It has been so hot this week, it hit 34 degrees yesterday. My two have enjoyed paddling and lots of frozen kongs and sleeping!
Instead of sleeping in crates they have been all flaking out on the kitchen floor...they weren't in a hurry to go out for a walk this morning :-)
I went to Empingham on Friday with my two doglets. It is such a lovely show and the courses were tricky but fun. Spark had three almost runs where she got E'd in each one but worked so well and did bits I was so pleased with. Brodie did two jumping runs and came 3rd in C4-7 and won the G5-7. He was flying!! I jumped him over the new LHO as I feel at the age of 9 and given he is a small medium it is fair to save wear and tear on him. The trophies were cool!
On Sunday we did teams at Rugby. Unfortunately I was the only team member that was eliminated which was gutting. I normally couldn't give two hoots about an E but was really upset that I had let everyone down. Toad had run like a rocket but did a one hit aframe (first time ever!) and I think it surprised him. Fingers crossed we can get it together next weekend! Annabel Stoate took these super pictures of flying Toad in teams!
And a little Brooke update...here is a video of her agility work so far :-)
I took my two to RVA show at Just Dogs Live, it was a lovely day out and I really enjoyed watching the displays, visiting the shops and playing agility of course! Brodie only did a jumping run due to the windy conditions meaning I pulled him from the agility. It was my first time running LHO and he really enjoyed it!!
Sparkalina was a good girly, she had an absolute blast in her first class which was the C3-6 steeplechase Animal Health Qualifier. She managed to win it which was great especially seeing as it was combined over all heights as well (160 dogs) She won a lovely bed and gift voucher! Having broken a weave pole at Dans in her lesson during the week she seemed to have a weave wobble in both of her other classes. It was her first G6 show so I'm pleased I got her round the agility course...she managed to get 2nd despite having 10f in the weaves!!
She approves of her new bed!
Brooke and Brax had a little play in the field over the weekend as well. I started mat work with Brooke in the house about a month ago and she has worked through all the foundation exercises well so we tried her on the plank for the first time and she did really well! She isn't allowed to do a stopped contact any more due to her shoulder whereas running is much easier on her. She is loving learning something new!
Brax is feeling much better and is now almost 3.5kg! We let her do a couple of easy sequences in the field and she was totally wild :-) We have entered her into a few shows coming up in August.
Brooke has been allowed to be off lead over the fields with Brodie...love this pic!
What an amazing three days!! Friday I took Brodie and Dolly to Kelluki UKA show to support some clients (some at their first show) I did a bit of a headless chicken impression making sure I could watch everyone run and help walk courses were necessary. They all did me proud! Dolly won her steeplechase class and Brodie came 2nd in Jumping so they got to pose too! Apollo missed out on the pic but also won two steeplechase classes and although Squidge didn't do anything competitively he did weaves and dog walks beautifully in the practice ring :-D
I went back on Saturday with just Brodie as Kate and I went together and it was Dixies first time competing at UKA. She did a couple of steeplechases really well, not clear but confident. Toad was a superstar!! He came 2nd in the Masters jumping and won the Masters agility meaning that he won the Masters Overall and has qualified for the Grand Finals again!
On Sunday I took Brooke and Brodie to a Rally competition. Brodie came across food bowls and a jump for the first time in the ring in his Level 3. I stuffed up the food bowls and went the wrong way round them but we still managed a very credible 4th place out of 26 dogs! He is so happy doing stuff with me whether its Rally or agility he is such a dude!
Brooke had her first competition since her operations and all of her rehab. She worked so beautifully and enjoyed it so much that when the judge said it was a stunning round I just burst into tears in the ring! Turns out that she had won it which meant more happy tears! She is now Level 2 :-) This is the comment that the judge made on her score sheet...
Brooke and Brodie posing with their friend Ollie who got his last Level 2 qualifying score!
Sparkle has finished her season and Brax continues to put weight on so they will be back in action as well next weekend!