Moore… Sir Roger Moore!

Hi fiends,

We’ve been pretty busy so, had a little break from the blog but , we’re back now.

Fiends have been to stay, visits to people, pals for sleepovers while their mums went away and we’ve been up to London were we visited our favourite restaurant again –  it’s called Joe Allen. It’s brilliant, very dog friendly and they do the most fantastic sausages ever, yes ever!tot.jpg

And it was my birthday!!! We had a great party with our fiends at the Carlton Hotel just up the road from home. Lots of the small fiends wore fancy dress and looked brilliant!

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I am now four years old…. which sounds a lot more grown-up than three!

Talking of age; who’s old enough to remember the actor Sir Roger Moore in The Saint and the James Bond films? Sadly, he passed away last week as, he’d been ill. He was 89.

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We loved him in Ivanhoe, as The Saint and as James Bond – some folk say he was the best 007 as, he added a little touch of humour to the films and he was very suave. I’m not totally sure what ‘suave’ is but, he was it ….. according to the mums!!

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We saw Sound Stage 7 – where he used to film The Saint at Elstree Film Studios – there was definitely a scent of suave in the air!

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People say he came from humble beginnings… we think he would say he came from a normal family. He once said: “My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness and being on time. All very important lessons.” We agree!!

Sir Roger was very modest and not at all showy offy – when he was asked about his acting style he was very honest and said he worked to; “You just have to look at the lines, say them, and don’t bump into the furniture.” Which, in my humble acting experience is very true, though in my case; it’s ‘don’t jump onto the furniture’!!

He also did lots of good and kind things outside of acting including; being a voice for animals – he was very against fox, and all animal, hunting and said very tough words about those who went hunting, regardless of who they are.

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He was very keen that all children in the world, whatever their background, could have a good chance in life and he thought we should: “Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents. Let’s face it, the children who do that are the hope of tomorrow.”

And because of his care and interest for children’s futures he got involved with The United Nations Children’s Fund – known as UNICEF. You can see his activities and more about UNICEF here.

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He was very ‘hands on’. The mums say that some famous people have their name connected to good works but, don’t always really help out except; ‘on paper’ or perhaps in the papers!!

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Roger Moore wasn’t interested in anything on paper, he wanted to see for himself what it was all about and visited UNICEF projects that help children all over the world including: China, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala and he went out and got support and donations to make sure there are more projects.

For all his fantastic work with UNICEF he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in January 1999, which is just about the best you can get apart from being King…..though, I’m not certain Prince Charles would have been too happy about that! So, the Queen made him a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in June 2003.

And he really was a saint!!

Until next time

Rx

Food of Champions

Hello fiends,

What’s been happening…. Max has gone home as Auntie Jill is back. We had a great week together, even fursister number 1, Thumbelina, was sad to see him go…… or was it just his bed she’ll miss!?! And guess what – Buster is staying this week – more fun and games!!  It was British Pie Week. And the Six Nations rugby was won by England –  what a win, what a match!!

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And, hurray it was Clare Balding and Crufts again at the weekend – one of the World’s biggest dog shows. We loved watching all the rounds and the hero dogs in the Friends for Life competition and the fly ball and then the rescue dog agility competition are best. And we all love Clare Balding – just think when she grows up, she’ll be Mary Berry.

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A Border Collie hasn’t won Best in Show at Crufts yet and English Cocker Spaniels have won the most number of times! That’ll please Max that the Spaniel clan are tops! And it was a type of Spaniel who won Best in Show again this year –  a young American Spaniel – though he’s actually from Blackpool!?! He had a very fetching long, brushed coat, am not sure I could carry that off….. I’d probably trip.

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I often dream of trotting round the show ring on my lap of honour in Birmingham and being interviewed by Clare but, so far have only had a go in a local job show – it certainly isn’t as easy as it looks – even the mums have to prance round!! You can see my efforts in my Adventures of Ragamuffin episode Every Dog Has His Day   ah well you can’t win ‘em all.

