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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 :-)

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