Sorry I missed posting last week. It seemed like I was no sooner back from Vyne that I was getting ready to go to Tunbridge Wells. Also in between Disney had a media job for Hills dog food. Phew !
OK firstly Vyne. Disney's Champ Class. The judge was Andy Hudson and normally Andy is my good luck charm. I have always done well with my dogs when Andy has been judging,and in particular Disney. He got his 2nd at Olympia 2006 when Andy judged and also qualified for Olympia 2007 in the semi's that Andy judged also.
First round was the jumping. Disney did a cracking run, a bit hairy in places(excuse the pun)but was clear. Next was the agility,again a nice clear round,fairly composed by mine and Disney's standards and Disney finished 4th! So we were through to the final. I walked the course and realised there was one place I could lose him so I knew I would have to work this piece hard. I overcooked the turn off the dog walk and was eliminated. My final nerves and demon had got me again !!!!!!!! I really now think that the chances of me getting Disney's final 2 cc's are dwindling..bless him he's 10 next week and I just want to enjoy working him without too much pressure and I think I just put too much pressure on him in Finals. Toni Dawkins and Minx won the CC and it made Minx up to Champion with a fantastic run,and even if Disney had gone clear ,he could no way have matched the precision and speed of Minx.
Woody(bless him) was a star as usual. he put in a lovely un in Gd 4 jumping very early in the morning in the rain and ended up 4th.Here is his round
Chip also did a cracking Gd 5 Agility rounds in the pouring rain. He was going so well but completely slipped sideways off the seesaw as it was wet. I continued the round so as to work his dogwalk. I am over the moon at how his contacts are progressing.I sometimes run them to keep the speed and sometimes stop him,he obviously doesn't know when this will be.I have include a video of this round as I was so pleased with him.You can here him skidding also along the dogwalk
The weather was glorious,hot,hot hot.
Woody was once again my little starlet. he is such an honest dog. He put in a great Gd 4 jumping and Agility round on the Saturday. He ended up 6th and 7th in each.On the Sunday he got a further 9th in Grade 4 Agility. Jenny ran him in one jumping round. I have sort of loaned Woody to her for an odd jumping round as Jennie hasn't got Stella to work for a while. Woody got a lovely clear but sadly out of the places.I have included it here though.
Mr Chip...well he was a little OTT for some reason and almost certainly had his poodle head on.If I asked him to turn right he turned left or vice versa,he is also going through a stage of back jumping ???If we did both get it right he then got a pole down !!....but his times were brilliant and I was especially pleased he did get a pole down in the Gd 5 agility on the Sunday because it was a very tricky course, he had the fastest time when I went & looked towards the end of the class. I really don't want him in Gd 6 before the end of the year if I can help it.
He did a lovely Gd 3-5 Jumping ,lovely and tight(one little hiccup at the end of the snake) but once again a dreaded pole down. Must be me I think !! Here is that round
DISNEYS MEDIA JOB
We had the phone call on the Tuesday afternoon saying they wanted Disney for a video shoot for Hills dog food the next morning!! Luckily we only had to go to Shepherds Bush.
Well Disney as usual was a star. I had to stand a good 10 ft away from him behind camera,and he had to go through a sit,stand & down sequence,turn his head from right to left and then stay still. All in one shoot ! Thanks goodness for his Obedience distance control work. He was FANTASTIC. Disney loves to be behind the camera and would work all day. He made it look easy and the other lady was dreading having to do the same thing later with 3 other dogs,who are not obedience trained and would find it hard to do this with the handler close up,let alone so far away.I am sure even my other dogs couldn't have done this so well and for so many times, without getting tired and fed up. It was sooooo hot in the studio,it was hot outside and then with all the studio lights as well. I will keep you posted when it appears on the Hills website.