It was great fun though and I made lots of new fiends but, didn’t bring any rosettes home…. still it’s all about the taking part not the winning. Mum had my favourite dinner for when we got back – she calls it the ‘food of champions’ which is a better prize than any rose vase or silver cup and sash!

It’s a pretty easy recipe if you want to have a go:

Mums Champions Liver Cake

  • 2 kilos liver (cheapest) probably pigs
  • Approx. 150g of wholemeal flour
  • 1 egg or stock to add moisture

Put the liver and egg or stock in a blender till smooth or the liver is in very small pieces. Add the flour until the mixture is thick like brownies – if it’s too thick add a little milk or more flour if it’s too runny. Put the mixture in a baking tin about an inch deep will be enough. Put in oven at 170c fan for approx. 20 mins the mixture should still be a little moist and a knife will come out clean if you stick it in the middle. Leave to cool. If you want to use it as treats; cut into cubes and store in the freezer in bags. Eat within three days if kept in the fridge.If you can make it last that long!

As an extra you could try mums’ very special topping use; mashed potatoes made with a little butter and semi-skimmed milk – spread the mash on the liver cake and top with low fat natural yogurt when the mash is cool. For special occasions, you can decorate with those lovely little cocktail sausages. And most importantly always lick the spoon and bowl (the dogs, not the mums!!).

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Think Buster will help me polish off the lot!!

 

Until next time

Rx

If it isn’t fun it shouldn’t be done

Hi fiends,

If you’ve read my blog before you know we look at stuff that’s informative, current and often funny…. this week we look at something that’s a little worrying.

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A little while back we talked about me doing The Adventures of Ragamuffin films and being in that brilliant charity show with the great kids, think I said something like; “being on stage is very different to making our  films – mum and her clever fiends do editing and stuff to so, it doesn’t matter if you fluff it as, they can kinda fix it afterwards……….”

Should say too; if you fluff it on stage it’s part of the fun and always made us all giggle. And  when you’re working with us animals and children anything can happen so,  whether you’re an amateur, small production company or perhaps; DreamWorks for instance, you should always be prepared for the unexpected.

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The editing and stuff that mum and her ‘technical’ fiends do in the editing place make the final film look fantastic in the end. With all that wizardry technology around you can fill in any gaps you didn’t get when you were filming  Think you can even rub out the rain!!!

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Which is why we’re worried, shocked, sad, angry and fuming to hear about, and see for ourselves, the cruel treatment of a German Shepherd dog in a very big budget feature film. The film is going to be in cinemas across the whole wide world very soon – not just on You Tube like me.

The lovely dog was there to film a scene for ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ –  the film of a popular book of the same title – this poor dog was forced to do something it really, really didn’t want to do, it was terrified and hurt and in danger.

We’re puzzled because, those big film companies have ZILLIONS of pounds and dollars to spend on the best special effects and computer technology (called CGI) in the whole world so, there’s no reason to make any dog (or any animal or person) do something that’s very dangerous and in this case left our fiend terrified and scared.

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If the Director was good he wouldn’t even need technology, he would just shoot the right film pictures to cover that section of the script…… not everything has to be illustrated literally (according to Auntie Jules – she used to work in filmey stuff with mum), specially when it’s just a few seconds out of the whole thing. If we can do it with our little films so can they!!!!

The film production company and other filmey people involved seem to be trying to say that nothing really bad had gone wrong and they were ‘investigating’ and ‘looking at’ the ‘incident’……. Thanks to the land of Tweeter and all those other Apes; the incident was on film for all the world to see exactly what happened.

Decent, professional  and kind animal trainers and handlers (and owners, of course) know when an animal is; unhappy or scared or hurting or nervous or tired or just plain bored and stops…….. so, there’s no excuse to be cruel or for this incident to have happened. Mum and our film crew fellas always know right away if me, and my canine ‘co-stars’ and little  fiends in the films, aren’t having fun or have just had enough for the day.

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We send our prayers, best wishes and love to the dear fiend involved – we will not be going to see it.

Until next time fiends

Rx

Queen of the Jungle

Hello again fiends

Hurray! Scarlett did become Queen of the Jungle.

