Well after my excitement of getting my blog back at the end of last year, it was immediately hacked again. It was sorted 2-3 months ago, but I deliberately left it a while to make sure all was ok before I published a lengthy blog.
So whats been happening in the Agility world.
Boo won up into Grade 4 in May last year and then this year she won up into Grade 5. When she's going well she's great, but I still feel I am struggling with Motivation and want .
Fozzie was going fantastically up until June 2014 and then his injury re occurred.. I asked for a referral to Fitzpatricks and he was diagnosed with Lumbarsacral disease. I had to give him loads of Physio and take him to water treadmill, but Boo was then chosen to be in a TV Series up in Cheshire ( see below )which meant from September through till December I was tied up most weeks and he missed most of his hydro and Physio. Yukky weather after Xmas meant I couldn't rehab him properly over jumps so he started the season in any size classes . My vet , the specialist and the Physio all said they couldn't see any reason why he couldn't return to full height competition, but I cant see it ever happening now. :-(
He will be 7 this year and with an injury I cant see him ever coming back on form.
I thought I'd be upset but on the contrary I wasn't a bit. He has always been such hardwork around the rings...he's very reactive and it gives me back ache and shoulder ache trying to hold him.
I had him entered at shows from July at full height leading up to the KC Festival and Adams. But I don't think he will be ready even if I spent the next 4 weeks trying to rehabilitate him.
Chip is now retired from full height competition. He's 10 now and has weak wrists caused by hyper extension. He will compete in all sorts for as long as he's happy.
I ran both him and Fozzie at Adams in May and they had a blast :-)
Boo started her Obedience career in May and won her 2 novice classes straight of. She then got a 4th in her first A round. However her scent and B work needed lots of work so I didnt compete with her again for the rest of the year.
She was entered for a couple of shows in June this year but sadly family commitments and weather meant she didnt go :-( Next week we have an Obedience show so we will see.
Media work in 2014 was fab. The dogs all appeared alongside myself in a new film due out soon called Absolutely Anything.
Fozzie did Direct Line, Santander and Victoria Plumb Adverts. Chip and Boo did a still shoot for Fiat which turned into a nightmare for Boo. They turned a wind machine on full blast onto her without any prep or warning and she totally freaked out. It affected her for the rest of the day and since then at training too. In fact she is still a bit spooky in certain situations. She wouldn't even do agility at the indoor venue afterwards :-( I will now be extra careful if we ever have to go into a studio environment again.
Boo's highlight of 2014 was to be chosen for a part in the ITV programme called HomeFires set during World War 2.
We spent 12 weeks travelling back and forth to Cheshire to film staying in some lovely hotels.
Boo had a big part to play in the second episode and was totally fab.
The whole series will be available on Youtube soon and I will get a link for Episode 2 when its available.
Disney is now an amazing 17 years old. He is still remarkable but his sight isn't as good as it was and he's struggling a bit with the stairs due to a bit of arthritis I suspect and his sight. He can still manage fairly lengthy walks when its not too hot ,so he still has an excellent quality of life.
Woody well he is just Woody. Still a Peter Pan of dogs, still thinks and acts like a puppy and is still a total joy.
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