Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Mum visit and running contact workshop :-)

One of the frosty mornings last week, all wrapped up but the sun actually had some heat to it! 🌞

The shelties were so relaxed once it had thawed out that they had run rolling and lying in the sun!

Brax always keeps her coat on tho as she is a bit skinny!

On Thursday evening my Mum came down to visit for the weekend, we had run exploring a local wood with the boys in the morning

And then we explored Wendover woods with Sparkle before Brax went to have her laser session :-)  We found the gruffalo!

On Saturday we went to Wrest park and took all the dogs round the grounds, it was beautiful there! 

Me and my lovely Mummy!

Rare photo of me, Matthew and the dogs all together! 

On Sunday Bru did a running contacts workshop with Becky Sinclair, he did a couple of straight on runs which were amazing but not filmed and then we worked on soft turns, here is a video of his plank work! 

Monday, 11 February 2019

Brodie's 12th Birthday and M&M's show!

How is my beautiful boy 12 years old?!! 💙💙💙 Words cannot describe how much I love this dog! He is just a dog in a million and I'm blessed to have him in my life. He celebrated his birthday weekend by having a run around at M&M's show, even doing the contact equipment with great confidence...a little bit too much confidence on his dog walk!! I had retired him from agility but he seems better on the new height dog walk so will see how we go.

The other doglets did really well, Brooke was on good form winning her jumping and dong two lovely nfc agility runs. Spark only did one agility run but it was a good nfc as she remembered how to do a stopped dog walk! Bru tried weaves in teh ring for the first time but obviously isn't quite ready yet, it didn't help that we couldn't use his manners minder! He is taking a really long time to learn to weave but I guess each dog has something they struggle with and slowing down is his issue!! Him and Spark did a very soggy workshop on friday with Jenny Kimber and they did really well, here are a couple of videos :-) 

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Sparkle is 6!! And snow arives!

My little puppy is 6 today!! How did that happen? I thought seeing as I was snowed off today that I could update my blog which seemed like a better idea than doing any housework!

She is such a pretty, goofy little girly and I love her to the moon and back! 💜 Looking forward to seeing what this year brings for us. I haven't done any training with her apart from some contacts and grids in my field so here is an old video of us playing in the sunshine instead!

We have had snowy walks the last couple of days and the doglets have been having fun out walking while I've been off work. Poor Brax has had a pancreatic flare up so has been staying inside in the warm. 

Brodie modelling his equafleece onsie...perfect for keeping the mud off but he does look funny!

My office currently looks like this! 

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Lower Height League Awards and sable training!

The shaded sables had great fun at their Grandmas yesterday training with Nicola Garrett! Brooke was far more on the ball than last time (I'm not as exciting as her Daddy!) and little Bru got to try his dog walk and Aframe in a new place for the first time. Here are a couple of videos of them!

Bracken enjoyed coming in for some cuddles with everyone and I got some funny pics of Spark who was very cross about not working!!

Brooke and Brodie had post this week! Brooke was 4th and Brodie was 5th in the Lower Height League 2018!! The rosettes are stunning! 

And these two were unimpressed by their 49p jumpers from Aldi!!!

Thursday, 17 January 2019

M&M's January

We have been really lucky with the weather up until now in January. We have even got some training with our own dogs in! This is the gang waiting for Matthew while he was in the post office. Notice the colour coding, everyone has their own colour to avoid confusion!

A couple of cute snuggly pics! They are loving our sofas, even Brodie who has never been a snuggler has decided that being on the sofa is pretty good, despite having Bru curling up with him! 

We went to M&M's show at the weekend and these two did really well! Brooke bean won her jumping and Brodie won the steeplechase. Bru and Spark did some brilliant nfc work and Spark had a really good 'almost' run in the jumping with me just pushing her round the wrong side of a jump. Brodie had a play on the contacts and did really well...in fact he was a little bit too excited!! We have entered the next show and hopefully by then Bru will be ready to try weaves and some contacts in the ring...eeek! 

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Snuggly dogs and goal setting?

We have had a lovely time over Christmas and New Year, lots of time to chill out and recover from the nasty bug we had. I went off exploring some new walks and this one is only ten mins from our house! I walked all the way up and round the ancient woods and back, it was peaceful and so pretty!

The dogs have been really chilled out and enjoyed having us at home...here are a few cute snuggling pics 😍

Brodie and I went to a rally seminar at the weekend as a lot of the signs and regs have changed for 2019. As I teach and compete I thought I should make sure I was up to date with the changes. Toad really enjoyed the practical session and working through the new signs!

I have been getting the doglets fit again after their winter break (2-3 weeks for some of them but a very unfit collie having had 6 weeks off!) We have built up their jump heights gradually and Bru has started Aframes and almost cracked upright weaves!! Here is a little video of what we have been getting up to...

We have also been thinking of some goals for our doglets this year. Due to the jump heights staying the same until 2020 we won't be running Bru at full height so we aim to have him in the ring doing jumping classes at lower height. It would be great to start some contacts in the ring nfc with him and also go for the UKA Beginners steeplechase qualifier! Brodie is at the age where every run is a bonus so the only goal I can think of is getting those pesky last 4 points to go champ in UKA steeplechase! Brooke is the same really, anything she does agility wise is a bonus 😊 It would be great for her to nail some dog walks in the ring though. My main goal for Spark is to get the last few points needed to go champ at UKA and attempt some Masters classes. I would also love to make it to a champ final!!! Also to carry on working on her fears and confidence in the ring. My friend is going to take some photos of her working on thursday so fingers crossed it goes ok

Monday, 31 December 2018

M&M's Show, Nic training and Christmas!

The shelties had fun at M&M's show each getting a competitive run and the two gingers also got an NFC run. Brooke came 2nd in her jumping run but managed to fall over in a tunnel and put her rib out! Poor girly has had three weeks off but is now ready to go for 2019! Mr Toad won his jumping and Bru won the C1-7 steeplechase with the fastest time over all heights...look at the little ginger go!! 

Look at what one of my lovely clients gave me! It was very yummy 😋

As Spark was in season and injured and Brooke was injured, Brodie got to step in on a Nicola Garrett training day! He hasn't done contacts for ages and I didn't know what he would do but he loved it! NOt bad considering he is almost 12!

Bru went to his Christmas party and played games, he wasn't very impressed at wearing his jumper! 

Little Brax has been poorly over Christmas and had a pancreatic flare up which has mean little sleep for us but she is on the mend now luckily. She is back doing little walks again and keeping her food down.

The gang all dressed up in their Christmas outfits! ❤

And little ginger snuggles!

For the first time ever I made my own Christmas cake! It is huge and tastes quite alcoholic!! Thanks to my Mum for being my Christmas cake guru!

I got this lovely painting of Toad from a friend to go with Brax who I had done earlier in the year for Matthew. Hannah is so talented and captures them so well! 

Sparkle and her fav brown thing!

The older shelties looking a bit put out in their Christmas jumpers!!

Christmas day chaos!!