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Saturday, June 09, 2012

One Month Gone

All together at last !

Disney isn't impressed

Well Boo has been here for a month now. She has settled in very well. She really is a naughty puppy, but very cute. She runs on duracell batteries thats for sure. She only sleeps when she is put in her crate, if she's out then she's into mischief. She has a real temper on her which I'm trying to keep reigned in. However if she doesn't want to do something or have something done, she certainly lets me know !!!! We've had some real fun battles :-))
I had been very careful not to let Disney and her meet. Disney is horrible with puppies and I just wanted Boo to be bigger before we attempted an introduction. Sadly it happened sooner than I hoped.
I was in the house alone and I had not shut the stair gate properly. Woody managed to open the gate and Boo rushed out. Before I had a chance to get to her she had rushed up to Disney, obviously thinking he was another lovely dog to play with ,and he got her good and proper :-(( He badly pierced her gum and we were fortunate he didn't get her eye. She must have gone right up into his face to say hello. She screamed and there was blood everywhere, but fortunately she got over it fairly quickly. Since then we have been extra careful. They have passed each other in the garden briefly but thats about it , till today.
I decided to take them all for a walk, the first all together. I kept her on the lead but let Disney pass by her and vice versa. Boo is definitely not sure about him. We have also let her come into the room when Disney is in there, but he is behind a baby screen. When he growls she definitely backs off now, whereas before her mishap if he growled she thought that was a game.
I know in time Disney will accept her, but as he is in his twilight years and slightly deaf, he's even more grouchy than normal. Because of this I have made the decision that Boo will definitely be the last puppy we have in the house whilst Disney is still with us. I feel awful having to exclude him, when our time together now is so precious.
I went to a show last week, and I knew being in the caravan in such a confined space with Disney and Boo would be just impossible. Steve was away in France but luckily Laura had the week off work, so she agreed for Disney to stay in the comfort of his home and me to take Boo with me. She is by far too much like hard work at the moment to leave with someone else.
Disney had a lovely time at home being spoilt rotten and Boo benefitted from being out at her first camping show. She was fab. She took it all in her stride. She was very confident ,but unfortunately has that spooky bit I was hoping to avoid. A strange noise or sight made her panic bark a bit, but it was very short lived and I was able to distract her onto something else.
Walking round the rings and the showground she was fantastic. She greeted people happily and wanted to say hello to other dogs.
In the caravan garden she had a fantastic time, playing with the boys and it certainly helped her house training while we were away. However the moment we got home she reverted back to peeing just wherever and whenever she wanted. I am finding it very frustrating that such a bright puppy can be so dim when it comes to housetraining.
She has already had her first Media job :-) She did a photo shoot for Marks and Spencers. She will be on all the leaflets about pet insurance that are at the checkouts in their shops.
Chip had a job up in Manchester about 10 days ago as well. I took Boo along for the experience. Once again she was great. She took it all in her stride, going up escalators/lifts, staying in a hotel, meeting people , the noise and the hubbub, she wasn't fazed about a thing, which is why I find the spooky thing so weird ?? She has the same dad as Fozzie and he has a slight spookiness, so I guess it is definitely hereditary.
Once again he was an extremely confident puppy and is a confident dog, but in the evenings he turns into a dog that growls under his breath & panic barks at the slightest noise. This attitude contradicts their otherwise extremely confident natures. However if this is their only fault I can live with it. Fozzie is wonderful with people, children,  other dogs & especially puppies. Boo appears to be the same.
Here are some pics taken during the last month

Say Arrr :-)

Dont know what occurring with the tail ?

Pretty as a picture

Playing in the pool

Best Friends

                                    JDA Show June 2012

This week was our first full week away in the caravan. Although its actually only 3 days competing and a finals day. We were fortunate with the weather. It rained for the first day when we arrived, so we spent the day socialising, eating and generally lazing around. The next day we helped set up rings, and book people in as they arrived, the sun shone that day so it was very nice.
The first 2 days of competing were dry, with some sun and the very odd shower right at the end of the day. The 3rd day was slightly worse and it rained on and off throughout the afternoon.
However Thursday night we had severe gales. I was parked under a tree, so at about 9pm I made the decision to move the caravan to a safer place. The wind speeds reached 60mph and was quite frightening. I would have gone home but I had qualified Woody for the Finals in top position.
The next morning we woke up to rain and more wind, however they still decided to run the Finals.
I made the decision that if when I got to my run I wasn't happy about the conditions I would pull out.
As luck would have it, 5 dogs before me the rain stopped and the wind died a little. I decided I would run , especially as it was a sensible course and the dog walk had been removed for safety reasons.
Woody was fab, but I made a sill error and moved a little too soon which got him a refusal :-(
Woody was on fire all week. I had actually decided to retire him at the end of this season as he will be 10 in December. However Woody has different ideas and worked amazingly all week. He ran 9 classes and got 7 clear rounds and 6 top ten places, which is how he qualified for the final in top position.
Chip was also great all week( at last) and we also had some lovely top 10 places in grade 6.
Fozzie on the other hand did not get one clear round. He just isn't concentrating and sadly we just cant get it together at all.
I have some videos of the wk, but I haven't got around to downloading them, but I will add them when I do.
I had a horrendous journey home, Towing the caravan in severe winds with sudden extreme gusts of between 40-50mph was very frightening.
It has taken me 24 hrs to relax and chill.

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