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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Photo Shoot

Last week on Pixels 12 week birthday she went for a photo shoot.
She was a total scream, and as is usual very very naughty. Fortunately Penel the photographer was very patient and managed to get a few good shots early on before Madam got too tired and stroppy.

It was also a good opportunity for Boo to come along and work in a studio environment. She was very worried to start, but after a couple of hours,she had settled a bit ( thank goodness )
I have spent the past week with Boo going to garden centres and into pubs, and she seems to be gaining confidence "very" slightly.





Boo looks like she saying.." For gods sake you just had to keep still for one minute "




Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pixel Dust is almost 12 weeks




Well we've nearly reached the 12 week old stage and I havent murdered her yet..lol

She is by far the most confident, naughtiest , cleanest, brightest puppy I have owned. I think she's actually a crocodile as her teeth and biting are incredible.

She did her first film job last week. It wasnt pre planned, Boo was supposed to be doing it, but Boo's terrible upset at the studios earlier this year, meant she was too anxious and upset to perform properly. ( more on that in a minute )
So Fozzie came and did the acting bit and Pixel did the cute be carried bit :-)

She was just so bold and had to do one scene with about 6 other dogs all running around together. She couldnt give a fig.

Today Fozzie was yet filming another commercial. Pixel had to come along because it was too long to leave her at home.  She came on set and was amazing. There were hoards of crew, Loads of noisy extras and equipment everywhere.  She took the whole experience in her stride .

Here are some pics of last week on her job and today :-)





Shes now been away on her first camping trip too. Once again totally unfazed and took everything thrown at her. She had her first off lead walk with the boys and Boo. Her recall is non existent , but as long as she's hanging onto one of the dogs ears I can get her back by calling them..lol
She keeps me on my toes thats for sure.




I am having a mental Dillema at the monet as regards her vaccinations. All my other puppies have just had a single puppy Jab and then I titre test to check its taken and they are immune. Since Boo 3 years ago I have heard of more and more dogs that have had side effects from vaccinations..skin issues, immune issues, allergies, behavioural issues, epilepsy and worse :-(
I made the decision to leave her even longer before I vaccinated her and in the meantime gave her homeopathic nosodes. There have been various studies using Nosodes on people in Cuba and other countries and the success rate has been amazing. However I am not sure that I have 100% faith in them, but equally even the vaccinations aren't always successful and as I said above can be detrimental.  However having said this I have been putting her down on the ground and letting her meet dogs since day one !!  She is one very socialised little puppy :-)

BOO

As I said earlier Boo has had confidence issues since her scare at a studio shoot 3 months ago for Fiat.
It has made her very anxious and last week was the first job I had taken her too since. We had no time for prep and she was in a right state and wanted to bolt :-(

She did do some bits, but was clearly very unhappy. So we bought Fozzie in and he did the work and then Pixel (as mentioned above) did the cuddly bits.

So 2 days later I took her to Pets at Home. She was once again very anxious and worried about every movement and noise :-( 
Next day we went to the Garden centre..same scenario but when we went outside and sat by the noisiest outdoor play area you could imagine ,she was totally un perturbed. So after about 10 minutes back inside we went armed with tasty titbits and I managed to get her to relax and even do some tricks. I am giving her rescue remedy to try and help. 

The plan now is to take her to every single indoor venue I can think of and try and re habilitate her somehow. 
Tomorrow we are taking Boo on a photo shoot ( along with Pixel ) This is in a very studio inside a house, so I am hoping it may be an ideal opportunity to put her in a quiet setting and reward loads. Pixel is doing a photo shoot for Dogs Today :-)

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Pixel aged 10.5 weeks

Well what can I say apart from she's totally mad. She drives the dogs to drink ( if they did ) and is full on most of the time. She still has major temper tantrums, but is 99% housetrained and sleeps all night till I get up.
Her training is coming on beautifully. She is keen and responsive and loves doing her daily 5 minutes of clicker work .
Here is the latest video




Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pixel 9 wks old and training coming on fast

