Monday, 3 May 2021

Bru goes Grade 4 and I need a huge catch up!!

Easter weekend we went to UKA and ran Bru and Spark, they were both brilliant and won a couple of classes! SPark even managed to watch some of the dogs running calmly! 

This was Brus winning jumping run!

And Sparks winning agility run! 

So pleased with how they did as four runs without going back to the car is a big ask for their mental stamina! Brooke was very annoyed that she wasn't allowed to run at this show due to her tail still healing up.

My friend got me some mushrooms that you can grow at home from coffee grounds and they were totally fascinating! I couldn't believe how fast they grew!! 😱🍄 They tasted lovely too! 

The gingers got their hoopers rosettes from the last show and also their Level 1 Hooperstars awards which are so pretty!! 

And Mr Toad got his amazing Hoopers Senior League runner up rosette from Kelluki Hoopers shows last year!! I'm sad to say this is his last sofa photo as he is now retired but it is certainly one to treasure ❤ The rosette and trophy are so lovely! 

Not to be outdone by her sheltie siblings, Spark won an online Hoopers competition! 

We managed to find some bluebells starting to come out!

Brooke looks like she is the one needing coffee in this photo! Quick cuppa break at work!

So onto the show this weekend, Brodie had the best time flirting! My friends 14 week old puppy is on the right in this pic and he is adorable! 

Brooke bean got to run at this show, first time in the ring for 8 months and she was a bit mad!! Since losing over half her tail we were worried about how it would affect her balance but she has been ok, taken a while to get confident again in weaves but she did some of the fastest dog walks she has ever done yesterday! 

And this little man won two of his classes making his Grade 4!!! He was such a dude 💛

He is good at posing but prefers to spend most evenings like this!! 

Love this photo, can't say why I needed to take a posing photo of them but all will be revealed soon!! It is very difficult to keep it quiet! Suffice to say I'm so very proud of them! 

And this little lady had no clears but I was thrilled with how she worked and that she coped having a photographer close to the ring both days at the show! I'm hoping that they may ave got some good pics of her 💜 Just little faults in most runs but so lovely to be back running with her again

To top off a fun weekend today we played some hoopers with friends and Brooke amazed me with how her skills are coming on, she looks so different running without her tail! I know she missed a hoop in the video but her layering was fabulous!

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Back to work...and shows!

Look how beautiful these two are!! 💚💙 we had a lovely few days off work together and for a change the weather was nice so we enjoyed some long walks in the spring sunshine!

Bru also got his rosette for comping 3rd in an online hoopers competition! His hoopers and distance work has really helped his agility 💛

Unfortunately poor Brooke has had a sad tale to tell...or should that be tail? Its a long story but she we noticed she must have been chewing on her tail when we weren't watching her and she had made it red raw. The vets gave us antibiotics but inevitably we knew that she was going to need a partial tail amputation as the tip had gone black 😢 The scary thing is that the vet thought it had been caused by some hair wrapped round the tail bone cutting off the circulation! The operation went well and she has been a model patient as usual!

Windswept walkies!! 

Some of our tomato seedlings have been moved to bigger pots, four varieties this year!! 

Less windy sunny walk! 

Brookes tail bandaged up

I started work on the 29th March and it was so nice to be back, the bonus was that the weather has been beautiful! 

This weekend Bru actually competed at a couple of shows!! Even the roadtrip was fun!! 

These two did me proud at their first Grade 3 show by winning a jumping and an agility! It was a 1-3 show so the older dogs couldn't compete but it was so well organised and it was nice that I could watch from a distance. 

The bonus of Covid shows is that as the turnaround is really quick we were home by midday for a cuppa in the garden!!

And to top off his KC show results Bru went and qualified for the UKA Dogeria Challenge at UKA so is off to the Grand Finals in October!!! I didn't get to go and watch but saw the course plans online in the morning and thought they looked lovely.

Bru also got his Hoopers Stars Level 1 award which is an online set of exercises that you film and submit in your own time. Brooke had one more to do when her tail issue cropped up! The rosette is gorgeous!! 

I have been continuing to do jump work in the garden with them and got some cool stills from videos

And having a training session with Spark, good to test the skills in bigger spaces!! 

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Stepping up the training!

  In less than two weeks time I will be back at work for the first time since December! I'm sure it will be a shock to my system (and my voice which I could easily lose quite quickly!) But it will be lovely to get back and see everyone and their doglets. Shows have cautiously planned to start at Easter weekend and we have entered a couple of covid compliant shows in April. We have been lucky that we have been able to work on jump fitness/short sequences and weaves in the garden, some gridwork and to keep up the dogs sprint training by doing Hoopers regularly as well so our dogs are probably where they would normally be fitness wise for the early shows. 

Brooke bounce grid a couple of weeks ago 💚

Bru bounce grid 💛

We were disappointed but not completely surprised that our grass seed (sown in Jan) hadn't come to anything after the snow. So I ordered 10 kgs and spent yesterday morning sowing it. For once the weather was kind and it rained as I was doing it followed by the sun coming out! Before the field was out of action again we had a play at the weekend to do some contacts and it was good the dogs haven't forgotten! 

Here is Spark having a play 💜 this was her entire session. I'm really pleased with how she is working!

We have managed to get the veg bed mostly dug over and tidy up the garden a bit with our 'helpers'!

I have also pinched some flowerpots to have another set of numbers!

We have had some long walks recently (except with Brodie who is still generally only doing half an hour twice a day max) Here are a selection of our adventures! 

Duck watching on the village pond!

Out in town for fish and chips!

Moody skies!

Miss Snooty of the Manor!

And some cute sleepy photos! 

And my first attempt at Rocky Road...very good but very sticky!