQUEAKERS OUT before she gives them over. I checked mum’s face because this is not an idea I like the sound of, and she looked pretty mortified too, so at least I know we are safe! Can you imagine toys without squeak?? She showed us what she considered her worst toy ever, and it just so happens it’s my favourite toy ever. Little Air Kong squeaky tennis balls, I sat up for this part because I hoped she might let me play. She didn’t 😦

Millie listen

SPECIAL TREATS
The talk did seem to go on for a long time, but when it was done we were allowed to leave, hurray!
I had a little nap in the car and when I woke up… we weren’t at home. Mum let me out of the car and we were at THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD! Pets at Home! I was so excited. Mum hates this photo because of something to do with the look of it, but I wanted to show you because it sums up what I think about this place (and the sort of photos mum can get here).

millie lick

There’s so much to smell and so much to see, though we aren’t allowed everywhere because I’m not allowed to play with the ‘live toys’ over the other side of the store. It doesn’t matter though, there is plenty of fun stuff left; like helping mum choose what yummies to get.

Millie sniff

And the best bit ever are the people here! They have great taste in dogs, they pay me lots of compliments and get down to play with me. It’s such a great place to be. HA look at my tail!

Millie greets

I met more than just this lady too, there are so many people in there to play with. There was even two little girls and their mum, they were very polite and asked my mum if it was OK to stroke me, but I was already begging them to. OF COURSE YOU CAN STROKE ME! The girls were very lovely and they told me how beautiful I was, of course. They liked my wiggly tail, well, they should have seen it when that last photo was taken! I am much more restrained around smaller people, they just seem a lot more fragile to me.

Millie happy

Next it was time to go home, but there had been a lot to smile about today. I wonder why they can’t have school here in the shop?

Thanks for reading about my really big day,

Woofs, Millie xXx

P.S. There is no school next week because the The Lady That Talks a Lot is going to Crufts and she needs to rest on the Monday. Yet ANOTHER reason to smile today.