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Two Poodles living in Spain

The daily lives of two poodles living in Spain. We are a Black Standard Poodle (Grande Caniche) called Dudley and a Cream Standard Poodle called Monica. We were born in a village in the mountains of Andalusia and now live on the Orihuela Costa in Spain. Monica is 4 years old and Dudley is 1.

(This blog is in memory of Buddy, one of the original TPLIS who sadly was put to sleep on 27th December 2010).

Bye! Bye! Buddy
29 December 2010

Sovante Elaboration
26.11.98 – 27.12.10.
(aka. Buddy Boo, Bud, Buddy Spud),
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Buddy was put to sleep on Monday 27th December 2010.
He was a wonderful dog and never had a day’s illness in his life. He loved going to and competing in Agility Shows in the UK; and whilst never winning any trophies, he certainly enjoyed himself and looked terrific running and jumping over the obstacles…….a real joy to watch.
He was diagnosed with a lump in his groin in May. In consultation with my vet, Eduardo, we agreed not to do an exploratory operation to investigate the lump. Buddy was nearly 12 years old and to put him through an operation, the outcome of which was unsure and which at best might only give him another 12 months was not viable.
On Christmas Day he took a turn for the worse and was having trouble peeing and pooing.  He was still eating like a horse and was upset because he messed in the house.....he was always a clean dog.   He was also very wobbly when walking, but he still wanted to go out.  He had a good day on the beach last week, paddling in the sea till a wave knocked him over.
The vet said the tumour in his groin had got a lot bigger, hence not being able to pee and pooh properly. The vets here were fantastic and really kind and caring at the end. 
We are feeling very sad and teary, but at least he isn't suffering any more…… bless him.
So farewell Buddy Boo…..a joy to know and love. xxx

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He's been! He's been.......Santa's been!
25 December 2010

Went to bed early last night, so that I could wake up and catch Santa delivering my present. Mum left out some milk and mince pies for Santa and I sloped off to bed early. Got up in the middle of the night to eat the mince pies and blow me they’d all been scoffed and the milk had gone and there was my pressie under the tree…..and I thought Santa was all make believe, just shows you what I know!
He has left me a great prezzie, it’s a tennis ball on a bungee cord…..I just love tennis balls.
He left Buddy a furry chicken that clucks,
which he thinks is great, but when he’s not looking I try and nick it from him… then I get scolded by mum and the chicken is put away….. but one day it WILL be mine.
Hope Santa brought you all that you asked for.
Feliz Navidad

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Sunday School - THE RESULTS!
15 December 2010


Ooops! Sorry still in X Factor mode.
Right, as you will remember a few weeks ago I mentioned about how I had to attend school on a Sunday. Well last Sunday it was our results day. A couple of weeks ago, Headmaster Roy set us a test. We had to complete a certain amount of exercises and he would give us marks out of 10….(“Oi’ll give it foive”*….shades of Thank Your Lucky Stars).
We had to do heelwork, sit stays, down stays, stand stays, recall, etc., etc., and the result are in…………….
Winner of the Basic Class was Fernando Olmedo and his young dog Yako (pictured below).
Winner of the Intermediate Class was Victoria Coe and her dog Jasper (pictured below).
Winner of the Advanced Class was Vera Ware and Ben (pictured below).   (…..I like Ben….)
Agility Winner was Marlene Smythe and Monica (pictured below). (Yeeeehah I got my ‘A’ level).
The final trophy was the Fred Moeken Memorial Trophy (which I won last year by the way) which is for the dog who in the opinion of an anonymous independent judge – not the Headmaster – has made the most progress throughout the 10 week course and this was awarded to……..
Paul Baxter and Canela (pictured below).
Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who turns up week after week to train their dogs.
If you are interested in training your dog and winning one of the above magnificent trophies then please don’t hesitate to come and join us. Please telephone Headmaster Roy on 966762265. We train at the Polideportivo Sports Ground, Rio Seco, Pinar de Campoverede. New courses start on Saturday 8th January 2011.
And as they used to say in the 60’s “Be there or be square !”
Hasta Pronto!
* Can you remember the name of the girl who said “Oi’ll give it foive”….it was Janice Nicholls

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