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I do hope you enjoy reading about all the various exploits of the Hairy Gang !

Friday, May 21, 2010

Wonderful Day at Virginia Water

Today we went to Virginia Waters in Winsor Great Park. My friend with her dog and kiddies and I spent 3 and half hrs there. We walked right round the lake & then had a picnic. Unfortunately Woody had to stay on the lead as he has just been to the Chiropracter again and isn't allowed off lead till tomorrow. Chip had to stay on the lead around the lake as well :-( as he has a slight open sore (down below..ouch !) and I didn't want him to get dirty water in it. Fozzie and Disney spent almost the entire walk in the water apart from when we went through the Valley gardens with all the wonderful flowers. The scent was amazing. The dogs should really be on the leads in the gardens, but by the time we got there they were being quite well behaved and there was hardly a sole to be seen. I put them all on the lead till we had done the above photo, within seconds of taking this Fozzie was in the lake again.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Happy 12th Birthday to my extra special boy.xxx

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Poor Chip & poor Rosie

As I write this, Chip is at the vets being castrated. I hate any surgery , so I am worried sick. I am however glad I made the decision to get him done. This weekend he was terrible. He was bitching constantly and nearly everyone he met was greeted by the special Chip hug on the leg. It caused much amusement , but also embarrassment when he met complete strangers on walks and did the same thing !!!
I intend to give Fozzie the chemical implant in a month or so before I go ahead with castrating him. As with Chip I want to make sure I like the effect it has on him before I make the irreversible decision of castration.

I am also suffering badly. I have had an ongoing problem with my leg/buttock muscle called the piriformis for a few years now. It comes and it goes, but always seems to get really bad when I start competing with a new dog!! I guess its the extra hrs I put in with training etc. It felt stiff at the start of the weekend and driving to the show I started to get really bad pains(bad sign)By Sunday evening I was in agony. I have made an appointment with my physio to see her on Wednesday evening and its a bonus we have no shows for almost 4 weeks.In the meantime I have started to perform some self help with a tennis ball ! you can read all about it here I have to say it has already worked wonders and I feel much more comfortable. My physio will also give me ultrasound and acupuncture, so hopefully I will be back on track.

Taking about my journey to Tunbridge wells at Ardingly, well that turned into a nightmare. I somehow missed the turning off the M23. I have done that journey so many times , so I don't know how it happened. Well I went into panic mode. Here I was towing a huge caravan down country lanes I didn't know, sometimes single track roads as well. I didn't know whether I was going to suddenly find myself going up big steep hills or meeting a car/van /lorry coming in the opposite direction. I was almost on the verge of crying and I had very sweaty hands I can tell you. Fortunately (after a 20 mile detour) I arrived at Ardingly with a thumping headache and feeling very stressed. I will NEVER miss that turning again I can assure you.

With regard to my weekend competing...I was thrilled with Fozzie. He had a fence down in the Grade 3 jumping, but I just had to check his time. It would have been good enough for a 6th place, even allowing for the fact he didn't have to re jump the pole as it was already down ! I don't normally check times if my dogs have faults but I just wanted to see how Fozzies time would compare. Here is a couple of his runs.

Sadly I only worked Woody in one class and withdrew him from that after about 7 jumps. He is still not right :-( He going back to the chiro next week, then having some more massage etc. I fear that he may not ever compete again which is sad. He got so excited on the start line and flew over the first few jumps, but then started to measure again. I am only going to persevere for another month or so and if he's no better then I will retire him.

Chip had a nice place in Gd 6 agility and jumping on the Saturday, and on the Sunday he did a fantastic agility round. He was flying and was so tight, but for some reason the person didn't put his lead in the bucket, they just placed it near to the finishing line and Chip ran past the last jump to get his lead !!!! I was gutted.

Disney only had runs on the Sunday. He flew the seesaw in both runs, in fact in his KC qualifier it didn't even tip ( naughty boy ) Here is his run

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

May has arrived.

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.