Bake Off is on!

Hi fiends, how’s it going?

The Paralympics kicked off this week and I’m loving cheering everyone on. Have you been watching? I’ve also been very excited every Wednesday evening because The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens.

I really love watching the show, like most people across the country! Last year’s final had an average of 13.4 million viewers and was the most watched show of 2015. Did you know that every morning the crew bake a Victoria sponge in each oven to check they are all working? That is A LOT of cake!

They also all have to buy their own ingredients, but if someone forgets an ingredient on the morning of filming, they have a runner standing by at a local supermarket ready to save the day.

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I have all my ingredients ready to go.

I love watching the technical hallenges because they make really interesting things, like last week when they made dampfnudel and things didn’t go too well for most people. Actually the rest of you really enjoyed that too because it was trending on twitter.

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Let the technical challenge BEGIN!
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Hmm, yes… this one passes the taste test.

Last years winner, Nadia, even got to make a birthday cake for the Queen! That is really cool. It looked pretty tasty too…

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For the first time ever this week, the theme of the show is BATTER! This is something I’m very excited about because I love to bake and cook with batter…

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… although its a bit of a pain when it comes to washing up. Thats why it would be good to be on Bake Off because they never have to wash up, the crew do that for them! Although saying that, Mum normally cleans up after me hehe.

Remember (how could you forget!?) to watch the first ever Batter Week Bake Off on Wednesday evening at 8pm on BBC1.

Until next time fiends,

R x

Teg and Kate Humble

Hi there fiends!

Hasn’t it been a fabulous week for the Olympics! I loved watching the track cycling and gymnastics, and all of it really! I am a bit sad its over but I’m looking forward to the Paralympics which start on the 7th September.

This week I watched TV with Mum and I was wowed to see I was on screen!

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I don’t remember filming that one! It turned out it wasn’t me, but a great episode from Kate Humble called ‘My Sheepdog and Me’. I learned lots about Kate’s dog Teg, a female Welsh Sheepdog, because Kate was trying to trace her heritage and produce more Welsh Sheepdog puppies. Did you know there are only around 2000 in existence at the moment?

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Throughout the episode Kate tries to discover if Teg is a Welsh Sheepdog by using her DNA and comparing it to other Welsh dogs who are certified by the Welsh Sheepdog Society. The study compared Teg’s genes and found that she was 75% Welsh Sheepdog, but also part Border Collie. I am a Border Collie but part Welsh Sheepdog! That explains why I look a lot like Teg, because we must have similar DNA!

Teg even has the same kind of different coloured eyes that I have! Kate said it was just like David Bowie which is what Mum always says to me.

I couldn’t believe that there were more than 20 breeds of herding dog, including the border collie, many of which are now either extinct or in decline. The show had great reviews and if you want to find out more you can read about it here or go and catch up on BBC iPlayer.

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Photograph: Craig Morris/BBC/Tatu Pictures Ltd/Craig Morris

 

I’ve already started getting confused for Teg when I’m out… I mean come on, do I look like a girl!?

Until next week fiends, when I’ll be looking at wind turbines and how they work!

 

R x

Dogs behind the wheel…

Hello fiends! How are you this week? Have you been continuing to watch the Olympics? I was so excited to see how well we are doing and have been barking along in support! Isn’t Jessica Ennis-Hill just amazing!? I’ve loved following the swimming, diving and cycling too. Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know I like to do a Tongue Out Tuesday photo (#TOT), like some of these…

 

What do you think? I think it really brings out my eyes 👀 #tongueouttuesday #tot #potd #lfl #dogsofinstagram #pets

A photo posted by Ragamuffin Lewis (@ragamuffinlewis) on Jun 28, 2016 at 12:39am PDT

 

And I was really pleased to see I had some support from Bradley Wiggins when he was receiving his Olympic Gold Medal with Team GB.

 


There is an upcoming episode of The Adventures of Ragamuffin where I drive a car… sort of! I stumbled across a video today of a dog left alone in a car who decided to take it for a spin… It didn’t end awfully well to say the least!

Far worse than my attempt, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for that video soon.

However, not all of us are as careless and crash into supermarkets. Just take a look at some of the amazing things we are capable of with the right training…

Remember fiends, don’t leave your dogs in cars for too long or who knows what might happen! Especially in this warmer weather, it isn’t much fun.

 

That’s all for this week fiends, do let me know what you’re up to, or if you want a mention in my next blog, via Facebook and Twitter.

 

Until next time,

 

R x

It’s a Dog’s Life: Dogs Around the World

Hi there fiends!

The olympics are off to a flying start, even if there have been a few troubles with the accommodation! I watched the swimming yesterday and there are athletes there who are even better at me at moving through the water. Although I still think it’s a pity there is no doggy paddle category.

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It got me thinking about how many people there are around the world, and the countries they live in… and more importantly the dog fiends in those countries! So I thought this week we could look at dogs around the world, starting with here in the UK.

