Wow the shelties did really well at the Breed and Obedience ESSC Spring Show!! My lovely Mr Toad dusted off his show lead and did me proud by winning the Special Open Working dog class and then coming 3rd (1st and 2nd were 'proper' obedience dogs!) in Beginners Obedience. To top it off it turned out that he had won the Miyrowan Salver for the dog with the highest obedience mark that was also placed in a breed class :) Love my little boy-who says men can't multi-task! ;-)
The girls did really well too-Brax was definitely the entertainment in the obedience ring!! How she came 4th is beyond me, mind you I didn't see all of her round as I was too busy crying with laughter!! In her recall she skidded straight through Matt's legs and ended up in a heap but somehow managed to sort herself out. She didn't spit the dumbell at MAtt but she did give it back and then do the most enormous 'bounce' (one of her fav tricks!) in celebration! Then in her heelwork she swaggered round yipping and as she as the steward said exercise over she got his trousers!! Naughty diddly!
The handsome merle is Rommy and it was Jenni and Rommy's first go at obedience and they came 2nd in Pre-Beginners-yay!! He was brilliant and they worked through the tests like pros.
Brooke bean was a really good girl-she ended up 6th in Beginners because of the retrieve. She thinks its a game so she gets the object, comes most of the way back and then spits it out and goes 'throw it again!' Shame as her marks up until that point were amazing. We had a few people come up and say how much potential she has in obedience, especially in her heelwork. She is poetry in motion to watch (like watching a horse doing passage for all you horsey people!) She never made it into the breed ring as it clashed with the stays unfortunately. She was very tired after her busy day!
We have lovely Bailey staying with us at the moment-he is such a lovely dog and fits in so well with our lot. He loves his Uncle Matthew too :)
Naughty Brodie is good at pinching his bed though-poor Bailey!
Bailey last stayed when Sparkle was quite little-she is trying really hard to endear herself to him but its not working really...
Bailey is cage ball mad, just like Brooke and Sparkle-I had to find extras for playing in the field today. Then Brax decided she wanted one too, jealous little miss!
General milling around but look-its SUNNY!!
I haven't posted much on her about the horses recently, mainly becasue I have been making some hard decisions :( I have taken the heartbreaking decision to sell Max sadly. Mucking out is taking a real toll on my back this year, partly as because of the awful weather he has to be in for a long time as he breaks through the electric gate if he decides he's been out long enough! As he is very wide (being a Highland pony) he puts my back and knee out if I have been mucking out and its sore already. I feel I can't do him justice and so he is going back to his previous owner. I'm so pleased that he is going to such a great home where they will keep me updated. I'm so sad as I love him to bits and will miss him so much but I have to do whats right for both of us :(
I will keep little Diva for now as I don't have the same physical stresses and time constraints looking after her. I will see how the next couple of years go but at the moment she is eating herself silly and enjoying being a baby with her pals!!