Sunday, 11 June 2017

So much news!!

Finding out that someone other than my Mum reads my blog has spurred me on to write a post! I don't however know where to start as so much has happened in the last month...I have been to Scotland twice, done my first champ class with Spark, had some lovely family get togethers and found the next canine member of our family! 

So we went up to Scotland with the dogs to see my Dad and go to SKC show which was at Ingliston. Weird being back there as we used to show ponies there! It was also mine and Sparks first ever champ class...eeek! My goal was to not get E'd in at least one of the rounds and she smashed that and won the champ jumping round!! Super Sparkalina! :-D I couldn't believe it! We got E'd in the agility but stayed on to support Lian in the final and Brooke's brother Sonic...worth staying as they won the ticket!!!

Here is Sparks jumping run

The doglets also enjoyed racing around on the beach next to my Dads!

Next trip away was me on my own up to see my Mum and sister. I owe so much to Matthew for looking after the dogs so I could go and have some girly time away! We saw Sister Act at the theatre which was amazing and had some super walks and meals, very special and lots of lovely memories.

Mum and I at Fyvie castle

Amy and Mum at Tyrebagger forest 

 Apart from all the travelling around we have done a few shows down here as well, the doglets are running really nicely. Brooke has been starting to do agility runs in the ring and is getting placed consistently when she goes clear. Brodie at 10.5 is loving the lower height classes and approves of the new 5m spacing as does Spark who is much happier now she can power on through a course more. Did a show yesterday at Bitz n Bobz and they were such clever doglets! Toad and Beans puppies are now 2.5 years old and the two tri's are Grade 4 and Squidge has just gone Grade 5! Maverick has been to stay this weekend and loves seeing his folks :-D

From L-R Sparkle, Brooke, Brodie, Rommy and Squidge who all got placed at Bitz! Go J9-ers!

Maverick looking embarrassed at his dippy parents!!

And in more exciting news we have a new addition coming shortly! This is Licosateria Final Frontier (who doesn't have a pet name yet but is currently called Pickle!) He is six weeks old at the moment and is Brooke's nephew. Sad that we won't be having a Braxway boy of our own but this is a cousin to the boys and will be Matthews to train and run. He is just adorable and very naughty!!!

Monday, 15 May 2017

T&A show and some chilling!

Mr and Mrs Toad having a bit of a chill out this weekend after a busy day on Saturday! Brooke loves to do froggy legs, she frogs at dogs and people that she really likes :-D

Sometimes the cheapest toys are the best! Can't beat a manky old milk bottle!

All the girls wanted it, even Diddle!

Group photo, Toad wanted to be off mousing, not posing!

We went to T&A show on Saturday and had a lovely day out, met up with lots of friends and the dogs had fun. Brodie and Sparks first class of the day was a tricky agility which neither went clear in but somehow Toad came 2nd with 8 faults!! He ran round the tunnel under the Aframe and got time faults too! He also won the LH 5-7 jumping, really pleased as loved the course set by Wendy Clay. Here is his jumping run

Spark started well on the same course but it all went a bit wrong half way round, she redeemed herself by winning the C4-7 helter-skelter and Brooke bean came 2nd in her height! It was a proper helter-skelter and a great blast for the end of the day :-D 

The gingers had fun with Sparks toy!!

Have some very exciting news that I'm not allowed to say anything about yet but hopefully soon as not sure I can keep it secret much longer!!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

First rally show of the year and some agilitying!

I took Brodie and Spark to their first Rally show of the year in April. It was Brodies third level 4 (but I have been disqualified for going the wrong way in the previous two so not had a qualifying score yet!) and it was Sparkles last level 3 and it had the dreaded food bowls in it! Here is the course plan for Sparks L3

She worked really nicely and ended up with an excellent score of 202 and 5th place! The winner got 206 so it was very close!

I love the dog behind her in this picture! :-D

This is Brodies level 4 course, no food bowls but it had a jump in it which he has struggled with in the past.

He worked amazingly well and won it with an excellent score of 206!!

Looking proud of himself!!

We have also been to some agility shows over the last month and unfortunately although Brooke couldn't play as she was in season Spark and Toad have done well! Ethan enjoyed holding Brodie for the prize giving and is going to have a go at running him next week when his Mum and Dad come to their lesson!

Brax enjoys shows for mooching around, sunbathing and sleeping nowadays, she is doing well :-) 

This last weekend we went to a UKA show and Brooke was back competing. She won her jumping with Matt and Brodie won the CSJ qualifier with me so we are off to the Grand Finals again!! He really is such a dude and I just love running him

 And here are a few cute photos of the younger two from the weekend...

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Bad me...lazy blogger!

Little Brax is doing much better as she is now on blood pressure meds as well as her new kidney diet. She is also seeing our wonderful physio for a twice weekly laser treatment which seems to have perked her up and her kidney values are much better on her recent blood test! She also had my Mum (aka Nana!) staying over the weekend and that has perked her up no end :-D We love having my Mum to stay! Had such a great weekend!

