The show must go on!!

3 Dec

I’m sitting down to write this blog with the Royal Variety Performance on the TV in the background. I have seen the trailer and I know that Ashleigh and Pudsey the dog are going to be performing. It has made me wonder how on earth Ashleigh has trained Pudsey to such an amazing standard?? I mean as an average dog owner I have trained Rudy and Rio to do various things like ” sit” “down” ” wait” in the house but how on earth do you progress from there to the sort of standard Ashleigh and Pudsey have achieved??

Ashleigh and Pudsey

Ashleigh and Pudsey

It must take hours, days, weeks, even years to perfect their routines. I remember the first time I saw them perform on Britain’s Got Talent . I watched in awe as the 2 of them moved perfectly in synch , Ashleigh dressed in leopard print and Pudsey dressed…well…as himself!!! And who could forget the Mission Impossible routine??!! Amazing!!

Somehow I don’t think I will be attempting anything like that anytime soon!!! Especially with the 2 of them together!! I do try to train them together. I make them wait in a different room while I hide treats then when I call them they have to sniff round ’til they find them. It’s funny watching them crash into each other in their haste to find more than their mate!! Rio quite often runs underneath Rudy, literally, which just lifts Rudy’s back legs off the ground long enough to put him off balance, meaning Rio gets to the treat first!!

And then there was the “cupboard” incident!!! It seemed perfectly normal to me!! I had just started to whistle train Rudy and Rio, calling them in from the garden with it etc to get them used to it. So one boring evening I decided to make them sit in the hall and wait while I hid…. In the cupboard!!!  Now it’s not as mad as it might sound!!! It’s a huge walk in cupboard within the front room, not a flimsy wall mounted affair!!!

So there I was happily ensconced in the cupboard, looking round mentally planning a huge clear out and pleased to find the book I thought I had lost. After a few minutes I thought I would blow the whistle to get the dogs to find me!! However at that moment my youngest daughter came downstairs, I heard the step creak so I knew she was out there and held my breath hoping she wouldn’t ask the inevitable!!

Peep peep!!

Peep peep!!

A moment later I heard her ask incredulously  ” Mum please tell me you are NOT hiding in the cupboard?”!!! I tried really hard to keep quiet but i just couldn’t help a sort of snort escape me and Mia opened the cupboard door with a look of utter contempt on her face!!!

“What??” I asked ..it was at that point she informed me I really should get out more!!! Hmm I think she may have a point but the dogs love it…honest!!!

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2 Responses to “The show must go on!!”

  1. fi young December 4, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    love your cupboard ‘tail’ – sat on kitchen floor with digs laughing away.

    • Jane Parry December 4, 2012 at 8:48 am #

      Thanks Fi!!! I’m sure you have done many similar things whilst training Digs!! Well I hope u have anyway and it’s not just me!!!x

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