Pixel is now 9 wks and 2.5 kg. She is such hard work. She is very head strong and has a temper on her I cant believe. she really is a puppy from hell and extra hard work, but I believe if I channel this all in the right direction she will make a fab dog..if she is still alive by them..lol

She torments the other dogs terribly and has no fear. Even strange dogs she approaches with the same manner ie jumping up at them to grab their ears, hair, face  in fact any part she can grab and pull :-(
Without a shadow of doubt if she met Disney and approached him in that manner she would be seriously hurt. We have to be extra vigilant that she never meets him until she's more respectful..if ever !

So here are a couple of videos of her at 8 weeks and then 9 weeks.




I do 5 minutes of training with her a night if possible. I grab a bit of chicken and when thats gone I finish. It would be so easy with a pup like her to carry on as she is so keen, but I want to keep her fresh and wanting more :-)

CHIP


Chip was very poorly last week. It started tuesday night/wed morning. I came down to several pools of bile. I thought nothing of it, he seemed fine and I just assumed he had been eating grass.
He was fine all day Wednesday and Thursday morning, but on Thursday afternoon he started to be sick again. I took the dogs for a late walk and he wasn't right and started to strain but nothing came. By 9.30 it was clear he wasnt well. I was worried it may be a blockage . I phoned the vet who said to watch him closely and if no improvement he'd see him no matter what time. He appeared to cheer up but to be safe I took him up to bed that night. At about 5.15 he started to vomit again. I got up with him at about 5.30 and he had violent diarrhoea :-( I waited till it was time for the vet to come on duty and I phoned as soon as I could and he said to bring him straight down. By the time we got to the vet Chip had started to vomit blood as well.  He had various injections and we agreed for me to take him home and we'd see how he went. However by 2pm Chip had started to pass blood as well. At this stage my vet said he should go in and go on a drip and have IV fluids and antibiotics. Chip was going downhill  and was quite weak and depressed. I was petrified it was a virus because of the pup and old Disney. My vet was sure it was something Chip had eaten. He stayed in overnight and I picked him up on Saturday. He was by then 100% better than the day before. He took till Monday to really improve to his normal self. The faecal results were normal , so although we don't know 100% what he had wrong it almost definitely wasn't a virus. All my other dogs remained well thank goodness :-)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

8 wk Photo Shoot

We did our first "at home " photo shoot when Pixel reached 8 weeks. I was on my own, so getting a wriggly hyperactive puppy to stay in one position, then pick up the camera and take the picture proved a bit of a challenge to say the least.

However after a lot of trial and error I eventually got this :-)




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pixel Puppy :-)


7 weeks old


I'll soon be able to jump up there !




Well I wanted another Puppy like a hole in my head.  In fact I didn't want another puppy at all. I was going to wait till we had no longer got Disney as he hates puppies and Chip hates Disney, so we spend out entire time with stair gates and separated dogs, but with only Boo really to work I knew I had to get another soon or else I'd be too old to want to. It takes 18 mths to train one to competition standard and Disney doesn't look like he's going anywhere soon.

So I started to look and put feelers out.  I had met someone last year from Agility up north that had a blue merle collie x poodle and asked him where he had got her from.  I phoned the people but they had no plans at that time to breed another litter anytime soon.

So I then heard about a litter of Chinese Crested cross Collie litter. I went to see the puppies and had intended to get a little male puppy, but then Chip and Fozzie had a scrap and tension between them escalated and we felt that maybe a little girl may be better to even things out. The lady was very understanding as she didnt have a girl puppy to offer me.

So I started my search again. As quite a few months had past since my contact with the breeder of the collie poodles up north I decided to email him again. It must have been fate as he said his bitch had just given birth to 7 puppies.

3 weeks later I went to see them. The Mother was lovely, as were the pups.
I went back when they were 6 weeks old to make my choice but it was so hard to choose . The little merle boy wanted to be with me and play with me and he tugged at my heart strings, but I knew a bitch would not only be smaller and less likely to go into large, but more sensible with the dog situation. I vowed I'd never have another bitch but hey ho.
The people were great and said I could leave my final decision till when I collect and I still had pick.

