Monday, 6 January 2014

Lots of pics and some training

After the fun and chaos that was Christmas we are back to our normal routine today. I was very proud of the doglets over the holidays as they all behaved well at various peoples houses and we had my lovely Mum staying as well. We had a bit of a week running up to Christmas with Brooke and Brax being very poorly (Brooke was much worse) and us running around like headless chickens. Fortunately they seem much better now but Brooke lost a lot of weight which was worrying. Brodie, Brax and Sparkle got physio'd and both of the older two had a tight spot so they have been lasered, stretched and are hopefully ready to get back to training after their months break if the rain ever stops!

Brodie watching out of the window at 'Granny's' house!

Sparkle found this Christmas malarky a bit hard going...

Brooke fully recovered and back to being ball mad!!

Brodie and Brooke on our road trip to Wales to visit my Aunt and Uncle-sleeping on a lovely patchwork quilt that my clever sis made for Christmas. Thanks Amy!! x

Brooke and my Mum relaxing at my Aunties!

Brax seeing if there is any dinner left!!

Doglets out in St Albans!

Snuggly gingers curled up 

Yesterday Sparkle and I went on a training workshop with Dave Munnings. It was brilliant fun but I realised how rusty I had got from not doing any training for a month. Poor Sparkler was chucked in the deep end a bit with older dogs but we broke some exercises down for her so she got rewarded more frequently. We did some blinds, ketchkers and front crosses and once I got my brain in gear it all clicked! She was a good puppy-I was really pleased with her being restrained by three different people and coping much better with it than before. HUGE thank you to Becky who owns Sparkles lookalike Sixx as Becky managed to juggle restraining and filming!! It was great to have a chat with Becky as they are similar in character as well as looks, right down to the not liking restraints. It is also lovely to have video evidence of what your arms, shoulders and feet are doing and how my timing affects Spark. I was very pleased that I didn't fall over!! Spark is almost a year old so it is a good time to think about what she has learnt so far and what I need to start working on. I am very proud of my little pipsqueak! This is a video of her last run-you can see what a head start a ketchker gives me on jump 3 versus a pivot. She has a little look at the end as Dave is holding her toy but she carried on working :)


  1. Clever little sparkle! Love the picture of Dids, Rommy gives me the exact same look haha xx

  2. Great pics :) Clever Sparkle!