Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Bru is home and Harry Potter!

My friends Cathy, Annabel and I went to the Harry Potter tour on friday, it was amazing! So much to see and despite being there for three and a bit hours it felt like we only scratched the surface!

Although I hate my photo being taken I couldn't resist a platform 9 3/4 picture!

The model of Hogwarts is breath taking!!

In other news we collected Bru on Thursday 22nd June :-) He has been taken under his wing by Auntie Bean who is motherly enough to let him suckle! She is such a sweetie :-)

On Saturday he went into St Albans in the morning and we had coffee out and carried him around the market. He met some lovely people for cuddles in Cafe Nero!

Time to recharge the batteries as he went out to a BBQ Saturday evening!

Just to add to the chaos of having a new puppy we also had Bailey collie staying! They enjoyed going out for walkies to have some peace and quiet!

We have been playing around with putting front feet on things, sit, nose touches and lots of play so far. He is keen and up for it but not very foody at the moment so will keep going with his toy play as he loves to tug!

As far as agility goes we have hardly done any! Their last show was 10th June and due to temperatures in the 30's last week I haven't done much with them training wise. Off to a show tomorrow so goodness knows what will happen but the break has probably done them good :-) 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

So much news!!

Finding out that someone other than my Mum reads my blog has spurred me on to write a post! I don't however know where to start as so much has happened in the last month...I have been to Scotland twice, done my first champ class with Spark, had some lovely family get togethers and found the next canine member of our family! 

So we went up to Scotland with the dogs to see my Dad and go to SKC show which was at Ingliston. Weird being back there as we used to show ponies there! It was also mine and Sparks first ever champ class...eeek! My goal was to not get E'd in at least one of the rounds and she smashed that and won the champ jumping round!! Super Sparkalina! :-D I couldn't believe it! We got E'd in the agility but stayed on to support Lian in the final and Brooke's brother Sonic...worth staying as they won the ticket!!!

Here is Sparks jumping run

The doglets also enjoyed racing around on the beach next to my Dads!

Next trip away was me on my own up to see my Mum and sister. I owe so much to Matthew for looking after the dogs so I could go and have some girly time away! We saw Sister Act at the theatre which was amazing and had some super walks and meals, very special and lots of lovely memories.

Mum and I at Fyvie castle

Amy and Mum at Tyrebagger forest 

 Apart from all the travelling around we have done a few shows down here as well, the doglets are running really nicely. Brooke has been starting to do agility runs in the ring and is getting placed consistently when she goes clear. Brodie at 10.5 is loving the lower height classes and approves of the new 5m spacing as does Spark who is much happier now she can power on through a course more. Did a show yesterday at Bitz n Bobz and they were such clever doglets! Toad and Beans puppies are now 2.5 years old and the two tri's are Grade 4 and Squidge has just gone Grade 5! Maverick has been to stay this weekend and loves seeing his folks :-D

From L-R Sparkle, Brooke, Brodie, Rommy and Squidge who all got placed at Bitz! Go J9-ers!

Maverick looking embarrassed at his dippy parents!!

And in more exciting news we have a new addition coming shortly! This is Licosateria Final Frontier (who doesn't have a pet name yet but is currently called Pickle!) He is six weeks old at the moment and is Brooke's nephew. Sad that we won't be having a Braxway boy of our own but this is a cousin to the boys and will be Matthews to train and run. He is just adorable and very naughty!!!

Monday, 15 May 2017

T&A show and some chilling!

Mr and Mrs Toad having a bit of a chill out this weekend after a busy day on Saturday! Brooke loves to do froggy legs, she frogs at dogs and people that she really likes :-D

Sometimes the cheapest toys are the best! Can't beat a manky old milk bottle!

All the girls wanted it, even Diddle!

Group photo, Toad wanted to be off mousing, not posing!

