Thursday, 27 October 2011

Rommy came to play!

Yesterday Rommy the handsome blue merle sheltie came round for a walk and general sheltie party! Brooke loved seeing him again and chasing him around in the field :) She is such a cheeky girlie!

Here are some pics - not great quality as on my phone. Rommy is a lovely marked merle, he is related to Brodie through Blenmerrow Barnaby.

Rommy and the ginger girls - Brax looks headless!!

Brodie had enough partying by this stage, bless him!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Obedience Show

Its very rare that the Burdett shelties do obedience shows but I think its great for them to do for a change - very different from agility in so many ways but attention and focus with distractions around is vital in both. Motivation and the dog WANTING to work with you is important in both and its great groundwork for a young dog to get ring experience with judges, stewards, dogs barking, etc

Brodie and Brax have done bits of obedience before but it was Brooke's first time in the ring and we hadn't done masses of work on her stays so she didn't do them. Her heelwork was lovely despite the odd distraction and she held her wait and even managed the finish! What a superstar puppy :) Love her! She didn't get placed but she got her first ever rosette. The judge gave her a special rosette for her lovely heelwork and for showing so much potential at 7 months - you might say we were a bit proud of her! Here is her test - sorry about the video shaking, I was quite nervous for them!

Brodie and Brax did really well too, Brax got a 6th in Pre Beginners, 2nd in Beginners and Brodie came 4th in Beginners (only 0.4 marks behind Brax!) Very pleased with how they worked, particularly Brodie as he had a chunk of hair taken out of him by a show dog on the way into the venue :( No apology from owner and although Brodie was a bit worried at the time, he worked nicely in the tests. In Novice he did well in his test but lay down in his sit stay as I think he was quite tired by then. We are doing an obedience training day with all three of them in a few weeks time which will be interesting!!

Talking of training days, we have some fab agility ones booked up for wee Brooke! Coordination, balance, motivation, drive and basic obstacles are some of the things we'll be focussing on. I'll try and keep the blog up to date as to how we get on.
These cute pics were taken by my sister on holiday - thanks Amy!!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Brooke 7 months already!

Our gorgeous pup has turned 7 months today - I can't believe it as it only seems like yesterday when we met her for the first time. She is such a beautiful young lady, great attitude to work and so very affectionate. She has recently discovered the joy of sitting on laps when its cold and will really snuggle up! We just love her to bits and can't imagine life without her :)

We have been away for the last week in the Peak District and also celebrated my Mums 60th Birthday in style with a big party! Despite my Mum feeling under the weather, she had a great time and we all enjoyed catching up with people that we hadn't seen for ages. There was about 40 people in total and the shelties and Tresca (my sisters dog) had fun mingling with people and hoovering up the food that was dropped!! The picture below was taken just before all the guests arrived - what a wonderful team of people that hosted the party and organised food.

The rest of the week we spent doing some lovely walks and some included walking to dog friendly pubs! We stayed at Wheeldon Trees farm which is very dog friendly and the owners Martin and Deborah are lovely and so helpful. The cottages are fantastic and there are enclosed dog paddocks as well as the fab walks. Also every cottage has an enclosed patio or garden area.

Here are a few pics from our holiday, Brodie's face is hilarious on the photo below :)

Monday, 3 October 2011

Watch out Britains got talent...

What a talented puppy! For fun I had taught Brooke to put her back feet on a small pile of videos which she was quick to learn. Then inspired by Silvia Trkman's puppy trick training, I thought we could turn it into a handstand. Well, Brooke decided to skip about 5 stages and got it straight away! She cracks us up though as she is so serious about working :) Here are the 3 short videos of her attempts at handstands

And much quicker to get it in this clip

Obviously she is young so we have kept the training very short and sweet as with everything at the mo but she loves it. We did another demo at an old peoples home on friday and she was a star. The other two really enjoy doing the demos as well and payment for them came in the form of ginger biscuits! Agility wise we have nothing else planned so can concentrate on Brooke training, keeping Brodie ticking over and retraining Brax's contacts - watch this space!!