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

 

Cats’ Eyes

Hello there fiends!

How are you all this week? I am okay, but a little sad because I have noticed that cats seem to be getting far too much attention. What with Grumpy Cat coming to London, #caturday Saturdays and now my new discovery of Cats’ Eyes it seems they’re getting all the fame!

I was on a walk with Mum and we were carefully crossing the road when I noticed the big studs down the middle of the road.
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Mum explained they were there so that at night drivers could see the road ahead and know which side to stay on, they’re called cat’s eyes. Can you believe it! Now I’m sure dog’s eyes work just as well, even if science says that cats’ are better at reflecting the light, so I think there is clear favouritism for cats surfacing here and I’m not all that happy about it.

I went home and decided to look into how these pretend Cat’s Eyes work. They were invented by a Yorkshireman called Percy Shaw in 1929 after his headlights were reflected from the eyes of a cat beside the road. He thought this kind of technology would be handy in making the roads safer.

Cat’s eyes are made up of two pairs of reflective glass spheres in a flexible white rubber dome that is protected by a cast iron surrounding. They are really clever because they are also self-cleaning, so when a car drives over one, or a dog walks on one, they are pushed down inside the rubber and, like an eyelid, it cleans all the muck off of the eye!

I found this great YouTube video that explains it in more detail for those of you who are interested!

As annoying as it is that such a cool invention is because of cats, Cats’ Eyes have saved many lives as road traffic accidents at night reduced dramatically.

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Although I know that the technology is always being improved and some roads now feature LED studs which are even better than traditional Cats’ Eyes… I won’t tell them if you won’t!

Next week I’ll be talking about the Rio Olympics which start on 5th August! Send me your sporting photos on Facebook

Until next time fiends

R x

Moja, Buster and Mischief!

Hi Fiends

Living in Ilfracombe is wonderful ,especially when the weather is so sunny and we can now get up early in the mornings as it’s getting lighter.  I am slightly worried because I was away in London for quite along time which I think might have made Moja (my girlfiend) a bit cross with me, she seems less interested in playing.  I took her out and tried to woo her in front of the full moon but I’m not sure it worked, any ideas, fellow fiends?

 

 

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I’ve been very worried about my girlfiend Moja

Anyway Mum helped me take my mind off the Moja problem by taking me to the beach in Croyde and we played and played, I let Mum throw the ball for me for hour after hour she does enjoy it, it’s good to see her so happy. Sometimes I think she really believes she’s just doing it for my benefit, Mums can be silly!  Also I did have to pose for photos, she loves taking photos.

 

Talking of photos, I becoming more worried about Moja as she is spending a lot of time with Buster and I’m very sorry to say I caught Buster red handed pinching a string ball, now whilst I do have great sympathy with anyone who wants to get hold of a ball, string or not, it’s still wrong to steal. Last week I caught Buster trying to take Mum’s handbag from the boat and he told me he was just trying to put it back and I believed him because the thing about Buster is he can tell a very convincing story. I just hope Buster isn’t leading Moja astray with his wily ways.

We’re off travelling again on Monday morning as we need to finish The Adventures of Ragamuffin films we are making and we will be seeing Auntie Alexa and I have a new cousin called Scooby Doo but he is just a puppy and puppies do tend to get in your face, never mind I’m sure he is a very good little puppy although I hope Mum doesn’t go all gooey over him, because that is just EMBARRASSING!

Will let you know how it goes Fiends.

Until next time, love

R x

A Tail of London

What an exciting week I’ve had we went to see our fiends at Sandringham and my Mum went to Church with the Queen again but I was only allowed to watch from the window in Auntie Jayne’s room.  Mum was very happy because she sat very close to the Queen and watched Her Majesty give out Bibles to the Sunday school children who did a play.

On Monday we went to London to stay with Auntie Pip and Uncle Ewan which is where Mum takes me for a walk in Richmond Park, I love Richmond Park it has lots of deer in it and I think I must look really fierce because the deer run away from me although of course I do not chase them, unlike Fenton who was a very naughty dog.

I made pancakes which I really enjoyed as they were as tasty raw as they were cooked, it’s very hard to toss the pancakes and then catch them in the pan again, Uncle Ewan says it’s an art. I like doing art and can do very clever patterns all over the floors with my paws but I don’t think Mum appreciates it as she runs round after me with a towel and cleans them up which I find a bit hurtful, perhaps in time she’ll understand.

I met my Uncle Matt and he took some photos of me at famous places in London, he is very good at taking photos.

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Mum bought me a Hot Dog, which I think they named after me. I think I look pretty good, what do you think, do you have photos of yourselves where you live? I’d love to see them!

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We ate at a restaurant called Joe Allen’s which is one of Mum’s favourites and I can see why, they are very, very kind to dogs and it is now one of my favourites too.

I don’t really have much planned for Valentines Day because it has come around so quickly and I have been so busy in London! I hope Moja won’t mind… maybe I should make her a card or something?

Until next time fiends

R x

Going for Gold in Brazil

It’s been a busy week for Mum and me. She did lots of work in London so I stayed with Aunty Wendy and my girlfiend Moja. I showed Moja what I have learnt at my agility training, I think she was impressed! She told me all about the Olympics which are on later this year in Brazil in a place called Rio De Janeiro. I think that I am fast enough to compete but Aunty Wendy told me dogs weren’t allowed, only humans which I think is very unfair. I bet it’s just because they know I’d win.

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My favourite is hurdles because I can jump really high and run really fast at the same time. In the Olympics they only do hurdles, but I can go through tunnels too. It took me a few goes to learn but border collies like me are really speedy learners.

It is very important to make sure you warm up before and cool down after exercise because otherwise it can hurt you. I like to do a gentle lap around the course to get my heart rate up before I run round because it is better for you. It means I can do more and run even faster! When we get home I stretch out all my legs to keep them flexible and drink lots of water. I saw the athletes do that on the telly so it must be good for me.

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When Mum gets back from London I’m going to ask if we can go to the Olympics in Brazil. Do you know anyone who I could stay with or any nice places to visit? I don’t think I would like to fly all the way there though. Maybe I will just compete at home in England and win lots of gold medals here instead! Have you ever been to Brazil or had any good adventures there?

I also really like swimming and I am very good at it. My favourite is swimming in the sea because I live so close to it. It is very cold some days but if you keep moving it doesn’t feel so bad. I like it best when mum throws the ball in the water and I have to go on a search and rescue mission to find it. But I don’t think they have an event like that in the Olympics yet, do they? They should!

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Ellie is really proud of me because I have finally got the hang of spellcheck, apart from the odd mistake here and there. This social media stuff is quite easy once you get a bit of practise.

I have a fab week planned! I’m going to see my fiend George again where the Queen’s house is and have lots of adventures in London. I’ll let you know what I get up to! What are you doing this week? Remember to make pancakes on Tuesday and then you can send me your pancake photos on Facebook or Instagram!

Until next time fiends

R x