The life and times of an English Airedale Terrier puppy

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

WESWATC Fun Day 2007

On Sunday after lots of indecision, we decided we would go along to the WESWATC annual fun day. We had planned to go with Oscar, and we decided it would still be nice to go and see his friends.

We arrived in time to see the egg and spoon races. In this photo you can see from left to right Mojo and her dad, Russell, another Oscar, Archie and Willow.

Here is Oscar's good pal Archie. They met up at grooming, walks and other club events and got up to all kinds of mischief together. You can't really see too well, but he's wearing his polka dot bandanna from Oscar.

This little cutie pie is Ruby. She was a darling. She's been very poorly so is a bit small and skinny for her age, but she still had great time, not letting anything hold her back in true Airedale style. I had lots of cuddles.

She almost fell asleep on my lap. She had the sweetest fuzzy little face. Hopefully now her medication is sorted out, she'll stay healthy and happy.

We took E and J with us, and they really enjoyed playing with all the Dales. Here's J getting Ruby to sit for a treat. I think they are now quite excited about our new puppy after being quite upset and confused about Oscar's death.

The mummy dog game is a popular one. Basically you have to wrap your dog in as much toilet roll as possible in 2 minutes. Little Willow was quite relaxed about it all.

Her big brother Jasper looked a little embarrassed about it all.

And feisty young miss Mojo was having none of it. As soon as her dad got one piece wrapped around her, she whipped round and tore it off. They eventually managed to get some on her tail in a last ditch attempt!

We took Oscar's cowboy outfit along, as we had had it made for him by Butchy and Snickers' mum to wear today. We asked Mojo's mum and dad if she'd like to wear it in his honour. Even though it was very large for her, she still managed to carry it off with a certain je ne sais quoi and scooped 3rd prize.

There was some pretty stiff competition for the title as you can see. Bob Marley Dale.

Oscar's pal Rupert dressed as his namesake Rupert the Bear

Pirates of the Caribbean must be popular amongst Airedales as there we two Pirates present.

I'm not quite sure what this guy was trying to be, but he seemed quite impressed with his outfit despite looking a bit silly.

Jasper made a very handsome groom.

And Willow was a beautiful bride, though it looks as if marital bliss could be over already as Jasper is about to wrassle her to the floor!

There was much more fun to be had, with competitions for best groomed Airedale and best trick, an Airegility course to try, a sausage hunt, musical chairs and quizzes for the humans. E & J won the "guess whats in the poop bags" quiz. Luckily there was no poop, just doggy related stuff like leads and whistles!


We took Oscar last year. He had only been living with us for a week. He had a blast, though last year there were no other puppies to play with. This meant he got everyone cooing all over him with no competition! Although the youngest by a long way, he was already showing his potential, and won first prize in the "best trick" competition with a "roll over" and a "shake paw".

Here's the group photo from last year. Can you spot little Oscar?

Here we are playing musical chairs. Silly? Yes. Good fun? Definitely!

Oscar was far more interested in trying to sniff the other contestants than playing the game!

He took everything in his stride though, not being fazed that all the other Dales were a lot bigger than him.

This was our attempt at the mummy game. Not bad I don't think, though poor Oscar does look a bit like he's got a huge nappy (diaper) on, bless him!

Tough as it was to go without Oscar and seeing all those Dales, I'm also happy that we got to see all his pals having fun. We also got to chat with Oscar's breeder about the puppies. All being well we can go and visit Cassidy and the others on the weekend of the 29th/30th of September when they'll be 3 weeks old.

Katy and Martin x


Katherine and Pippa, said...

It must have been quite difficult to decide to go to that event. Not something I think I would have been able to do.

Isn't Oscar tiny in those older photos? I remember him looking enormous on the sofa pics so they were a bit of a surprise.

Hope the trip to see Cassidy (whichever pup it turns out to be) goes well.

Kate & Pippa

Stanley said...

Katy & Martin,

It's great that you went. Although it sounded like it was hard for you to go, it sounds like everyone was happy to see you

Definitely take your camera to the breeders when you go see Cassidy! Will you know by then which one IS Cassidy?

Goober love,

Maggie & Mitch said...

That was so sweet of you to share Oscar's costume with Mojo! She carries it off quite well! I'm sure Oscar is smiling down on the whole event!
We can't wait for Cassidy pictures!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Simba said...

I bet you can't wait to go and visit the puppies. I hope the day out brought back lots of happy memories. Simba xx

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

I know you both had a hard decision to make on going to the event. I am glad to see that you did go. That mummy game looks fun! I am not sure I would find it as fun if mom did that to me. Humm! She better not get any ideas. Anyroo, exciting about you going to see Cassidy. I hope you can take a few photos of her so we can get a first look ;)

Sitka and Tia

Ruby Bleu said...

Hi Katy & Martin...
That sounded like a fun pawty and it's great that you went! Little Ruby was so cute!!!

