Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AGILITY ... catching up

Well, I haven't been competing much with the shelties, the boys were rested most of the time throughout the winter, due to the amount of rain we had, we haven't been able to go outside to train either. Our Farm lives up to its name, if there's no rain, it's always windy and I would not risk training them. I've only done only one of the Bitz N Bobz winter series last October, the first show of the series and Sonic won all his classes and he got into the Final of Midlands Master in March. Poor Sizzle was avoiding and measuring some jumps.

Sonic @ Combined 4-7 Agility:


Sonic @ Combined 4-7 Jumping:


Sonic @ Combined 4-7 Steeplechase: 


Sizzle @ Combined 4-7 Jumping:


Sizzle @ Combined 4-7 Agility:



Then, in December, Sonic was in the UKA Final. He was in for two events, the CSJ Grand Prix and The Beginners Steeplechase. I've posted the event in my earlier post and I am very proud of mai boy winning the Steeplechase. 

Our first agility competition of the year was about 4 weeks ago at ABAA show where Sonic was in for the Midlands Master Final. I've managed to enter him and Sizzle for a couple of Agility runs as well. At this show, you get to run the same course twice and they will pick your best time. This is my first time doing the show and I find it very funny and different. I rather enjoyed it as I get to tryout both ways to handle the same course. Well, I intend to but my timing was wrong and at the end I have to run it the same way :)


Sonic side by side Agility run at ABAA:


Sadly, in the Final, I let him down with my poor handling, my timing was out and I drop my arm too early for turn and him being a good honest boy responded to my body too well. I have been thinking and reviewing about my handling skill, I have to admit, it's gone all rusty! Since I started to tryout for ketschker turn and I forgot all about the old pivot turn but I really like the ketschker turn and I would like to handle it better. I think poor Sonic is confused in what I am asking him for. Or, maybe he really does not understand the ketschker turn. He turns more naturally on the left but the right. 


Sonic @ Midlands Master Final, Agility round:


Sonic @ Midlands Master Final, Jumping round:



Last Saturday, we went to UKA Easter. I was hoping to give Sonic and Sizzle a couple of runs before IFCS. UKA heights are the same to IFCS, both boys will jump their own heights. According to the running order, we should be finished by mid-day but sadly, things always gone out of its way, so rings were running behind schedule. I've managed to do 4 runs with Sonic but only able to do a Gambling with Sizzle. I so wanted to do the Champ Agility with him but I've asked Emma of Pet Rehab to come and treat the boys at the showground, so I can't keep her waiting forever. Both boys were very tight in various places, they both have been adjusted and also massage by Gemma Dorman of Full Stretch Canine Massage yesterday. Hopefully they are all good to GO now. 


This is Sizzle's Champ Gambler, he didn't do the "Gamble" in time. We are definitely out of sync at the moment as I don't train him as much. At home, he is reluctant to work away from me now which is very unusual for him. I am really worried if he has underlying health issue. After our IFCS trip, he will be semi retired and just do some fun runs every now and then. I rather him enjoy being just a normal pet then doing Agility if that hurts him. It is so sad not to know if he is unwell or if he is not motivated. I personally don't think he is unmotivated but you just don't know :(


This is Sonic's Novice Gambler, the course is the same, they have not move any of the obstacles but change the Gambling to slightly longer time and sequence. Sonic won that class and presented his daddy with an Easter Egg, Colin is a very happy man :) I didn't like the opening sequence, I don't like how the judge place the DW, the plank (either end or beginning) is so close to the ring with a pole nearby holding up the rope. Not so much of a problem for stop contact dogs but with running, I find it a bit risky. With superb running contact dogs, the dog probably won't travel as far but I am no expert and I know my dogs go all the way. I have to send both Sizzle and Sonic to wrap around the pole to be on the safe side, I am actually very happy that what I've taught them, they put it in used :) "go around" works well here. You can see the ring rope and the pole clearer in Sizzle's video. 


This is Sonic's Novice Agility, I was a little bit disappointed with his weave, not that I want to win the class but I have been working hard on his weave at home getting ready for IFCS and I thought he did so well with all the difficult entries and I have not expect him to look back at me and come out of the weave! Hmm ... more work in progress! Otherwise, I think he ran rather well. 


This is Sonic's Novice Jumping. This was supposed to be a NFC round. I've learned not to carry a toy in my hand as if I have ball in my hand, he will gob all the way around the course and demanding his ball and not even look at where he is going. I placed the ball at the end but we still made a big messed at the course!


When I ran him, I didn't realised this is The Beginners Steeplechase Heat. Oops! Poor Sonic is still in the Beginners in Steeplechase. The reason is he has not run a clear round last year. He has only two clear rounds (one was eliminated well before he started because I carried a ball into the ring; the other one he won that heat and got into the Final). He is not allow to qualify again. He got 2nd in the class and he was announced to be one of the finalist. I have left by the time they presented the result and was not aware until I saw that on Facebook: 
I've emailed UKA to tell them about it and they are calling the 3rd place to be in the Final. 


Side note: One of Sing x Sunny's babies Savannah, together with her "Shouty Shelties" team-mates Rommy and Brodie have qualified themselves to Dog Central Team Tournament at the UKA Final at the end of the year. Good Luck Savannah, Rommy and Brodie. 




