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Monday, April 14, 2014

BIG update

Lots to write about as Ive been a bad blogger for the past 3 months.

Firstly all was well with Boo after her raisin eating incidence..phew.

Boo's TV appearance has been and gone. She was actually seen quite a few times , but not as much as was shot, but I expect that nowadays.

Fozzie's injury turned out to be a hamstring injury. He had magnetic therapy and exercises for 2 weeks, and then gentle lead work leading up to off lead runs over the following wk or so.
I made the decision to withdraw him from Crufts because he just wouldn't have been jump fit by then, also I was concerned about the surface there and if he another slip it could set everything back.

The following week after Crufts we went away to the USA and under our instruction the dogs didn't get much exercise then, so on return I had a lot of work to get them all fit ready for their first show this weekend.

Fozzie's Santander advert has aired and he looked lovely in it :-) Both his Direct Line and Santander ads were both being shown at the same time :-)

Last weekend all my dogs bar Disney filmed alongside 30 other dogs for a film due out at the end of this year /beginning of 2015 called "Absolutely Anything" Click this link to tell you more. Quite a list of stars.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727770/
I was also an extra in the film, so that's one cinema trip I will be making :-)

I continue to have my Highs and Lows with Boo. One week I think YES she is getting more motivated and then the next I feel like giving the whole thing up :-(
However she is still doing really well in the Obedience, so much so that I decided to enter my first show ..........

So this all brings us to this weekend.

I have been taking my boys into the field everyday and gradually working on their fitness, doing grids and straight line jumps and I saw an improvement gradually developing.
So I decided they would be able to compete this weekend just gone.

However on the Saturday it was Boo's debut at Obedience. First show of the year for many people at Oxhey, and a big busy show at that. There were 41 Novice bitches entered which I was told was a big entry. I took her in to do her A round first as a training round and I took her toy in with me. I just did some heel work and a retrieve. I was delighted with her attitude :-)
About an hour later, when it was a little quieter I decided to do her Novice round. Not quite sure why but she was sneezing quite a bit on the heel work, but she didn't lose position.  Disney used to do this and I could never work out why !!!!
Anyway she was fab :-) She lost 3/4 mark on heel on lead, 1 mark on Heel free, 1/2 mark on recall and nothing on retrieve :-) So total mark lost was 2 and a quarter.
I then had to wait for the other 27 dogs to work. I couldn't believe it when at the end of the class she had WON !!!!! Her first obedience show, under an extremely good experienced judge ,against very hot competition. I had never ever expected that ! The second placed dog had lost over 3 so she led by a good margin too :-) She now has to only get 1 other win to be out of Novice and into "A" and she doesn't know her scent yet :-(
This could potentially the shortest obedience show season yet unless I get her scent and out of sight stays sorted. I have had to work extremely hard on her sit stay as it is, she had a tendency to lay down after about 40 seconds :-( So after every walk I've done I have left her in a sit stay whilst I load the other dogs and the kiddies into the van. She's had to sit amongst strange dogs running around so with huge distractions. It certainly paid off :-)



Here is the video of her performance :-)


On the Sunday we were up really early again, this time for Agility at Shuttleworth.
The boys worked well, but their lack of fitness showed as they knocked a few jumps and didn't seem to have the stamina. Someone also said I was working Fozzie like a pansy and I have to agree. I was so concerned about his injury that I just wasn't pushing him at all.

However the icing on the cake was Boo... She was FANTASTIC. She didn't go clear, but she was fast, driven and focused. the best she has ever been at a show.
I am now feeling much more positive about her agility future because I could actually see it is there :-)
She's due her second measure some time over the next 2 months and I would so love her to measure into small. The last time she was just a whisker into Medium and I know from me measuring her at home that sometimes she does measure small. The second measure stands if the dog changes height unless you want to contest it..well obviously if she went into small I wouldn't :-)
Here is a little compilation of the 3 runs she did..you can see just how motivated she is :-)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Not Such a Good Start

Well I was hoping 2014 would be a better year but it hasnt started too well :-(


Firstly all my training classes since the New Year has had to be cancelled because of torrential rain, and the field is just too slippery and sodden.

