Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Brookes first champ and Brodie wins Fab Final!

I'm a bit behind in updates but will try and not waffle on too much! The two younger girls did champ at the Agility Club show with Matthew and both did really well. They both got E'd in the agility round but at least it highlighted a couple of points we need to work on. They both struggled to find the wall as the second part of a pull thru and the weave entry was a toughie! But on the upside they both did nice contacts :-)

In the jumping round they both ended up as the fastest 5 (Spark with a pole and Brooke with a refusal) so nice to know they are right up there time wise! Looking forward to KCI now although slightly nerve wracking as its sooooo big! Brodie was also a star getting a clear despite me missing the course walking! The runs are all on my Youtube page but here is Brooke in action

Last weekend we went to FAB Surrey, it was great to NFC some contacts in the ring with Spark! Brodie had two runs, senior agility and the senior jumping final. My superstar boy won both!!

Spark had a pole down in the IFCS jumping but was only a second off the winners time which happened to be Matthew running Helens Toby!! We both failed at snooker unfortunately! Brooke wasn't running at FAB due to a little tweak that has been sorted luckily. Brax and Bru had fun pottering around...between rain showers! 

These are screenshots from our finals run but the top one sums up how much we love running agility together!! <3 p="">

And here is Bru's most recent video showing what he has been up to!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Little video pupdate!

The doglets had a great couple of days at Adams over the weekend and came away with some great places! Brodie was my little dude as always, all clear rounds bar one where I did something silly, Brooke won and came 2nd in jumping classes but managed some lovely contacts in the agility. Spark and I didn't go clear at all but very pleased with how she worked and no poles in any runs...woohoo!! She managed a 2nd in jumping with Matt :-)

And here is a little Bru video :-) 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Photo shoot and Just Dogs Live

On Saturday we went for a photo shoot with Cat Clark of Dinobark Digital to help Sparkle get over her fear of cameras and get some agility pics of Brooke (photographers never seem to get her at shows!) and of course some puppy pictures of Bru! Here are a few of the pictures :-) 

On Sunday we went to Just Dogs Live RVA agility show. It was fantastic having lower height for Toad and Brooke! They won a jumping class each and Brooke did some lovely contacts in her agility run :-) Spark and I had our first experience of being booted out of a ring haha! I hadn't heard the briefing when he judge saying please don't put your dog back on contacts...oops! Spark and I got it together in her jumping and got 4th although I'm kicking myself for not taking the faster risky route. Bad handling decision on my part! Brooke and Spark both have a couple of champs coming up so will be working on some specific skills training over the next couple of lessons :-)

Bru is such a little dude! He met up with his brother Gap and half sister Swift at JDL and had a play. He didn't seem bothered at all about being at a show bless him! Here are a couple of pics

Friday, 7 July 2017

Bru 8-10 weeks and Banbury Rally

Bru has settled in so well and has had a lot of adventures since he arrived here with us. My Mum has been staying so he loved hanging out with Nana! I have made a video of his first two weeks with us :-)

The older dogs have been very good with Bru, Brooke absolutely adores him, Brodie and Brax are indifferent and Sparkles nose is a bit out of joint as she isn't the baby anymore!

Brodie, Brooke and Spark went to Rally at Banbury at the weekend. It was Brookes first Level 3 and she was amazing getting a score of 203 and coming 2nd!!

 Spark was brilliant in her first Level 4 and got an 'excellent' score of 196 and came 7th (placed to 6th) just behind Toad. He scored 198 so ow only needs one more qualifying score to go to Level 5!

Its been really hot this week so the doglets have spent most of the time sprawled out!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Bru is home and Harry Potter!

My friends Cathy, Annabel and I went to the Harry Potter tour on friday, it was amazing! So much to see and despite being there for three and a bit hours it felt like we only scratched the surface!

Although I hate my photo being taken I couldn't resist a platform 9 3/4 picture!

The model of Hogwarts is breath taking!!

In other news we collected Bru on Thursday 22nd June :-) He has been taken under his wing by Auntie Bean who is motherly enough to let him suckle! She is such a sweetie :-)

On Saturday he went into St Albans in the morning and we had coffee out and carried him around the market. He met some lovely people for cuddles in Cafe Nero!

Time to recharge the batteries as he went out to a BBQ Saturday evening!

Just to add to the chaos of having a new puppy we also had Bailey collie staying! They enjoyed going out for walkies to have some peace and quiet!

We have been playing around with putting front feet on things, sit, nose touches and lots of play so far. He is keen and up for it but not very foody at the moment so will keep going with his toy play as he loves to tug!

As far as agility goes we have hardly done any! Their last show was 10th June and due to temperatures in the 30's last week I haven't done much with them training wise. Off to a show tomorrow so goodness knows what will happen but the break has probably done them good :-) 

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...