Friday, 31 December 2010
Happy New Year everyone, family, friends and those that read our blog...Hope all your dreams come true and you have a healthy year ahead of you.....
and maybe I'll get to meet some of you at an agility show in 2011 .......
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Monday, 27 December 2010
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
and then in another breath, I'm all excited about this manic Sennen pup, who's bonkers and I do wonder what we have here!...both Ian and I where expecting something a little quieter being that Annie (greyhound/whippety lurcher girl) was the mum...
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Monday, 13 December 2010
Sunday, 12 December 2010
We walked from Trisillian to Malpas, 1 hour and 10 mins there, lunch then 1 hour 10 mins back.....great walk, although Nikki and I were making a few noises about "where we there yet!" around the odd bend and after 100's and 100's of steps!
Friday, 10 December 2010
They have all been to the vets this week too, Harry for his jab and weighing..I try and weigh them all regularly just to keep track with them, it can creep up...as it does with me!
everyone has lost weight, just little, but nothing to worry about, Mindy really needed to0, Red I try and keep low in her old age for her movement in her hip, she has HD in one hip oh and a grade 2 heart murmur (not bad for a grade 7 retired at 10 agility dog!) Buzz I was a little more concerned about, he had jumped off the bed on Saturday morning and did his back leg thing that he did last year that took £500 hydrotherapy and pills and potions and 6 months rest to sort out, although it really was just a management thing...he is a lot better after 6 days of metacam and lead walking, Vet agreed with my idea of another few days of rest and Metacam, take him off the metacam and then keep lead walking for another week and see how we go....
What else happened this week.......No lessons as the ground was just too hard, until today....but I did manage to fit in some cik and cap training (twist and rop, Dawns saying) great DVD that Slyiva Trkman has brought out, very down to earth in how she teaches it and why and where to use it....great Christmas buy! I'm still at the pole stage and haven't made up my mind what words I'm going to use that I can remember, I use "this" for both sides, but hadn't really taught it around anything...just used it out on walks to get them back to me.....Lots to learn.
Oh and Ian chopped another 6 inches of my hair with the kitchen scissors, it's rather short now and I can only just tie it up.. yes I know it will grow out a bit...it's short !!
May be I should have just gone with Mindy and Harry....
Monday, 6 December 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Monday, 15 November 2010
The bitch is the farmers down the road and she had 11 pups, 6 boys and 5 girls, in the hay rick, he didn't know what to feed them or how to bring them up, so guardian angles Jackie and Nicky at Hawksflight (look at my links bit) bought them into their home and are raising them all...
They will be ready on or around the 11 December, when they will be 8 weeks, they will be microchipped and come with 4 weeks free insurance, they are staying down in Redruth, Cornwall, if any of you blog readers want to know any further details just send me a message and I'll pass on phone numbers etc..
She is such a good Mum...
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Any way if you want to spend 3 hours or so, out and about in Devon, I'd say go and see all the old fairground rides in use.......they hire the place out and I recon it would be a great place for a Christmas Party or even a wedding!
Ps. this time of year it's only £3 to get in.....
brown signs off the A30 at Lifton on down, saying Dingles steam Village...
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Do you have a favourite trophy?
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
and in this case I wasn't sure whether I was doing it right!....in the begining I had a definate plan on how to train the seesaw, for me....my thoughts where: what was the point of a small dog running just to the pivot point and then tipping and moving down to the contact area....takes far too long and you would have to always be there for them....at the end of the day, the fastest dog wins....So I did my homework, watched loads of youtube videos on how others had trained their dogs and read articles etc.......
and I chose to use the method of the dog running all the way to the end with you there with food or toy, what ever gets the dog motivated, yes it would have been much easier if it was a toy and I would rather a toy, but I have learnt you need to adapt with each dog, if I had used a toy with both of my small dogs, I don't think I would have got Mindy anywhere near the SS again after her accident in June this year at Thames DTS, she got the contact the seesaw touched the floor then as she ran off it it bounced back up and hit her on the chin, it then took two weeks for her even to be within 2 metres of the ss, lots of clicker training and cheese got us to the start of the video, so from there we decided to use the "bang it" game and she eventually managed to "Look at it" (click, treat), then touch it, (click, treat) with her nose to touching it with a paw,(click, treat) often these click treat would be a jack pot too, then to jumping on the end, whilst it was on the floor (she had no problem with the dog walk and continued to run it in the ring) we then raised the end a little and she learnt to jump on the end and ride it too the floor...the rest of her progress is in this video diary...up to you whether you watch it all as it is long and some cases unedited......but this worked for us.....Harry joined in too.
She then managed to do three ss in the ring before the end of "My"season (September) and won the last agility class, to take her into G6.
No video's of that run, as she had at the previous weekend show, left the ring to go and chat to Ian who was videoing....Bless, such a baby, well actually she is a baby, I keep forgeting this was her first season competing and she's now up with the big guns!
Dogs are such great teachers........Love them.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
This was only 20 Min's in on the walk and she was far worse by the time we got back to the car another hour later!
.....Mindy is a hunter and chaser, where Red goes, she goes.
Harry was muddy, but not this bad.......
Bless them, but what fun to watch, her and Red ducking and diving in and out the trees, jumping some puddles and running through others!
So we spent the first hour when we got home using the dog wash and dog blaster......thank god for both, a god send!
Friday, 15 October 2010
....at the beginning of the year Mum had the old pond, dug out and made bigger, they put a couple of island in for the ducks/geese.....
Mums Retrievers love swimming, mine are more paddlers!
View across towards the house, the other side of the woods.......
See Buzz is paddling out towards a stick....
Not sure where the "Puffs" were, off hunting, playing kiss chase!