Friday, 28 October 2016

Brooke update...a year since surgery

It is now a year since Brookes surgery to cut her biceps tendon. We have taken it very slowly and she is loving being able to do some little bits of agility again! She is a super little dog who has such zest for life especially considering what a tough 18 months she has had. Here is her most recent video :-)

Monday, 24 October 2016

Workshop fun!

Sparkle and I went on a workshop with Tori Self on Saturday. She is from America and has been very successful with her dog Rev. It was great fun to have a different perspective on running a course and some new ideas. Tori was great in not forcing us to handle in a set way but working out what was most comfortable for us as a partnership. Sparkly amazed me, I started off feeling self conscious and awkward (normal for me in public!) but everyone was so lovely and I started to handle less like a numpty! Cat who hosted the workshop was fantastic quietly taking photos of the dogs working and Spark coped with it really well and didn't show any signs of shutting down. Cat's pics (Dinobark Digital) are beautiful! It was very touching to have two people from the afternoon message me and say how great Spark looked, so kind and made me have a little happy cry thinking about how far we have come and what adventures we still have to share.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Last outdoor show of the year and Spark goes Grade 7!!!

Autumn feels like it is here properly now although at the moment the weather is being kind! The trees are turning and the sunrises have been beautiful... its lovely out on the fields in the mornings.

The dogs coats have been used for the first time this week as they played in the field. The purple thing by Sparks foot is a popped balloon that she found in the field and thought was the BEST toy!

Shelties are such natural posers! Having some of their brekkie in my pocket helped! 

Bean did Rally on Monday night as she is now Level 3 which means she needs to learn the harder L3/L4 exercises and work off lead. She was a bit chilly as she has blown her coat but liked lying on the step! She still has to learn the food bowls and jump exercise...I feel the food bowls will be harder than the jump!!

J9 doglets did well at Dog Vegas! Brodie and Brookes pup Squidge won two G3 jumpings, his house mate Rommy won a couple of G7 jumpings and Bailey Lab went Grade two in style winning four classes! Brodie won a jumping and Sparkly won agility making her Grade 7 :-D So much to work on over winter but will have great fun getting ready to tackle some champs next year!