I had started Fozzies training in earnest to get him fit and ready for Crufts in March. I had booked several training sessions with him and his weekly training was going really well. He was amazing , totally paw perfect and looking great.
Then disaster :-(
I have to put Fozzie in a crate when at training because he tends to get so worked up watching the other dogs. 2 wks ago I did just that, but he managed to get so worked up ( even inside the crate ) that he rolled it over . At the time I laughed and thought no more about it. He continued to work and I thought all was fine, however near the end of the session he suddenly didn't want to work and kept running back to my seat. Clearly something wasn't right , so I went to put him away. He was reluctant to jump into the back of the van, so I know he must have hurt something.
The next day I phoned my Chiro. She was on holiday so I had to see her colleague. She diagnosed a mis aligned pelvis and put it straight with strict instructions to rest him for 48hrs. I was a little concerned because he did yelp when she did it , which is very unusual :-(

However there was no improvement after 3 days so I was worried, especially as he seemed to have no strength in his rear end. Someone suggested maybe he had hurt a disc in his back :-( Fozzie was also due to go on a film job the next day. I hummed and harred about taking him , but all he had to do was sit in a caravan, so not too taxing for him. Thank goodness that all went well :-) This was for a Santander commercial :-)

I was due to take him back to the Chiro last Monday , but on reflection decided that probably wasn't the right course of action if he had hurt his back. So after several recommendations I am taking him to see a physio for more of an all round approach to the problem.
I am pretty sure he won't be competing at Crufts even if he is better by then :-( I think it may be foolhardy to run him on that surface after any sort of injury so close to the event.
Today I took him to my vet to get the referral ,and I have to say over the last 2 days he has been better. She examined him thoroughly and he didn't elicit any pain or discomfort , so maybe the rest has worked !
However I am still taking him to see the Physio on Friday , because I want him 100% sound for the agility season with or without Crufts.

Now Boo....Last Tuesday she raided one of my minded kiddies bags. Unbeknown to me until 2-3 hrs later she had eaten a packet of Raisins which are highly toxic to dogs.
Total panic as it was 11.30 at night.
Emergency call to my vets, who advised me to take her to another emergency vets because he wasn't sure he had the correct treatments for her.
She needed to be made to vomit , be put on a drip and the given charcoal all night. The biggest problem was the length of time from ingestion , as by 2 hrs some would definitely have gone through her stomach into her intestines and started to be absorbed.
So it was a waiting game :-(

She seems to be fine...so fingers tightly crossed.
Before this happened she too had an agility training session with Natasha Wise and she was a really good girl :-)
Last Sunday she had an obedience training day and equally she was brill.

So not quite the start of the year I was hoping for.
Here are a couple of videos of Boos agility last week and an obedience training session back in December .



Friday, January 03, 2014

2014 New Look

I've decided for the New Year to have a new look blog :-)
I do hope you like it and find the text easier to read without glasses ( as some have said..lol )

Rain has stopped play as far as training is concerned, coupled with a first aid course I have to go on for a couple of weeks.

I need to get Fozzie fit and well for Crufts ,but I hate with a vengeance training my dogs in the wet and mud. I worry too much for their safety.
I have a couple of training days sorted, but not sure if they are indoors or not.
I also want to take him to a venue that has the astro turf. I shall endeavour to do this in February, so its nearer to when he is actually competing on it. I will be truthful and say I am bricking it as regards Crufts, I am not sure I am actually fit enough either. The fact that Crufts is live streamed across the world and watched by so many actually scares me to death.
I'm finishing this entry with some photos of my boys. I was given a new black backdrop for Xmas and today as it was so miserable I spent the day playing :-)








Sunday, December 29, 2013

End of Year Catch Up.

2013 is coming to an end , so I thought this was a good time to catch up with my news.

My last post was about Boo's first TV job for Tesco. Unfortunately they cut her bit out of their ad so no one ever got to see how lovely she was, however 3 weeks ago she did her second job .

