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

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


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.
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 :-)