You must be getting so excited about Cassidy!!! That is so exciting!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Katy & Martin,
We're so happy you decided to go to the event. And we were thrilled when Mojo told us she got to wear Oscar's Cowboy Costume!! and then to win 3rd place! We know how much you wanted to have Oscar wearing it for that special day. We're sure he was happy to look down & see Mojo wearing it!
We can hardly wait to see which pup will be Cassidy. Hope they will let you take pictures when you go visit next weekend.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

It was so brave of you to go along - and it looks like it was just the right thing to do. Oscar would have been proud! It looks jolly good fun!

Mojo said...

It's so strange seeing pictures of Oscar at the same place we've just been, and for him not to be there. but just think, next year Cassidy will be the young pupster and I'll be a boring grown up girly.

I love your pictures! All those pirate costumes reminded me of when they all started barking at once, all the pirates together. And it wasn't even International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

and that shot of Jasper launching himself on Willow is hysterical!

Glad you caught a pic of my fuzzy butt, though. I do like to think it is rather special.

huge wet smooch

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

I love your posts, you remember dear Oscar but you are also so positive about the future with your new puppy.

Life has to go on, but we combine the memories of the past with the best of the future.

Take care xxxxxx love and much light, you deserve some warm sunshine....

Jeannie, Keith and Marvin xxxxxxx

Thinking of you as always, you brave people. xxxxxx

Seadra & Zoe said...

We are so glad that you got to be there!! What a fun day. How awesome is it to have all those airedales in one place. We loved the costumes.

Love, Seadra and Zoe

Joe Stains said...

we are glad you got to go, it looks like fun!!

Eddie N Peaches said...

We're so glad you went to see all the Dales and your Hooman Dale-loving frens.
You will post pictures of Cassidy and his/her litter when you go won't you! Pleeeeeeze.

Faya said...

Oh quel bonheur de voir tous ces airedales....comme je vous envie... Je pense qu'Oscar doit être fier de Mojo....
Bisous, Véronique et Faya

Blue said...

It must have been a very bitter sweet day for you both but seeing so many lovely Aires having so much fun must have only re-enforced your wonderful decision about getting Cassidy.
Am looking for to lots of puppy photos


Jackson said...

Hey K&M, it was lovely seeing those photos of all the 'dales together. We hope it brought back happy memories about Oscar.
Looking forward to seeing photos of Cassidy!
Jackie & Jackson x

Huskee Boy said...

Mom and I think that you are so brave to go to the event and be reminded of dear Oscar.. It must have been difficult but I can see that you had a great day out! I am sure Oscar was right there beside you throughout the day...
Oh and I can't wait to see pics of lil' Cassidy!

Boo said...

i love jasper and willow's bride & groom costume. hahahaha, i guess jasper will not get lucky after trying to wrassle willow on the floor.

wet wet licks


Amber-Mae said...

I think I see Oscar in the picture. I'm guessing you guys were in the middle on the group with the shorty Oscar, hehe! Wow! I'm impressed with all the costumes the hoomans came up with... Yeah, I not sure too what that Airedale boy in that red costume was trying to be. I think it's his raincoat! Jasper looks very handsome in that costume & poor Willow. I hope her dress did not have any paw marks on it after that, heehee... What a great day it was! I bet Cassidy would love participating all these fun but silly games too. Oscar will be soooo proud of her/him if she won any...

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Little puppy Ruby is so cute. Sweet Oscar clothes got 3rd place, that's so pawsome

~ Girl girl

Chilli the Dog said...

Hi Katy & Martin

I'm glad that you went for the event and had a blast with all those other dales. It must have brought back a lot of happy memories...something which I think Oscar would have wanted.

Little Ruby is so adorable. Mommy would like to cuddle her too!

Looking forward to pix of Cassidy!

Till then take care!


Gus said...

Oh Oh, now muzzer is off on an airedale kick, and it is mostly your fault. We are glad you got to go, and think it was a brave and healing thing to do, for you and the other dales and owners.

When you go to see the puppies, can you give me warning so I can keep muzzer away from the blog for a while. Those puppy pictures are gonna net me a new bruzzer if I am not careful!

wirey kissies

Lorenza said...

Sure going to that event brought you good memories!
And I sure too that Oscar is happy knowing about Cassidy.
Have a nice day

Asta said...

KAty and Martin
What a lovely event..I'm so glad you went eventhough I'm sure it was difficult..Oscar is happy I'm sure knowing that you keep in touch sith his friends and that his little lister or brother will be welcomed into such a great group,
We can't wait fot the pictures of Cassidy and the other pups.
Hugs to you and smoochie kisses from Asta

jaffeboy said...

Wow, Oscar was sure lucky to have so much fun as a wee pup!

I'm sure Cassidy will be just as fortunate to have you as guardian & friend.