It was for a pilot comedy programme called " The Walshes" to be shown in February. She is the family dog called "useless"  Poor Boo :-(

I hadn't a clue what she had to do when we arrived. So I was very nervous about it all, and how she'd be. Well I needn't have worried..she was totally AMAZING :-)

She had several scenes to do and she was paw perfect. They even asked for her to do something I hadn't taught her. In 5 minutes I got her to go on command to the other end of the room and then go and lay in a bed. The cast and crew loved her and more importantly the producer and director were raving about her. I got lovely feedback from my agent that they sent her afterwards.

I wont have any worries about any future work that she may asked to do.



Fozzie also did his first TV Job I previously posted about. This was actually for the new Direct Line advert. Once again a dogs first job is always a worry. You can never be sure whether they will freak at the cameras, crew, noises etc.

Once again I couldn't fault Fozzie. He had to be alongside small children inside a cramped car for a considerable amount of time and he was brilliant. He was chilled and happy throughout.



I don't know how much will end up on the cutting room floor, but hopefully he will be seen at some point :-) Here are some pics of him filming.
































At the beginning of December Boo was eventually spayed :-( She has suffered badly with her hormones and I just couldn't bear her low mood and lack of any sort of work ethic. It was making me depressed, and I had made the decision that if she was to remain intact then her agility would go out of the window as I felt like I was flogging a dead horse.

However the decision was taken away from me, because we booked a fantastic holiday at the end of March to the US. My sister in law is house/dog sitting and unfortunately it would have been just when Boo would be in season again. After the " accident " with Woody last time, coupled with the fact it would be a huge responsibility having an in season dog to look after , I decided the only option was to get her spayed.



She was awful when we got her home after her op. She acted like someone was using her as a pin cushion. She jumped in the air for no reason, she scratched constantly , couldn't settle and was extremely stressed. I had to put a babies bodysuit on her to prevent her damaging herself with constant scratching. It took a full 7 days for her to behave normally, and then thank goodness she was ok because 10 days later she was doing her film job. However the real problems came a week later, when she felt fine again because I couldn't keep her quiet , still or keep all 4 of her feet in the floor. She was bouncing like Tigger :-( Jumping on and off furniture and it was a nightmare !



Here we are 4.5 weeks later and she is behaving like a total loon. She has reverted to puppy hood and is a menace and being very naughty again . I am hoping this will bode well for her agility.  We have a Natastha Wise training day today and I am going to start her back gently with poles on the floor. No A Frame or Seesaw and only end contacts on the Dog Walk. Next week I will introduce small jumps and then hopefully by mid January she can resume properly albeit at small height till February.

She is off lead on her walks now.





Boo sporting her bodysuit :-) Looking very fed up :-(



I wrote back at the beginning of October that I was thinking of giving up agility shows. As I said then this decision was based on some negative things that had happened coupled with Boos lack of motivation, Chips advancing age and Fozzies injury problems.

I have since decided that I will be continuing :-) HOORAY. But maybe not doing so many shows and maybe doing some different shows that I don't normally do. I am also going to do some Obedience shows with Boo.

Chip still has at least another agility season, even if he's no longer competitive. Fozzie has upped his game and is actually amazing at the moment. I need to get some intense training in before Crufts though. I need to find an AstroTurf arena to practice on, so he understands the surface.

And fingers tightly crossed that Boo will now go from strength to strength.

Lastly in this round up I can't forget lovely Disney.
He is doing amazingly well. Its so hard to believe he almost wasn't with us 3 months ago. He is extremely senile and sometimes very frustrating, but he is my special boy and I treasure every extra day I have with him.
I am extremely worried about my holiday in March . But I am leaving him in very safe hands and trust Carol ,my sister in law, to make any decisions which may have to be made as regards his health. I originally wasn't going to go away as I couldn't bear to leave him, but this opportunity came up and it wouldn't be there another time. I am sure he will be 100% ok whilst I am away, although I am sure I will be phoning/ messaging home almost every day.
That is the joy of Skype and internet. Its so easy to keep in touch wherever you are in the world.

In 2014 I am going to try and do a quick round up at the end of every show I go to on my blog. I can now do it via my phone, so should be easy enough to do actually on site. I can save a draft and just publish it on my return home.

