Thursday, 12 January 2017

Happy 2017!


Well I have started blogging late this year already, it doesn't bode well! Rather than writing a New Years resolution kinda post which is boring and full of the usual get fit, run faster, eat less chocolate stuff I am going to say that all I aim to do is enjoying spending time with my family and friends and of course the doglets and make those moments count. 


I don't often buy professional photos of my dogs competing but with Brax and Toad getting older it is nice to have them to treasure. And of course Miss Sparkalina!


This is a photo from Brax's last run in UKA Masters, look how cute and happy she is!


And this year we are just grateful Brooke bean is back to being a normal dog again after a year of rehab work. The fact she can do agility is the icing on the cake! 


And of course following the progress of Toad and Beans gorgeous boys who have just turned two!! Where did that time go?! It is very sad to report there won't be any more Braxway babies from Brooke as after a lot of careful thought and talking to our physio recently we can't risk her losing condition again :-( Good news is that she is doing so well we might get her back to jumping KC small again.


Here is Bean trying 'Hoopers' at a workshop, she loved it!



Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Lake District holiday

Oh my goodness we had such an amazing time away! The scenery was incredible and the we had so many lovely walks. I will just post a load of pictures as they say it all!

Sunrise from our cottage on the first morning

View from Dodd, our cottage is across Bassenthwaite lake and it is the little white cluster of cottages in the centre of the photo


These are all taken at Buttermere which was one of our favourite walks






Have to do the dogs on logs pose!


Whinlatter forest, the colours of the trees were amazing!



Stone circle outside Keswick


Drying off after a soggy walk...the collie is a wimp!


Walk up Knott Head in the snow on our last day!


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Lost my dog...gained a new one!

Bargain buy of the year...a bed from Aldi! They all want to get in it and look very smug when its there turn :-) They have even shared the bed which is unheard of in our house...possibly because Spark was bothered by fireworks?


Toad prefers having it to himself though! He saw the physio this week as he wasn't quite right on his turns at sheltie show. Sure enough he had a tight spot on his back which was lasered and manipulated. Probably from falling over in the tunnel bless him. He has to take it easy for a week but hoping I can train him before the UKA Finals at the end of the month!


The doglets have been wearing their poppies for Remembrance Day. Red ones for the human lives that were tragically lost in war and the purple ones for the animals who lost their lives.   


It has been very chilly this week for the first time. Poor Brooke and Spark have both shed their coats post season and are looking very smooth and cold! Brooke in particular looks very naked!


Brooke went to agility lesson today and enjoyed putting together a baby sequence :-) I forgot how quick she can go and didn't move very fast! I am also very wary of her breaking but need to get on with it as she seemed fine! 


So it seems as I'm working Brooke lots it is only fair that Matt gets to have a go with Sparkler. I let him run her at a fun unaffliated show which was all steeplechase runs (no contacts or weaves) and he could reward her in the ring if she wasn't confident. As it turned out he only rewarded one run nfc as she ran very nicely for him! They ended up with two 1sts and a 2nd (she took a pole but the rest was lovely!) So pleased that she ran so well for him :-) 
















 Spark also met her half sister Niya. They have the same Dad...look at those gorgeous ears!!




Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Autumn pics and Shelties

 I love this time of year, the pretty trees and sunsets, we have been lucky that it has stayed so warm and dry! The dogs have been enjoying their walks and playing in the field too. I just wish I was better at catching sunsets on my phone!





I went to visit a friends collie puppies last week. No we aren't having one but it did make me puppy broody! Hoping that we can have another litter from these two lovelies again as their boys are super! No firm plans yet but watch this space :-)


The Kennel Club have FINALLY banned the use of the cloth tunnel here. Brilliant news as I have always hated the stupid thing. This pic is now a rarity!! 


We had Sheltie show this weekend. It was great fun and very noisy!! The shelties had a fab time and it was nice to see everyone again. We had loads of help this year and it seemed to go really smoothly which was a relief! On a personal note Toad was fab and slightly potty but came 3rd in the jumping and won pairs with his bestie Rommy :-D His boy Squidge did great too winning two classes! Little Brax had a run too but decided the tunnels were too slippy for her little paws bless her. Toad unfortunately was too tired to pose for his sofa pic! 

Friday, 28 October 2016

Brooke update...a year since surgery

It is now a year since Brookes surgery to cut her biceps tendon. We have taken it very slowly and she is loving being able to do some little bits of agility again! She is a super little dog who has such zest for life especially considering what a tough 18 months she has had. Here is her most recent video :-)




Monday, 24 October 2016

Workshop fun!

Sparkle and I went on a workshop with Tori Self on Saturday. She is from America and has been very successful with her dog Rev. It was great fun to have a different perspective on running a course and some new ideas. Tori was great in not forcing us to handle in a set way but working out what was most comfortable for us as a partnership. Sparkly amazed me, I started off feeling self conscious and awkward (normal for me in public!) but everyone was so lovely and I started to handle less like a numpty! Cat who hosted the workshop was fantastic quietly taking photos of the dogs working and Spark coped with it really well and didn't show any signs of shutting down. Cat's pics (Dinobark Digital) are beautiful! It was very touching to have two people from the afternoon message me and say how great Spark looked, so kind and made me have a little happy cry thinking about how far we have come and what adventures we still have to share.




Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Last outdoor show of the year and Spark goes Grade 7!!!


Autumn feels like it is here properly now although at the moment the weather is being kind! The trees are turning and the sunrises have been beautiful... its lovely out on the fields in the mornings.


The dogs coats have been used for the first time this week as they played in the field. The purple thing by Sparks foot is a popped balloon that she found in the field and thought was the BEST toy!


Shelties are such natural posers! Having some of their brekkie in my pocket helped! 


Bean did Rally on Monday night as she is now Level 3 which means she needs to learn the harder L3/L4 exercises and work off lead. She was a bit chilly as she has blown her coat but liked lying on the step! She still has to learn the food bowls and jump exercise...I feel the food bowls will be harder than the jump!!


J9 doglets did well at Dog Vegas! Brodie and Brookes pup Squidge won two G3 jumpings, his house mate Rommy won a couple of G7 jumpings and Bailey Lab went Grade two in style winning four classes! Brodie won a jumping and Sparkly won agility making her Grade 7 :-D So much to work on over winter but will have great fun getting ready to tackle some champs next year!