Firstly Little Miss Lottie is making her presence felt in our house. She is such a character and not a dainty little show dog at all. We had her sister, Diva, to stay with us for a week so all training went out the window but we are now back on track. Actually I have to say she's really soaking it all up and such a clever little thing, cheering the agility dogs on and joining in with puppy classes.
We are desperately trying to keep her ears tipped and they insist on standing up, I'll not tell you the lengths we've gone to as some are embarrassing!
Right now she's fast asleep on a huge piece of vet bedding that I bought yesterday at Wellingborough Agility Show, she such a cutie, I bought it for Skye and Buddy but they won't use it while she's there lol.
Here's a video of her first experience with a paddling pool. She's good at making the most of a situation and very cheeky too as this clip shows. Poor Skye is waiting her turn in the pool just to be harrassed by the spikey hairball but what fun they had.
Just one more of Lottie and her sister, Diva, playing and Buddy and Skye not wanting to be left out. I love being with my dogs, they are so much fun and make all my stresses go away. This just makes me realise how very lucky I am to share my life with them.
So now to the more serious stuff of agility. This weekend we went to Wellingborough Agility Show and Hayley ran Skye and Jenna (a friend's dog) and Buddy in a couple of classes. I'll have to ask Hayley how many clears she got as I've forgotten, I know she had an 11th Place in something with Skye. The highlight for me was Buddy coming 2nd in Large Jumping Combined Grades 1 and 2. I love it when it all comes together and we work as a team, there's no other feeling like it. There is a video, gladly taken by Hayley somewhere but, for now, I've included his NBC Helter Skelter run grades 1-7 that Hayley ran him in. I love to watch him because he really does try so hard. More grid work I think as his inexperience knocks 2 poles down but otherwise a textbook run.
Anyway now he has a 2nd place to add to his 4th at the JDA Show at Shuttleworth so a stonking 16 points towards his agility warrant in 2 shows.
I'm working hard to get consistant contacts with him, I originally trained him to do running contacts but, although great when he was younger, this has badly back fired as he's gained in speed and confidence, so we have gone right back to basics and started again. He's listening in training but not in competition so I think I might have to sacrifice a couple of runs to hammer the point home to him.