Nice walk in Wendover woods with my Mum and the two invalids!

Toad and Bean had a busy weekend doing Rally training on the sheltie training day. They both worked for my Mum and did really well, she is a natural! Bean disgraced herself by rolling in fox poo which was gross and made my Mum realise she isn't actually that lady like after all! Brooke did a couple of lovely aframes which means we might be brave and try some contacts in the ring this weekend. They are all coming along so nicely, her jump work is still a bit weak but that is probably due to my timing more than anything! 

On friday we had the go ahead to start bringing Sparkler back into work...yay!!! She has had eight weeks of lead walking and is so unfit mentally and physically having not done anything. All her balance work was out too cos of her knee. She won't be ready to do much for a while yet but in anticipation we have entered her first champ..eek! Don't want to hurry her getting back into work too soon but shame I have paid for a couple of workshops. Brooke and Toad will be doing one and I am being loaned a friends collie for the champ skills one which will be great fun!

I borrowed Dino for a young dogs workshop yesterday and he was cool! Need to work on wing wrap commitment but so pleased with how he is coming on :-D 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Brooke Bean is 6!

Goodness how time flies! I can't believe Brooke and her brother Sonic are six years old and their Daddy Sing has reached the grand age of 15! We had a lovely get together at Lians farm and the shelties enjoyed a meet up. Brooke was in her element as there were puppies to look after :-D 

Sings lovely birthday cake, it tasted as good as it looks!

Brooke enjoyed a contact training session last week, she did her first A frame in two years and was fine despite my heart being in my mouth! 

We had Braxway boy Maverick staying last weekend while his Mum was at Crufts, he fits in so well and makes himself at home straight away!

This pic of Brax makes me smile! She is doing ok despite her kidney and thyroid issues and seems happy :-)

Monday, 6 March 2017

Dog Vegas show and snuffling

Super stars at Dog Vegas! It was Dolly's first show at Grade 5 and she did well considering that running indoors is not really her thing! She came 2nd in the C4-5 jumping despite a couple of nose down spaniel moments. Her other jumping was good until the penultimate jump where I failed to connect with her and got her E'd, oops! Her agility run was soooo cheeky, she flew off every contact without a release so was promptly put back on all three contacts with the judges permission (I think she was laughing at Dollys enthusiasm!!) Back to contact school for Miss Dolly!

Mr Toad was such a dude, we both loved the Graded 5-7 agility and he ended up coming 2nd! I was pleased with how he coped with the medium jumps although given his age I will be looking for lower height shows where possible (and for Brooke) He also did a nice clear in the jumping, he really is my comfy slippers! Here is his agility run (I don't have many videos but nice to have this one!)

Brooke bean did her first run in the ring for Matt on a lovely allsorts jumping course. As they came out of the ring there were a fair few tears! It was a lovely run and we thought they were just giving out clear round rosettes so it was a real surprise when they presented Matt with a first place...clever little Bean! Here is her video, she barks with excitement most of the way round and we can forgive her naughty wait :-) Lovely to see Beans ginger boy Squidge win his jumping classes and go Grade 4 as well! 

It is unlikely that little Brax will be playing at any agility shows again so we have been entertaining her in other ways. This is her new snuffle mat! We hide pieces of her food in it and she has to snuffle around to find them.

Sparkle has been relegated to joining Brax on her geriatric on lead potters! Poor girly saw the physio last week and had a puffy knee. Brooke on the other hand got the all clear! So two weeks more lead walking (after three weeks of it due to her being in season) and lots of biomag and icing it. I'm going to take her to Rally tonight so she can have a bit of gentle fun! No agility for a little while tho, I miss working my girly :-(

Monday, 27 February 2017

ESSC AGM and more Hoopers

Busy weekend doing a Hoopers workshop on the Saturday and we had the ESSC Working Section AGM on the Sunday. Brooke absolutely loved playing at Hoopers and was very excited! Matt and I both handled her and whereas he was running with her I was trying to send her more. She adapted to our handling styles really well! Here she is having some fun with Matt :-)

I want to do more with Sparkly and Toad as well as it improves your agility handling, helps the dog understand distance work and or course directional cues without having a do any jumping! I remember Natasha Wise saying once that a dog only has so many jumps in them and I rarely train mine at their full height. Also all of my dogs have to jump various heights at different organisations so adjusting their height in training is good practice. Anyway, I have gone off on a tangent!

Looks at these two, aren't they adorable?!

Sad news about our little Brax, she has been diagnosed with kidney failure :-( She already had thyroid issues, a hernia and a cataract bless her! We have changed her food to one that is low in phosphorus and she is eating better now. My Mum is coming down at the end of March which is very exciting and will cheer Brax up loads as she loves her Nanna!

The ESSC AGM went ok, as usual there wasn't many people there which was a shame. Look at this new trophy that someone has donated for Rally! Its handmade and so lovely!

Brodie got to pose with his rosettes for coming 3rd in the Grade 7 agility league last year and 1st in the Level 3 Rally league, what a dude!!