Thursday, 19 November 2020

Gridwork and wet walkies

 I have been struggling to fit in work with the winter weather this week, it seems to be a never ending round of doing admin and shuffling people around. I hate having to cancel people! The positives from this are that I can spend more time walking my dogs and hanging out with them which is good for the soul ❤ 

I haven't managed to do much agility recently with our dogs (Bru has been out of action but he did do some hoopers this week) I have done some gridwork with the girls and its given me a kick up the butt to do it more often as it has so many benefits. Here is a little compilation

And some distance work with Spark as the ground has been too soggy for handlers to run around much!

I know I am particularly geeky but I could watch dogs doing grids all day, coming from a horsey background I know how much a rider can influence jump style and take off fir a horse whereas our agility dogs have to work it out for themselves! Well set up grids make such a difference to their confidence and technique

Some random pics from the last couple of weeks!

The first time ever that Bru has actually stayed on his back for tummy tickles! 

It was time to dig out the waterproof onesies! 

Sables and leaves are a tricky photo combination...thank goodness he has white on him!

Apart from making Christmas cake I also baked some ginger cookies today... I seem to have made masses though!

Out on our walk past the village pond today we saw the rock snake that people have been adding to!

The older two managed a clean dry pavement walk today! 

Whereas the younger two had a muddy field walk!

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Where to start?!

As usual I have let my blog lapse and totally forgotten to update it for a while! We are now in Lockdown number 2 for a month (started on bonfire night) and again eating places and non essential shops are shut but the rest of life seems to be carrying on as usual. This lockdown is England only, Wales had a 'firebreak' two week lockdown over the childrens half term holidays which was very sensible as this time the English schools are not off at all which seems crazy. The number of parents hanging out together walking home from school show that they aren't taking social distancing seriously at all! I'm currently working but there are a few people on FB making anyone trying to carry on with lessons feel very guilty despite guidance saying we can. The winter battle with the weather versus my field has started and in general I think it fair to say that Matt and I need a holiday and a change of scene! 

Anyway, on to more exciting news, Matt and Bru competed in the British Agility Novice Stakes which was three runs (agility, jumping and steeplechase) and the three results are combined to find the overall champion. Rupert was AMAZING and came 2nd in the steeplechase, 2nd in the agility (with 5f...coming out of the weaves at the 10th pole!) and 5th in the jumping despite falling over in tunnels! But he WON overall!! 💛🎉🏆 Unfortunately no videos as I couldn't watch!

As you can see in the above pic if you look closely, his dew claw was still wrapped up just in case he caught it! The rosettes and medals arrived in the post and the biggest rosette is bigger than Bru's head! I'm so proud of my boys!! Bru did get checked by our lovely physio after his slip in the tunnels and he had a sore tricep so he has had a week of lead walking and biomag therapy much to his disgust!

Last week I had had enough of fireworks as well, as there were no public displays I think a lot of people were having fireworks in their gardens. So cue a week of very upset Spark shaking and crying every evening 😢 She even went off her food this time.

Her thundershirt helps a bit...she gets a bit anxious on walks around bonfire night too. If only people could see how it affects our pets!

Here are some random pics from the past couple of weeks...first some sheltie grooming! You can see how much hair they all shed! 

We got some new waterproof fleece jumpers too for our holiday that hasn't happened yet! All in their colours except for Toad (as they didn't do royal blue) Matt said he looked like he was wearing curtains!!! 

Some posing photos from walks!

And some cute sleepy pics! 

Last weekend Matt ran the girls round, it was the first time that he had run Spark fro ages and she was really good, here are a couple of pics

In other news I have started soaking the fruit for my Christmas cake! I used Rum last year so thought I'd use Brandy this year

My plants that my Mum gave me are settling into life as soft Southerners!!

And lastly the newest member of J9 agility...Monty! He is an adorable border collie puppy 😍

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Kelluki Hoopers, Agility and a visit to Pure

 So the past two weekends we did two Kelluki visits, the first was to do Hoopers with the three shelties and last weekend was for some agility. The Hoopers show turned out to be a bit fraught for us as we had three dogs running in a group of eight and as the ground had been wet we couldn't park really close to the rings (totally understandable) We had turned up in good time to warm the dogs up but we hadn't banked on our group starting to run much earlier than expected so we ended up on the back foot for the entire show and running around juggling dogs which was stressful to say the least! We have decided that two in a group is a limit or it isn't enjoyable!! Bru did so much cool work but no clears this time, Brodie loved having four runs got two clears (one was 2nd place!) And Brooke Bean at her first hoopers show had one teeny blip in each class but still ended up with a 2nd place! She loved it!! 

