Thursday, 27 May 2010

The Dixie

What can I say, the Dixie continues to be so very cute, incredibly strong herding drive, oh so smart and great fun. Mandy who breed the Comebyanway Border Collies and who owns Dixie's sire has sent me some photos so that people can see her 'mum and dad'. Why did we end up with a Nedlo pup, well actually another Nedlo pup. Well, the reason being I instantly liked Dot (mum) when I first met her when she was six months old and said, "ohhh, if she has pups in the future can I have one?". Then Will the Sire, is lovely too. A promising combination. Needless to say the timing was always wrong for me and I did not end up with a Dot pup, but Marc has!!!!!!

 With thanks to Mandy and Lesley, who put the combination together

Monday, 17 May 2010

2 down 2 to go...for Zev

Last weekend was our agility club show - we have small/mediums on the Saturday and then large on the Sunday. Zev continues to amaze me with just how he is. At Shrewsbury the weekend before he won grade 6 jumping, and now the following weekend he has won grade 6 agility. So that is two wins towards grade 7.  He also did his first team run for the ESSC and the team came second. Zev and I ran 4th. I luv running last, I like the game on aspect since if the first 3 team members go clear, you know you need that clear and its 'step on up' time so to speak. See Lian's blog for the team run. I am very grateful this was videod as it was our club show, there was simply no time for Marc and I to video.
Biggles was on freebies and Rivi was superb and I was still slightly out of sync - however I am progressing which is very pleasing - bring on Nottingham in a couple of weeks.

This and next weekend is home time. I have new taps in the kitchen...I am easily pleased and it has just been great being outside in the garden and getting stuff done, planning and dreaming for the future.....The photos are just a record of some progress we have made with the garden and little Dixie sneaks in a couple. I will post about her soon...

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Just a picture...Bank Holiday Weekend

Well, another fab if crazy and surreal weekend. Luv'd this beautiful picture taken by a friend, who has one of those super duper cameras and wanted to try it out. Thank you for a super photo.
It was a crazy weekend for sure. Big won into grade 5, Zev won a grade 6 jumping, which was great for me as I watched the grade 6 mediums and some were so fast and whizzy, we went to check if he had scrapped in with a place and he had won it. It was a great boost. Rivi had some great results including a win, however in a couple of classes she back jumped a jump and I don't teach this. Analysis, she is getting so responsive and tight when I cue her to turn. She is literally doing it there and then and thus coming back over the jump! Her contacts are coming back after a spook at a previous show. (She froze on dog walk, a few dogs later the down plank had bounced out of its hinges!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Then in a combined 6-7 class she came 3rd, it was a fab course designed by Lee Gibson. The trouble with running his courses, they are so well designed and challenging and fast, you just wanna run it again and again. As they are just exhilarating.

That is why agility is additive, its the sheer thrill of doing well over great courses.