Monday, 28 February 2011

Stupid weather - grrr!!!!!

I'm sure everyone is feeling the same about this awful weather :( It seems to be constantly raining at the moment and everything is knee deep in mud. I took the poor shelties out for a walk today although it was actually dry when I left home, (surprisingly!) when I'd been out for about 30 mins it started to sleet and I'd not put Brax's coat on poor girl. She was so miserable and spent ages shivering when she got home. Brodie on the other hand is a tough cookie and doesn't care what the weather is doing!

We went to Lee Windeatt's training day at the kennels yesterday and it was glorious weather for the morning session but unfortunately chucked it down all afternoon so Brax worked at half speed again. I learnt a lot by watching and it gave me some ideas that I want to try with Brodie.

I was very proud of our shelties at Letchworth competition night as Brax was awarded Small agility dog 2010 and Brodie won Medium agility dog 2010!! Heres a pic of them looking sleepy with their lovely trophies!

I was also a very proud trainer as Paul and Maria who own Chester the Beagle have qualified him for the Barking Mad Medium G1/2 final next saturday!! What a start to his competition career!! :)

Monday, 21 February 2011

Team Training - Brax

We went to the WAO team training yesterday. Brax did alright at the exercises but it has highlighted a few areas we need to work on. Her stamina and general fitness isn't great at the moment and she found it hard working in the mud. She doesn't walk in mud given the choice let alone run around in it, what a diva!! She has stopped dead in the ring before and refused to move so I was impressed Matt got any work out of her at all :) Brax also still appeared to be a bit tentative when she was running so there may still be some 'niggles' that need sorting out. She has got another physio appointment booked for the week of Crufts. She is competing in the Mini/Mixi pairs with her handsome partner Saturn, go the shelties!!

Here is the only video I got from training before my batteries died!

Brodie didn't miss out on having some agility fun, we went to a Dave Munnings training day and learnt lots. Brodie worked well and we did a lot of work on serpetines - I think we may have conquered our fear of pull throughs!! :)

Monday, 14 February 2011

Wishing Well!

We were very kindly loaned the wishing well by some friends this week so Megan and I took the opportunity to run our dogs over it! We also used it in classes and it was interesting to see which dogs accepted it and jumped without question and which were nervous of it. I guess from their point of view its not only a wall that also has a roof but its very narrow compared to a normal jump.

Here is a video of Megan and her fab dog Hattie

Here is me and Brodie having a run round (not quite a run in my case as I've had a bad back!)

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Brodie's 4th Birthday!!

On thursday Brodie was 4 years old! I have been so busy that I haven't had time to update the blog. I don't know where the time has gone, it only seems like yesterday that we brought him home. He has given us four years of fun - he is such a happy, funny wee dog. He constantly entertains us and is so, so affectionate. He is my little superstar and I love him to bits :)

Monday, 7 February 2011

Sheltie Working Section AGM

We went to the ESSC Working section AGM yesterday. The section exists to encourage people to work with their shelties in obedience, agility, HTM and working trials. At the AGM the annual awards are given out, based on points for placings throughout the year. We are very proud to say that for the second year running Brax has won the Tony Seys Sheltie of the Year trophy!! She also won the Night Shadow award for Agility shelties. Here is a pic of Brax with the Tony Seys Award.

I'm also very proud of Brodie who won the Rosemary Seys trophy (runner up to sheltie of the year) and he was also runner up in the Night Shadow agility award. Unfortunately there are no pics of him with either trophy as they haven't been returned yet :( Instead here is a pic of him with his new toy which he thinks is much better!!

Here is one I missed! I really need to learn to take better pics of my dogs!!