Here are a couple of lovely photos to end this year. Its of some of my lovely Hairygang at Xmas











Thursday, October 24, 2013

Baby Boo's first proper TV Job

Last week Boo had her first proper TV Job. She did a still shoot when she was about 12 weeks old, but since then I haven't put her forward for anything as I felt she was too immature.

Well I needn't have worried...she was totally FANTASTIC. She wasn't fazed by a thing and was extremely confident
Her first scene was to be tearing up Xmas wrapping paper. I knew about the job 2 weeks ago and I taught her to tear on command. I was very confident until they told me 5 minutes before they'd like her to tear the paper on a parcel, which I hadn't taught. The AD went off to talk to the director and they decided to go back to plan a) as thats what I was told to teach her.
She was very excited and ready to go. They said action and I gave her her cue.... disaster. The scene before had food in it and there were crumbs everywhere and all she did was go off and sniff :-(
I wanted to die, I had been so confident she would do it. Anyway they got set up again. I played with a piece of the wrapping paper with Boo and hey presto she was away. They made her do it about 7 times, she then had to play with a cuddly toy amongst the paper and then had to do various cute poses with paper in her mouth. I have just been teaching Boo to beg and my hand signal is verbal with a hand up. They wanted her to look up into camera, so I go a piece of sausage out and held it up above the camera , Bless her..she immediately went up into a beg :-) The Ooo's & Arrrs from everyone was lovely :-)

Next scene 2 days later involved her running around a snow covered garden whilst a family played football and had a snow ball fight. Not much preparation for that, she was great and wasnt worried about all these people running around her at all.

It was for the Tesco Xmas Commercial, which should start to be screened approx mid November. They may of course cut all her bits :-( or it could be a blink and miss it.
Here are a couple of pics of her in the artificial snow.


With her on screen family





Chips appearance in BBC 1 " The Escape Artist"  A 3 part criminal series should be airing very soon. It stars David Tennant. Chip was just the family dog and only appears briefly in a few scenes.

Then theres Woody. He appears in 5 episodes of the childrens programme Gigglebiz with Justin Fletcher on CBeebies. This is airing now.

And lastly...Fozzie is doing his first job soon. I am slightly worried about this as he hasn't been behind a TV camera at all yet. I don't know what its for yet. At first they just wanted a dog to sit in the back of a car. That shouldn't be hard, but I've since been told he will have to do something else too..once again I haven't a clue what that is or what the job is for !!




Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Decisions, Decisions

After a series of negative events over the past few weeks/months that have made me quite depressed , I have made the decision to give up Agility, well certainly competing anyway.

I haven't made any decisions yet about training, but I think certainly for this winter I will continue to train my dogs in a small way.

I was struggling anyway to find training for both my big boys during winter , so this was also getting me down. Although I have my own field and equipment, I lack motivation to go out and train on my own. I'm happy to go out and practice contacts, weaves and the odd exercise, but anything other than that I just cant do. I also need someone to tell me where I went wrong, where I could have tightened a turn or just set me an exercise.

However I have some monthly training days at my field organised with Natasha Wise which I will honour, because all my regular friends enjoy it so. So I will train the boys once a month and I will do grids work and single jump exercises etc with them in the field to keep them jump fit.
Boo has got regular training during winter, so for a while I will continue to train her. Sadly she hasn't really turned out quite how I hoped. She is nice and neat, but lacks the drive and want that I love in my boys. I have to use so much energy playing, cajoling, encouraging that I am mentally and physically exhausted at the end of each exercise/run. I had to do this with my Standard Poodles many years ago, but since having my 4 boys I hadn't realised how hard this can be and I'm a lot older now too :-(
I realise Boo is still very young and lacks confidence, and also at the moment she is still a bit hormonal after her season 7 weeks ago, so she could pick up.

I had even started to look around for a puppy again, and had found a perfect litter, but I'm not sure that this is the answer , although typically this is the first time hubby Steve has actually encouraged me to go and look at a puppy !!!
Also 6 dogs really is too much, and Disney is now doing so well( more on him in a minute) that I don't see a space occurring for quite a while..thank goodness.