Can't wait to see pictures of the litter.

Quinvale AstaLaVista Baby said...

We're glad you went to the event. We're sure Oscar is smiling down on you.

xxx Asta down under

Bogart said...

That looks like SO MUCH FUN!!!!!

It's so cool that Mojo got to wear Oscar's costume - award winning to be sure!

Big Aire Kisses,

triple B's said...

what a fun event with all Airedales. we wish we could find something like that for us, but we aren't all poodles, we are a schnoodle also.

Lillie Valentine said...

HI Katy and Martin:
Just stopping by to say hi and send lots of airekisses your way!! MUAH! Lovely Lillie

Loki said...

OSCAR??? What wrong with u?? I was away for quite long time and i had lost you.. OMG!!!!!!!!!



Nugget said...

So much fun! I love the costumes, but I am glad Mum has not made me wear one.


Luckie Girl said...

Those costumes look great. I am glad you went along in the end. I can't wait to read about little Cassidy. :)

fee said...

hey i remember those photos from last year! thanks for sharing the photos you took this year too; we're glad to meet more of oscar's offline friends!

getting excited for cassidy!


HHHHarry said...

What a fun time that looks, it must have been so difficult to go without Oscar, but I'm sure his spirit was with you.
HHHHarry x

Randi said...

Hi Katy & Martin!
What wonderful pics of all those puppies having fun! I know it was very hard for you to go & after, to write about your times & share it with all of us..thank you though! Its nice to know what you are both doing & that you will be visiting little Cassidy soon..we can't wait to see pics...I know that Oscar will be Cassidy's guardian angel. Not many dogs are that lucky!
Love & Licks,

Pacco de Mongrel said...

wow! d airedale club...

the event looks real fun for families n doggies

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

Hi Katy & Martin

Those are wonderful photos. Cant wait to see Cassidy.

Boy n Baby

Bruin said...

We think its great that you went. It looks like it was a great time. We can't wait to meet the new member of your family!

Bruin and The Mom (Barb)

Koobuss said...

Boy, that looks like fun! So glad you went and had a good time.

You must be very excited about getting to see Cassidy for the first time. Please take pictures!

Best of luck to you.

Koobuss Kisses,

PreciOus said...

Hi Katy and Martin,

I'm thinking of Oscar and at the same time, looking forward to see his lil' brother/sister. =)


Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

Hi Katy,

Thanks for dropping by at 'our place'. It is hard sometimes, walking at all the places I used to walk with Prince, but I tend to find that Tillys joy and exhuberance at being there tends to dry the tears. I'm very aware of Prince trotting next to her at times, and also feel that the last thing he'd want would be for me to be miserable whilst walking somewhere he loved. I'm sure you'll find it hard at times, but with a new puppy exhausting and delighting you, and Oscar lending a 'guiding paw', I'm sure you'll do just fine!

Take care,

Graham, Prince & Tilly xxx.

Kirby said...

Hi Katy & Martin,

Thanks for stopping by my blog last week. I'm happy that you decided to go to the fun day. Although it was difficult to go, it was nice to see it brought back the memories of last years fun day with Oscar! After reading the older posts on your blog, I see that Oscar was loved more than any dog I know. He may have crossed the rainbow bridge, but he will live on forever in your hearts and the hearts of everyone who enjoyed his blog.
My mom and I can't wait to see your pictures of Cassidy. Mom says Airedale people just can't stay away from the 'dales. Keep us up to date on Cassidy (he/she), we can't wait for more details!

Aire hugs & kisses,

Kirby & mom Kirstin

ROSSI said...

Katy n Martin..

Sorry for visiting late.. as i have something on and it is settle now..

great to see that u guys are having a great time in that event.. it sure brought back lots of memories.. but in another way.. it brings u guys joy too..


Scruffy & Lacie said...

Katy and Martin!
What a beautiful post! Oscar brought so many people together both on and offline!!! Mojo looked adorable in her outfit and I'm sure she was honored to wear it! We can't wait to meet Cassidy! We just saw a pic of a 2 week old Dale this am on a post...Noah?? I tbink it was his blog...was amazed at how tiny a big Dale is at that age. My next dog may well be a Dale!

Best Wishes...."Mumsie" aka Marilyn
Scruffy and Lacie send their best!

Scruffy & Lacie said...

Katy...Lacie here...Mumsie's old and her memory is not so good. It was Faya's blog...the Swiss Dale. It's one of her baby pics!!!! Go and see!

Lakie licks, Lacie


Hi Katy and Martin,
Wow what a fun day for aires and their humans! Lots of different games to play. The pictures of little Oscar are cute. We will be thinking of you this weekend when you go to see Cassidy. When can you take Cassidy home?
Jazz and Dixie

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

Hi Katy,

Have a look at my blog when you get a moment - there's something waiting for you there.....

Take care,

G, P & T xxx

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