Monday, May 23, 2011

Sheltie Camp

We had a fantastic time at the Sheltie Camp this weekend. We used to go to the Camp every year but for the last three years, we've been away in Malaysia due to family illness. I really missed the training Camp. I was so glad that we could make it this year as it was such a good socialisation for Sonic to be able to. meet other dogs and people. The Camp is all about Fun, Fun and FUN!

I was asked to help assisting Indira teaching Agility on Saturday, so I thought it would be good to bring our caravan out first time this year too. This is Sonic's first camping trip and he was coping very well but he already learned how to escape from the "garden" too! There were a few campers before we arrived on Friday night, so it was nice and relaxing. All the dogs love to be outdoor. I think they were a bit surprised that we are NOT doing agility. Bless them! This made me more determined that we should take a break this year and have a holiday in Scotland!

The weather was kind to us on Saturday. It was dry and sunny, not too hot like they usually do at Sheltie Camp. After this weekend, I realised how much I enjoyed teaching people to something I like. We have quite a handful of beginners and another handful of baby dogs. I was so happy to see all the shelties are very happy and driven, they are all highly motivated too. Many of them have not done any agility before and some of them has done a little bit but they are all very good, I am so looking forward to seeing them competing in the ring, they will be all future agility stars!

I was amazed on how my boys and Sipzie behaved. I set up the agility equipments in front of our caravan. All the dogs were sitting in the garden, watching through the fencing but none of them actually escaped or even trying. Sonic is too young and busy with himself, the noise and excitement didn't bother him at all. He either played with his own toys or fell asleep but he managed to break through the insecure fencing a couple of times, not after me though!

some random photos I took on Sunday:
This is a very young Jaffa, I forgot how old is he. He is very tiny but very fast and focus. I think we all small people has to watch out for this agility future star!

 This is big blue boy Alfie. He is absolutely delightful, such a gentle giant just like my Saturn. He is very sweet. He is only 10 months old but already doing very well in agility and he is highly driven too.

 This is Bonnie, who has never done agility before but she enjoyed the agility fun we play with her. She is absolutely cracking!

 This is Indira's baby Crystal (10 months old), her mummy and daddy are doing agility as well.

 Jaffa learning the "target"

This is 10 months old Fiamma, coming all the way from Germany to attend the Camp. Also first time doing agility.

 Pippa, also first time taking up agility

 Dallas is about 17 months old. He is a big handsome boy. He comes all the way from Nottinghamshire to attend the Camp. 

 This is Gypsy. She is so teeny weeny and lightweight ...
 ... but Lesley make sure she tip the see-saw properly before she is allow to leave
 Gypsy weaving
 tiny little dot on the A Frame
 Texas also come from Nottinghamshire. What a handsome blue boy he is.

 Tigger's mummy is Sheltie Camp supporter, they come every year and I remember seeing Tigger as a baby at the Camp many years ago

 Chaser on the A Frame
 Chaser jumping

 This is handsome Roddie, such a happy boy
 Roddie weaving
 Roddie on the see-saw

We are so proud to have Matthew, a World Agility Open handler to train us on Sunday. Here is Matt instructing his student how to handle a sequence

 Gypsy was train to do Obedience before she started Agility

 Pebble doing "send away". Can you see the two markers of the shape of a sheltie? I forgot to take a picture of them, the other size is a full colour sable sheltie!

 This is our Obedience trainer Peter showing off a perfect heelwork with a baby dog.

 can't resist not to post this photo of Pippa.

 ... and Raji. One day, one day I will have a black & white sheltie!

Apart from Agility and Obedience, we also have Dog Fun Game at the Camp this year.

 A big Congratulations to 7 months old baby Silky for passing her Good Citizen Bronze on Saturday. She and Coco attended the Camp on Saturday with her mummy and daddy. Silky did a bit of Agility with me and I think she is natural. She just loved it. We did a bit of jump-tunnel-jump with her and before long, she is able to do jump-tunnel-jump on her own! What a clever girlie.

Silky and her daddy Sing

 I was really spoilt at the Camp. Silky came to cheer me up on Saturday and Brooke came on Sunday. Sonic was so happy to see his sister and Brooke was so happy to see him too, so she can beat him up again! LOL
This is Brooke kissing her mummy.

Mai handsome boy Sonic. I was wondering how to teach him to use the step to go into the caravan. Before I thought him, he already knew how to jump up the step and then hop into the caravan. Such clever puppy!

More pups-date later ... I am exhausted after this weekend. I have no energy to do anything for a while!



Nat said...

Sheltie Camp!? That sounds like the best camp ever! Thanks for sharing, sounds like a great time!

Vonnie said...

Awwww loving all those pictures! You were in your element :)

Coco said...

It was nice meeting you all again. We really enjoyed our day, will be coming back again next year.