Monday, 24 August 2009

We are back from our agility holiday, feeling tired but relaxed! Bracken had an amazing three days at the KC international Festival. She got faster and better the more she did so managed to collect quite a few placings, including one amazing jumping win. She also qualified for the final of the novice cup where the top four dogs qualify for Crufts. Brax decided that after the commentator was saying how nice she was that she would run past the A-frame!! Poor Matthew was gutted although she did end up 5th despite her detour! Big congratulations to Jane, Jacqui and Helen who all made it to the Starters Cup finals and did really well in that scary main ring!!

It was a huge venue with 20 rings and unfortunately Brodie seemed to find it a bit much and I think I probably did as well! He did get three nice jumping clears and was literally one out of the placings in two of them. Not bad considering there was between 60 and 100 dogs in each class. All of Brodies agility classes were in the same ring and that particular ring seemed to spook him - not sure why! He even ran past the A-frame in one class which is most unlike him (unless he'd been talking to Brax!) I think it goes to show that if the handler is tense then the dog senses it - poor Mr Toad!

We spent two days at Pembroke after visiting my aunt and uncle in Carmarthen. It was lovely to catch up with them and my cousin and we went out for a lovely meal and good chat! The weather was kind to us the first day although it rained solid on the wednesday. Brax got a first on both days and a 3rd in a very competitve steeplechase. Despite being open to the public and part of the attractions, Brodie was much braver and did four lovely clears so I was really proud of him. Shame was that the same dog beat Brodie into 2nd place four times (only just!) and they only placed to 1st!! Such is life!!

We spent Fri-Sunday at Dashing dogs in Cheshire after a day off in Shrewsbury relaxing! On the friday there was two jumping classes and Brodie got a 2nd in the graded 1-3 jumping, he also went clear in the 3-5 combined and was just out of the places. On the saturday they was four classes and Brodie got a 2nd (g3-5 agility) two 3rds (c1-4 helter-skelter and g1-3 agility) and a 5th in c3-4 jumping. On the sunday he got a 2nd in g1-3 jumping and 5th in c3-4 agility. Clever boy!!

Brax did very well and won her 3-5 agility and g5-7 jumping on the saturday and also got a 2nd in the c4-5 agility. On the sunday she won her g5-7 agility and her c4-5 jumping and came 2nd in the 3-5 jumping. We worked out that she has now won into grade 6 twice on jumping wins and 4 times on agility wins!! Next weekend she is out of the 25 days and into scary grade 6!!

I got some photos of Brodie I ordered recently so thought I'd pop them on the blog. Also pics of their rosettes from pembroke and dashing dogs. They are very tired puppies now!

1 comment:

  1. WOW! That's a lot of agility since I last saw you!! I didn't realise you have been to so many shows and bring back sooooooooo many rosettes!!! Well done guys! See you on the weekend