Again I have been naughty about blogging-I do apologise! So much has happened in the last few weekends so will try and summarise :-) Firstly well done to the ESSC (sheltie) Medium Team who are off to Crufts next year! Brodie is reserve on the team so he gets to go along and cheer his mates on!! The focus for winter will be keeping him fit and his muscle tone up, he loves his pink wobble cushion and I love this pic of Brax photo-bombing!
Sitting looking so happy out on a walk :-)
Brodie says mouse hunting keeps you fit too!!
We went to Kelluki UKA show at the beginning of July, mostly so Brax could do Masters and I could do some NFC contacts in the ring with Sparkle. I did one competitive run in gamblers which she won and got a pretty pink lead as a prize! Brodie came 2nd in a tricky champ jumping and Dolly spaniel came 3rd in steeplechase!
The weekend after we stayed at home but did a gridwork workshop at my field. Blaze and Squidge took part in their first ever workshop and did really well running over jump bumps. This last weekend we both went to Rally, Matthew and Brax doing level 1, Spark doing her last level 1 and Brodie doing level 2. It was Matts first time doing a whole course as he hadn't even practiced a whole round but they did so well and ended up with an excellent score of 196 and 5th place, beating Sparkle into 6th place by one point! Spark was a bit distracted having her Daddy there but still got a score of 195 meaning she is now Reivermorada Fiery Angel RL1.Ex! Brodie got 195 as well in his Level 2 and came 3rd-what clever doglets!
Here is Matthews round with Brax
Brooke enjoyed being carried round the rings to watch and meeting up with some shelties!
I took the medium crew to Empingham agility as well (Spark, Brodie and Dolly spaniel) I was soooo pleased with all three! Sparkle had an amazing run in the agility, nailed all her contacts and weaves and just did a wrong end of tunnel. In jumping 4-7 jumping it was just a pole and a refusal in the 1-4 jumping. So pleased that she managed weaves in all her classes and although she is still less focused and fast than she is at training we are starting to get it together in the ring. I keep reading on facebook about dogs younger than her that are already G7 and wondering what the hurry is??! Anyway, Brodie did me proud on a tricky agility course where he stopped in position on his dog walk and stayed there with a tunnel tempting him! So clever! Dolly spaniel was the star of the day tho and won a C1-4 agility by a very convincing 2 seconds making her Grade 3!! That means that she can finally enter graded classes and come to more parties :-) She also got her Flyball dog graduate award-such a multi talented girl!
I have started teaching turns on the dog walk with Miss Sparkle and am pleased so far with how she is working out her striding. The picture below shows straight on runs on the left hand side. The right hand pics show a turn each way. Photos aren't great quality as taken from a video :-)