Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Lake District holiday

Oh my goodness we had such an amazing time away! The scenery was incredible and the we had so many lovely walks. I will just post a load of pictures as they say it all!

Sunrise from our cottage on the first morning

View from Dodd, our cottage is across Bassenthwaite lake and it is the little white cluster of cottages in the centre of the photo

These are all taken at Buttermere which was one of our favourite walks

Have to do the dogs on logs pose!

Whinlatter forest, the colours of the trees were amazing!

Stone circle outside Keswick

Drying off after a soggy walk...the collie is a wimp!

Walk up Knott Head in the snow on our last day!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Lost my dog...gained a new one!

Bargain buy of the year...a bed from Aldi! They all want to get in it and look very smug when its there turn :-) They have even shared the bed which is unheard of in our house...possibly because Spark was bothered by fireworks?

Toad prefers having it to himself though! He saw the physio this week as he wasn't quite right on his turns at sheltie show. Sure enough he had a tight spot on his back which was lasered and manipulated. Probably from falling over in the tunnel bless him. He has to take it easy for a week but hoping I can train him before the UKA Finals at the end of the month!

The doglets have been wearing their poppies for Remembrance Day. Red ones for the human lives that were tragically lost in war and the purple ones for the animals who lost their lives.   

It has been very chilly this week for the first time. Poor Brooke and Spark have both shed their coats post season and are looking very smooth and cold! Brooke in particular looks very naked!

Brooke went to agility lesson today and enjoyed putting together a baby sequence :-) I forgot how quick she can go and didn't move very fast! I am also very wary of her breaking but need to get on with it as she seemed fine! 

So it seems as I'm working Brooke lots it is only fair that Matt gets to have a go with Sparkler. I let him run her at a fun unaffliated show which was all steeplechase runs (no contacts or weaves) and he could reward her in the ring if she wasn't confident. As it turned out he only rewarded one run nfc as she ran very nicely for him! They ended up with two 1sts and a 2nd (she took a pole but the rest was lovely!) So pleased that she ran so well for him :-) 

 Spark also met her half sister Niya. They have the same Dad...look at those gorgeous ears!!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Autumn pics and Shelties

 I love this time of year, the pretty trees and sunsets, we have been lucky that it has stayed so warm and dry! The dogs have been enjoying their walks and playing in the field too. I just wish I was better at catching sunsets on my phone!

I went to visit a friends collie puppies last week. No we aren't having one but it did make me puppy broody! Hoping that we can have another litter from these two lovelies again as their boys are super! No firm plans yet but watch this space :-)

The Kennel Club have FINALLY banned the use of the cloth tunnel here. Brilliant news as I have always hated the stupid thing. This pic is now a rarity!! 

We had Sheltie show this weekend. It was great fun and very noisy!! The shelties had a fab time and it was nice to see everyone again. We had loads of help this year and it seemed to go really smoothly which was a relief! On a personal note Toad was fab and slightly potty but came 3rd in the jumping and won pairs with his bestie Rommy :-D His boy Squidge did great too winning two classes! Little Brax had a run too but decided the tunnels were too slippy for her little paws bless her. Toad unfortunately was too tired to pose for his sofa pic!