Well my obedience friend Chris came with on pick up day and the boy once again came straight to me, but the I really wanted to see if the 2 little girls had changed in a week. The all merle one was very distant and didn't really do anything to help herself be chosen. But the other little girl really started to shine. So home she came.

She spent the first week being called puppy. We just couldn't decide on a female name. I had loads of male names picked but nothing for girls. There was Belle, Tink, Bee, Bitz, Tizzy and Jessie..but nothing seemed right. Then my best friend Jane messaged me and reminded me about a name that I had thought of for Boo or Fozzie and that name was Pixel. It just seemed right. Links into the film and TV theme. There is a Disney film called Pixel Perfect, and it is a cute very original name...unlike all the previous suggestions.
I am struggling to think of her as Pixel and its not coming naturally at the moment to call her this after spending the previous week calling her puppy and various other names. I dont think I have met a single person yet who hasn't said what a great name it is, so thats good
I am sure over the coming weeks it will roll off the tongue. Trouble is people have already said she will be called Pixie which I hate. I don't mind Pix as a shortened version though. her registered name will be something along the lines of Megapixel ..............   ............  ?? Yet to be decided but will be linked to photo in someway.

She is an absolutely demon. Very confident and full on. Very very noisy and screams when she is in the pen. However she is the cleanest puppy I have ever had. She hasn't messed in her crate once and is 95% housetrained in a week. I picked her up at 7 weeks and she is now 8.5 weeks.
She is picking up things very quickly and she is Mega cute :-)

New Look and Lots of News.

Well after my excitement of getting my blog back at the end of last year, it was immediately hacked again. It was sorted 2-3 months ago,  but I deliberately left it a while to make sure all was ok before I published a lengthy blog.

So whats been happening in the Agility world.

Boo won up into Grade 4 in May last year and then this year she won up into Grade 5. When she's going well she's great, but I still feel I am struggling with Motivation and want .

Fozzie was going fantastically up until June 2014 and then his injury re occurred.. I asked for a referral to Fitzpatricks and he was diagnosed with Lumbarsacral disease. I had to give him loads of Physio and take him to water treadmill, but Boo was then chosen to be in a TV Series up in Cheshire ( see below )which meant from September through till December I was tied up most weeks and he missed most of his hydro and Physio. Yukky weather after Xmas meant I couldn't rehab him properly over jumps so he started the season in any size classes . My vet , the specialist and the Physio all said they couldn't see any reason why he couldn't return to full height competition, but I cant see it ever happening now. :-(
He will be 7 this year and with an injury I cant see him ever coming back on form.
I thought I'd be upset but on the contrary I wasn't a bit. He has always been such hardwork around the rings...he's very reactive and it gives me back ache and shoulder ache trying to hold him.
I had him entered at shows from July at full height leading up to the KC Festival and Adams. But I don't think he will be ready even if I spent the next 4 weeks trying to rehabilitate him.


Chip is now retired from full height competition. He's 10 now and has weak wrists caused by hyper extension. He will compete in all sorts for as long as he's happy.
I ran both him and Fozzie at Adams in May and they had a blast :-)

Boo started her Obedience career in May and won her 2 novice classes straight of. She then got a 4th in her first A round. However her scent and B work needed lots of work so I didnt compete with her again for the rest of the year.

She was entered for a couple of shows in June this year but sadly family commitments and weather meant she didnt go :-( Next week we have an Obedience show so we will see.