Mama Sipzie is slowly coming back to Agility game :) We still struggling to get her to weave properly at show but she is making progress:




I am off to Devon Dogs with the boys and Sipzie tomorrow to have 3 days training before IFCS. WooHoo! I am so excited and I will be watching Tula (a Sonic x Sunny baby) train as well. How proud am I. I need the gorgeous Lauren Langman to push me all the way. She's pretty good to get me "going". I think I am getting very lazy with my handling, especially I've been eaten far too many yummy easter eggs!



Coming up next ... prepare for IFCS

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Birthday month ... 3rd Birthday - Sizzle

Happy very Belated Birthday to my little ray of sunshine Sizzle. 
I can't believe he is 6 already!
on 27th March 2014


I have been distracted by too many things in life and neglect my blog update again. Sizzle has a wonderful time on his birthday. We went for a very long walk and did some fun thing together. This little boy makes me laugh all the time. He maybe small but mighty :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pups-date!

We had a very busy weekend waving good bye to the puppies. It's such a joy in the last few weeks watching these little hooligans grow up and develop into strong little characters. Six of them has gone to their perfect homes and will be doing Agility when they mature. Little Jack is going to a pet home on Friday. I am looking forward to seeing them soon. 

I have never had SO MANY puppies in a litter or even two litters before, having cleaning up after seven puppies is hard work :) They are all good puppies. When we had the two weeks of sunny and dry weather, they spent most of their times outdoor and they pretty much potty outside then. Shamed the weather turns cold, windy and wet again after that. Poor puppies were very angry that they couldn't get out to play. 

First puppy that leave the nest is LICOSATERIA SHADE OF BLUE, aka Mr Blue, now known as FRANKIE, after Frank Sinatra's blue eyes lol. Frankie goes to live with Sam Towe. I am very lucky to be able to see him on a regular basis. Sam and her mum come to train with me weekly, so I will be able to watch him grow :) 

Frankie settled in right away. He has two big sisters Penny and Milly to play with. He is a real crown, he makes everyone that meet him very happy. 





this is Frankie helping Sam studying, Aww ... studying is hard work! Bless!


The second puppy that leave is LICOSATERIA ICONIC DREAM, aka Spot, now known as ICON or IKE. Icon gone to live with Karen James who always have shelties. He will have 3 other sheltie brothers to play with . Also, he is not very far from his half brother Chestnut, aka Fat Boy (a Sing x Sipzie puppy). Ike is one very pushy puppy since he was little, he isn't the biggest in the litter but always the first one that explored everything and anything. He probably is the best tugger (well, all of them all) but he really can easily pull your arm off. 





This is Icon at his new home. Background is two of the 3 big brothers, Harley (blue merle) and Joker (tri)


Soon after Icon left, LICOSATERIA IZ A CHARMER, aka Star (has not got a name yet) went to join his new family in East Sussex with Angie Brooks and a big brother Tobi (a Sonic x Sunny puppy). Star is the smallest in the litter, I mean SMALL but with big attitude! He is a very loving puppy. Always there ready for a cuddle. His favourite toy is a ball. I think he will be a ball maniac when he grows up. It was funny watching him fetch a full size tennis ball which is bigger than him!





 This is little man with big brother Tobi

 These two pictures are little man with Angie's 14 year old Rough Collie Poppy. 
Little man is so taken to her :) Poor Poppy, being so good with him. 


Then, there were four puppies left but yesterday, I have to save good bye to Quey, Quiz and Roy. Quey and Quiz gone to live with Jacqui Wood. Jacqui's daughter Kelsey has a Sing's son Ace bred by the still sadly missed Jayne Bray of Upanova Shelties. 

Madam Quey's posh name is LICOSATERIA BLAZE OF GLORY. Quey (pronounced as "key") is the biggest in the litter, she is a real madam. When she was younger (from the day she opened her eyes and ears until she was 6.5 weeks old), she likes to do her own thing, she occasionally beat her brothers up. When she turned nearly 7 weeks old, she become a very loving girl, she likes all the fuss and attention to herself. She is very agile, she likes to dive from a high point (either on top of a wobble cushion or on the mini DW). She is photogenic like Icon. 





Quiz is the black and white boy LICOSATERIA BI ONIC. He is going to live with his half sister Quey with mummy Jacqui. He has finally come out of himself and being a real bully now. He is a very cheeky boy. He was born the smallest but he soon catches up. He is quite an adventurous little boy.  


 


 This is Quiz and Quey in their new home together :)


The last of the big boys to leave is Roy, LICOSATERIA ROY TO THE WORLD, aka little Mouse. Oh yes, little mouse is not so little anymore. He is one very neat puppy :) He has always been very polite, he plays nicely with his siblings, he was very calm but not until the last week, he became very bouncy, always the first one to get out of the puppy pen and conquer the playground :) He gone to stay with mummy Joy Goh-Mah, I am sure he will give his mummy a lot of fun times. 





Roy in his new home :)

 Quiz and Jack

 Roy and Icon

 Icon and Star

 Jack and Quey

 Quey and Quiz

 Quiz and Jack

 Roy and Icon

 Frankie and Star

 Frankie and Icon

 Jack and Quiz

 Quey, Star and Frankie

 Jack and Quiz

 Roy and Star

 Quiz and Jack

 Frankie, Roy and Icon
Star, Quey, Icon


Jack, LICOSATERI JUMPIN JAK FLAZ is very lost without all his playmates. He will be staying with us a bit longer before joining his new family in Basingstoke :)