We went to T&A show on Saturday and had a lovely day out, met up with lots of friends and the dogs had fun. Brodie and Sparks first class of the day was a tricky agility which neither went clear in but somehow Toad came 2nd with 8 faults!! He ran round the tunnel under the Aframe and got time faults too! He also won the LH 5-7 jumping, really pleased as loved the course set by Wendy Clay. Here is his jumping run

Spark started well on the same course but it all went a bit wrong half way round, she redeemed herself by winning the C4-7 helter-skelter and Brooke bean came 2nd in her height! It was a proper helter-skelter and a great blast for the end of the day :-D 

The gingers had fun with Sparks toy!!

Have some very exciting news that I'm not allowed to say anything about yet but hopefully soon as not sure I can keep it secret much longer!!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

First rally show of the year and some agilitying!

I took Brodie and Spark to their first Rally show of the year in April. It was Brodies third level 4 (but I have been disqualified for going the wrong way in the previous two so not had a qualifying score yet!) and it was Sparkles last level 3 and it had the dreaded food bowls in it! Here is the course plan for Sparks L3

She worked really nicely and ended up with an excellent score of 202 and 5th place! The winner got 206 so it was very close!

I love the dog behind her in this picture! :-D

This is Brodies level 4 course, no food bowls but it had a jump in it which he has struggled with in the past.

He worked amazingly well and won it with an excellent score of 206!!

Looking proud of himself!!

We have also been to some agility shows over the last month and unfortunately although Brooke couldn't play as she was in season Spark and Toad have done well! Ethan enjoyed holding Brodie for the prize giving and is going to have a go at running him next week when his Mum and Dad come to their lesson!

Brax enjoys shows for mooching around, sunbathing and sleeping nowadays, she is doing well :-) 

This last weekend we went to a UKA show and Brooke was back competing. She won her jumping with Matt and Brodie won the CSJ qualifier with me so we are off to the Grand Finals again!! He really is such a dude and I just love running him

 And here are a few cute photos of the younger two from the weekend...

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Bad me...lazy blogger!

Little Brax is doing much better as she is now on blood pressure meds as well as her new kidney diet. She is also seeing our wonderful physio for a twice weekly laser treatment which seems to have perked her up and her kidney values are much better on her recent blood test! She also had my Mum (aka Nana!) staying over the weekend and that has perked her up no end :-D We love having my Mum to stay! Had such a great weekend!

Nice walk in Wendover woods with my Mum and the two invalids!

Toad and Bean had a busy weekend doing Rally training on the sheltie training day. They both worked for my Mum and did really well, she is a natural! Bean disgraced herself by rolling in fox poo which was gross and made my Mum realise she isn't actually that lady like after all! Brooke did a couple of lovely aframes which means we might be brave and try some contacts in the ring this weekend. They are all coming along so nicely, her jump work is still a bit weak but that is probably due to my timing more than anything! 

On friday we had the go ahead to start bringing Sparkler back into work...yay!!! She has had eight weeks of lead walking and is so unfit mentally and physically having not done anything. All her balance work was out too cos of her knee. She won't be ready to do much for a while yet but in anticipation we have entered her first champ..eek! Don't want to hurry her getting back into work too soon but shame I have paid for a couple of workshops. Brooke and Toad will be doing one and I am being loaned a friends collie for the champ skills one which will be great fun!

I borrowed Dino for a young dogs workshop yesterday and he was cool! Need to work on wing wrap commitment but so pleased with how he is coming on :-D 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Brooke Bean is 6!

Goodness how time flies! I can't believe Brooke and her brother Sonic are six years old and their Daddy Sing has reached the grand age of 15! We had a lovely get together at Lians farm and the shelties enjoyed a meet up. Brooke was in her element as there were puppies to look after :-D 

Sings lovely birthday cake, it tasted as good as it looks!

Brooke enjoyed a contact training session last week, she did her first A frame in two years and was fine despite my heart being in my mouth! 

We had Braxway boy Maverick staying last weekend while his Mum was at Crufts, he fits in so well and makes himself at home straight away!

This pic of Brax makes me smile! She is doing ok despite her kidney and thyroid issues and seems happy :-)