Showtime!

Hi efurryone

Rita @ausifairydust here. Mama @ourChloePup has let me write a guest post so I can tell you all about how I get ready for a show. Firstly I have to be in peak physical condition for each show and because the weather here in the U.K. is not always good I have my own little mini gym so that I can keep toned without having to drag Mum and Dad out in the rain.

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A couple of days before the show I get my furs brushed out to get all the dust and dead fur out before I am bathed. Sometimes I go to a groomers to have my fur clipped as well.  I then have to be bathed and dried and Mom did that for me this time

 

The pink band around my ears is called a happy hoodie and stops me worrying about the noise of the dryer in my ears. I was a lickle bit scared as a pup but I’m dead brave now.

The day before the show I check that I have everything I need in my beauty box

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Apart from a final brush out on the morning of the show I am now good to go!

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Thank you for reading and please keep your paws crossed for me that I come home with a rosette

lots of love

Rita @ausifairydust

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Rita adds to her haul of rosettes

Against stiff competition from European dogs, and in weather warm enough to ruin a dog’s best furdo, Rita gained 3rd place in both classes she entered at the National Show held at Staffordshire Showground yesterday.

Having to wait until early afternoon for her class to be judged was good experience in handling nerves and testing her temperament and we couldn’t be more pleased with her.

Her pal Robbie, a RoughCollie, also had a successful day, gaining a 3rd place and thus qualifying for Crufts 2019 too.

Rita – Sooooooper Star!

A little trip to a local show, the Wolverhampton and District Canine Society has earned our gorgeous Rita @ausifairydust not just 1 red winners rosette but 3! Can you believe that? She very nearly took Best in Show as well but just lost a little bit of sparkle, which was very understandable in the warm weather we are currently enjoying. We are all immensely proud of her, our little show stopper.

Qualification for Crufts!

Well it was a wet and cold day for Rita’s @ausifairydust first show of the season – the West of England Ladies Kennel Society held at Malvern – but it didn’t dampen our spirits. Nerves were in evidence as was to be expected and the small rings and cold weather did not encourage the competitors to show to best effect.

Despite this Rita achieved a 4th in Post Grad and a 3rd in Limit. The latter gives her a qualification for Crufts 2019. With the Crufts qualification safely under her collar Rita will be able to relax and enjoy the rest of the show season.

Rita’s yellow rosette for 3rd place will be winging its way to Australia soon for her beloved Grandpa Tom @PuppyNumber7 to add to his collection.9BB123AC-5E64-4026-8D86-61B0CA4E206E

On the Dogwalk

Some of you know that our eldest pup- Rita @ausifairydust has already had a successful show career even though she does not turn 2 years old until later this month.

She and her human assistant Christine are hoping to build on their success this year and qualify for Crufts 2019. She did qualify for Crufts 2018 but was unable to take part as her breeder was the show judge.

Her showing calendar starts soon with the West of England Ladies Kennel Society at Malvern on 27th April. This will be her first show for some time and she may be a little out of practice but we know that she will do her best. Whatever result Rita attains we will be very very proud of her.

xxx

Chloe Archer-Puds @ourChloePup

Merlin Archer-Puds @ausimerlin

Photos below show

1. Rita having her first major groom of the year in preparation for the show season

2. Rita in show stand

3. Rita with her friend, the handsome Robbie who is already making waves as a potential show star

4. Rita relaxing before making her entrance

A Midsummer Afternoon

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”
― William Shakespear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream ―

Tempted outside by sunshine, birdsong and the smell of newly mown grass, Chloe and Merlin set off paw in paw for the meadow. Merlin carries a hamper full of sossidge pies and lemon drizzle cayk lovingly made by Mama @AngelKeely and packed by Papa @PuppyNumber7, plus a nicely chilled bottle of pink bubbles to wash it all down.

Laying out their picnic rug near the willow tree at #KeelysPlace, they set out the noms and lie in the sunshine. It’s a typical English summer day; the sun is shining, the birds are flying high in the blue sky and butterflies and dragonflies skim over the pond and meadow grasses. Buttercups, daisies and poppies nod and sway in the warm breeze. It’s a perfect day for the fairies to be about their magic business.

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The loving youngsters share their feast and toast each other with glasses of pink fizz. No sossidge pie or lemon drizzle cayk ever tasted so delicious. As the sun rises higher in the sky, Merlin puts up the sun umbrella to protect his darling’s complexion and sets out soft blankies and cushions for them to lie back on. The happy doggies chat about their upcoming engagement pawty. It is going to be such fun to see all their pals dressed up and having fun in the meadow. Slowly, overcome by warm sunshine and pink fizz they drift off to sleep in each other’s paws …

A short while later Chloe opens her eyes. She can hear a squealing noise coming from the pond. Leaving Merlin to snooze, she goes to investigate; maybe a hedgehog is stuck or a baby bird has fallen from his nest, or maybe the willow grove fairies are up to their mischief. Tippy-toeing around the pond she is astonished to see a tiny puppy floating on a lily pad & in imminent danger of falling off!

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Rita arrives on a lily pad, watched over by a dragonfly and clutching a purple freesia.

“Merly! Merly! Wake up, come quickly!” she shouts. Merlin comes running, rubbing the sleep from his eyes with the back of his paw. “What is it, my love?” “Look Merly, a puppy in the pond!” she points excitedly. “I’m going in to rescue her.” Not waiting a second longer she dives into the pond and comes up spluttering next to the lily pad, which she tows to the bank where Merlin helps her and the pup reach dry land. The puppy scampers over to Merlin, completely unaware of the danger she was in and giggling at the dragonfly fluttering around her. Merlin wraps her in warm soft blankies, and she looks up at him adoringly and says “Papa?” Chloe bends to pocket  something that was on the lily pad then turns to Merlin. “We must get her back to the house and dried off darling, she may need feeding and I don’t think she’s old enough for sossidge pie and cayk”. Merlin splutters “She called me Papa darling, but I’m not her Papa”. Chloe looks at the dragonfly that has landed on the purple freesia and smiles. “Oh, I think there is a resemblance darling. Maybe she knows you better than you think BOL!”

Chloe & Merlin run up to the summerhouse carrying the pup and Thomas comes out to see what all the fuss is about. Gazing down at the little furry bundle, he wonders if it is possible that history is repeating itself, remembering a similar event almost 4 years ago when Chloe came to them. Chloe whispers, “Papa, I think the fairies left her for me to find, I’m sure I heard them whispering and look at this” Chloe carefully pulls something from her pocket and triumphantly holds up a tiny pair of fairy wings.

Thomas smiles at the happy young faces. “Are you ready to raise a pup as your own, darlings?” Chloe nods, “I am Papa. Merly and I were just saying we couldn’t wait to have our own lickle one.” Merlin nods eagerly, his eyes shining. The little pup says nothing but grips Merlin’s paw tightly and blows a bubble at Thomas.

And so our happy little family is increased once more and Thomas has his dearest wish come true … a grandpapa at last.

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