Friday, 15 July 2011
We had an exciting adventure up to Scotland last week with Lian and five shelties! My Dad only lives a few miles from the showground so it was an ideal opportunity to visit him as well. We had a lovely, busy weekend and it was also the pups first big road trip and they did really well. They also had soooo much fun playing on the beach and in my Dads lovely garden. Matthew was racing the pups on the beach and he can't get away from them, they are faster then him now! Thanks to Lian for the fab pics.
Lian has put some gorgeous photos she took on her blog There are some great action pics of the dogs racing around and the pups playing :)
On the saturday all three of us had champ class up first. Unfortunately the bloke who does the show processing had messed Matthew's tickets up and had entered him and Brodie into the small champ!!! This meant that he had to run 4th instead of 16 and Brax and him were not warmed up and flustered :( resulting in an E.
Brodie and I then ran the same course and got E'd in the same place!!! I just totally forgot to engage my brain and tell him to come to my side. Poor Brodie looks really confused in the video - bad Mummy!
We both did G5-7 agility before Champ Agility and Brax was 3rd and Brodie was one out of the placings. This happened to us in both the graded agility runs on saturday and sunday 4th but placed to 3rd! I was really pleased looking at the grade 6 times though as he would have won by a good margin in both runs.
Brax and Brodie both ran clear in the Champ Agility. It was a good course, testing but flowing and the dogs enjoyed it! I had to slow Brodie down to run the left side of the dog walk but I was pleased with his rear cross towards the crowd - he wouldn't have happily done that last year :)
On the saturday we left early and went back to Gullane to let the dogs play. It absolutely poured with rain so we met up with Lian, Yvonne and her Mum to have a meal and good chat! It was so nice to catch up properly in the dry and have a lovely meal.
On the Sunday we went to walk the first course and discovered tunnel under Aframe and Dog walk and a TABLE!!! The judge had specified that she didn't want a pause on it but the dog to jump on and off cleanly. Fortunately all three shelties were impeccable on the table! Brax had a cheeky detour in a tunnel but an otherwise good run, Brodie did a nice run (4th again but placed to 3rd!)but I slowed him up to get the dog walk. Lians Sizzle, Brodies lil brother had a brilliant run apart from an unlucky E. All runs are on my YouTube page. It was such a fun course to try though.
Last run of the day was the jumping which all three dogs did a lovely clear in. Great fun blast for the dogs and a nice way to end our Scottish agility adventure! I only caught half of Brax's run :(
The puppies were so well behaved all weekend and had so much fun beating each other up! Being 16 weeks we took them out round the rings to get used to the atmosphere and they were brilliant. The only time Brooke got a bit gobby was when Matthew was running Brax - very jealous! She tugged and played round the rings happily though which was great. She is easily distracted by Sonic but this got better over the weekend and she got her usual focus back on us. She is now spitting out baby teeth all over the place - poor lil gummy bear!! Last video is of Brodie getting the girls to chase him in my Dads garden - he is such a tease!