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 :-(

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Hot hot hot!

It has been so hot this week, it hit 34 degrees yesterday. My two have enjoyed paddling and lots of frozen kongs and sleeping!

Instead of sleeping in crates they have been all flaking out on the kitchen floor...they weren't in a hurry to go out for a walk this morning :-)

I went to Empingham on Friday with my two doglets. It is such a lovely show and the courses were tricky but fun. Spark had three almost runs where she got E'd in each one but worked so well and did bits I was so pleased with. Brodie did two jumping runs and came 3rd in C4-7 and won the G5-7. He was flying!! I jumped him over the new LHO as I feel at the age of 9 and given he is a small medium it is fair to save wear and tear on him. The trophies were cool! 

On Sunday we did teams at Rugby. Unfortunately I was the only team member that was eliminated which was gutting. I normally couldn't give two hoots about an E but was really upset that I had let everyone down. Toad had run like a rocket but did a one hit aframe (first time ever!) and I think it surprised him. Fingers crossed we can get it together next weekend! Annabel Stoate took these super pictures of flying Toad in teams!

And a little Brooke is a video of her agility work so far :-) 

Monday, 11 July 2016

RVA and the Running Contacts journey starts again...

I took my two to RVA show at Just Dogs Live, it was a lovely day out and I really enjoyed watching the displays, visiting the shops and playing agility of course! Brodie only did a jumping run due to the windy conditions meaning I pulled him from the agility. It was my first time running LHO and he really enjoyed it!! 

Sparkalina was a good girly, she had an absolute blast in her first class which was the C3-6 steeplechase Animal Health Qualifier. She managed to win it which was great especially seeing as it was combined over all heights as well (160 dogs) She won a lovely bed and gift voucher! Having broken a weave pole at Dans in her lesson during the week she seemed to have a weave wobble in both of her other classes. It was her first G6 show so I'm pleased I got her round the agility course...she managed to get 2nd despite having 10f in the weaves!!

She approves of her new bed!

Brooke and Brax had a little play in the field over the weekend as well. I started mat work with Brooke in the house about a month ago and she has worked through all the foundation exercises well so we tried her on the plank for the first time and she did really well! She isn't allowed to do a stopped contact any more due to her shoulder whereas running is much easier on her. She is loving learning something new! 

Brax is feeling much better and is now almost 3.5kg! We let her do a couple of easy sequences in the field and she was totally wild :-) We have entered her into a few shows coming up in August.

Brooke has been allowed to be off lead over the fields with this pic!

Although Brodie prefers mousing!

Monday, 4 July 2016

What a weekend...!

What an amazing three days!! Friday I took Brodie and Dolly to Kelluki UKA show to support some clients (some at their first show) I did a bit of a headless chicken impression making sure I could watch everyone run and help walk courses were necessary. They all did me proud! Dolly won her steeplechase class and Brodie came 2nd in Jumping so they got to pose too! Apollo missed out on the pic but also won two steeplechase classes and although Squidge didn't do anything competitively he did weaves and dog walks beautifully in the practice ring :-D

I went back on Saturday with just Brodie as Kate and I went together and it was Dixies first time competing at UKA. She did a couple of steeplechases really well, not clear but confident. Toad was a superstar!! He came 2nd in the Masters jumping and won the Masters agility meaning that he won the Masters Overall and has qualified for the Grand Finals again!

On Sunday I took Brooke and Brodie to a Rally competition. Brodie came across food bowls and a jump for the first time in the ring in his Level 3. I stuffed up the food bowls and went the wrong way round them but we still managed a very credible 4th place out of 26 dogs! He is so happy doing stuff with me whether its Rally or agility he is such a dude!

Brooke had her first competition since her operations and all of her rehab. She worked so beautifully and enjoyed it so much that when the judge said it was a stunning round I just burst into tears in the ring! Turns out that she had won it which meant more happy tears! She is now Level 2 :-) This is the comment that the judge made on her score sheet...

Brooke and Brodie posing with their friend Ollie who got his last Level 2 qualifying score!

Sparkle has finished her season and Brax continues to put weight on so they will be back in action as well next weekend!