Here is one of each of the shelties runs...

Bru 💛 Hard to see but he missed a hoop!

Brodie 💙 2nd in this run 

Brooke 💚 2nd despite going the wrong side of a barrel

I need to do a sofa picture with all their lovely rosettes and trophies but its hard when you don't get them on the day anymore! We haven't got any more hoopers shows booked but it is definitely something that the shelties enjoy! We are hoping to get to some more workshops over the winter.

We also got round to sorting some of the garden out although the green bin is constantly too full! This was the last harvest of tomatoes and courgettes.

And harvesting our runner beans for next year...I always think that they look like the magic beans from Jack and the Beanstalk!

My little field helper missing her toy, this photo makes me laugh!

Unfortunately Bru managed to pull some of his dew claw off 😔 It is healing well underneath but we decided that Kelluki agility would be a bad idea given the ground may be bumpy and muddy. He was absolutely furious to be taken to a party and not get to play!!

The two girls enjoyed their agility day out though! It also meant that we were only there for a couple of hours unlike most of the day

Brooke came 3rd in this G6-7 jumping, it was such a hard course to remember for some reason, particularly with only 5 mins to walk it!

And Spark was a good girly 💜 one pole in the first agility (such a fun course!) she won the second agility (again really flowing course) and we got E'd in the jumping but I was thrilled with being able to leave her in the weaves! Here is a compilation of her runs

She was a tired puppy after!!

On Sunday Bru had a workshop with Walter at Pure which is a new indoor astroturf venue. Bru worked so well and he was fine working with his nail wrapped up.

This was him doing the whole course

I couldn't work yesterday or today as the weather has been really wet this week, Toad has enjoyed having his Mama at home!

And I baked vegan molasses cookies...they are yummy!

And a still from a video but I thought it was a cool action shot!

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Bru gets promoted!

 Bru did his first Beyond Grade 7 workshop with Dan this week, he has always been in the younger dog group but he got bumped up a group! He coped really well with it and they managed the whole course at the end with only a little blip at the weaves as Matt got in his way 😂💛 Here is a compilation of what they did

We have a hoopers show this weekend so hope that the weather stays dry, we have had so much rain recently! The roads round us have been flooded over the weekend, they looked like rivers 😮 It suddenly feels colder and is getting dark so early.

The doglets waiting for Matt outside the village shops...collie vs shelties!

Bru's first Aframe photo from the show!

It finally stopped raining on Monday lunchtime and Bean and I enjoyed sitting out in the sun with a cuppa

My two have been really snuggly and cute over the last couple of days. Toad has discovered the sofa and Spark has even decided that she can share a bed with him!! 

Friday, 2 October 2020

Bru goes Grade 3!!

 Little Rupert finally won into Grade 3 at Kelluki! He had three runs, two agility and a jumping and he went clear in all three! He won two and can 2nd (by 0.3 seconds!) in the other run! He was ready to win up earlier this year but obviously with the Covid situation there hasn't been any KC shows until now. Here is a video of his winning run 💛

Auntie Brooke did well too winning a grade 7 agility with a held dog walk...we were a bit surprised!! 

Sparkle was flying but I made silly mistakes and got a refusal in two runs as a consequence! 💜

They were very tired after the show!

Brodie has had another pancreatitis flare up and Bru is so sweet looking after him...he loves his big brother!

We are so impressed by how Kelluki have managed to go ahead with shows in a covid compliant way and we have still been able to have fun! So important when you have a young dog like Bru who is needing the ring experience. We have been there a few times to do independent agility shows but also our very first hoopers show! Brodie had been feeling better running up to it so I decided to give him a run and see how he went. He was really excited to be back in the ring again!! Here he is winning senior barrels 💙

And the boys with their prizes!! Kelluki do such lovely trophies! 

And I couldn't resist buying these professional photos of the boys in action!

The girls had fun doing an agility workshop instead of competing at hoopers (although Brooke is entered into the next hoopers show...eeek!) This is Brooke bean being very clever...her send to the weaves was amazing! 💚

Sparkle even managed to watch some of the action quietly which is rare!