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Though everybody was brilliant; good old Larry Lamb like a dad and Carol Vorderman, we all know what Carol’s good at.  Adam’s brave – us dogs totally understood those noises he was making, Joel is a kind, generous spirit, Scarlett is funny and has some interesting and straightforward theories about life too.

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Celebrity Cyclone – was amazing –  think me and Buster could do that, we’re good at battling the waves. Though maybe we’d have had the same struggles as Scarlett to hang onto to all four giant stars at the start – that was tricky.

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Scarlett said she didn’t feel like a celebrity as, she was just known for being on television watching television…. what’s all that about?  It’s a programme called ‘Gogglebox’.

Gogglebox shows families and fiends and the conversations, thoughts and views they have when they’re watching tele. It can make you laugh and feel sad and it shows how we all shouted at the tele and cheered when the little lizard got away from those speedy snakes on Planet Earth II.We all shouted at the tele and cheered when Scarlett got onto the first star in Celebrity Cyclone too!!

 

I loved the programme about Kate Humbles dog Teg, a Border Collie. Mum let me watch it quite a few times. All I could think was “isn’t Teg like me” – we could do a “Who Do You Think You Are” for us dogs and Teg and I would find out if we’re family.

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Lots of us watch animals and  scientists have found out we love high pitched sounds and watching other dogs – hmm not too surprising. 

Back to old Scarlett; she’s one of a kind – which we all are really aren’t we – though when she was very young she felt a bit different to everyone else and didn’t fit in or make fiends easily. She felt she couldn’t be herself and should be one of the crowd.

You can be one of the crowd but, it’s much better to be yourself – not all of us fiends chase cats or like being patted on the head by strangers!!

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‘I’m A Celebrity’ was Scarlett’s favourite programme when she was growing up and Scarlett said one of the other reasons she went on it was; “………I feel that if I won I would be showing my little sister that it doesn’t matter, you can just be you”.

She did win and proved; you can just be yourself and that’s absolutely great!

Until next time fiends.

Rx

Ant & Dec

Hi there fiends,

Think we all know who Ant & Dec are – those two cheeky fella’s we see on television quite a lot….and thinking about it  – we have done for years….just how old are those two??

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They spring to mind this week as the jungle programme is back on – all those famous folk camping outside in the outback together, getting some treats but, mainly trials and tribulations….eating some really odd grub (and grubs)  and being scared to bits by all sorts of wildlife and creepy crawlies.

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They call this type of programme; ‘reality TV’ –  I think The Adventures of Ragamuffin on You Tube is the very best in reality TV but, then I would!!

Going back to this year’s jungle programme – everybody keeps saying; that this is the best series for a long time because, everybody gets on really well, they work brilliantly as a team on the trials, have loads of fun and laughs and support each other if they get a little down.

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And when they have got a bit snappy and snarly; they’ve sorted out, with some honest talk, very quickly. I think they will be fiends for a long time afterwards. 

It’s brilliant as they’re a real assortment of people – all sorts of ages and backgrounds – some of them are loud and some very quiet. I like Scarlett as, she’s a big mixture of laughter and fun and she can need looking after too – that’s like all of us really.

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 And that made me think it’s like that with my fiends and me. We’re all different types and sizes and ages and we all get on some of us do crazy things and some just poddle along and some want to be the boss – we have our snarlies and snappies too but, we get over it.

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Mind you, we don’t have to do Bush Tucker Trails……..though we do some long hikes which, can have hidden tricks and trials and creatures – snakes and splinters included – sometimes dubious things that we pick up and eat . And the mums have been known to turn an ankle on uneven ground, if they’re chatting instead of looking (which they normally do).

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Ant & Dec – they’ve been fiends for ever – playing, growing up and working together and you can tell they still have loads fun. I bet they have the odd snappy moment too but, that’s all part of being a fiend.

Fiends are a blessing.

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Until next time.

Rx

An Actors Life for Me?

