May has arrived already, the time is speeding fast so quickly :-(
So whats happened since my last post.
I'll start with Woody.
He went to see Marissa on Friday. His pelvis was out, plus he had a small lower back problem. She has put him back together and now we have to hope he'll be ok. He came home with strict instructions to keep him confined to a small area and NO going upstairs. Its times like this I wish I lived in a bungalow or on my own!! because I don't think 8 hrs had passed before the stairgate got left open and next minute Woody was upstairs on my bed .....Grrrrrrr.
Lets hope he didn't undo anything, he is pretty gentle going upstairs.
I have to start jumping him again on Wednesday and see how he is, and then if all is ok he can run at the weekend.
Now its onto Chip. Last year he had the chemical castration called Superolin It worked fantastically and lasted much longer than I expected, however in the last 2 weeks its VERY clear that its effects have come to an end. He has become a hormonal teenager again. He is bitching terribly, he's moody, he's not listening to a word I say and worse still he had a fight with Disney last week. He and Disney have never hit it off, but just keep their distance from each other, but Chip has never been one to back down and he's definitely in a very bad mood at the mo. He NEVER ever starts anything but if someone has a go at him then he's more than happy to argue back. I suspect Disney( who can be a real misery) had a go at Chip for maybe just getting into his personal space and Chip retaliated. It was easily broken up and they immediately forgot all about it, so it wasn't really that serious, but I did notice a scab on Disney's back the next morning so he clearly came out worse.
Since then there is definitely some tension in the air and I suspect its the big rush of testosterone returning. Fozzie is swooning all around Chip and trying to lick the insides of Chips mouth at every opportunity, so he's clearly being very submissive to him, once again this only started about 2 weeks ago.
So I feel I only have 2 choices, either get him re jabbed with Superlorin or get him properly castrated. After a lot of thought I have gone with the second option. I want to keep Fozzie entire a little longer to give him extra confidence, and I don't want any challenges between him and Chip. Chip is 5yrs soon so I think its sensible to get him done once and for all. I liked the Chip that was chemically neutered so I hope thats how he'll be when he's properly done. So he is booked in for next Tuesday as I have nearly 4 weeks off from agility shows then, so it seemed a good time.
Bank Holiday Monday we were at Vyne show.
Disney was a good boy again and got placed in an incredibly easy very fast KC Olympia qualifier. He was only just over a second behind the ultra fast collies/shelties so I was very pleased. I know where he lost the time and that was on a very wide turn, so he's still up there with the youngsters.
Obviously I wasn't working Woody and Chip was just dire. He just didn't have his thinking cap on at all and once again I put this down to hormones.
Fozzie was a good boy. He did some good work and some not such great work. In one ring he was VERY distracted and couldn't really focus. However in a quite tricky Gd 3-5 jumping apart from the weaves he was a really really good boy.
I have started on his grid work and upped the exercises, so I am hoping long term that his jump style will improve, there is still a huge way to go.
I started him at another club last week. Its a very competitive club and the exercises were by far the hardest he's done and he was just brilliant. He is the youngest and least experienced in the group but coped really well.........well apart from if we stopped for any reason he ran over to the other dog working on the other side of the venue. He meant no harm, but was just so hyped by the environment he got a little fixated on the dogs working. After he had done it once they just made sure no-one else was running at the same time. Fortunately he hasn't ever done it at a show (touch wood)and they feel he will get used to the venue and environment.
here is a video compilation of Fozzies runs from Monday.