New Year’s Revolutions

Hello again fiends,

Hope you all enjoyed Christmas. We had a great one; Mum and me were at Uncle David’s with it’s fantastic countryside nearby. Our morning country walks are frosty and foggy though no snow, so far.

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Did you see or hear the Queens Speech on Christmas Day? I wondered if she’d been reading my recent blogs as, she was talking warmly about small acts of kindness and we’ve been talking about that a lot in our blogs!!

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It’s nearly New Year’s Eve – a time to reflect on the last year and look forward to the next. Hmm last year…. my run in with that crafty snake sticks in my mind but, all the good fun I’ve had and meeting new fiends top that; making the new films for the second Adventures of Ragamuffin series that you can see on You Tube was brilliant and I’ve made new fiends all round the world via Instagram including; Meg in Wales who looks just like me!! And of course I spent time with my very special fiends here.

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Mum and her fiends keep talking about making their New Year’s Resolutions – apparently, you decide things and plans that you’re going to do for the year and stick to them – though it seems a lot of folk only seem to do them until the end of January!?! And these Resolutions can be anything from; not to eat any more cake or pies, giving up that second dry sherry to something very big like a new job or moving house. Think Aunty Jules is going to do the cake one……again.

I heard on the radio a man that made a kindness New Year Resolution; he’s been kind every single day of 2016 and he’s going to do it in 2017 too. That’s brilliant – and he said it can be as simple as taking the time visit someone instead of just a quick hello, that little chat can really cheer someone up.

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We’ve all heard in recent days of the many  kind things that the late singer/songwriter George Michael did. He kept those good deeds private because, you don’t need to be showy about what you do. From helping the support children who needed someone to talk to, volunteering at a homeless shelter to helping the campaign against puppy farms – he spread kindness far and wide.

 

Last year we helped out Pets as Therapy and visited our chosen hospice,  took part in charity walks and the charity show and my fiends and I helped pick up litter and we’ll do tons more things in the next year.

Have a think about what you can do, a tiny gesture to you but, can be huge to others.

Our Resolutions could start a Kindness Revolution!!!

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Happy New Year.

Until next time

Rx

Dogs, dancing and music

Hello fiends

What a week it’s been! It included; being kind to all animals, reciting poetry and smiling a lot!

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There’s been lots of ‘special’ international days this week including: World Animal Day, International Poetry Day and World Smile Day.

World Smile Day is really special; organisations, all over the world, use it to promote the good work they do and encourage people to take part or donate money or things. The motto for the day is: ‘Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile’

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Mum believes we should all try to be the best that we can be, including doing things that’ll help others smile. And all of us fiends can do just that – you and your fiends don’t have to travel a long way away or give loads of money; you can just give just a little of your time locally. litterpick

My fiend Buster helped out in the summer, we picked up litter on our walks – he was good at it and pretty enthusiastic too! His mum did manage to find her purse which, he’d put in a waste bin by mistake.

I visit a nearby Care Home. Animals can be very therapeutic and calming for people in lots of situations. Everybody there enjoys our visits, including me – it’s lovely to see everybody and I sometimes get a tasty treat –  it takes just a little of our time to sit and listen and chat and give a happy tail wag.

What else, well, a couple of weeks ago I made, what mum called, my ‘stage debut’ at a fundraising concert for the Alzheimer’s Society, South West at the Landmark Theatre here in Ilfracombe.

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I’ve been on a stage before but, this concert was a bit bigger – I was nervous I can tell you! It’s very different to making our Adventures of Ragamuffin films  – mum and her clever fiends do editing and stuff to those so, it doesn’t matter if you fluff it as they fix it afterwards but, live on stage that’s a different story. Gulp!  dementia-concert-all-1-1

Thankfully, with loads of practice, it went well and I showed my agility and obedience skills with the help of mum and some very brilliant young assistants – though I might have eaten one of the sausages just a tiny bit early on the obedience section……it slipped…….an easy mistake! Was great to be part of the concert and meet everyone; we made the audience smile and we smiled too.

There’s loads of ways you can get involved in helping out locally – have a look at what’s near you; maybe there’s an animal sanctuary, community garden, church, charity shop or computer club that gives lessons. Or you could see if you have a local Volunteer Centre that you can drop in to and there’s also a great website called: Do-it  http://www.do-it.org.uk/ which matches up opportunities using your postcode.

‘Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile’ is a pretty cool motto to have.

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Until next time.

 

Rx

30 Days Wild

Hi fiends! Have you had a good week out in the sunshine? I hope you haven’t been working too hard.

I have been busy with an extra special challenge from the Wildlife Trusts who have a #30DaysWild challenge going on for the whole of June.

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I am 12 days in as of today and have been having a fantastic time. I normally go on a walk once or twice a day anyway, but I have been paying lots more attention to all the wildlife and habitats around me. The Wildlife Trusts have also provided me with lots of fun facts and things to encourage me.

Did you know…?

There are more than 600 species of spider in Britain

Every adult hedgehog has around 7000spines covering its back and sides

Underneath their stripes, Zebras have black skin! So I guess that means they are black with white stripes.

Pandas spend as much as 16 hours a day eating

Tigers have striped skin as well as striped fur to keep themselves fully camouflaged

Starfish don’t have blood, seawater runs through them

Orangutans are ticklish!

Octopuses have nine brains! One in their centre and one in each leg.

 

But you probably won’t get the chance to see an octopus or a panda or any very very wild animals. You might get to see some insects or birds of prey! I see lots of exciting animals and their homes on my walks. I’ve even swum with fishes off the shore at Ilfracombe and taken a dip in the reservoir.

 

As you can see I haven’t spent much time inside recently, only to write this blog!

 

If you fancy giving the challenge a go, take a look here. You might have missed a few days but it doesn’t matter, as long as you give it a try!

Send me your photos and let me know what you discover on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Until next time fiends

R x

P.S My new video will be out today, you can find it here.

 

Here is last weeks if you missed it!