Media work in 2014 was fab. The dogs all appeared alongside myself in a new film due out soon called Absolutely Anything.
Fozzie did  Direct Line, Santander and Victoria Plumb Adverts. Chip and Boo did a still shoot for Fiat which turned into a nightmare for Boo. They turned a wind machine on full blast onto her without any prep or warning and she totally freaked out. It affected her for the rest of the day and since then at training too. In fact she is still a bit spooky in certain situations. She wouldn't even do agility at the indoor venue afterwards :-( I will now be extra careful if we ever have to go into a studio environment again.
Boo's highlight of 2014 was to be chosen for a part in the ITV programme called HomeFires set during World War 2.
We spent 12 weeks travelling back and forth to Cheshire to film staying in some lovely hotels.
Boo had a big part to play in the second episode and was totally fab.
The whole series will be available on Youtube soon and I will get a link for Episode 2 when its available.

Disney is now an amazing 17 years old. He is still remarkable but his sight isn't as good as it was and he's struggling a bit with the stairs due to a bit of arthritis I suspect and his sight. He can still manage fairly lengthy walks when its not too hot ,so he still has an excellent quality of life.

Woody well he is just Woody. Still a Peter Pan of dogs, still thinks and acts like a puppy and is still a total joy.

I wont upload a load of pictures and videos here. You can watch all videos on Youtube by following this link
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3PK-kiGB1ERkZ6Hr9ARVaQ


All photos are on Flickr and can be viewed following this link

https://www.flickr.com/photos/hairygang/sets








Wednesday, November 05, 2014

SORRY

I am so sorry for lack of updates since June. Sadly my Blog account got hacked and it has taken till now to sort out. I am now back in business and will be doing a HUGE update over the next week :-)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

May Update

We started May with Vyne on Bank Holiday Monday.

Boo's attitude was fantastic. A HUGE improvement. No clears, but a big if only. I moved before she took a jump and she went into the tunnel.  Even with all the mucking around her time was good enough to have won. Although she was eliminated I knew the scrimer and she looked at the time for me and told me afterwards.
My confidence increased with her from that minute.

Chip and Fozzie both worked well, but Chip was the biggest improvement since his chiropractic treatment, He was jumping cleanly and with no hesitation.

I was still being a pansy with Fozzie, as I am still worried about his fitness levels, he then knocked a jump badly but luckily my physio was at the show. She checked him out and said he had knocked his patella and it may have slipped again :-(
He was fine but she advised some strengthening exercises for him.

Here is a video of Boo at Vyne and also one of Chip. Sadly didnt get any of Fozzie :-(




The following weekend I was supposed to be at Tunbridge Wells to Judge, bud I got taken very ill on the day after Vyne and was pretty much bed bound for almost a week :-(

The following weekend was another Obedience show for Boo.  It was a beautiful day and at her second show she went and won her second Novice. She is now "A" only !! This was quite a shock because I really wanted her to get more experience in Novice, as she isn't ready for A only :-(


This last week we have been at Adams Show up in Derbyshire. A lovely show, very relaxed and calm but the weather was terrible. On 2 days I didn't work my big dogs because I was so worried about them slipping, and with their recent injuries I didn't want to take any chances. Boo is small and much more sure footed, so I happily worked her in most, but not all, of her classes.

It was a disastrous week for Boo..time and time again she came out of the weaves, or ran past a jump for no real reason. I was getting very frustrated, although her attitude and speed on the courses was generally good.

On the Monday Fozzie surprised me by winning Grade 5 agility. I was worried to begin with that this might make him Grade 6, but thankfully its only his second win...phew. He's had about 5 second places so I know now that his fitness is improving it may only be a matter of time. I want him to hold out until the end of July because I want him to be able to compete in the Novice cup at the KC festival and maybe qualify for Crufts again, especially as he didn't make it last year because of injury.

Sadly no video of his win, but heres a pic of him with his trophy :-)

I decided to come home from Adams a day early as the weather was atrocious. However as Boo's runs were all in the morning I thought I would squeeze them in around packing up. Her first 2 runs were typical of what she has done all week. However on her very last run she put it all together and whoo hoo WON grade 3 agility. So she is now Grade 4 !!!! :-)


So my little hairy munchkin in one month has won out of Novice in Obedience and won out of Grade 3 in agility :-)
Here is a little video compilations of some of her runs at Adams.

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 :-)