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Pig does agility

Hi folks,

I want a pig! They seem to be a real competition for us K9s, and they are smart, cute and clean!

now here’s the latest: the BBC reports about a pig able to perform agility tricks. Pig Sue (a boy, mind you!) is a bit slow, but he knows what to do, if he gets a treat.

Have a look yourself…

A farm owner in Herefordshire has attracted comparisons with the film Babe after teaching her pig to perform agility tasks like a dog.

Unlike the character in Babe, Sue the boar can not round-up sheep, but he can respond to commands like a well trained border collie, his owner said.

Wendy Scudamore, of Barton Hill Animal Centre in Hereford said Sue began copying her dog in agility training.

She said he would “never be a sheep-pig” but hoped he entertained people.

Mocking name

Mrs Scudamore said Sue was reared to be a breeding pig but was named after the Johnny Cash song “A Boy Named Sue” owing to an unfortunate incident at the vets aged two months when he was accidentally castrated.

She said: “I don’t usually name my pigs until they grow a bit older and develop a character but I thought it would be funny to call him Sue after that.”

Mrs Scudamore breeds New Zealand Kuni Kuni pigs and said she hoped Sue would be an amusing attraction to draw people to her stand at country shows.

She trains him for up to 15 minutes at a time in the back garden and rewards him with little pieces of apple and occasionally, his favourite treats, custard creams.”

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Food and us

Christmas is well on it’s way, and wonderful smells of baking biscuits fill the house. Being Labs, we’d do anything for food. Yesterday I even tried beetroot – 4 **** – today some pumpkin – 3***. As you see, I am very conscious about the right¬† intake of vitamins, Omegas… and anything else.¬† For my digestion, I consume vast amounts of fresh grass. Very healthy!

dogs-and-me

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Last week, my daughter Lily cama to visit us – together with her family. She’s a lovely girl, and I am really proud of her. However Mali, this jealous bitch, only growled at her and chased her around. That’s not the way she was brought up by me! – Anyway, we had some good muddy walks around the Broads and Mundesley beach which knocked us out in the evenings.

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from left to right: Lily, Mali and me

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I really love a good old-fashioned sand rub for my face, that’s where the secret for my good looks lies (don’t tell Kate Moss – she’ll copy me!).

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Now this is a publicity shot for a facial cream by Estee Lauder. Wild and rough, just the way men like it!

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Autumn in Norfolk

I quite like this time of the year. They start heating the house a bit more, and my favourite place is definitely in front of the Aga. Ufortunately, there’s only ONE basket but TWO dogs. Well, I don’t mind just leaning at the boiling hot Aga, as long as they don’t start cooking and opening Aga doors, pushing me away, treading on my tail… you know!

See what I mean? – Anyway, I also like being outside, as long as it’s warm and sunny. Having a good old chew, rolling on the grass, digging a few holes… that’s life!

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walk on the wild side

Today it was boiling hot which for a black lab is hellish. So I escaped during our walk to have a quick dive in the muddy pond. Heaven! Except for afterwards, I was hosepiped (which I HATE), and all the lovely smelly stuff went down the gully. To dry my coat, I had a good roll in the dusty drive. And believe it or not – they hosepiped me again! Then I was pulled on the lawn to dry and roll there. I gave up and did what they wanted…

Mali had a good race through the sugarbeet fields. That’s why she missed the muddy pond. However, she managed to find some exquisit fox poo to perfume her whole body with. Good girl!! Of course, she got the old hosepipe treatment as well. Aren’t we lucky mutts, with such caring humans?

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wolf in sheepskin

Hi folks,

you recognise me? I am that white sheep with a black head, a unique creation.

A cosy solution for a cold winter’s day, but in July…

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Do we look similar?

This is my daughter Mali (left) and me:

Humans are so sentimental about the two of us being mother and daughter. Do I still know that I’m her mum? Of course I do. However, I am not particularly fond of her being my baby… I’m the boss, that’s for sure, ans I care for her as I care for the rest of the pack. Nothing more, or less…

And when it comes to food, well… forget about motherhood. Who comes first, eats first!

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