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!

Friday, 30 September 2016

Lazy blogger!

Goodness me where has the time gone since I last updated the blog?! I can't even remember what we have been up to! Here is a cute picture while I work out what we have been doing!

My Mum has been down to stay, we had a lovely time and lots of nice walks including a visit to Stevington Gardens which was stunning.

Bailey collie has been to stay, he always fits in so well with our little pack :-)

We have been to a couple of shows, Brax and Sparkle have been running so well! (Brodie has had a bit of time off due to a tight hamstring) Spark managed to get her 1st agility win towards G7 at Prestbury Park, woohoo! Little Brax jumping LHO managed a very respectable 2nd in C4-7J and 5th in C4-7 agility! Yes she did contacts!! :-D 

Southam show was good but very cold! Spark won the C5-7 jumping but we messed up the C1-7 jumping which was very British and not our cup of tea. Brax on the other hand won it at Lower height! We also got to cheer on Squidge (Braxway Ready to Rockit) who managed an awesome 2nd in the C1-7! This is just the cutest pictures with the cutest trophies!! 

This is Brax winning the C5-7 jumping :-)

Its feeling much more like Autumn at the moment and the sunrises are beautiful. This was last Monday on our morning walk round the common.

We also celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary! I was very spoilt and got twenty roses and a gorgeous eternity ring! 

Monday, 5 September 2016

Hawbridge and Letchworth

Doglets were ace a Hawbridge! Brax did a run in champ jumping and won it, was a very long spread out course but she still made Matt race around :-) Sparkly did the Dog Central Beginners qualifier and won the agility run but got 10f for a refusal and pole in the jumping so no qualifying this year but hopefully we can get it together next year!

The older two were in the Masters on Monday. Brax went clear in the jumping but ran into side of the tunnel in the agility as it was an awkward tunnel entrance (she has done that many times in her career!) so Matt ended up taking her out. Brodie had the back pole of the spread in the jumping but was clear in the agility and I think finished 3rd overall but we left before the results came out. Here is Toads jumping run...

He had been at the vets with a anal gland issue during the week and had been sedated and had samples taken as the vet wasn't happy with what she could feel and thought it may be something nasty. Luckily he just had an infection which has cleared up quickly! Really scared us though, so relieved that he is ok. Good reminder to enjoy the time we spend with our doglets, who cares if we get E'd on an agility course if they are healthy and having fun. 

Talking of E's Spark, Toad and I got E'd in all of our runs at Letchworth! They both did some really nice work though and Sparkly did a couple of awesome dog walks and waits in the practice ring. I have been having a problem with her stressing on the start line since a dog kicked off behind her. Being able to go in the practice ring and do some waits was so good :-) Little Brax ran in anysize and flew round...they only gave out clear round rosettes but she would have been 11th out of 124 dogs of all heights!!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Adams and a heatwave!

My two doglets and I went to Adams on Saturday. Matt was supposed to be running Brax but had taken one look at the weather forecast and decided not to go. As it turns out apart from a little shower in the morning it was lovely! Sparkle worked amazingly, winning two jumping classes and qualifying for a finals (this weekend so not going as haven't entered show!) She had only 5f in her agility run on the sodding aframe...the rest of it was perfect! So Aframe homework for us. She has always shortened her stride coming over the top since she banged her stifles so think its a matter of confidence. I need to retrain it over winter so she gets deeper hits. Her dog walk and seesaw were stunning and she was perfect in her weaves in all of her runs :-) 

We had a nice time at Matts mums in the garden on Sunday, my two 'helped' watering the plants and the gingers were very happy sunbathing. What a gorgeous trio!

Meanwhile someone had too much fun with the hose...

It has been really hot over the last couple of days so have been doing early walkies and just hanging out in the field during the day. These two are quite weird haha!

Up to 30 degrees today so the pool was the place to be :-) 

Sadly Brookes Hoopers workshop has been cancelled as there wasn't enough interest. I will look around for another workshop she can do, even if it is agility puppy foundation stuff! 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

KCI and sunny summer days :-)

After Brookes tunnel incident we got her checked out and found that her neck was very tight. She has had laser treatment and stretches to do and is back to off lead walks and little bits of fun in the field again. We have a Hoopers workshop booked for her in September so I have been getting her used to running through a hoop which she picked up straight away, clever bean! 

We are loving the long evenings and sunny weather and the dogs are having loads of nice stubble field walks. 

We went to KCI at the weekend and had very mixed results! On Thursday I ran Dolly and Sparkle (pic of me about to set off with Dolly!) Dolly worked well and although she got E'd in both courses she did some lovely work and super duper weaves :-) She did get put back on two out of the three contacts tho...oops! Spark just had a pole in the British Open jumping but got a brilliant time, unfortunately we got E'd in the agility but pleased with how she worked.

On Saturday, Matt and I went and the older two shelties and Spark had two runs each. Sparkle got E'd in both of hers again but again ran really well. Brodie was amazing running on lower height and won both of his classes, Grade 7 jumping and agility. Brax was flying and caught Matt by surprise at her speed! She got E'd in the jumping but managed a 2nd in the agility despite a flying hamster impression off the dog walk! 

Brodie loves people watching! I have never been placed at KCI so my very special boy has made up for it!

Little Miss Sparkler after training today at the field...snuggling was not necessary though! She is working really nicely and for some reason decided today that she was only going to do four stride dog walks in straight lines. Bit weird for her to suddenly start doing it, would rather she put in five strides really! 

Friday, 5 August 2016

Rugby Rally and Barking Mad

What a busy weekend the doglets had! We did agility and rally which meant all of them were doing some competing over the weekend :-) I had a bit of a moment at Rally as I got stuck in traffic on the way and missed walking the Level 2 for Brooke and Spark. Everyone else had declared their running orders so I ended up right at the end with both dogs...I almost turned round and went home again! But decided to stick it out and see how Spark was in their indoor venue (after freaking out a bit at Leamington inside with the shutters banging) I shouldn't have worried as she went in and did an awesome round and got an excellent score of 200 and just out of the places. The judge did point out that I need to slow everything down with how I work her tho...her time was hilarious! It puts her into Level 3 (and off lead) for her next competition!

Brooke was at a disadvantage as I didn't have the same time to get her focus as I had raced back to the car and grabbed her. She was excited and got a lot of marks off for excessive jumping on her left turns. She got a score of 189 (one off excellent!) but worked so well apart from the jumping! I actually managed to walk Brodies course and it was technical but flowing. He was an absolute dude and managed to win it! Into Level 4 in style! I had lots of lovely compliments about the round and how we clearly love working with each other :-) I adore that dog!

We also competed at Barking Mad show at the weekend and the doglets were amazing...Brax was back in the ring but running for me as Matt was away watching cricket. The old girl did well and flew round! In her graded 1-7 jumping she was out of the places but if they had combined the results across all the grades she would have been 8th out of over a 100 dogs! Sparkle had her brain in gear and managed to get two jumping wins so is now halfway to Grade 7! 

Sadly Brooke fell over coming out of a tunnel on her bad shoulder during the week and is sore :-( It is so frustrating as we were doing so well. I hope it isn't too serious, we have been resting her and doing biomag but will have to take her to see Sally physio I think. She isn't happy :-(