Hello fiends,

Have been mooching around the house or sitting with mum as, had a giant splinter in my paw! Another trip to the vets to have it removed…ouch it was painful so,  we had to be brave….again….remember the snake incident!

Mooching is good, it gives you time to think…..hmm let’s see; had a great summer shooting the films for the second series of The Adventures of Ragamuffin. This time they’re starring me as a grown-up dog – none of that puppy malarkey!! You can see The Adventures of Ragamuffin Lewis on You Tube.

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My fiends were in some of the films too. Poor Buster got a little bored hanging around waiting for mum to decide what she wanted to film next. She does have a very long list  that she works through with the film crew but, things can easily change – like it might start raining or be very noisy so, you must wait (and wait) until it’s quiet or sunny again.

Buster said he wasn’t sure if ‘this filming lark’ was for him though he liked the ‘acting’ bit and thought he was good (steady on Buster you only had to dig up sand on the beach – it was hardly Lassie Come Home!).

 

Acting or singing is really good fun and a cool way to use up your energy and much better than just hanging around the shops or with your nose stuck to a computer screen!

I suggested to Buster that he should go and join a local amateur dramatics group – was hedging my bets there as, not sure if any of them take dogs!

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Anyway, it’s as it sounds; local people doing plays and musicals on the stage in a little theatre or hall with a stage. Normally they make all their own props, costumes and scenery so, even if you’re not sure acting you can do the backstage stuff. I did some performing on stage in the summer too I had a good time and got to eat some of the props – you can read about it here.

Along with school drama clubs there are lots of kid’s groups around the country – often called Youth Theatre (sounds a bit posher than amateur dramatics). These little theatre adventures won’t very often lead to a big role in the sparkling West End – where all the famous plays are, though can help you develop into a better performer and give you confidence and enthusiasm which is helpful if you are sometimes a bit shy….Buster is rarely shy…….and you’ll make friends, too! You can look them up on the internet or ask at your local theatre.

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There are, of course, the television talent shows including: Britain’s Got Talent and the X Factor but, though they can make people and dogs famous it’s only a very few each year. Local theatre will give you loads of experience and who knows you could then go for a big audition if you wanted to take it that far!! Lots of famous ‘proper’ actors started off in local theatres: Michael Caine started going to the Capitol Theatre group in Horsham when he was very young and Robert Pattinson went to the Barnes Theatre Company near his house. So, you never know……..

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Give it a try!

Until next time Rx

 

 

The Red Carpet Continued…

Hi Fiends

My last blog was delayed and a bit short as I was having some real technical difficulties and haven’t been at all well the past week. I even had to go and see the vet! Anyway I was a bit upset my last post didn’t turn out perfectly, so I thought I would deliver you the juicy gossip from the red carpet again, now that I feel better and without the technological blips! Here we go… !

Well what can I say, I had a fantastic week at my film launch at Elstree two weeks ago. It was amazing and so many of my lovely fiends came. Mum, Auntie Pip and I got to the studios at 9.00am to help prepare. I was rather nervous, what with it being only my second public appearance and to think of all those famous stars who went before me.

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It took Mum quite some time to get me ready. I thought I looked fine as I was, but you know Mothers, one tiny hair out of place and they go straight for the hairbrush.  I was very flattered to have my own dressing room, I let Mum share it and also George Olney who was our interviewer. Mum made him change his clothes but he didn’t mind as he was in good company.

When it was time to go everybody was there waiting just for me to arrive. George interviewed some of my special guests and fiends like Buster. Here are a couple:

Well, I got to walk up the red carpet and Mum said whatever happens don’t pee on it, as if I would, honestly Mum you can be so embarrassing.

Wow! When we went in everybody clapped and cheered and said my name and I said hi to some of my fiends, but I was really nervous and overwhelmed so I couldn’t deliver my speech that I worked so hard on! Mum did it for me and said it didn’t matter, lots of famous people get stage fright.  The important thing is to try.

I’ll show you what Daniel Roche had to say next week and tell you what I’ve been getting up to. Be sure to check out my YouTube page in the meantime, it has a few of my episodes on already!

 

Thanks fiends, till next time!

R x