Tuesday 26 January 2016

Everyone knows Shirley? And Ludo and Arran...

Today we are taking part in Murphy and Stanley's 'Everybody knows Shirley' bloghop, which aims to spread the word about our favourite blog friends, and thus increase the sum total of worldwide blog happiness. (I have even derived, on scientific principles, an equation which precisely calculates the total amount of delight that this event will generate, but Gail has persuaded me to give the maths a rest for today and to get on with the introductions.)

Well of course there are many blogs that you definitely should be reading, but today I want to sing the praises of my friends the Seaside Shelties,  aka Ludo and Arran, who live in Cumbria with their Mum and TND.

My predecessor Hamish first met Shetland Sheepdog Ludo an incredible seven years ago, when he was known as Ludo van Puppy. Now Ludo is a very grown up Ludo van Doggy and has a little Sheltie brother Arran, or 'Scamp'. TND stands for The Nice Dad. Originally he was TNP (The New Person), the man who loved taking Mum and Ludo on long and energetic walks in the Lake District hills. Soon TNP wasn't so new any more and so he became The Nice Person. Last year Ludo and Arran got to attend a very special wedding and TNP became, officially, TND.

So why might you want to read the Seaside Shelties blog?

Like all the best blogs, the main characters have a warm, wonderful and distinctive 'voice'. The blog is beautifully written (allowing for Ludo's original take on English grammar…) and photos of their many adventures in Cumbria - featuring some of England's very loveliest landscapes - are simply stunning.

Ludo had an operation to remove a cancerous tumour last year but, paws crossed, is recovering well.

Seaside Shelties do not blog every day, in fact sometimes we don't hear from them for weeks, but we always look forward to their posts and, for those of you who haven't yet met them, you are most 'Shirley' in for a treat if you click here pop over and visit.


  1. that was interesting to read how TNP became TND... it must be really a super special dad :o) my dad is still TOP .. he thinks that's a compliment but it stand only for The Other Pup... hehehe

  2. Thanks Bertie - we were one of the first followers of Ludo - we hadn't seen them post in months though (guess our reading list messed up) so we were so happy to see them again

  3. We don't know the Seaside Shelties. We have added them to our list and look forward to getting to know them!

  4. Bertie bravo bravo we did not know your friends Ludo and Aarrn at Seaside Shelties.
    What a great recap of their blog.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  5. We raced over to meet them... THANKs Bertie.

  6. Hari OM
    Oh what sandy shelties they are! I have added them to my blogroll... but comment got swallowed... sigh this can be a problem between blogger and WPress....

    Meanwhile, batten down the hatches Bertie lad, it is blowing a veritable gale over here, complete with horizontal rain-swords! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xx

  7. Friends are the siblings we never had in life. Sounds like the shelties are keepers for sure you have grown along with them.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  8. We are very fond of Ludo, but had no idea that TNP had become TND, we will have to stop by and catch up!!

    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  9. We will go over. We don't know Ludo or anything about Cumbria. Thanks for introducing him.

  10. Thanks, we will pop over right now!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  11. Aw shucks Bertie. This be a nice surprise! I doesn't think we has had anyone sing our praises quite so nicely before. Mum is all flustered and it means a lot that you would recommend us, so thank you. Lots of your very nice friends comed over to say hi too. You must has a lot of pull. You should run for president. If those Putin and Trump fellas can do it, it won't matter that you doesn't have opposable thumbs.

    Gosh, now you mention it we has been friends an awful long time! Thanks for sticking with us through the absentee blogging and for always cheering us up when we come visit your blog.
    ~lickies, Ludo!