If you have never been to the National Ploughing Championships like me, then you must make it your business to mark it into your diary and go next year. It is for young and old alike. The Dublin Horse show is the same but different. The Dubs go the Horse Show for all the different horse class competitions, the retail stands and the social aspect of it. The National Ploughing Championships the competitions are different, its ploughing with machinery and horses, retail stands selling combine harvesters and the like and clothes and many other wares and lots of socialising.
The place was buzzing with a really light and fun atmosphere, lovely contrast to all the doom and gloom of the recession that bombards our lives everyday on the news and in the papers! Such a nice change!
Anyway we did our live interview, if only hector could talk it would be so much easier, I'm not that good at it and am really nervous. The 4 legged hector would be brilliant, if only he really could talk!!!!
Hector: You know what I think this broadcasting lark is just not for me, especially Hector's slot, I couldn't be getting up at that hour of the morning, as I have said many times before, I really do need my sleep and the idea of a six o'clock rise is just too much! Thanks for showing me the ropes though Hector, I do appreciate it!!
Hector was really impressed with our 4 legged Hector. He couldn't believe how much
he had grown and he felt he was calmer and more settled.
We introduced a Halti to Hector last month as he was pulling a little too much sometimes and as he is such a big and strong dog we want to know that if any one who is not strong is able to walk him without the fear of him pulling them and Hector bringing them for a walk instead of the other way round!
Hector took to the Halti easily enough and walks really well on it. Hector O'hEochagain was easily able to manage the Halti.
Hector walked him around the grounds and called into the IGDB stand to say hello to all the volunteers. They had been there since early morning and would not be leaving till late that evening. They were doing this for the 3 days of the National Ploughing Championships.. Very committed volunteers.
We all went for a coffee after visiting the IGDB Stand and Hector under normal circumstances is really good at sitting quietly in a coffee shop or restaurant for a reasonable length of time. This day though he was not so good because he wouldn't eat his breakfast when we arrived, so needles to say after a couple of hours he was really hungry and he spent most of the time trying to eat all the old discarded chips of the ground while I was trying to drink my coffee.
Hector: I was hungry, whats a dog gotta do to get some grub!! I know, I know, I didn't eat my brekkie but I was just so excited with the whole journey and then all the new smells and people and those big big machines, I just couldn't eat then but the huger caught up on me, sorry Shell!
Just before we went on air Paul Howard, aka Ross o'Carroll Kelly was being interviewed about his new book. He kindly stopped and allowed us to take a picture of him with Hector.
Hector: Yeah he gave Hector O'hEochagain his new book Mama Mia for keeps but he didn't give me one. i know I can't read but a freebie is a freebie!!!
Don't forget guys mark your calendar for next years National Ploughing Championships! Talk soon...............