So at this moment in time my decision sticks. I may go back to Obedience shows next year, to give me a break and then take stock after a few months.
Here is a little video of Boo at maybe her last show. I know we should never say never, so I wont say she will never compete again....time will tell

DISNEY UPDATE

Disney is doing incredibly well :-) In fact better than I could have imagined :-) He's been signed off from the vets. He no longer has to wear his collar, his incision is completely healed and he can resume normal life. He's also back enjoying his normal walks. He still gets a bit puffy when he's out for any length of time especially if its warm, but he managed an hours walk 2 days ago with ease and was still running at the end :-) Disney has never been one that charges around on a walk even as a puppy, so he doesn't overexert himself. I can't help smiling all the time when I look at him.
Generally his whole attitude and demeanour has improved immensely at home and he is so much more chilled. I now wonder just how much discomfort he has been in for the past few months :-(
I still get a chill when I think how close we were to having him put to sleep. If my vet had been on duty on that Friday after his specialist appointment, Disney would not be here today. It was only because we had to wait till Saturday for her to be on duty that everything changed. It was the Friday evening that Disney picked up and I realised that maybe he should have chance. It was definitely meant to be :-)





Sunday, September 22, 2013

Best News Ever


The results are back and it was the best news possible. The lump wasn't a malignant or benign tumour, it was a fatty lymphoma .
So now we can relax and enjoy what time we have left with Disney.
I took this this evening. Hard to believe its only been 10 days since his Op :-)







Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Disney Update

It has now been a week since Disney's operation. He is doing remarkably well. He's wanting to run, play and seems so much happier, even though he has to wear a special collar to stop him getting at his stitches. These ones are inflatable and so much nicer than the horrible hard plastic cone type. When he came home, thats all I had and he hated it and was so miserable. Worse still he got stuck under the table between the seat legs. Fortunately someone lent me this inflatable one and its been a godsend. It would be no good on a dog with a leg injury as they can still reach their legs, but on abdomen wounds its perfect :-) Disney uses his as a pillow :-)

Hopefully the results of the biopsy will be back this week.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Disney is Home

Disney is home :-) The operation was a success and hopefully we will have a few more months if not years with my special boy. he is over the worse, but obviously he has a few weeks of recovery before he's right back to normal.
The lump was enormous, bigger than ever imagined and was pushing his bladder right into his pelvis and his other organs towards his lungs.
It has gone off for a biopsy, so should know in about 7-10 days what exactly it was.
Disney is an amazing dog, and has come home with a spring in his step and you certainly wouldn't know he had just had a serious operation.
If you're squeamish don't look at the next picture, but this was the mass they removed !!!



I just wanted to add this little video taken of Disney the day before the op. How could I have not given him the chance !

Monday, September 09, 2013

My Special Boy

Life can be so cruel sometimes :-(

Last week Disney suddenly had a very bad attack where he needed to keep peeing and was passing blood, and he was very very upset.
I took him to the emergency vet at 10.30pm who administered an antibiotic jab, an anti inflammatory and a morphine jab. He said he could feel a mass and wanted him to be seen asap by a specialist.

The next day I was down at Godstone at the North Downs referral centre.
They kept him in and did an ultrasound and told me the news I didn't want to hear, and that was he had a huge mass in his abdomen that was pushing on his bladder.
However the biopsy showed that possibly it wasn't a tumour, however the only way to be certain was to open him up. When they did the biopsy some pus came out and tests showed necrosis .

Originally Steve and myself said that we didn't want him to undergo surgery, and we thought the kindest thing would be to have Disney put to sleep. However although 15.5 yrs old, his blood tests were amazing for his age. His quality of life is still good, he has no arthritis , and although deaf and has a heart murmur, he doesn't look or act his age.

We spoke with the specialist and Emily ( my fantastic vet)  and it was decided to give Disney a chance with Surgery. We have all agreed that once she has opened him up, if the operation is going to be straightforward with a good recovery, she will go ahead. However if , when she opens him, she finds a real mess in there, or the mass have infiltrated other organs etc she will call us and we will go down and say our goodbyes to him on the operating table and he wont be bought round.

I know there is a big chance we will be saying our goodbyes tomorrow, but we felt if there was any chance the op could be successful we had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Even if we have just a few more quality months with Disney it will be worth it.

So fingers and toes and anything else tightly crossed for my extra special boy.