Thursday, 19 November 2015

Rosette recycling, some training and way too much rain...

I can't believe how much rain we have had recently! At least the forecast says snow this weekend which makes a change :-) My two love walking in the rain whereas Brax is not so keen bless her. I think she is too low to the ground! I braved walking in a local park today and it confirmed why I normally avoid this particular park...its full of idiots who have boisterous dogs with no recall (not the dogs fault at all) Luckily we managed to avoid most of the idiots and even found a nice log to pose on for an Autumn picture.

Little Bean is doing well. She had an appointment with the physio who found that she was sore across her shoulders so she got lasered and I have to massage her every day. Her favourite time of the day is sofa snuggles with Matthew.

I have taken pics of the rosettes each of the dogs have won this year...not as a brag but we donate them to Matts Mum who recycles them for the kids at her gym class. I am posting the pics as a record more than anything and I am proud of how they have done this year as we didn't compete loads.

Brodies collection

Brax and her collection (she did very few shows!)

Sparkles first year of competing-mostly agility but a couple of Rally and showing show ones in there too :-) The first place in Rally was probably her most amazing achievement!!

This little chap is called Dino and is Dolly's new little brother! He has come to stay with me a couple of times and is such a little dude. Nothing bothers him and he has a great attitude to learning stuff. Hoping he will do some agility in the future!

Brodie had a great time but got very muddy doing his agility lesson this week, unfortunately the day after his Auntie Jenni had groomed him beautifully! 

Sparkle had the all clear from the physio which means she is back off her agility break-yippee!! I did a bit of wing wrap/tunnel discrimination today and she hasn't forgotten. I have a busy few days...Spark is going to a contacts and weaves workshop with Naarah Cuddy tomorrow, Brodie and Brax are doing a sheltie Rally workshop on Saturday and Sparkle has a Nicky Garrett workshop on Monday! Here is a clip of me working her and filming today so its not great quality.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Random pics and a Brooke update

This photo really cracks me up-Sparkles tongue is so funny and Brodies ears are so cute and so is Bracken!

Brodie got wet on a evening walk (in the dark-boo!) He ended up wearing Sparkles cow coat and wow he is so handsome he can pull anything off!

The younger two love their sofa cuddles! Brooke is only allowed on the sofa supervised and isnt allowed to jump off. She generally likes it there so much that she doesn't want to get off!

Brooke is doing well at being rested, she is such a good girly. I am worried that she has a boring life but she seems to cope ok. I'm not sure how her leg is healing as she isn't allowed to walk anywhere until January. I try and take her places to sit and watch things-she is a curious Bean!

I also scatter food in teh grass for her in various places and she loves playing that game! You can see her hair is growing in well :-)

Mr Toad had agility on Tuesday as Sparkle is still on her months rest. Here is the little dude shouting at me for his turn!

And here is a video of what we did. He is getting good at the Euro turns and really loving his agility. Can't believe he is almost nine!

I have been doing a lot of balance and strengthening work with the dogs both in the field and at home as they love it! It is good rainy day stuff as well and boy have we had some rain recently! Balancing shelties...

And Miss Twinkle toes doing some cavaletti!

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Interclub success and winter training starts!

Brax and Brodie ran for Letchworth at the Interclub match which was a competition between Letchworth, Bats and Wellingborough. I was really pleased with how Brodie ran the agility and he managed to win it! Less said about his jumping run the better but I knew he was going to be cheeky as he was barking on teh startline! Brax did two allsorts runs and came 3rd in both of them to the same two collies! She was amazing! 

I was supposed to be competing the three mediums at Bretford on the Sunday but what with Spark being in season and Dolly having a cut pad I only took Brodie which turned out to be a waste of time! There was very limited walking between heights so I missed walking the jumping and messed that up but walked the agility and missed running it! Disaster! Brodie had a fun day out tho :-) Dolly has been taking Sparks place in our Dan lessons and has been a very good girl, we have lots to work on over winter but she is getting much more confident with being sent to do things while I run off!

These two crack me up-how serious do they look about posing! Sparkle has got a new harness as her old one finally broke which is such a shame as she had it from 7 months old.

This is Bean post brush looking gorgeous in the Autumn grass. She enjoys looking for food I have scattered in the grass and keeps her busy!

Sparkle is still in season and is being lead walked. We have been working on some of her tricks including bowing which she is getting very good at! She looks a bit frizzy in these pics as she had been out in the rain for a while!

Brodie is loving all his agility and Rally work at the moment! He got confused walking past this board at Rally on Monday night and thought he might offer his stopped contact position-funny boy!! :-D