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??

A spot of meditation

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

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

Back to School

Hello fiends!

It’s that time of year again when we all buy new pencil cases, get our hair cut (or fur) and try on our uniforms only realise how much we’ve grown since July! It’s time to head back to school.

I’ve decided that I might give it a go this year, I know I am only three but that is 25 in human years so I think I am quite old enough to start my education! (you can see how old you are in dog years here)

I want to go into schools to help teach my younger fiends about how to look after animals, especially dogs! I will teach them things like not to leave us in hot cars or at home alone for too long and what food we can and can’t eat!

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For example, here I am teaching a fiend that some drinks like fizzy pop aren’t good for dogs, we LOVE water just as it is.

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I have already learned lots in my three years, like how to use a computer and drive a car… although I have needed help from my fiends. So I think it’s only time to return the favour.

 

What are you looking forward to learning about this year at school (or at work for the grown ups)? I have really enjoyed learning about how to use the computer and be safe on the internet in the last year, but this year, as you might have noticed, I have become quite interested in science. So I have decided to learn a little more about the world around us through science! I will share with you what I learn!

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I hope this week isn’t too tough back at school fiends! And if you’re about to have your first day, have fun! It is so exciting.

 

Until next time fiends

 

R x

Wind Energy and How Every Dog has his Day!

Hello Fiends!

I hope you all celebrated Dogs Day in style this week. I certainly did…

 

This week in my blog I am going to be looking at solar energy, and in particular wind turbines. This is because I have noticed more and more turbines popping up, and there have been lots of stories about wind farms being built off the coast of Britain! Aunty Jules says she sees them on her journeys quite often and lots of children always ask what they are and how they work!

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They use the kinetic energy (that means movement energy) of the wind which turns the blades of the turbine and transfers this energy to a generator which is housed in the centre of the turbine. Of course, this is me making it all much simpler for us all to understand… it is much more complicated than that.

 

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The wind is produced because of convection currents in the Earth’s atmosphere, which are driven by heat energy from the Sun. As a result of this, the kinetic energy in wind is a renewable resource which is great because it means as long as the Sun is there, we will have it! However, some people don’t like wind turbines because they can be considered an eye sore and when they turn they can be noisy.

 

My fiend Ellie told me that where she works at Glyndebourne, they have their very own wind turbine. It produces enough power to provide 95% of the energy for Glyndebourne Opera House, which is amazing when you think of all of the energy used in one show alone! Lighting rigs are not cheap to run!

 

Because of the need to have wind, you find wind turbines in windy places. That is why people want to build them out at sea. I always notice how windy it is down at the beach! This is good too because you can’t see or hear them as much.

 

Do you have any wind turbines or maybe solar panels near you? I’d love to see some photos of just how HUGE they are! If you’d like to know more about the science behind the turbines, you can take a look here.

 

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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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

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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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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

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