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We get treated very nicely here, I would recommend it to my fiends around the world. Just look at how Andy Murray treated his fiends Maggie May and Rusty when he won his Olympic medals…

 

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America is a lot like here too. Dogs are considered pets and are looked after really well, although sometimes that does mean silly fancy dress!

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It’s a similar story in Italy and France…

However, life in India is very different for dog fiends, much like it can be for human fiends too! Dogs are found outside and on the streets much more, running wild and free with no scary trips to the vet’s! But this does mean sometimes their fur isn’t as shiny and they can get I’ll more easily. It makes me feel very lucky.

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Stray dogs surround an Indian roadside tea vendor as he reaches into a packet of cookies to feed them on a street in Allahabad , India, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Did you know in Saudi Arabia the only way dogs can be kept in the home as ‘pets’ is if they are classed as working dogs!? You find working dogs all over the world, as guide dogs, hearing dogs, sheep dogs, police, drug sniffers, money sniffers and security dogs! Attitudes are changing all over the world, and China – who hosted the 2008 Olympics – are even beginning to keep dogs as pets, which is great because they were not that nice to dog fiends to say the least.

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But my absolute favourite place for dog fiends to be is definitely Nepal. I think I’ll ask Mum to take me there for our holidays next year! They have a whole festival for animals each year and on the second day, known as Kukur Tihar or Khikchã Puja (meaning worship of the dogs), people place garlands, tika (a Hindu marking), and offer yummy foods to dogs to recognise the special relationship between humans and dogs.

They believe dogs are messengers of Lord Yamaraj, the God of Death, and so it is very important to treat them well. So remember that the next time you see me or one of my fiends!

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How do you spoil your pets? Do you live in a different country to me? What is it like? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter!

Until next time fiends

R x

Here Comes Rio 2016!

Hey fiends!

I hope you’ve all been appreciating the technology of Cat’s Eyes while driving about since last week’s blog. I’m looking forward to the week ahead, but I can’t believe that its August this week! July has flown by. I am quite excited though, because this Friday it is the Olympics Opening Ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

rio logo.jpgThis year rugby sevens is included in the games, which is great because it will really increase the profile of the sport and encourage youngsters to take it up! I have always been a rugby fan.

I’m also looking forward to watching the swimming, I have high hopes for team GB! I think I would be good enough to participate, but my butterfly isn’t yet strong enough… and there isn’t a category for dogs at the minute.

Great Britain always tend to do well in the equestrian events, so I’ve been giving that a go too this week.

hose ridI am also hoping that Andy Murray continues his winning streak in the Olympic tennis, sadly there won’t be any ball dogs at that event, only ball boys.

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It makes me feel quite nostalgic because the last Olympics were, of course, here in England for the London 2012 games. I was just a twinkle in my mummy’s eyes then, but I have been seeing what I missed out on. The BBC have created a show about the 2012 opening ceremony that is really interesting and moving! You can watch it here.

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And if you fancy swatting up on the last opening ceremony, here are some fun facts from BuzzFeed that you can WOW your fiends with.

Brazil certainly have a tough act to follow… even if I am biased! But I am so looking forward to watching it and cheering on team GB! Who will you be cheering for? Are there any events you are really looking forward to? Do let me know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Until next time fiends,

R x

 

The Secret Life of Pets

Hey Fiends!

It’s just starting to warm up and feel like summer here in England! So just an important reminder to slap on lots of sun cream and not leave your dog fiends in the car, we get awfully sweaty and it can be dangerous. mum wants to stay at the castle

Anyway, I wanted to go to the cinema this week because the Secret Life of Pets is out and I thought that would be right up my street!

I wasn’t allowed in to the cinemas near me, so I’ll wait for the DVD. But I wasn’t the only one who wants to watch it. In Tel Aviv, Israel, there is a roof top cinema where dogs can go with their fiends to watch films. This week they watched Secret Life of Pets. You can see the video here! It looks really fun.

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Secret Life of Pets got me thinking of what you think we all get up to when you are out of the house, I know I do things Mum might be a bit surprised at – although she never leaves me for long. I can remember when I was a puppy and she said to all of her fiends that she would never let any dog of hers sit on her furniture or sleep on her bed. Hahaha! That didn’t last long!

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Well fiends, only a little blog this week I’m afraid as I want to get out in the sun! But you can expect exciting things coming from me this week!

 

Until next time fiends

R x

Wimbledon: Ball Boys vs Ball Dogs

Hello Fiends!

Thank you for all your kind words about my blog last week. I am glad it made you smile.

I have been watching Wimbledon this week, that is when it hasn’t been postponed due to rain! I love it because it includes my all-time favourite thing, bouncy balls!

The ball boys and girls are almost as good as me at fetching and letting go of the balls.

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This got me thinking, I think I would make a pretty good ball boy. Although I’m not too sure about the caps they have to wear, I think I prefer my own hats.

It turns out, lots of other fiends have taken an interest in tennis recently. Take a look at these fiends on Twitter who were preparing for the French Open a couple of months ago.

