Monday, 9 April 2018

Wye Valley

First champ show of the season and we had serious doubts about running when we turned up at the showground! Despite the show deciding the ground was fine when we got there is was pretty boggy in day parking and as we walked over to the champ ring our hearts sank as it was muddy where people had been walking the course. After watching a few people run and slip everywhere we decided football boots were the best option and actually it was ok with studs on. The dogs line was fine and I didn't see any of the dogs slip, only some that were very reluctant to run over the patch of mud by the tunnel! Spark and me got E'd because I totally lost connection with her and didn't work a jump but she did all the hard bits really well!! Brooke was amazing apart from forgetting how to weave, the rest was perfect! 😂

The agility course was lovely too, sadly I missed Brookes run as it clashed with Brodies steeplechase run. She was a good girly and only got marked 5f on the dw which meant she made it through to her first champ final! Spark ran lovely again and just one oopsie from me where I trusted her to take the dw a bit too much! Her contacts and weaves were great again tho, I quick released her seesaw and then tested her dog walk stop and she nailed it! 

Brodie won the LHO steeplechase qualifier so he has a place in the finals in August! Not bad for an 11 year old, he loved all the tunnels! 

Brookes champ finals run was so good (and nerve wracking to watch!) She had some faults but ran nicely and we know that homework is weave entries, tunnel commitment and dog walks! So lovely to see her running at all given the last couple of years, she is one special girly! Nice that a sheltie won the ticket and Brookes little brother Tye won the reserve :-D 

They were all shattered!!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Lots of Birthdays and a show!

Little Bru dude has turned 11 months 😎 He is such a fun puppy and picks things up really quickly. Here he is in a lesson from a couple of weeks ago

Brooke has turned 7 years old which is crazy as it feels like yesterday that we picked her up! She spent part of her birthday at her Grandma Lians house and got to see puppies and her brother Sonic

Brax turned 13 last weekend and had the best day going as she saw my Mum (aka Nanna) She also had her hair done recently by her auntie Jenni as her chest beard was getting very impressive!! She looks much smarter now!

The morning of Braxs birthday we went to Paws at Play show to reward some contacts. Brooke won her jumping run and pushed Brodie into 2nd!! How rude 😂

We have had a couple of days of sun and it was amazing! Nothing can describe how truly dreadful this winter has been, it has been wet, cold, snowy and miserable. I can't wait for more sunshine! 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

ESSC AGM and snow stops play (again!)

Last weekend we went to the ESSC Working Section AGM. As trophy secretary I have to give out the annual awards. There are trophies for agility, obedience, working trials, junior handler, rally and veteran dog and some of them are sooooo old! I'm giving up this year as have been doing it for 7 years but wanted a pic of all the trophies together.

The league rosettes are presented there too. Brodie won the L4 Rally league and came 4th in G7 agility and Brooke bean came 2nd in L2 Rally league and 6th in G7 agility. I'm biased but what talented doglets!

 Its been so cold here, this was the start of the week when we were doing pyjama walkies with a sprinkling of snow

And this was a few days later! A thick covering of snow again, we have had so much this year! 

Not that Spark is complaining as she looooves the snow!

Brax isn't so impressed by it! We cleared her a little path to get to the garden :-)

Bru thought it was amazing fun!

These two are snow monsters as well, Brooke likes to do zoomies in it and Brodie uses his nose as a snow plough!

As a result the snow we were supposed to be at this weekend has been cancelled which although its a shame is so sensible! Hopefully we will get some nicer weather again soon, I hate not being able to work!

Friday, 23 February 2018

Brodie turns 11, Bru 9 months and wow is it cold!

So since moving house we have been up to our eyeballs sorting stuff out! Working has been very sporadic as the weather has had it in for me this year it seems. Training the dogs has been a struggle, I have so far had two lessons this year and was despairing of ever getting ready for the show season and so I booked a lesson with Amanda Pigg. I worked Spark and Bru and they were brilliant! It was so nice to get back to doing stuff! This is Bru's longest sequence to date, he is almost 10 months old and loving his agility <3 p="">

Bru would like to point out that gingerbread pj's are cool!

We have been trying to keep the doglets fit and doing bits when we can. We went to Paws at Play a couple of weeks ago and rewarded contacts and weaves in the ring and did Kelluki last weekend. Brooke won a couple of jumping classes and Brodie came 2nd in one! Spark managed to tumble over a jump and is off work after having physio this week. Luckily nothing serious and despite rolling, geting 10f and wasting over ten seconds she came third!! 

The other news is that my beautiful, cuddly perfect boy is 11 now. How lucky was I when he came into my life?! He has been the most perfect wonderful dog and I love him so much! 

Monday, 22 January 2018

January wash out :-(

I can't remember January ever being so disgusting before, it hasn't stopped raining for what feels like weeks and its been impossible to work much. The dogs have been filthy on their walks and I've given in and ordered Toad a fleece onesie! This is Brax and Brooke in my agility field with a river running through it. Brax actually is that white, its not just the photo! It is almost a year since her kidney failure diagnosis and she is doing so well.

In the meantime to prevent muddy tummy and legs Toad has been wearing Brookes Captain Kirk jumper, he looks so funny! The boys aren't bothered about getting wet at all! 

And Miss Sparkle is a bit of a bog monster for a pink princess!

The only one not snuggling is Toad, he gets too hot!

An rare picture of some blue sky!!

Have you seen my big boy teeths?!

Matt doing some balance work with Brooke, all the shelties wanted a go!

We managed to get to a couple of shows recently, Spark and I went yesterday and she came 2nd in C4-7 agility with a held seesaw and also did a perfect running dog walk! 

And these two beautifuls had great time at Paws at Play both getting placed in jumping and Brooke and Spark got to NFC some agility :-) 

Here is a video of Brooke on a training day recently

Monday, 8 January 2018

New Year, new house!

Happy 2018! A lot has happened since I last updated the blog. We moved house on the 23rd December and have relocated to a village only ten minutes away but we now have our own garden which is brilliant! The local walks are lovely and we are enjoying exploring. I would upload some pics but our internet is sooooo slow currently! 

Bru is now 8 months old and despite his attempts at having a growth spurt is under 13 inches and 4.2kg. Agility foundation wise he has done very little due to our move and the weather but we did get him to a puppy workshop before Christmas. It was very cold and wet but he really enjoyed it!

The other doglets are doing well, they haven't done much either but hopefully we'll get back into it now snow and move are both out of the way! I can't wait for Spring now :-) We had a Braxway reunion with Squidge and Maverick for their 3rd birthday which was fun! I will try and upload pics at some point.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Time flies!! :-)

I can't believe I have been so slack updating my blog! My excuse is that we have been away on holiday to the Lake District and been hectic with work. Spark has had her season and her agility holiday and is back again and Brooke has had her spay and is just starting back after having 8 weeks off doing gradual fitness work. Brodie has been injured after being bitten by another dog and unfortunately didn't run well at the Grand Finals but is hopefully fixed now! Bru is now 7 months and loves learning new things (see video below!) Brax is doing really well, hating the cold but coping so far! Here is photo spam from our holidays, it was lovely to see my Mum and sister while we were away!

Bru has started doing hoopers work to encourage him to drive round a circle and look for the next 'obstacle', he is also loving doing some tunnels! This is a little video of his progress