Newton Heath - I wrote in Rivi's and Zev's training journal - it has just been an amazing day, as the agility season so far has been zooming high and then crash and burning ...metaphorically of course. Rivi and I got to our first champ final and came second in the Championship Jumping. I so needed that as I needed to know if I handled good then a good placement would be the outcome. I admit I find it hard handling Rivi as we have been of late a less consistent team, but I am fast learning how sweet it feels when it goes well. And that enables me to focus on what we can do. It was great to be in two finals. Zev and Me in the Champ finals. Note to self need new baseball hat!
In the final I had five faults with both of them. But my goal of getting them both to a final and achieving some good handling was achieved. And as you can see with the photo of Rivi above, its just so awesome that togetherness that you can share. Sure I could have a better photo of me, but it just captures the sheer joy and bliss of a great day with the guys.
Well my excitement levels for Dixie's first KC show was fairly high, even the British summer weather could not get in the way of that. And here is Marc running her in her first agility and they came 3rd :-) Here is the vid...
She handled the whole debut with great aplomb and took it all in her stride as did Marc!
p.s Mr Big still out for at least 4-6 weeks...hmmp!!!!!!!
Hinckley, always put on a great show, it proves that a quality show does not need to be massive. It only had five rings with champs and qualifiers. And I pretty much had similar results to Nottingham. Rivi worked beautifully, we are improving and consolidating. Really enjoying the runs, just need to progress to making them flawless. Zev and me made the Champ final too, not a terrific run handling wise but Zev had a brilliant time.
Update on Mr Big: -Previously I had made light of the daft reason for Bigs having to have a little rest. How foolish was I? Two fridays ago getting ready for Nottingham we discover it was not just the rear end. Cue Bigs screaming in the garden, cue emergency trip to vets with us thinking he had broken himself big time (excuse the pun) . We had one stressed Biggles and two very stressed humans. Fortunately no breaks and Bigs stress/pain eased by morphine and other drugs.
Good news is that two weeks on vets are no longer classing his front right shoulder as having a partial dislocation, which means he wont be needing an operation. But he will be missing more that two weeks of action for sure. But the main thing is he is feeling better in himself. He is also now miffed that he not allowed to run amok and cause poodle chaos where ever he goes!!!!!! ;-)
Zevman - endearing, passionate and opinionated. Perfect in fact . See Zev's web page for more information. by clicking on his picture.
Ag Ch Vanitonia Mister Big - Marcs tiny bundle of mega fun and attitude
The names Big - Mister Big ! See my webpage for more information on my adventures.
Dixie aka Nedlo Strictly Classic
A Small and Mighty.border collie who is definitely large if a bit tiny!
Rivi aka Nedlo Drives Me Wild - AWG
Christine's Rivioli - the one and only - unique.
Nuts aka Woodsorrel Drives Me Nuts
My Nuts - my beautiful border collie, who is my Forever Nuts...In loving memory
Storm aka Storm's A Brewing
My boy, who taught me so much. Thank you and miss you. Took me from Elementary to Novice, in his final year of agility was second overall for the Novice Classic and finished third in the final - DINAS 2004. In Obedience Storm took me from Pre-Beginner to 'A'
Wings aka Woodsorrel Bright Wings
Marc & Wings, a journey indeed - came to us with more baggage than a airport luggage conveyor belt, not that you would know that now :-) Grade 6 in agility with one agility win to Grade 7. Won the KC Novice Cup 2007 and Qualified Crufts Team 2011. Now retired to watch TV and herd to her hearts content.
Raz aka Woodsorrel Crazy Nut
Marc's crazy sweet dog – Obedience C only and Grade 7 - Championship level in Agility. Raz had floaters in his eyes that cause blurring since birth, which build up and cause the retinal detachment. At 6 he finally became blind in one eye and worsening poor vision in the other due to retinal detachment, which meant he was retired at 6 years old. It is amazing and a testament to Marc's handling that Raz did as well as he did. The problem is hereditary / CEA. Raz also has the occasional 'fit' and intolerant of any cereal ie wheat/maize.
Tri aka No spills Tri Thrills
Marc's girl - sorely missed - one fantastic season going senior and to the semi's before being retired at 3 years old - due to chroic hd/back and heart problems. That one year was a golden summer of agility, watching them run together was simply thrilling. Her previous owners had brought her from a pet shop, fortunately they rehomed her to us when she was a around a year old.