And here are some fiends celebrating Wimbledon. Just look at all those strawberries!

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As it happens, Aukland in New Zealand have already thought about who would make the best ball boys and girls of all time. They had a little help from five time Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams…

I think the problem is I would get too distracted and want to join in with the game, so maybe it is best to leave it to the fabulous Ball Boys and Girls of Wimbledon!

My own videos are up on YouTube for you to watch now! Do show any younger fiends you might know who don’t know how to work computers. There will be a new one up later today, but for now you can watch last week’s. I went on a big day out! It was SUCH an adventure.

If you weren’t a dog, or couldn’t be for my human fiends out there, what animal would you be? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter.

Until next time fiends!

R x

A lovely week on Earth

Hello fiends! Have you been busy outside recently? I don’t know about where you live, but it has been very rainy this week and so I got very very wet doing my #30dayswild challenge!

Mum is always saying how time flies, and I know what she means this week because it’s been six months since Tim Peake went into space. He returned to Earth yesterday.

 

It is hard to believe all of the amazing things he has seen and shared with us in his time up in space. Let’s have a look at some of his best images!

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Above is a picture of Tim before he left Earth for space, he has said that he is going to put on lots of weight when he comes back because he lost so much while in orbit.

Below is an image of somewhere in England. Can you guess where?

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Photo by Tim Peake / ESA via Getty Images

If you look closely you can see a long winding snake. That isn’t actually a snake, it is the river Thames. This is a photo of London at night. Don’t we make an awful lot of light!

Here is Tim Peake taking a selfie before his first space walk. I don’t know if space walks are for me, I prefer the coast of Ilfracombe!

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Picture: PA

You might have seen Miss Mouse from CBeebies up in space with him too! He took three very special items with him when he left. A rugby ball and shirt to launch BBC six nations coverage, a tuxedo t-shirt to present Adele with her Brit Award, and Miss Mouse to teach children about space on Show Me Show Me.

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DID YOU KNOW in the 1950’s and 60’s the USSR sent dogs into space to test if it was safe for humans to be able to go. I think Tim Peake has a lot to thank us for.

But after all his hard work it was announced that for his services to space research he has been awarded an Order of St Michael and St George in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Congratulations Tim! I hope you have a lovely week on Earth.

 

Another of my videos is out today, so keep your eyes peeled on YouTube. Let me know what you’ve been up to this week and keep in touch with me on my Facebook page.

 

Until next time fiends

R x

Wild thing?

Hi fiends! What a lovely week it’s been, I hope you made the most of the bank holiday last week too. Hasn’t June snuck up on us! But making the most of the light evenings is my most favourite thing about this time of year.

I went to Larkstone Family Fun Day and played ball with a few of my fiends over the bank holiday weekend which was great. I also had a very yummy ice cream, that was a bit cheeky.

This morning I was reading the news on my computer and I came across an interesting article about when dogs were domesticated (that means kept as pets). Of course we all know we are descendants of wolves because we look very similar. But the old DNA found in a stone age dog’s bones suggests that maybe us dogs were domesticated at different times across the world.

I couldn’t imagine not living where I do now and not having my own bed. What would it be like to sleep outside all the time? It can be very chilly in Ilfracombe in the winter so I imagine I wouldn’t like it very much. And if I didn’t live with Mummy Fiona who would throw the ball for me?!

Here is my video from last week, I was a bit hungry! I guess that just proves I wouldn’t be very good in the wild, having to fend for myself and things.

Shoes can be very smelly! It was almost as bad as the time I snuck a bit off cheese off of Mum’s plate. What is the most smelly thing you have ever smelt? Let me know on Facebook and I’ll mention it next week… I might even go and smell it myself to see if you’re right.

My new video will be up later, so keep an eye out. And until next week you can keep in touch on Twitter and Instagram too.

Until next time fiends!

R x

Bouncy balls and Record Breakers

Hello fiends!

This week I have been enjoying some time off with Mummy Fiona in Ilfracombe. I had another look through my photo albums in my free time and looking at how cute I was when I was little! I have always loved to play catch and fetch with my ball, but it took me a while to get the hang of it as you can see

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Now I can chase the ball even when it goes really far… but I need a little help from my fiends.

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I also used to find swimming really hard, because the water can be chilly and it makes my fur very wet.

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But now I am almost as good as a fish at swimming, I guess practise makes perfect! Ilfracombe is a great place to live because it is right by the sea.

This week in the news I saw that a sheep dog called Cap sold for lots and lots of money at auction! A new record of £14,805! It was because he was so well bred, I think his dad might have been a champion sheep dog. He is going to be a working dog on a farm. I haven’t asked Mummy Fiona, but I think to her I am worth even more… even though I can’t herd sheep. I can pretend to be Indiana Jones and that is almost better.

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If you want to know more about Cap, have a look at this article from the BBC! He is almost as famous as me.

My new video will be up soon. Have you seen the one from last week? What is your most favourite toy? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.

Until next week fiends!

R x